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The Weekly TV, Movie, & Games Discussion Post For Week Of November 12th, 2023

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Take look at the shows we've covered, games we're playing, and movies we're watching this week that may not show up elsewhere on the site.

We’re heading into the final months of 2023 and it’s a different world to be sure due to the actors and writers’ strikes as there won’t be a broadcast season for the most part, unless you’re interested in game and variety shows. The streaming side offers us a bit more material that was in the hopper already so we’re definitely good other.

We’re moving into that fun transitional space with some shows ending and some new ones coming up fairly soon. Loki wraps up next week and this week ends Lower Decks for the season. We’ve got Monarch coming up and there are a few other things waiting in the wings that we’re going to be trying as well. We’re also coming up on the end of the Doom Patrol series and that has us in the feels.

First up, Kevin has a look at the new feature film The Tunnel of Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes. ““The Tunnel of Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes” was directed by Tomohisa Taguchi. He previously directed a couple of Persona movies (based on the popular video game series) and has also managed to direct a Digimon movie at the same time (why, these two movies might be playing in the same multiplex, making a double feature doable). Though it was harder to judge him as a director when he was working with franchises, in this case, he is adapting a light novel and doing so in a way that is his vision. He appears to have a gift for making big ideas digestible, and the direction is confident and not overstuffed. “The Tunnel of Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes” is a wonderful film that hints a new superstar director may be in the making, and hopefully he’ll waste no time showing up what more he can do in the future.

Check out the full review.

Next up this week we’ve got a look at the Disney+ series Loki with its sixth and final episode of the second season. Loki delivers in a huge way for me with this finale. While it basically splits in half with what it’s trying to do I found both sides of it to be engaging, from the frenetic attempts at trying to save everyone through means and trial-and-error and then to the ultimate sacrifice. The full ensemble is here for the most part from this season and some characters get small nods toward the end to hint at where they can go from here. But it’s very much an episode that focuses heavily on Loki himself while also making the TVA and what it is a big part of it. I loved the cast for this, the way things were woven across the season, and what it lays out for the future. If we never see Loki again that will be fine. But when we do see him again, it should be one of those big and important moments a few years down the line that helps to serve as the reboot into what’s next for the MCU in a post-Secret Wars world. This series delivered for me just as much and more than the first season and is the best of the Disney+ MCU series from head to toe in every department.

Check out our full episode review.

Next up this week we’ve got our look at the first episode of the eighth season of Shetland. The show is going through a change as the previous lead actor, Douglas Henshall, departed at the end of the last season. This one is bringing on a new lead with Ashley Jensen and they’re going with the approach of her being a DI for the Met and is found herself being sent back to Shetland after leaving it decades ago to track someone down. You know that it’ll draw her into staying eventually by the end of the season but the initial push is fun. She’s not happy to be here at all, she dislikes coming across people that knew her from her youth, and she really hates some of her family history that’s quickly creeping into the forefront. It’s fun to watch our existing main cast deal with her and the different ways they operate and some of how some of them like Tosh get called out for how they’re acting. It’s a lot of fun so far in the first episode I’ve seen and it’s just great to be back in this space as Shetland has a lot of visual appeal.

Movie reviews:

  1. The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes Review
  2. The Canterville Ghost
  3. Animation Is Film 2023: The Spider Within: A Spider-Verse Story
  4. Animation Is Film 2023: Phoenix: Reminiscence of Flower
  5. Animation Is Film 2023: The Concierge Review
  6. Animation Is Film 2023: The Boy and the Heron
  7. The Inventor
  8. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Review
  9. Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead Film Review
  10. Shazam! Fury of the Gods Review
  11. Justice League: Warworld Blu-ray Review
  12. The Little Mermaid
  13. The Boxtrolls Review
  14. Kubo and the Two-Strings Review
  15. Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania Review
  16. Kaguya-sama: Love Is War – The First Kiss That Never Ends Anime Movie Review
  17. Sword Art Online The Movie – Progressive- Scherzo of Deep Night Movie Review
  18. Mobile Suit Gundam Cucuruz Doan’s Island
  19. Missing Review
  20. The Whale Review
  21. Point of No Return Review
  22. Blonde Review
  23. Wendell & Wild
  24. Clerks III Review
  25. Luck Review
  26. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
  27. Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko
  28. Hustle Review
  29. Top Gun: Maverick Review
  30. The Bob’s Burgers Movie Review
  31. Chip n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers Review
  32. Stu’s Show Review
  33. Star Trek: The Motion Picture – The Director’s Edition Review
  34. Bubble Anime Review
  35. Ryoma! The Prince of Tennis Anime Review
  36. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Review
  37. Turning Red Review
  38. The Batman Review
  39. Belle Review
  40. Drive My Car Review
  41. The Power of the Dog Review
  42. Robin Robin Review
  43. BoxBallet Review
  44. Bestia Review
  45. Eternals Review
  46. Encanto Review
  47. 8-Bit Christmas Review
  48. Music Box: Jagged Review
  49. Ghostbusters: Afterlife Review
  50. Tick, Tick…BOOM! Review
  51. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Review
  52. Free Guy Review
  53. My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission Review
  54. Dune (2021) Review
  55. Black Widow
  56. Jungle Cruise Review
  57. As the Village Sleeps Review
  58. Space Jam: A New Legacy Review
  59. A Quiet Place Part II Review
  60. Knots: A Forced Marriage Story Review
  61. School-Live! The Movie Blu-ray Review
  62. In the Heights Review
  63. Over the Moon Review
  64. Feeling Through Review
  65. Two Distant Strangers review
  66. Yes-People Review
  67. A Love Song for Latasha Review
  68. If Anything Happens I Love You Review
  69. Burrow Review
  70. Godzilla vs Kong
  71. Happy Happy Joy Joy: The Ren & Stimpy Story Review
  72. Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years Preview
  73. Raya and the Last Dragon Review
  74. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run Review
  75. The Little Things Review
  76. In Other Words Review
  77. Earwig and the Witch Review

What did you watch this past week?