It was a pretty big weekend for movies, gang. Or rather, a particular movie: nightmare alley, the neo-noir psychological thriller from beloved horror darling Guillermo del Toro starring Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett. The adaptation of William Lindsay Gresham’s 1946 novel has received mostly positive reviews, although it didn’t quite set the world on fire, box office wise. What it excels at are things that Del Toro movies always excel at: excellent music and design, great casting and directing that makes everything look so mesmerizing, even if it’s stepping into some really screwed up territory. While we didn’t rate it, we did see how it compares to the earlier work of del Toro and found it in the top tier of what is generally a very good track record.
On the other hand, considering how the pandemic has suddenly taken such a sharp turn that even SNL had to run on a skeleton crew and I hope this weekend you probably chose to relax at home. If you didn’t choose to catch up with Hawkeye for the final on Wednesday, you may have decided to open Netflix and take a look at your Witcher, Henry Cavill. Season two caught on, and it’s apparently a stronger, less chronologically confusing adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski’s fantasy novels. It’s a good thing, since Netflix is going all-in in this area: along with a third season and that’s pretty good Nightmare of the Wolf movie from earlier this year, they are doing a prequel with Michelle Yeo, and a child-oriented spin-off Is in the making. (Yes really.)
Those sound like two great ways to spend your weekend, and we’d love to hear more about that. (Mark spoilers if you have them in your head, as always.) As we go into 2022, I think Open Channels will be split into specific topics like this one, and a broader “what pop culture have you consumed” at the very end of the month, like what we did to end of November. If that sounds like a good strategy, let us know in the comments section below.
Oh, and tell us what you think Spider-Man movie. I’ve heard a lot of people think it’s pretty good.
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