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Media Update 9/24/20

September 24, 2020

Teenage Bounty Hunters

Southern Christians are categorically not my jam but this show gets past that with a healthy dose of irreverent comedy. This show is about two southern teen seniors at a Christian private school who find themselves stumbling into the world of bounty hunting. I thought that it would be more of a fantasy version of bounty hunting but it is actually funnier that it involves actual real world bounty hunting (mostly bail jumpers). The show stars Maddie Phillips and Anjelica Bette Fellini as twins who have a bit of a spoiled yet country southern upbringing. They are absolutely hilarious together and their chemistry is definitely off the charts. They work with Kadeem Hardison, a seasoned and yet less refined bounty hunter who becomes their mentor. I am interested to see where the show goes as it follows two sheltered teens as they navigate high school and how to track criminals. It also seems to have a series or season arc that may be interesting. I recommend this show.

Jurassic World: Camp Cretacious

I am a big fan of the Jurassic Park franchise and have never regretted watching any of the content connected to it. When Jurassic World came out, I was very interested in the new-ish direction and I was not disappointed. The update really added a lot while still remaining true to the history of the franchise. When I heard about this new cartoon, I was intrigued since the timeline of the movies has moved on. The concept of the show is that it is a summer camp ran offsite from the Jurassic World theme park. The camp is mostly for VIPs connected to the park, famous people, and one contest winner. It takes place prior to and during the events of Jurassic World. So I am watching episodes and waiting for the other shoe to drop. The cast is full of pretty well-rounded characters with some cameos from characters from the franchise. I am so happy that this show exists because the technology and look of Jurassic World was too neat not to revisit. I recommend this show.

Daybreak

This show has been on my list for a while because I heard good things and I am glad that I finally tackled it. The show takes place in a world where bombs went off everywhere in the world which eliminated half of the adults and turned the rest into mindless, murderous zombies. The teens have formed a new post-apocalyptic society based on the same cliques from high school (Jocks, Cheermazons, STEM kids). The show follows a formerly clique-less teen who is searching for his girlfriend in the chaos of the apocalypse. Along the way, he joins up with misfits as the show explores pre-apocalypse and post-apocalypse. The show had a lot of quirky, 4th wall-breaking humor and I love the world-building so far. I also like the main guy played by Colin Ford who has so much charisma. I recommend this show.

Music of the Week:
Steam Powered Giraffe – Honeybee

Stereopony – Hitohira No Hanabira

Bobby J From Rockaway – Autumn Leaves

Kinkade Davis – Hold It Down

Smif N Wessun – Ocean Drive

Weekly Update:
This week’s theme is “Teens in Dangerous Situations”
I watched more Nancy Drew Season 1
I watched more Watcher videos
I watched more Lovecraft Country Season 1
I watched more High Score Season 1
I started watching Cursed Films Season 1
I started Blacklist Season 7
I started Rizzoli and Isles Season 7

Media Update 9/3/20

September 3, 2020

Bill and Ted Face the Music

I was a huge fan of the first two movies growing up. At first, I did not like Bogus Journey as much but the movie really grew on me. When I heard about this end to the trilogy, I was excited but surprised. It has been 25 years since Bogus Journey and Keanu Reeves’ career has taken a decidedly different turn since and Alex Winter more or less left acting behind for directing. Honestly, I think this one was the best of the trilogy. The movie follows Bill and Ted in the present day. They have since had a huge rock and roll career but are still struggling to come up with the music that will unite the world as foretold by Rufus in the first movie. This time Rufus’ daughter starts the duo on a crazy trip through time to try and solve their problem. Meanwhile, their daughters and wives are travelling through time to help as well. Winter and Reeves are even better at embodying the characters with the benefit of years of experience. Their daughters are played by Samara Weaving and Brigette Lundy-Paine and they are such a bright spot of the movie. I also love that they gave the wives (Joanna and Elizabeth) more to do (played by Jayma Mays and Erinn Hayes). Kristen Schaal is fun as Kelly (the name of Carlin’s real daughter) who is Rufus’ daughter and is carrying his torch now. I cannot recommend this movie enough and I may have to write a longer spoiler post because of how much I loved.

