Weekend Watch – 10/12/18


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

First Man

Loren: Yeah, that looks pretty incredible. It’s not something I’d normally seek out but I think this one is going to be hard to miss.

RDT: Looks like we’re swinging back into “good movie” season. Count me very much in for this.

Rick: Yep. Definitely checking this out in theaters.

Jen: Well that looks fantastic.


Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

Loren: Nope. If it was an Are You Afraid of the Dark? movie then I’d be all about it, but Goosebumps was even too kidsy for me back then.

RDT: I watched the first one because I’m a fan of Jack Black. It was fine. This one looks fine, too.

Rick: I missed the boat on the Goosebumps books. By the time those were a thing I had been reading Stephen King novels for about five years. I’m sure these flicks are fine, but I don’t have the nostalgia for this I.P. like a lot of people do.

Jen: Similar to Rick, I feel like I’m just a little too old to wax nostalgic for this, but I’m sure there’s a bunch of 90s kids who will love it.


Bad Times At The El Royale

Loren: I’ll ignore the fact that my nemesis is in this and freely admit that I’m super on board for this one.

RDT: I’ve been looking forward to this since the first trailer. Maybe next weekend (I’m very busy this weekend), I’ll do a double feature of this and First Man.

Rick: Excellent cast and I love me some modern noir, but there have been a lot of movies like this in the last decade or so, and precious few of them have landed. Call me cautiously optimistic.

Jen: This isn’t usually my type of film, but I really enjoyed the heck out of that trailer so, yeah, I think I’m going to check this out.


Limited Release

Beautiful Boy

Loren: Also not a typical flick for me to go see but this looks pretty great. I’m glad that there’s been an upswing in talking about mental health recently.

RDT: Yeah, what Rick (and maybe Jen?) said.

Rick: Controversial opinion: I think I love dramatic Steve Carell more than comedic Steve Carell. Absolutely in.

Jen: This looks wrenching and well acted. I’m sure I’ll be seeing this on an academy screener in a couple of months.


The Oath

Loren: Wow. No thank you. I think Tiffany Haddish has become the female Kevin Hart for me. But good for the Barinholtz boys I guess.

RDT: I like the Barinholtz boys, but didn’t love this trailer. I shall pass.

Rick: Nope. I’m good, thanks.

Jen: This is sort of a comedic version of The Purge meets our actual reality. Yikes. Too close to home.


Stella’s Last Weekend

Loren: I guess it’s family weekend here at HPN. I don’t do well with pet death, even when it’s planned. So no matter how “good” this movie is, I won’t be checking it out.

RDT: That movie is all over the place. Those dudes look familiar, but I can’t place from where and I’m not looking it up. Now pardon me while I go play with my dog, Chuck.

Rick: I’m far more interested in the dog than the human characters, and I have a feeling the dog is barely in the movie. Pass.

Jen: I checked out halfway through this trailer. Good to see Caputo out of Litchfield though.


Son of Manjeet Singh

Loren: Yeah, there are too many other Bollywood movies out there above this one. I doubt this even cracks the top ten for me.

RDT: Yeah, I’m sorry but…..I’m not even gonna watch that trailer. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Rick: This honestly looks well acted, but I know that I’ll never get around to watching it.

Jen: What Rick said.


Sadie

Loren: I might wait to hear more personal reviews of this before deciding if I’m just going to read the wiki to find out the basic story.

RDT: Yeah, I’m into that trailer. I’ll definitely keep that on my radar.

Rick: I love me some Melanie Lynskey and want to know just how dark this story gets. Count me in.

Jen: That’s a great looking cast. I will look for this one on streaming for sure.


Look Away

Loren: I love the mirror gag. It reminds me of one of my favorite creepypasta gifs. https://i.imgur.com/v3oAqkH.gif I can’t wait to watch this at Rick’s house. Let’s see we can pair it with…. The UK’s Tormented from 2009 or with The Rage: Carrie 2 if we’re looking for something awful.

RDT: Not gonna watch this one either, but for different reasons!  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Rick: That looks stupidly trashy and I cannot wait to see it.

Jen: Jason Isaacs and Mira Sorvino? Interesting choices, but I’m not going to see this.


Late Life: The Chien Ming Wang Story

Loren: Yeah, this feels like more of a self promotion than an actual doc about the rise and fall (and rise?) of a player. I don’t think I’ll bother with it.

RDT: I’d rather watch Bull Durham or Field of Dreams or The Sandlot again.

