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The Weekly TV & Movie Discussion Post For June 12th, 2022

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So. Much. TV.

The month of June is underway and holy smokes there’s way too much stuff out and coming up to dig into. It’s still very much a golden age of great content for me and I’m enjoying a lot of shows, though finding the time to really sit down and watch continues to be the hardest thing. For me, I’ve got Obi-wan going and then with Ms. Marvel on June 8th when that debuts. I really wanted to do Star Trek: Strange New Worlds but I’m kind of glad I didn’t. It’s a fantastic show but there’s so much depth and connections for fans that I’d be way too distracted talking about that. At the same time, I’m not exactly in a place of feeling burned out but I am pulling back just a bit in order to not burn out.

Recent-ish shows that we did reviews for include Moon Knight, Star Trek: Picard, The Book of Boba Fett, Hawkeye, The Shrink Next Door, Foundation, Stargirl, Loki, Star Trek: Lower Decks, What If…?, Cowboy Bebop, and Star Wars: The Bad Batch.

First up, Kevin stepped in this week with a look at the new release of Hustle. “[It’s] a movie that shouldn’t work that (against all odds) works beautifully! Sandler is in top form, giving us a performance that is deep and moving for the critics while retaining his trademark charm that made audiences fall in love with him. It’s a shining example that he could have made movies that were embraced by audiences AND of high quality! Like his Sugerman character, I do wonder what Sandler’s career going forward is. Had this gone to theaters I suspect it would have been a surprise box office hit. On Netflix, it will certainly be watched, but will views help Sandler have the more fulfilling career he so clearly wants? Considering that the streaming bubble is on the verge of popping, I’m uncertain what success a movie like “Hustle” has going forward. Maybe I should just be happy to have what I have? Maybe…but I really enjoyed “Hustle,” and it would be a shame if Sandler is forced to go back to his old schtick when it feels like he’s finally found his voice after all these years.”

The third season of For All Mankind landed this past weekend and it delivered everything I was hoping for. The third season got underway this weekend with the first episode and there’s a really fascinating 3-minute intro piece that helps to wrap up events of the 80s and take us to the 1992 period that this season starts in with the push to Mars by ’96. They blend pieces of the show into it with some of the characters from the 60s period progressing into politics and the like, and it builds on seriously intriguing changes from the prior decades as well. Moving forward in the timeline is one of its best strengths as it doesn’t feel like its grinding along and showing some of the main cast as they get older and go through changes from all directions really helps to make it feel really fleshed out while allowing other characters to rise up through the ranks. It’s got a lot to go in this season but it’s already off to a thrilling and visually exciting start.

I really want to reinforce just how solid and enjoyable the opening episode of Ms. Marvel was. Everything here is pretty much by the numbers and it’s working from what feels like a solid Spider-Man template, sans Tony Stark. But it works well if not better because it has time to breathe; it’s not forced to just pure cliches and scenes like that, as it’s allowed to humanize its cast, including the parents. This kind of basic but welcome humanization of its characters and a sense of authenticity about it is among the cast as a whole but it’s exemplified by what Iman Vellani brings to the screen. She’s utterly charming and true here in a way that’s hard to get unless it comes naturally. This opening episode lets us get behind her in a way that other recent additions haven’t been able to, from the new Black Widow to Kate Bishop and more. I’m not surprised that it works as well as it does but I am surprised by how much I found myself invested in it. It’ll be interesting to see if they can sustain it as things get weirder as it goes on, and depending on how much they draw from the original series she debuted in, but the potential is definitely here and I can easily see her carrying her space in the Marvels film alongside the other leads just based on this.

In catching up on older things that I’ve got in my collection that I’ve revisited while working while trying to avoid streaming so as to not use up my data cap, it’s an odd mix this week. Over the course of the week, I’ve background watched:

  • I’ve been putting myself back into the realm of Star Wars Rebels this past week
  • And then mixing into that a slow re-watch of some Disney+ MCU shows with Hawkeye and Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

Movie reviews:

  1. Hustle Review
  2. Top Gun: Maverick Review
  3. The Bob’s Burgers Movie Review
  4. Chip n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers Review
  5. Stu’s Show Review
  6. Star Trek: The Motion Picture – The Director’s Edition Review
  7. Bubble Anime Review
  8. Ryoma! The Prince of Tennis Anime Review
  9. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Review
  10. Turning Red Review
  11. The Batman Review
  12. Belle Review
  13. Drive My Car Review
  14. The Power of the Dog Review
  15. Robin Robin Review
  16. BoxBallet Review
  17. Bestia Review
  18. Encanto Review
  19. 8-Bit Christmas Review
  20. Music Box: Jagged Review
  21. Ghostbusters: Afterlife Review
  22. Tick, Tick…BOOM! Review
  23. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Review
  24. Free Guy Review
  25. My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission Review
  26. Dune (2021) Review
  27. Black Widow
  28. Jungle Cruise Review
  29. As the Village Sleeps Review
  30. Space Jam: A New Legacy Review
  31. A Quiet Place Part II Review
  32. Knots: A Forced Marriage Story Review
  33. School-Live! The Movie Blu-ray Review
  34. In the Heights Review
  35. Over the Moon Review
  36. Feeling Through Review
  37. Two Distant Strangers review
  38. Yes-People Review
  39. A Love Song for Latasha Review
  40. If Anything Happens I Love You Review
  41. Burrow Review
  42. Godzilla vs Kong
  43. Happy Happy Joy Joy: The Ren & Stimpy Story Review
  44. Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years Preview
  45. Raya and the Last Dragon Review
  46. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run Review
  47. The Little Things Review
  48. In Other Words Review
  49. Earwig and the Witch Review

What did you watch this past week?