The greatest dumb motion film to look at proper now could be White House Down

The best dumb action movie to watch right now is White House Down

This weekend noticed Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train (whew, what a mouthful) grew to become the primary anime since 1999’s Pokémon: The First Movie to high the field workplace. Meanwhile, Harry Potter writer Bloomsbury introduced a major six-figure deal with Watchmen and V for Vendetta writer Alan Moore for a forthcoming five-volume sequence of fantasy novels, and Marvel Studios simply launched the primary have a look at the forthcoming The Eternals slated for launch this November, together with launch dates for Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever, The Marvels aka Captain Marvel 2, and lots of extra.

But what did we watch this weekend? From an underrated 2013 motion film to the BBC’s Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, and even the NFL draft, listed here are a number of of the exhibits and flicks we’re having fun with watching proper now, and what you would possibly take pleasure in watching as effectively.

White House Down

Channing Tatum as John Cale firing a gatling gun in the Oval Office in White House Down.

Photo: Columbia Pictures

In 2013 we obtained not one, however two films in regards to the White House being overtaken by terrorists. Unfortunately, the overly critical Olympus Has Fallen spawned a trilogy and the goofy, enjoyable White House Down didn’t.

It’s our loss, actually. Only considered one of these films has scenes the place Channing Tatum pulls a gun on a squirrel, does donuts on the White House Lawn, and has a plucky daughter that saves the day in a scene too ridiculous to spoil right here. It’s a ’90s throwback from the king of ’90s catastrophe schlock himself, Roland Emmerich — and on the identical time, weirdly prescient. Because the dangerous guys in White House Down aren’t overseas, however home. It, as they are saying, makes you suppose. —Joshua Rivera

White House Down is streaming on Peacock.

And every part else we’re watching…


The 10 contestants who braved the Arctic in winter on the History Channel’s “Alone.”

Photo: Brendan George Ko/ History

This weekend I watched a survival actuality present referred to as Alone the place persons are planted in the midst of Canadian wilderness with only a few assets. The present is strictly what you suppose it’s, with individuals getting sick off of consuming dangerous foraged items and making an attempt to construct shelter. But the spotlight for me was when a lady began to eagerly lick a tree to drink up the sap. Would I do that if I used to be additionally ravenous and in determined want of pure sugars? No, I don’t suppose so. And she actually went to city on the tree. I don’t suppose I’ll ever be capable to overlook that. —Julia Lee

Alone is streaming on Netflix.

Criminal Minds

the cast of criminal minds moodily staring with some splashy red overlay

Image: CBS

I’m again, child, and let me let you know, this weekend’s episode was one for the books. Basically, these two girls bonded on an internet grief discussion board as a result of the individuals who killed their family members obtained off scot-free they usually had been like, we gotta take justice into our personal arms. One girl’s nephew was killed in a drunk driving accident and his mother dedicated suicide when the driving force solely served two months of jail time; the opposite girl’s younger daughter was brutally raped and killed by a bunch of males — just one served jail time, and since the physique was by no means truly recovered and the homicide by no means proved, he obtained out after 10 years.

Anyway, after the dude obtained out of jail, our girl gang determined to get revenge, knocking the assailants out and CHAINING THEM TO THE BACK OF SUVS and DRAGGING THEM TO THEIR DEATHS ON THE ROADS. Honestly, you go, girls. They ended by killing the final dude — the mastermind of the entire sickening crime who completely murdered extra little women since then — by beating him to dying with a shovel, and whereas one of many girls obtained caught, the opposite one escaped. I hope she’s doing effectively. —Petrana Radulovic

Criminal Minds is streaming on Netflix.


Ryan Gosling as the Driver about to ambush a gunman in Drive (2011)

Photo: FilmDistrict

Drive’s induction into the Dorm Room canon and the Film Bro Hall of Fame has unfairly tarnished its status. And positive, the truth that director Nicolas Winding Refn has principally made unusual, impenetrable films and TV exhibits since hasn’t helped both. But don’t let that cease you from going again to this film or checking it out for the primary time as a result of it’s nonetheless actually good!

