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The Weekly TV & Movie Discussion Post For July 31st, 2022

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So. Much. TV.

The month of July is underway and once again, 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 wrapped up, and then with Ms. Marvel finished up recently, giving me a minor reprieve before multiple shows kick off soon with Lower DecksShe-Hulk, and then Andor.

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, we’re going to incorporate some of our gaming reviews in here as it feels like it belongs better in this piece than the other two. We’ll get that this week with Cody stepping in to talk about the Live a Live Nintendo Switch game. The game is the prime example of the original golden age of JRPGs. The precursor to games like Octopath Traveler, the idea of having multiple stories to choose from at any time from across various time periods and places is phenomenal.

The unique gimmicks and gameplay features help each chapter to stand out on its own and, minus a dud or two, each of them is well worth checking out in their own right for a thankfully brief journey that doesn’t overstay its welcome. The best part is that Live A Live has an end goal that it builds towards and it does so nicely the entire way in the unmatched beauty of the HD-2D art style.

Check out the full review.

I had held off on trying it for a bit but a lull finally got me to check out How to Build a Sex Room on Netflix. I watch a ton of HGTV shows and Netflix has a small group of them as well, but this was trying to expand on that, which I like. The show is one that “gets away” with being aimed at adults so we get some swearing, a small bit of nudity, plenty of semi-frank talk, and lots of titillation along the way. As a design show goes, it’s not bad and there are some good things done with it here in focusing on just a specific room and need whereas most shows go for generic in general. There are some awkward moments as you’d expect but that’s par for the course with a lot of this stuff. What becomes interesting about the show is less the sex room side itself but watching as the couples involved, which are pretty varied and includes a poly family, gets into the various kinks with no real shame or anything. Some are a little uncertain of what they really want, having lived limited lives in terms of sexuality, but the exploration and openness of it here is really good. The best thing is that, for the most part, everyone here feels “normal” in that way that they’re people who you likely already live next to as opposed to how some of this is presented either in Hollywood movies or porn. Or, worse, the news. The couples are largely fun to watch and just having something that celebrates sex and diverse ways to experience and enjoy it rather than the growing vilification is very welcome.

I really wasn’t intent on checking out the new Resident Evil series on Netflix but I’ll admit, a lull in background shows to have on finally had me give in on it. Honestly, I’m hard pressed to say too much about the show as a couple of days after wrapping it up I only really remember some of the visuals of it and just the kind of character drama it had. I rather liked the split in the timeline to see the kids when they were kids for awhile and how it informs their actions as adults. It’s got some neat locations and all but, quite frankly, I’m the last person to really say much about this property. I played the original game and enjoyed it, and have seen numerous adaptations of it since in film and other projects, but I’m not what you’d call a fan. Certainly not like most of the gaming fans. It’s just a weird property to me and the films are what really kept me tied to it.

I missed out on the drop of the Maggie series on Hulu but a Saturday night quiet moment had me try it out. It’s an interesting idea, working from a short film by the same creator, where a woman who has an actual psychic ability that shows glimpses of the future. It makes her fun for events but also problematic in her own life, though she has her own psychic that helps her through her stuff. The premise for it beyond that is that she meets the guy that she believes she’ll end up marrying and having a family with only to realize that it’s more complicated than that for a host of reasons. It’s fairly sitcom/dramedy stuff overall but the first two episodes I took in were more interesting than I expected and plays through the future vision thing in a way that works so that you’re not just rolling your eyes at it. It’s definitely a good palette cleanser at the end of the day for something light but not braindead.

Amazon dropped the full eight-episode season for Paper Girls at once and I’ve only taken in the first two episodes so far. The show will get plenty of comparisons to Stranger Things because it takes place in the 80s and has twelve and thirteen-year-old kids as the leads, but that does a disservice to both shows. This one works pretty well from what I’ve seen so far for highlighting some of the time period, a few amusing social nods, and capturing the feeling right as a rough night out doing a paper route delivery for four girls turns into something bigger and far more unexpected. The idea of them stumbling into a time war and being thrust forward some thirty years or so is definitely nicely handled and just seeing the kids coping with what 2019 is like alone makes for a good concept to work with. It’s not a fast-moving piece overall as it’s a slow build, especially in the first episode, but I liked how it eases you into what’s familiar to a lot of gen-x adults with how our childhoods were.

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:

  • Not much this week

Movie reviews:

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

What did you watch this past week?

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