Weekend Watch – 02/21/20

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 Call of the Wild

Loren: Man, this looks pretty terrible. I remember reading this as a young kid but I tend to get it mixed up with “Stone Fox” which absolutely wrecked me. Let’s hope they never make that into a movie.

RDT: I tried to find the behind the scenes clip where you see the dude in the mocap suit pretending to be the dog, but I didn’t have any luck. I also didn’t look very hard because, ultimately, I don’t care about this movie.

Rick: I saw the trailer for this in front of Little Women back in December. I had to stifle laughter when the dog showed up. That is godawful CGI. Not quite bottom of the barrell, but no kid on earth is going to think that’s a real dog. Ever. There are more realistic looking dogs in the Toy Story movies. This looks terrible on every front. I hope Ford got paid new plane money for this.

AJ: So is this a kids movie? I guess so. I’m not sure how to feel about this. In the end, the animated dog is just throwing me. I wish they could have made this work with a real dog. Or maybe a combination of real and animated. But kudos to Ford for having that grumpy old man market cornered.


Emma

Loren: I kinda love Anya Taylor Joy. This looks pretty good for a genre that I’m not usually a fan of.

RDT: I was not nearly as impressed with this trailer as my cohorts below. As such, I will likely never see this movie. Sorry (not sorry).

Rick: Jane Austen has never been in my wheelhouse, but that is one of the best trailers I’ve seen in ages. Bravo, whomever cut that together. Your work has won me over.

AJ: I’ve never been a Jane Austen person, per se, but I have to tell you, that single moment at the end of the trailer where she flicks the carriage’s window open with her finger? That kills me. I could be persuaded to see this.


Brahams: The Boy II

Loren: I honestly don’t even remember The Boy, so I was a little confused at the sequel of it all. That said at first I was like, “Ok, there’s some decent creepiness to this” but then that last shot with the bees(?) made me laugh out loud. Sorry Brahams, I just don’t care.

RDT: Didn’t want to see the first one. So, I didn’t see it. Can you guess how I feel about seeing the second one?

Rick: Movies that didn’t need sequels: The Boy. But, despite how predictably terrible it was, it made decent box office. And these things are made for couch cushion money, so unless it gets numbers like The Rhythm Section, this one will turn a tidy profit too. Shit like this makes me a sad horror fan. People should be paying to see Come to Daddy instead.

AJ: How many times do we have to endure this “moves into a spooky house” premise? (Not that I ever endure it – I do not see such movies.) I mean, I’ve not heard of the first Boy movie so I’m a little lost here but it’s just not for me. I defer to Rick as the expert in this space. Continue reading

Episode #211 – Ugh, Josh Gad

AJ’s here to cover while Loren is out at British nerdfest, aka Gallifrey 1. And don’t think just because he’s out that that means there will be less tangents. Quite the contrary!

  • Rick Moranis returns! But not in the sequel you hoped for…..
  • Eilish, Billie Eilish
  • Aladdin 2…?
  • Sonic is good……?
  • Indy 5 is happening, we guess
  • David E. Kelley’s sister-in-law is going to star in his new show
  • Superstore getting supersized!
  • Masked Singer
  • The Goonies tv show isn’t what you think it is
  • Drag Race judges announced
  • Pete Davidson coming to Netflix, dating a ridiculously hot woman, probably
  • Stranger Things, season 4 teaser
  • High Fidelity
  • Lauren Graham will have a flying V (and Gordon Bombay returns!)
  • Sebastian Bach was briefly relevant
  • Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey (is still a shitty title)
  • We got a first look at Robert Pattinson as Batman
  • Are the Oscars still relevant?

All that, what we watched and all those tangents. 

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Weekend Watch – 02/14/20

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

Sonic The Hedgehog

Loren: I didn’t want to be into this but then I saw a clip that actually made me laugh. I’ll catch it at some point.

Rick: I want to give this my money just to show support for the poor animation and VFX teams who had to burn the candle at both ends, in the middle, and anywhere else they could in order to fix the awful first Sonic design. It’s just…it’s so much work. That’s a ground up, start with new model sheets and redo everything up the chain reconstruction. They deserve a ton of credit for pulling it off. Probably not in theaters, but I’ll give this my money on-demand.

Jen: Thanks, but no.

AJ: I know they did a lot of work on this after a rather volatile reception to the first trailer (and rightfully so, it looked like hot garbage), but I can’t say I have any interest in seeing this, all the same. And poor James Marsden, right? Oof.


Fantasy Island

Loren: I don’t hate it? Look if we’re going to still get all these old shows revamped for a movie why not add a twist to it. I do wish it looked like it had a little more teeth but other than that, maybe?

Rick: I hate this. I appreciate trying to maybe make this unique, but this is too far afield. This isn’t Fantasy Island. It’s a horror movie set on an island that they slapped a famous TV show’s name on. And we all saw how well genre-bending The Banana Splits worked out. Oh, we didn’t? Right, because nobody saw it. There’s a reason for that. There’s likely more entertainment value in something like Club Dread, and that movie is hot garbage. Better yet, just watch Zombie Island Massacre:

Jen: I liked the premise at the outset of the trailer, the idea of giving a creepy twist to Fantasy Island, which was always kind of creepy to begin with, was an interesting one, but then it just becomes a normal old horror movie and they lost me.

AJ: I get when studios boot up and reboot franchises like Spider-Man so they can retain the license and keep milking the cash cow, but why this? And this which isn’t even what it was? It’s lazy and not for me anyway because scary.


The Photograph

Loren: It’s a little sacharrhine for my personal taste but I love the pairing of Issa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield. I was a lot more into this than I thought I would be.

Rick: I was all ready to roll my eyes at this, but it actually looks like a decently executed romance. I probably won’t see it, but I’m betting it’ll do well.