Safety Not Guaranteed

I had heard of this movie ages ago (8 years ago) and I thought it sounded interesting but I forgot about it for a long while. About 4 years later, I started watching Parks and Recreation and that is when I fell in love with Aubrey Plaza. I wanted to seek out her movie career and this was one that was on the list. It popped up on Netflix and now I get to watch it. This is now my favorite romantic comedy of all time. I’m aromantic and I tend to gravitate toward more quirky romantic comedies and this fits the bill. This movie was based on the very real classified ad that appeared in 1997 from a man looking for a partner to time travel with. The movie starts cynical but ends sweet. Aubrey Plaza is golden a the cynical journalism intern who wants to track down the story. Mark Duplass plays the man who bought the ad, a very serious and eccentric young man. Jake Johnson plays an interesting B plot character who has more of a coming of age in your thirties thing going on paired with Karan Soni who plays the other intern who is a pure innocent. The movie is such a simple tale but told in an innovative way. I recommend it.

In the Shadow of the Moon

I had heard about this movie a while ago and how it was kind of controversial due to its material dealing with militias and antifa (kind of). Boyd Holbrook plays a police officer who is chasing after a serial killer in order to get his promotion to detective. He works alongside Michael C. Hall. They are chasing a killer played by the young Cleopatra Coleman, who does so much with the few lines she is given. The movie does a lot of interesting things with time travel that results in a non-linear story in a way that I have not seen before. The movie mixes detective thriller with hard science fiction. It is a dark story of one man’s life crumbling as he tries to figure out an impossible crime. I am not a hundred percent on board with the message but I get it. I recommend this movie but I do not want to give much more away.

Music of the Week:
Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats – S.O.B.

Neo-Nazi Metalheads Will Be Hanged and Their Broken Corpses Openly Mocked

Green Blood – The O’Reillys and the Paddyhats

6LACK ft. Lil Baby – Know My Rights

Camila Cabello – My Oh My

Weekly Update:
This week’s theme is “Time Travel… again?”
I watched more Nancy Drew Season 1
I watched more Riverdale Season 4
I watched more Doom Patrol Season 1
I watched more Watcher videos
I watched more Rizzoli and Isles Season 5
I watched more Lovecraft Country Season 1
I watched more Harley Quinn Season 1
I watched more Muppets Now Season 1
I watched more Hannibal Season 2
I watched more Summer Games Done Quick
I finished Watchmen Season 1

Media Update 8/27/20

August 27, 2020

Ford v Ferrari

I am not a car guy but one of my best friends from third to twelfth grade really was so I know a little bit. However, this movie does not require you to know much about how cars work but more how companies and invention works. This movie follows the journey of Carol Shelby, Ken Miles, and other engineers as they worked to design Ford’s first sports car, the GT40. Ford is struggling a bit under Henry Ford’s son and they need to expand into new markets and break tradition to survive and flourish. They contract outside company Shelby American which is helmed by the straight-shooting Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) who used to race cars but now helps design and build cars. He hired the difficult but brilliant Ken Miles (Christian Bale) onto his team to build for Ford in a bid to expand their business. Honestly, I think this might be Bale’s best performance to date and I say that as a fan of his career. The cast of characters on their team are also great with a special shout out to Ray McKinnon as an old school engineer working for Shelby. I also really liked seeing Jon Bernthal as Lee Iacocca, the one whose idea it is to shoot for the moon in the first place. I definitely recommend this movie.

Live from the Space Stage

This is a surprising new documentary produced by Kevin Perjurer of Defunctland and young filmmaker Matthew Serrano. Knowing it was from Perjurer, I knew that it would probably have something to do with Disney parks but I was absolutely surprised (and I was right). The documentary covers the Disney Record Company’s manufacture of a band called Halyx. The musicians in Disney parks at that time (1981) were either very poppy or stuff like barbershop quartets. This was Disney’s attempt to design and put together a rock band. The concept was to put on good music but it was more important to put on a spectacle. Each band member took on a persona, several of them were dressed in costumes that made them inhuman. They were a vaguely Star Wars-themed band but an entirely new creation. The band members really added to it and they gained a huge underground following and then a bad record deal demolished them. I definitely recommend it.

