Reservation dogs; prey.
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Another week, another handful of TV and movie picks for you all. It’s an easy one, but we call it easy quality > quantity. The choices below can range from excellence to trashy fun, but that’s how we like to spend our weekends, right? There’s David Leitchs fast train, and to be fair, I recommend this mainly because the wonderfully funny chemistry of Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Brian Tyree Henry is surprising visual treats. Oh, and I can’t forget that this is Bad Bunny’s sexy and confident debut film. (You know that’s going to get some asses in the theater seats.) And there are even more fresh and exciting choices, like a new season of Reservation dogs (woo!) and the debut of a new one predator Movie. Here are the choices:
fast train has it all: a huge action set piece, fun cameos, Tarantino-esque flashbacks, witty dialogue, great music, and a stacked cast centered on Brad Pitt. It doesn’t necessarily all come together in a tight, top-notch flick, though fast train is still fun to drive.
why prey It’s a mystery to me, but hey, it means Hulu subscribers are getting a raucous new movie release in their living rooms this weekend. A forerunner of predator movies, prey follows the arrival of the dreaded alien on Earth in the 17th century, meaning there is no technology or weaponry to combat the advanced being. That simply intriguing premise alone is enough to ignite a clock, but pair it with Amber Midthunder’s performance as Naru, a young Comanche woman struggling to be seen as more in her community, and director Dan Trachtenberg, who is absolutely tense 10 Cloverfield Lane, and we are ready. Hulu even offers a Comanche dub of the movie.
The film that inspired many Twitter shots and introduced Alana Haim to the general public as an actress hits Amazon Prime Video (the film was previously only available on VOD platforms). Haim stars as Alana Kane, a directionless 20-year-old who crosses paths with young Gary Valentine (played by a charming Cooper Hoffman), an avid business teenager, in the ’70s San Fernando Valley. It’s one of Paul Thomas Anderson’s softer films, as it plays with Alana’s desire to reclaim the glow of childhood and Gary’s desperate need for independence as an adult.
There is a level of comfort Reservation dogs this makes it tempting to just sit down and forget about everything else around you. The story of four young Rez kids striving for more is touching, utterly hilarious and at times melancholic. After the events of season one, in which the self-proclaimed reserve dogs lose one of their friends, Elora (Devery Jacobs), to a rival gang member as she heads to beguiling California, the other kids are left to pick the pieces back in Oklahoma .
Oh, The Sandman. Based on Neil Gaiman’s epic graphic novel, Netflix’s latest attempt at a build-up franchise is intriguing. Has Gaiman’s work ever been properly translated for screen (apart from coral, This is)? Well I don’t know if I found it The Sandman absolutely 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 witcher-like hit, or will it get lost in the dark void of Netflix’s endless queue. Only time can tell.
Likewise! Read our streaming recommendations from the Weekend of July 29th. Vulture’s next list of weekend streaming picks goes live on Friday 12th August.