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: Yeah, that looks pretty incredible. It’s not something I’d normally seek out but I think this one is going to be hard to miss.
RDT: Looks like we’re swinging back into “good movie” season. Count me very much in for this.
Rick: Yep. Definitely checking this out in theaters.
Jen: Well that looks fantastic.
Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween
Loren: Nope. If it was an Are You Afraid of the Dark? movie then I’d be all about it, but Goosebumps was even too kidsy for me back then.
RDT: I watched the first one because I’m a fan of Jack Black. It was fine. This one looks fine, too.
Rick: I missed the boat on the Goosebumps books. By the time those were a thing I had been reading Stephen King novels for about five years. I’m sure these flicks are fine, but I don’t have the nostalgia for this I.P. like a lot of people do.
Jen: Similar to Rick, I feel like I’m just a little too old to wax nostalgic for this, but I’m sure there’s a bunch of 90s kids who will love it.
Bad Times At The El Royale
Loren: I’ll ignore the fact that my nemesis is in this and freely admit that I’m super on board for this one.
RDT: I’ve been looking forward to this since the first trailer. Maybe next weekend (I’m very busy this weekend), I’ll do a double feature of this and First Man.
Rick: Excellent cast and I love me some modern noir, but there have been a lot of movies like this in the last decade or so, and precious few of them have landed. Call me cautiously optimistic.
Jen: This isn’t usually my type of film, but I really enjoyed the heck out of that trailer so, yeah, I think I’m going to check this out.
Loren: Also not a typical flick for me to go see but this looks pretty great. I’m glad that there’s been an upswing in talking about mental health recently.
RDT: Yeah, what Rick (and maybe Jen?) said.
Rick: Controversial opinion: I think I love dramatic Steve Carell more than comedic Steve Carell. Absolutely in.
Jen: This looks wrenching and well acted. I’m sure I’ll be seeing this on an academy screener in a couple of months.
Loren: Wow. No thank you. I think Tiffany Haddish has become the female Kevin Hart for me. But good for the Barinholtz boys I guess.
RDT: I like the Barinholtz boys, but didn’t love this trailer. I shall pass.
Rick: Nope. I’m good, thanks.
Jen: This is sort of a comedic version of The Purge meets our actual reality. Yikes. Too close to home.
Stella’s Last Weekend
Loren: I guess it’s family weekend here at HPN. I don’t do well with pet death, even when it’s planned. So no matter how “good” this movie is, I won’t be checking it out.
RDT: That movie is all over the place. Those dudes look familiar, but I can’t place from where and I’m not looking it up. Now pardon me while I go play with my dog, Chuck.
Rick: I’m far more interested in the dog than the human characters, and I have a feeling the dog is barely in the movie. Pass.
Jen: I checked out halfway through this trailer. Good to see Caputo out of Litchfield though.
Son of Manjeet Singh
Loren: Yeah, there are too many other Bollywood movies out there above this one. I doubt this even cracks the top ten for me.
RDT: Yeah, I’m sorry but…..I’m not even gonna watch that trailer. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Rick: This honestly looks well acted, but I know that I’ll never get around to watching it.
Jen: What Rick said.
Loren: I might wait to hear more personal reviews of this before deciding if I’m just going to read the wiki to find out the basic story.
RDT: Yeah, I’m into that trailer. I’ll definitely keep that on my radar.
Rick: I love me some Melanie Lynskey and want to know just how dark this story gets. Count me in.
Jen: That’s a great looking cast. I will look for this one on streaming for sure.
Loren: I love the mirror gag. It reminds me of one of my favorite creepypasta gifs. https://i.imgur.com/v3oAqkH.gif I can’t wait to watch this at Rick’s house. Let’s see we can pair it with…. The UK’s Tormented from 2009 or with The Rage: Carrie 2 if we’re looking for something awful.
RDT: Not gonna watch this one either, but for different reasons! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Rick: That looks stupidly trashy and I cannot wait to see it.
Jen: Jason Isaacs and Mira Sorvino? Interesting choices, but I’m not going to see this.
Late Life: The Chien Ming Wang Story
Loren: Yeah, this feels like more of a self promotion than an actual doc about the rise and fall (and rise?) of a player. I don’t think I’ll bother with it.
RDT: I’d rather watch Bull Durham or Field of Dreams or The Sandlot again.
Rick: While I still enjoy baseball, I haven’t followed it with any regularity in years. I think I’d rather read a Sports Illustrated article about this story than sit through this doc.
Jen: Too many docs about subjects I feel more strongly about than baseball to spend time on this one. No offense, Wang.
I Still See You
Loren: Another week, another Bella Thorne movie. I dig the concept but this doesn’t look to live up to it. Pass.
RDT: I have no idea why Bella Thorne is famous.
Rick: I’d have bet you a dollar that this was a remake of a Japanese movie, but I’d have lost that bet. Regardless, I like the concept, but this is undoubtedly a cookie cutter horror-thriller. Unless I’m super bored one night I’m passing on this.
Jen: This concept looks very like a YA book… I was right! I should have made a bet with Rick on this one. This looks… fine but I’m going to pass.
Loren: The cast is a good group of mostly TV people, but this looks like it should have landed on the small screen to go with them. I don’t know that I care about this story enough to search it out.
RDT: Coming to The CW next season: The Young Schwarzenegger Chronicles!
Rick: I like most of this cast, but I’d rather go back and watch an actual body building doc like Pumping Iron.
Jen: Was that Tom Arnold I spied in there? Taking a page from Rick, I’d rather read an article about this than sit through this docudrama.
Better Start Running
Loren: That’s a pretty interesting cast for a movie that looks fairly onenote. I’m only checking this one out if I’m forced at gunpoint by film critics.
RDT: In no way do I even remotely believe that guy could be the grandson of Jeremy Irons. Also, this looks kinda like that Selena Gomez movie from a couple years ago. She’s hitchhiking or something. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Rick: This is ultimately a comedy, right? The tone feels really off to me. Pass.
Jen: Meh, this is doing nothing for me, if the reviews are great maybe I’ll seek it out eventually.
Mo Amer: The Vagabond
Loren: I can’t see this getting anywhere near the top of my stand-up list.
RDT: Webster’s dictionary defines “comedy” as, in part, “humorous entertainment.” I found this trailer to be neither.
Rick: I was so distracted by his weird checkered shirt that wasn’t tucked in that I didn’t hear a word he said.
Jen: No thanks.
Loren: Man, Paul Greengrass sure loves to make movies about modern tragedies. I think I got enough of this story when it actually happened. I don’t need to see a dramatization of it.
RDT: Yeah, I’m good. Thanks!
Rick: Wait. This is a Netflix movie? I could have sworn this was going to theaters. Anyhoo, so long as this is stylistically more United 93 than The Bourne Supremacy I’m totally in for this.
Jen: Wasn’t there just a movie about this? Is this it, is this what I was thinking of? Just checked there is a Norwegian movie that was just released telling the same story. I really don’t think I can sit through either of these.
Loren: I like my fighting leagues with predetermined decisions and extravagant entrances. You know like, boxing.
RDT: I’m a lover not a fighter.
Rick: I appreciate that this is focusing on a variety of fighting styles. I’ll definitely give this a go.
Jen: I do like how global this is and the message they’re trying to express, but I am definitely not the target audience for this one.
ReMastered: Who Shot The Sheriff
Loren: Seeing as reggae is one of my least favorite forms of music, I doubt I’ll be watching episode one of ReMastered. If there’s a subject I care about then I’ll probably check it out. It’s as simple as that.
Rick: I really have no interest in this story.
Jen: Hmmm, if this were a movie I’d be in, but as a series, maybe I’ll give the first episode a watch before I decide.
Loren: Damn, that looks disturbing. I like it. I got a serious Wicker Man vibe from it. I’ll have to be in the right mood for it but I’ll keep my eye on it.
Rick: Anything Gareth Evans directs immediately has my interest.
Jen: Hmmm, I may have nightmares from the trailer alone. No thanks.
The Haunting of Hill House
Loren: Yes please. That looks like a atmospheric and creepy ride. In.
Rick: My only real fear with any Netflix series is that they plod on for too many episodes. I have faith in director Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Hush), but this looks like it diverges greatly from the source material. I’ll at least give the first episode a go and see how I feel.
Jen: I’m not a big horror fan, but this looks more creepy than gory, so maybe I’ll give the first episode a go and see where I land on it.
The Kindergarten Teacher
Loren: Can someone explain this to me please. It feels like she’s falling in love with a six year old’s genius and that really creeps me out.
RDT: Well doesn’t that just look all kinds of fucked up. …….in…..?
Rick: This got excellent reviews coming out of the Toronto International Film Festival. I’ve been looking forward to this one.
Jen: Yes, I saw this trailer a while back and have been looking forward to this for a while. Maggie Gyllenhaal has some awards coming her way for sure.
Feminists: What Were They Thinking
Loren: I hope this is a sign of a swinging back away from the horrors of the last two years.
RDT: Yes, please.
Rick: Definitely. Give me all of the history and hope for positive change.
The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell
Loren: I’m so happy to watch this show starring the Future Ex Mrs. Rick! I love a good spoopy show and it feels very perfect that it’s dropping on The Lady™’s birthday. So very in.
RDT: I don’t understand what this show is. And there’s too much alliteration. BUT! I’ve seen Christine McConnell’s posts in reddit and she’s definitely talented. Color me…. curious. Hahahahahahahahha!!!!!
Rick: Feels almost like the original Sabrina TV series. I am okay with that. Also, did Dita Von Teese show up about half way through that trailer?
Jen: I love this. A cool cooking show with a crazy narrative twist. And puppets! I’m totally in to watch this in the run-up to Halloween.
Light As A Feather
Loren: Woof that last “scare” looked terrible. I feel like I’ve seen this movie a hundred times already and with plenty of other Halloween fare out there I won’t even remember this one exists by the time I’m done typing this.
RDT: If I’m gonna watch a horror show, it’s gonna be the Netflix one.
I’m not gonna watch a horror show.
Rick: Frankly, I’m surprised something like this didn’t come out during the late 90s horror resurgence. This looks like it could have been released right on the heels of Urban Legend and I Know What You Did Last Summer. Like a lot of the horror output from that era this looks like pretty standard fare. Meh.
Jen: Rick nailed that one.
Pod Save America
Loren: Reads Rick’s entry… I CERTAINLY HOPE SO!!!
RDT: He said “popular,” Loren. Calm down.
Rick: Are all popular podcasts becoming TV series now? This is not something I listen to, so I’m not inclined to watch.
Jen: Yes, yes, yes! I do listen to this podcast and all their ancillary podcasts as well, psyched to see these guys get a larger platform.
The Romanoffs Season 1
Loren: That’s an excellent cast for a show that I have very little interest in.
RDT: This will slot right in with the other Amazon shows I forget to watch (Oh, hello, Sneaky Pete! Have you met Man in the High Castle? He’s over by Bosch and Jack Ryan. Go say hello!)
Rick: I’m interested in this, but not overly excited. I’m going to wait and read a couple of reviews before I invest in it.
Jen: Great cast and I usually end up enjoying anthology series, so I’ll give this a go.
So that’s your upcoming weekend in review. Let us know what you saw, liked and/or hated.
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–Loren, RDT, The Lady™, Rick, and Jen