High Score

This is a new documentary series on Netflix more or less on the history of video games. A lot of it I had heard before but some of it was absolutely new to me. It is not made by any one company and therefore is able to look into the high spots and the low spots. For example, it covers the move from arcades to the Atari, Japan making landfall in America, and lots of innovations and entrepeneurs. It has also covered so far the Atari ET debacle, the Video Game crash of the Eighties, and various court cases. Everybody is absolutely candid. The show also covers inspirational stories outside of the actual industry. For example, it tells the story of the trans woman who won the National Space Invaders Tournament. It is a fascinating look at how the industry evolved from counter culture to mainstream culture. I recommend this show.

Music of the Week:


HALYX – What Is He Hiding

Lacey Sturm – Impossible

러블리즈(Lovelyz) – 지금, 우리

Bowling For Soup – Alexa Bliss

Maisy Kay – Almost Touch Me

Weekly Update:

  • This week’s theme is “Building Something Innovative”
  • I watched more Riverdale Season 4
  • I watched more Nancy Drew Season 1
  • I watched more Watcher videos
  • I watched more Watchmen Season 1
  • I watched more Rizzoli and Isles Season 5
  • I watched more Lovecraft Country Season 1
  • I watched more Harley Quinn Season 1
  • I watched more Muppets Now Season 1
  • I started Hannibal Season 2
  • I started watching Summer Games Done Quick
  • I finished Batwoman Season 1

Media Update 8/20/20

August 20, 2020

Lovecraft Country

HP Lovecraft was an absolute racism but that part of him has long gone ignored. I have definitely explained that even Italian was too dark for Lovecraft and he named his black cat the N word. So when I heard of the book Lovecraft Country which combined the real life guidebooks that Black people wrote for travelling the country and eldritch horror, I was excited. The involvement of Jordan Peele was exciting and showrunner Misha Green has a history in television. JJ Abrams is just a producer. The show hit me right away with the great combination of realistic stories of racism and extraordinary tales of horror. The show is set in the 1950s with segregation still legal and many laws still on the books making it easier for violence against Blacks to happen. Unlike movies like The Green Book, it does not pretend that racism only existed in the South. Jurnee Smollett is great as the hot-blooded Letitia. Jonathan Majors plays the bookish ex-soldier Atticus who is bucking against the way the world is while trying to be smart about things. Courtney B. Vance plays the older Uncle George who is wise to the guidebooks and is constantly working to explore and add to the book. I definitely recommend this show.

Project Power

When I first heard about this movie, I was intrigued and expected it to be an adaptation of a comic book when it is actually not. It definitely feels like a graphic novel, though. The story of the movie is that there is a new pill being sold that gives people superpowers for five minutes. The superpower depends on a person’s individual genetic markers and are based on animal attributes. The powers are often not pretty and disastrous hence it being an underground drug. It stars Jamie Foxx as an ex-soldier similar to the second Captain America (Isaiah Bradley) who has a personal vendetta. He is joined by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, a hotshot police detective. The real star of the movie is Dominique Fishback, a young student who is caught up in the drug world but desperately wants to help. The movie is action-packed and takes a look at how policing, politics, illegal experimentation, and life under the poverty line really works. I definitely recommend it.

Zombies 2

I really liked the first Zombies as it had a lot of bouncy, poppy music but actually had a really good racism allegory. The second movie extends that allegory and really puts more work into it. It is ostensibly about how minorities may try to pass or fit in to get rights instead of being themselves. This includes denying or destroying their heritage in exchange for acceptance. It also explores the situation of how non-minorities can lose their place in their community by siding with minorities. It is not a perfect movie in that sense but it is definitely very entertaining and I hope it educates the average Disney Channel viewer. The whole cast returns and they all get expanded bits in stories. Milo Manheim plays one of the titular zombies who is trying to gain more rights for his kind but is swayed by the siren song of true acceptance. Meg Donnelly plays a cheerleader who has lost ground for choosing to date a zombie and is trying to live her life the best way she can. I was very pleased that they gave more of a role to the franchise’s only black character played by Carla Jeffry who is adorable. Although, the addition of the werewolves does bring in the dynamic Chandler Kinney who is so charming. I recommend this to those who like bouncy musicals.

