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).
Spider-Man Into The Spider-Verse
Loren: I legitimately wanted to watch this again right after seeing it on Tuesday. It’s so good. Rick (who couldn’t make it this week) wanted to add: Dramatic (but fairly accurate) recreation of the crowd at the end of the screening Loren, The Lady, AJ, and I attended:
Seriously. Arguably the best Spider-Man movie. 10/10.
RDT: Having serious FOMO here given a few of my cohorts already saw it. My weekend is pretty packed, but I will definitely try to see this sooner than later. It looks like an Amazing Spider-Man movie.
The Lady™: I cannot recommend this movie enough. I only know the basics about Spiderman (I’m an X-Men girl) and I still loved the absolute shit out of it.
Jen: This looks like a lot of fun – the scene from this movie that played after Venom was, by far, the best part of Venom. If I sat through that in the theater I can at least give this a chance.
Loren: I actually liked Gran Torino but hated his weird 2012 Superb Owl spot for Chrysler. I guess what I’m saying is I don’t care about old man, gravel voiced Clint Eastwood.
RDT: I’m super hit and miss with Clint. That being said, I am intrigued by this. And reviews are decent on Rotten Tomatoes (61% as of this typing). So, I’ll keep it on the radar.
The Lady™: The only way I’d watch this is if they did a shot for shot remake with Bill Hader playing Clint Eastwood.
Jen: There’s a great cast here (Michael Pena, Bradley Cooper, Dianne Wiest, Laurence Fishburne) but it seems like they all play second fiddle to Clint Eastwood. And I… just don’t love Clint Eastwood. I’m sort of over him and his gruff old guy trying to make amends for a life of bad decisions. I would be into this same movie if it were the story of his long suffering wife, though, a more original spin on this.
If Beale Street Could Talk
Loren: That looks like a powerful love story. So powerful in fact that I might search this one out. I am a little curious as to why they used the vocal track from the Fugees version of ‘Killing Me Softly’ instead of Roberta Flack’s but that’s the nitest of picks.
RDT: I thought Moonlight was great (though I would have intercut the 3 sections). So, I’m hoping to catch this in a screening or maybe borrow a screener.
The Lady™: That costuming alone would be totally worth the price of admission.
Jen: I’ve heard nothing but wonderful words about this and, frankly, Regina King is a gift to we mere mortals, I’m definitely checking this one out.
Loren: But, like, how does that even work? You can’t drive cities around. That premise alone is so damn unfeasible that I don’t think I’d be able to concentrate on the fairly standard YA post-apocalyptic plot.
RDT: Y.A. Mad Max?
The Lady™: I’ve watched this trailer three times, and I still can’t figure out how the cities don’t topple over.
Jen: I want to want to see this, but I don’t think I actually want to see this.
Once Upon A Deadpool
Loren: This is a total wait until streaming movie for me. I liked DP2 but not as much as the first and if you’re toning all the jokes/violence down you’re kinda losing what makes Deadpool Deadpool.
RDT: PG-13 Deadpool 2 with new footage and a framing device. Seems like a cash grab. Maybe a funny cash grab, but a cash grab nonetheless. Definite pass in theaters. Maybe a rental when it hits iTunes. Maybe.
The Lady™: God bless you, Fred Savage. Also, this should’ve been a special edition DVD, not a theatrical release.
Jen: I’m really confused. This is what now? Deadpool 2 with a framing device? Strange, probably enjoyable enough but not worth me heading to the theater for.
Loren: Wait, is this a 2.5 minute trailer for a 12 minute film? K. Also, yes Jen that was the wrong choice in voiceover guys.
RDT: Can I just watch the movie the doc is about instead? Also, I’ve never seen a Hayao Miyazaki movie, but that doesn’t really surprise you, does it?
The Lady™: I’m pretty sure this is a trailer for a documentary about the making of a 12 minute short? The premise alone is breaking me. I’ll just watch Howl’s Moving Castle again and sit in the corner.
Jen: Did anyone else find that voiceover off-putting?
Loren: I really enjoyed that. Hopefully this finds its way to a streaming service so I can give it a go.
RDT: Well doesn’t that just look like a movie I’m never gonna see. But I look forward to it’s somewhat more mediocre remake starring….. Kate Winslet and Hugh Jackman.
