Happy Sunday, everyone! I’ve had a busy week over here at The Sacred Wall, what with my other job and all. But just because I haven’t had much free time doesn’t mean I haven’t seen any movies. In fact, I actually managed to see three new releases, all lined up and ready to review in the coming weeks!
For starters, last Sunday I had a chance to see an early showing of Bong Joon Ho’s Oscar-contending Parasite, a film I very much respected and love more every moment I think about it. While I started at my typical “That was very good, didn’t love” level of appreciation, it’s a film I can’t stop thinking about, and my grade may very well rise as the days go by before my review. It’ll be out in theaters in about a month, and you should all definitely go see it then. I also had a chance to see James Gray’s Ad Astra, a film I have…a lot of feelings on. I mostly really dug it, but I’ve never seen a film that could hit such high highs while also crafting such low lows. It’s worth seeing on the big screen, but it’s definitely a film you’re gonna feel confused about. And last night, I had my chance to see Judy, Renée Zellweger’s Oscar push. It’s about what you’d expect from a blatant Oscar movie, in terms of sloppy filmmaking and great performances, but I don’t know. There’s something emotionally there that has sat with me a lot longer than I expected. I’d say wait for DVD, but it appears large groups of people have already shown up to see it in theaters already. Just keep doing what you’re doing. Meanwhile, in the Marvel Marathon, we finally reached Captain America: Civil War, which I’m still relatively lukewarm on; that being said, that airport fight sequence was phenomenal (my mother loved it while my father hated it, as per the usual). I also finished the 2019 Pet Semetary (pretty bad), and continued my quest to prepare for Sacred Walloween with the 2007 remake of Halloween. It was…look, I’ll give Rob Zombie credit. There were some great ideas on display in the film. A lot of the young Michael stuff was really intriguing. But God, the remade scenes were obnoxious, the characters were unlikeable, and it put the exploit in exploitation. It’s one of the better Halloween films, I’ll give it that, but I certainly didn’t enjoy it.
Beyond the world of cinema, I also managed to get a lot of television viewing under my belt. With every passing week, Succession declares itself the highlight from the get go. I love this show, and it is a strong contender for the Best TV Show Of The Year. And with the return of the Wednesday Comedy Twofer of South Park and It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, I find myself laughing a lot more during my weekdays. Sunny in particular was hilarious with its spoof of rom-coms (I particularly loved Dennis’ horrific description of a “meet cute”), while South Park was really on point with a righteous anger it hasn’t felt in years. Oh, and while the Saturday Night Live premiere was kind of bland outside of a few great jokes (and Maya Rudolph as Kamala Harris), I was legitimately floored by Billie Eilish’s Fred Astaire tribute during “Bad Guy.” Good lord, was it great. There’s also the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards, which I’ve already written about here, and my usual Saturday tradition of college football, which made for some solid entertainment on a rather slow weekend.
That wraps up this week’s What I Watched, What You Watched! I hope you’re all ready for some spookiness with the arrival of Sacred Walloween – I’ve got some great lists lined up for you all, as well as some great Halloween stories! In the meantime, feel free to let me know in the comments what you think of the films and shows I’ve been watching, as well as let me know what you’ve been watching as well. See you soon!