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

 

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Weekend Watch – 06/28/19

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

Yesterday

Loren: They have been promoting this movie endlessly and that’s never a good sign. I’ll wait it out and watch it streaming at some point.

RDT: Ok, so, I’m gonna need you to sit down for this. I know, I’m not the music guy. Not at all. That’s my thing, how much I’m not “the music guy” (and I don’t read). I mean, I’d pick the Monkees over the Beatles. Srsly. And I didn’t realize the name “The Beatles” was a pun until I saw “That Thing You Do.” For reals. But….but…..I kinda wanna see this movie. I know! I’m as shocked as you are! But…..I’m into it. **shrugs**

Rick: I got tired of the concept halfway through the trailer. This just feels like a thinly veiled way to sell more Beatles music. Pass.

Jen: If you’ve been paying attention you know I have a type and Himash Patel is it. This movie could be really cute and I’m willing to give it All My Lovin’ and just hope I don’t end up stuck on a Long and Winding plot to Nowhere, Man.

AJ: I am a victim of the critics here. I was super jazzed to see this til I started to see some bad press…. I am a huge Beatles fan, though. I am sure I’ll see it at some point. And I also think  Himash Patel is cute.

Josh: I am really pulling for this film to be great. It has the potential to be a really funny, heartwarming movie with a killer soundtrack. I need more feel-good movies in my life.


Annabelle Comes Home

Loren: Haven’t seen anything out of this weird “Universe” yet, why start here?

RDT: And RDT stays home.

Rick: Yeah, no. The only movie worth its salt in the “Conjuring Universe” *eyeroll* is The Conjuring. The rest are just garbage cash-ins. No thanks.

Jen: When is the inevitable crossover with Child’s Play happening?

AJ: Nope. No. Pass. (Will someone please give Patrick Wilson a strong role?)

Josh: I feel like this movie is going to give you exactly what you expect. If you’re into this type of horror film, you will probably enjoy it. If you like being scared with an audience, check it out in the theater. If not, wait till it’s streaming.


Limited Release

The Other Side of Heaven 2

Loren: 

RDT:

Rick: For the love of…no. No. No. No.

Jen:   

AJ: Ok, no. I’m randomly a Chris Gorham fan — but he did the first “Other Side of Heaven” like 18 years ago? And they felt a need to make a sequel NOW? P.S. Anne Hathaway played his wife in the first one. Guess she didn’t wanna come back….

Josh: Nope. Nope nope nope. We don’t need any white savior movies and we sure as hell don’t need any Christian movies. Or at least I don’t. This is a super hard pass. Continue reading

Episode #177 – Break off a cool bildo, please….

As Chuck the Dog makes all the noises, the guys talk all the pop culture. 

  • Toy Story 4 makes a lot of money but not A LOT of money
  • Bill & Ted get a villain
  • Halloween 2 (3? 12???) moving forward
  • Jill Soloway replacing Bryan Singer
  • The Stand starts casting
  • Netflix cancels Good Omens
  • DC rebranding its comics line
  • Josh Gas is NOT the Penguin
  • The Trench is(n’t) scary
  • The Flash is about to slow down
  • Tom Hardy back for Venom 2….yay…..
  • Feige gives us a big MCU update
  • Endgame still trying to beat Avatar
  • Black Widow 2?
  • Dark Phoenix not rising from the ashes

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Weekend Watch – 06/21/19

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

Toy Story 4

Loren: I really feel like this story wrapped up nicely in the last installment and don’t feel like this is necessary. But I said the same thing about Toy Story 2, so what do I know?

Rick: Disney: the company that’s unwilling to quit while it’s ahead. As unnecessary as this movie is, apparently it’s good…? I’m unlikely to catch this in theaters, but I’ll see it eventually.

AJ: Awwww, I just adore Tom Hanks as Woody. And I like this bad-ass version of Bo-Peep.

Jen: This feels unnecessary but Forky could be great and, who am I kidding, I have a five-year-old.


Child’s Play

Loren: While I agree with Rick about the voice casting, I also agree with him about wanting to see this. It looks like a pretty decent update to the property and could actually have some good scares. In.

Rick: Things I love about this: 1) The Buddi doll is almost entirely done with animatronic effects. 2) The tone seems in keeping with an actual horror movie and not the horror-comedies that every sequel took on. 3) Aubrey Plaza and Brian Tyree Henry. Thing I’m not so keen on: the voice acting. I love Mark Hamill, but he wouldn’t have been my first choice. Or second, even. He sounds too much like Brad Dourif. If you’re going to recast/reboot, make the voice distinctly different. I’d have geared the performance to be more gentle like a generic child’s toy instead of outright evil sounding, cast someone like Bill Hader or Adam Scott, or simply given the doll no voice or some sort of broken, digital gibberish sound when it tries to speak. Regardless, I’ll see this in theaters.

AJ: I don’t do horror movies but have you seen the “anti Toy Story” marketing campaign for this? Fucking hilarious. (See also: This. And this.)

Jen: I was just about to make a Toy Story/Chuckie joke but luckily, per AJ, marketing beat me to it. Way to go marketing team.


Anna

Loren: For the most part I like Luc Besson movies, I even saw Lucy in the theater. (It was bad but hey, I tried). This looks more like some of his earlier work and I think I’m kinda down. I doubt I’ll see this in the theater but it’s going to be a fun couch viewing.

Rick: Luc Besson seems to be obsessed with assassins/highly skilled killers (see also: La Femme Nikita, The Professional, Lucy, Columbiana, Danny the Dog, The Transporter, Taken). These efforts have been largely successful and more excellent than not. Here’s hoping this is more Nikita and a lot less Lucy/Columbiana.

AJ: Who hurt you, Luc Besson? Rick has a point. Jen has a point. I’m worried about Luc. (I agree – Lucy was so ridiculous.)

Jen: How does Luc Besson know so much about hitmen? Is HE a hitman? Are the movies just a cover? I see you Besson. Continue reading

Episode #176 – That’s It E3 2019?

The guys are back and this week they are rounding up the surprisingly light amount of news from E3. But they’ve also got all your Entertainment news like:

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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

Episode #175 – Don’t get in the fridge.

For real, don’t. It’s dangerous. Almost as dangerous as all this pop culture! (Sorry…..)

  • Jurassic Park 6: Jurassic World 3
  • The Real Ghostbusters
  • Billie and Thea’s Excellent Adventure
  • Sigh….Kevin Hart is gonna get…..Scrooged….I guess…..whatever
  • The Good Place to end with season 4
  • The Da Vinci Code prequel series in development
  • Apple+ “For All Mankind” teaser
  • Punky Brewster returns….maybe 
  • Sneaky Pete will sneak no more
  • Elizabeth Hurley is Morgan Le Fay
  • Swamp Thing finished before it barely started
  • Warner….plus…..?
  • Jedi Fallen Order gameplay first look
  • First poster for Wonder Woman ‘84
  • Asgardians of the Galaxy?
  • Dark Phoenix is…. not….. good……

All that, what we watched and even some tangents. 

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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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