Weekend Watch 06/14/19


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

MIB International

Loren: This… doesn’t look good. I love the cast but yeesh. Maybe Men in Black movies subscribe to the every other theory like Star Trek.

RDT: Great cast and…. that seems to be it.

Rick: I didn’t like the first MIB movie, so I never bothered with the sequels. This one I’m sort of into, but the little alien character that tags along with Hemsworth/Thompson annoyed me in the trailer. I can’t imagine it’ll be less irritating over the course of two hours.

AJ: Fun/weird fact about me: In 1997, I saw Men in Black in theaters THREE TIMES. I just loved it. But I wish the franchise would retire. MIB 2 wasn’t good, MIB 3 was “meh” for me… I read a couple favorable reviews of this and I happen to think Hemsworth has superior comedic timing but it’s just a pass for me. I will look for it on HBO someday.


Shaft

Loren: Oof. Speaking of not looking good. I don’t know who thought this was the right direction to go for a rebootquel of Shaft.

RDT: This is dumb. Go see Booksmart!

Rick: I want this to be at least watchable, but I have a feeling it isn’t. The Shaft movies have been a study in diminishing returns since Shaft’s Big Score came out in 1972. I mean, that and Shaft in Africa are fine as a product of their time, but I wouldn’t call them good. They certainly don’t measure up to the original movie. And the only good thing about the first Sam Jackson entry is Jeffrey Wright’s turn as the villian. This will get a curiosity watch out of me, but not until near the end of its run or on video.

AJ: I once heard Sam Jackson say his criteria for choosing roles is “‘Will I have fun?’ and ‘Will I get paid?’” So I guess this did that for him. It does nothing for me.


The Dead Don’t Die

Loren: This feels like it’s five years too late. I also have no idea why Jarmusch would want to make a Zombie Comedy. I absolutely love everyone in this movie but it feels like they are doing their friend a favor and probably should have just said they were busy that weekend.

RDT: I’m kind of interested, I guess. But, yeah, enough with the zombies, please.

Rick: The only reason I’m interested in this is because it’s a Jim Jarmusch movie. I certainly don’t love everything of his I’ve seen, but I want to know what kind of weird spin he’s putting on the zombie genre. Lord knows it needs something to make it interesting anymore.

AJ: Ok, I just love Tilda Swinton so much but let’s put that aside. It’s nice all these cool people are doing Jarmusch a solid with this, right? (Basically what Loren said.) Continue reading

Weekend Watch – 06/07/18

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

X-Men Dark Phoenix

Loren: I hate that I don’t care about this movie, but the X-Men movies have systematically taken any of the good will I had for the franchise (of some of my favorite comic characters) and beaten it to death. There’s other problems afoot here besides the terrible time period continuity of these movies though. I really feel like you need to tell the story of The Phoenix before you get into Dark Phoenix, which is the same problem the terrible X-Men The Last Stand partially suffered from. This just crams it in to a 2 hour summer tent pole that doesn’t mean anything anymore. Furthermore, with the Disney acquisition of FOX, this movie is super irrelevant seeing as Marvel will start to pepper their own mutants into the MCU. Probably starting after Far From Home in Phase 4. Which is a shame because if nothing else these movies have been cast well. Honestly, I really just wish that Logan (or even better Logan Noir) had been the last movie in the X-Men franchise, what a perfect way to have ended it.

RDT: 22% on Rotten Tomatoes. That’s worse than X-Men Origins – Wolverine!

Rick: My opinion mirrors Loren’s, especially regarding the absolute irrelevancy of this movie after Disney’s purchase of Fox. I’ll be sad to lose this group of actors, but glad this more miss than hit series of movies is closing up shop.

AJ: My opinion also mirrors Loren’s. A lot of people credit Iron Man with launching America’s love of comic book movies but we often forget X-Men came out eight years before it. And I loved that movie. And X2. I am (maybe?) in the minority that loves Days of Future Past, too. But agreed, they have completely overlooked any kind of timeline consistency in order to cram as many stars as possible into these movies. They have mucked up a lot of iconic storylines — more than once. Apocalypse was so bad, I think I watched it while I did a research project and scarcely remember details of it…. And Rick is also right. With the purchase of Fox by Disney, this is really an irrelevant release now. I wish they’d left it alone with Logan. That movie’s quality was what the entire franchise shoulda/coulda been. (And look at DIsney trying to MCU the PR machine for this film, putting the whole cast on Kimmel. Cute.)


