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Media Update 3/8/18

March 8, 2018


The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale

I was not really planning on watching this show and when I decided to watch it, I expected to let it play in the background while I did other things. I had never watched The Soup and I was instead familiar with Joel McHale from Community mostly. McHale has a fun arrogant charm in his delivery that ends up making as much fun of him as his targets. The show is a continuation of The Soup as it makes fun of media on a week to week schedule. It mainly targets reality television (McHale seems to have sworn an oath of enmity against The Bachelor) but there are plenty of other clips he makes fun of. He pokes fun at his new bosses (Netflix), soap operas from around the world, daytime television, and even pro-wrestling. He plays clips which he comments on but he also does plenty of lighthearted skits with cameos from the kind of celebrities who don’t take themselves too seriously. (Kristen Bell!) The show is light humor and a nice break from a lot of the more political humor that I watch elsewhere. I am eagerly awaiting the next episode after shotgunning the first three. I definitely recommend it for the surreal skits mixed with crazy TV clips.


Other Space

I got really curious about Paul Feig after watching him make cameos on the Joel McHale show. I decided to look up some of his other television shows since I have not been overjoyed over his movies so far. And so it was that I stumbled upon this show he made that probably very few people watched because it is only on Yahoo Screens. The show is about a crew who accidentally get transported to another universe that is unexplored. In a way, it is kind of a parody of Star Trek Voyager combined with The Office. It focuses on a small group of characters who are trapped on a ship and thrown together in different situations and forced to interact. The ship is captained by a character played by Karan Soni who most moviegoers may know as Dopinder from Deadpool. His weak-willed but kind character is in charge of a group of misfits and tries his best. He is backed by his abrasive and by-the-book sister played by Bess Rous. The ship’s navigator is Milana Vayntrub, probably most known for her AT&T commercials. The ship’s computer is basically a flighty model (played by Conor Leslie), more interested in people liking her than doing her job. The crew is rounded out by the comedy talents of Trace Beaulieu, Joel Hodgson, and Neil Casey. It is a really quirky, offbeat show that was canceled quickly but I recommend it.


Freaks and Geeks

I had heard a lot about how great this show is and how sad that it was canceled after one season. It started the careers of a lot of people who would go on to become very famous. This is a union of two of the most popular current Hollywood directors. Paul Feig (the reason for the season this week) was the writer and creator of the show. He obviously went on to create other TV shows but also hit movies like Bridesmaids, The Heat, and the Ghostbusters remake. Judd Apatow was the executive producer on the show and directed a few episodes and he went on to do all the stuff you already know about. The show is largely about two kids growing up in 1980. The first is played by Linda Cardellini and she is a high schooler who is tired of being a good girl and starts hanging out with the resident high school burnouts (Freaks). The other major character is her brother played by John Francis Daley who is a nerdy kid just trying to survive freshman year in high school and maybe get a date with his crush (Geeks). Each of their plots intersects in each episode since they live in the same house and go to the same school. The Freaks are played by James Franco, Seth Rogen, and Jason Segel. The rest of the Geeks are played by Martin Starr and Samm Levine. The show is really fun and the dialogue and the characters are believable. They capture the ridiculousness and the ennui of high school but also the bond between school friends. I will definitely be watching more of this and I recommend it.

Music of the Week:
Black Kids – I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You

Red Handed Denial – Trespasser

Yours Truly – High Hopes

CL – The Baddest Female

She & Him – In The Sun

Weekly Update:
– This week’s theme is “Paul Feig Television”
– I finished Criminal Minds Season 11
– I watched more Peaky Blinders Season 1
– I continued watching Black Lightning Season 1
– I started watching iZombie Season 4
– I started watching Schitt’s Creek Season 3
– I watched Game Grumps, Barry Kramer, LordMinion777, KittyKat Gaming, and Critical Role on YouTube.
– I think I will eventually have to give Bridesmaids and The Heat a shot.

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Media Update 5/25/2017

May 25, 2017


Independence Day: Resurgence

This is a project that I have heard about for the last twenty years. The original was created by Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin (of Leverage/Librarians fame). It was a fun, cheesy blockbuster action/comedy movie about a full-on invasion of Earth by extraterrestrials. I have seen it several times and it never gets old to me. This sequel basically took the form that was rumored for the last twenty years. Humans merge their technology with the tech of the fallen ships to fight a bigger threat. Sequels always have a bigger threat. Twenty years later and they combined some of the old cast with a new one. We get a returning Jeff Goldblum who is just as eccentric as he is in every movie. We also get a returning Brent Spiner who gets more of a role and a returning Bill Pullman who gets less of a role. Our action stars are Liam Hemsworth, Jessie T. Usher and Maika Monroe who all play fighter pilots in the battle and Deobia Oparei. Judd Hirsch also returns but probably should not have, same goes for Vivica Fox who was in the movie for like 30 seconds. The movie was pretty fun, actually for a 20-year sequel. It felt like the first movie but it made a little more sense to me. I want to see a prequel about Deobia Oparei’s African warriors fighting the aliens hand to hand. I recommend it but your mileage may vary.


Interstellar

I am a big fan of Christopher Nolan and I have been since I saw Batman Begins. I like his filmmaking style that always has interesting characters and intricate plots that pay out big time. Some (like Dark Knight) are better than others (The Dark Knight Rises) but I have at least liked each of his movies that I have seen. This movie is a thinkpiece about the physics involved in space travel, black holes, and wormholes. It also touches on the emerging science of gravity waves. Nolan and his brother had a consulting physicist named Dr. Kip Thorne who is a former classmate of Dr. Stephen Hawkins and a brilliant scientific mind in his own right. They worked hard to make this tale of space travel as scientifically accurate as they could. The way they play with time and relativity is really amazing and actually kind of terrifying. The movie stars Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway as a former NASA pilot and a scientist who are tasked with finding a suitable planet for humans to relocate to. McConaughey’s daughter is also a key character and she is played by three actresses due to the relativity of time. There is a definite feel to the movie that is reminiscent of 2001: A Space Odyssey and its sequel 2010. The movie made me think, made me laugh, made me sad and made me happy. It is super long but if you have the time I recommend it.


Plan 9 (2015)

Another movie that has been in the works for a long time. Remaking Plan 9 from Outer Space of all movies sounded like a fool’s errand to me when I first heard about it. The original is so bad that it is fun to watch it, especially with friends. Ed Wood was a passionate filmmaker but he never really had enough money or expertise to really bring his movies to life correctly. The premise of this movie is trying to make a modern remake that is truer to that original vision but with a better budget and more hands on deck to realize the vision. The result was actually really fun. The movie is reimagined with less aliens and becomes more of a sci-fi zombie movie with more mysterious aliens. This removes the awkward speeches from the aliens and allows the movie to focus more on the townspeople. While it is not a perfect movie by far, it has an offbeat humor and a lot of fun action. It plays a little with zombie tropes since the method of creating zombies is a little different from most movies. I recommend it but mostly for the hardcore bad movie junkies, the sci-fi nuts and nerds like me.

Music of the Week:
Patrik Fitzgerald – Safety-Pin Stuck In My Heart

Wrekonize – Clones

X – Johnny Hit and Run Paulene

One Direction – Drag Me Down

Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj – Bang Bang

Weekly Update:
– This week’s theme is “Outer Space”
– I watched a ton of Season 2 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
– I watched more Season 2 of The Get Down
– I watched more Fairy Tail
– I finished Sherlock Season 4
– I finished Better Call Saul Season 2
– I finished Season One of The Crown
– I caught two more episodes I was missing of The Librarians


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