The film appears improbable and remains to be the best-looking instance of the 2010s neon-aesthetic renaissance that it helped kick off. Plus it’s obtained a improbable rating and a killer supporting forged that features Carey Mulligan, Albert Brooks, Bryan Cranston, Ron Perlman, and Oscar Isaac. Even in case you don’t revisit the complete film, it’s best to at the least watch Drive’s opening scene once more as a result of it’s fairly nice. —Austen Goslin

Drive is out there to lease on Amazon Prime Video.

Great Pretender season 2

Con man Makoto Edamura, Cynthia Moore, Abigail Jones, Laurent Thierry in Great Pretender

Photo: WIT STudio

I’ve been steadily working my manner by the final batch of episodes of Great Pretender, the Netflix heist comedy anime from director Hiro Kaburagi and author Ryōta Kosawa. I used to be a giant fan of the primary “season” of the sequence (Netflix put up the primary two-thirds of the sequence to look at on the time the anime was airing in Japan and the final third when it concluded) and I’m glad I lastly returned to it to see the finale

The climax of Makoto Edamura’s arc from petty novice pickpocket to grasp worldwide con man underneath the guileful tutelage of his kind mentor Laurent Thierry introduced all of the disparate threads of the sequence full-circle in a manner I wasn’t anticipating, with Makoto’s estranged father Seiji Ozaki taking part in a pivotal position within the pair’s newest ploy to con a world human trafficking ring out of tens of millions of {dollars}. While the sequence fumbles the thematic crux of its complete premise for the sake of 1 or two gotcha cameos within the last moments of its final episode, Great Pretender general was nonetheless wild enjoyable journey that I might fortunately rewatch in a pair months time if solely to bask within the glow of those stunningly gorgeous Brian Cook-esque backgrounds. —Toussaint Egan

Great Pretender is streaming on Netflix.

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

Gilbert Norrell (Eddie Marsan) and The Gentleman (Marc Warren) in Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (2015)

Photo: BBC One

Here’s one thing I’ve been that means to take a look at for years now: the BBC adaptation of Susanna Clarke’s ridiculously dense and gratifying debut magnum opus (there’s a phrase you don’t hear usually) Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. The seven-part miniseries stars the perpetually huffy Eddie Marsan as waspish, book-obsessed Mr. Norrell, and Tony-winner Bertie Carvel as his feckless younger aristocratic companion Jonathan Strange. They’re each British magicians in a 19th-century period that doesn’t consider in magic, besides as a part of the historic report, however they arrive to magic in a different way and give it some thought in a different way, at the least till the Fair Folk become involved. Part drawing-room-intrigue costume drama, half straight-faced Terry Pratchett-esque fantasy melodrama, it’s obtained a humorousness I wasn’t completely anticipating, nevertheless it’s additionally a fairly darkish fantasy, and a great reminder that there actually aren’t many fantasy tales about making well-considered, secure, drama-free offers with darkish possessive powers. —Tasha Robinson

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell is streaming on Hoopla and accessible for digital buy on Amazon and comparable companies.

Mikey and Nicky

From left to right, John Cassavetes and Peter Falk in “Mikey and Nicky.”

Photo: Jumer Productions, Inc.

In the 1970s, Elaine May was recognized for laughs. Much like her Nichols and May companion Mike Nichols, May leveraged her sketch comedy profession into a lifetime of performing, writing, and directing. She starred in her personal directorial debut, 1971’s A New Leaf, reverse Walter Matthau, and shortly discovered business success with the Neil Simon adaptation The Heartbreak Kid. So there’s cause to suppose 1976’s Mikey and Nicky, which pairs longtime collaborators John Cassavetes and Peter Falk, could be a romp throughout a seedy mob setting. Nope! May’s movie is a nuclear assault on poisonous masculinity, and among the many tougher movies I’ve ever watched.

