This week in the Watchlist there’s a gambler haunted by his past, a bloodthirsty western, not to mention the Earth’s existence being threatened by the Moon as well as much more. Here we go again, it’s The Weekend Watchlist.
“Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room!” – Dr Strangelove
The Card Counter (15)
Firebrand writer/director Paul Schrader knows a thing or two about revenge thrillers having penned Taxi Driver. His new movie tells the story of an ex-military man turned pro gambler, William Tell (Oscar Isaac) who sets out to reform a young soldier seeking vengeance on a military colonel (Willem Dafoe) who affected both of their pasts. This one’s gritty rather than glamorous but still holds an ace up its sleeve when it comes to weaving a compelling story.
The Harder They Fall (Netflix)
Another revenge saga for you now, but rather more action packed than our first offering. This bloody western follows gunfighter Nat Love (Jonathan Majors) as he seeks to assemble a crack team that can help him hunt down the ruthless villain who killed his parents (Idris Elba) years ago. The all-star cast also includes Zazie Beetz and Regina King and features a sharp soundtrack from the films producer, Shawn ‘Jay Z’ Carter, Lauren Hill, Seal and many more.
Did You Know?
Bill Murray was originally considered for the role of the caped crusader in 1989 film Batman. The movie went through a long pre-production process and initially Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman was attached to the film. Reitman wanted to cast Bill Murray as the Dark Knight and Eddie Murphy as Robin. That was, until director Tim Burton came on board and went with Michael Keaton. Murray would have made it a very different movie, but we’d have loved to see him sparring onscreen with Nicholson’s Joker.
Dave Made a Maze (2017)
If your in the mood for a movie with the quirk dial set to ten, then look no further than this inventive comedy horror. The premise sees frustrated artist Dave build a ramshackle fort out of cardboard boxes in his living room, much to the chagrin of his girlfriend Annie.
When he ends up trapped inside his creation she unwittingly enters the fort on a rescue mission with a group of friends and they find themselves in a strange supernatural world filled with deadly booby traps made from innocuous looking art and craft gear and worst of all a fearsome Minotaur. This one’s a breath of fresh air in a blockbuster packed world. Stream it on Amazon Prime.
As we all know the Moon is pretty important in terms of our planet’s eco system. Which makes the prospect of the events in
Roland Emmerich’s upcoming sci-fi movie terrifying, if slightly fanciful. It sees a mysterious force knock the Moon from its orbit around Earth, sending it on a collision course with us creating chaos on the planet.
A team comprising of a NASA executive (Halle Berry), an astronaut (Patrick Wilson) and a conspiracy theorist mount a last-ditch mission into space only to discover that the Moon ain’t what we think it is. Moonfall is out on February 4, 2022. Check out the trailer below.
Hot of the heels of the Venom movies, Marvel are unleashing another compelling antihero in the shape of living vampire, Morbius. Oscar winner Jared Leto plays the Dr, who, whilst dangerously ill with a rare blood disorder and determined to save others suffering his same fate, tries a radical cure. But things don’t go quite as planned as you can see from the rather dark trailer. Morbius lands in cinemas on January 28, 2022.
Quick Question Answer: Last week we asked you what food recipes the code in The Matrix comes from? It was in fact sushi recipes. Production designer Simon Whiteley was the man behind the code which he found in one of his wife’s Japanese cookbooks.
This week we’d like to know what was the highest grossing movie of the 1980s? We’ll give you the answer in next week’s Weekend Watchlist.
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