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Media Update 7/4/19

July 4, 2019

The Lincoln Lawyer

When I originally saw the trailer for this movie, I knew it was a movie I wanted to see but not one that I would jump on. Now that I am in a legal profession, the movie became more attractive to me. Also, it is adapted from the same world of novels that the television series Bosch is adapted from. This means that it is well researched with interesting characters and twisting and turning plots that make for a good story. Matthew McConaughey plays a slick lawyer who always gets his client off or at least gets them a good deal. He is the kind of lawyer who is friends with everybody except for the cops. William H. Macy plays his investigator, a likable guy who knows where all of the bodies are buried. Marisa Tomei plays an Assistant District Attorney who just so happens to also be Matthew’s ex-wife. Ryan Philippe plays his client, a rich boy with a spotless record but a real mystery. There are also great small roles from Michael Pena, John Leguiziamo, Josh Lucas, Bryan Cranston, and Michaela Conlin. The movie feels like a film noir version of a legal drama riding high on the charisma of McConaughey and Phillipe and the clever plot. I definitely recommend it.

How to Get Away With Murder

This was one of those shows that I never watched because I did not have a cable hookup but I had heard good things about it. I finally took the leap, watching it on Netflix. The show follows students in a law school in a Criminal Law 101 class where they are treated like sharks in the making. Their teacher is played brilliantly by Viola Davis. She is always several steps ahead of her students and often has masterful tricks to pull for her clients. Each episode, she tasks her students with helping to find solutions on her cases in order to prove their worth. She does not care what depths they have to go to in order to get the information she needs. The show follow five students the nerdy one, the quiet girl, the brash girl, the flirty gay guy, and the frat guy. (At least, that’s the crew in the first season). There is also what appears to be a season long (or series long) mystery that is forming and each episode reveals new bits of evidence and facets of that. I am really interested to see where the show goes because it is very compelling so far. I definitely recommend it.

Roman J. Israel, Esq.

I have not really heard anybody talking about this movie which is strange considering it is headed up by Denzel Washington. I feel like the movie might be hampered by a downer first half and Denzel Washington’s quiet, mumbly performance. Denzel plays an activist criminal defense attorney who is thrust out of his comfort zone after decades of honest service to clients. After years of being the man behind the curtain, he finds it hard to operate in court or in communication with clients and other attorneys. Still, he carries the fire of activism in his heart and tries to spread that flame to others. The movie is really about how truly good men are often not rewarded or appreciated in their own time. It also shows how easily good men can fall. If you can get through the first bits and into the meat of the story, you just might enjoy this moving story about justice, injustice, and the price of both. I recommend it.

Music of the Week:
St. Vincent – Masseduction


Ally Brooke – Low Key (feat. Tyga)

21 Savage – a lot ft. J. Cole

Royal Deluxe – I’m a Wanted Man

Weekly Update:
– This week’s theme is “Defense Attorneys”
– I watched more Game of Thrones Season 3
– I watched more Arrow Season 7
– I watched more Legends of Tomorrow Season 4
– I watched more Santa Clarita Diet Season 3
– I watched more The Flash Season 5
– I finished Star Trek: Voyager Season 2
– I started watching Designated Survivor Season 3
– Happy Independence Day!

