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Media Update 11/18/21

November 18, 2021

Dune (2021)

I never read the Dune books. What little I was able to absorb through osmosis sounded exceedingly strange but I knew that it was a science fantasy series told over several thick books. I never watched the David Lynch version. However, I started to hear really great things about this version and so I decided to watch it as soon as Halloween was over. The movie is very long at 155 minutes but I have watched plenty of movies that long. The movie took a while to hook me as I tried to absorb all of the lore and exposition. Once it hooked me, I stayed hooked and I was very invested for the rest of the movie. It helps that it has such pretty visuals but it also has a compelling story with interesting characters. It also has an all-star cast of Timothee Chalamet, Zendaya, Josh Brolin, Oscar Isaac, Stellan Skarsgaard, Javier Bardem, Dave Bautista, and many more. It was also the first movie with Jason Momoa in it that I really liked. I recommend this movie.

Artemis Fowl

Another book series that I never read but now I really want to. This series tells the story of how the fairy world exists in the modern-day. It has such an interesting take on magic and the taxonomy of magical creatures. Like the Percy Jackson series, I feel like it does a lot to innovate its source material. The movie version was pretty good but they have yet to confirm a sequel so I wonder how well it was received. Still, anything with fairies is something that I am interested in. The movie rests on its star newcomer Ferdia Shaw who is pretty good as a surprisingly stoic child actor. Lara McDonnell plays a fae agent who is interesting and I want to see more of. Josh Gad probably has the best role I have seen him in as a strange, dwarven thief. I had never seen Nonzo Anozie act before but I found myself charmed by him. We also get some smaller parts from more seasoned actors Judi Dench and Colin Farrell. I recommend this movie.

Mockingjay Pt. 1

I watched part two about six years ago when it was in theaters and never watched this movie. I did read The Hunger Games and Catching Fire so I felt that I needed to close out the series. I ended up liking this movie more than Part Two. The second part was kind of confusingly shot and a bit confusing (even with all of the context I now have). This movie is very straightforward and tells a neat story about wartime propaganda and the shady ethics of government and the military. Jennifer Lawrence had settled into the role of Katniss Everdeen and really shines here. This was the last complete movie that Phillip Seymour Hoffman did and he is great. Donald Sutherland is at his most villainous and came off as very disturbing. Liam Hemsworth does a serviceable job as the guy. We get a lot of great returns from Woody Harrelson, Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Jeffrey Wright, and more. I recommend this movie.

Music of the Week:

dankeサン – Futon Anthem

PERSEFONE – Merkabah

Selfmindead – “Progress”

Shmoneymo – LOCKED IN

Mashup of the Week:

Doug Ferguson – People Are Dreaming of Rainbows In the Dark

Weekly Update:
This week’s theme is “Young Book Heroes”
I watched a ton of YouTube and Twitch
I watched more Doom Patrol Season 3
I finished Elementary Season 5
I watched more Bob’s Burgers Season 11
I watched more Sopranos Season 1


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