Rick: While I still enjoy baseball, I haven’t followed it with any regularity in years. I think I’d rather read a Sports Illustrated article about this story than sit through this doc.

Jen: Too many docs about subjects I feel more strongly about than baseball to spend time on this one. No offense, Wang.


Kinky

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I Still See You

Loren: Another week, another Bella Thorne movie. I dig the concept but this doesn’t look to live up to it. Pass.

RDT: I have no idea why Bella Thorne is famous.

Rick: I’d have bet you a dollar that this was a remake of a Japanese movie, but I’d have lost that bet. Regardless, I like the concept, but this is undoubtedly a cookie cutter horror-thriller. Unless I’m super bored one night I’m passing on this.

Jen: This concept looks very like a YA book… I was right!  I should have made a bet with Rick on this one. This looks… fine but I’m going to pass.


Bigger

Loren: The cast is a good group of mostly TV people, but this looks like it should have landed on the small screen to go with them. I don’t know that I care about this story enough to search it out.

RDT: Coming to The CW next season: The Young Schwarzenegger Chronicles!

Rick: I like most of this cast, but I’d rather go back and watch an actual body building doc like Pumping Iron.

Jen: Was that Tom Arnold I spied in there? Taking a page from Rick, I’d rather read an article about this than sit through this docudrama.


Better Start Running

Loren: That’s a pretty interesting cast for a movie that looks fairly onenote. I’m only checking this one out if I’m forced at gunpoint by film critics.

RDT: In no way do I even remotely believe that guy could be the grandson of Jeremy Irons. Also, this looks kinda like that Selena Gomez movie from a couple years ago. She’s hitchhiking or something. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Rick: This is ultimately a comedy, right? The tone feels really off to me. Pass.

Jen: Meh, this is doing nothing for me, if the reviews are great maybe I’ll seek it out eventually.


TV/Streaming

NETFLIX

Mo Amer: The Vagabond

Loren: I can’t see this getting anywhere near the top of my stand-up list.

RDT: Webster’s dictionary defines “comedy” as, in part, “humorous entertainment.” I found this trailer to be neither.

Rick: I was so distracted by his weird checkered shirt that wasn’t tucked in that I didn’t hear a word he said.

Jen: No thanks.


22 July

Loren: Man, Paul Greengrass sure loves to make movies about modern tragedies. I think I got enough of this story when it actually happened. I don’t need to see a dramatization of it.

RDT: Yeah, I’m good. Thanks!

Rick: Wait. This is a Netflix movie? I could have sworn this was going to theaters. Anyhoo, so long as this is stylistically more United 93 than The Bourne Supremacy I’m totally in for this.

Jen: Wasn’t there just a movie about this? Is this it, is this what I was thinking of? Just checked there is a Norwegian movie that was just released telling the same story. I really don’t think I can sit through either of these.


Fightworld

Loren: I like my fighting leagues with predetermined decisions and extravagant entrances. You know like, boxing.

RDT: I’m a lover not a fighter.

Rick: I appreciate that this is focusing on a variety of fighting styles. I’ll definitely give this a go.

Jen: I do like how global this is and the message they’re trying to express, but I am definitely not the target audience for this one.


ReMastered: Who Shot The Sheriff

Loren: Seeing as reggae is one of my least favorite forms of music, I doubt I’ll be watching episode one of ReMastered. If there’s a subject I care about then I’ll probably check it out. It’s as simple as that.

RDT: Pass!

Rick: I really have no interest in this story.

Jen: Hmmm, if this were a movie I’d be in, but as a series, maybe I’ll give the first episode a watch before I decide.


Apostle

Loren: Damn, that looks disturbing. I like it. I got a serious Wicker Man vibe from it. I’ll have to be in the right mood for it but I’ll keep my eye on it.

RDT: Pass!!!!

Rick: Anything Gareth Evans directs immediately has my interest.

Jen: Hmmm, I may have nightmares from the trailer alone. No thanks.


The Haunting of Hill House

Loren: Yes please. That looks like a atmospheric and creepy ride. In.

RDT: Maybe…..?

Rick: My only real fear with any Netflix series is that they plod on for too many episodes. I have faith in director Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Hush), but this looks like it diverges greatly from the source material. I’ll at least give the first episode a go and see how I feel.

Jen: I’m not a big horror fan, but this looks more creepy than gory, so maybe I’ll give the first episode a go and see where I land on it.


