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Media Update 6/25/20

June 25, 2020

Sleepaway Camp II (HBO Max)

I previously reviewed the first movie in the series during Halloween. The first movie is problematic but actually masterfully done. This movie shifts to being less problematic and also shifts to a more comedic horror movie. The movie is a great little parody of other eighties horror movies while still being a good little horror movie itself. I have included it here because the killer is a fully transitioned transwoman. The franchise covers the mental abuse that people with gender issues have and how gender issues can be caused by extreme trauma. The cast is really good at being bumbling teenage hormone monsters acting up at summer camp. There are a lot of fun subplots for each camper that run throughout the movie. The gore is really good without being over the top. The offbeat humor really works. Pamela Springsteen really works as the perpetually cheery serial killer with who has one solution to all of her problems. I really like this franchise and I am excited to see the third one. I recommend it.

Tragedy Girls (Hulu)

High School is a chaotic time under normal circumstances but when there is a killer loose, it can be even crazier. On top of that high schoolers already pretty much act like sociopaths no matter how you slice it. Add in an unhealthy fixation on social media and a need to be seen in the way you want rather than the way you are and it’s a recipe for disaster. This movie is a great look at how the media and society work around sensational death and also how the political machine messes up its response. The two leads, Brianna Hildebrand and Alexandra Shipp are so good at playing best friends who very well might be more than friends. They are so likable which is important for the kind of characters they play. I loved them so much. The movie is so darkly comic and easy to watch. I recommend this movie.

Knife and Heart (Prime)

This movie is set in the early 1970s within the culture of gay clubs and gay porn. The main characters are a lesbian couple who work together to make male on male porn. The movie is ostensibly a slasher film but it is also a drama about mental illness, art, commercialism, relationships, and the underground culture of homosexuality. It is set in France and as such, all dialogue is in French. It is also incredibly risque although there is nothing explicit but let us be real, there are a lot of scenes of guy on guy action artfully filmed. Online I have seen it compared to de Palma and Argento and I have to agree. It has a slow burn, dramatic horror to it which is interesting because, in my experience, slashers are more frantic. It allows the movie to really flesh out the characters so we get to know them on a personal level. The star, Vanessa Paradis, is so good as the often manic porn director who is just trying to make her life work when she is caught up in a mystery. Her charisma is inescapable and she brightens up what could be a dirge of a movie (which is also helped by some quirky moments). I recommend it but it is not for everybody.

Music of the Week:

Lil Baby – The Bigger Picture

Girl Gang- Yesterday’s Tomorrow

Khruangbin – Pelota

Kendrick Lamar – Alright

Vanessa Paradis – Love Song

Weekly Update:
– This week’s theme is “Pride Horror 2”
– I watched more Elementary Season 2
– I watched more Flash Season 6
– I watched more Arrow Season 8
– I watched more Buzzfeed Unsolved
– I watched more Supergirl Season 5
– I watched more The Good Wife Season 1
– I watched more Riverdale Season 4
– I watched more Black Lightning Season 3
– I watched more Rizzoli and Isles Season 4
– I watched more Legends of Tomorrow Season 5
– I watched The Last Slumber Party(Rifftrax Version)
– I watched Pressure Point (Rifftrax Version)
– I watched Oblivion (Rifftrax Version)

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