Ain't Them Bodies Saints

It’s been a while since we opened our week with one of these discussion threads. And I miss them, so I’m bringing it back, at least for now while our Managing Editor Scott Beggs is on vacation. Which, as you may know from the course of the site’s history, means that we’ll be experimenting again, with hallucinogens. Or something along those lines.

While we figure out the office non-prescription drug situation, it’s time to talk about the things you watched this weekend. It’s a chance for you to share what you’re up to, give us your review and find other queue-filling goodness courtesy of legions of FSR readers around the world. The comment section awaits. I’m proud to get us started.

This weekend was a lighter one for yours truly. As you might know if you follow me on Twitter, I’ve got a thing for the sport known as American Football. So while I love movies, I also love watching my Ohio State Buckeyes bludgeon opponents into submission and the members of my Fantasy Football team throw me into a downward spiral of depression. Personal note: Fantasy sports is perhaps the dumbest thing in which I’ve ever invested emotional energy. Just say “no,” kids.

Back to the pop culture consumption, I did catch David Lowery’s Texas-based drama Ain’t Them Bodies Saints via its digital release on iTunes this weekend. It’s just the sort of movie that delivers harsh themes sure to ruin your day, so I wouldn’t recommend watching it at 11 AM, as I did. Strong performances from Rooney Mara, Ben Foster and Casey Affleck anchor the bleak tale of a family separated by the consequences of a life of crime. It falls into a category I’ve dubbed “dread porn,” mostly due to the indulgent nature (on the part of the filmmaker and perhaps the audience) of the overwhelming sense that something bad is about to happen. Do you love cinematically-induced, slow-burn anxiety attacks in sepia tone? This one is for you.

A light weekend, for sure. But as the leaves turn and the air grows colder, it brings about a season known as “screener season.” As a proud member of the Austin Film Critics Association, I’m sure to be the target of studio marketing by way of awards screener. This will allow for me to catch up on a lot of the prestige films I’ve missed this year and fill up my Letterboxd diary with reviews. Won’t you join me?

What did you watch this weekend?

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