It’s been a big week over at The Sacred Wall, pop culture wise. We had the release of The Lion King, a series of Comic-Con trailers, and the news that Avengers: Endgame has now become the Highest Grossing Film of All Time. Still, in the midst of all this pop culture news, I still managed to see a few films for review, a couple solid TV shows, and more! As for those reviews, you can read that Lion King review right here, although you may already know that I was mildly entertained and dazzled in the midst of my anger at the film’s shot-for-shotness. I also had a chance to see Crawl, for which a review will be up shortly. I can, however, confirm that I enjoyed the film well enough, even if I hate the genre as a whole.
In terms of 2019 releases, I also finally got caught up with Shazam, a film I didn’t find to be perfect, but I loved a great deal overall. In particular, I want to praise the performances of Zachary Levi and Meagan Goode, who really are spectacular in it. I also continued forcing my parents to sit through Iron Man 2 as part of the MCU recap, which they…yeah, they hated it as much as I did. Hopefully they enjoy Thor more, because otherwise this experiment could come to a real quick end. And I rounded out my week with a couple of horror films, one I really enjoyed and one I really loathed. The one I enjoyed is the 1997 classic I Know What You Did Last Summer. It’s dumb and cheesy and predictable, but it’s the type of guilty pleasure you can’t get enough of. As for the one I loathed, that would be the 2009 Michael Bay reboot of Friday the 13th. Not only is it a cheap and lazy knockoff of an original that I can at least respect, it’s also just not scary. At least give me something to work with, here.
As for television, things have been pretty up and down. My two primary shows, Big Little Lies and Euphoria, both had series worst episodes back to back – although at least Big Little Lies was just “meh.” Euphoria’s episode was offensively terrible, and I’m annoyed that my New Year’s Resolution prevents me from giving up on it. However, my week wasn’t all bad. I also started watching two critically acclaimed niche shows that managed to lift my spirits. The first is HBO’s Los Espookys, which has the perfect level of weirdness and heart to keep me around for more than one episode. The second is that, yes, I am finally getting caught up on The Good Place. And yes, it’s very good. Are you satisfied, Internet? Can you shut up now? Oh, and I managed to listen to the infamou Awards Chatter podcast where host Scott Feinberg was called a “dumbsh*t” by David Crosby and had to throw the singer out of the studio. It is fascinating to listen to.
Well, that concludes this week’s What I Watched, What You Watched! I’ll be out of town next Sunday, so I’m not sure I’ll be able to get a post up, but I’ll do my best! In the meantime, you can comment below on what films you’ve seen, as well as your thoughts on the shows and films I’ve been watching. See you all soon!