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: So, I love Wallace and Gromit but this looks a little off. I won’t see it in the theater but I’ll probably check it out eventually.
RDT: Interesting counter-programming to Black Panther. I doubt I’ll see it in theaters, but maybe streaming?
Rick: I enjoy everything Aardman has done. I’ll definitely check this out, but likely from my couch.
Jen: My dislike of animation does not extend to claymation. I’ll give it a watch.
Loren: Eh, I guess that “Erotic Thrillers” are not really my bag.
RDT: I’ll wait for the American remake starring…Rooney Mara.
Rick: You had me at Francois Ozon.
Jen: Not Natalie Portman? This actually looks like a sexy, weird, fun ride. I would check this out.
First We Take Brooklyn
Loren: Eesh. First off, no. Secondly, that’s a terrible trailer. It simultaneously gives everything away and says nothing. That last needle drop is way too overpowering. You can’t make out what anyone is saying for the last 20 seconds of the trailer because you wanted the “coming straight outta Brooklyn” sound bite. Just awful.
RDT: No thanks. You can keep Brooklyn.
Jen: Ugh, nope.
Loren: *Big Groan*
RDT: Why are all indie movies starting to look the same? Or have they always looked the same? Also, all these people look like assholes. Whatever.
Rick: Guess I’m the outlier on this one. I’ll keep it on my radar.
Loren: Look, it’s pretty regressive to say that the only two things you can do with your life if you’re from Harlem is play basketball or deal drugs. It’s kind of amazing that this movie is coming out with that attitude the same weekend that Black Panther is coming out.
RDT: I feel like I’ve seen this movie already.
Loren: At least it looks shot well? I don’t know. I’m never going to get around to this.
Rick: Yep. In.
Jen: Nope. This time with the side note of – that looks pretty devastating.
Loren: Can we just get a think piece on what people save from their houses as they are being destroyed? Is that weird?
RDT: It didn’t wow me, but the cast is pretty great. I’ll give it a watch if it stays on my radar.
Rick: I hate the music in the trailer, but I like the cast and the subject matter. I’ll keep an eye out for it down the line.
Jen: Nope. Am I too cynical? I couldn’t make it through this whole trailer. I knew from the first scene I didn’t want the emotional manipulation.
Loren: Kristin Scott Thomas and Patricia Clarkson seem like they can do no wrong, but then you get something like this that tells us otherwise.
RDT: Maybe it’s my mood, but I’m not loving most of the trailers this week. This one especially annoyed me.
Rick: I’m curious about what the inciting incident is, but it’s nothing that I can’t find out on the interwebs.
Jen: Meh. Great cast, but I’ll pass. Thank Goodness for Black Panther this week.
Loren: Poop is both gross and hilarious. I think I’ll check this out.
RDT: Oh hell yeah. I’m 100% in for this.
Rick: If a comedian has a bit about poop in their act, great. I don’t know that I need 90 minutes of comedians doing poop humor. I’m out.
Jen: Finally – something that made me smile. That’s a good collection of personalities. I think it’d be a good thing to watch while potty-training.
Mozart in the Jungle – Season 4
Loren: At one point I started this show. I did not continue.
RDT: Haven’t seen seasons 1-3, blah blah blah…
Rick: Nope. Never catching up on this.
Jen: See above.
Chris Rock: Tamborine
Loren: Never was the biggest Chris Rock fan but I feel, like with the Dave Chappelle shows, I’ll have to see this at some point.
RDT: You know, I acknowledge that, objectively, Chris Rock is a successful comedian. But I’ve never really found him particularly, ummm, funny…I may give it a few minutes and go from there…or skip it completely.
Rick: Like most comedy specials, it will make good background for laundry folding. Or, in this case, while I’m prepping this article (side note: it’s pretty funny, but not amazing).
Jen: Sure, fine, whatever.
Everything Sucks – Season 1
Loren: That looks like fun. I’ll give it a whirl.
RDT: Sure, it looks a little bit Freaks & Geeks and maybe it’s the nostalgia factor, but I’m kinda in for this, at some point.
Rick: I get that it’s a series and you want to try and hit beats throughout, but I feel like I got nearly everyone’s story arc in that trailer. Gives me little reason to watch. Also, I agree with Jen.
Jen: At least it’s not set in the 80s? Here’s the thing TV writers: we get it you were geeks in high school. I would love this if it were focused on the girls, quickly featured here. I’m over the Stranger Things/Goldbergs, etc. stories about geeky guys in the 80s and 90s. I’d love to see one of these nostalgia stories from a female perspective – and it doesn’t have to be My So Called Life melodramatic. Give me a Mean Girls or Clueless-style story with more realistic women set in the early 90s or something. There WERE girls playing D&D and in the AV Club, believe it or not.
Loren: Here’s the thing, that’s a great cast and an interesting take on a terrible subject, but I don’t like to feel emotions.
RDT: Maybe…? Eh.
Rick: This’ll be a tough watch, but I’m putting it in the queue.
Jen: This looks like it will make me cry a lot. I’ve already got the news for that.
Love Per Square Foot
Loren: Enticing colors aside, I will most likely never see that movie.
Rick: Why does every Indian romantic comedy look exactly the same?
Jen: Meh. With that title I was hoping for more House Hunters-style montages.
Last Week Tonight, Season 5
Loren: Really, really, REALLY ready for this to be back. Glad it’s finally here. (Also, read the first letter of each of my responses to see how I actually feel this week.)
RDT: John Oliver, sir, you have been missed. Can’t wait to catch up.
Rick: I lack HBO, but I’ll wind up watching clips via the interwebs for a little relief from the horrible, horrible news we’re inundated with.
Jen: We’ve been counting the weeks. I can’t wait to see how he covers everything that’s happened in the news during his hiatus.
So that’s your upcoming weekend in review. Let us know what you saw, liked and/or hated.
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