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).
Sicario: Day of the Soldado
Loren: I should really see the first one. That’s supposed to be good. This looks fine, but I’m finding it really hard to get past the way Benicio Del Toro shoots his gun. That looks really stupid.
RDT: I thought Sicario was great. So this is really high up on my list (though Loren’s not wrong about the gun thing). That being said, I still haven’t seen Incredibles 2. As such, Day of the Soldado may take a backseat.
The Lady™: Hahahahah, what?! Who shoots like that? Also, I couldn’t care less about cartel movies.
Rick: BDT is “bump firing” his gun. It’s something that’s usually done on semi-auto rifles with a special stock that essentially makes the gun fully automatic (that’s also why those stocks are illegal). Doing this with a handgun is pretty unsafe and lowers your accuracy, but you can spray a lot of bullets quickly. Also, I’m in for this.
Jen: Is this going to break down on gender lines? The Lady and I are in solid agreement on this one. I guess this will be a boys night out event.
Loren: This is going to be awful but I’ll admit I laughed at a couple of jokes the first time I saw this trailer. Now though, nothing. Guess you have to be in the right mood. Don’t know when that will be again.
RDT: First of all, I had no idea this was based on a commercial?!?!?! Second, I couldn’t care less about basketball. So, yeah, I’m out.
The Lady™: No offense to Amy Poehler, I absolutely cannot stand Nick Kroll. Pass.
Rick: Nope. Not in the slightest.
Jen: This feels like something I stream after ingesting a large edible, but not something I’d pay for, bring it on streaming and local dispensary!
Leave No Trace
Loren: There are a lot of stories about PTSD out there but I like the way this one is handling it. It looks like an interesting take on it, and really well acted. Who would have thought that the kid who played a shitty version of Angel in X-Men 3 would go on to be such a good actor?
RDT: Loren, “the kid who played a shitty version of Angel in X-Men 3,” aka Ben Foster, has pretty much always been a good actor. Sure, there are a few spotty choices on the resume, but definitely more good than bad. That being said, I liked this trailer a lot. It reminded me a little of (a more dramatic/realistic, less-Jason Bourne version of) Hanna. I may not catch it in the theaters, but I’ll keep it on the old radar.
The Lady™: I’ve had a huge crush on Ben Foster since I was eleven, when he starred in the Disney Channel original series Flash Forward. That being said, I don’t want to see this in theaters. No one needs to see/hear me ugly cry. But as soon as it hits streaming, I’m all over this.
Rick: It’s nice to see Ben Foster playing a more sympathetic role again. Count me in.
Jen: Since everyone else focused on Ben Foster, I’ll point out that the young girl in this looks like an amazing actress in her own right. This looks solid, not something I’m running to the theater for, but it’s on the radar for sure. Continue reading