I honestly could not be happier about the pop culture viewing weeks I’ve had. I saw two movies in theaters that are easily amongst the best of the year, both horror films: Climax and Us. I won’t spoil my reviews, but I’ll say one is a rollicking good genre film while the other is one of the greatest cinematic accomplishments of the decade.
At home, I also watched two films, also excellent. The first was last year’s computer-centered thriller Searching, which was fairly goofy, but included a terrific performance from John Cho and was expertly crafted. And on the subject of expert craftsmanship, The Day The Earth Stood Still. I finally got around to watching the sci-fi classic, and man, was I blown away. The story of an alien coming down to inform the world that their petty political and international conflicts are completely useless and will bring about their own destruction is ceaselessly poignant, and I was enamored with its brilliance from beginning to end. It’s definitely one worth seeing, should you get the chance.
At home, I had a decent week of television viewing. Black Monday ended its season the way it began: disappointing. Meanwhile, Miracle Workers managed to impress in its final episodes, successfully sticking the landing. And on the subject of sticking the landing, You’re the Worst and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. I have a lot more I want to say about both these shows and their stunning, perfect final episodes, but for now I’ll just say both shows gave audiences the perfect conclusions to their stories, and I’m so thankful for the journey that they both took us on. Meanwhile, as the saying goes, as one door closes, another one opens. I watched the first two episodes of both What We Do In The Shadows (based on one of the all-time funniest movies ever made) and The Twilight Zone. I didn’t love either show the way I wanted to, but I will say they are solid enough for me to continue going forward, and there’s enough to like that I can see either show winning me over by the end. Barry also had its big premiere these past few weeks, and it is as good as ever, thanks to an increased presence of Noho Hank. Saturday Night Live had two solid episodes in a row, thanks to game hosts in Sandra Oh (Tishy!!!!) and Kit Harrington (he brought his A-game for literally every sketch). And of course I’ve been watching March Madness, and got to experience Michigan State (twice), Auburn, and Texas Tech blow my bracket apart. At least the Virginia-Texas Tech game will be pretty interesting.
That does it for this week’s What I Watched, What You Watched! I’ll see you all next week, and hopefully I’ll have more movies to write about. In the meantime, let me know in the comments what you thought of this week’s viewings, or what you’ve been watching. Did you see the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend or You’re the Worst finales? What did you think? Write your thoughts down below, and I’ll see you all next time!