The Lady™: That’s not at all what I expected, and I’m totally delighted by that!
Jen: I chuckled at this. Feels like a classic French farce and while I likely won’t see it, I am pleased that it’s getting an international release.
Loren: Oh no! Foreign movies don’t be like us and do those trailers for trailers. It’s awful and stupid and I hate it. I’m not usually one for disaster movies but this one looks about as good as any of the others. I’m glad it got the budget it needed to not make it look cheap and Syfy original.
RDT: I’ll be honest. When I think of foreign films, I don’t think of this kind of movie. So, good for you, Foreign People That Made This Movie. That being said, if I wanted to watch a movie about an earthquake, I’m all about the San Andreas. Sorry….
The Lady™: As well done as this looks, I don’t need that kind of fear inserted into my brain. I like my action movies a touch more unrealistic.
Jen: Is that guy with the mustasch the Norwegian Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson? If so, I’m not impressed. Disaster movies aren’t my bag, unless we’re all saved by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. To be honest, I just like being able to write Rock Johnson over and over.
The Insufferable Groo
Loren: I got enough of guerilla filmmaking in college. I don’t need to suffer (get it?) through this doc about a guy that’s STILL doing it.
RDT: I’ve never heard of this guy or his movies. And when I first heard of this, I thought it was Jack Black playing this guy. Pass.
The Lady™: RDT, you should pitch that. I’d watch that movie. This one, though? Hard pass.
Jen: I can already tell I won’t like this guy, but the title tells me no one does, so I feel a bit better about it. A little flashback to college guerilla filmmaking might be a fun diversion, or the fact that this man still lives this way might be depressing. I’m willing to give it a watch and find out.
The House That Jack Built
Loren: Yeah, no. As I get older I am starting to get a weaker stomach against realistic violence. I still love a good martial arts flick or a silly shoot ‘em up, but I can’t handle things that are visceral and raw. I’m out.
RDT: I didn’t even watch the trailer. Loren and Jen’s comments were enough for me. If they’re out, I’m out.
The Lady™: I heard that people walked out of the Cannes screening in droves. Apparently this movie rides right down the line between “too violent” and “utterly pointless.” I may force myself to watch it someday, just out of sheer morbid curiosity.
Jen: All the nope to this one.
Loren: I just hope they finally answer the age old question of if we can get there from here.
RDT: First, it’s produced by Orion Classics. That’s a little cocky/presumptive, don’t you think? Second, Loren stole my joke. Third, if I wanted to watch a boring movie about people walking, I’d watch The Lord of the Rings. Zing! (Sorry, Jen…)
The Lady™: That looks about as exciting as being a teenager stuck in Maine.
Jen: If you like quiet, introspective, indie movies, have we got something for you!
Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel
Loren: I do love the WBC but never really thought about it from this perspective. This will make a fine addition to The Doc Doc™.
RDT: Not a sports guy. Sorry. (No, I’m not.)
The Lady™: This looks…fine? As far as sports documentaries go, this way better than most. Solid maybe.
Jen: This could be interesting but the doc slate is full of good stuff the past few weeks, I’ll add it to the list.
Loren: Wow the cinematography and the direction look exquisite for this one. Stories like this made up the news cycle here in america for a while back in the 90s with all the emancipations that happened. It’s interesting to see it from a different country’s perspective.
RDT: Look, I know this is a good movie. Everything about that trailer says it’s a good movie. But….I also know I’m never going to watch it. Sorry. (I’m full of apologies this week, aren’t I?)
The Lady™: I’m having two very different thoughts on this one:
-This is so gorgeously shot. I’d love to see a photo exhibit or book of stills from the cinematographer.
-We’ve all wanted to sue our parents at some point or another. I was never enough of a little jerk to actually do it!
Jen: This looks very moving but I don’t know that I have room for this much emotion at this point.
Beyond White Space
Loren: Why’s it gotta be white space? Also I have no time for lame-ass space Jaws. Unless MST3K does it, I’m out.
RDT: The thought of an actual “Space Jaws” intrigues me. Mining vessel being targeted by a space monster? Something like that. That could be a lot of fun. This is not that.
The Lady™: Didn’t this movie come out in 2006?
Jen: Mindhunter! Oh thank goodness I remembered that, it was going to drive me nuts. That guy was in Mindhunter. Also, I’m not seeing this movie.
