Weekend Watch – 06/09/2017

 

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

The Mummy

Loren: I usually like shit like this, but this looks pretty bad. I’m with Jen. I would love a good League of Extraordinary Gentlemen movie. It’s too bad this probably won’t be anything like that.

RDT: I want to see a whole movie version of the trailer Rick posted below. That being said, I’m sure I’ll see this eventually. Maybe in the theaters. Maybe.

Rick: Early reviews are not terribly kind, but I’m still curious. Even if this is completely terrible, we still got this hilarious IMAX trailer out of it:

Jen: I really want a good League of Extraordinary Gentlemen movie but I think the Universal Monster Movie Extended Universe (UMM EU?) is the closest I will get. So I’m going to try and hold on to my optimism for this one.


It Comes At Night

Loren:

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Weekend Watch – 7/29/16

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

Jason Bourne

Loren: I like(?) the Bourne franchise but really just the first one. This looks good(?) I don’t know. I’ll probably see it. At some point. Maybe. Ringing endorsements all around.

RDT: You know, the trailers haven’t really grabbed me. And the stunts just don’t look as good as the last few movies in this franchise. That being said, I’m sure I’ll see this eventually. Sooner than later, probably, but I just don’t feel the need to rush out this weekend for it.

Rick: I’ve seen all of the films in the series so far; even the headcanon Hawkeye origin movie. I’m not anticipating this being great, but the trailer is cut so well it makes me want to plunk down my cash for a ticket.

Jen: Does this franchise exist solely to keep Julia Stiles employed? Are we sure this isn’t a previous Bourne movie being re-released? I really can’t tell them apart at this point. I think I’m a pass on this one.


Bad Moms

Loren: This looks pretty funny and I like everyone in it (yes, even Jada). It’s definitely aimed at the moms of this world and hey, everyone needs their own comedy genre. I’ll check it out, but I doubt it’ll be in the theater.

RDT: Phenomenal cast, for sure. I’ll definitely see it, but, cards on the table, probably not in theaters.

Rick: What RDT said.

Jen: Is it too cliche of me to want to go get drinks and see his movie ASAP? I guess I don’t care. Shut up and take my money! Also, go back and read my take on the original trailer.

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Weekend Watch – 7/22/16

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

Star Trek Beyond

Loren: These trailers are god-awful, let’s just be clear about that. I will say, that for as much of a sci-fi geek as I am, I’ve never been a Trekkie (Trekker?). I watched a little bit of the Original Series and a fair amount of Next Generation, but never got into DS9 (maybe I’ll give it another shot), watched more Voyager than I care to admit, and worked on season 2 of Enterprise. None of that made me a huge fan. But, the 2009 film turned that around a little bit, not a lot, but a little bit. It was more my speed. I don’t even hate Into Darkness as much as most people. I am cautiously optimistic about this one.

RDT: I just don’t know. I thought the first one was ok…ish (admittedly, I had big nerd issues with it. But it is kind of a fun watch). The second is not good at all (I don’t care what Rotten Tomatoes says…). And the trailers for this made it look like more of the same, but with more motorbikes. But it’s currently at 92% on Rotten Tomatoes (see previous Rotten Tomatoes comment, though), and I do enjoy Justin Lin as a director. I mean, we’re talking about it this week on the podcast. So I’m definitely seeing it regardless. I’m just not sure I want to see it.

Rick: I have to echo everyone’s trepidation. The early trailers and talk of late reshoots had me concerned. Having seen the finished product, I have to say that those concerns were (mostly) unfounded. This is the most “Star Trek” of the new series. It’s not a Star Wars movie masking as a Trek tale. Apart from the opening scene (prepare yourselves. It’s bad.), I had a smile on my face the whole time. There’s an emphasis on relationships, exploration, and the unknown. We get a welcome and resourceful new character in Sofia Boutella’s Jayla, and the action sequences are pretty spectacular. The aforementioned reshoots add a small subplot that actually helps from a character standpoint. A rarity to be sure. The nods to the older series are tastefully done and not shoehorned in like Into Darkness (there’s even one for Enterprise fans). The only real demerits to hand out are for the Bourne-like coverage of the hand-to-hand combat, and the lack of screen time for the villain. The latter seems to be an epidemic among modern sci-fi/fantasy films. You cast a compelling actor (in this case, Idris Elba), cover them in makeup, then barely use them. I don’t get the logic. His story, at least, has a nice turn. I just wish he wasn’t given short shrift. Despite those quibbles, it’s worth watching. There’s no end credits tag, but stick around until the cast crawl starts. I got a little misty-eyed.

Jen: This trailer is certainly an improvement over the first couple they put out. I’ve always been into Trek and I did really enjoy the first movie in this new series. The second, meh. Simon Pegg is a highlight though, and he did co-write this one. I have hope. I’m actually more interested in the 4th one with the return of Christopher Hemsworth, now that I can get behind 100%.


Ice Age: Collision Course

Loren: What the actual f*ck. How are they on 5 of these? This one just looks like they’ve completely given up. Also, give that damn Saber-Tooth Squirrel his acorn for god’s sake. Pass.

RDT: Wait, they’re in space now???? How did this franchise get to space before The Fast and The Furious?!?!?!?

Rick: I’ve seen a couple of the movies in this series over the years. They’re okay and good for a few laughs. Frankly, the Scrat sections are my favorite. Very reminiscent of old Wile E. Coyote shorts. I won’t see this in theaters, but I’ll probably check it out down the line.

Jen: I have a toddler.

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Weekend Watch – 5/27/16

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).

Super impressed by her Bad Moms trailer breakdown, we’ve invited Jen to join the (unpaid) staff! Welcome Jen! We can’t wait to see what you have for us next!

Movies

X-Men: Apocalypse

Loren: I pretty much said everything I wanted to about this my trailer breakdown. I’m going to see it this weekend. If it holds up to First Class and Days of Future Past we’ll call it a win.

RDT: Nothing I’ve seen of this gets me excited. I like some stuff better than others and am going to see it regardless. But..yeah….we’ll see….

Rick: Early word is not promising. Apparently there are lots of long-winded speeches. There’s also the added difficulty of Apocalypse looking like a Power Ranger villain. I still have hope, though.

Jen: I may be the only person on the planet who doesn’t love JLaw as Mystique and this trailer doesn’t change that. But Sansa Stark as Jean Grey, and the presence of Nightcrawler (Bamf!) ensure I will attempt to see this in the theater, forget to see to this in the theater, and then catch it on demand in three months when I remember that I forgot to see it in the theater.


Alice Through the Looking Glass

Loren: Didn’t see the first one, probably won’t see this one. It looks more like a ride at Disneyland than a movie.

RDT: No thank you.

Rick: In spite of the WTFutterwacken dance at the end, I still enjoyed the first movie. I never expected a sequel, but Disney likes brands so it stands to reason the we got one. I may matinee this or just wait for video if I see it at all.

Jen: I wish they’d picked a more on-the-nose song for this trailer. I’ll likely catch this on DVD when my daughter is old enough for it (if DVDs still exist at that point, if not I’ll catch it on tiny disk they insert directly into your brain). Will spend opening night watching this instead

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