The Kindergarten Teacher

Loren: Can someone explain this to me please. It feels like she’s falling in love with a six year old’s genius and that really creeps me out.

RDT: Well doesn’t that just look all kinds of fucked up. …….in…..?

Rick: This got excellent reviews coming out of the Toronto International Film Festival. I’ve been looking forward to this one.

Jen: Yes, I saw this trailer a while back and have been looking forward to this for a while. Maggie Gyllenhaal has some awards coming her way for sure.


Feminists: What Were They Thinking

Loren: I hope this is a sign of a swinging back away from the horrors of the last two years.

RDT: Yes, please.

Rick: Definitely. Give me all of the history and hope for positive change.

Jen: 


The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell

Loren: I’m so happy to watch this show starring the Future Ex Mrs. Rick! I love a good spoopy show and it feels very perfect that it’s dropping on The Lady™’s birthday. So very in.

RDT: I don’t understand what this show is. And there’s too much alliteration. BUT! I’ve seen Christine McConnell’s posts in reddit and she’s definitely talented. Color me…. curious. Hahahahahahahahha!!!!!

Rick: Feels almost like the original Sabrina TV series. I am okay with that. Also, did Dita Von Teese show up about half way through that trailer?

Jen: I love this. A cool cooking show with a crazy narrative twist. And puppets! I’m totally in to watch this in the run-up to Halloween.


HULU

Light As A Feather

Loren: Woof that last “scare” looked terrible. I feel like I’ve seen this movie a hundred times already and with plenty of other Halloween fare out there I won’t even remember this one exists by the time I’m done typing this.

RDT: If I’m gonna watch a horror show, it’s gonna be the Netflix one.

I’m not gonna watch a horror show.

Rick: Frankly, I’m surprised something like this didn’t come out during the late 90s horror resurgence. This looks like it could have been released right on the heels of Urban Legend and I Know What You Did Last Summer. Like a lot of the horror output from that era this looks like pretty standard fare. Meh.

Jen: Rick nailed that one.


HBO

Pod Save America

Loren: Reads Rick’s entry… I CERTAINLY HOPE SO!!!

RDT: He said “popular,” Loren. Calm down.

Rick: Are all popular podcasts becoming TV series now? This is not something I listen to, so I’m not inclined to watch.

Jen: Yes, yes, yes! I do listen to this podcast and all their ancillary podcasts as well, psyched to see these guys get a larger platform.


AMAZON

The Romanoffs Season 1

Loren: That’s an excellent cast for a show that I have very little interest in.

RDT: This will slot right in with the other Amazon shows I forget to watch (Oh, hello, Sneaky Pete! Have you met Man in the High Castle? He’s over by Bosch and Jack Ryan. Go say hello!)

Rick: I’m interested in this, but not overly excited. I’m going to wait and read a couple of reviews before I invest in it.

Jen: Great cast and I usually end up enjoying anthology series, so I’ll give this a go.


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

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–Loren, RDT, The Lady™, Rick, and Jen

Weekend Watch – 10/5/18

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

A Star Is Born

Loren: 4th time’s a charm? I don’t know, I watched the trailers for the ‘76 and ‘54 versions, and they’re all different but have that same theme. I do think it’s kinda neat that Bradley Cooper was like, “shit, I better get some singing lessons if I’m going to be singing with Lady Gaga”. I doubt I’ll see this in the theater, but maybe sometime down the road.

RDT: I’m into this, way more than I thought I’d be. I’ll keep an eye out for a screening I can tag along to or a screener I can borrow.

Rick: This is something I know I’ll see eventually, but it’ll likely be via a screener.

Jen: Yes, please – I cannot wait for this one.


Venom

Loren: I still think this movie looks REALLY bad. I’ll probably end up seeing it so we can talk about it on the podcast but I kinda don’t want to. I still have a fundamental problem with a Venom movie without Spider-Man. Also, I don’t know what accent Tom Hardy is doing but it isn’t right.

RDT: I’ve heard it’s unintentionally hilarious. So, I might catch it Saturday morning. (How are Rick and Jen seeing this for free?)

