Media Diet: February 2022

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Shamelessly stolen from Kottke.org, here’s my media diet for February 2022

…only 11 days later than I intended for it to be.


Movies

  • Tick Tick Boom: A tour-de-force performance from Andrew Garfield here, but I have to admit, there’s not a ton of substance to the story of the musical itself. Beautifully shot and choreographed, sure, but I wonder if the film would be a tenth as effective without Garfield at the center? (B)
  • Licorice Pizza: I am an absolute sucker for coming-of-age movies, and this one might be one of the best. A glorious, dream-like homage to the awkwardness of growing up, and a love letter to 70’s California. Alana Haim and Cooper Hoffman were INCREDIBLE. (A)
  • The King’s Man: A top tip here — you cannot be both a serious World War II drama AND an irreverent skewering of one. An atonal mess, even with how awesome Ralph Finnes is here. (C-)
  • The Matrix Resurrections: Normally, I’d roll my eyes at constant fourth wall breaking, but the concept of revisiting The Matrix after 20 years, and being aware of the weight of it all really worked for me. The action was very much lacking, however, sadly. (C)

TV

  • I’ve been revisiting Brooklyn Nine Nine from the beginning, and it’s been an absolute joy.

Comics

  • Nightwing, Vol. 1: Leaping into the Light by Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo: Easily the best DC Comics release I’ve read since Mister Miracle. Brilliant writing, blue-sky artwork, a complete joy. (A+)
  • Beta Ray Bill: Argent Star by Daniel Warren Johnson: Beta Ray Bill German suplexes someone. COMIC OF THE YEAR. (A-)
  • Moon Knight, Vol. 1: The Midnight Mission by Jed McKay and Alessandro Cappuccio: A nice, story resetting run just in time for the Disney+ series. McKay is quietly becoming one of Marvel’s best writers. (B+)
  • Hedra by Jesse Lonergan: A simple, wordless, absolutely awesome 48-page one-shot story about a journey into space. Very much my shit. (B+)

Books

  • Blood, Sweat & Chrome: The Wild and True Story of Mad Max: Fury Road by Kyle Buchanan: It turns out the story behind one of the best movies of the 21st century is as enthralling and exciting as the film itself. Proves simply that the creation of all great things is a tenuous process. (A+)

Music

  • And So I Watch You From Afar – Jettison: The latest by the incredible Irish four-piece post rock group is a lush concept album. Meant to be seen as a live performance with visual compliment and a live orchestra, the album can only capture the audio, but what a great album it is. (B+)

Other

  • We upgraded our Internet! I recommend it. And also getting all your equipment in person instead of waiting for your ISP to send it to you.

See you next month!

STRANGER THINGS Season 4 Split in Half, Series to End with Season 5, And More Revealed

Stranger Things on Twitter:

With nine scripts, over eight-hundred pages, almost two years of filming, thousands of visual effects shots, and a runtime nearly twice the length of any previous season, Stranger Things 4 was the most challenging season yet, but also the most rewarding one. Everyone involved is incredibly proud of the results, and we can’t wait to share it with you.

Given the unprecedented length, and to get it to you as soon as possible, Season 4 will be released in two volumes. Volume One will release on May 27th; Volume Two will release five weeks later on July 1st.

So that’s the good news. It’s coming soon. And it’s bigger than ever.

It’s also the beginning of the end.

Seven years ago, we planned out the complete story arc for Stranger Things. At the time, we predicted the story would last four to five seasons. It proved too large to tell in four, but — as you’ll soon see for yourselves – we are now hurtling toward our finale. Season will be the penultimate season; season 5 will be the last.

The Duffer Brothers taking to Twitter today to announce the long-awaited return of Stranger Things, but also confirming that the series will reach a conclusion.

They go on to note that the 5-season-arc is the end for Eleven and the gang, but there may be more from the Stranger Things universe, but that makes sense — I long felt after Season 1 that the series should’ve been more anthology based, but the redemption of the series in Season 3 has me interested to see what 4 and 5 hold.

Could the reach exceed the grasp? We find out this May.

It’s John Cena vs. Wile E Coyote in the Forthcoming COYOTE VS. ACME

Deadline:

Following the massive success of its recent Peacemaker series that included a season 2 renewal, Warner Bros. and John Cena are staying in business with each other as Cena is set to star in the WB’s Looney Tunes animated hybrid pic Coyote vs. Acme. Dave Green will direct with a screenplay from written by Samy Burch, based on the Looney Tunes characters & The New Yorker humor article “Coyote v. Acme” by Ian Frazier.

The film follows Wile E. Coyote, who after ACME products fail him one too many times in his dogged pursuit of the Roadrunner, decides to hires a billboard lawyer to sue the ACME Corporation. The case pits Wile E. and his lawyer against the latter’s intimidating former boss (Cena), but a growing friendship between man and cartoon stokes their determination to win.

John Cena really continues to amaze.

George Perez and Kurt Busiek’s JLA / AVENGERS Crossover To FINALLY Be Reprinted

Hero Initiative:

For the first time in decades, the acclaimed JLA/Avengers crossover will be reprinted by Hero Initiative, the charity dedicated to helping comic book creators in medical or financial need. With only 7000 copies being printed, Hero Initiative is honoring one of George Pérez seminal bodies of work and his long-time support of Hero.

JLA/Avengers will be available in March from participating comic book stores and will be distributed via Diamond Comic Distributors. This 288-page full color, softbound volume features the original 2003 four-issue co-publishing venture between DC and Marvel, written by Kurt Busiek with art by George Pérez. The book carries a retail price of $29.99 and is limited to 7000 copies.

This collection also features 64 pages of companion content and will reprint introductions by original Avengers writer/editor Stan Lee and Justice League of America editor Julius Schwartz. A bonus in the Hero Initiative edition is a new afterword by Kurt Busiek.

I’m totally in for this. Now to figure out where/how to order it…

(Also, I would’ve loved a hardcover.)

HBO Max Greenlights Season 2 of PEACEMAKER

The Hollywood Reporter:

HBO Max cherishes Peacemaker with all its heart.

The streamer has renewed James Gunn’s DC Extended Universe action comedy for a second season.

Gunn and star John Cena announced the news on social media Wednesday.

The Suicide Squad spin-off series launched in January to strong reviews, with Cena reprising his role as the brutish-yet-charming government assassin Chris Smith/Peacemaker who’s paired with a team of fellow agents on a mission to save the world from an alien invasion.

“Creating Peacemaker has been one of the true highlights of my life, both professionally and otherwise, with John Cena and the incredible creative team around me, as well as our partners at HBO Max,” Gunn said in a statement. “To have something we all love so much be loved by the audience in turn has been a wonderful experience. I can’t wait for folks to see where team Peacemaker goes in season two!”

Peacemaker has been fantastic, folks, and I cannot wait both to see the season finale tomorrow, but now, also, where Season 2 takes the team.