The Weekly Binge: Week of July 12th

Fruitvale Station:

A redemptive retelling in the shooting of 22-year old Oscar Grant, Ryan Cooglerd feature-length film shows the final day in the victims shoes. The film starring Michael B. Jordan has been criticized for manipulating the facts in order to try and make a political claim. However, the film’s claim (however skewed) seems to grow stronger and stronger as police injustice becomes more prevelant with social media.

Archer:

Do you find most shows hard to swallow? Phrasing. After watching a show, have you ever felt unsatisfied after you finish? Phrasing. Well take Archer for an exciting ride. Dammit! Phrasing. Archer, starring H. John Benjamin, is a comic story of the world’s most dangerous spy. Dangerous to whom is up for debate. Generally he ends up shooting his own coworkers and ruining the only chance to foil the bad guys with his inability to take situations seriously.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, created by Joss Whedon, is an action series that tells the tale of Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and her friends Xander (Nicholas Brandon), Willow (Alyson Hannigan), and Giles (Anthony Head) who fight to defend their hometown of Sunnydale from a bevy of supernatural horrors. If you plan on checking this show out, be sure to bring tents and sleeping bags, because Buffy the Vampire Slayer is campy beyond measure. Buffy and her friends call their monster-fighting gang “The Scoobies” and Xander constantly cracks jokes and drops all kinds of pop culture references, like saying, “This was no boating accident,” after the group finds a mysteriously murdered member of the Sunnydale High School swim team. It’s a fun show with snappy writing and solid acting, and easy to recommend to anyone who wants a new show to binge on.

Saw V:

The fifth installment of the Saw franchise, the lessons to be taught take a new approach. Rather than focusing on separate people, there are five individuals that are most certainly connected. David Hackl makes his directorial debut with a cast headlined by Scott Patterson, Betsy Russell, and Julie Benz as the mystery of Jigsaw continues.

Grandma’s Boy:

This 2006 cult classic comedy stars Allen Covert as Alex, a 35-year-old video game tester who is forced to live with his grandmother and two of her friends after he is evicted from his house. Co-stars Doris Roberts, Nick Swardson, and the beautiful Linda Cardellini lead this hilarious cast in a stupid but hilarious film that is every gaming stoner’s fantasy. If you’re looking for a late night movie to watch with your buddies after a night out, then Grandma’s Boy is the movie for you.

X-Files:

Have you ever wanted to know the truth about paranormal and extra-terrestrial activity? The X-Files, which started in 1993-2002, searched for the truth about these “happenings.” Fox Mulder (David Duchovny), the believer, and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), the skeptic, try and solve cases within the U.S. government, while also solving the paranormal. The truth is out there, will they find it?

*Image from FX, videos from the Weinstein Company, Lionsgate Movies, The Film Archives, 

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