Rick: I have seen this movie. It is, quite frankly, a near-complete mess. It starts out as a promising sci-fi horror film but quickly devolves into a muddled piece of work that has no clear identity. Without question a mountain of rewrites and reshoots were employed to try and craft the story into something that would appeal to 1) a teenage audience and 2) people who liked Deadpool. Seriously. The Venom symbiote talks with the same quippy cadence as Ryan Reynolds. I think Tom Hardy knew this was becoming a turkey and gives a ‘fuck it’-style performance that is as baffling as it is, at times, genuinely funny. There are too many plot holes/contrivances to mention. The most base of character motivations pilot what little there is of a plot. The action sequences are gobs of quick cuts, loud music, and messy, 1997-era CGI. The mid-credits tag is painful and was surely the result of a favor called in by the director. The best thing about this whole experience was getting to see an extended scene from the upcoming animated movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Which, by the by, Sony plops at the end of the credits without context, or bothering to tell you it’s from an actual movie, or when you can see it. Why would you put that in there and not tell people what they’re watching? It’s clearly there to get people excited for that movie. I mean…I just…

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Sony just needs to stop making genre movies. They clearly have no idea what the hell they’re doing. Though, people in this screening applauded at the end of this trash boat’s voyage, so what the hell do I know?

Jen: (what Rick said)


The Hate U Give

Loren: It’s got to say something that we have had a string of movies about this subject matter. Write what you see and all that. This has a good cast and looks well made. I hope it can stand out from the crowd.

RDT: Yet again, an unfortunate story worth telling. And a film that looks like it’s worth watching.

Rick: It bothers me that we live in a time where stories like these are the norm rather than the exception. At least people’s voices are getting louder and more widespread. Hopefully they can help usher in some much needed change.

Jen: This looks like a powerful story with a strong cast. I usually seek out films for the escapism, this is definitely not that kind of movie, but they seem the have mixed a strong, important message, with an amazing looking cast in a solid-looking package. I hope this gets the notice it deserves, I know I’ll be checking it out. Continue reading

Weekend Watch – 09/28/18


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

Smallfoot

Loren: It’s a cute idea for a story and a fun voice cast. I can’t see myself running out to the theater for it but I’ll watch it at home at some point.

RDT: I like the voice cast….and that’s about it.


Hell Fest

Loren: What if Halloween Horror nights was real. Sure why not.

RDT: Scary = no RDT.


Night School

Loren: Maaaan, I really like Taran Killam but that movie is not for me. I don’t find either Kevin Hart or Tiffany Haddish funny so there’s that.

RDT: To date, I have only liked Kevin Hart in Jumanji. I don’t expect that to change until the next Jumanji. Maybe… Continue reading

Episode #138 – The One With The Camera Car

The guys are back with all of your entertainment news from the last week. They’ve got a full slate of news, including:

  • Bond 25 gets a director and new release date
  • Space Jam 2 confirmed, w/Ryan Coogler producing
  • Michael B. Jordan is Tom Clancy’s John Clark
  • The Child’s Play reboot has started shooting
  • Kingsman 3 next year?
  • SNL Promotes Mikey Day, Alex Moffat, and Melissa Villaseñor to full cast members
  • Jeremy Davies is the big bad in the Arrowverse crossover
  • AMC (and only AMC) wants to turn The Walking Dead into a cinematic universe
  • The Deuce picked up for a 3rd, and final, season at HBO
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender live action series headed to Netflix
  • It’s 100% official, Veronica Mars picked up by Hulu
  • DCU’s Stargirl cast
  • Chris Evans coming to Apple
  • Daredevil, season 3 drops 10/19
  • In addition to producing, Jordan Peele will also host/narrate his upcoming Twilight Zone reboot for CBS All Access
  • Star Wars moving away from one movie per year
  • Birds of Prey shortlist
  • Joaquin Phoenix in his “Joker” makeup
  • Loki, Scarlet Witch to get their own limited series on the new Disney Streaming service.
  • Disney confirms Marvel would take over the X-Men franchise after the FOX merger.
  • Chloe Zhao to direct The Eternals
  • The first Captain Marvel trailer

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Weekend Watch – 09/21/18

 

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

The House With A Clock In Its Walls

Loren: Sure it may be trying to be the next Harry Potter but it looks like a lot more fun than some of the others that have tried. I’ll definitely see this eventually.

RDT: Much like Jen said below, this is horror more for me, a 41-year-old man. I doubt I’ll see it at the cinema, but I’ll keep it on my radar.

Jen: This is a horror movie my speed, i.e. for children. I am skeptical of Jack Black in this role but Cate Blanchett more than makes up for any misgivings. I will try to give this a watch. Get it? Watch, clock! Ha!


Assassination Nation

Loren: WellThatEscalatedQuickly.gif Also, I don’t even use an iPhone but still checked to see if I got a text like 3 times during that trailer because of the sound effects. That’s annoying. Otherwise I think I’m in for this. It’s different enough from others like it to keep my interest.