Music of the Week:
Cardi B – Money

Steven Page – The Work At Hand

BiS2nd 新生アイドル研究会 – アゲンストザペイン

Bring Me The Horizon – medicine

Lauren Jauregui – More Than That

Weekly Update:

This week’s theme is “Racism and the Supernatural”

I watched more Riverdale Season 4

I watched more Nancy Drew Season 1

I watched more Watcher videos

I watched more Watchmen Season 1

I watched more Batwoman Season 1

I watched more Rizzoli and Isles Season 5

I watched more Harley Quinn Season 1

I watched more Muppets Now Season 1

I finished Hannibal Season 1

I finished Scientology and the Aftermath

I finished Elementary Season 2

Media Update 8/13/20

August 13, 2020


Watchmen

I was a big fan of the graphic novel when it came out, although as I have gotten older I roll my eyes a bit at some of the politics. It is an interesting look at how superheroes might actually work in a world more like our own. It shows how power corrupts and how society will always seek to tear down anybody who becomes famous. The movie adaptation was not great but that is because it was a panel for frame adaptation. It was never going to be anything else. The show is an adaptation in that it takes the story forward in time and writes a new story. It is a world still feeling the echoes of the characters in the original source material. Regina King plays a masked police detective, a woman stuck between justice and the system. Jean Smart plays Laurie Blake, the now jaded veteran superhero who is now dedicated to eradicating superheroes. Jeremy Irons plays Adrian Veidt, an aging genius billionaire who is now going mad. The rest of the cast is filled with great performances from Tim Blake Nelson, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Louis Gossett Jr., Don Johnson, and Hong Chau. All of these are names you should know by now. The story has a lot of moving parts and several ongoing mysteries that relate to the original source material and the new material. I definitely recommend the show.


Nancy Drew

I used to read the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew. I got into Nancy Drew when I first read Hardy Boys books that crossed over with Nancy Drew. Once that happened, I never really went back to the Hardy Boys. Reading Nancy is why I immediately got into Veronica Mars. This show feels very much like Veronica Mars. Nancy has had a hell of a time and now she is reconnecting with a world she had previously disconnected from. She is rusty as an investigator and now there are also supernatural elements to deal with (something that was prevalent in the visual novels). Kennedy McMann is great as the somewhat jaded girl detective with a heart of gold. Leah Lewis plays George Fan, a moody, nerdy young woman with strong convictions. Maddison Jaizani plays a somewhat ditzy Bess Marvin who kind of acts as a light in the darkness. Tunji Kasim plays Ned Nickerson, the bad boy who is Nancy’s boyfriend. There is plenty more to love in the show so far and I am getting into the twisting mystery. I want to see what happens next. I recommend the show with the caveat that it is a CW show so it has a lot of that style.


The Girl Who Played With Fire

Like the first movie, this is another mystery/thriller from the land of Sweden. Stieg Larsson died before his books were adapted into movies but each of the Swedish movies has been very faithful to the source material. While the style of the movies feels bleak, the mysteries burn hot. Lisbeth Salander is a compelling character. She is a heavily flawed yet fascinatingly awesome character. The first film made Noomi Rapace a name in America and that ended up being a great thing for Hollywood. She brings a fire to Salander, an outsider, a punk, and a hacker. Along the way, she befriended a journalist played but Michael Nyqvist who is a little bit goofy but an intelligent and moral voice for the voiceless. Together and separately, they are trying to save the world in their own way. The movie, like its predecessor, is entirely in Swedish but it is very easy to follow with subtitles. I recommend this movie.

Music of the Week:
BABYMETAL – Elevator Girl

Normani – Motivation

Qveen Herby – Cheap Talk

K.Flay – Not In California

Jimmy Eat World – 555

Weekly Update:
– This week’s theme is “Crimes from Books”
– I watched more Elementary Season 2
– I watched more Hannibal Season 1
– I watched more Riverdale Season 4
-I watched more Batwoman Season 1
– I watched more Scientology and the Aftermath
– I watched more Rizzoli and Isles Season 5
– I watched more Harley Quinn Season 1
– I watched more Muppets Now Season 1
– I watched more Perry Mason Season 1
– I finished The Umbrella Academy Season 2
– I started watching Haunted

