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Media Update 10/6/2016

October 6, 2016


Stranger Things

People have been raving about this one and I have been aching to talk about it. I actually watched this over the summer but I wanted to save talking about it for Halloween. It is definitely something great to watch for Halloween. While there are some science fiction elements (like Invaders from Mars) but there are a lot more horror elements. People have tried to illustrate what this show is like and I will attempt to describe my impression the same way. I felt that it was like Goonies mixed with Super 8 with heavy shades of Stephen King and a pinch of X-Files. I have to be careful what I say here because I do not want to spoil anything where others have been so careless. The show has a very eighties feel and is heavily inspired by the old Dungeons and Dragons lore as well as some rather interesting additions that have awesome special effects. The whole thing is scary, funny, sad and each episode pulled me forward even when I did not want to go any further. The kids really make this show special and they are all more or less unknowns which is great. Great performances from Winona Ryder and David Harbour round out the cast of what is a near perfect show. I definitely recommend it as I eagerly await season two and the horrible things that will happen next.


Preacher

I never read the comic version of Preacher but I remember reading snippets here and there in Wizard magazine. However, I know it was written by Garth Ennis and he wrote on Hellblazer which is one of my favorite non-superhero comics. He also wrote the Constantine movie which I really liked (but a lot of people did not). What I’ve gathered from what little of his writing that I have seen is that he does darkness very well. However, he also does dark humor very well. Preacher mixes the tone of western movies with strong supernatural, mythological and supernatural elements as well. Preacher follows the adventures of a preacher who discovers he suddenly has supernatural powers and supernatural enemies as well. He teams up with a hard-partying Irish vampire and his hard as nails ex-girlfriend to fight to survive and figure out what exactly is going on. The show is not for those who are sensitive about how God, Heaven and other Christian religious figures are handled. I happen to like when people play with mythological and religious stories and forms them into something new. This is a pretty wild show and there it is packed with good fun, action and a whole bunch of horror elements as well. I have not seen a whole lot of it yet but what I have seen has been really great. I definitely recommend it and you do not have to have read the comic first to understand it.

 


Wynonna Earp

This show has all the elements of a show that I would like. The show is about a descendant of Wyatt Earp in our 2016 who works with a black ops government group to battle the supernatural. Specifically, Wynonna wields the family gun (which belonged to Wyatt Earp himself) to send demons back to hell. There are some other details but I won’t spoil it for you. At least not directly. I love when western and modern elements are mixed. Seeing characters from the wild west trying to navigate the modern world is interesting. Also, seeing modern characters having to rely on wild west weaponry is really fun. On top of that, I really like the cast so far and the way the characters play with each other. The effects are on par with most other Syfy original series so they work but they are not spectacular which is probably to keep them affordable. This show has a similar feel to Warehouse 13 mixed with Sanctuary with a little bit of Buffy feel thrown in. The lead, Melanie Scrofano, kind of has that now-familiar but fun Krysten Ritter in Jessica Jones feel. We get to hang out with people she’s known all her life and new people in her life as well. We also get to see a fun portrayal of Doc Holiday who is very mysterious but charming. The show is just fun and I think it definitely has a lot of potential. I definitely recommend it.

Halloween Short Film of the Week:
Super Deluxe – When You Get A Text From An Unknown Number

Music of the Week:
Future Bible Heroes – I’m a Vampire

Killing Joke – Love Like Blood

Peter & The Wolves – Mr. Frankenstein

Butcher Babies – They’re Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Ha!

Teamheadkick – Welcome to Your Nightmares

Weekly Updates:
– This Week’s Theme is “Fighting the Supernatural”
– I watched some of Luke Cage, wait until after Halloween to hear about it
– I continued watching season 2 of Gotham
– I am finally almost done with season one of Penny Dreadful
– I watched the debate. Ugh.
– The Orioles almost got into the playoffs
– Halloween month continues
– Enjoy yourself!

Media Update 1/14/2016

January 14, 2016


Mulan

Here is another Disney Animated Feature Film that I had missed when it came out. I love Disney films but almost nobody ever wants to see them with me. I knew the basic plot points of Mulan because I’ve played Kingdom Hearts II and I fought alongside Mulan and Mushu. Lately the movie was referenced by both Ross O’Donovan and Daisy Ridley and I knew it was finally time to catch up on this one. I wasn’t prepared for it to be so good but I really should learn my lesson because I have yet to watch a truly bad Disney Animated Film (that isn’t a sequel). The music was all great as usual but “Let’s Get Down to Business” and “Honor to us All” and the score itself really stand out. Ming-Na Wen and BD Wong were excellent but the supporting cast were great too. Even Eddie Murphy was funny and not annoying. The movie was touching, funny and then it got serious and awesome and then back to touching. Definitely check it out if you can.

