Welcome to another edition of the Weekend Media Forecast. As always, I’m your Mediaologist Brad Morris. This weeks post is special to me for a big reason. It is the first post I’ve actually been able to headline at the top. I want to thank a few people before we get into the forecast.
First to Tyler Thompson for answering a Facebook message last spring. Its amazing what Game of Thrones can bring you. She was able to get me into the KSR doorway. Secondly to Josh Juckett for being my partner in crime with the Kentucky Deadcast. He and I had a blast with season 7 of The Walking Dead and we look forward to bringing that back this fall for what looks to be an explosive season 8. Thirdly to Nick Roush for editing all of the podcasts I’ve thrown at him for the past few months. And last, but not least, to Chris Tomlin. Chris took a chance on me when he didn’t have any idea if I could do this or crash and burn. With his guidance and advice, I feel like I grow better with each passing week as a writer. So thank you all for letting me into the KSR family.
Now that the formalities are out of the way, we can proceed to this weekends media forecast. This week has a little bit of everything. A serious documentary, a lighthearted film, a speckling of horror, and the joy of sport. So let’s look ahead, shall we?
Netflix: The Keepers
Why To Watch: We start off with some very serious, and mysterious, content matter. In this seven part series, Netflix looks into the murder of beloved nun, Sister Cathy Cesnik. Sister Cesnik was a teacher at a Catholic high school for girls in Baltimore in the late 60’s. On Nov. 7th, 1969, Sister Cesnik went missing. Two months later, her body was found in a bad state of decomposition. The cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma to the head. Her disappearance and the discovery of her body launched an investigation that remains unsolved to this day.
With all of the controversy gripping the church for the last couple of decades, this is another black stain that refuses to go away. The series screams at a cover up, and fingers are pointed. The only fact that is escaping the audience is who actually did this heinous crime to the much loved nun.
Why To Watch: For all of the original content and TV repeats that Hulu has to offer, a large portion that has been overlooked in the past is its growing library of movies. Everything from James Bond classics to Disney princesses is buried underneath. I have found an 80’s classic hidden deep inside. And it’s appropriate I had to dig, because that movie is Clue. This adaptation of the popular board game may have been the first time the movie industry attempted to make a movie based off of a game, either video or board. And while it may have not had much commercial success, Clue has become a cult classic. Given that it has so many strong actors, you could release it today and it would still be relevant. Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Martin Mull, Madeline Kahn, and Lesley Ann Warren play some of the main culprits. However, this movie is taken from good to magnificent with the great Tim Curry. Playing Wadsworth The Butler, Curry gives a classic performance in leading the murderer(s) throughout the house from the game. If you want to show your teenagers what classic comedy can be, and how you don’t need technology to do it, play the game one night and then show them this. And remember, 1 + 1 + 2 + 1.
TV: Billboard Music Awards (Sunday, ABC, 8:00 p.m.)
Why To Watch: The award show season is almost over with. This one brings together all the stars you love, or hate. Ariana Grande, Nick Jonas, Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton, Demi Lovato, Pink, Rihanna, and Madonna are just a small sampling of the names. Madonna will be leading a tribute to Prince. And while I sometimes dislike tributes from the past, anything that can bring a little Purple Rain back into our lives is a good thing. I won’t be watching since I’m anxiously awaiting to see Mumford and Sons Tuesday night at the Chicken Bucket. Don’t want to spoil my appetite before then.
Movies: Alien Covenant
Why To Watch: I’ll make this confession, I’m not really expecting too much from this addition to the Alien universe. I had such high hopes for Prometheus and was terribly disappointed. Granted the visuals were fantastic, but it came off as too clean. I want my Alien movies to have some grit to them. The original Alien and Aliens were pure terror. Ridley Scott won’t let the franchise die because he wants to keep adding to the mythology of Alien. It actually occurs to me that he seems to be following in the same footsteps as George Lucas and the Star Wars prequels, and we know how that turned out. Let us hope that Alien Covenant is at the very least serviceable and can put us back into the mood of extreme terror that happened the first time you see a facehugger, egg spore, or Xenoporph pop onto screen. If you’re brave enough, then check this out at your local theater.
Sports: The Preakness (NBC, post time aprx. 6:45 p.m.)
Why To Watch: The second leg of the Triple Crown is in Baltimore, Maryland tomorrow afternoon. Always Dreaming is the odds on favorite to win, with his chief competitor being Classic Empire from the Kentucky Derby. New challengers await the champion thoroughbred. Cloud Computing and Conquest Mo Money are just two of the nine other horses Always Dreaming will have to hold off. Let’s see if he can keep his jockey’s silks as clean as they were with the Derby.
That brings us to the end of this weeks edition of the Weekend Media Forecast. I’m hoping this weekends weather forecast doesn’t turn out to have as much rain as is currently predicted. That would be a funny way of keeping our kids cooped up on their first weekend out of school. God’s little irony perhaps? However, we have plenty of material to view as well. So grab the popcorn and enjoy. Until next weekend, I’m your now OFFICIAL Mediaologist Brad Morris. Cheers.