Media Update 8/6/2020

August 6, 2020


Muppets Now

I have been a rabid fan of the Muppets since I first watched The Muppet Show as a kid. I have consumed every bit of Muppet content since that first exposure. I love the Muppets. Some people were turned off by Muppets Tonight and the recent The Muppets (2015). People may have been thrown by the different formats. This new show is styled as a web show with the Muppets putting together show segments. For example, the first episode has Lifesty(le) with Miss Piggy, Okey Dokey Kookin with Swedish Chef, Muppet Masters hosted by Walter, and Mup Close and Personal hosted by Kermit. The central figure of the show is Scooter who is trying to upload the show while chatting with Muppets characters. It has the same Muppet comedy and I really enjoyed myself a lot. The whole cast (including new additions like Walter) seems to be up for grabs and I could not be happier with the show. The first episode had human guests including Taye Diggs, Linda Cardellini, Carlina Will, and Ru Paul. I cannot wait to see what future episodes will bring. I definitely recommend this show.


Scoob!

Scooby-Doo is another franchise that I have been into since I was a kid. The original animation was cheap but the voice acting, ghosts, and comedy carried it through. The various iterations through the years have kept the story fresh and made the franchise iconic. This movie is a gentle facelift and the first movie to bring it fully into CGI animation. I think the art style gives it a new coat of paint but keeps it faithful to the old art style. The whole movie is actually a love letter to Hanna Barbera in general. The story has Mystery Incorporated mixing it up with Blue Falcon, Dynomutt, Dick Dastardly, Muttley, Dee Dee Sykes, and Captain Caveman. This is supposed to set up a new Hanna Barbera shared universe. The voice acting was really good with a mostly new actor for every character. Talent like Will Forte, Gina Rodriguez, Mark Wahlberg, Zac Efron, Amanda Seyfried, Tracy Morgan, Ken Jeong, Kiersey Clemons, and the legendary Frank Welker. It was an exciting story with plenty of good comedy. I definitely recommend it.


Perry Mason

I never watched the original Perry Mason but have heard it referred to often from legal professionals. I was intensely interested to see what this new show might be. It follows the titular character working as a private investigator who primarily works for a defense attorney. Matt Rhys plays Mason, a rundown man who is a brilliant investigator but the rest of his life is falling apart. He works for an attorney played by John Lithgow who is barely recognizable. The rest of the cast is great and the show is pure Film Noir. The lighting is dark but also the subject matter is as well. I will spoil just a tiny bit here and say that the show involves a child murder mystery. It gets a bit graphic similar to The Alienist. The show also dwells a lot on Mason’s PTSD from being in the trenches of the Great War. The show is dark but we shall see if it picks up since this is supposed to be an origin story for the legendary defense attorney himself. I recommend it but be careful since it is very dark.

Music of the Week:
Poppy – BLOODMONEY

Kim Petras – Heart to Break

Yung Bae – Must Be Love

Five Finger Death Punch – Inside Out

Boy Danger – Tightrope ft. Gitau

 

Weekly Update:
– This week’s theme is “Bringing it Back”
– I watched more Elementary Season 2
– I watched more Hannibal Season 1
– I watched more Riverdale Season 4
-I watched more Batwoman Season 1
– I watched more Scientology and the Aftermath
– I watched more Rizzoli and Isles Season 5
– I watched more Harley Quinn Season 1
– I started The Umbrella Academy Season 2
– I started watching Unsolved Mysteries (2020)

Media Update 7/30/20

July 30, 2020


See You Yesterday

This had been on my list for quite some time and I had to jump on it this week thanks to the theme. I also wanted to finally jump on this because it is part of Netflix’s Black Lives Matter collection and I want to encourage that sort of thing. It is definitely related to Black Lives Matter and is super relevant to the current climate. In it, two young inventors struggle to finish their time travel project when a police shooting becomes deadly. The concept of having to go back in time to remove yet another black death from history is impactful. It really frames the problem perfectly and I think would make it clear even for skeptics. Eden Duncan-Smith is fantastic as the young and brilliant high schooler with a bit of a passion problem. Dante Crichlow is great as her friend and partner who also has an eye to the future. Most of the movie is concerned with the chemistry between these two and there is a lot of great chemistry. I also really liked Astro (that’s his whole name) who played the older brother of the main character. I definitely recommend this movie as it is very much worth watching.


