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: That’s a hell of a cast. Not really my kind of flick but I might have to check it out regardless. Fingers crossed for a screener.
RDT: I’m kinda into this. I enjoyed The Big Short even though, despite Margot Robbie in a tub, I didn’t quite understand it. So, I’ll eventually give this a watch.
The Lady™: Maaaaaaaaybe? I’m not in love enough to see it in theaters. Let’s hope I remember I wanted to watch by the time it hits streaming.
Rick: I’m not one for political movies, but it’s hard to resist such a great cast. I’ll get around to this eventually.
Holmes and Watson
Loren: Nope. I have officially given up on Will Ferrell. I’m still ok with John C. Reilly as long as it’s more Walk Hard than this.
RDT: 0% on Rotten Tomatoes is all I need to know. I’ll just watch Step Brothers again instead.
The Lady™: Oh no. Absolutely not. *puts foot down*
What’s that? Hugh Laurie’s in it? I…um, just remembered I have to run an errand. I’ll be back in about 90 minutes…
Rick: I enjoy both of these guys (most of the time), but this looks terrible. If I need a John C. Reilly fix this week I’ll find myself a screening of Stan & Ollie.
On the Basis of Sex
Loren: Yeah I’m with Rick below. I think there’s more to be gained by watching the RBG doc than watching a biopic. Also between this and Vice I’m realizing how weird it is to have Biopics for people that are still alive.
RDT: That’s a good trailer. I’ll keep this on the radar, too, or perhaps borrow a screener…..?
The Lady™: Yeah, great trailer. As a lazy viewer, I will also wait for home viewing options.
Rick: I like Felicity Jones, but I feel like I’d get more out of this story by watching the RBG doc that came out earlier this year.
Loren: Except for the weird bouncing back and forth between Korean and English this looked pretty good. It looks like Rick and I will be sitting down at the Whitsett Theater and checking this one out. Maybe we can pair it with something like The Negotiation from earlier this year and have a Korean action night.
RDT: Not really for me, as usual.
The Lady™: Half the trailer looked like footage of Call of Duty, the other half shot on an iPhone 6.
Rick: I’m always willing to give a foreign action film a try. This one looks pretty well produced. I’ll keep an eye out for it.
Stan & Ollie
Loren: I don’t know, that gag at the end got me. I’m looking forward to this.
RDT: It feels like they’re burying this and that trailer kinda shows me why. Also, 2 John C. Reilly movies in the same week? What up with that?
The Lady™: Aw, this looks lovely!! I have a feeling there will be some ugly crying by the end.
Rick: I grew up watching the original Laurel & Hardy two-reelers, and this is an inspired bit of casting. I’m in.
Loren: Filipino comedies are not my bag. Sorry.
RDT: This looks like a pretty unique version of a movie I’ve seen a million times before. Pass nonetheless.
Rick: I don’t think I’ve had enough coffee. My brain just interpreted all of that as colorful noise.
Loren: Holy shit. Sign me the fuck up for that ride.
RDT: Oh I’m totally into this. I get original flavor Sicario vibes from it for some reason. Maybe not in the theater, but I’ll definitely check it out eventually.
The Lady™: I have absolutely no idea what’s happening, but I’m very much looking forward to finding out.
Rick: Yes. All of this, please and thank you.
Standup and Away! With Brian Regan
Loren: I’ve tried to get into Brian Regan and I just can’t.
RDT: I know I’m supposed to love Brian Regan. He’s one of those career comedians that never broke big but other standups absolutely love. Unfortunately, I just never clicked with his style of comedy. I’ll give this a shot, sure, but I don’t imagine I’ll stick around long for it.
The Lady™: This is not comedy.
Rick: I enjoyed Brian Regan on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, but this special doesn’t look like my cup of tea. Pass.
Alexa and Katie Season 2
Loren: Wait, if they take out the cancer plot, what differentiates this from any other tween show?
RDT: Standard “didn’t see season 1” response.
The Lady™: If I was 11-14 years old, I’d be all over this. Also, remember Tiffani Amber Thiessen? I love her.
Rick: I don’t remember there being a first season, so good for them for coming back for round two. Otherwise, this just looks like a standard Disney-style live action series that I’m totally not the audience for.
Loren: This Gossip Girl sequel is creepy AF. XOXO
RDT: ME??? (It’s a decent trailer, but not good enough to slot it above any of the other shows I currently have in the queue. By the way, Travelers is pretty great, so far.)
The Lady™: YEEESSSSSSSS!!!! I saw the original trailer about 300 years ago. So excited for it to finally come out.
Rick: This feels like a fairly standard stalker thriller stretched out to series length. Unless this gets crazy positive reviews I’m okay passing on it.
Loren: There are a zillion other sports movies out there for me to watch that are about sports I actually understand.
RDT: This is another one I’ll pass on.
The Lady™: This doesn’t feel dramatic, it just feels like shitty parenting and social pressure. I’m all set, thanks.
Rick: I feel like we covered a movie just like this earlier this year. Maybe it was soccer instead of cricket. Either way, I was so distracted by how shitty that kid’s mustache was I didn’t absorb anything about this story.
Niko and the Sword of Light Season 2
Loren: This show looks bananas. I’ll forget it exists because it’s on Amazon, but if I was a kid I’d be hooked.
RDT: See “Alexa and Katie season 2 response.”
The Lady™: I’m clearly not the target audience for this. However, I do enjoy this animation style, and am always happy to see kids getting pumped full of anything fantasy related. She-Ra and LotR raised me right, here’s to another generation of nerds!
Rick: Another show this week that I didn’t realize already burned through its first season. It looks like a fun adventure show, but the voice of the lead character grated on me the entire trailer. I can’t imagine enduring a full season.
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 Rick