My apologies in advance for the limited articles that have gone up these past two weeks. Funny story: the cord connecting the top half of my laptop to the bottom half punctured, leaving me with a black screen. Thankfully, the good people at Apple managed to fix this issue, and I’m finally back in commission! And more importantly: the time without a distracting internet presence has allowed me to catch up on all sorts of pop culture! I went to the theatre to see two films in theatres: Apollo 11 and Captain Marvel. You can read my review for the latter right here, and hopefully it will inspire you to head to the theatres to see one of the more enjoyable Marvel films yet. As for Apollo, my review is forthcoming, but allow me to say that it is a stunning depiction of World History lightning in a bottle. It should absolutely be seen on the biggest screen possible.
I also managed to head out to the theatres to see the famous Agnès Varda film Cléo from 5 to 7, and I was happy to find that I absolutely loved it. Varda’s unique vision and style helped make the existential French New Wave masterpiece a wonder, and I’m glad I had a chance to see it on the big screen. At home, I watched the Netflix doc Abducted In Plain Sight, which is both horrifically comical (in the same way 1984 is funny), horribly tragic, and a great reminder of the dark undercurrent of the suburbs. I won’t spoil it here, but yeah…it’s kinda insane. I also finally got around to watching Creed II, a sequel to one of my favorite films of 2015. It’s worth noting my expectations were almost-zero due to the fact that “Son of Old Hero Fights Son Of Old Villain” is one of the dumbest directions this series could have gone, but I ended up finding myself incredibly pleased by the sharp direction, the great acting (Michael B. Jordan will have an Oscar within ten years’ time), and a just-smart-enough script. And finally, I started my quest to complete the Marvel Cinematic Universe by watching Thor, which I had a mixed reaction to. The script is atrocious, but Chris Hemsworth is great, and I like Kenneth Branagh’s direction. Oh, and I started the original The Day The Earth Stood Still, and while I’m still early into its run, it has the potential to make my list of the Greatest Films Ever. It is shockingly good.
With my computer out of commission, I spent a lot of time catching up on television. I finished I Am The Night, a show I must unfortunately confirm I disliked immensely. Thankfully, Miracle Workers has come along to pick up the slack, becoming a much more enjoyable show, both in terms of satire and as a romantic comedy (which I suspect was the goal all along). Black Monday has also enjoyed a boost in talent, thanks to the fantastic episode “65 Days.” You’re the Worst has had a few weeks of great episodes to bolster its final season trek to the finish line, and Saturday Night Live has benefited from John Mulaney and Idris Elba as hosts. Speaking of John Mulaney, I have now seen his Documentary Now episode “Original Cast Album: Co-Op” twice, and I’ve gotta admit: it’s gonna be hard to beat it for the best TV episode of the year. The Sondheim material is great, the songs are actually catchy, the singers are good, and it is funny. If you get the chance, make sure you watch it. I spent a couple Thursday nights watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which is an excellent palette cleanser in between dramas and dramedies. And I finally finished the final season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. It was my least favorite of the four seasons, but honestly, it’s still miles ahead of most television. Ellie Kemper and Tituss Burgess are knockouts, and it ends exactly the way you hope a show like this could end. Meanwhile, I’ve started watching True Detective Season One in the hopes of finally getting around to Season Three (I only watched the first two episodes back in the day). And finally, I’m happy to report that Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is on the air once again, and it is still the funny, happy show we all hope it will be. This show deserves to go down in the history books as one of the best of all time.
Thanks for being patient with me throughout the blackout! I hope you managed to watch a ton of great films in the meantime, the same way I did! If so, let me know in the comments what films you’ve been watching, or if you have any thoughts on the films I watched! I’ll see you all next week!