Palm Springs

I was extremely excited when I found out that Lonely Island was producing another movie. Pop Star was such a fun movie with heart that I will always check out what these guys do. Andy Samberg has made some career moves that I have questioned but when he is with his friends, he almost always succeeds. I also found out that Quyen Tran was the cinematographer, a person who came to my attention through Critical Role but who is a great artist in her own right. The movie is a time loop movie but manages to make the idea fresh again and plays with it really well. Samberg is great as the hapless boob resigned to the loop. I was not familiar with Cristin Milioti but she was great as the more cynical and curious young woman. JK Simmons was fantastic but I have never seen him be anything but. I was also surprised to see two CW stars who I love Camila Mendes (Riverdale) and Tyler Hoechlin (Supergirl, Superman and Lois). I definitely recommend this movie as it was silly but it has heart like a lot of Lonely Island projects.


The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time

Asylum is a weird movie studio that has a long and weird history of really crappy movies (although last week I reviewed one of their TV shows). They started to draw attention by creating cheap knockoffs of Hollywood blockbusters and quickie movies adapted from public domain stories. A lot of their ideas come long after somebody else originally had them. However, Sharknado was a different animal altogether. It was not well-made but it made a splash with how over-the-top ridiculous it was. As the franchise progressed, it leaned in to being as crazy and trite as it could be. As the phenomenon grew, they crammed more and more B and C list cameos in. This movie is no different except that it also includes time travel. I will say that the medieval segment took the cake for most awful people in it with both Marina Sirtis and Neil Degrasse Tyson sharing scenes. Also, Ben Stein as Alexander Hamilton was a mistake. I mean, I see where they were coming from but ugh. Anyway, it was a crazy franchise and I recommend it for the spectacle and insanity but don’t pay for it.

 

Music of Week:
Gorillaz – PAC-MAN

Watsky – Undermine

Deorro – Rise and Shine

ONUKA – ZENIT

K.O.Y – Baltimore

 

Weekly Update:
– This week’s theme is “It’s About Time”
– I watched more Elementary Season 2
– I watched more Watcher videos
– I watched more Hannibal Season 1
– I watched more Riverdale Season 4
– I watched more Z Nation Season 1
-I watched more Batwoman Season 1
– I watched more Scientology and the Aftermath
– I watched The Couch: Baby Blue (my friend was in it!)
– I finished Supergirl Season 5
– I finished Black Lightning Season 3
– I finished Legends of Tomorrow Season 5
– I started Rizzoli and Isles Season 5

Media Update 7/23/20

July 23, 2020


The Old Guard

Charlize Theron is definitely the best female action star and quite possibly may be the best action star full stop. She is at the very least top ten. I adored her in Mad Max: Fury Road, Atomic Blonde, Mindhunter, Aeon Flux, and the Fate of the Furious. She has such a commanding presence that studios should definitely be using her like crazy. In this, she is an immortal soldier who leads a squad of immortal soldiers who travel around as freedom fighters. They have to face off against a pharmaceutical company who is targetting them specifically. Theron is the grizzled soldier who has been living for several millennia. Relative newcomer KiKi Layne is the young upstart who is new to the team and the immortal life. Chiwetel Ejiofor plays a well-meaning researcher who has evidence of the team. Harry Melling is a Martin Shkreli-type pharma bro. The story is based on a graphic novel by Greg Rucka who also created the awesome Stumptown comic and worked on Wonder Woman. The story is very well-told and the characters really resonate. The action scenes are some of the best I have ever seen. I definitely recommend it.


Harley Quinn (2019)

This is the new animated series that premiered last year. This series actually comes off as a mix of a comic book show and a sitcom with the characters constantly getting into awkward situations. The humor is very R-rated with plenty of gore, cursing, and craziness. The show is centered around Harley’s attempts to strike out on her own after breaking up with Joker. She is living with Poison Ivy as she tries to get her life together. The supervillains of Gotham come off as petty and cliquish and it is very funny. The show also goes pretty deep into the roster of DC Comics characters and also pokes fun at previous Batman projects. I am interested to watch the character’s arcs and see the jokes they come up with. The show is definitely pretty graphically violent but not overly much for most people, I think. It also has an all-star cast including Kaley Cuoco, Lake Bell, Alan Tudyk, Ron Funches, Diedrich Bader, Christopher Meloni, JB Smoove, Jim Rash, and so many more. I recommend this show.


