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The Weekly TV, Movie, & Games Discussion Post For Week Of March 24th, 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 moving into March 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 latest week, we want to highlight some of the things we’re looking forward to this month.

While finishing up both Halo and Masters of the Air and getting closer to The New Look ending, we’re also almost done with Constellation.

First up, we’ve got a look at the film Sometimes I Think About Dying. I wasn’t sure what I was going to get going into this film but the trailer was what got me curious and it was an interesting experience. It’s not one that will leave most people changed or thinking differently about things but I do think it’ll click in a way for a subset of people and be something meaningful that we haven’t seen before. Its quietness is fascinating to watch play out and the flat performance that Ridley provides to capture this withdrawn and isolated person that’s doing their best to play at being human works incredibly well. I can’t say I’ve known people going through what Fran goes through but I’ve known many similar who have a really difficult time dealing with the stress and pressure of other people that I can understand this easily enough and both how comforting and how frightening it can be. The film may leave you with something to chew on in the long run but it may not be quite so evident at first.

Check out our full review.

Kestrel steps in on the film side this week as well with a look at the Rascal Does Not Dream (Double Feature) release. After peaking in 2019 with Dreaming Girl, this franchise gives us a pair of films that don’t quite earn their status as ostensibly standalone features, but function well enough as a two-parter as pieces of the larger franchise. The first is light in substantial conflict and stakes while the latter is perhaps too packed with supernatural chaos, but they work well as character pieces with a blend of equally successful humor, tension, and pathos. The films will be released together in theaters nationwide on March 24 and 25. Thanks to Aniplex for inviting me to this event.

Check out our full review.

We also got things underway with the debut of the first two episodes of X-Men ’97. There’s a lot of love put into this show that you can tell just from the opening sequence, an updated version of the original. They know what the fans want and rather than a reboot we get a continuation, but one that comes into a very different world. Superheroes, even in the “fatigue” era, are not the thing that they were in the early 90s and before the X-Men live-action films arrived. There’s a lot to like here in that it does as much as it does to spend time engaging in good character material while also playing to the strengths of the property since its origins with what mutants can represent, the challenges of oppression, and simply delivering some good action sequences. There’s not much in the way of subtext here but that’s a good thing as it’s not the time to work in that regard. X-Men ’97 is straightforward and honest in what challenges its characters are facing – much like real people do and these characters would if they were real. It’s a solidly fun adventure that may be a bit rough to start if you’re unfamiliar with the property but connects easily enough overall.

Check out our full review.

This past week also saw the eighth episode of the final season of Star Wars: The Bad Batch. The show touches a bit on trying to help Crosshair as they start to think that it’s psychological instead of physical that’s impacting his hand. Which isn’t a surprise after what he went through with the experiments from Hemlock. It’s a good subplot to work with and helps to show the bond with Omega as she’s trying to help him through it with some minor therapy. Getting Crosshair to process and move past what he went through is key to this and it’s brief but beautifully done in what we see of it. It’s a good contrast to the dark and murky work with Fennec and the job she brings the other two on, though the real thing they want is delayed a bit because Fennec is playing her own long game here. It’s intriguing to be sure and has me curious how far she’ll go in this season.

Check out our full review.

Movie reviews:

  1. Sometimes I Think About Dying Review
  2. Rascal Does Not Dream Double Feature Review
  3. The Marvels Review
  4. The Zone of Interest Review
  5. GREAT PRETENDER razbliuto Anime Movie Review
  6. Night of the Comet Collector’s Edition 4K Ultra HD Review
  7. Hayao Miyazaki Says ‘Farewell’ with “The Boy and the Heron”
  8. The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes Review
  9. The Canterville Ghost
  10. Animation Is Film 2023: The Spider Within: A Spider-Verse Story
  11. Animation Is Film 2023: Phoenix: Reminiscence of Flower
  12. Animation Is Film 2023: The Concierge Review
  13. Animation Is Film 2023: The Boy and the Heron
  14. The Inventor
  15. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Review
  16. Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead Film Review
  17. Shazam! Fury of the Gods Review
  18. Justice League: Warworld Blu-ray Review
  19. The Little Mermaid
  20. The Boxtrolls Review
  21. Kubo and the Two-Strings Review
  22. Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania Review
  23. Kaguya-sama: Love Is War – The First Kiss That Never Ends Anime Movie Review
  24. Sword Art Online The Movie – Progressive- Scherzo of Deep Night Movie Review
  25. Mobile Suit Gundam Cucuruz Doan’s Island
  26. Missing Review
  27. The Whale Review
  28. Point of No Return Review
  29. Blonde Review
  30. Wendell & Wild
  31. Clerks III Review
  32. Luck Review
  33. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
  34. Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko
  35. Hustle Review
  36. Top Gun: Maverick Review
  37. The Bob’s Burgers Movie Review
  38. Chip n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers Review
  39. Stu’s Show Review
  40. Star Trek: The Motion Picture – The Director’s Edition Review
  41. Bubble Anime Review
  42. Ryoma! The Prince of Tennis Anime Review
  43. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Review
  44. Turning Red Review
  45. The Batman Review
  46. Belle Review
  47. Drive My Car Review
  48. The Power of the Dog Review
  49. Robin Robin Review
  50. BoxBallet Review
  51. Bestia Review
  52. Eternals Review
  53. Encanto Review
  54. 8-Bit Christmas Review
  55. Music Box: Jagged Review
  56. Ghostbusters: Afterlife Review
  57. Tick, Tick…BOOM! Review
  58. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Review
  59. Free Guy Review
  60. My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission Review
  61. Dune (2021) Review
  62. Black Widow
  63. Jungle Cruise Review
  64. As the Village Sleeps Review
  65. Space Jam: A New Legacy Review
  66. A Quiet Place Part II Review
  67. Knots: A Forced Marriage Story Review
  68. School-Live! The Movie Blu-ray Review
  69. In the Heights Review
  70. Over the Moon Review
  71. Feeling Through Review
  72. Two Distant Strangers review
  73. Yes-People Review
  74. A Love Song for Latasha Review
  75. If Anything Happens I Love You Review
  76. Burrow Review
  77. Godzilla vs Kong
  78. Happy Happy Joy Joy: The Ren & Stimpy Story Review
  79. Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years Preview
  80. Raya and the Last Dragon Review
  81. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run Review
  82. The Little Things Review
  83. In Other Words Review
  84. Earwig and the Witch Review

What did you watch this past week?

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