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: Is this just PG-13 Saw? Could be a fun horror-thriller but the fact that they’re dumping it in early january does not bode well.
Rick: Okay, we have Sony, who barely understands the concept of a horror movie, let alone how to make a good one + Original Film, who has the most ironic company name in the business and has never made a good horror movie + first week of January…tally that up…yep. Tired, unoriginal, and toothless. Math checks out.
Jen: I really like the idea of this movie, I could see myself watching it when it streams, but I don’t have the highest of hopes for it.
Loren: Wait, is THIS PG-13 Saw? Mixed with a little Law & Order: SVU? Also, that was Vincent Kartheiser? Trying the Christian Bale method acting I see.
RDT: I feel like I’ve seen this a million times before. Pass.
Rick: This is a mashup of ideas from better movies and TV series. Hardest of passes.
Jen: I don’t think I felt the intensity they were hoping I would feel watching this trailer.
Loren: Has Gerard Butler ever made a good movie? I can’t think of one. This a least looks to be trying. But also it will fail.
RDT: Loren, I checked IMDB. He’s a voice in the How to Train Your Dragon movies. And Reign of Fire isn’t……terrible……I guess. Yeah, I got nothing.
Rick: I don’t know. This looks like a decent Straw Dogs-style thriller. I won’t run out to theaters to see it, but it might be worth a go at home if I’m in the right mood.
Jen: Loren, have you not seen Timeline? Gerard Butler at his hottest.
Great Great Great
Loren: Nope Nope Nope. *Does a very timely Chandler Bing impression* “Could this BE anymore Indie Movie?”
RDT: I once went out on a date with a girl still living with her ex-husband. She felt bad for him, I guess. I dunno. It was weird. Anyway, this looks terrible.
Rick: It’s not often I get nothing from a trailer, but hey, great great great work…?
Jen: That is an eye roll in movie form.
The Silence of Others
Loren: Damn. That looks both riveting and heart wrenching.
RDT: God damn it. I guess I’m gonna start reading movies again.
Rick: Like Jen, I know little of Franco’s rule in Spain, but if Hell exists I hope he’s there.
Jen: The Franco regime is like a blindspot in my recent world history, I’m glad to see this is out there.
The Distant Barking of Dogs
Loren: I don’t know that this is for me. It’s a sad story for sure but I’m not sure I need to watch a documentary about it.
RDT: Oh wait, no I’m not.
Rick: Reminds me a bit of both Ivan’s Childhood (1962) and Come and See (1985). I like the idea of telling this kind of story away from the front lines. I may check this out.
Jen: This is a unique and gripping way to tell this story, I might seek this out on streaming and steel myself to be moved.
State Like Sleep
Loren: Interesting. I like a good noir thriller. If this gets some good buzz I’ll give it a shot.
RDT: Yeah, I’m into this, a bunch.
Rick: Mmmhmm. Yes, please.
Jen: I’ll do anything for you Michael Shannon.
Loren: That trailer makes this trope-tastic movie look way better than it has any right to. I might even check it out down the road.
RDT: I’ll keep it on my radar, sure.
Rick: Being written and helmed by women gives me hope that this will overcome some of the tropes inherent in these types of movies. I’m in.
Jen: Rick has a good point, I was wondering why I didn’t immediately hate this movie. I’m not sure I’m going to see it, but not hate is a positive sign.
Mojin: The Worm Valley
Loren: I’m not really into these crazy Chinese fantasy movies. I kinda wish that I was though, they look insane.
RDT: If I were into this kind of stuff, I’m sure I’d be excited for this. But since I’m not, I’m not.
Rick: I appreciate that Chinese fantasy movies are getting more ambitious and have bigger budgets to match. I’ll keep this on my radar.
Jen: There’s a lot going on there. Seriously. A lot.
A Series of Unfortunate Events Season 3
Loren: I feel like I should have watched this show. It’s weird in a lot of the right ways for me. Maybe now that it’s complete with this third and final season I’ll give it a shot.
RDT: I meant to give this a shot in season 1. Then season 2 happened and I felt too far behind. Now that I know season 3 is the last season, I just might plow through them all.
Rick: This is one of those shows that I’m the target market for but never bothered to watch. Now that it’s ending I feel like I’m even less likely to dive in.
Jen: Every season I start strong tearing through episodes and then peter out and have to force myself to watch the last ones before the new season begins. So I need to watch the last two episodes of Season 2 before I watch this. But if this is the last season, am I bound to just never finish? Hmmm?
Comedians of the World
Loren: I don’t know, maybe. You guys know I love standup but I will say that reading subtitles in standup can be really jarring. I have so much other stuff to watch I’m not sure I’ll make it for this.
RDT: Yeah, Loren hit the nail on the head for me. I just didn’t click with the subtitles (shocked, aren’t you?).
Jen: The fact that I didn’t get to see any jokes in this trailer is worrisome. Maybe?
Loren: What. The. Fuck.
RDT: Honestly, I kinda like the message it’s putting out there. But, yeah, I’m never gonna watch this.
Rick: Full disclosure: I worked on this show. If you like weird you’ll get more than your fill.
Jen: My soon-to-be 12-year-old nephew will LOVE this show. The rest of our family, less so.
Tidying Up with Marie Kondo
Loren: This show hits WAY too close to home for me. I’m a packrat that is trying to lighten my load but I don’t think I’m going to get any actual tips from this show. I think it’s just going to add to my anxiety and depression about the situation. Cool.
RDT: This just seems like a Netflix Hoarders, but not quite as sad, I think….. Pass.
Rick: I’ll take shows I don’t have any interest in for $200, Alex.
Jen: I loved “Clean House” back when it was Nicey Nash and Matt Iseman and this is very much in that vein, I could see this playing in the background while I clean my house. Is that irony?
So that’s your upcoming weekend in review. Let us know what you saw, liked and/or hated.
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–Loren, RDT, Rick, and Jen