ScreenCrush Staff Picks for What to Watch the Weekend of June 2
If you can’t decide what to watch this weekend, ScreenCrush’s Staff Picks are here to help. They’re like the recommendations at an old video store, except you don’t have to put on pants or go outside to get them. Here are four things to watch this weekend:
A few weeks ago I had the supreme pleasure of watching Tango & Cash on the big screen in 35mm. While the visual splendor won’t be quite as magnificent at home, the movie is still a lot of fun at TV size. Tango & Cash arrived at the tail end of the 1980s, and in many ways it represents the culmination of both the best and the hilarious worst of the decade’s action cinema, with mismatched buddy cops (played by Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell) taking on a scenery chewing drug kingpin (Jack Palance) while trading outrageous quips and surviving outlandish action sequences.
If you believe Wikipedia (which is never wrong), the movie’s production was a nightmare: There was never a finished script, the director got canned in the middle of production, and no one could decide whether they were making a serious drama or a wacky comedy. (Based on the finished product, the latter eventually won out.) Incredibly, the film bears few indications of the problems; the movie is 100 jam-packed minutes of awesomely ludicrous fights and stunts, and Stallone and Russell make a fine duo as the straight-laced Tango and unpredictable Cash. ’80s action was never more charmingly ’80s-ish.
Tango & Cash is available for rent, or for streaming on MAX GO.
There’s global warming, and then there’s “radioactive deathwave sweeping the planet after 97 years of nuclear fallout.” Such is the case with The 100 Season 4, which cleverly eschews familiar big bads like Grounders, Mountain Men, or artificial intelligence for the heartless ticking clock of humanity’s willingness to work together against overwhelming odds.
It’s more than a topical reminder of mankind’s best and worst instincts, as The 100 continually goes above and beyond typical CW dramas to explore an endless cacophony of choice and hardship. The series never veers away from the consequences of the characters’ actions, and while that may not sound like a barrel of laughs, the fourth season wraps its story of survival with tension and thorough world-building. Not to mention, Season 4 promises a future twist for Season 5 that ranks right up there with the best of Battlestar Galactica, and isn’t afraid of a little hope along the way.
The 100 Seasons 1-4 are available on Netflix.
Yesterday Netflix decided to pull the plug on Sense8 after two seasons. As one of the most unabashedly queer shows on television, it was sad news for the start of LGBTQ Pride Month. So why not celebrate by starting (or revisiting) the series? The show is as mind-bogglingly bizarre as anything you’d imagine from the Wachowskis. It follows eight strangers from across the globe who learn they’re mentally connected and can swap in and out of each other’s bodies and minds.
That wild concept gives way to some insanely thrilling action sequences – in one of my favorites, Doona Bae’s kickboxing champ Sun helps Aml Ameen’s Capheus take down a group of local Kenyan gangsters, all without leaving Korea. But more than the action, the show’s bold sci-fi premise allowed the Wachowskis to really sink into the spiritual and philosophical concepts they’ve long woven into their work. And did I mention this show features not one, but two orgy scenes and a live birth?
Sense8 Seasons 1-2 are available on Netflix.