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).
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Loren: I’ll admit that I was somewhat shocked at how much I enjoyed the first one of these. I’m hearing ok things about the sequel, and sort of the same complaints of the first; the Turtles (and now Bebop and Rocksteady) are pitch perfect but the human characters are pretty terrible. I’ll check it out, maybe not in theaters.
RDT: Much like Loren, I did not have a complete hatred for the 1st one. I really enjoyed the Turtles’ relationship. I’m not gonna rush out to see it, but I’ll probably catch it sooner than later.
Rick: I think I’ll order pizza instead. Delicious, delicious pizza…
Jen: I can’t look at you while I say this. I swooned at Casey Jones’s introduction, I laughed at Rocksteady and Bebop, I thrilled to the parachuting sequence. I won’t see this in the theater, but, STOP LOOKING AT ME, I will likely watch this on my ipad with earphones in and my back to the room and I will love every minute of it. Also, yes, I’m a Donatello.
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
Loren: If I see anything this weekend it’ll probably be this. A list of things this movie has that I enjoy: Music Mockumentary style, The Lonely Island and their music, not so veiled insults at Justin Bieber. It’s like the Loren trifecta.
RDT: I’d like to put $10 down on the Loren trifecta. (I have no idea if I’m using that reference correctly…) Regardless, I’ll see this eventually. It looks funny.
Rick: I fully endorse anything that makes fun of Justin Bieber. I’ll likely catch this on video, though.
Jen: Well, Mona Lisa – the original Basic Bitch – will be stuck in my head for days. That baby playing drums is terrifying though. My hope is this will be as funny as the trailer but I’ve been burned before. I’m a tentative yes for this.
Me Before You
Loren: It’s always weird when a person you only know from genre media shows up in a normal drama. Anyway, this isn’t for me, it doesn’t look especially amazing either but (shockingly) I didn’t read the book so I have no idea.
RDT: The only thing I know Emilia Clarke from is Terminator: Genisys (I don’t watch GoT). This is definitely not that (either of those, really). Still. Looks cute. I’ll give it a watch eventually.
Rick: It looks fairly by the numbers, but I have a feeling it might make a good rainy afternoon movie when I can’t bring myself to get off the couch.
Jen: As the only woman here I feel it’s my duty to defend sappy, tear-jerking Nicholas Sparks romances. But I can’t. Although I do think being best friends with Clara Oswald and Khaleesi would be pretty awesome.
The Fits [Limited]
Loren: The trailer doesn’t seem to do this movie the justice it most likely deserves. I don’t know that I’ll ever see this movie but I think that if I did I’d be captivated by it.
RDT: Sometimes, a lot of the time, we complain about a trailer revealing too much. This is not one of those times. This weird dance, boxing coming of age movie intrigues me. I’ll definitely give it a watch when it hits streaming.
Rick: This reminds me of something and I can’t quite place it. Maybe it’ll come to me once I give it a watch. It definitely piqued my interest.
Jen: This looks like one of those movies you find on-demand the day it opens in theaters, I hope so because I was transfixed by the trailer and am dying to know more.
The Witness [Limited]
Loren: This looks absolutely fascinating. I don’t think I’ll catch it in the theater but I will absolutely track it down streaming/dvd etc. In.
RDT: This will definitely go on my ever growing list of documentaries I need to see.
Rick: Yep. Gimmie. Gimme all the true crime.
Jen: This story has been told before but I love the hook of having Kitty’s brother tell the story, I am 100% in for this.
Time to Choose [Limited]
Loren: This may be the scariest movie we’ve ever covered here.
RDT: At this point, it just may be easier to find a new planet and go there.
Rick: Without a doubt an important subject, but I’ve done enough reading over the years that I don’t feel like I need to see this. It’d just preaching to the converted.
Jen: I have to agree with Rick on this one. This feels like too big of a story to tell in one 2 hour doc and I wish they would have tried to focus on one issue rather than ALL the issues.
The Wailing [Limited]
Loren: It’s always kinda interesting to see another culture’s thriller/horror. I won’t necessarily search this one out, but I wouldn’t be opposed to seeing it either.
RDT: This is creepy. I don’t like creepy.
Rick: Yes, please. For both the creepy factor and the pretty excellent Do Won Kwak in the lead (if you haven’t seen The Man From Nowhere, I recommend it).
Jen: I have no idea what happens in this movie and I love it. I feel like I could enjoy this through the spaces between my fingers.
Peaky Blinders, Season 3 (Netflix)
Loren: I’ve called this Irish Boardwalk Empire in the past so I’ll hold to that assumption. I haven’t seen the first 2 seasons, but my facebook feed sure seems to have blown up about this.
RDT: Just read what Rick wrote below. It’s pretty much exactly how I feel.
Rick: After being pestered into watching this for months, I gave the first season a couple of episodes. It has a great cast, but the show did not resonate with me in the slightest.
Jen: I’ve been told there is a bathtub scene with Cillian Murphy. Sign me up.
So that’s your upcoming weekend in review. Let us know what you saw, liked and/or hated.
–Loren, RDT, Rick and Jen