Recently Watched: Antebellum, Woke, & Peninsula

I’m still Watching Movies & Shit so here is another edition of Recently Watched; a series where I talk about movies and television shows that I, uh, recently watched. Today we take a look at Janelle Monáe in (maybe) slavery times, a woke cartoonist, and Korean zombies. Let’s go.

ANTEBELLUM

Antebellum
Movie • VOD • Release Date: September 18, 2020

I was interested in seeing Antebellum just off the fact that it starred Janelle Monáe and it seems to be another entry in Black horror (Racism horror? Whatever we calling it). Then I saw multiple reviews saying it was the worst movie of 2020. Damn.

But here’s the thing: Antebellum wasn’t that bad and I had fun watching it. Plus I have seen way worst movies this year. It’s not on the level of Jordan Peele films but you can put it way below Get Out and right above Tales From The Hood. If that’s makes sense. Either way, I think it’s worth a watch.

WOKE

Woke
TV Series • VOD • Release Date: September 9, 2020

To be honest, I wasn’t even feeling the trailer for Woke that much. But I like Lamorne Morris from New Girl and Blake Anderson from Workaholics, and the show was only eight episodes with a run time of 30 minutes each, so why not? And maybe the premise of a Black cartoonish getting “woke” having inanimate objects come to life and start talking to him seems interesting enough, right?

Nah. It wasn’t a terrible experience but nothing never really grabbed me during the series. It felt like it could’ve went way deeper and at times the show feels a little low budget. I wouldn’t recommend it but whatever. I guess if you got four hours to kill.

TRAIN TO BUSAN PRESENTS: PENINSULA

Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula
Movie • N/A • Release Date: July 15, 2020

The biggest issue with Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula is that it has “Train to Busan Presents” in the title. To me Train to Busan was a top tier type of zombie movie with heart, Peninsula is a standard zombie movie with a sprinkle of Mad Max and The Raid thrown in. It’s not a bad movie but Peninsula should have been it’s own thing (It’s barely connected to Train to Busan) There is enough cool imagery and ideas to make it an enjoyable watch if you can get by the overly dramatic parts.

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