The Secret Life of Pets 2

Loren: Glad they switched out Louie for Patton but I still don’t care about this movie. The first one was way worse than I thought it was going to be and the marketing blitz for this one is TOO much. Smell ya later forever Secret Life of Pets 2.

RDT: I tried watching the first one a while ago. Five minutes in, I was good. I get it.

Rick: Oh no. Not even a little bit.

AJ: With the first one, all the fun was in the trailer and frankly, the movie stunk. So I’m not interested in spending any money on this sequel. (It is getting some good reviews – I’ll probably see it when it gets to Netflix or whatever.)


Late Night

Loren: I really wanted to like that but it just felt VERY Mindy Kaling. Like so much.

RDT: I got no beef with Kaling. And I like Emma Thompson (no relation). Sure, I’ll give it a shot.

Rick: My enjoyment of Emma Thompson may just outweigh my middling feelings about Mindy Kaling. Not in theaters, though. I’ll wait until this drops on Amazon Prime. Also, I fully support AJ’s dream (see below). Make that shit happen!

AJ: I am on a personal crusade. I want Emma Thompson to join me and my girlfriends for a happy hour. I just adore her. This love affair started in 2014 when she presented at the Golden Globes drunk and barefoot. God bless her.  I will now see anything she is in. So yes to this. Continue reading

Episode #174 – I Hate My Neighbor and His F*@#ing Motorcycle

It’s Podcastus Interuptus this week as Loren’s neighbor decides this is the perfect time to do a little engine revving. But the guys carry on as best they can with the week’s news. Stories like:

  • Masters of the Universe poster
  • Rambo: Last Blood trailer
  • Marc Webb directing live action Snow White remake
  • Onward trailer
  • NBC cancels Abby’s, The Enemy Within, and The Village
  • Silicon Valley to end after Season 6 on HBO
  • Dark Crystal Age of Resistance trailer
  • Glow – season 3 will drop August 9
  • Galaxy’s Edge opens
  • Joel Kinnaman confirms involvement in THE Suicide Squad
  • Warner Bros confirms, Robert Pattinson is THE Batman
  • New Mutants getting reshoots for 2020 release
  • Dark Phoenix ending reshot because it was too similar to another superhero movie

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Weekend Watch – 05/31/19


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

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Loren: Not that I think I’d be lost or anything but I didn’t see the last one. I did see Kong: Skull Island though and it was definitely a movie. This is probably going to be fine, but I don’t think I care.

The Lady™: I’ve never seen a Godzilla movie. *ducks*

Jen: Give me the original Godzilla movies any day of the week. This seems to take itself a wee bit too seriously.

AJ: I’m just not into monster movies and what’s more, I hate this trailer. The juxtaposition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” over the footage is forced and just dumb.


Rocketman

Loren: I think it’s kinda awesome that Taron Egerton is following up his action stuff (Robin Hood, The Kingsman Movies) with this. And it looks like he pulls it off too. I’ll check this out eventually.

The Lady™: YES YES YES YES YES!!!! Break out the glitter, break out the dancing shoes! Although I wasn’t initially sold on this, after seeing an interview with Egerton where he describes the film as being told from Elton’s perspective and illustrated by song, I’m 100% in.

Jen: A part of me is worried that I’d be disappointed by the final film. I remember how exicted I was about the Bohemian Rhapsody trailer and it was just a blah picture. Hoping this one will keep me feeling as good in the theater as I do watching this two minutes.

AJ: So I read today that now Boy George is getting a biopic and Rod Stewart is in talks. Will we run out of flamboyant British rockstars soon? I hope not. I mean, is Bowie on this list? He should be. I will see Rocketman and all those that follow.


Ma

Loren: Hahahaha. Why?

The Lady™: Hey, it’s that actress from Book Smart! (I’ll catch it on streaming someday, and refuse to ever admit that I probably enjoyed it.)

Jen: I’m glad to hear Octavia Spencer finally got herself a boat! Good for her!

AJ: I’m not about to take Octavia Spencer’s Oscar away but I’m also not about to see this dumpster-fire film.


Limited Release

The Fall of the American Empire

Loren: Could be fun. The lead might get a little annoying though.

The Lady™: When the inevitably terrible American remake comes out, it’ll remind me that I kind of wanted to see the original.

Jen: French Steve Zahn is pretty cute. I’d be willing to check this out.

AJ: OMG, we found a movie with subtitles I want to see! Original premise. This looks a little dry, a little dark-comedy-esque, a little melodramatic…. It gets my money.


