Monthly Media Round-Up: July 2022

Here is what came out in July!

*We promise no spoilers*

Movies

Chris Hemsworth returns as Thor in the twenty-ninth entry to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “Thor: Love and Thunder” see Thor having to face  Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who is on a mission to cause the extinction of all the gods. Thor is joined by Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Voiced by Taika Waititi), and his ex-girlfriend and the new wielder of Mjolnir, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman).

“Nope” is Jordan Peel’s third directorial feature film. “Nope” follows two siblings, OJ (Daniel Kaluuya) and Em (Keke Palmer) who run a California horse ranch, and discover something sinister coming from the skies, while the owner of an adjacent theme park tries to profit from the mysterious, otherworldly phenomenon. (Wikipedia)

The minions return in their new film “Minions: The Rise of Gru”. Gru (Steve Carell) tries to join a group of supervillains named the Vicious Six, but things go sideways, which leads to Gru being in danger. Bob, Kevin, and Stuart set out to save him by learning Kung Fu with Master Chow (Michelle Yeoh). 

In the Russo Brothers’ latest entry “The Gray Man”, the CIA’s top asset — his identity known to no one — uncovers agency secrets, he triggers a global hunt by assassins set loose by his ex-colleague. (IMDB)

Quinn Shephard’s second directorial feature film “Not Okay” follows Danni Sanders (Zoey Deutch), a photo editor for a popular news website who yearns to be social media famous. Using her photo editing skills, she convinces her followers that she has taken a trip to Paris, but after a terrorist attack happens while she is supposedly in Paris at the same time, she begins to become internet famous.

Based on the best-selling novel, “Where The Crawdads Sing” follows a young girl named Kya (Dasiy Edgar-Jones) who has raised herself in the marshlands of North Carolina. She befriends two young men, but one of them is found dead and she becomes the lead suspect in the case. Secrets begin to unfold as the truth is revealed in this thrilling mystery.

TV Shows

Stranger Things Season 4: Volume 2” is finally here and it is all anyone is talking about. Volume 2 picks up where Volume 1 left off, with the Hawkins Gang fighting the evil that plagues them. All episodes streaming on Netflix now.

Our favorite Wildcats return in Season 3 of “High School Musical: The Musical, The Series”. In this season, we see the gang spending the summer at Camp Shallow Lake, where they will be preparing to put on “Frozen”. While at the camp, they will also be being filmed for a documentary hosted by Corbin Blue. New episodes every Wednesday on Disney+

Lana Condor stars in the new Netflix comedy show “Boo, Bitch”. A high school senior, who’s lived her life safely under the radar, seizes the opportunity to change her narrative and start living an epic life, only to find out the next morning she’s a ghost. (Wikipedia) Streaming on Netflix now!

Beyoncé returns after a 6-year hiatus with the release of her seventh studio album. “Renaissance” serves as the first part of a trilogy project. “Renaissance” has become one of the highest-rated albums of 2022 and is already breaking records. The album has been described by critics as a blend of dance, pop, and R&B. 

Special” is the fourth studio album released by Lizzo. “Special” draws inspiration from funk, hip hop, and disco genres. The album has currently peaked at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart, making it the highest charting album for a female artist in 2022. 

Sabrina Carpenter has released her fifth studio album “Emails I Can’t Send”. “Emails I Can’t Send” debuted at number 23 on the billboard top 200, making it Carpenter’s highest charting debut. The pop album includes singles “because I liked a boy” and “Nonsense”. 

Good News of the Month

Reaching Out to Friends After a Long Time is More Appreciated Than You Know, Says Research

Good News Network

People consistently underestimate how much others in their social circle might appreciate an unexpected phone call, text, or email just to say hello.

Additionally, the more surprising the connection, the greater the appreciation.

In a paper published by the American Psychological Association, researchers conducted a series of experiments involving more than 5,900 participants that explored how accurate people are at estimating how much others might appreciate an attempt to connect and what factors might play into that level of appreciation.

“People are fundamentally social beings and enjoy connecting with others,” said lead author Peggy Liu, Ph.D., of the University of Pittsburgh.

“There is much research showing that maintaining social connections is good for our mental and physical health. However, despite the importance and enjoyment of social connection, our research suggests that people significantly underestimate how much others will appreciate being reached out to.” (Good News Network)

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