What I Watched, What You Watched #123

It’s been a quiet week over here at the Sacred Wall. I haven’t watched a whole lot of new films – in fact, I only had one chance to get the theater. That was to see the new documentary Echo In The Canyon, Jakob Dylan’s reflection on the Laurel Canyon Music Scene that changed 60s music forever. I’ll most likely be reviewing this one in the coming weeks, so I don’t want to say too much. But I will say I really enjoyed the film, and especially the music (upon reflection, this may be my favorite genre of music), but I wish it had gone deeper into the significance.

At home, I finally got around to watching the 1953 classic Western Shane. Honestly, I was a bit disappointed in it as a whole – it’s message and script were solid, but it felt a little too loose, and the acting was often atrocious. I’d take John Ford, Robert Altman, or Sergio Leone any day – sorry, George Stevens. Also failing to live up to hype was last year’s documentary nominee Hale County This Morning, This Evening, a snapshot portrayal of small town Southern life that would be far more interesting and significant as a short film, as opposed to a random, masturbatory feature-length film. And let’s not forget this year’s big hit Detective Pikachu, which combines stunning visual effects with the worst story, dialogue and acting I’ve ever seen. Thankfully, my family has started watching Shazam, for their first time and my second. It’s still a pretty funny, enjoyable film, but I can definitely feel its weight just as much the second time as I did the first. Still, it’s worth seeing if you haven’t yet (and I can’t wait for my brother to see his comparison of Jack Dylan Grazer to Seth Cohen come true).

On television, I watched Euphoria limp to a mediocre conclusion. But as much as I’ve loathed this show and its irritating choices, that music video final five minutes was breathtaking. It’s a shame that one of the best television moments of the year was wasted on…whatever the hell that show was. I also completed my Good Place binge watch, and I’m pleased to say I understand why people like this show. It’s got Rick and Morty-esque sense of morbid philosophy blended with Parks and Rec-level pleasantries. It’s easy, relaxing television, and I’m here for it. I also continued my quest to get caught up on The Other Two, which is operating on my level of frustration with the entertainment industry mixed with goodhearted comedy. And in honor of my brother’s return from his dumb opera thing (he got walked out on by RBG, at least the way I’m telling it), we watched the most important piece of opera-related pop culture around: Bugs Bunny in The Rabbit of Seville. Almost 70 years later, it’s still one of the greatest animated shorts of all time. Oh, and I’ve been playing more Red Dead Redemption 2, which is simultaneously fascinating in its size and scope, cathartic in its stress relief, and infuriating in how easy it is to raise an inescapable bounty.

That does it for this week’s What I Watched, What You Watched. I’ll be back next week, hopefully with more watches under my belt. Until then, you can comment below with what you’ve been watching, as well as what you think of the films and shows I’ve been watching. See you soon!

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