Things We’re Digging This Week – Week of 6/18/18

Everything from high fantasy to wonderfully silly disaster films.

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

Mavis Roberta McGee Geostorm

This is the best 90’s movie that wasn’t made in the 90’s.1

Diane C. Tag

Usually, when you see that a real story has been turned into a movie, it’s a historical drama of some sort. Not so with Tag, a hilarious comedy based on a real-life group of friends who have played the same game of tag once a month every year for 30 years. I loved watching Tag. The cast is absolutely stacked and has great chemistry with each other (and Isla Fisher steals the show). The set up is simple: a group of friends head to a wedding to tag their friend Jerry (Jeremy Renner), who has never been tagged in the history of their game. Their quest to tag him once and for all escalates and escalates until you’re laughing so hard that you almost miss the sweet and heartwarming lesson in the middle. I left the theater feeling joy and the melancholy, thinking about the reasons why a group of grown men (the real-life group’s antics are shown at the end of the movie) would play a child’s game and how the movie took that a step further and made the game itself a metaphor about adapting to change.

H.M. Flores The Peanuts Movie and Creed

At first glance, there’s not a lot in common between these two movies aside from being some of the best of 2015. But now that I watched them in the span of a week, I found myself noticing that some beats in them are fairly similar. For starters, both are stories about plucky underdogs overwhelmed by social pressures and reputation. These protagonists have endearing friends who are honest when they need to be and provide powerful emotional support. And their climax has them celebrating their hard earned victory surrounded by a cheering crowd that was initially doubtful of their potential.

The Peanuts Movie and Creed are basically distilled joy, and they never fail to keep me with a big smile, misty eyes and a pumping fist throughout their runtime. They’re the type of films that remind me why I love cinema in the first place. And they serve as a source to recover your energy for whenever you’re feeling down.

Allen StricklandThe Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson

Art by Marc Simonetti

Like most people I enjoy a good book from time to time, but sadly my reading has become quite slack of late. But in a fit of boredom on a particularly slow day of work and once again bummed out by another article reminding me of the long wait between the last installment of George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series and the next book, The Winds of Winter, I decided to find a new fantasy series to read. After reading through several different top ten lists I decided to download The Final Empire, the first book in Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series. I started reading it after my lunch break that day and within 5 days I had finished it. Sanderson’s fantasy world is unlike any other with an innovative magical system that is one of the most well thought out and developed in the genre. The first book, that tells the story of a ragtag band of rebels attempting to overthrow an immortal god king, is already an all time favorite of mine and I’m loving the sequel, The Well of Ascension, which I’m already 500 pages in on.

That’s all for this week, friends! Your friendly editor has been too busy with weddings and tech rehearsal to really dig anything from pop culture other than the comforting embrace of rereading Grant Morrison’s JLA. ANYWAY, as ever, please take care of yourselves, and your loved ones!

  1. You can read our (quite positive) review here. -Ed.