Posts Tagged ‘The Last Dragon’

Media Update 2/7/19

February 7, 2019


Velvet Buzzsaw

When I heard about this movie out of the Sundance press, it was the first time in a while that I really wanted to see a Sundance film badly. The movie synopsis I heard takes a right turn right in the middle of it. This is a quirky drama about art, commercialism, and art critics. It is also a horror movie. When a painter dies penniless, his art is snapped up to be sold to rich people. Except the paintings have dark spirits attached to them. It is a seriously trippy movie from start to finish. It has a lot to say about the over-commercialism of art and how much we should value critics, especially those who profit heavily from putting down artists. There are so many good lines of dialogue showing exactly what’s wrong with parts of the art world. Then there are the trippy horror parts that are seriously troubling. The horror feels kind of cosmic and existential all at once. The visuals of it are fittingly beautiful and horrible. The cast is brilliant with Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Zawe Ashton, Tom Sturridge, Toni Collette, Natalia Dyer, Daveed Diggs, Billy Magnussen, and John Malkovich all playing brilliant characters. The movie itself plays with art, leaving a lot of it up to the interpretations of the viewer. I definitely recommend it as it kind of blew my mind.


Incredibles 2

When I first saw The Incredibles, it was during a fairly dark period in my life and the movie was such a great mix of optimism, adventure, and comedy that it helped lift the dark clouds. When I heard about rumors of a sequel, I was excited. The first movie was a complete story (like many superhero movies) but I was interested where they would go next. This new movie takes what they made in the first movie and expands the world and the characters. All of the characters have a lot still learn and they get a chance to grow. The worry from trailers was that they would play Bob taking care of the kids for laughs and continue the sexist myth that men cannot be homemakers. Thankfully, they did not really go that route. They showed each of the characters stepping up within their new roles and learning to appreciate the experiences of their family members. We get to see more of the world, set in an idealized 1960s United States of America with no racism and only a little bit of sexism. The cast returns from the first movie but we also get newcomers Bob Odenkirk and Catherine Keener who were both great. This movie definitely exceeded my expectations but I should not have been surprised as Brad Bird has been working on getting the story right for close to fifteen years. I definitely recommend it as it was both touching and exciting.


The Last Dragon

I had heard and seen a bunch of memes from this movie but I had never actually watched it. Being a very white kid in the eighties, this movie just never fell into my path and it was not super popular when it first came out. Now it’s a cult classic. This movie is a mix of action and comedy that has led to such great movies like Big Trouble in Little China. This movie is a pastiche of culture from the seventies and the eighties. It also has pretty good acting from some relatively unknown actors. But mostly, this is a movie with countless funny lines in between good, poppy music and fight scenes. Basically, a young black man idolizes Bruce Lee and is on a journey to become a Kung Fu master (practicing Chinese Goju which is fairly similar to Lee’s Jeet Kune Do). Along the way, he befriends a television DJ named Laura and has to face off against the mob (basically) and a gangster martial artist. The movie was silly but also a lot of fun. I also consider it to be a better tribute to Bruce Lee than those awful clones of Bruce Lee. The stars, Taimak and Vanity never really broke into fame but they did a great job. Julius Carry is the ridiculous and wonderful villain Sho’nuff the Shogun of Harlem. The essential white villain is played by Christopher Murney as a pathetic rich man who is used to getting what he wants. Their respective goons are wonderfully goofy. There is even a weird cameo from William H. Macy. I definitely recommend this movie.

Music of the Week:

Bebe Rexha – I’m A Mess

Aminé – BLACKJACK

The Sugar Highs – Kino

JINJER – Perennial

I DONT KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME – Do It All The Time

Weekly Update:
– This week’s theme is “Legacy”
– I watched more Glitter Force Doki Doki Season 2
– I watched more Fate/Apocrypha Season 2
– I watched more The Dragon Prince Season 1
– I watched more Carmen Sandiego Season 1
– I watched more Wynonna Earp Season 2
– I watched more The Magicians Season 3
– I watched more The Seven Deadly Sins Season 3
– I watched more Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 4


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