Loren: Doesn’t Sylvester Stallone have anything better to do?
RDT: Don’t I have anything better to do?
The Lady™: Doesn’t Matthew Modine have anything better to do?
Jen: Doesn’t Christopher McDonald have anything better to do?
Loren: I kinda want to kick whoever told Randy Couture he should be an action hero in the dick.
RDT: Guys, that trailer is nearly 4 minutes long. I just don’t have that kind of time.
The Lady™: Uh…that looks truly terrible.
Jen: Hahahahahahahahahahahaha – no.
Vir Das: Losing It
Loren: I haven’t watched any of his other specials but the jokes in this bit were pretty ok. If I’m desperate for some stand up I might give it a go.
RDT: I have no idea who this guy is. Why does he get a Netflix special??? Can I have a Netflix special, too??? I have a Google Notes file full of funny jokes!
The Lady™: I’ve never said no to stand up comedy. Plus, I dig this guy’s vibe. I’ll give it a shot!
Jen: Meh. I agree with his sentiments but that doesn’t mean I laughed at them.
Out of Many, One
Loren: Maybe someone can Clockwork Orange our Fuhrer with this Doc.
RDT: I got you, RGB. Count me in on this one. It’ll go to the top of the own Doc Doc.
The Lady™: This exemplifies one of the things I love most about this country: We’re all immigrants. It’s a beautiful melting pot of every of race, religion, and creed. I hope this serves as a timely reminder to some that the whole point of this country was inclusion and freedom to be who you are.
Jen: This looks lovely and worthwhile, I will for sure give this a watch.
Fuller House Season 4
Loren: Having not watched anything past the pilot of this reboot I fear that I’ll be lost. But really, I just don’t care.
RDT: I watched the whole first season. I’m good. Thanks!
The Lady™: THIS MADE IT TO SEASON 4?!
The Innocent Man
Loren: This is why I’m so disappointed in Netflix cancelling American Vandal. It nailed everyone of the tropes that you see in this. Does this look good? Yes. Will I watch it? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
RDT: A documentary based on a book? Interesting. But still, I have way too many other things to watch….and read.
The Lady™: Woah, okay! Crime? True Crime?? Great production? Twisty turny mystery plot?? This checks all my boxes. SOLD!
Jen: Just try and stop me from watching this ASAP.
Travelers Season 3
Loren: I know The Lady™ loves this show but I’ve never watched it with her. Maybe once I get through the tremendous backlog that I have I’ll give it a go.
RDT: I was going to go with the usual “too much tv” or “haven’t seen the first 2 seasons.” But based on The Lady™’s post below, I feel like I should be watching this show. It’s going on the list!
The Lady™: The first two seasons are some of the best I have *EVER* seen on television. I swear to god it’s one of the most well written shows of this era, and literally no one has heard of it. I implore you, and everyone you know, please watch this.
Jen: I swear I’ve never heard of this program and it seems like something I’d be interested in. Do I have the time and energy to go back to the previous two seasons though? Hmmmm
Springsteen On Broadway
Loren: I’ve never been a huge fan of The Boss. I’ll probably just pass on this one.
RDT: I’m not much of a music guy (though I have seen Weird Al in concert….twice). So, I’ll likely pass on this.
The Lady™: I imagine if you’re a Springsteen fan this would be quite a lovely and intimate experience for the viewer. Like a really long episode of VH1’s Behind the Music. I hope this does well and inspires a wave of new documentaries and live shows with bands I actually like.
Jen: I really don’t feel very strongly about Bruce Springsteen. I’m more of a Billy Joel gal. I’m sure people in New Jersey will love this.
Loren: I not so secretly love British panel shows especially ones hosted by Jimmy Carr. This looks like a fairly decent Americanization of the format and I’m hoping Katherine Ryan makes up for the DL Hughley of it all.
RDT: My watching this will depend on 2 things. 1.) The guests and 2.) My ability to remember it exists.
The Lady™: It’s like you took 8 out of 10 Cats, and added Michael Ian Black. I’m so into this, I’m already watching it.
Jen: Hmmm I’ll give you 2 episodes, Carr, if you win me over I’m yours forever, but if you cross me… I won’t watch anymore. I guess that’s less of a threat than I felt it might be at the start of this sentence.
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™, and Jen