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: When Pixar is good, it’s great. I’m hoping that this falls in line. It looks pretty stellar.
RDT: I tend to see most (sorry, Cars 2 & 3 ) Pixar movies. Maybe not in the theater, but I’ll definitely see it eventually.
Oh, wait. Is this not about WWF legend, Koko B Ware? Well, I guess I’ll still give it a shot.
The Darkest Hour
Loren: That Gary Oldman is pretty good, huh? I’m not sure that I’m into the movie per se, but his performance could get me to see it.
RDT: Dracula, Sirius Black, Commissioner Gordon, Beethoven (just to name a few) and now Winston Churchill. Gary Oldman is crazy talented and that will get me to see this…eventually.
Rick: Jesus, Gary Oldman can vanish into any role. I swear he’s going to wind up starring as Meryl Streep in her inevitable biopic.
Loren: Are we following Nazi sympathizers as the main characters here?
RDT: This one is not for me.
Rick: I think I know where this story is going, but if it stays on my radar I’ll give it a go.
Loren: I…Is…I mean…I got nothing.
RDT: Well…that looks different…
Rick: This is weird. I like weird. Thankfully this is also available on-demand so I can enjoy the weird from the comfort of my couch.
Call Me By Your Name
Loren: Maybe it’s just because the lead looks so young, but this felt a little predatory to me. Or maybe that’s the point.
RDT: Another one not for me.
Rick: Screenplay by James Ivory? Way to bury the lead, trailer. Regardless, this looks beautiful and heartbreaking. I’m in.
A Gray State
Rick: That trailer isn’t strong. I feel like know too much about the story and not enough all at once. I think I’d rather read the wiki.
The Man Who Invented Christmas
Loren: Does Legion have a boat or something? This is just such a tired concept, and talk about bad titles. No thanks.
RDT: I feel like we’ve seen a variation on this story a whole bunch before (author before he becomes famous…). So, yeah, I’d rather watch the actual movies.
Loren: Sadly, it’s hard for me to watch anything “new” with Anton Yelchin now and not get sad and think about how we lost such a talent. As for this, I doubt I’ll ever get around to it.
RDT: Not as in as Rick, but I’ll give it a shot, sure. (Also, now I want Porto’s.)
Rick: Yes. Yes, please.
Rebels On Pointe
Loren: I feel like this is something The Lady™ will be super into. For me, I think I’d rather go see the performance than see the doc.
RDT: Not my scene, jellybean.
Rick: I had no idea this ballet company existed, but am delighted that it does. On the list it goes.
Loren: Is she like lesbian Carrie or something?
RDT: Where’s Louise???
Rick: I’ve been anxious to see this since it debuted in Toronto back in September. Definitely in.
Brian Regan: Nunchucks and Flamethrowers
Loren: Regan’s style of comedy is not my style of comedy. Pass.
RDT: Brian Regan has been described as “a comedian’s comedian”, but I’ve just never clicked with his style. Something just doesn’t resonate for me. Maybe his delivery? Dunno. I may give it a shot, but likely not.
Rick: Eeeh. Maybe for background while folding laundry.
Frontier – Season 2
Loren: I’m not necessarily surprised this show got a season 2, but that doesn’t mean I’m gonna watch it.
RDT: I haven’t seen season 1…
Rick: This is still a show, huh? Good for them.
Godless – Season 1
Loren: Dope. I’m in.
RDT: Not a huge Western guy, but I’ll give it a shot nonetheless.
She’s Gotta Have It
Loren: This looks good and all, but I doubt I’ll ever get around to it.
RDT: I’ve never seen the original movie, so I feel like I should watch that first.
Rick: I remember seeing the movie eons ago and liking it, but not being blown away. Making that story into a series is almost a no-brainer. It’ll give everything room to breathe and build out the characters better than the feature could. I’ll give it a go.
Marvel’s Runaways – Season 1
Loren: The lady and I started this Monday night after it dropped. It’s been pretty good so far and it leans very close to its source material. I’ll stick with it.
RDT: I’m diving in on this once I finish Punisher. Like Rick below, I’m feeling the superhero fatigue a little, but this feels just different enough for me.
Rick: I’m definitely suffering from superhero fatigue. I’ve given up on all of the CW series, Agents of SHIELD, and I’m outright ignoring The Gifted. Despite The Punisher being a breath of fresh air, the Marvel Netflix shows are starting to wear out the welcome, too. Unless this gets big critical notices, I think I’m good.
So that’s your upcoming weekend in review. Let us know what you saw, liked and/or hated.
–Loren, RDT, The Lady™, and Jen