Weekend Watch – 07/19/19


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).

Movies

Wide Release

The Lion King

Loren: I, for one, am looking forward to this on pure nostalgia alone. Do we need it? Nope. Does it look as impactful as the original? Not really. Do I want to see it and hear this cast in these roles? Yes. Yes I do.

Rick: This is the absolute laziest of the of modern Disney remakes. It’s like Drawover: The Movie. It’s the family movie equivalent of Gus Van Sant’s Psycho. At this point I feel like Mr. Krabs is running Disney’s feature division, greenlighting anything that will stuff more cash onto its already overflowing coffers. Between that and the original writers/artists not getting credit or residuals, this whole exercise leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Besides that, the original movie ripped off Kimba The White Lion pretty much wholesale (Disney later settled out of court and quietly scrubbed any mention of Kimba from The Lion King’s special features on home video). I haven’t seen the original, and I will never see this remake.

Jen: Sure, I’m not *excited* for this, per se, but I am fine with it. I’ll probably see it eventually since the voice cast is stellar, but I’m not sure the talking “real” animals are any more effective for me that the animated ones.

AJ: I know I am the only one who is excited to hear John Oliver voice Zazu. But I am.


Limited Release

A Faithful Man

Loren: I do love Paris, but I think I’ll end up hating this movie.

Rick: I was interested for the hot second I thought it was going to be a thriller about whether the woman actually killed her baby-daddy. I got less so when it turned out to be a weird French farce. Meh.

Jen: I can’t believe I’m about to type this, but I want to see this movie. The premise is funny, the cast is great, I didn’t even mind the subtitles. I’m as surprised as you guys are, to be honest.

AJ: That critic that said “you can’t get more French than this”? I agree. Hee hee. But I kinda wanna see this, too, shockingly.


Supervized

Loren: No one needs Grumpy Old Supermen.

Rick: 

Jen: When did Tom Berenger get so old? See AJ’s note below for my additional feelings on the matter.

AJ: I think the premise is funny. And that is all I’ll say because I was taught to respect my elders. Continue reading

Episode #180 – A Disgraced Nuclear Physicist

Loren is back from assignment and talking entertainment news and pop culture with RDT. They’ve got stories like:

  • The Raid’s Joe Taslim joins Mortal Kombat reboot as Sub-Zero, movie will be R-Rated and feature fatalities.
  • New Power Rangers flick is a complete reboot
  • Hobbs and Shaw tracking somewhat low, $65MM
  • Ghostbusters reboot starts shooting
  • Space Invaders in development for some reason
  • Don Cheadle buys new boat and joins Space Jam 2
  • Sherlock Holmes 3 moving forward w/out Guy Ritchie
  • Movie Pass may finally be dead. Long live AMC Stubbs VIP.
  • Infinity Train finally coming next month
  • Warner streaming service confirmed to be called HBO MAX
  • What is Quibi?
  • Amazon picks up Paper Girls
  • “Adult” Flintstones reboot in development
  • Rise of the Resistance will open on Dec. 5th at WDW and Jan. 17 at Disneyland
  • Jon Favreau is already writing The Mandalorian season 2

All that, the Weekly Watched and of course tangents!

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Weekend Watch – 07/12/19

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).

Movies

Wide Release

Stuber

Loren: I really like both of these guys and this looks fun. Not rush out to the theater fun, but definitely sitting at home bored on a weekend fun.

Rick: I feel like someone saw Deadpool and thought “Those bits with Dopinder and Deadpool are funny. We can make a whole movie out of that.” Also, isn’t this just the comedy version of Michael Mann’s Collateral? Regardless, despite my like for both these actors, I’m kind of meh about this.

Jen: OK, this premise *seems* dumb AND overdone, but, two things 1. Kumail Nanjiani 2. That very last gag in the warehouse with the operator made me laugh out loud for a solid minute.

AJ: This just makes my whole body hurt. That looks so… stubid.


Crawl

Loren: That definitely looked more serious than I thought it was going to. I can enjoy a killer animal movie from time to time but I can just about guarantee that the dog isn’t going to make it and that’s like one of my least favorite things in horror/action movies. I’ll wait until I get the go ahead from Rick to see this one.

Rick: It’s been a while since we’ve gotten a good killer gator/crock movie. Even if this is terrible, it’s sparked my desire to do killer animal double feature. So many options…

Jen: I saw this trailer in the theater, it played after all the other trailers and didn’t have the usual MPAA intro card or anything. Most of the audience, myself included, thought it was an ad or one of those “pretend movies where a phone rings and the character turns to the audience” But it was actually just one jump scare and my god was it effective. Enraging, but effective. I don’t plan to see this but kudos, Cinemark.

AJ: I got about :30 into that trailer before I had to stop. Enjoy it, braver people.


  Limited Release

Trespassers

Loren: This movie has been done a million times already and probably so much better. I’m all set.