Mayday Life 3D

Loren: So it’s a concert movie? But there are weird superhero/post apocalypse beats. I think I’m good here.

The Lady™: Who what now?

Jen: 

AJ: I had to google this to understand WTF I’d just watched. Anyone else need a tutorial? Here:

Linked together by four different stories, megaband Mayday plays their famous music, recorded live from 55 cities on 4 continents and filmed over 2 years for over 4 million audience members. Feel the mesmerizing electricity of one of Asia’s biggest and most popular bands as Mayday guides you through their “Life Tour” in this 3D spectacle!

That’s a pass from me, ladies and gentlemen. The only Asian megaband I’m into is BTS. #SorryNotSorry


Domino

Loren: It’s weird seeing Jamie Lannister in modern clothes and not making out with his sister…. that we know of. Speaking of things that certainly look like movies, here’s one.

The Lady™: Fun Fact: Also starring Carice van Houten, aka Melisandre, aka “The Red Woman” from GoT!

Jen: I got :30 into this trailer before my attention waned and I found myself checking my Slack for any work assignments I might be missing. So this trailer is less preferred than work.

AJ: First off, I’m a little disappointed this isn’t a reboot of the 2005 Keira Knightley film, RIGHT GUYS?

Just kidding. And I’m not seeing this Domino either.


Loners

Loren: Stephen Tobolowsky must owe someone a favor. Why else would he do some kids undergrad thesis?

The Lady™: That trailer made me feel like I accidentally fell through a wormhole, and back into the era of “quirky for quirky’s sake” indie films of the 90s.

Jen:  

AJ: I’m not sure I’m ready for a satirical film that stereotypes the people who stereotypically commit mass shootings. But I just donated more money to Everytown to cleanse my palate.


Rich Boy, Rich Girl

Loren: Oof. Maybe we just stay away from the theaters this week. Or watch Endgame again.

The Lady™: 

Jen: C Thomas Howell??? Wow. Just, wow.

AJ: This looks kinda… cute? I have YouTube Premium. I’ll probably half-watch this while I’m working sometime.


TV/Streaming

NETFLIX

Historical Roasts with Jeff Ross

Loren: Hmmm. I like most of these people, and roasts can be funny in small doses. Maybe? I mean, I’m already paying for Netflix, why not right?

The Lady™: Maaaaaaaybe? But likely, no.

Jen: Roasts just aren’t my bag, baby but I do love Drunk History, so I’m torn.

AJ: Jeff Ross just sits at home now and tries to think of more ways to broaden his “Roastmaster General” brand. I love when he participates in the Comedy Central roasts, but  I’m not sure I can stomach this much Hitler humor.


Always Be My Maybe

Loren: First off, glad that not only is there representation in this movie, but it’s not some overly stereotyped bullshit. Second, this looks like a pretty solid if not formulaic rom com. Maybe one night when The Lady™ and I are bored we’ll throw it on.

The Lady™: Don’t you loop me in on your boredom, Loren! I’m in for the Keanu scenes, which look delightfully disturbing. Other than that? HARD pass.

Jen: Netflix rom-coms are my jam. Sentence I never thought I’d say, but here we are.

AJ: I love Ali Wong. Have you seen her stand-up specials? She’s a mother-effing delight. Also? Sexy Keanu FTW.


My Next Guest Needs No Introduction Season 2

Loren: I’ve still only watched the Obama one (which was excellent). I’ll want to get through the rest of the first season before picking and choosing my way through season 2 I think.

The Lady™: Thank you for the reminder that I wanted to watch Season 1! Summer really is a great time to catch up on all the stuff you meant to watch.

Jen: I feel like interview shows are very hit or miss based on the guest, but he does get good guests so…

AJ: Of course, yes. Also, how much do I LOVE that Tiffany Haddish is still working that white McQueen dress? Great long play.


When They See Us

Loren: Damn. I mean, I knew a little bit about the story but this is heartbreaking. And even worse is doesn’t feel like it couldn’t still happen today.

The Lady™: That looks intense, beautiful, harrowing, and heartbreaking. You bet your ass I’m going to do some ugly crying watching it.

Jen: I’m glad someone is finally telling these boys stories. In.

AJ: Ava DuVernay is a gamechanger and I am here for it.


How To Sell Drugs Online (Fast)

Loren: That looks fine but I’m in no hurry to watch it. Maybe if they remake it, but even then probably not.

The Lady™: Props to Netflix for always managing to find quality content from off the beaten path. This isn’t for me, but I’m glad it’s out there for someone.

