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The Weekly TV, Movie, & Games Discussion Post For Week Of January 14th, 2024

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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 in the first couple of weeks of 2024 and it’s definitely not a place where a lot of people thought we’d be. With the fall TV season being pushed back due to the strikes, a lot of films delayed and being adjusted, and of course just the nature of seasonal broadcasts, it’s been pretty light lately. We’ve had a number of things we’ve checked out but a lot of what I’ve been doing is rewatching older stuff or spending time on holiday programming. Which isn’t actually a lot to talk about when you get down to it. So, to kick off this first week, we want to highlight some of the things we’re looking forward to this month.

This week we’ve got a look at a new anime feature film with AJ talking about GREAT PRETENDER razbliuto. In it, he says, “I never thought I would say this about a movie this early in the year, but GREAT PRETENDER razbliuto is more geared toward novices than the actual fans. The action witty dialogue interesting characters will all feel great for those who are new to the franchise. Fans who really hoped that they could learn more about Dorothy will end up disappointed. The lack of resolution up until the last point won’t do much at all for fans. If they like the other components of Great Pretender, which many of them are, they will enjoy it. This is a good watch overall but fans temper your expectations.”

Prime Video got a new film underway with Self Reliance and it was certainly interesting. I’ve liked Jake Johnson since New Girl and he’s picked many interesting small projects over the years and definitely has had fun and creative approaches. This is his first written and directed by film and you can see the poterntial even if it is basically a small indie film. The Hulu film basically has his character drawn into a dark web game but it’s less about the game and more about the growth of the character over thirty days of playing it. It has some good weird elements to it like how Andy Samberg is used and the idea of celebs being easily bought for such foolish things just for the cash. There’s a better movie from within this that I think could be made because it does’t get the time to really invest in the characters beyond Johnson’s lead character – and even then it’s a bit basic. But the trade-off is that we get a brisk and thoroughly enjoyable quirky film where it’s best to not overthink much of it and just enjoy the ride.

This week also saw the finales of For All Mankind and Monarch. The former played out largely as expected and had a great ending song for it while moving from 2003 to 2012. I think they basically lost some of the big impact moments here and things were drawn out in ways that didn’t help it. There was a lack of a strong storyline because the whole “steal the asteroid” thing came in very close to the series end overall and the impact of it just wasn’t felt in-show or the intensity of it.

Monarch finished pretty strong even while trying to have its cake and eat it too by making the place that Keiko and everyone else ended up in as a kind of waypoint between the world above and the hidden world we know from the films. I like that we basically get put into play ahead of the “next” film in continuity and it provides a place to go if there’s a second season, which I’m all for checking out. The best material comes from the MUTO fights to be sure but I also loved the time between Kurt Russell’s character and what we got with Keiko when they finally meet again after nearly fifty-five years – even though it’s just been two months for her. There’s enough flashback story to work with to be sure but also plenty of places to go in the “present” continuity as wel.

Movie reviews:

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

What did you watch this past week?

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