As I sit here reflecting on my week of pop culture while simultaneously battling the sunburn I got at a football game yesterday, I honestly can’t believe how weird this week has been. I only saw one old film, and spent the rest of my week trying to catch up on 2018 releases, only two of which I will be reviewing. Those two are Revenge and Life Itself, and while I found Revenge an entertaining mixed bag, Life Itself is…well, I don’t want to spoil it too much. Just make sure you tune in Wednesday for that review.
Meanwhile, I managed to head out to the nearest theater to see two films this week: Mile 22 and The Meg. Mile 22 is a fascinating mess, a film that thoroughly bored me, almost made me walk out, and confounded me with its inept filmmaking and confusing political motivations. The Meg, meanwhile, was a bit of a mixed bag. It wasn’t good, but it wasn’t nearly as fun-bad as I wanted it to be. It looks like they figured out halfway through the film was going to be a mess and tried to lean into it, but didn’t do so nearly soon enough. Still, I had a pint of beer, there were two big sharks, and the dog lives. A+ time at the movies. Meanwhile, if you want a film that knew exactly from the get-go that it was going to be stupid, and decided to lean into that early enough to save itself, see Rampage. Dwayne Johnson is absolutely an 80s-era movie star, and there’s a giant monkey that gives the finger. This is my kind of dumb action film. And finally, there’s the solo older film I watched: Predator. I’m kind of disappointed that the film failed to stick the landing, because the first 2/3 of Predator include some of the most entertaining action setpieces I’ve ever seen. I love Schwarzenegger and Carl Weathers in this movie, and the way they portray the Predator is horror filmmaking 101. It just falls apart in the third act, and that crushes my soul.
On television, I completed two of the best shows of 2018: GLOW and BoJack Horseman. With GLOW, I adored how fun season 2 ended up being, how fleshed out these characters became, and I will go to my grave saying that “The Good Twin” is one of 2018’s best television episodes. Meanwhile, my review for BoJack Horseman will be up sometime this week, but this has been one of the most consistently excellent seasons they’ve ever had, and I love how the show has decided to turn a critical lens on themselves, condemning their own creation while still creating a funny, fresh piece of comedic art. It’s definitely worth the watch. I also managed to watch an episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. I was a little disappointed in the former – the Escape Room is very funnily executed, but just feels like it’s been done before. As for the latter, I’ll say this: Kimmy Schmidt is still a delightful show, even if this season isn’t quite firing on all cylinders, but episode 2 is enough proof that Paul Walter Hauser should be in everything. And I didn’t get a chance to watch much college football yesterday – mainly because I actually had an opportunity to go to a game. Despite the burn, we won, I had a few beers and a few laughs, and I won Corn Hole. It was a good day.
As I wrap up a crazy week of pop culture viewing, I turn to the readers once again. What have you all been watching? Any recommendations, or thoughts about what I’ve watched? Let me know in the comments, and I will see you all here next week!