Wondering what to do with your upcoming free time? Good thing we have some suggestions for what you should be watching, playing, reading, listening to, etc.
Ben’s Movie Pick: Guns Akimbo – Although it goes too far with the occasional gross-out gag, the majority of Guns Akimbo’s humor hits its intended quirky target, and with a bizarre confidence that’s hard to ignore. Daniel Radcliffe and Samara Weaving continue to expand their acting horizons by portraying fairly different characters than what they’re mostly known for (although it’s hard for Radcliffe to surprise me nowadays as he’s already been a wizard, an angel, an undercover neo-Nazi, and a farting corpse), turning what probably would’ve been just an okay-to-good film into something greater. And as expected from the title, Guns Akimbo offers up heaps of balls to the wall, gun-toting action, most of which is choreographed surprisingly well. It’s no John Wick, but that’s okay; Guns Akimbo knows exactly what kind of campy fun it wants to deliver, which it does brilliantly and consistently.
Ben’s Movie Pick: Silent Hill – Silent Hill oozes an eerie atmosphere almost as thick as the fog that envelopes the eponymous town, revealing just enough about the spooky locale to keep you engaged, while still withholding enough to keep you in fear of its unknown properties until the story’s climax. Its cast isn’t anything amazing, but the actors are talented enough to keep you engaged throughout the overly-long story that asks you to endure the occasionally lackluster, lame writing. However, what really keeps you on the edge of your seat in Silent Hill is the fantastic creature design. The insects with faces, molten-skinned children, Pyramid Head, and whatever the Hell those ash-spewing things are, everything is grotesque and unsettling without being gratuitous (with one exception in the movie’s final act). The soundtrack is great too, with lots of haunting pieces throughout. It isn’t a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination, but Silent Hill is a scary, overall solid horror film, and one of the better video game-based movies that I’ve seen.
Lauren’s TV Pick: Warrior Nun Season 1 – Ben may have been “extremely disappointed” in the first season of Netflix’s new show, but honestly I found it to be pretty enjoyable, especially considering the title had me bracing for the potential dumpster fire of painful campiness. The first couple of episodes leave plenty to be desired as things slowly get going for this Wynonna Earp-esque heroine who spends far too much time on her own dealing with her second chance at life, when what I really wanted was a bunch of training montages with her fellow demon fighting sisters – seriously, all the best scenes involved Ava bouncing off Shotgun Mary, Sister Beatrice, Sister Camila, and Sister Lilith – and I couldn’t care less about this subplot with the scientist and her strange child, but once the show finds what works for it, it becomes clear that there’s a pretty fun world worth exploring here. For season 2 I have my fingers crossed that the show remembers to emphasize the warrior half of the title a bit more. Give us some slo-mo Bennet sisters slicing through the undead in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies energy and I will be more than happy. Oh, and for the love of God, lose the voice over.
So what do you think about these picks? What content did we miss over the past two weeks while we were spending time with these? Be sure to leave a comment below letting us know about everything (both current and simply new to you) you’ve been consuming lately!
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