Looks like we’ve got another Ben heavy Suggestion Box this week! I swear I’m not a slacker in content consumption, I’ve just been shamed into giving more things full blown write ups (like two recent DC films, Aquaman and Shazam!, and Stephen King’s novel Pet Sematary) I haven’t had time for much else!
Oh, and if you have seen Jon please let us know.
Ben’s Short Film Pick: Alien: Containment – To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Alien, 20th Century Fox is releasing six short films set within the Alien canon over the next few weeks. The first of them is Alien: Containment, which follows a small group of survivors who evacuated via an escape shuttle after an “outbreak” began wreaking havoc on their main ship. Despite the short runtime (just over nine minutes long) and smaller budget, Alien: Containment really does feel like an Alien movie, and I would definitely recommend it to fans of the franchise.
Also, you should check out Alien: Isolation The Digital Series if you haven’t already.
Ben’s Video Game Pick: Borderlands 2 – After Gearbox finally, FINALLY announced Borderlands 3, my Destiny and Anthem crew all purchased and/or re-downloaded Borderlands 2 (via Borderlands: The Handsome Collection), which recently received a free 4K graphical update, and jumped back into the wastelands of Pandora yet again. Even after putting countless hours into over a dozen playthroughs on multiple consoles, Borderlands 2 still sucked me in thanks to its stellar gameplay, baffling amount of loot, crazy characters (a couple of which are some of the best in gaming), and absolutely phenomenal sense of humor. Here’s hoping the next sequel lives up to its predecessor.
Ben’s Movie Pick: Don Jon – Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s (feature-length) directorial debut is a bizarre and bold movie (I’d say “romantic comedy,” but I don’t think it fits into that genre very well) unlike anything else I’ve seen, and it’s full of moments that range from hilarious to heartbreaking. Like the titular character, Don Jon isn’t perfect, but the film’s quirkiness, confidence, writing, and stellar cast (including JGL, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, and Brie Larson) really made me care about its characters and kept me invested in the story, which takes some pretty surprising turns, the entire time.
Ben’s TV Pick: Hanna – Although I wasn’t blown away by the original film like Zac or Lauren (to be perfectly honest, I remember very little of it), I was excited for the TV series adaptation of Hanna because it brings the co-stars of The Killing (a fantastic and underrated series), Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos back together again. The pair is joined by Esme Creed-Miles, who portrays the deceptively dangerous teenager Hanna, in a slick espionage thriller that slowly reveals answers about her parents, the conspiracy surrounding her birth, and the reason her father trained her and kept her hidden from the world for so long.
Lauren’s YouTube Series Pick: First We Feast’s Hot Ones – Recently I found myself spiraling down the YouTube rabbit hole of Billie Eilish music videos, which brought a whole slew of suggestions to my YouTube homepage. One of which was an interview of hers on a YouTube show called Hot Ones. The concept is simple: a star must answer interview questions while eating 10 hot wings that gradually fall deeper and deeper into the sauce filled pits of Scoville Hell. A gimmick that is often entertaining enough on its own considering how lost some of the wide ranging victims (such as T-Pain, Key & Peele, Charlize Theron, Shaquille “Snottie Pippen” O’Neal, Lilly Singh, and Neil deGrasse Tyson) will get in the confines of their burning faces, but what honestly keeps me coming back to the show is Sean Evans’ skills as a host. Frequently the guests are legitimately surprised and excited by his sleuthing abilities into their pasts to find interesting and fun questions that haven’t been repeatedly tread on during press tours. So to you I say good job, Sean. Good job.
Ben’s TV Pick: The Tick – I had been eagerly awaiting the second season of Amazon’s superhero satire series since finishing the first season, and all that waiting paid off. Peter Serafinowicz continues to bring tons of fun as the big blue bug-themed hero, Griffin Newman is even better as Tick’s partner Arthur, and most of the returning supporting characters are given a little more time in the spotlight. It might not be quite as great as the 2001 show (Patrick Warburton IS The Tick), but I’m still laughing and smiling through most of each episode of the newer incarnation.
So what did we miss? Don’t agree on what we have included? Be sure to leave a comment below letting us know about all the content (both current and simply new to you) you’ve been consuming lately!