RDT: I feel like I’ve seen this movie before, like, a lot. Pass.

Jen: So Heathers meets The Purge with a Salem witch trial allegory woven in? It’s not the worst pitch I’ve heard.


Colette

Loren: That looks really great and I’ll probably never see it. I mean, maybe, but yeah probably not.

RDT: You know, I didn’t think I was going to be into that. But that trailer really pulled me in.

Jen: This looks delightful. I’m not a huge period piece fan, but this really drew me in. I didn’t know Collette’s story other than writing the Claudine books and Gigi, but would love to see more. Continue reading

Let’s Talk About The First Captain Marvel Trailer!

Um… FUCK YES!!!!!!

I guess I should have more to say but really, that’s my first, second, and third thought about this trailer. God damn does Marvel do a great job with their properties. They just have it figured out. That said, it’s hard to believe that this is Marvel’s first female driven movie out of the 19 before it over the last decade, but at least it looks like the wait was well worth it. Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) is being positioned to be our newest through line for the MCU when the old guard inevitably begins to step down after Avengers 4, and I think she’s going to be the perfect fit.

We’ll have to see how she ends up in our present day MCU, because this movie takes place in the 90s (they beat you over the head with that a little bit). But, we are getting young versions of Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury and Clark Gregg’s Agent Coulson out of it so it all comes out in the wash. I actually really dig that we’re so deep into this Universe that we’ve seen multiple time periods. The 40s with Captain America. The early 80s with Guardians 1 and 2. A little bit of the 80s in Civil War and Ant-Man. It makes the world so much more fleshed out.

It looks like Carol’s origin will change a little bit from the comics where she comes into contact with alien tech and radiation. Now it’s theorized that she’s a little like Star-Lord and is the offspring of a human and alien tryst. This is most likely to not be seen as so similar to Green Lantern. She’s not, but there are a few similarities. It looks like they’re keeping her military background (even if she has all too convenient alien amnesia), but it also seems as though they are keeping her immense power set. In the comics, Carol is one of the most powerful beings out there, and supposedly she’ll be the strongest we’ve seen in the MCU yet. Those powers include flight, strength, invulnerability, and power blasts. She’s like a lady Thor but, you know, more so.

Ok, enough of all that, Let’s Talk About The First Captain Marvel Trailer: Continue reading

Weekend Watch – 09/14/18

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

The Predator

Loren: It’s probably bad but who cares that’s the fun. I do like me some Shane Black movies so I’m a solid probably here.

RDT: Critics aren’t loving it, but I think it looks fun. Hoping to catch it this weekend.

Rick: Early reviews have been divisive, but I’m not expecting high art here. All I’m really looking for in this movie is a gory, explody good time.

Jen: There’s a LOT of BTS drama around this movie that make me uncomfortable and it looks pretty standard issue. I’ll probably stay home.


A Simple Favor

Loren: Like, maybe? It doesn’t look awful per se and I’m intrigued as to what happened. But I don’t know if it’s enough to get me to see it. Yeah, maybe.

RDT: Jen, I will gladly go see this with you. I was totally hooked by this trailer. If I don’t see it with Jen, I’ll catch it streaming.

Rick: I like the cast, but this feels like nearly every modern thriller tossed in a blender and poured out on screen (well, into a novel first, then on screen). Unless reviews are stellar, I’m all set.

Jen: I don’t know, maybe it’s because I’m a mom who drinks martinis and thinks Henry Golding is super hot, but I am all in for this movie.


White Boy Rick

Loren: Yeah I’m not 100% sold here from that trailer. I can’t tell if that kid is doing a character or isn’t that great an actor. Plus, I’m really tired of the drug dealer/hustler stories. I’ll wait to hear if this is any good before checking it out.

RDT: As Loren and Jen said, I’m not loving the kid, and McConaughey isn’t quite enough to get me to the theater on his own. Pass.

Rick:

Jen: That is a great role for McConaughey but I’m not getting a strong charismatic vibe off the kid and I need to feel that for this to work. That being said this is a great true story that is both unbelievable and fascinating so it feels like it’d be hard to screw it up. So, maybe?


