Friday, September 24, 2021

Only Murders in the Building - How Well Do You Know Your Neighbors?

It's not surprising that the episode centered more on Oliver (Martin Short) would be the goofiest episode of the series so far. Along with flashbacks to the director's notorious Broadway flop ("Splash: The Musical"), we also get a look into Oliver's mind as he attempts to cast the killer for the podcast much the way he would a Broadway show with various suspects trying out on stage. His first idea for star fizzles out, and it's not until the very end of the episode that he thinks the podcast may have found its leading man in one of the apartment building's most famous residents.

Usagi Yojimbo #22

Miyamoto Usagi's travels with his cousin Yukichi Yamamoto continue in part one of "Ransom" as the two wanderers have mad their way out of Lord Hikiji's province only to run into new trouble when their paths cross those of Kitsune and Kiyoko. It doesn't take the young warrior long to discover the sneakiness of the two thieves as they tease Yukichi before showing the travelers the thieves' latest score: a ledger of corruption and payoffs.

Subnormal

The British documentary from director Lyttanya Shannon looks back at a time when immigrant children with dark skin were being disproportionately labeled "educationally subnormal" and sent to special ESN schools where their chance at a proper education was drastically reduced. Including interviews from former students, their parents, educators, and advocates who helped bring the situation to light, Subnormal offers an intriguing look back a story that cuts to the heart of racism and disenfranchisement.

Although short, and a times a tad dry given the shocking subject matter, the documentary is informative delving into  the schools which started in the 1940s and only stopped because of investigation and activism in the 1960s and 1970s that the British Government eventually could no longer ignore.

FBI: International - Pilot

Part three of a three-hour crossover across the various CBS FBI series, the "Pilot" episode of FBI: International introduces us to the FBI's Budapest-based overseas Fly Team who are called into action to deal with threats outside the United States. The episode follows the thread introduced in FBI and continued in FBI: Most Wanted concerning human trafficker Colin Kent (Oded Fehr) who by the start of this episode has fled the United States with a 14 year-old hostage to avoid prosecution. With a rather unnecessary guest-appearance from OA (Zeeko Zaki), the Fly Team work to find Kent, his blackmail material on powerful pedophiles, and the missing girl.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Love and Monsters

It may seem weird to call a story centered around a 23 year-old man a coming of age story, but that's exactly what Love and Monsters offers. Seven years after the end of the world, with people huddling in bunkers hiding from a wide assortment of mutated monsters roaming the earth, the cowardly Joel (Dylan O'Brien) decides to do something completely against his nature and travel 85 miles across the monster-infested post-apocalyptic landscape to find his girlfriend Aimee (Jessica Henwick) who he last saw seven years ago.

Narrated by the self-deprecating Joel who is both aware of his shortcomings and determined to overcome them, we follow the young man's journey where he'll face gruesome monsters and run into an assortment of odd characters including an unlikely pair of survivors (Michael Rooker and Ariana Greenblatt) living on the surface, a robot, and a dog.