Scarlett Johansson in UNDER THE SKIN

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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.

It’s my very first installment of this feature, and I’m going to go ahead and begin with a slight cheat. I saw Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin on Thursday, but the film has stayed at the front of my brain (or wherever short-term memories land) all weekend long. Scarlett Johansson plays something of an alien entity (not a spoiler, honest) who views mankind through unsympathetic eyes as she goes about the business of luring horny Scots back to an otherworldly room in her ramshackle flat. It’s mesmerizing and terrifying in equal measure, beautifully photographed and scored, and I’ve yet to stop thinking about it.

A pair of indie horror films found their way into my weekend proper starting with the fairly gross STD-themed Contracted. It’s about a young woman in a lopsided relationship with another woman who gets roofied by a necrophiliac morgue attendant (Simon Barrett) and wakes up the next day with some serious issues “down there.” The problems soon move elsewhere in her body leading to some nasty side effects and disturbing results. There are some fun moments, but I think it would have worked better as a short film.

Next up was the new “slasher musical” called Stage Fright. It just premiered on iTunes, and since I had missed it at SXSW this year I decided to give it a watch. This required signing up for iTunes for the very first time, so that was fun, but the film made it mostly worth it. There are laughs in the first half, and once the murders start it’s fairly bloody, but the script is pretty slight to the point that the killer is identifiable by the twenty minute mark. It’s fun though, and if nothing else, there’s also Meat Loaf.

I may have also watched Nurse Girl Dorm: Sticky Fingers, but I don’t have to explain myself to you.

Let’s move on to TV shall we?

I finally caught up with the first few episodes of the new Cosmos, and my immediate takeaway is that I much prefer Neil Degrasse Tyson’s Tree of Life to Terrence Malick’s. I’d been holding off on watching because Tyson is on my girlfriend’s “celebrity sex pass” list — don’t ask — but having watched the show I can see the attraction to his happy genius. The mix of live action and animation work beautifully to impart knowledge in entertaining ways, and his refusal to sidestep religious convictions is equally enjoyable.

The latest Hannibal? A gorgeous treat for the eyes and the ears. As usual.

And finally, I’m also playing catch-up with season two of Syfy’s Continuum. Am I the only one watching this show? I never hear any chatter about it, but I’m fan of its central sci-fi premise involving a cop (Rachel Nichols) from 2077 accidentally sent back to 2012 with a handful of terrorists. She’s trying to stop the future baddies in the present and get back to the future. It’s good fun, but I just wish she wasn’t such a shitty cop.

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What did you watch this weekend?


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