Two U-Haul boxes filled with all the physical junk I’m sure I don’t need in my life finally arrived on Friday, so this weekend was mostly made up of unpacking boxes, figuring out where all the frivolous crap I own could go, and hoping I can get rid of pretty much all of it before my next move. Still, there was some time for entertainment this weekend—primarily the weekend’s nine hours of WWE content.
My wife and I spent a good chunk of the weekend looking at dogs and eventually adopting a little guy we named Groot. It turns out being on the move so much is a little counterproductive to consuming entertainment (shocker, I know), but you can click through the break to see what I managed to sneak in over the weekend.
Nacho Vigalondo’s Colossal isn’t the fun, kaiju-infused romp much of its marketing presented it to be. It isn’t a light-hearted story about friends getting together. Not even slightly. It also isn’t a monster movie—at least not in the way viewers will likely expect it to be. But it is undoubtedly worth watching.
A couple big things happened in the Hollywood-adjacent world yesterday. Let’s take a look.
Thanks to the lackluster reviews of The Dark Tower, Wind River‘s extremely limited release, not to mention other obligations perfectly timed to make my favorite movie time (discount morning tickets for the win!), I ended up spending the entire weekend out of movie theaters. Here’s the entertainment that filled my free time instead:
The Dark Tower is getting torn apart in its reviews and, more importantly, the content of those reviews lets me know it’s not exactly something I need to rush out and see. It’s slipped from “must see in theaters” to “will watch when I can get a cheap rental” territory. Having read almost nothing of the series, I’m sure I could see it and enjoy it enough. But I’m not going to do that.
A Ghost Story, David Lowery’s supernatural drama starring Rooney Mara and a sheet-clad Casey Affleck, is unlike anything else that’s come before it. It’s a strange, challenging piece of cinema that’s impossible to look away from, even as it forces you to question why you’re watching it.
Detroit, the latest film from Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow, is tough to watch. Its depiction of the 1967 Detroit riot, specifically the Algiers Motel incident, is unflinching in its brutality and unforgiving in its presentation. The story at its center is a tragedy, and the film aims to capture it with as little flair as possible. It’s a success on this front—and on many more.
The summer movie season is winding down and the fall gaming season is getting an early start. There are several big releases in both categories coming over the next 31 days, and these are the movies and games I’m planning on spending some time with.
I would’ve loved to be playing Pyre all weekend, but I somehow managed to not get a chance to play it at all. Here’s what I did watch and play: