What Did You Watch This Weekend?

By  · Published on July 8th, 2013

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.

This weekend saw Despicable Me 2 and The Lone Ranger hitting theaters, and since I wasn’t thrilled enough by either to make the half-hour drive to the nearest non-dubbed cinema, I spent Saturday with Batman: The Brave and the Bold ‐ a cartoon series that makes an excellent antidote to the Nolan-era Dark Knight (or the equally stolid, equally great Batman: The Animated Series).

The brave and bold Bat isn’t Adam West goofy, but he still has a sense of humor, only glowers occasionally and goes on epic adventures (usually with a partner like Plastic Man) that feel like radio serials brought to visual life. Every episode title ends in an exclamation mark for a reason ‐ whether for genuine excitement or as a wink to the audience. Big thanks to my friends Ryan and Travon for introducing me. Watching Batman as a super-smart ape is as good as life gets. [Netflix Streaming]

I also revisited Alfred Hitchcock’s Dial M For Murder with my wife, who was seeing it for the first time. An interesting one to experience with a spouse. It’s not my favorite Hitchcock, but I’d almost forgotten what a master class in core suspense it is ‐ basically told in three acts inside a single room. That’s a feat that few would attempt these days, let alone succeed at.

In it, Ray Milland plays a former tennis champ who finds about about his rich wife’s (Grace Kelly) infidelity and seeks to bump her off by committing the perfect crime. Things don’t go as smoothly as you’d want in a situation like that, setting the stage for Hitchcock to work the kind of magic where we find ourselves crossing our fingers for the bad guy until deciding to root for the gorgeous adulteress and her mystery author boyfriend.

Further proof that if you give him a room, a girl and a pair of scissors, Hitchcock can make your heart slam against your rib cage desperate to get out. [Amazon Pay Rental]

So what did you watch?

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