Rick: This is all pretty standard stuff as modern home invasion movies go. If this clocks in at like 80 minutes I might throw it on if I’m bored. Also, I swear that house was used in Velvet Buzzsaw.

Jen: I’m guessing AirBnB didn’t help fund this, huh?

AJ: Look, all I’m saying is, when you’re on vacation and the doorbell rings late at night and someone says DON’T OPEN THE DOOR, you DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR.  Continue reading

Episode #179 – Shaken, Not Stirred

Loren’s still out. So, Jen steps in for the shortest HPN podcast ever.

Spider-Man: Far From Home spoilers @ 40:45

  • Jumanji: The Next Level trailer
  • Knives Out trailer
  • Disney has a new Little Mermaid and the internet is racist
  • White Chicks 2?!?!?!
  • Sandman: The Series
  • J.A. Bayona directing the first 2 LOTR eps
  • HBO Max?
  • The Walking Dead is dead
  • And The Flash gets yet another director

All that, what we watched and a few tangents.

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Weekend Watch – 07/05/19

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).

Movies

Wide Release

Spider-Man: Far From Home

Loren: 

RDT: 

Rick: 

Jen: 

AJ: Oh, we’re all doing GIFs? Ok…. 


Midsommar

Loren: Neat. It’s got a little bit of The VVitch and a little bit of The Wicker Man and this guy makes scary fucking movies. I’ll see this at some point.

RDT: I will never see this movie. But it sure does look pretty.

Rick: Well, there’s one thing writer/director Ari Aster doesn’t have to worry about: the sophomore slump. He came out of the gate last year with the criminally underseen Hereditary, and has delivered a gorgeous and unnerving followup in Midsommer. The best way to describe it is if Stanley Kubrick returned from the dead and decided to do his own riff on The Wicker Man. There isn’t a wasted shot, performance, or set piece. Aster has proven himself a true master of dread, shock, and internal turmoil. And it takes a sure craftsman to bring all of those to the fore, especially when 99% of your movie takes place in bright sunshine. I can’t wait to see what he does next.

Jen: This looks like the kind of creepy horror I could actually enjoy from the safety of Rick’s kitchen.

AJ: This trailer sort of had me til I got a glimpse of…. Was that ANIMAL GUTS? No thank you. I recommend everyone go watch 2011’s Sound of My Voice instead.


Limited Release

The Eight Hundred

Loren: I don’t know enough about our own country’s history let alone other ones.

RDT: I will never see this movie for different reasons than why I wouldn’t see the previous one above.

Rick: I know nothing of the context of this story, but this looks like China’s version of Saving Private Ryan/the second half of Full Metal Jacket. I mean, if you have to imitate other movies, there are worse ways to go.

Jen: I… got nothing.

AJ: I will add in a little Empire of the Sun to Rick’s mixtape but I’m passing.  Continue reading

Episode #178 – #JusticeForHan

As Loren heads to Florida, Rick sits in and he and RDT cover ALL the news. 

  • All kinds of Fast & Furiousness (including the final Hobbs & Shaw trailer)
  • Space Jam 2 will be a movie, we guess
  • WB hires first female CEO in its history, Ann Sarnoff
  • Chris Rock’s Saw starts shooting
  • Myst: The Movie, The Series
  • Breaking Bad: The Movie?
  • Minecraft movie gets a new writer
  • Charlie’s Angels trailer
  • Paul Rudd: Ghostbuster
  • Hello Kitty gets a writer, too!
  • RIP Billy Drago and Mouse Guard
  • Disney puts Alien Nation on hold
  • Bill & Ted casting
  • Stallone in Terminator 2 (aka Deep Fakes are terrifying)
  • Melissa McCarthy will probably be Ursula 
  • Mark Wahlberg is (not) the new Chris Evans
  • The Lincoln Lawyer pulls into the CBS garage
  • Bloodier and more Treasure!
  • Pulitzer Prize winning author to be showrunner for CBS All Access show
  • ODAAT gets at least one more day
  • Scream moves to VH1
  • Deadly Class doesn’t move anywhere
  • NBC paying a LOT of money to get The Office back
  • HBO going back to The Earth and The Moon
  • Hulu renews Into the Dark
  • Hellraiser: The Series??? Also, Hellraiser Kitty!!!
  • Final Fantasy XIV: The Series???
  • Willie’s dead
  • Weird Al dropping Michael Jackson parodies from his tour out of respect for victims
  • People are awful
  • Teen Titans v Teen Titans Go v Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse
  • Capt. Marvel is really popular
  • Endgame? More like EndLAME!
  • Guardians 3 will stay Guardians 3, and Rocket may fall in love…..
  • Ryan Reynolds will be playing a different version of Deadpool in the MCU (No, he won’t. Go home, internet, you’re dumb.)
  • Far From Home is good, and almost had a super soldier-inspired surprise
  • Salma Hayek may be Eternal

 

All that, what we watched and more tangents. 

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