Media Update 12/8/2016

December 8, 2016

Suicide Squad

I went into this movie with incredibly low expectations. I still have not seen Batman V. Superman and, at this rate, I may never see it. It helped that the movie was written and directed by a more competent man in David Ayer who made Training Day. The movie apparently had a lot of studio meddling in it. A lot of the movie felt like a music video with supervillains in it. I clocked at least three different popular songs in the first four minutes which just reeks of trying to be more like Guardians of the Galaxy. The highlight of the movie is Margot Robbie who is the highlight of most movies she is in. Her portrayal of Harley Quinn was heavily quotable and brought a lot of life and comedy to what otherwise could have been a much darker movie. A lot of people complained about Jared Leto’s Joker but I really think he did a fine job. What really bothered me was that he did not really need to be in the movie because he barely impacted the plot. They could have reduced his role even more, made the movie shorter and saved him for when he would have more impact later. Viola Davis and Joel Kinnaman also really stood out as Amanda Waller and Rick Flag. Davis was especially great with her nearly sociopathic performance. While it was dark, it was in line with the comics and previous portrayals of the character in media. Kinnaman had a tough job of trying to stand out and remain likable but he really pulled it off. Will Smith should not play bad guys. He just was not believable as a contract killer to me. He was fun but he was not the one for that role. Overall, I liked the movie and I really think they should continue with this franchise instead of the Superman franchise. I recommend it but realize that it is still connected to the current DCU movies.

Yoga Hosers

I never saw Tusk (the first film in this trilogy) because it never appealed to me and I also listened to the podcast where Kevin Smith detailed pretty much the whole concept. I am a huge fan of Kevin Smith. Amid all the dick and fart jokes, a lot of Smith’s movies spoke a lot of truth about life. This movie was written and made while Kevin Smith was smoking a lot of pot and it kind of shows. However, that is not quite a horrible thing. It is a love letter from the US to Canada and also a family affair. This movie is very playful and has a lot of meta, self-referential humor similar to Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. The movie also has a similar kinetic energy to that movie. The power of this movie comes from the chemistry between its stars Harley Quinn Smith (Kevin Smith’s daughter) and Lily-Rose Depp (Johnny Depp’s daughter). The two of them have been best friends in real life since kindergarten and that was definitely channeled into the movie. Kevin Smith and Johnny Depp are also in the movie. Smith is like a Looney Tunes character and his joke gets old but then suddenly gets funny again. Depp transforms into a character from Tusk, a pathetic French detective who enlists the young girls to combat evil. Finally, there was Ralph Garman who managed to work his celebrity impressions into the movie despite it not making any sense but he was still fun. There are also a ton of fun cameos. The movie really makes me want to see Lily-Rose in more stuff. I definitely recommend it for Kevin Smith fans and fans of goofy movies.

Jungle Book

I have been wary of watching this movie because the original was such a good movie on its own. It has some really good Disney music and some really good animation. It is a classic for a reason. When I saw the trailer for this movie, I thought it looked pretty but it was clear that it was not a musical. I kept hope that it was still a musical but it was not to be. Strangely, there is one single music number almost halfway through and again over an hour in. I would have rather they just left it out at that point. While I kind of missed the musical aspects (the score is nothing special) the movie is stunningly beautiful. It is incredibly hard to believe that this was shot with one child actor and a boatload of computer generated animation. The animals are all so lifelike and well-animated that they feel almost like real animals (except for the speaking perfect English part). The kid, Neel Sethi, is really good for his age. He put in a lot of work and does a lot of good acting and some stunt work. The voice work of all the famous actors they hired is fantastic. Idris Elba, Ben Kingsley and Lupita Nyong’o especially were fantastic. Scarlet Johansson was also excellent but she was only in the movie for less than two minutes. I think they should have cast somebody besides Christopher Walken. Bill Murray was good. I think what I liked about this is how much better the writing is from the original story. It added more lore to the story as well, drawing more of Kipling’s work. I recommend this one for sure.

Music of the Week:
Red Sun Rising – Amnesia

The Record Company – Off The Ground

Eli “Paperboy” Reed – Come And Get It

Blackalicious ft. Chali 2na & Lateef the Truthspeaker – 4000 Miles

Getter – Rip N Dip

Weekly Updates:
– I am now on Season 2 of The Office
– I continued to watch Season 2 of Dark Matter
– I am caught up on Season 2 of Ash vs. The Evil Dead
– This week’s theme is “Unlikely Heroes”
– I continued Season 2 of Parks and Recreation
– I continued Season 1 of Luther
– “Not expecting much but being surprised and happy” is probably a secondary theme this week

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