Pop Culture Round-Up 02/07–08/07

Sunday
47 meters down

47 meters down is about two sisters vacationing in Mexico. They join some locals for a open ocean adventure on a sketchy boat and end up trapped in a shark cage at the bottom of the ocean. With less than an hour of oxygen left and great white sharks circling nearby, they must fight to survive.

I love shark movies. Out of all things horror, open water and what’s underneath it still manages to make me scared AF.

I went in wanting a dumb shark movie. Expectations were low. And the movie was entertaining enough. Great VFX. Decent acting. Characters weren’t too stupid. But the shark attack scenes were a little too quick, though. It could totally use some more shark action.

47 meters down was supposed to go direct-to-VOD. But then it was bought out and had a theatrical release a week before the initial release. And surprisingly, it did really well at the box office.

The movie is very predictable. But as I said, expectations on my part were low. But I was glad that at least some of characters made it through. I hate when nobody survives in horror movies.

Overall, l liked it, it was fun. Except for the trick ending. That was kind of silly.

Monday
Preacher

Damn, this is quickly becoming the best show on TV. I know nothing about the comic book material but this season so far surpassed season 1 with just 3 episodes in.

Whoa. That Eugene Opening! One of the best openings I have ever watched! That whole sequence was amazing. I’m not sure if any other show does dark comedy as well as Preacher. And also, great way to introduce Eugene’s backstory and to find out the his personal hell is to re-live that horrible moment over and over again. Not to mention that his cellmate in hell is fucking Hitler.

On the main arc Jesse, Cassidy, and Tulip headed to New Orleans, in a search for God. And that is when things start getting weird. They hit the jazz bars asking for God and ended up finding a S&M Dalmatian called god and his owner. The scene is hilarious and disturbing.

Another plot point that was brought up in the last episode was Tulip’s past. She wasn’t comfortable at all in New Orleans, she was feeling like she was being watched. So she decided to call the night early. While Cassidy fowled her, Jesse continuous his God search. Some dude name Victor ends up finding Tulip and I don’t know what exactly went down between them in the past but, they had a great fight scene. The next episode is called Victor so we may find out more about this dude.

Meanwhile, Jesse fallowing a tip from a bartender, meets a singer called Lara Featherstone in a club. Then he witness a mysterious group of men in white suits kidnap her. He intervenes and saves her. But turns out the whole thing was just a elaborated set up to find out if Jesse has really the power of genesis. Why? I don’t know.

That was another great episode. I can’t wait until next Monday.

Tuesday
Lost city of Z

In 1925, Lieutenant Colonel Percy Fawcett, a British military-man-turned-explorer, searches for a lost city deep in the Amazon

That is a great movie. I loved how it wasn’t about blind greed but rather noble ambition. The film was well-acted, well-shot, and one of the more solid films I’ve seen this year so far.

The only issue for me was that the jungle doesn’t feel very vast. The camera is usually tightly focused on the characters so we don’t really get a sense of scale on the size of the jungle. But that is just a minor nitpick of mine.

Lost city of Z is definitely a slow burn but like a lot of James Grey’s films it leads to an extraordinary finale.

Wednesday
Snowfall

Snowfall is a new FX show about the rise of the crack epidemic in Los Angeles in the 1980s. The series follows the stories of several characters — 19-year-old drug dealer Franklin Saint, Mexican luchador Gustavo “El Oso” Zapata, CIA operative Teddy McDonald, and Luica Villanueva, the daughter of a Mexican crime boss.

I’ve been looking forward to this show, and really enjoyed this pilot. It had a real Boyz N the Hood feel. I was very impressed with the cinematography and the score. Acting and writing were on point too. I am continuously surprised by the rise of quality on popular television. This is just a pilot but, it was so well done.

There are a few intriguing story-lines going on, specially the wannabe drug dealer kid and the CIA agent. And we can only assume their paths will inevitably cross.

I didn’t realize that the CIA’s funding of the Contras was going to be a part of the plot of this show. I’m very pleased about that. It will make things even more interesting.

BTW, we’re assuming the Nicaraguan guy killed those party girls, right?

The whole South Central neighborhood looks really good, far from being the a ghetto. So, maybe, the point of the story is going to be how the crack and coke epidemic drove those neighborhoods down. It’s amazing how the drug game affects people from the top, all the way down to the bottom.

I really hope the LA gangs become a part in this show as well.

Definitely Checking the rest of the season. Mr. Saint’s ascent will be very entertaining to watch.

Thursday
Spider-Man Homecoming

BEST. SUPERHERO. MOVIE. EVER.

Holy shit that was so fun! That is the Spider-Man we deserve.

For starters, how great was the Spidey theme over the opening titles? Pretty Awesome!

This movie itself has a lot of genuinely funny moments and a lot of heart as well. I had a smile on my face from the first scene until the very last one when Cap showed up.

