Jul 1, 2022

Monthly Media Recap - June 2022

 Hope everyone has a happy and safe 4th of July!
If you're looking for something to watch over the long weekend, check out the Tubi app. It's completely free with ads but has movies you won't find (don't want to find?) anywhere else and some fun classic shows like Buck Rogers, Battlestar Galactica, and The Greatest American Hero. I'm just starting on the Logan's Run show because although I know I watched it, I don't remember any of it.

I am in no way affiliated with Tubi but the titles below are Amazon affiliate links. Even if you don't want anything I'm talking about, use the link and buy yourself something nice. I'll still get credit for it.
The Flight Attendant (S2, HBO Max)
Kaley Cuoco is just fantastic in this, even better than last season. Her character evolution is something else! The writing on the show is great, not just the characters but how the story keeps you guessing. I feel like they've done something fresh with this show and I hope it comes back.

Kenobi (Disney+)
Star Wars fans can be very vocal about what they don't like but I prefer to focus on what I do like and I liked this series quite a bit! It gave me things I was expecting in ways I wasn't expecting and a lot of stuff I wasn't expecting at all but enjoyed. The young actress was perfectly cast and is just so darn adorable.


Usually, I toss the movies in here in the order I watched them but I had to kick this month off with the one that made the biggest impression on me.

Wow, what a masterpiece of a nightmare! Literally. If you're a regular, you know how much horror I watch in a month. This actually "inspired" me to have a nightmare. There's some kind of plot to it but the best way I can describe it is David Lynch and Tim Burton making a feature length video for a Tool/GWAR collab. Phil Tippet spent 30 years putting this beast together! Definitely not going to be for everyone but I can guarantee you've never seen anything like it.

Rating: 8/10

The movie review podcast Now Playing is covering this series so my intent was to rewatch the first one and finish the series with them. I thought I remembered liking this but I must have had different tastes 20 years ago. You know how to make a vampire vs werewolf movie boring? Give em all guns. The Matrix clearly influenced this movie. I had a hard time keeping track of which scraggly, bearded dude was team fangs or fur. And don't get me going on vampire politics. I cannot stand that stuff. Needless to say, I lost any interest in watching the rest of the movies.

Rating: 5/10, still a serviceable action movie

This was...interesting. In this satire, residents of a small town have their cell/internet history leaked online and the town pretty much goes full on Purge mode. I guess the moral of the story is be aware of what you post. I don't think this hit me the way the creators intended but it could also be that I'm a little older than the intended audience and don't put my whole life online.

Rating: 6/10

Don't know why but I decided to take on this demonic doll franchise. Let me clarify for those that don't know the series, this is not Chucky. You will never see her move, she is only a conduit for Bad Things.
The first entry was decent enough. They did good job with the time period and making most of it feel like a 60s "the devil wants my baby" movie. Once the evil shows up, it definitely shifts to a Conjur-verse movie style-wise. That's not really a bad thing because I mostly enjoy those movies for what they are.

Rating: 5/10

The two leads are young girls and they do an amazing job of carrying this movie. You get to find out how Annabelle came to be, so I guess everyone needs their origin story. I still don' tknow why if you were a doll maker you'd make a doll that looks like this! Like the original Conjuring movies, the sequel ties into the first in an interesting, unexpected way.

Rating: 6/10
Again, great job casting the leads. This one takes awhile to get rolling and then feels like a carnival haunted house ride.  Annabelle's "home" is the Warrens' spooky object room and when she gets loose, all sort of creepy things start showing up, any one of which is ripe for a spinoff. The way they exorcise the demon felt like a cheap slap in the face and took some of my good will with it. I did enjoy seeing all the different spirits/monsters.

Rating: 6/10
Not only does this take place in the 80s but it feels an 80s throwback. If only they used the same 80s filter in the trailer on the whole movie! One of those oddball ones you would have seen on the shelf at Blockbuster and rented on a random Friday night. It's an odd mix of "enemies becoming friends" buddy movie and end of the world horror. It mostly takes place inside a strip club so what's happening outside is up to your imagination. Feels a bit low budget but the creature effects are decent.

Rating: 6/10
More like Do Not Watch. This is what happens when you spend 15+ minutes flipping around Tubi trying to find something to watch and then force a choice so that you can start watching something. This feels like a religious high school play about the dangers of meeting up with strangers you text online. I'm not sure which is more flat: the acting, the "horror" aspects, or the sets.

Rating: 3/10

Monthly Total
New: 7  Rewatch: 1

Year to Date
New: 43   Rewatch: 3

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