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).
Spider-Man: Far From Home
AJ: Oh, we’re all doing GIFs? Ok….
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.
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