What Did You Watch This Weekend?

By  · Published on June 16th, 2014

Drafthouse Films

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.

The Final Member is a documentary about a guy who collects penises, but don’t let that fool you. For one thing it’s a Drafthouse Films release – they’re the folks who also gave a home to docs like A Band Called Death and Act of Killing – but for another it’s a damn fine film. It feels like something that would be silly on its face, but it’s actually a fairly profound and endearing look at what motivates us in life and in death.

For as much as I love international cinema, I’m a bit ignorant when it comes to movies from certain countries. Germany is one of them as there are very few movies I’m familiar with and even fewer that I like. The Lives of Others, Run Lola Run and… there you go. Happily, I can now add one more to the list. A Coffee In Berlin is a small black & white film that follows one man’s hopeless quest for a cup of coffee and a far better day than he’s having. Alternately funny and heartfelt, the movie is an unexpected breath of fresh air.

There’s a trio of great performances in David Gordon Green’s Joe – Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan, Gary Poulter – but they’re deserving of a much better script. It thinks it’s classing up genre cliches with serious drama and character, but instead the drama get dragged down to cliche. The same exact things happen here that happen in any number of generic “man pushed to the breaking point” action flicks starring Jason Statham or Chuck Norris… they just happen with more showy gravitas.

As usual, I also watched the latest Orphan Black. My full thoughts are here, but in short it’s a solid-enough episode. The main storyline is hurt by some poor scripting, but it’s all worth it for the scenes we share with Helena and Alison. Especially with Helena.

And finally, I finished up my first-time watch of The Wire’s second season. Of course it’s fantastic, but I’m most impressed with the show’s ability to shift its focus so dramatically while maintaining its quality. I was leery at first – can shipyard shenanigans offer as much good material as the towers? – but, a single weak character aside, it maintained the same level of detailed fascination and intelligence throughout. I would have thought I’d be more annoyed by the fact that the big bad guys seem to get away more often than not, but the show’s greatest charm is its adherence to reality. And now I’m depressed. On to season three!

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.