Welcome to the Weekend Watch. Where we try to point you towards the best ways to spend your viewing time (or, at least, steer you clear of the garbage).
Loren: Man, the Ocean’s Eleven movies really took a dark turn. This started one way for me but definitely turned the corner. I’ll check it out.
RDT: Great cast. Great director. Interesting story. Reminds me a little of that Denzel Washington movie, John Q. Nice to see an adult drama out there, too. I might catch it in theaters, but I’ll definitely see it at some point.
Rick: I’m not sure how the whole “bigger financial conspiracy” angle is going to play out, but I’m still interested.
Loren: This looks like a pretty formulaic demonic possession movie with a Native American twist. Meh.
RDT: If this is really good, I’ll watch it from Rick’s kitchen. If it’s bad, I’ll never watch it. If it’s really bad, I’ll watch it from Rick’s living room.
Rick: As much faith as I have in Greg McLean (Wolf Creek), like Loren said, this looks about as pedestrian as it gets. I’ll go back and rewatch Fred Olen Ray’s Scalps instead.
Love & Friendship
Loren: Not really for me, but I like the humor in it. It’s good to see Kate Beckinsale not in a leather jumpsuit. Never thought I’d say that in my life, but here we are.
RDT: This looks “delightful.” (Not quite my…. cup of tea though.)
Rick: Hand me a book by Jane Austen, I’ll likely never read it. Make a movie, however…
Loren: I really want to know how you come up with this concept. It’s soooo out there, I love that.
RDT: This looks weird as hell, but I’m into it.
Rick: This is probably the release I’m most excited for this weekend.
Last Days in the Desert
Loren: Not for me, but it sure does look pretty.
RDT: Is it bad that I’d rather see Obi-Wan in the desert? (Obi-Wander the Desert!)
Rick: Yep. Totally in.
Loren: I love pretty much everyone in this movie. I don’t think I’ll run out to theater to see it or anything but I’ll see it eventually.
RDT: Stellar cast. But it just looks like a bad Hangover ripoff. (But, like Loren said, I’ll probably see it eventually…)
Rick: Gotta be honest: didn’t even make it through the whole trailer. I will never see this.
Loren: This seems too serious for any snark but that’s kinda my schtick soo….. what’s with the elephant imagery?
Rick: Jacques Audiard (Rust and Bone, A Prophet) is a strong storyteller. And you can’t half-ass it and win the Palme d’Or. I’m in.
Kill Zone 2
Loren: Yes please. There seems to have been a resurgence in badass martial arts movies and I for one am all for it. This looks dope.
RDT: I didn’t see the first Kill Zone. Will I be lost?
Rick: This has nothing in common story-wise with 2005’s Kill Zone (it does share actors, but in completely different roles). It’s a sequel in name only, so feel free to jump right into part 2. You should watch the first one, though. It’s pretty great.
Loren: I think we’ve really nailed down the type of movie I’m into by doing these, sadly this is not one of them. It looks beautiful and is probably acted well but I know me and I know I probably won’t see it.
RDT: This looks gorgeous. If it gets some kind of awards buzz, I’m sure I’ll see it. If not, I’m sure I’ll forget about it.
Rick: Well, that looks effing heartbreaking. *adds to watch list*
What We Become
Loren: This could be an interesting take on the Zombie genre. I may give this a go a little closer to Halloween.
RDT: Scary plus reading equals no RDT (unless it’s playing at the Whitsett Theater).
Rick: I’ve been burned out on zombie-related entertainment for years, so getting me interested in yet another entry in this genre takes some doing. It does look like a close cousin to 28 Days Later, so it gets points for that. It’s also a nice surprise to see Mille Dinesen (Rita) show up here. I won’t run out to theaters, but I’m at least mildly curious.
Chelsea (Netflix Original)
Loren: I’m not sure that I’m the demo for this but it looks like a different take on the traditional talk show. Will I watch it? Probably not, but maybe. Nice, nailed the non-answer.
RDT: Not a fan.
So that’s your upcoming weekend in review. Let us know what you saw, liked and/or hated.
–Loren, RDT, and Rick