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Media Update 5/14/20

May 14, 2020

Ozark

My boss had really been pushing this show, as it is one of his favorites. Other than starring Jason Bateman, I had no interest in the show or any idea what it was about. But I knew my boss was not going to be quiet about it so I decided to finally check it out. The show is super dark from the very first episode but it has really good dialogue. The show is about a financial investor who is forced to take his family to the Ozark Mountains in order to launder money for a criminal cartel. Bateman plays the father, a fast-talking but hapless financial wizard. Laura Linney plays his troubled wife, a woman on the verge of a breakdown but determined to do what she can for her family. The kids are really good actors and are written to be believable kids. There is an interesting cast of characters in addition but my favorite so far is Julia Garner as a young woman from a meth-dealing, backwoods criminal family. She is so interesting and cunning and I want to see her story specifically. I recommend the show but, again, it is very dark.


Angel Has Fallen

I loved the first two movies in this trilogy. They are just the right mix of crazy action and appropriate gravitas. The movie is about a hotshot secret service agent who must fight against the US Government and domestic terrorists after being framed for an attempt on the President’s life. Gerard Butler is once again great as the fusion of an everyman and a superman, Mike Banning, Secret Service Agent. Morgan Freeman once again plays the President with all the gravitas he can summon. We also get the introduction of Nick Nolte as a grizzled off-the-grid Vietnam vet. Danny Huston plays a very charismatic villain, clearly a villain from the start but a sort 0f blue-collar bad guy. I really loved the addition of Jada Pinkett Smith as an intuitive FBI agent. Of course, Lance Reddick is always welcome in any movie or show that I have seen him in. The movie felt more driven by story and character than the past two movies. We really got to dive deep into what makes the characters tick. The lower budget on this one actually made the movie feel a little more grounded. I definitely recommend this movie.


The Foreigner

When I first saw the trailer for this movie, I was all in. Jackie Chan does not so much get better as age but evolves into something just as good but almost an entirely different animal. When he was young, Chan was flashy, funny, and amazingly athletic. I am definitely becoming a fan of this new Jackie Chan. He is no longer the plucky and agile fighter and is now more of a predatory, methodical being. He is just as effective but gives off different energy which is refreshing. Pierce Brosnan plays an aging IRA leader who is now a politician. I really liked Charlie Murphy (not that Charlie Murphy) as a crafty operator, she was just so interesting. The movie is a great revenge flick but it is also a political mystery that hearkens back to the historic Troubles. It plays on British and Irish history very well. I recommend this movie as well.

Music of the Week:
The HU – Song of Women feat. Lzzy Hale

The Regrettes “What Am I Gonna Do Today

Seizure Machine – Culito

Aesthetic Perfection – Gods & Gold

Megan Thee Stallion – Captain Hook

 

Weekly Updated:
– This week’s theme is “You Messed With the Wrong Person”
– I finished Bojack Horseman
– I watched more Scream Queens Season 1
– I watched more Rizzoli and Isles Season 3
– I watched more Elementary Season 2
– I watched more Buzzfeed Unsolved: Supernatural Season 5
– I watched more Bob’s Burgers Season 10
– I watched more Black Lightning Season 3


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