July Movie/TV Wrap Up

TV:

Stranger Things: Season Four, Vol. 2 – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
Under the Banner of Heaven – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Dopesick
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Sadie Sink was the MVP of Stranger Things Season Four. Volume Two really got to my emotions and I cried a bunch. I have no idea what to expect with the fifth and final season. Andrew Garfield’s performance in Under the Banner of Heaven was incredible. The true crime mini series follows the investigation into the death of a mother and daughter in a Mormon town in Utah. More people need to watch this heart wrenching series. I finally watched Dopesick and it made me equal parts depressed and furious. Starring the magnetic Michael Keaton, the mini series on the opioid epidemic, focusing on oxycontin and the company that produced it. The fact that big pharmaceutical companies prey on people in pain just to make money is disgusting.

Movies:

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between – ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
Where the Crawdads Sing – ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Elvis –
⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

Where the Crawdads Sing was too pretty—it went through the “Hollywood treatment.” I don’t want to say too much, but I think the timeline adjustments the writer implemented did a disservice to the film. This is another example where adapting the book into a mini seres would have been a more successful choice. I really struggle with my feelings about Elvis. Austin Butler was mesmerizing, Tom Hanks is always the best, but I hate Bad Luhrmann movies. He makes movies look so fake and garish, and while it does work with a subject like Elvis, I still find his style pretty off putting. Plus, it was much too long.

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