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:
I apparently don’t have enough on my plate already, so I created a very stupid Twitter account I plan on updating at least once a day. The internet is full of opinions, many of which are formed without enough (or any) information. This has somehow inspired me to do something.
The concept is simple: short (≤140 characters, obviously) reviews of movies and TV shows—written without watching them or with as little information as possible (or as though that’s the case). Yeah, I said it was stupid. But I hope it’ll be fun too. For you. I know it’ll be fun for me.
Check it out here:
I love movies. That’s probably obvious. This account is intended to be the dumbest possible way to celebrate that love. Please don’t take the “reviews” on there seriously. Or do. It’s your choice. But please don’t. This is meant to be fun, plain and simple. Regular reviews will still be here whenever I manage to see new movies, but I hope you’ll check this new thing out too.
If you’re interested, I’d appreciate a follow. If you enjoy it, tell your friends, tell your family, tell your pets or whatever other animals are nearby… or keep it to yourself. Whatever you choose to do, I’ll try to make it worth your while.
We’re past the release of most of the summer’s big movies. SDCC is a fading memory. There’s still some life in the summer movie season, including Atomic Blonde (out tomorrow) and The Dark Tower (out next week), but the world has largely moved on to preparing for this fall’s movies. Two of those movies—Paramount’s Suburbicon and Amazon Studios’ Brad’s Status—saw trailers drop over the past couple days.
Let’s take a look.
Pyre, the latest game from Supergiant Games (the creators of Bastion and Transistor), came out yesterday. I got the chance to play a round of Pyre‘s versus mode at last year’s PlayStation Experience, and I knew from those few minutes that I was going to love this game. Now that it’s out, I can officially confirm that I was right. I’ve only been able to put a little over an hour into it, so this isn’t anywhere close to a review. But it was a hell of an hour.
Here are some more specific thoughts:
My wife and I like American Ninja Warrior, and last night was one of the few times we decided to catch it live instead of checking it out on Hulu the next day. There were roughly 18,000 ads for a show debuting after ANW, a show I’ve seen a couple headlines about but haven’t bothered to look into because it had ‘bad genre bullshit’ written all over it.
That show is Midnight, Texas. It is, unequivocally, bad genre bullshit. To be fair, I only half-watched the first few minutes. And I only half-watched those minutes because the remote was a few feet away and I wasn’t exactly being productive. But I’ve never wanted to escape something more than I wanted to escape the confines of Midnight, Texas after a single scene.