Jen: This looks fun, I can’t see it making my top 10 of things to watch but it’s on the list somewhere.

AJ: This could never get made in America, right? I think it looks great.


HULU

Ask Dr. Ruth

Loren: It will always seem like the oddest thing, this woman talking so freely about sex. But then again let’s hope that it doesn’t continue to seem so odd. If this 90+ year old is so open about it maybe the rest of us should be too.

The Lady™: She’s like the RBG of sex education. Tiny, adorable, and totally fierce. In!

Jen: AJ, I think we’re making a date for this one, right?

AJ: Dr. Ruth is like three feet tall, 109 years old, and has said the word “vagina” more than anyone else in the history of television. I’m guessing. I adore her and will 100% see this the moment it’s available.


HBO

Deadwood The Movie

Loren: This is a show I should have watched and never did. I’ll get around to it eventually and then hope that this movie will be a nice capper to the story.

The Lady™: What can I say about a show I’ve never watched? I’d like to, but I’m not heavily motivated to find the time when I’m still behind on so many others I’m already invested in.

Jen: So none of us watched Deadwood, huh? I figured someone would have been into it. Ah, well – I’m happy for the fans getting something they’ll enjoy, even if I’m not one of them.

AJ: I wasn’t into this show so I think that counts me out for the movie. But good for them. I am here for anything Timothy Olyphant wants to do. I have a huge crush on that guy.


So that’s your upcoming weekend in review. Let us know what you saw, liked and/or hated.

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From Hollywood,
–Loren, The Lady™, Jen, and AJ

Weekend Watch – 05/24/19


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

Aladdin

Loren: I guess I’m the only one that’s kinda into this. I’m not hearing great things but Aladdin was always my favorite growing up so the nostalgia will propel me through it.

RDT: 

Rick: To Disney’s credit, they tried to soften it, but the genie still looks like he blue himself. I can’t take it seriously. For that, and the simple fact that this is a total cash grab from a company that’s swimming in money, I’m super not interested.

Jen: I started that trailer and my daughter wandered over. Four viewings of it later, I guess we’re going to see this. Penny’s notes? “I like it.”

AJ: I don’t know why I am so against this but I am.


Brightburn

Loren: We’ve seen some stories about what would happen if Superman was a psychopath in the comics but this is the first time we’ve seen something like that on film. I’m pretty in for this but I agree with Jen below, I could have done without the eye gore.

RDT: I love superheroes but hate horror. I’m so conflicted.

Rick: I mean, it’s no evil, drunk Superman from Superman III, but I’m still all about this.

Jen: I can’t with the eye violence. But this looks effectively creepy.

AJ: I suppose this is a “What if Superman turned out to be a villain” movie? Effective trailer. I will probably not see it as I am a scaredy cat.


Booksmart

Loren: I have heard nothing but great things about this. I’ve been a fan of Kaitlyn Dever since Justified. I’m so in for this. If I’m laughing the way I was during the trailer that’s a really good sign.

RDT: I will add this to my list of things I want to see but haven’t gotten around to despite two of them already streaming on platforms I subscribe to. It’ll be third behind Eighth Grade and Mid90s.

Rick: I’m surprised Olivia Wilde has only directed a few shorts prior to this. I thought she’d done at least one episode of House. Regardless, this looks like a solid first feature. I’m in.

Jen: Yep, I am 100% in for this one. Smart girls letting it all hang out is right in my wheelhouse. Also, that panda thing killed me.

AJ: I really, really want to see this. Hearing nothing but good things. Continue reading

Episode #172 – 6,000 Words On Fast Food For Some Reason

This week the guys are talking about Insta famous animals and fast food. Oh and also Entertainment News! They’ve got stories like:

  • James Wan’s Mortal Kombat will begin shooting in Australia this year.
  • Bill Murray up to appear in Ghostbusters 3…. as long as they ask him.
  • Chris Rock? to reboot Saw franchise?
  • Star Trek: Picard info
  • Crisis will crossover all 5 super shows (sorry, Black Lightning), over 5 weeks
  • CW teasers
  • All Elite Wrestling will air on TNT starting at the end of the year
  • Rick and Morty Season 4 coming in November
  • Disney buys up the rest of Hulu.
  • Hulu picks up The Eyes of the Dragon to pilot
  • Batman: Hush trailer
  • D&D confirmed to be making the next Star Wars movie
  • Robert Pattinson is Batman, But it might also be Nicholas Hoult

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Weekend Watch – 05/17/19


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

John Wick 3: Parabellum

Loren: Baring the inciting incident I love the first one. I might need to revisit the second because I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. That said I’m super down for this.

RDT: 

Rick: The John Wick movies bring me untold amounts of glee, and part 2 has one of my favorite bits of gunplay ever. I’m all about this and the continued Keanu-ssance.

AJ: I never got to John Wick 2 but I will because I also want to see this. Yes. (From RDT: AJ, next time we’re at the dog park, ask me about my John Wick 2 story. No spoilers.)

Josh: I’m so excited for this movie. This franchise has been so surprisingly entertaining.


A Dog’s Journey

Loren: I never saw A Dog’s Purpose so I’m sure to be lost. Also no thanks.

RDT: 

Rick: That’s a whole lot of nope.

AJ: Sigh. It has puppies but I am in no mood to cry. I mean, I cried during Endgame (all three times I saw it) so I’m all done with the movie cries.

Josh: Nope. I don’t care if it’s just a dog dying happily in it’s sleep of extreme old age, I just don’t do well with animals dying. You know what you’re getting with this trailer. If that’s your bag, enjoy. No surprises here.


Limited Release

Zilla and Zoe

Loren: I think this looks cute but feel like it needs a studio remake to make the story classic. As of now it looks like a mildly expensive indie your friends put together.

RDT:   

Rick: Well, that trailer is terribly put together, but the movie doesn’t look bad. And while the world absolutely does not need me to procreate, if I had a child, it would definitely be like the younger sister in this movie. Though I’d be encouraging her to make her horror movie, not trying to squash her creativity.

AJ: I’m not sure I totally follow a clear plotline in this trailer but it just looks quirky and fun. Dark comedy is always up my alley. I would totally see this. Why am I just now hearing about it?! Who did their PR?! Also, is this just a slight glimpse into Rick’s future children? Thoughts?

Josh: I want to be excited for this, but the trailer feels like it’s trying too hard. I really, really, really hope I’m wrong because at it’s best, this could be a funny, weird, gross, heartwarming movie. Continue reading

Weekend Watch – 05/10/19


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

Pokemon Detective Pikachu

Loren: Will we finally get a movie that breaks the Video Game Adaptation Curse? We just might!

Jen: I wanted to hate this, but it looks kind of OK? Ryan Reynolds doing a PG Deadpool could be fun or really annoying. I’m not running out to see it, but I would check it on streaming if word-of-mouth, or word-of-podcast, is good.


The Hustle

Loren: I’m definitely not seeing this in the theater, but I’ll catch it some day down the line. I know people don’t like Anne Hathaway but I find her delightful and when I’m in the right mood I can bare Rebel Wilson, so this looks like a couch viewing for me.

Jen: Female Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, you say? This trailer is not as funny as I want it to be, but maybe they’re saving the best parts for the movie? Maybe?


All Is True

Loren: So like Shakespeare in Love but old? Who wants this story?

Jen: Oooooh that’s Kenneth Branagh! Now I see it. No further comment. Continue reading

Let’s Talk About The NEW and SPOILER HEAVY Spider-Man: Far From Home Trailer!

Wow, there’s a LOT to unpack in this newest trailer. First off if you haven’t already, go check out my breakdown for the First Far From Home Trailer from back in January. Once you’ve done that c’mon back over here and dive right in.

A huge amount of questions we had about the MCU post Avengers: Endgame are answered in this trailer. It is chock full of spoilers for that movie so if you haven’t seen that yet be forewarned. I mean, even Tom Holland himself starts this trailer off telling you that there are spoilers inbound. So with all that said…

Continue reading

Episode #170 – It Belongs In A Museum

Entertainment news? Pop Culture stories? Yeah, the guys got you covered on all that with stories like:

  • F. Gary Gray to direct a Saints Row adaptation
  • Sonic getting redesigned
  • Indy 5 gets a new writer
  • Agents of SHIELD Trailer
  • Disney sells off Fox local sports stations to Sinclair
  • Hulu picks up 2 Marvel shows: Ghost Rider and Helstrom
  • Veronica Mars trailer
  • YouTube picks up Cobra Kai for season 3
  • Ron Howard in talks to make a Willow series for Disney+
  • Tickets to Galaxy’s Edge sell out in 2 hours
  • Peter Mayhew has passed away
  • WW1984 image
  • The Batman delayed?
  • Endgame box office
  • New Far From Home trailer will contain Endgame spoilers

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