The Weekend Watchlist
I’m going to be cliché, but this being “May the 4th” weekend, I’ll be using that as an excuse to revisit Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Each film, in its own way, duplicates the original trilogy’s greatest strengths – iconic and engaging characters and thrilling plots and action. To round out the viewing, I’ll also add in Guardians of the Galaxy, both in anticipation of the sequel out this weekend, and because it’s a spiritual descendent of Star Wars. On the TV front, I’ll continue watching One-Punch Man, a ridiculous and ridiculously entertaining anime series that also effectively sends up the superhero genre while being a really great superhero show.
Aside from getting further pulled into the new American Gods series, I plan on decompressing my mind a little by catching up on a couple of older films from across the Atlantic. I’ll likely start with Wonderwall (1968), which appears to be a psychedelic romp through what potentially promises to be a ludicrous storyline. Come, ye lush visual delights, with groovy jams by the Beatles’ own George Harrison and featuring the lovely Jane Birkin (mother of the distinctly talented actress/singer Charlotte Gainsbourg). Here’s the trailer:
Then, if the weekend continues to confine me homebound by way of chilly drizzle, I will leap into the Irish animated feature, Song of the Sea (2014). This artistically stunning fantasy from the makers of The Secret of the Kells (2009) is the kind of film that would compliment a cuppa and keep the mean-greys at bay. The trailer can be found here: