What Did You Watch This Weekend?

By  · Published on August 11th, 2014

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The Weekend Watch is an open thread where you can share what you’ve recently watched, offer suggestions on movies and TV shows we should check out (or warnings about stuff to avoid) and discover queue-filling goodies from other FSR readers.

The comments section awaits. I’ll get the ball rolling with the movies/TV my eyeballs took in this weekend.

Dead & Buried is a fun little horror flick from the early ’80s that feels like a mash-up of The Fog and The Twilight Zone. It’s not as good as either of those at their best, but between the gory Stan Winston special effects and pleasantly familiar faces among the cast it remains a solid watch.

Vinegar Syndrome is a relatively young label utterly uninterested in releasing cleaned up versions of beloved classics. Instead, they focus on low budget cinema forgotten by time – often for good reason – along with sleaze from decades past. Some of their finds are gems though, and that’s the case with their latest release. It’s a double feature DVD, but the second movie can be safely ignored. The other title though – Cry Wilderness – is a work of pure magic. I’m no fan of the phrase “so bad it’s good” because entertaining is entertaining, period. And this movie is ridiculously entertaining. It’s about a young boy who either spent last summer hanging out with Bigfoot or is mentally deranged. The film offers evidence to support both arguments.

I won’t pretend to have seen very many Jim Jarmusch films, but what I have watched leaves me uninterested in seeing many more. His latest, Only Lovers Left Alive, has been getting a lot of love by folks in the same boat so I gave it a shot. On the one hand, it’s easily my favorite Jarmusch – due mostly to the cast and sensory appeal – but on the other I’m no closer to being a fan of the man’s work.

The Wire has been a new discovery for me this year, and since I’m trying to pace myself through the series I only just started season three. I can’t yet tell if the focus is fully back on the drug trade or if its focus will be equally spread to politics, but two episodes in I’m once again loving everything about it.

Netflix has the directors cut of World War Z available streaming, and as a fan of the theatrical version I wanted to check out the differences. I can’t say as I noticed very many aside from some CGI blood and extended montages, but it did remind me how solid and tension-filled of a film it is. The stretch in Korea is still terrible – due entirely to ridiculous scripting – but the remainder is an exciting and frequently thrilling ride that starts in the first ten minutes and rarely lets up. Plus, not for nothing but Daniella Kertesz amirite?

What did you watch this weekend?

Rob Hunter has been writing for Film School Rejects since before you were born, which is weird seeing as he's so damn young. He's our Chief Film Critic and Associate Editor and lists 'Broadcast News' as his favorite film of all time. Feel free to say hi if you see him on Twitter @FakeRobHunter.