Week in Review: March 15 – 21

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So, I wrote a rough draft for my week in review around Monday, and then had to scrap it because so much had changed. As everyone knows, there’s a pandemic. I live in Ohio, where Governor DeWine has been handling our response. He’s been cited by various media outlets as being proactive and showing the rest of the nation what needs to be done to keep people safe. Unfortunately, to help Ohioans practice social distancing, he closed different businesses daily. First it was schools, then restaurants, movie theaters, hair salons, and other places soon followed.

I was upset and distressed at first. I love going out, and it was bittersweet to give up many of my favorite activities. Since I work in a hospital, I understand this is absolutely 100% needed for us to manage the crisis. I really wish this wasn’t the case, and perhaps if we prepared better it wouldn’t be. But Trump didn’t take the threat seriously, and our healthcare system is shit, so here we are.

At first these changes were absolutely devastating to me. But after a few days, I kind of got used to it, and life goes on. Most of us believe that at some point DeWine is going to put in a “Shelter in Place” order. I personally think he is choosing to escalate things to that point as slowly as possible.

Fortunately, since I work in an emergency room, I’m still working, and will be for the foreseeable future. With as many as 1 in 5 families losing their jobs, and more to come, I am very thankful to still be working. My husband’s warehouse job was shut down until at least April 1st. On the plus side, the company is paying him through the 1st.

So what media am I consuming while facing the end of the world as we know it?

As stated before, the first days of the pandemic hit me pretty hard. I recently adjusted my psychiatric meds, and suddenly, I was combating grocery shopping being much more complicated on top of antipsychotic withdrawal.

I didn’t consume too much media last weekend, or during the week. I worked five different shifts in five days and was very tired. As such, my daily TV shows were put on hold for the time being. But I still managed to watch a few things.

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Madoka Magica (Rewatch)

My sister had never seen Madoka Magica, and I hadn’t seen it in five years, so a party on Kosmi to watch a couple episodes was in order. For those who don’t know, Madoka Magica presents itself as a standard magic girl show where teenage girls become magical girls and fight evil witches. Around episode 3 though, the show takes a turn for the darker, and the viewer finds out what being a magical girl truly means.

The problem is, while Madoka Magica was subversive and innovative back in 2011, anime has gotten much better since then. To be blunt, Madoka Magica has not aged super well. The animation is still a lot of fun, but the obvious foreshadowing and bad dialogue sticks out like a sore thumb. Don’t get me wrong though, I’m enjoying my rewatch.

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Big Time Adolescence

Now, here is a movie that I’m sure no one has heard of! I only knew of this movie because of an article on Rotten Tomatoes It covered some nifty indie movies that had just come out and Big Time Adolescence was one of them. I read about it and was instantly intrigued.

The super good news is that it was on Hulu, which meant I could still watch with the theaters being shut down, in the comfort of my own home, without pants.

Big Time Adolescence is the story of Mo, an ordinary high schooler, and Zeke, the douchebag college drop-out that he looks up to. Mo enjoys hanging out with Zeke as he treats him the same as all his other adult friends. Unfortunately, Zeke is a manchild with no morals as well as poor decision making skills, and thus gets Mo into a lot of bad stuff.  Mo has to learn the hard way that some people you idolize are people you really shouldn’t look up to.

While Mo was a bland character, the rest of the movie has an excellent supporting cast. I had never heard of Pete Davidson, but he’s easily the best part, really selling Zeke as someone charismatic enough to look up, but scummy enough that everyone else around Mo can tell he sucks. Jon Cryer also gives a stunningly good performance as the well-meaning but uncool dad, Reuben Harris.  When it’s time for Reuben to shine, he absolutely shines, and I can’t help but think Jon Cryer spending all those years playing a two-dimensional jerk on Two and a Half Men was a huge waste of his skill.

Fair warning, this movie is a super uncomfortable watch. What unfolds is an absolute trainwreck you can’t look away from. I wouldn’t say it’s a fun watch, but as someone who had a douchebag college friend when I was sixteen who I eventually became very disillusioned with, this movie was satisfying and cathartic.

Well that’s about it for the week. How’s your week going? Let me know in the comments!

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