Happy TIFF, everyone! Yes, I’m here at home monitoring the festival not four hours from me, patiently following the big news on all the hottest movies of the fall. But that doesn’t stop me from heading out to the theaters for reviews. Oh no, I still managed to make time to head out and see It: Chapter Two on the big screen. The review will be out tomorrow or Tuesday, all things considered, but I’ll tell you know, think of my review of the first one and multiply it by three and you’ll have a good idea of where I’m currently at.
I also made a day of it on Wednesday to go to the local Fandango theatre to see what Lawrence of Arabia looks like on the big screen. I’ve only seen the classic once, when I was ten, and I was pretty lukewarm on it – I prefer my David Lean in Russia or on Japanese bridges, personally. However, seeing it on the big screen, I found myself drawn in far more as I gazed at the dazzling visuals, luscious score, and whip-smart editing, not to mention the performances of Peter O’Toole and Omar Sharif. Upon this second viewing, I am now convinced that Lawrence is one of the Most Important Film ever made, even if I’m not convinced on Greatest. I also continued the Parental Marvel Marathon with one of my favorites of the collection, Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s a big hit in my household, and I’m happy to report it’s still one of my favorites that Marvel has done so far (it was also entertaining to watch my parents repeatedly say, “Oh, so THAT’S how this fits into the Avengers movies”). And I even made time to watch a movie with my best friend, using Amazon to watch one of my favorite films of 2017, Logan Lucky. Soderbergh’s heist comedy is still one of the best films of that year, still elicits laughs across the board, and my friend absolutely loved it. I’m pretty content with the way it all panned out.
At home, I am of course still watching Succession, which had yet another brilliant episode of pathos and comedy, jumping from potential workplace shootings to jokes about Nazis to people throwing water bottles to a sister suddenly realizing that her brother may be suicidal. And to top it all off, Holly Hunter! This show gets better with every passing week. I’m also on the verge of wrapping GLOW, which got better as the season went on, and even threw in an All That Jazz reference for good measure. God, I love this show. And as we inch closer to the Emmys race, I’m also about halfway through Chernobyl. It’s a slow, mindful watch, and I’d be lying if I said I loved it as much as everyone else did. But it’s whip-smart, makes history both harrowing and entertaining, and I have a weird fascination with watching Factory Bosses just continuously send people to their deaths because he’s too dumb to admit he f*cked up. “Do you taste metal?” has become my new favorite expression. Oh, and I don’t want to forget college football, which was rather slow all day with one exception: my beloved Wolverines found themselves in a death match with Army, going into double OT. Leaving out for a second that a bullsh*t call by the refs cost them a touchdown that would have prevented the close call, this was just a clusterf*ck of a game from beginning to end. I have no words.
Well, that wraps up this week’s What I Watched, What You Watched! You can expect a few more reviews before the week’s over, as well as an update out of Toronto. And who knows! Maybe I’ll even get some lists and Oscar predictions done in the meantime. Until then, feel free to comment below with what you’ve been watching, as well as what you think of the films and shows I’ve been watching. See you soon!