In the nighttime, Nicky (Cassavetes) calls Mikey (Falk) and begs for his assist. He’s stolen cash from a mob boss, and now he’s satisfied he’s pretty much as good as lifeless. And he’s proper — in truth, Mikey is definitely aiding the hitman (Ned Beatty) assigned to take out his greatest bud by coaxing Nicky out of a barricaded house. Something of a coward, Mikey received’t pull the set off himself, so the 2 wind up cavorting round Philadelphia for the night time. Their exploits are a maelstrom of rancid, brutal, paranoid conduct. A cease at a bar in a predominantly Black a part of city instantly will get ugly. A bus driver winds up a goal of their misplaced aggression. A meetup with Nicky’s girlfriend turns to sexual violence, even from Mikey, who’s, in concept, the clear-headed of the 2. It’s a nightmare, and May traps viewers inside it.

Mikey and Nicky is tough to advocate — it’s not gratifying — however like nice artwork, the movie friends into the shadows of on a regular basis life that everyone knows exist, however not often see in mainstream storytelling. The movie was shot in 1973, across the time Mean Streets hit theaters, and it now looks like the last word condemnation of how Martin Scorsese’s movies (maybe unintentionally) glamorized mob violence and life. These are horrible males doing horrible issues. They are acquainted, and the ladies of their orbit are trapped. That’s not the sort of character research most individuals need out of a laid-back night time on the films. But it’s vital. Seeing is believing. —Matt Patches

Mikey and Nicky is streaming on HBO Max and The Criterion Channel.

The NFL Draft

2021 NFL Draft: Gregory Rousseau stands with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell onstage

Photo: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

I spent the weekend in particular person with my prolonged household. We drank Great Lakes beers, ate Frickers rooster wings, and watched the NFL Draft on the light outside TVs of some dirty Ohio bars. Actually, we didn’t watch the NFL Draft. The NFL analyst chatter on ESPN merely offered background noise to conversations about how the hell all of us obtained by the previous 14 months aside and when the gradual return to one thing kind of like regular is likely to be.

What an sudden pleasure to deal with tv like this: as atmosphere that fills the little voids, a comforting murmur that reminds you that the world continues to spin. — Chris Plante

The NFL Draft was a stay occasion, so I’m sorry however you possibly can’t not watch it.

Tokyo Lens

An abandoned Japanese village house

Photo: Norm Nakamura

YouTube is a wondrous place, a mind-boggling useful resource filled with movies as assorted as Let’s Plays, animal antics, film trailers, ASMR, and … home windows into the lives of individuals residing in each far-flung nook of the globe.

I by no means used to spend all that a lot time watching stuff from, like, “YouTube creators,” however my spouse launched me to a few of her favourite ones, and I finally discovered my manner to some channels as effectively. For years, she has subscribed to numerous expatriates residing in Japan — Americans, Canadians, Brits, Australians — who produce movies about their day-to-day lives in addition to their adventures throughout the nation. We watched plenty of these movies within the run-up to our honeymoon in Japan within the fall of 2019, they usually helped put together us for what to anticipate, what to do (and never do), and the place to go.

Perhaps my favourite creator of the bunch is Norm Nakamura, who goes by Tokyo Lens. Nakamura began his channel a number of years in the past to make movies about what it was wish to discover ways to play the shamisen, a standard Japanese stringed instrument, and steadily expanded his scope over time. What I like most are his mini documentaries, five- to 20-minute movies wherein Nakamura travels someplace in Japan and interviews individuals comparable to restaurateurs and craftsmen to inform their tales.

He’s actually upped his sport this yr with a number of current movies: a 10-years-later look again on the devastating Tohoku earthquake and the tsunami that followed (in addition to the jaw-dropping story of an innkeeper who was lucky to survive the disaster), and a visit by abandoned villages in the mountains. Nakamura has the curiosity of a journalist and the instinct of an explorer, and extra importantly, he’s obtained a giant coronary heart. He shows nice respect and care in sharing these glimpses into the lives of atypical individuals, they usually’re the sorts of tales that you simply simply wouldn’t be prone to see (or have entry to) with out a platform comparable to YouTube to attach viewers like me to them. —Samit Sarkar

The Tokyo Lens channel is out there on YouTube.

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