Things We’re Digging This Week – Week of 1/30/17

Each week the Lewton Bus gang will get together and write up a brief account of something we’re digging on hard this week. It can be a movie, TV, music, or anything, really! Tell us what you’re digging on in the comments.

R Carson Chastity Patricia S-S Supergirl

This week in media I’m digging Supergirl. More specifically the fan community of Supergirl, which has generated a metric ton of fan fiction and content both in support of the canon and great Maggie Sawyer and Alex Danvers relationship, and the fun and sub-textual (but come on) Lena and Kara ship. Affectionately called “Supercorp”. In a rough period of my life, the pure and simple joy of diving into fan created content, indulging in the sweet and beautiful romances and stories that people cook up is exactly what I needed. It may not be the most sophisticated thing on this list, but it’s my choice, so shut up.

Allen Strickland Uncharted

I’ve really gotten into the Uncharted videogame series lately (yes I’m aware that I’m incredibly late to that party). I received the complete series for Christmas and have been systematically playing my way through them ever since. The “modern day Indiana Jones meets National Treasure” aesthetic that they are going for works like gangbusters and the way they manage to make each game a thrilling globe-trotting mystery adventure keeps each game exciting and new. I just started the third game in the series last night and cannot wait to see what happens next!

Bee McGee Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is dope.

(Ed. Note: We should all be grateful that once John Wick Chapter 2 comes out we can have a day of seeing three Ruby Rose movies in theaters!)

Tanner Volz The Expanse

“Did you just say ‘donkey balls’?”

The Expanse adaptation from SyFy! I haven’t read the books, so I’m not going to play that game. I’ve evaluated the show on its own terms: smart, effective at hiding its wee tiny budget (compared to something that HBO or Netflix would fund), a cast with all sorts of chemistry, and stories and environments that play as believably as any attempt at extensive future-building that I’ve seen. It’s exciting, fun, funny, sometimes embarrassingly cheesy, and Amos. Amos is one of those magical characters that owns every second he’s on screen. The phrase “donkey balls” had me in tears laughing for a good twenty minutes. RRWD. “Donkey balls.” “Did you just say donkey balls?” RRWD. “Donkey balls.” “Did you just say donkey balls?” RRWD. “Donkey balls.” “Did you just say donkey balls?” Can’t wait to start into the new season.

Adam Bumas Jeeves and Wooster

Escapism is a valuable resource in these times, and where better to escape than a relentless gentle embarrassment of the upper class? Jeeves and Wooster, the BBC’s costume drama from the early nineties, feels a lot more timeless than shows like Downton Abbey or The Crown, because it comes from both futurist and nostalgic sensibilities: Sir P.G. Wodehouse wrote his original stories as a comical examination of the British aristocracy’s fumbling attempts to adapt to the early 20th century, but half a century later, all the elaborate costuming and light, reserved humour (note the ‘u’) turned into a requiem for a brief, lost age.

No, I’m not talking about the days when Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry – each a titan of the screen in his own right – were partners and frequent collaborators, although I sure miss those days.

Andrew Clark Finest Girl (Bin Laden Song) from Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

So this week I finally caught up on Lonely Island’s Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, and while ultimately I found the movie to be underwhelming (which makes me sad since it was hyped up by my compatriots!) the songs were a significant highlight. I’m already on board for most of Lonely Island’s oeuvre, but their work on the film is completely next level. ‘Finest Girl’ is the most addicting ear worm from the movie, but despite my feelings on the movie as a whole, I’m looking forward to picking up the soundtrack to enjoy all of the music, because it is in parts both brilliant and hysterical.

 

  • Allen

    See Andrew, you should listen to me more often. I have mentioned multiple times that Pop Star is a great premise that fizzles out pretty hard in the back half, but you were to hung up on my not liking Sing Street and Neon Demon to notice.

    • Something

      Get off the bus, Allen. You don’t even deserve to make it to Lewton.

      • Allen

        I will do no such thing!

  • God, I can’t wait to see the new season of THE EXPANSE. And, yeah. Amos is great. I have read a bunch of the books and the show is largely faithful, although I think the show actually improves on their character work.

    My only real beef is with the show’s depiction of the Eros incident, which is pretty underwhelming compared to the completely bonkers and intense version in the book. I assume that’s mostly for budgetary reasons, but also a more faithful version would have been a hard sell on basic cable.

    • I just downloaded the first two episodes of Season 2. I’ll probably catch up this weekend. Plus, I’m starting the 4th book today

  • POPSTAR “Underwhelming”

    Get. Out.

    • I wasn’t that hot on it either. It was just “okay” for me

    • Still haven’t seen it.

      • Andrew Clark

        Haha I can send you my copy if you like!

    • Andrew Clark

      No one was more bereft than I with how I felt, Scott, believe me.

    • Allen

      Popstar is 2/3 of an excellent movie mashed up with 1/3 of an Adam Sandler level comedy.

  • Great list. I don’t know if you all saw my Best Comics list, but there’s a bunch of good ones on it, so check those out

    • Andrew Clark

      I did read it! It was a great list.