Z Nation

I had seen this show available for streaming for quite a while but I kept passing it by. I think mostly because of The Walking Dead. This show is definitely not TWD. This show focuses more on the zombies and follows more than one storyline and the characters have more goals than just surviving. They need to get an asymptomatic carrier across the country in order to study his blood. They are guided by the last surviving member of the NSA, a computer geek played by DJ Qualls. There does not seem to be a star of the show yet as everybody gets a little time in the spotlight here and there. But I would go with Kellita Smith as a former National Guard member who seems to almost have fun in the apocalypse. I also really like the silent sniper character played by Nat Zang. Anastasia Baranova plays the group’s tech expert and I really like her style. I love to hate Keith Allan as the wise-cracking criminal whose blood is so important. There are plenty of other characters but I am trying not to get too attached in case some of them die. The show has a lot of action but also has offbeat humor mixed in with the drama. I recommend the show but be warned it is fairly gory.

Music of the Week:
Tyler the Creator – A Boy is a Gun

TOOL – Fear Inoculum

Migos, Nicki Minaj, Cardi B – MotorSport

Vice Girl – They Live, We Sleep

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Weekly Update:
– This week’s theme is “Get Yourself a Crew”
– I watched more Elementary Season 2
– I watched more Watcher videos
– I watched more Supergirl Season 5
– I watched more Rizzoli and Isles Season 4
– I watched more Legends of Tomorrow Season 5
– I watched more Hannibal Season 1
– I finished The Flash Season 6
– I watched Ooga Booga
– I watched Head of the Family
– I watched Dollman
– I watched Supersonic Man (Rifftrax version)
– I watched Dolls (2019)

 

Media Update 7/16/20

July 16, 2020


Hannibal

I had watched a little of this show at some point but I never really gave it a fair shot because it was not accessible. I have read all of the Thomas Harris books where the character of Hannibal Lecter was created. This show is a reimagining of the three books and the movies. It is really neat because the movies had different directors, screenwriters, and tones. To have it all under one banner gives things more of a unified direction. The show follows Will Graham (the protagonist of Red Dragon) as he works to catch serial killers. Hannibal Lecter (played brilliantly by Mads Mikkelsen) has decided to help out but obviously has an ulterior motive. He is a shark swimming around and pushing buttons. Laurence Fishburne plays Jack Crawford, Will’s boss and Lecter’s friend. Caroline Dhavernas plays Alana Bloom, a psychology professor who tries to keep Will stable. The show explores the twisted world of serial killers in a very pretty artistic way. Seriously, the crime scenes are often disgusting but they are also gorgeous. I recommend this show.


Dark

This is a German show but I have started watching it dubbed in English (since Netflix provides that service). The show is a science fiction show that deals with time travel and disappearances in a small town. I am not that far into it but there are a ton of characters including adults, teens, and children. The town is reeling from a suicide and a child disappearance. On the edge, the town is in for much worse events that may be repeating things from back in the late 80s. It is an interesting show that slowly works through dozens of interconnected threads. I am interested to see where this one goes. I am not sure if this actually involves time travel or just weird stuff with time and space. It may be something else entirely. It is rare that I am so lost on the premise of a show but also excited about it. There are a lot of characters and plot threads to keep track of but it may be very rewarding to do so. I recommend it as well.


The Alienist

The concept of this show is that it is set in 1896 in New York City. The show covers the dawn of modern crimefighting techniques that use psychology and forensics. It mixes both fictional characters with actual figures from history. For example, there is a character based on Alice Stebbins, the first female police officer in New York. Figures like Teddy Roosevelt and JP Morgan are around. Luke Evans plays a reporter who is arrogant and a playboy with connections in the dirtiest parts of town. Dakota Fanning plays the aforementioned first female cop, dealing with misogyny and trying to further her career. They work with Daniel Bruhl who plays the title character, an Alienist which is kind of a special psychologist who specifically examines abnormal psychology. The show is super dark and deals with sexual exploitation and violence toward minors. It is not an easy show to watch but it is pretty fascinating. I recommend the show but it is also pretty gory and not for the faint of heart.

