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

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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Weekend Watch – 01/31/20


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 Rhythm Section

Loren: Yeah this isn’t treading any new ground but I could get into it. A more serious version of Peppermint, without the Lady Punisher stuff. A solid maybe.

Rick: This is just the action movie version of In the Fade, a movie I can’t recommend highly enough (and got snubbed for an hugely deserving Oscar nod). I’m not saying I wouldn’t give this a watch if I need an action fix, but this is still treading very familiar ground.

Jen: I have no interest in movies that use losing a child as character motivation – it feels like that rules out 90% of films these days.

AJ: Looks a little Peppermint’ish, yes? But I actually liked that movie whereas most did not. I just love ass-kicking women. Also, I became a bigger Blake Lively fan after A Simple Favor. I’ll probably check this out with tempered expectations.


Gretel and Hansel

Loren: Why did they use the Orion logo from 1987? Anyway that looks pretty damn good for a take on a classic fairy tale. But as we all know, Grimm fairy tales were way more fucked up than the Disneyesque versions we were given as kids.

Rick: This gets all the points for atmosphere and the claustrophobic 1.33:1 aspect ratio, but it seems like a bit of a stretch to make this a feature. At first blush it would work better as a two-reeler short. I’ll give it a curiosity-watch if the reviews are any good.

Jen: Creepy! Also, don’t search “creepy” as a term on giphy. It’s… upsetting.

AJ: It’s cutting edge this time because they put GRETEL first, see??? But seriously, this looks hella creepy and no thank you.


Limited Release

The Traitor

Loren: I’ve said for a while now that Mafia movies don’t really do anything for me then add in the foreign language element and I’m pretty much out from the get go.

Rick: To answer AJ’s question, it’s not the first movie about Buscetta. There’s one from 1999, a miniseries from 2007, and a documentary came out last year. I can’t say I have any interest in this story, but if I did I think I’d rather watch the doc or read up on it than sit through this movie.

Jen: That looks like it was made in the 70s, which I think, was the intention. And they succeeded. Other than that, I have no feelings on this one.

AJ: I love mob stories. Is this the first time someone’s made a movie about Tommaso Buscetta? That would surprise me…. I’m trying to keep this spoiler free because I know how his story panned out in real life… Anyway, yes, I want to see this. (And thank you, Rick.) Continue reading

Episode #208 – You Don’t Win Friends With Salad

Just days after RDT’s latest birthday the guys get together to talk the week’s entertainment and pop culture news.  They’ve got stories like:

  • Denis Villenueve says he would like to revisit the world of Blade Runner
  • Venkman confirmed for Afterlife
  • Hugo Weaving passes on M4trix
  • Bambi will be the next live action Disney remake
  • Or maybe it’ll be Pinocchio
  • Masters of the Universe pulled from Sony’s release calendar
  • Howard the Duck and Tigra & Dazzler animated series canceled
  • Obi-Wan series on hold, cut to 4 episodes but Ewan McGreggor says that’s bullshit.
  • Captain Marvel 2 officially in development
  • Falcon and Winter Soldier moved up to August

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Weekend Watch – 01/24/20


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 Gentlemen

Loren: Sure, I guess. Not usually a gangster type film guy but this could be fun. At least it’s not taking itself super seriously.

RDT: I’m not a huge Guy Ritchie fan but I did enjoy that trailer. So, yeah, sure, why not?

Rick: This movie needs Statham, but otherwise I’m in.

AJ: Oh Henry Golding, let me love you….. Sorry, what? Oh, the movie? Yeah, okay. I’m in.


The Turning

Loren: Man Finn Wolfhard is just suuuper typecast into these horror flicks. You’d hope that at least they would look better than this one does.

RDT: The only Turning I’ll be doing is turning away from the direction in which this movie is playing!
Sorry…..

Rick: I feel like some sort of A.I. is just cranking out these generic looking scare flicks anymore. It’s like they loaded in some sort of checklist and hit ‘run’. Muted color pallet? ☑ Creepy old house? ☑ With a dark secret? ☑ Young children who are a little “off”? ☑☑ Host of unconvincing jumpscares? ☑☑☑☑☑☑ Gags from other, better movies? ☑ I could keep going, but you get the picture. Mackenzie Davis, you’re better than this.

AJ: The only thing I like here is Mackenzie Davis.


The Last Full Measure

Loren: I shouldn’t feel meh here but alas that’s how I feel.

RDT: I don’t understand this movie. Like, not that it’s confusing, but more that it exists and just looks so terrible. Great cast, but otherwise, the definition of mediocre. Pass.

Rick: With this cavalcade of amazing actors, why the hell does this movie look so cheap? I have a feeling someone called in every favor they ever had for this. I’m not convinced it was worth it.

AJ: Once again I look at the cast here, a veritable roster of Hollywood all stars, including the late great Peter Fonda, and I’m just confounded I’ve heard nothing about this movie til now. Which makes me think that is because someone didn’t think it was worth marketing? Seems like an important story but something about Sebastian Stan uttering “it’ll make good television” felt metaphorical. I’ll wait for the TNT broadcast.


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Weekend Watch – 01/17/20


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

Bad Boys For Life

Loren: I’m kinda sorta intrigued by this. I love the first one but loathe the second. Maybe this will be somewhere in the middle? Look I’m not going to pay money to see this but I will see it.

Rick: This can’t be good, can it? *checks internets* Critics at 80% on Rotten Tomatoes?! Regardless, I don’t know how many people are clamoring for this 17 years too late sequel. This will get a curiosity watch in a third-run theater or from my couch.

Jen: It would be hard for me to care less about this film.

AJ: Ugh. No. Will Smith is really trying to land a hit, isn’t he? Those massive box office Fourth-of-July-like releases are so far in the past…. P.S. Did you know they are making a Bright sequel? Dear God.


Dolittle

Loren: Ha! No.

Rick: RDJ must be buying boats for his kids. I can’t imagine there was any other reason he’d show up in this.

Jen: Gosh, this looks awful. But I’ll take this opportunity to share this with all our fine readers: https://www.indy100.com/article/doctor-doolittle-seal-scene-video-rex-harrison-9108901

AJ: At present, this movie is rated lower than CATS on Rotten Tomatoes. I mean, Vulture called it “anti-cinema.” OUCH. If you really want to absorb some great criticism, read Manohla Dargis’ review for the New York Times.


Limited Release

Weathering With You

Loren: Wow that looks so impressive. It’s not my usual forté but I might give this and the duo’s other film Your Name a double feature at some point.

Rick: I saw this during its Academy Awards qualifying run a few months ago. Makoto Shinkai and Genki Kawamura had a daunting task following up their previous film, Your Name, which set box office records in Japan and is widely considered a modern masterpiece. Weathering With You has surpassed it at the box office but, apart from the incredible artistic detail, solid characters, and strong emotional core, the film falls short for me. The storytelling is a little one-sided (not enough time is spent with the female lead), and there are a lot of big, interesting ideas that aren’t fully explored. The movie would benefit from either being longer or fleshed out in a multi-episode OVA. I would still recommend seeing it, however. It is stunningly animated, rife with detail and, even with its shortcomings, is bound to have you tearing up by the time the credits roll.

Jen: My dad’s gonna love that.

AJ: Rick applied a lot of thought to his critique here so I will defer to him. This is so not my space.


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Episode #206 – In Which We Discuss What Car We’d Buy

The guys are really tangenting this week and it’s delightful. They are also talking stories like:

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