4 Recommendations from This Weekend

Up until this past weekend, I hadn’t watched any new movies in 2018, which is somewhat abnormal for me. But over several lunches, dinner, and a theater visit today, I ended up seeing 4 movies (or shows that felt like movies).

Amazingly, they were all good. Really good. I don’t have a full blog entry’s worth of content for any of them, so I’ll just summarize why I recommend each of them here.

When We First Met: I had very low expectations for this Groundhog Day-style movie about a guy who repeats the same day 3 years ago in an effort to win over the girl he loves. But I love rom coms, and I love the Groundhog Day premise, so I gave it a try…and it turned out to be one of the best rom coms I’ve seen in a long time. It’s funny, heartwarming, and it doesn’t fall into most rom com tropes.

Black Mirror: USS Callister: This is the first episode of season 4 of Black Mirror, and I absolutely loved it. At 75 minutes, it felt like a movie, and it uses those minutes wisely. There are so many twists that I don’t want to really say anything about it, but I’ll just say this: If you like Galaxy Quest, this is a must-watch.

Black Mirror: Arkangel: While the scope of this episode is much smaller than USS Callister, it demonstrates what Black Mirror does best: It introduces a technology that has true merit in principle, and then it shows you the devastating impact it can have in practice.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle: Given how well this movie has done in theaters–not to mention the stellar cast–I figured this would be entertaining. It was exactly what I signed up for in terms of action and comedy. What surprised me was how it brought video game concepts into the Jumanji world and the level of character development. It’s leaving theaters soon, but I certainly think it’s worth renting if you miss out.

Have you seen any of these? What did you like about them?