So…how many of you saw Avengers this weekend? I got my viewing out early so I could put the review up, but man, do I already want to see it again. Still, though, I did manage to see a few new movies in theatres, while everyone else was watching superheroes punching aliens. The first was Long Shot, which has a review coming later this week – although I can confirm I enjoyed the Seth Rogen–Charlize Theron led rom-com. I also had a chance to see Claire Denis’ new sci-fi thriller High Life, which…boy, it took some chances. Hopefully I’ll get a review up before the end of the month. Ditto goes for Her Smell, a very artsy – and fairly intriguing – faux-Courtney Love biopic. And finally, I went to a local film festival in order to see The Farewell, and while I won’t have a review up until the film comes out this summer…holy sh*t. It’s great, you guys.
At home, I watched a few throwback classics, as a way of relaxing and catching up on some classics I’ve missed. I started with the 80s classic Risky Business, which I liked thematically and in terms of Rebecca de Mornay’s performance, but mostly found kind of…meh – almost like it was glorifying the materialism it was trying to despise. I much rather enjoyed Lenny, Bob Fosse’s impeccable 1974 biopic – and a high water mark in the genre. I then watched the week out with Joe Wright’s Hanna, a fun, cerebral action flick featuring a great performance from Saoirse Ronan. And I concluded my classics with Marielle Heller’s 2015 film The Diary of a Teenage Girl, which was very much my jam. Bel Powley is incredible in it, and Heller’s direction is luscious. Unfortunately, that’s where the good news ends: my brother came home from college, which meant a litany of terrible movies to view with him for our laughter/hatred. And sure, while the first film we watched was Peter Rabbit, 2018’s hilariously awful early-aughts throwback, the latter was Disaster Movie, which may in fact be one of the worst films I’ve ever seen. It is so horrifically, offensively unwatchable I debated even naming it, lest you attempt to view it for yourselves. Avoid at your own risk – stick to the first half of this recap.
In TV land, I’ve mostly stuck to my usual TV staples. On Sundays, I watch the HBO line-up, which included a very decent couple of episodes of Veep, two very disappointing episodes of Game of Thrones (the Battle of Winterfell was such a letdown, as was the follow-up), and two incredible episodes of Barry (“ronny/lily” is one of the best TV episodes of the year, maybe even the decade). Tuesdays are reserved for Fosse/Verdon, which has put out two episodes of truly inspiring television – “Glory” is a tribute to theatre fans everywhere, while “Where Am I Going?” is a painful send-up to Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? On Wednesdays I watch What We Do In The Shadows, which recently had a fantastic episode reuniting vampires across pop culture, including the original crew (Jemaine and Taika!), Tilda Swinton, Wesley Snipes, Paul Reubens, and Evan Rachel Wood (who REALLY goes for it). It’s well worth the watch for all vampire lovers. And on Saturdays, I of course watch Saturday Night Live – while the last two episodes were kind of meh, Emma Thompson and Adam Sandler were especially game hosts, which helped elevate the material. I’m slightly behind on Killing Eve, but it proceeds to get better every episode. In terms of network television, I watched the season finale of Modern Family (would have been a great series finale if they wanted to end there) and The Big Bang Theory (I’m basically just interested in seeing how this pop culture punching bag ends at this point). And of course I’ve been watching Deadwood, which I’ve really been enjoying, thanks to Ian McShane’s performance. Oh, and I made my brother watch the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend concert, which is still just a straight shot of pure serotonin.
That wraps up this week’s What I Watched, What You Watched! I never thought I’d root for this, but go out and see Endgame again – help it break the record! And if you’ve already seen it, take advantage of the empty theatres to go see an indie film! Keep art alive alongside the big fun blockbusters! In the meantime, let me know in the comments what you’ve been watching, or what you think about the movies and shows I’ve watched! See you next week!