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Media Update 8/2/18

August 2, 2018

Being John Malkovich

I have been hearing about this movie since it came out as I am sure plenty of people who have not seen it experienced the same thing. If you have heard the premise and you think the movie has been spoiled, then you are wrong. This movie is absolutely insane. It has so many twists and turns and themes that is honestly overwhelming at times. At various times I found the movie to be funny, deep, and uncomfortable and sometimes the three feelings got mixed together. This is a surreal fantasy where nothing is quite real and everything is like a series of comedy routines but teetering on the edge of horror. The movie stars John Cusack and a barely recognizable Cameron Diaz as a couple. Cusack is incredibly nerdy and weird and strangely relatable but also easy to hate. Cameron Diaz is sympathetic but also just insane. There is also Catherine Keener as probably the most confident woman in the world. Of course, John Malkovich is in the movie. He is just so charming and ends up usually being the straight man to the madness around him. There are also great character actors like Orson Bean, Ned Bellamy, and Mary Kay Place. The movie is offbeat and weird in all the right ways. I definitely recommend this one as it is delightfully weird.

The Men Who Stare at Goats

We already know that the US Military is very good at wasting money. So the premise of a special PsyOps squad dealing with trying to find new, stupid ways to deal with our enemies. The team of Ewan MacGregor and George Clooney has so much chemistry that it is an obvious pairing. Ewan MacGregor’s journalist character is pathetic and gullible and charming. George Clooney is dashing and crazy, sort of like he was in Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? mixed with a little Danny Ocean. Robert Patrick is here too and he is always a little scary with a lot of gravity. Jeff Bridges plays an army man who gets sucked into the hippie movement and comes out with his brain baked. We also have appearances from Stephen Root, Nick Offerman, and Stephen Lang. The movie is quirky and fun but it was not really as good as I thought it could be. Still, it is a fun romp through Iraq which is a phrase I never thought I would type. It is a fun enough movie to put on the background. I would recommend it for that.


I have not seen many Seth Rogen films because most of them are Judd Apatow movies and I am not really a fan of those. However, what I have seen (Green Hornet, Zack and Miri) have proved to me that Seth Rogen is a lot of fun. Here, he plays the fun party animal who has grown up and has a family but is in denial about maybe missing a step. Rose Byrne plays his wife who also wishes she had not left the party behind. She is a lot of fun and I had not really seen her in a comedy role before (I had only seen her in X-Men: First Class). They are opposed by Zac Effron and Dave Franco. Effron is on top of his game here, alternately being very charming and then dropping into a darker, Pacino-esque persona. Dave Franco (who I like better than his sleazy brother) switches between fun frat bro and hyper-intelligent. The movie is full of fun cameos from people like Lisa Kudrow, Hannibal Burress, Lonely Island, the cast of Workaholics, Randall Park, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Jason Mantzoukas. There are also relative newcomers like Jerrod Carmichael and Craig Roberts who are a lot of fun. I fully expected this movie to be dumb and it was but in all the best ways. It was way better than it should have been and I definitely recommend it.

Music of the Week:

Psychedelic Horseshit – Portals

Within Temptation – Paradise

Fort Minor – Remember the Name

GFRIEND – Time for the Moon Night

Antigone Rising – Everywhere is Home

Weekly Update:
– This week’s theme is “Down the Rabbit Hole”
– I watched more Agents of Shield Season 5
– I watched more Luke Cage Season 2
– I watched more Supergirl Season 3
– I watched more NCIS Season 15
– I watched more Blue Bloods Season 8
– I watched more Barry Kramer on YouTube

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