What I Watched, What You Watched #114

It’s been a slow week of viewings over at the Sacred Wall. While I did manage to post an impressive amount of articles for you all during this time, the lack of great movies in theatres and a hectic work schedule kept me from getting to the theatres too often to watch things, let alone check anything out at home. Still, I did manage to see one new film this week, and boy was I excited. The film was Jim Jarmusch’s zombie comedy The Dead Don’t Die, and while I went in expecting to be disappointed and underwhelmed, I am overjoyed to say the film subverts expectations by not subverting expectations, all as a means of delivering a Mel Brooks-esque dumb comedy. I really loved it, and you can expect a glowing review later this week. Meanwhile, while I have yet to finish it (it is an ungodly 158 minutes long), I did start S. Craig Zahler’s Dragged Across Concrete, which thus far is…something. It’s well made, but incredibly hard to watch, and more than a little infuriating – which may be the point? I dunno, it’s part of a subgenre that kind of always grossed me out, but also kind of critiques it, leaving me confused, which may or may not be its point. Maybe I’ll review it to get my feelings out more clearly. We’ll see.

The two-week period between the end of the traditional television season and the start of summer TV is usually a dead zone, so there’s not much to report on that front, either. I finished When They See Us, a show I really enjoyed, but man, that last episode is painful to watch (for whatever reason, my ability to be emotionless and objective tends to go out the window when someone, especially an innocent 16-year-old, gets cornered in a prison closet, which made me turn off the show for a good 24 hours), but Jharell Jerome is remarkable in it, and there’s a surprisingly good performance by Logan Marshall-Green, an actor I’d previously written off. I’ll most likely be reviewing this one soon, but in the meantime, you should definitely check it out on Netflix. And if you need something a bit more refreshing than When They See Us, I finished Fleabag Season 2 in one night, and I laughed and cried. Fleabag is a special show, one that takes narrative and cinematic risks, and I adore it in all its quirky, sweet, emotionally honest glory. Phoebe Waller-Bridge is a knockout, Andrew Scott should be in everything, Brett Gelman has a real darkness to him, Kristen Scott Thomas has an incredible monologue, Olivia Colman should have this show co-scribed alongside The Favourite on her Oscar, and Sian Clifford nearly steals the show as Fleabag’s sister. If you’re not watching this one, get on it.

That wraps up this week’s What I Watched, What You Watched! I won’t have as many articles for you this week (I kind of got caught up on the news front last week), but I’m hoping to have three new reviews up for you by Friday (two are almost done, one I see on Tuesday), and of course we have the Tony Awards tonight! Let me know who you think will win, along with the shows and films you’ve been watching this week, in the comments below. See you all next time!

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