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Episode #136 – I Paid For A Year Upfront

Once again the guys are here with all of the Entertainment News from the week that was. They’ve got stories like:

  • Oscars “postpone” best popular film category
  • Apparently, Halloween is good
  • Mattel launches a film division
  • Brooklyn Nine Nine expands NBC Season to 18 episodes
  • The CW is developing a Nancy Drew show
  • Veronica Mars returning to Hulu, don’t get them confused
  • Netflix picked up Designated Survivor for some reason
  • Timothy Dalton cast as The Chief in Doom Patrol
  • Swamp Thing to be hard R and practical
  • Henry Cavill will be Geralt in the Witcher series
  • Entertainment Weekly gives first look for Captain Marvel

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Weekend Watch – 09/07/18

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

Peppermint

Loren: Alias is The Punisher with a little Lady John Wick in there for flavor. I like that this trailer starts like one of those Jennifer Garner Jesus movies and then gets all Frank Castle on us. I’ll see this eventually but probably not in the theater.

RDT: Yeah, I’m a pretty big JG fan (except for the Jesus movies. Sorry Jennifer….and Jesus). It’s nice to see her kicking ass again. So count me in! Maybe even this weekend!

Rick: I’m only mildly disappointed that this is not about Peppermint Butler from Adventure Time getting bloody revenge in the name of the Candy Kingdom, but I’m still all in for this.

Jen: I’ll give a pass to the “dead kid trope” here since it’s the main inciting incident of the film – and revealed in the promotion of the film. It’s good to see Jennifer Garner kicking ass again and not just as a mom in Jesus movie.


The Nun

Loren: Besides that fantastic jump scare at the end, this looks… fine I guess? It’s weird that The Conjuring-verse is so big. I guess people like these movies. Should I be watching them? Rick, should I watch these movies?

RDT: Unless Rick screens this (and it sounds like he probably won’t), I will likely never, ever see this movie.

Rick: To Loren (and anyone else on the fence), you should absolutely see The Conjuring. It’s a masterclass in how to make a proper haunting/possession film. You should not, however, come within fifty feet of The Conjuring 2, for it will taint you with its awfulness. This just looks like “Jump Scare: The Movie!” to me. I’m all set, thanks.

Jen: Did you hear about how YouTube made them take down an ad for this movie that was just a jump scare? It looked like you were watching a normal YT ad before your video and then she pops out and people were losing their s***. That is some excellent marketing. But no. I don’t need this much terror in my life right now.


Limited Release

The Hows of Us

Loren: How did those 14 year olds buy that house? I can barely buy food for me and Winston.

RDT: Meh

Rick: Zzzzz…

Jen: So this is NOT related to This is Us? Hmmm, pass. Continue reading

Weekend Watch – 08/31/18

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

The Little Stranger

Loren: Meh. I hate to start a week off like that but this didn’t do much for me. Everyone’s too damn British for it to feel all that creepy.

RDT: Love the cast and like the director. But this did nothing for me. Sorry.

Rick: It’s difficult to pull off an effective ghost story anymore, but I like this cast and it looks atmospheric. I’m willing to give this one a shot.

Jen: Is Domhnall Gleeson in everything now? How do you pronounce his name anyway? This looks effectively creepy but not gory so I’m willing to give it a chance.


Operation Finale

Loren: Hey it’s Star Wars leads in period pieces week! This was looking pretty solid but then they went and Nick Kroll’d it all up. I don’t think I’ll be seeing this.

RDT: So, it’s September. Too late for blockbusters. Too early for legit prestige films. If this were better, we wouldn’t be seeing it for another couple months.

Rick: There’s been a rash of WWII movies in the last year. Can we move onto another conflict? It’s not like there’s a shortage of them.

Jen: I, too, am sick of WWII stories, but this has more of a 70s “Boys from Brazil” vibe that I kind of am into. Nick Kroll does give me pause but I didn’t immediately hate him in this trailer, so that’s a plus.


KIN

Loren: Oh cool, let’s glorify guns even more! Yeah, I know, it’s an alien gun but the point still stands. And this is from someone that loves action movies. The difference here is that this puts a crazy future gun in the hands of a kid as the only way to protect his family. It’s like AXL from last week if the robot dog that you are supposed to relate to was a fucking gun.

RDT: Holy shit! Is that James Franco as the bad guy? When did he buy a boat?

Rick: There’s…there’s a lot going on in that trailer, and I’m not sure I have a pressing need to unpack it all by seeing this movie.

Jen: I want this to be either more of a family film about a kid who finds some alien tech or a dark film about a guy out of prison trying to keep it straight for his family. Not that I want to see either of those movies either, but I think one of those would be better than what’s happening here. Continue reading