It’s the weekend and Covid numbers are sky fucking high. Here’s some stuff you can watch this weekend to help you forget about our predicament.
Memories of Murder (2003)
Before Parasite, the go-to Bong Joon Ho masterpiece was Memories of Murder, a fascinating true crime drama about two inept cops chasing South Korea’s first serial killer. Widely unavailable across American streaming services for the past two years, Criterion has helped get the film remastered in 4K and now you can rent and/or digitally own it! Memories of Murder features an incredible Song Kang Ho performance as well as a bunch stylistic choices David Fincher no doubt borrowed for Zodiac. AVAILABLE FOR $3.99 RENTAL ON AMAZON.
How To with John Wilson (2020)
Easily the most interesting thing on television currently. It follows possibly autistic filmmaker John Wilson through New York City and other parts of the country, meeting new people and educating us on the deeper meanings and implications of subjects we may never have put too much thought into such as scaffolding, small talk and plastic furniture covers. It offers some of the hardest belly laughs and most uncomfortable situations since Nathan For You, which makes sense seeing as though Nathan Fielder is a producer, but it also offers some undeniably poignant moments. But unlike Nathan For You, this isn’t a show about ridiculing people as much as it’s a show about attempting to understand and empathize with people. If you’re only going to watch one episode, make it episode 4 “How To Cover Your Furniture”, where John meets with an anti-circumcision activist/songwriter to shocking results. STREAMING ON HBO and HBOMAX.
Probably the greatest movie ever made about voter fraud, Alexander Payne‘s acidicly dark comedy Election revolves around the petty grudge of a sad sack high school teacher (Matthew Broderick) involving an obnoxiously overachieving senior (a never better Reese Witherspoon) and her quest to become school president. After 21 years, the film holds up incredibly well. STREAMING ON AMAZON PRIME.
Harley Quinn (2019-2020)
I really don’t like superhero shit for the most part, much less if it’s animated. However, Harley Quinn is the single most unique and exhilarating comic book cartoon I’ve seen since 1993’s Batman: The Animated Series. Firmly positioned in a refreshingly female POV, it tells the story of Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy as if they were Romy & Michelle. Featuring incredible voice talent from Lake Bell (Poison Ivy), Andy Daly (Two-Face), Wayne “Newman” Knight (Penguin), Alan Tudyk (Joker/Clayface), Jim Rash (Riddler), Alfred Molina (Mr. Freeze), Christopher Meloni (Jim Gordon), Diedrich Bader (Batman), Room‘s Jacob Tremblay (Robin), Giancarlo Esposito (Lex Luther), Jason Alexander, Ron Funches, J.B. Smoove, Tony Hale and an actually really quite good Kaley Cuoco as the titular Harley Quinn. Seriously, give this a shot. STREAMING ON HBOMAX.
The Sopranos (1999-2007)
I just finished my (7th?) re-watch of The Sopranos with a good friend of mine and that’s the nicest thing I can say about the series. It’s so good you want to watch it eight times. If you haven’t seen the series that made HBO what it is today yet, get on it immediately. If you’ve seen it a long time ago, re-watch it. It’s 86 episodes. Get crackin’. STREAMING ON HBO and HBOMAX.
The Guest (2014)
Fantastic and unpredictably B-movie thriller about a returning marine (an exceptional Dan Stevens) who visits the family of a dead platoon mate. Lance Reddick also stars, and that’s always a good thing. STREAMING ON NETFLIX.
Con Air (1997)
I’m doubling down on how much I love watching this movie. It’s the stupidest, most insanely violent, racist, sexist, homophobic, Malkovichian, tasteless, loud, coked-out thing I’ve ever had the pleasure of sitting through and I always cum at least twice. If you want something stupid to transport you out of a world where we live in a country where over 250,000 have died from Covid-19, I suggest watching Con Air. STREAMING ON AMAZON PRIME.
American Pie Presents: Girls’ Rules (2020)
Nobody took me up on my offer to pay them $5 to watch this sizzling slice of pig garbage on Netflix, so I’m upping the payout to $10. $10 to the first person who watches this and gives me a paragraph or so review. I will post about this movie every fucking week until I die if someone doesn’t watch it and report back. The choice is yours. Choose wisely. STREAMING ON NETFLIX.