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Media Update 11/2/17

November 2, 2017


Mindhunter

I have been fascinated with abnormal psychology and the way our minds work for a long time. As a kid, I bought a psychology textbook because I wanted to learn more and more. It was probably the nerdiest thing that I have ever done. Textbooks are really not meant to be read cover to cover but I did my best. This show brought me back to that. The characters of academia and the FBI struggle to find some way to catalog and explain the public emergence of serial killers in the seventies. People like Charles Manson and Sam Berkowitz left law enforcement staggered and startled because their motives were elusive. The foundation of the show is the partnership between two FBI agents (played by and ) as they interview these killers to see what makes them tick. It quickly becomes a team when a college professor (played by Anna Torv) lends her considerable expertise to the project. The project is also somewhat unofficially helped by ()’s character’s wonderfully sarcastic girlfriend (played by ) who is a psychology doctorate candidate. The really meaty scenes come when the agents interview the serial killers but as we go we learn more about how the whole team copes with the grueling work and how they deal with each other. I definitely recommend it.


IT (2017)

I distinctly remember renting the original 1990 It miniseries from Blockbuster and taking it home so my brother and I could watch it. I had read the book along with a lot of other Stephen King books even though the thing is almost thicker than a phonebook (ask your parents, kids). The original is not really scary. Some of the concepts are creepy but the execution is more unintentionally funny than scary. It still has a place in my heart. This version felt more faithful to the book. First, it is not a huge spoiler to say that the movie only covers the first half of the book. This is great because the original was four hours long and instead of doing that again, we are given just the first two hours. It allowed them time to focus on the first act of the story and really focus on quality. The cast of children is really amazing. All of them are on the ball and act like kids I grew up with but a special shout out to Finn Wolfhard from Stranger Things and Sophia Lillis. Bill Skarsgård is amazing as Pennywise. He switches from creepily playful to deadly serious in a heartbeat. His eyes and body move in crazy directions. The makeup is so freaky looking and the special effects applied were pretty amazing. The movie follows a lot of the book but makes some changes which I think were mostly for the better. I definitely recommend this one.


The Belko Experiment

I had wanted to see this movie since I first saw a trailer for it and I finally got my chance. Based loosely on the legendary Milgram experiment, this movie is about a vicious human psychology experiment. How does a person’s morality fair when the stakes get higher and higher? When the law is not an issue, what duty do we owe our fellow humans? The trailer is above and it pretty much describes the premise. An office building full of workers are told that they must start killing each other or there will be consequences. The inevitable descent into madness is slow but that ends up being great. We know things will get bad. We know the destination, so the journey is the real story. There were a bunch of great character actors that I loved like Sean Gunn, John C. McGinley, Brent Sexton, James Earl, and Michael Rooker. There were also great main characters in John Gallagher Jr., Adria Arjona, Melonie Diaz and Tony Goldwyn. Really, everybody was really great. It really felt like offices I have been in but in a pressure cooker that explodes. It definitely owes a lot of its visuals and feel to movies like Battle Royale but it still felt like its own thing. I also recommend it.

Music of the Week:
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Sinister Purpose

Big Data – The Business of Emotion

OMI – Cheerleader

The Sequence – Funky Sound

Rise Against – The Violence

Weekly Update:
– This week’s theme is “Psychological Killers”
– I am halfway through Stranger Things Season 2
– I kept watching Blacklist Season 3
– I kept watching Blindspot Season 1
– I kept watching Little Witch Academia Season 1
– Halloween is well and truly over… for now

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