Jen: That looks lovely with a phenomenal pair of stars. Just a straight romance without the rom-com-y trappings? I could be down for that.

AJ: It’s kinda refreshing to see just a straight up romance get a wide release in theaters. We don’t get those too often anymore. Issa Rae is having a great time right now and I am here for it. This looks strong. Continue reading

Episode #210 – We Get A Little Personal

This week the guys get a little personal before talking about the weeks Pop Culture and Entertainment News. So, business as usual. They’ve got stories like:

  • First still from Snake Eyes hits the interwebs
  • The Rhythm Section has the new honor of worst box office opening ever
  • Knives Out sequel moving forward
  • Vin Diesel wants Fast 10 to be 2 parts
  • Fox output being reduced to 4 films per year
  • Vanessa Kirby returning to Mission: Impossible
  • Superman and Lois get a couple sons
  • Y: The Last Man loses its Yorick
  • Netflix now allows you to stop autoplaying previews
  • Disney+ sets release dates for all the shows you want to watch
  • Lilo & Stitch remake going to Disney+?
  • Friends reunion moving forward for HBO Max
  • Sam Raimi in talks to direct Doctor Strange 2

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Weekend Watch – 02/07/20

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

Birds of Prey

Loren: DC keeps fucking my with their trailers but this could actually be kinda good. I’m probably going to see it. Maybe even in the theater.

RDT: So…..apparently……it’s…..good…..? Yeah, I’m gonna see it.

Rick: Definitely in no rush to see this. If reviews turn out to be decent I’ll catch it down the line, but I’ve been burned by too many crappy DC outings to willingly give my time to any of their output without a glowing recommendation.

Jen: I am of two minds. This trailer is awesome and really makes me want to see this movie. But so did the Suicide Squad trailer and that was… underwhelming. I’m going to approach with caution.

AJ: I’m not over the perfect use of Bjork’s “It’s Oh So Quiet” in this trailer. There are so many elements here that appeal to me – Margot Robbie, Ewan McGregor (as the villain!), ass-kicking women. I’ve got my expectations tempered at this point when it comes to any DC films, but I do want to see this.


Limited Release

Waiting for Anya

Loren: At least Noah Schnapp hasn’t been completely typecast like Finn Wolfhard. Other than that I don’t have much interest in this movie.

RDT: I think I’ll keep waiting. Thanks.

Rick: I checked out the moment “from the author of War Horse” came on screen. Christ, that movie was awful. No thank you.

Jen: Films about the Holocaust provide important catharsis for a world still grieving the loss. So I’m glad they continue to be made. That being said, I don’t need to see ALL of them.

AJ: I’m always a weird sucker for WWII-era/Holocaust films. I am not sure I will get to seeing this in theaters but I am sure I will see it eventually. It’s less than two hours; cut and dry drama, probably something I’d be okay watching from my sofa.


Dream Round

Loren: Jen, I’m not convinced this isn’t a porno. I’ll tell you if it is when it shows up on PornHub.

RDT: What….. the fuck…… was that?

Rick: I had so many thoughts while watching that trailer that my brain basically spun out. I think they hired whomever shot Rollergator to “film” this. Garbage. Utter garbage.

Jen: I could not take my eyes off that. It feels like that trailer broke my brain. Every shot looks like the non-sex part of a porno.

AJ: I have a lot of questions, but let’s start with: RICHARD GRIECO?! What is with that weird trailer narration? Why does this look like my little brother shot it on our handheld video camera circa 1993? Random golf mentor dude dressed in white is totally some kind of ghost, right? Is this is a bad, bad Happy Gilmore-inspired faith film? Too many red flags. That’s a negative, ghost rider. Continue reading

Episode #209 – #JusticeForHan

This week Ryan is out but Rick is in. Rick and Loren talk a ton of entertainment news and pop culture stories from the week. They’ve got topics like:

  • Fast and Furious 9 trailer!
  • Swallow trailer is, surprisingly, not pornography
  • Bad Boys 3 #1, will get 4th movie
  • Movie Pass is officially dead
  • Paul Reubens wants to make a Pee Wee film with some edge
  • Lebowski spin-off exists for some reason, has a teaser
  • Taron Egerton in talks to play the lead in new version of Little Shop of Horrors
  • Jodie Foster to direct movie based on 1911 Mona Lisa theft
  • Lethal Weapon 5 is apparently a thing again?
  • Green Hornet film rights grabbed by Amnesia Entertainment
  • Another remake of The Thing coming from Blumhouse
  • Anaconda getting a reboot, because nothing, not even a giant snake movie, is sacred
  • Paramount developing two Transformers projects
  • Carey Mulligan proposes Oscar voters should prove they watched movies before voting,
  • We’ve entered the era of Fan-Influcenced movies
  • Robert Langdon drama pilot picked up
  • Equalizer reboot gets pilot order
  • Kung Fu reboot pilot has been ordered, because Greg Berlanti doesn’t have enough to do
  • McConaughey and True Detective creator making Redeemer for FX
  • One Piece manga getting live action adaptation
  • Adam Sandler makes deal for four more movies. I blame the Academy.
  • Hulu CEO steps down
  • Aline Brosh McKenna sets up musical-comedy Hit
  • Cecily Strong to lead a Musical Comedy for AppleTV+
  • Apple+’s Foundation series set to be biggest production ever in Ireland
  • The Property Brothers are getting a kids animated series, God help us.
  • Robotic Spider-Man will swing over Avengers Campus this summer
  • Test footage from cancelled Star Wars: Underground series drops on the internets
  • Birds of Prey is fun, maybe good?
  • McQuarrie vows to never ask WB about a Superman project again
  • Owen Wilson Joins Loki on D+

All that, a supersized Weekly Watched, and don’t forget tangents!

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