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: This looks terrifying in the best way. In.
RDT: I’m not a horror movie guy at all. I hate jump scares and being startled. I also don’t love clowns (does anybody LOVE clowns????). Add all that up and I’m out, right? Nope. (What a twist!) I’m so in. I’ve read the book, a couple times. And I own the original mini-series (which I might try to revisit before seeing this). So, yeah, it may be through my fingers, but I’ll definitely be watching It.
Rick: Yep, but I wish Pennywise didn’t look so obviously evil. He would be that much more terrifying.
Jen: How is it that even when I KNOW a jump scare is coming at the end of a trailer I still jump? I have high hopes for this and plan on watching this through my fingers in the theater. Wish me luck.
Loren: I’m… I’m not sure how I feel about that movie. I think it looks ok? But maybe I’d rather just watch Sweet Home Alabama instead.
RDT: Like Loren, I’m not sure how to feel about this trailer. Like, does she fuck all three dudes? I don’t think so, but I can’t be sure. Regardless, if I see it, it’ll be streaming 6 months from now,
Jen: Nancy Myers has the best house porn out there. Those young guys are hot. Reese Witherspoon is cool. But somehow this seems like less than the sum of those parts. Maybe on streaming… someday?
The Good Catholic
Loren: It’s no secret that organized religion freaks me out, so this one’s a little tough for me. I like John C. McGinley Doctor Cox-ing it up but that probably won’t be enough to get me to see this one.
RDT: I can’t tell if this is a Jesus movie or not, which is weird to say about a movie about priests. At first, I thought it was, but now, not sure. I’d be down for a serious movie about a Catholic priest struggling with his faith in the face of romantic love. I *think* this might be that….maybe….? **shrugs**
Jen: This reminds me of that movie with Jenna Elfman and Ben Stiller and Edward Norton, what was that called? Keeping the Faith? Any-hoo, I like the cast here but this feels pretty by-the-numbers, I’ll pass.
Loren: I wish I understood Bollywood movies. But even without the language barrier, this movie doesn’t make any sense to me. Do they not know if they got vasectomies? Does being a poster boy for a contraceptive end your life? Is this supposed to be funny? It’s not a hard pass, but it’s still a pass.
RDT: An intern at my office gave a presentation about Bollywood last week. Regardless, much like Loren above, I’m still confused and likely won’t see it.
Jen: I had to do some digging on this movie. It turns out the idea of a vasectomy is very taboo in India so this is a bit of a controversial topic for a popular film there. I’m not going to see it, but I admire their moxie.
Loren: Well that certainly looks very British. And I like it. Onto The Doc Doc™ it goes.
RDT: That looks great. I just might watch it.
Jen: I agree with the boys, this looks adorable and heartwarming. I’m in.
Loren: Fuck every single one of those people. There’s no way I can see this movie without screaming at the screen. I hope they all get mauled to death by whatever animal they’re hunting.
RDT: Is there a certain hypocrisy to my being a meat eater and still against hunting for sport? Probably. But I don’t care. Also, reading Jen’s comment below as I post this makes me think I didn’t watch the whole trailer (I don’t remember and don’t feel like rewatching it to confirm). Oh well, either way, I’m out for this.
Rick: Nope. It’ll just make me angry.
Jen: I’m by no means pro-hunter, but this documentary intrigues me. Investigating the hypocrisy of hunting to conserve is a really interesting story to tell. I can’t tell exactly which side this doc comes down on so I’m willing to give it a few minutes to shake it out.
The Unknown Girl
Loren: This seems more like a TV series than a movie to me. I guess I like my mysteries drawn out a little bit more. On the plus side it definitely looks interesting and I kinda want to see where it goes. I’d say if it stays on my radar blah blah blah but I don’t’ think it will. To Wikipedia!
RDT: I feel like I’ve already seen the mediocre American remake. Witness to a crime starts investigating that crime on their own. That’s been done before….right?
Rick: *half-hearted shrug*
Jen: Everything that Loren said applies to me as well.
Loren: That looks dumb as hell. I might watch it on an extremely lazy Sunday though. Certainly not in the theater.
RDT: I fell asleep watching the trailer. That does not bode well for me seeing the film.
Jen: I’m good, thanks.
The Limehouse Golem
Loren: Is Bill Nighy the MOST period British person out there right now? The description for this calls it a horror movie but that’s clearly a thriller. It looks fairly well done. This one has a better chance for me of staying on my radar. I’ll keep an eye out for it.
RDT: *shrugs* Yeah, I got nothing.
Rick: Yep, but the title is terrible (I realize it’s the name of the killer, but The Golem rings far more sinister).
Jen: This looks fun. Maybe “fun” is not the right word? I like the period thriller, I like Bill Nighy. This could be a date night with the husband for sure.
Loren: So it’s kinda like Anime Colossal? I haven’t watched this style of Anime since college, but it does look well done. I may not be seeing this but I know The Lady™’s roommate will eat it up. Also, thanks for getting Japanese Daydream Believer stuck in my head trailer.
RDT: I’m not really an anime guy. But if you are, enjoy!
Rick: Yep, but also has a terrible title. Though the original Japanese title, Ancien and the Magic Tablet, isn’t much better.
Jen: My dad will love this. I’ll be sure to tell him about it.
Loren: So, Ukukhanya Kwenyanga?
RDT: Loren’s got the win this week, everyone.
Rick: *uncertain shrug*
Jen: Loren, I believe you forgot to drop the mic.
BoJack Horseman – Season 4 (Netflix)
Loren: I don’t know if I’m mentally prepared to start this show, and it definitely isn’t going to be in season 4.
RDT: I tried watching season 1 and just couldn’t get into it. I hear great things, but the animation bugs me too much. Pass.
Jen: Animals with human bodies really creep me out. That might be why I’ve avoided this show thus far, and will continue to avoid.
Marc Maron: Too Real (Netflix)
Loren: I like Maron enough. I don’t know about his stand up though. Solid maybe from me.
RDT: I actually watched this the other night. It’s pretty funny, especially if you’re already a Maron fan. But it is horribly directed/edited, which is weird to say about a comedy special. Too many close-ups, like, just to the left of his face, fixated on his beard, awkward close-ups. Too many edits. Just let the comedy be, you know? Stop jumping around between shots so much, I mean, I nearly turned it off, but eventually it either got better or I got used to it. Regardless, if you like Maron, I think you’ll like this.
Jen: It’s been awhile since I’ve watched a Netflix stand up special all the way through without falling asleep, we’ll see if this breaks the streak.
Loren: #MeanGirls #ShesAllThat #EasyA
RDT: Guys, it’s got a # in the title! That’s super edgy and not gonna date it at all.
Jen: Oh, I haven’t watched Mean Girls in a while. Thanks for the heads up, Loren! This trailer gave away the entire arc of the series so I think I’m good on that.
The Confession Tapes – Season 1 (Netflix)
Loren: Well that’s a horrifying concept. I don’t think I’ll be catching this one.
RDT: Yeah, what Loren said.
Jen: Creepy and fascinating – I am in for this one.
The Deuce (HBO)
Loren: Porn, Hookers, New York in the 70’s, and double Franco. Sign me up.
RDT: Also, once again, what Loren said.
Jen: I’ve been seeing the ads for this before all my favorite HBO shows. I could give this a shot. Maggie Gyllenhal looks like she’s gunning for an Emmy.
So that’s your upcoming weekend in review. Let us know what you saw, liked and/or hated.
–Loren, RDT, Rick, and Jen