Music of the Week:
Gorillaz – Hollywood

ESKIMO CALLBOY – Nice Boi

Drown This City – Stay Broken

YUNGBLUD – original me

J Balvin X Bad Bunny – Yo Le Llego

Weekly Update:
– This week’s theme is “Investigating the Darkness”
– I watched more Elementary Season 2
– I watched more The Flash Season 6
– I watched more Watcher videos
– I watched more Supergirl Season 5
– I watched more Riverdale Season 4
– I watched more Rizzoli and Isles Season 4
– I watched more Legends of Tomorrow Season 5
– I watched more Doom Patrol Season 1
– I watched more Scooby-Doo: Mystery Inc. Season 1
– I finished American Vandal Season 1
– I watched Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters
– I watched Justice League: Throne of Atlantis
– I watched Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay

Media Update 7/9/20

July 9, 2020


Hamilton

Sometimes I felt like I was the only person on Earth who had not seen Hamilton. When it got popular, ticket prices started going up while availability started going down. I contented myself by just listening to the music. After all, the music is the heart and soul of the show. There are very few spoken words in the show. I was overjoyed to hear that Disney+ would be presenting a theatrical recording of the original Broadway production. It was something I went into knowing that I would love it but I was absolutely blown away. There were songs I sometimes skipped on the soundtrack which I absolutely loved. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s performance was, of course, fantastic but I had no idea how good Phillipa Soo, Daveed Diggs, Jonathan Groff, Leslie Odom Jr., Chris Jackson, and so many more were. The story and music are so good and it is a great story about deeply flawed people who were tasked with creating my country. For me, the show really lived up to all of the hype and then some. I will be writing a more spoilery piece for this coming Monday. I definitely recommend watching this show.


Beetlejuice: The Musical

(Fair notice: I watched a bootlegged copy of this filmed back when the show was in the Winter Garden Theatre). I had watched a short documentary piece on the show and I became absolutely intrigued by it. I love the original Beetlejuice made by Tim Burton. It’s a classic. However, I also really liked the animated television show which came quite a bit later. This show attempts to mix both with a modern rock musical. I think they were absolutely successful. They took the original plot of the movie and then they massaged in more heart and a storyline that is somehow darker but also funnier. The character of Beetlejuice is a dynamic, fourth-wall-breaking lunatic more or less how he is in the movie but way more energy. The big change is that the character of Lydia is given far more to do and gets to be more than just a vague goth girl. I really want to see the show live now. I would pay for it. I recommend this show as well.


Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

I was hesitant to watch a movie based on Eurovision because of their ludicrous decision to step in a mess by holding the event in Israel and trying to get rid of Palestinian protests. However, when I looked into things a bit, I found that it was about Iceland who courageously joined Palestinian protests and was penalized for it. The movie follows a man and a woman who desperately want to compete at Eurovision (played by Will Ferrell and Rachel MacAdams). The movie has all the weird charm associated with Eurovision with all of the over the top special effects, weird cultural references, and odd song choices. I only had a few problems with it. First, I was completely thrown off by the movie being set in 2020. Everything seemed to be time-warped back to the seventies or eighties or even the nineties but I was completely thrown by it being set in 2020 without it affecting the plot that much. The other is I would have liked the movie even better without Will Ferrell but he made the movie so that is impossible. The movie is still good goofy fun and embraces a very European flair and it is a love letter to Eurovision days gone by. I recommend it as well.

Music of the Week:
Dschinghis Khan – Moskau

Demi Lovato – I Love Me

LORDI – Your Tongue’s Got The Cat

Hamilton Mixtape – Immigrants (We Get The Job Done)

Daveed Diggs – Fresh From The Hood

Weekly Update:
– This week’s theme is “Musical Stories”
– I watched more Elementary Season 2
– I watched more Flash Season 6
– I watched more Watcher videos
– I watched more Supergirl Season 5
– I watched more Riverdale Season 4
– I watched more Rizzoli and Isles Season 4
– I watched more Legends of Tomorrow Season 5
– I watched more Supernatural Season 15
– I watched more Doom Patrol Season 1


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