I thought that the younger Aunt May and her relationship with Peter was very refreshing. She is completely different from the comics but she feels really natural. The movie vaguely mentioned Uncle Ben when Peter talked about “everything Aunt May is going through”, but no one said anything about his death.

The Arron Davis “Prowler” easter egg and him kind of mentioning Miles Morales was really cool! I lost my shit when he said that line about his nephew. Marvel may be already tipping their Phase 5 before they’ve even finished Phase 3.

“I say penis you say Parker!”
-Flash Thompson

I loved how it truly felt like they were in high school. I thought it was great that they updated the Flash character. Tony Revolori did a really great job playing him. Jacob Batalon did an amazing job portraying Ned. Which is Peter’s nerdy and funny best friend. And Zendeya as Michelle Jones was hilarious and also had little bit of mystery to her character. Although that reveal in the end seemed a little bit forced.

There were several gasps and “oh my gods” in the theater when Liz’ dad opened the front door. Myself and everyone else in the theater were on our tiptoes just waiting for what was going to happen next. And the whole car scene didn’t disappointed. So tense. Great acting from everyone involved.

Tom Holland’s performance when he was crushed under the debris was amazing, too. He acted the fuck out of this movie. Tom not only brought the laughs and awkwardness, but also the emotion to the character that was needed.

My biggest fear for this movie was the use of three villains. Spider-Man 3 did that and it was a hot mess. I worried that maybe, marvel would fuck this up, but I thankfully, I was wrong. It was actually amazing how this movie introduced a lot of villains but at the same time made it feel very natural.

Michael Keaton as the Vulture was so great! His costume was fantastic and as a villain he felt fully developed. He stakes were very personal and not on such a huge scale. Very street level. I also loved the crew. The heists. And I loved the pure greed that motivated them.

For a second, I thought they’d fall into the Marvel trap of killing the villain in the end (seriously, they really need to break that habit). But I was relieved that they didn’t do it.

I had an awesome time at the theater watching Homecoming and so did everyone else that was there. The movie felt really fresh despite being the 6th Spidey movie in 15 years. And it reminded me of why I love Spider-Man. I highly recommend.

Quick Notes (Spoilers!!)

“A film by Peter Parker.”

Blitzkrieg Bop by the Ramones was the perfect song for a montage of Spidey in action. And it was even better in the end credits.

“They’ (The Ramones) are from Queens! They’re from Forest Hills! They’re like actually from the same place that Peter Parker is from, which is so cool.” -Jon Watts

The Ramones once covered the “Spider-Man” theme song.

Tony Stark’s role is just right, he never overshadows Peter but at the same time has an important part to play.

Hannibal Buress’s cameo was great. “Yeah pretty sure this dude is a war criminal now but whatever.”

Karen is my new favorite character.

Is the Iron spider suit confirmed for Infinity War? It better be because that suit looked amazing!

Pepper Pots being back was a really cool welcome cameo.

So glad that I had the patience to stay for the second end-credit scene, so worth it.

Friday
The Circle

Well, a day after watching the amazing Spider-Man Homecoming I thought it would be a good idea to watch this fucking horrendous movie. Well, it wasn’t.

Basically, the movie is about a young tech worker who takes a job at a powerful Internet corporation called The Circle. She quickly rises up the company’s ranks and soon finds herself in a perilous situation concerning privacy, surveillance, and freedom.

The more I think about this film the worse it gets. They had some good ideas about the creepiness of Facebook and Google but there was never any payoff. Throughout the movie, many possible plots are raised and then forgotten. And the ending didn’t make sense to me at all.

I’m still wondering how Tom Hanks got dragged into this mess. His performance is really good. But not even him could save that. Emma Watson should have just used her British accent. Because her American one is a joke. An what is the story with John Boyega showing up at random moments for absolutely no reason at all?

Anyway, don’t waste your time.

Saturday

Tour de Pharmacy

Tour de Pharmacy is a Mockumentary set in 1982 about the Tour de France where the competitors include: white Nigerian Marty Hass (Andy Samberg); Austrian Gustav Ditters (John Cena); the first African-American Slim Robinson (Daveed Diggs); pacesetter JuJu Peppi (Orlando Bloom); and Adrianna “Adrian” Baton (Freddie Highmore), a female racer disguised as a man.

I really enjoyed it. I liked 7 Days in Hell a little better but this was hilarious too. It’s short enough at 40min that the cheesy jokes don’t overstay their welcome.

The Lance Armstrong bits were unexpected. The one where he gets the text message from his lawyer cracked me up. I can’t believe they got him to actually be in it.

Everyone involved on it was so funny. I loved the Chris webber Fab Five joke. Pretty obscure for people, that like me, is not familiar with college basketball (I had to google it) but still funny and John Cena lifting that naked dude over his head was hilarious. Nathan Fielder was great too, the “these are all for sale” part was hysterical.

Well, they did tennis already, and cycling now and I imagine that they will continue onwards. I wonder what they would do next. Boxing would be fun.

Looking forward to more in the Legends of Sports series