Friday has come around again, and with it the promise of some delightful new offerings for big and small screens. This week we’ve got a treat for Sopranos fans, a seriously spooky new Netflix series and plenty more wonderful watches. It’s time people, here’s The Weekend Watchlist.
“It’s only after we’ve lost everything, that we’re free to do anything.” – Tyler Durden (Fight Club)
The Many Saints of Newark (15)
We were talking about this one at the very start of 2020 as one of our films to get excited about last year. But as with many of the movies at the time it was put on ice, until now. Any Sopranos fans worth their salt have been salivating at the prospect of this prequel to the incredible series, that focusses on a young Tony Soprano, fittingly played by James Gandolfini’s son.
It sees the impressionable teen Tony fall under the influence of his ‘made man’ uncle Dickie Moltisanti (Alessandro Nivola) as he progresses towards becoming the mad, bad mob boss we knew and loved. With some incredible performances, this smart, violent look at gangster life is a welcome addition to the genre, that any devotees of the series will relish.
BFI London Film Fest
The London Film Fest kicks off in a couple of weeks on October 6th. Always a highlight in any movie watcher’s calendar, this year’s fest doesn’t look like it will disappoint with the likes of the Idris Elba starring western, The Harder They Fall, about a gang of black gunslingers, and Kristen Stewart’s Princess Diana biopic, Spencer, both seemingly standout watches.
Midnight Mass (Netflix)
Mike Flanagan previously scared the bejesus out of us with his series’ The Haunting of Hill House and The Haunting of Bly Manor. His new Netflix offering, Midnight Mass, promises yet more sleepless nights. Set in the isolated fishing village of Crockett Island, the series follows Zach Gilford, a recovering alcoholic who’s returned home after years in prison, and a charismatic young Catholic priest (Hamish Linklater). Father Paul’s appearance on the island correspond’s with some strange occurrences that are seen by some as miracles. But is it really the touch of God on hand here? Or something more sinister? You don’t have to be a genius to work out it’s probably going to be the latter.
Did You Know?
In the classic 1978 slasher horror Halloween, Michael Myers’ mask is actually a Captain Kirk mask that was altered especially for the film. It was purchased for less than two dollars at the time.
From The Vault
Heathers (1989, Amazon Prime)
For this week’s from the vault, we’ve plumped for a high-school movie that turned the genre on its head. This dark 80s comedy stars Winona Ryder as Veronica, a popular teen who has come to hate the mean girls clique she hangs out with. Her life changes when she meets J.D. (Christian Slater), a charismatic outsider who suggests bumping off the students they don’t like. She soon realises that J.D. may be significantly meaner than any of her former girl friends. This vicious, yet delicious classic still manages to feel fresh after 32 years. Stream Heathers on Amazon Prime.
The trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s new film Nightmare Alley just dropped, and it looks pretty awesome. The movie stars Bradley Cooper as Stan Carlisle, a manipulative carny with a way with words. He hooks up with psychiatrist Dr. Lilith Ritter (Cate Blanchett), whose devious ways are far more dangerous than Stan himself. We don’t currently know much about this thrilling looking film noir, but we can’t wait until December 17th to find out.
Quick Question Answer: Last week we asked you if you knew what Sean Connery’s real name was? Drumroll please… It was Thomas! He chose the stage name ‘Sean Connery’ because Sean, besides being his middle name, reminded him of his favourite movie hero, Shane, as played by Alan Ladd in the 1953 western of the same name.
This week’s Quick Question – Which blonde sex symbol of the 1990s has an IQ of 154? We’ll give you the answer in next week’s Weekend Watchlist.
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