Reservation Dogs; Prey.
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One more week, one more handful of TV and movie picks for all of you. It’s a light one, but we’ll call it quality > quantity. The choices below can range from excellence to trashy fun, but that’s exactly how we like to spend our weekends, isn’t it? There’s David Leitch’s bullet train, and to be honest, I mostly recommend this because the wonderfully funny chemistry of Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Brian Tyree Henry is a surprising treat to watch. Oh, and I can’t forget it’s Bad Bunny’s sexy and poised film debut. (You know that’s going to get a few butts in the theater seats.) And there are even more fresh and exciting selections, like a new season of Reservation Dogs (woo!) and the debut of a new one Predator movie. Here are the choices:
bullet train has it all: a huge action set, fun cameos, Tarantino-esque flashbacks, funny dialogue, great music and a stacked cast with Brad Pitt in the middle. It doesn’t necessarily all come together in a tight, top-notch film, but bullet train is still a fun ride.
Why Prey not being released in theaters is beyond me, but hey, it means Hulu subscribers are getting a raw new movie release in their living rooms this weekend. A prequel to the Predator movies, Prey follows the dreaded alien’s arrival to Earth in the 18th century, meaning there’s no technology or weapons to fight the advanced creature. That simply fascinating premise alone is enough to set a watch on, but combine it with Amber Midthunder’s performance as Naru, a young Comanche woman fighting to be seen as more of her community, and director Dan Trachtenberg, of the absolutely tense 10 Cloverfield Lane, and we’re done. Hulu even offers a Comanche dub from the movie.
The film that inspired many Twitter takes and introduced Alana Haim to the general population as an actress is coming to Amazon Prime Video (the film was previously only available on VOD platforms). Haim stars as Alana Kane, a directionless twenty-something who crosses paths with young Gary Valentine (played by a charming Cooper Hoffman), an avid business teen, in the 1970s San Fernando Valley. It’s one of Paul Thomas Anderson’s more tender films. because it plays with Alana’s desire to regain the lucid sense of childhood and Gary’s desperate need for adult independence.
There is a level of comfort in Reservation Dogs that makes it tempting to just sit down and forget about everything else around you. The story of four young rez children striving for something more is touching, downright hilarious and at times melancholic. After the events of season one, in which the self-proclaimed reservation dogs lose one of their friends, Elora (Devery Jacobs), to a rival mobster as she heads for enchanting California, the rest of the kids must pick the pieces up again in Oklahoma. .
oh, the sandman. Based on Neil Gaiman’s epic graphic novel, Netflix’s latest attempt at a franchise-building series is an intriguing one. Has Gaiman’s work ever been properly translated for the screen (apart from Coraline, that is)? Now, I don’t know if I’ve found the sandman necessarily gripping, but I didn’t like it. (I know, a low bar). I also know that devout fans want to try it for themselves. so will the sandman be a witcherlike hit, or will it get lost in the dark void of Netflix’s endless queue. Time will tell.
Also! Read our streaming recommendations from the weekend of July 29. Vulture’s next list of weekend streaming picks goes online Friday, August 12.
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