It has been a minute and a bit. I was recently struck down with a bout of BPPV (a form of vertigo) that meant I got to enjoy all of the motion sickness without the hassle of actually having to go anywhere.
And then, just to spice things up a little, I got a cold on top of that. So most of the past two weeks has been spent laying down, trying not to annoy the gods of health any more than I clearly already have.
Anywho! Now that I am mostly convalesced, let’s talk about what I was able to watch when the world wasn’t spinning.
Movie — Descendants (2015)
I loved the story idea behind Descendants for a while but never got around to watching it until now because it looked a bit tacky and kiddy. Whiiich it is in some parts, but despite that I found myself really enjoying it. The musical numbers are really fun to watch and it knows its target audience, but still throws out the odd joke for the adult.
I was living for Kathy Najimy as the Evil Queen and Kristin Chenoweth is wonderful as Maleficent.
The vibe is very television movie (which it is, so no shade there) and reminded me of High School Musical but set in a fairy tale world with exaggerated archetypes of good versus evil.
There were a couple of things that niggled at me. The main one was that, as a Disney movie, I felt Descendants referencing Sleeping Beauty’s family having a 100 year nap was a bit on the nose. This may have been the case in the fairy tale, but in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty the fairies and Prince Phillip sort Maleficent out lickity split.
Movie — The Dirt (2019)
I don’t know how anyone could possibly make a biopic about one of history’s most notorious bands bland, but The Dirt is proof that it can be done. The gross out moments (one involving a line of ants) are there and there are a couple of laugh out loud moments, but overall I found The Dirt to feel like it is just going through the motions.
The sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll are present but without any passion, heart or soul, The Dirt just feels like hollow sensationalism. Only really worth checking out if you are a die hard Mötley Crüe fan who wants to absorb everything relating to them or if you want to know their story without any of the passion.
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is another film that could have been an interesting insight into one of the most evil people in history and, instead, reduced them to a puppet so uninteresting that even Zac Efron’s talent and remarkable good looks couldn’t pique my interest.
Don’t get me wrong, I by no means think someone who did things as reprehensible as Ted Bundy should be glorified in film or otherwise. And I appreciated the fact that it focuses on Bundy’s home life and trials instead of on his gruesome crimes, but as far as actually being a movie that I could recommend people watch … in the word of Mama Ru this week — meh.
I had intended to see Now You See Me when it first hit cinemas but the opportunity disappeared before I knew what happened. Now that I’ve seen it, and its sequel, I’m sorry that I waited so long to catch up.
Both Now You See Me and its sequel are masterfully entertaining films that remind me of the Ocean’s 11-8 series but with magicians performing the heists instead of assorted crooks. The banter between the characters is delightful and the story is fun to follow.
The second film in the series has a card sequence that is one of the best scenes I have ever seen in a film.
If you love illusions and enjoy fun heist movies, then both Now You See Me and Now You See Me 2 are must sees.
That’s almost it from me for this week, Gothamites. One last thing — I have also (FINALLY!) caught up with everything RuPaul’s Drag Race so I’m up to date with season 11. If you follow me on Twitter, you will know whose camp I am firmly within. Are you watching the latest season of RuPaul’s Drag Race? Are you #TeamAkeria, #TeamBrookeLynn #TeamSilky or #TeamYvie? Let me know in the comments or reach out on the Twitters.