What I Watched, What You Watched #117

It’s been a pretty quiet week over here at the Sacred Wall. Due to travelling and massive amounts of writing (TWO A+ reviews!), I didn’t get a chance to go out and see anything new. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t have a chance for other movies this week! And I did manage to watch a lot of television. So I’ve got that going for me. Which is nice.

As Criterion plans to remove all its Noir films from its streaming platform, I went ahead and watched two more, just to cross them off my list. The first was Murder by Contract, which was really a marvelous film, from beginning to end. You can track the legacy of Scorsese, Godard, and Tarantino back to this one film, and I love it. As for the Mickey Rooney crime thriller Drive a Crooked Road, it’s more interesting than “great,” and I struggled to get through it, but for the most part I had a decent time. And I went to the theater with my family to see Toy Story 4, which I enjoyed a bit more the second time around too – I never noticed that the first and last words are pretty much the same. All around a solid, quiet little week of movie watching.

On TV, I started my week with my usual HBO double feature of Big Little Lies and Euphoria, with the first rapidly climbing the ranks of my favorite shows of the year, while the latter is becoming my most hate-watchable show. It’s so bad, you guys. I also had a TV watching party with a friend of mine last Wednesday, which consisted of Superstore (which I’ve only seen a few episodes of previously) and Whose Line Is It Anyway?, which is still one of the most pleasantly funny shows around. I’m trying to finish off Killing Eve season 2, which is still interesting, but is missing something that made Season 1 sing (Phoebe Waller-Bridge perhaps?). And I listened to Unspooled’s Do The Right Thing episode, which was just a joy to listen to, especially their interview with Spike Lee. Oh, and Lee revealed his next film, Da 5 Bloods, is an “epic. E-pic. David Lean, Bridge On The River Kwai, Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago epic.” No greater sentence has ever been uttered. I also managed to catch a few minutes of the debate, but while I plan on catching up on them early this week, I’m mostly content looking at the memes and sadly shaking my head.

That concludes this week’s What I Watched, What You Watched. I’ll have a few reviews up early this week – especially Spider-Man and Midsommar, which I see early this week. Until then, you can comment below on the movies I’ve watched, as well as what you’ve been watching. See you soon!

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