This month was decent for TV, but very lacking for new music which is usually my favorite part of these posts. Here’s my wrap up of some of the movies, television shows, music, and other media that I’ve consumed and thought was worth sharing for the month of February 2019.
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part – There was no way that this sequel could ever live up to the first movie and trying to recapture that would be a fools errand for the creative team. The good news is, they totally understood that, and used it to their advantage. The movie was fun, funny, and tugged at the heartstrings, just like the original, and even poked fun of itself (and Christ Pratt) along the way.
Lord of the Rings Extended Edition – I haven’t seen any of the Lord of the Rings movies since they were in theaters which was about 15 years ago – and I’ve never seen the extended editions (11.4 hours of movie!). For the most part while watching I couldn’t remember what wasn’t part of the theatrical editions and what was new. I enjoyed the series, but it was definitely exhausting. I have a hard time keep characters straight so movies/shows with a lot of characters (LotR, Game of Thrones, etc.) can hard for me to follow some times. That said, I’m glad I watched these but I’ll probably never rewatch this series – at least not for another 15 years.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – Yeah, this is the third month in a row this movie has been on this blog, but it was just released for sale and it’s so good. If for some reason you haven’t yet – you need to. And it won an Academy Award for Best Animated Picture.
Miracle Workers – A new limited series on TBS starring Steve Buscemi as God who has given up on Earth, and is planning on blowing it up, unless two miracle workers and answer one impossible unanswered prayer. It’s very funny, and definitely worth watching.
Pen15 – Question: Would it be possible to take the movie Eighth Grade and make it even more awkward? Answer: Pen15 on Hulu. We’re only halfway through the season, but it’s been funny when it’s not soul crushingly awkward – which is also still very funny.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Season 2) – We finally checked out season 2, while I don’t think it was as strong as the first season, I still really liked it. Tony Shalhoub steals every scene that he is in, even more than he did last season.
30 Rock – After many years I decided to rewatch 30 Rock. I know that I love this show, but I seem to forget how absolutely hilarious is.
Creating Saturday Night Live – Speaking of sketch comedy shows, I learned that there is a series of behind-the-scenes of SNL videos on YouTube. As someone with a TV/film background these sort of videos are always interesting to me, especially for live shows. Some of the videos are really great and it’s awesome to watch the cast and crew choreograph everything from the skits, to changing the sets and stages. Other videos are kind of boring and really don’t offer any kind of behind-the-scenes look. Those videos are easily identifiable and you should skip right over them.
- La Vie en Rose by Lucy Dacus (Apple Music / Spotify)
- I Feel Fine, I Feel Sick by Ceres (Apple Music / Spotify)
- Self of Steam by Record Setter (Apple Music / Spotify)
- Heart Attack Kid by Ben Kweller (Apple Music / Spotify)
Speaking of Miles Morales and Spider-Man, his new series launched late last year with a new writer fro the first time in Miles’ existence. I was nervous at first, but Miles is in good hands with Saladin Ahmed. I’m not sure how long he’ll be on the series, but he just finished a three book arc that was very good (issue 1, issue 2, issue 3)