Reservation dogs; Prey.
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Another week, another handful of TV and movie choices for you all. It’s light, but we’ll just call it quality > quantity. The choices below can range from excellent to trashy fun, but that’s how we like to spend our weekends, right? There is David Leitch High-speed train, and, to be fair, I mostly recommend it because the beautifully funny chemistry of Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Brian Tyree Henry is a surprising treat to behold. Oh, and I can’t forget that this is Bad Bunny’s first seductive, sexy film. (You know it’s gonna get butts in the theater seats.) And there are even more fresh and exciting selections, like a new season of Reservation dogs (woo!) and the beginnings of a new Predator film. Here are the choices:
High-speed train has it all: a huge action setting, fun cameos, Tarantino-style flashbacks, fun dialogue, great music, and a stacked cast with Brad Pitt at the center. It doesn’t all necessarily come together in a tight, high-level movie, but High-speed train is always a fun ride.
Why Prey hasn’t been released theatrically is beyond me, but hey, that means Hulu subscribers are getting a loud new movie release in their living rooms this weekend. A prequel to Predator movies, Prey follows the dreaded alien’s arrival on Earth in the 1700s, meaning there’s no technology or weapons to fight the advanced being. This simply compelling premise alone is enough to set a watch on fire, but pair it with Amber Midthunder’s performance as Naru, a young Comanche woman who fights to be seen more in her community, and director Dan Trachtenberg. , absolutely tense 10 Cloverfield Lane, and we are ready. Hulu even provides a comanche dub of the movie.
The film that inspired many takes on Twitter and introduced Alana Haim to mainstream audiences as an actress is coming to Amazon Prime Video (the film was previously only available on VOD platforms). Haim stars as Alana Kane, a directionless twenty-something who crosses paths with young Gary Valentine (played by a charming Cooper Hoffman), a business-enthusiastic teenager, in the San Fernando Valley of the 70s. It’s one of Paul Thomas Anderson’s most tender films, as it plays with Alana’s desire to recapture the feeling of bright-eyed childhood and Gary’s desperate need for adult independence.
There is a level of comfort in Reservation dogs it makes it tempting to just sit back and forget everything around you. The story of four young rez kids yearning for something more is touching, downright hilarious and, at times, melancholy. After the events of season one, in which the self-proclaimed reserve dogs lose one of their friends, Elora (Devery Jacobs), to a rival gang member when she hits the road to the seductive California, the other kids have to pick up the pieces in Oklahoma.
Ohhh, The sand man. Based on Neil Gaiman’s epic graphic novel, Netflix’s latest attempt at a franchise-building series is intriguing. Has Gaiman’s work ever been translated properly for the screen (apart from Coraline, This is)? Now I don’t know if I found The sand man necessarily taking, but I did not like. (I know, a low bar). I also know that avid fans will want to check it out for themselves. So goes The sand man be a Witcher-like hit, or will it be lost in the dark void of Netflix’s endless queue. Only time will tell.
Also! Read our streaming recommendations from July 29 weekend. Vulture’s next weekend streaming picks list will go live on Friday, August 12.