 


The Expanse

I didn’t know what to expect with this one. I’m historically less enthused about science fiction stories but my friends said it was really good. Since there were a ton of episodes on demand, I jumped at it. There is plenty of science fiction and that’s ok, it’s interesting and imaginative while being kind of grounded. However, there’s a ton of world building as the Earth and Mars are locked in a cold war. I really like the fragile politics at play, both on a wide scale and from person to person. They do a great job with big and little philosophies. They also do a really great job with character development. The characters really come alive and feel close to people I’ve met or have feelings I’ve had. If you’re worried about it being too science fictiony, it’s fine. If you’re worried about it being overly grim like a lot of other new sci-fi shows, don’t. It’s got some humor and passion to it. I suggest you at least give the pilot a try.

Vixen

I’ve stated before that I love what the CW is doing with DC Comics property. They’re creating a little DC Universe of their own that is so much fun to watch. They have created Arrow, The Flash and soon will release Legends of Tomorrow which all play in what most call the Arrowverse. The way they’ve constructed everything, it makes magic, advanced science and the mundane fit together so well. I never read much about Vixen in the comics but I was a fan of her in Justice League Unlimited. Here they’ve basically done an animated pilot which mixes her into the Arrowverse but in Detroit so she doesn’t interfere with the other shows’ plots. They also give her her own compelling story and the acting and writing is really compelling. I’ll be looking forward to Season 2 since Season 1 was only 30 minutes long.

 

Links of the Week:
Water Bedlam Prank
Unleash the Archers – Tonight We Ride
Starbomb – The Simple Plot of Metal Gear Solid
Ice Cube, Kevin Hart And Conan Help A Student Driver
David Bowie – Dance, Magic Dance (RIP Goblin King)
Weekly Updates:
– After seeing a proper trailer, I’m now intrigued by Zootopia
– I’ve discovered Adam Savage’s podcast. I’m in love.
– I’m listening to Welcome to Nightvale again. Excellent.
– it’s a whole year until Moana is released. Ugh. Can’t wait.
– I’m gaining such an appreciation for lawyer characters now
– I love The Muppets (2015) more and more and they’re about to reboot
– So excited for the weekend. I can get my nose out of my textbook

Media Update 8/13/2015

August 13, 2015


Lavalantula

Gotta love a good bad movie. In this one, spiders basically made of lava are unleashed on LA after a volcano erupts after an earthquake. The movie stars Steve Gutenberg of all people as an actor who used to be a superhero in movies. This is probably a role they would have given to Adam West years ago but Steve pulled it off pretty well. The spiders were actually pretty creepy and the effects, although cheesy, definitely lent themselves to the creepy and scary end of the spectrum. The script was laughably awful as one might expect from a SyFy movie. The movie also reunites Gutenberg with Michael Winslow and Marion Ramsey. All three were in the Police Academy movies as Mahoney, Jones and Hooks respectively. They also throw in Ralph Garman which was awesome.

 


Sharknado 3

What a long strange trip it’s been. I was definitely a fan of the first Sharknado but the second one kicked its butt in terms of cheese. I was wondering what the third one would be like. Would it live up to all the self aware hype that had begun to surround the franchise? Yes. I believe it did. There were plenty of badass moments for Finn Shepard to shoot or saw sharks and plenty of celebrities you get to see eaten. The movie had a couple of sins though. The first major sin was that it included killer sharks and Ann Coulter and Coulter wasn’t torn apart. Also, Tara Reid was in the movie yet again. Once again her character did nothing and said nothing of importance and could have been replaced with a cardboard cut out. Oh well. The movie is still awesomely bad and worth a watch but watch the whole trilogy.

 


Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries

Finally something a little more serious. I really have fallen into watching almost nothing but Youtube and Netflix lately and I’m always cruising Netflix for new stuff to watch. I spotted this one and saw that it was period detective show. I love period detective stuff. I’m a huge Phillip Marlow fan and I love Agent Carter and Agatha Christie. Miss Fisher is a 1920’s flapper who solves crimes in Australia. She served in World War I (though I’m not sure what capacity yet) and is determined not to suffer anymore losses. She’s a brassy, tough woman with a tendency toward being funny and sneaky as well. The show really caught me by surprise with how brilliant it is. I’ve only watched four episodes but I’m definitely hooked.

 

Links of the Week:
Cookies! – Ninja Sex Party
Sonic Dreams Collection (Not Safe for… anywhere)
Everything Wrong with Breaking Dawn Part 1 and 2 as well

 

Updates:
– I finished Season 2 of Agents of Shield. Wow. This show got even better.
– I finished Season 1 of Vampire Diaries. It’s really, really good actually.
– I will watch Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp with my mom, was waiting on her to watch the original movie now we’re good to go


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