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).
La La Land (Limited)
Loren: Look, this city is a nightmarish hellhole but this makes even that look beautiful. And the fact that it harkens back to old movie musicals with a modern update has me pretty sold. This is a solid yes from me.
RDT: If you listen to the podcast, and I don’t know why you wouldn’t, you know I already saw this (in one of the craziest screenings I’ve ever been to). The movie is phenomenal, definitely one of the best of the year.
Rick: I’ve been anxious to see this for months. I plan on seeing it the first chance I get.
Jen: Shut up and take my money!
Office Christmas Party
Loren: Like, I kinda want to see this but I will in no way pay actual money to do so.
RDT: I enjoy most of the people in this cast. Yet I have no desire to see this at all.
Rick: Why does every comedy feel like it’s just filled with people yelling anymore? Do they not think we’ll get the joke otherwise? It’s a shame, really. I like most of these people. They’re talented comedians, but I’m more than okay not seeing this.
Jen: I do love 90% of this cast. Also, Olivia Munn is in this. It’s no Elf or Christmas Vacation, but I might eventually seek it out on a quiet December night when I want to remember my partying days.
Loren: #IOnlyUnderstooHalfOfWhatTheySaid. This sure did look like a movie about two sexy people falling in love in France but with more modern Bollywood in it than usual.
RDT: This looks fun. If it stays on my radar long enough, I’ll check it out once it hits streaming.
Rick: Admittedly, it looks cute and it’s beautifully shot, but I’ll bet you a dollar that they say “I love you” before the story wraps up.
Jen: That did nothing for me. Attractive people doing wild, sexy things in France. It’s just so similar to my own life.
Loren: Meh, I’m sure Jessica Chastain is good in this but I can’t be bothered.
RDT: I like Jessica Chastain, but this just looks…boring.
Rick: Political thrillers aren’t really my game and reviews for this have been mixed at best. I may check this out down the line, but I have a feeling it’ll fall off my radar.
Jen: This reminds me of Madame Secretary with Tea Leone – did you know that’s still on the air? I’ve got all I can think about with real-life politics, I don’t think I need it in my escapism too.
Harry Benson: Shoot First (Limited)
Loren: I’m not sure I’m adding this to The Doc Doc™ because I feel like it would work much better as a book.
RDT: Wow, Sharon Stone looks really good. That’s all I got.
Rick: Yep. It’s on the list.
Jen: Harry Benson is amazing, but I think my time would better be spent viewing his photographs than watching a film about them.
All We Had (Limited)
Loren: No, no, no, no, no. Dawson Leary was the filmmaker not Joey Potter. This will not stand. Also, that’s some good casting for the daughter character. She looks just like Katie Holmes.
RDT: Katie Holmes directorial debut, eh? I’m intrigued. Maybe not in theaters, but eventually, sure, if I don’t forget about it (I’m totally gonna forget about it).
Rick: I can’t tell if this movie is trying too hard or not enough. Even so, I’m curious to see how Katie Holmes fares as a director. Maybe not see-it-in-theaters curious, but enough that I’ll catch it at home.
Jen: I wish I felt more than meh. But I feel meh.
Best and Most Beautiful Things (Limited)
Loren: A real life coming of age story wrapped in the strangest of packaging. I’m not necessarily fascinated by this one but it’ll end up on The Doc Doc™.
RDT: I’m oddly disinterested. I feel like I shouldn’t be, but I am. Also, Loren, you can’t keep referencing a Doc Doc™ and not have an actual Doc Doc™!
Rick: In terms of the journey, it’s reminiscent of Life, Animated, but with a different set of challenges. I may not catch this in theaters, but I’ll see it.
Jen: I’m curious, I’ll add it to the queue, which is a real thing I have on Netflix and not a made up thing that Loren made up.
Frank & Lola (Limited)
Loren: This gets a pretty solid maybe from me. It’s one of those movies I say I’m going to see but sadly it’ll most likely slip through the cracks.
RDT: Damn, Michael Shannon is quickly becoming one of my favorite actors. I probably won’t catch it in theaters, but I’ll see it.
Rick: I started looking up showtimes half way through the trailer.
Jen: Yes, not sure what about this grabbed me forcefully but I really want to see this. Scary Michael Shannon can be sexy Michael Shannon.
Fuller House, season 2 (Netflix)
Loren: But how will I know what’s going on if I didn’t finish the first season!?!?!?
RDT: Yup. I’m in. Probably not this weekend (I’m very busy), but sooner than later.
Rick: Look, it’s fun to see them all back together, but I am never going to watch this.
Jen: Cut it out. No way, Jose. You got it dude.
So that’s your upcoming weekend in review. Let us know what you saw, liked and/or hated.
–Loren, RDT, Rick, and Jen