The Weekend Watchlist
This weekend will be filled with the best thing to do in the summer. Watching movies and TV for hours on end. I plan to indulge in the newest summer blockbuster that actually shows a little bit of promise, Rough Night. Written and directed by Broad City writer Lucia Aniello in collaboration with Paul W. Downs (who plays Trey on the show), there isn’t much I’m not excited about with this movie. Anything that brings together Ilana Glazer, Kate Mckinnon and Zoe Kravitz has my money immediately.
Another, slightly more embarrassing, recommendation that I have for this weekend is the CW show Riverdale. Admittedly, I have never read the comics so I can’t speak to how much they do (or more likely don’t do) to their source material. The show is my most recent guilty pleasure and I can’t get enough of it. Having grown up watching Cole Sprouse on Disney Channel, seeing him as the narrator/token moody boy Jughead is an odd delight.
This weekend I'm looking forward to binge-watching the last two seasons of the NBC (then later Yahoo! Screen) sitcom, Community. I've been a fan since 2010 (thanks to my significant other who convinced me that, despite my normal disdain for network sitcoms, I just had to watch it), but have always been really bad about keeping up with the episodes as they aired. Now that the show has, sadly, run its course, I am catching up at my own pace. I'm looking forward to seeing the direction that showrunner Dan Harmon will take the show after getting back at the helm (he was briefly ousted by NBC due to creative differences, but came back after just one season absent).
I'm also looking forward to hopefully finally catching Wonder Woman in the theater. Again, I'm behind the times. As a fan of superhero films, action, and badass women, this movie seems right up my alley...and the good buzz from critics and audiences alike has me very excited to see Gal Gadot kick-punching her way across the big screen.
My goal this week is to get around to a handful of films that I really wanted to see in theaters, missed, got excited when I saw they were streaming, then forgot about. Among them is Mr. Holmes starring Ian McKellen and Laura Linney. It got mediocre reviews, but it’s Sherlock Holmes and it’s not on CBS, so it’s right in my wheelhouse. Another that I was desperate to see and missed is the Coen Brothers’ film Inside Llewyn Davis starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, and John Goodman about a fictional folk singer in Greenwich Village in the early 1960s. Finally, It Follows, a horror film I started watching about a year ago and really want to finish (and, at this point, start over). Possible TV watching includes Fargo, Riverdale, and Into the Badlands.
New in Theaters This Week...
The Book of Henry
Directed by Colin Trevorrow.
Starring Naomi Watts, Jaeden Lieberher, Jacob Tremblay, Sarah Silverman, Lee Pace, Maddie Ziegler, and Dean Norris.
47 Meters Down
Directed by Johannes Roberts.
Starring Mandy Moore, Claire Holt, Chris J. Johnson, Yani Gellman, Santiago Segura, and Matthew Modine.
Directed by Brian Fee.
Starring Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, Armie Hammer, Larry the Cable Guy, Bonnie Hunt, Nathan Fillion, Kerry Washington, and Lea DiLaria.
All Eyez on Me
Directed by Benny Boom.
Starring Demetrius Shipp Jr., Kat Graham, Lauren Cohan, Hill Harper, and Danai Gurira.