Fancy a movie night this Saturday? Need a TV show to binge on a quiet Sunday? Maybe you want a new game to play? Well, we may have something that could help give your weekend a much-needed pick-me-up with our Weekend Fuel! We’ve compiled a list of movies, tv shows and games that might be worth checking out over the next few days.
The Trial of the Chicago 7
(Available exclusively on Netflix)
Acclaimed writer Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, The West Wing, Molly’s Game) returns to the director’s chair for this high profile Netflix release starring Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Mark Rylance.
The film recounts the infamous 1969 trial of seven Chicago anti-war protestors charged by the US federal government with conspiracy and more, arising from the countercultural protests in Chicago at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. However, the protestors soon find out that the trial is anything but fair. America was captivated by the unfolding events in the courtroom and the event sparked a conversation about mayhem intended to undermine the U.S. government.
With a 94% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes from critics, Trial of the Chicago 7 looks to be an unmissable film for Netflix viewers.
The Personal History of David Copperfield
(Available to stream for free with an Amazon Prime account)
Released at the start of the year into cinemas, Armando Iannucci (The Thick of It, Veep, The Death of Stalin) shares his interesting and unique vision for a classic Charles Dickens tale.
The Personal History of David Copperfield retells Dicken’s classic of a young orphan who finds the strength and resolve to triumph over the many obstacles in his life. Iannucci approaches the film with the usual blend of conversational witty humour with the odd moment of slapstick. The film also features colour-blind casting allowing a diverse group of talents to feature prominently in the film – most notably Dev Patel as the titular Copperfield. Patel is supported by a strong supporting cast featuring Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Peter Capaldi, Ben Whishaw and more familiar faces.
If you’re a fan of Iannucci’s previous works, this is certainly worth checking out.
Scream Trilogy Boxset
(Available now on Blu-Ray and on digital platforms)
Another slice of horror thrills to keep you in the Halloween mood this month and we’re turning our attention to Wes Craven’s seminal modern slasher series, Scream – which has now been released in a blu-ray boxset that compiles Scream, Scream 2 and Scream 3. Oddly, there’s no sign of 2011’s Scre4m included in this set – though this is likely due to distributor rights with Entertainment in Video having released the film in the UK. Fear not, Scre4m is still easily available on DVD, Blu-Ray and digital platforms at a nice low price too.
When Scream arrived in 1996, it gave the horror genre a much needed “stab” back to mainstream prominence. Directed by Wes Craven and starring Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, David Arquette and Drew Barrymore, the film focused on the residents of a picturesque small town terrorised by a killer with a fondness for scary movies. Deconstructing the horror tropes and building them back up with a cheeky wink, Scream’s over the top murder mystery brought the scares and laughs.
A fun zippy sequel arrived a full year later in 1997 poking fun at sequel tropes. However, it’s quality did fade marginally with its initial trilogy closer in 2000. It would take just over 10 years for Scream to return to cinemas for its fourth outing. A fifth film is currently in pre-production and planned for a release in 2022.
G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout
(Available on Switch, Xbox One & Playstation 4)
For a taste of Hasbro nostalgia, IguanaBee released G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout. A brand new third-person shooter video game based on the iconic toyline and lets players enter the hyper exaggerated battle of good vs evil between G.I. Joe and the deadly forces of Cobra.
Created by fans for fans, the game offers fast-paced gameplay and lets you play as popular characters from each side. You can play as Snake Eyes for the Joes or if you’re feeling vicious, become the deadly Baroness for Cobra. It’s certainly worth checking out if you’re a fan of the G.I. Joe franchise.
That’s all the Weekend Fuel suggestions we have for this week. Come back next Friday for another round-up of suggestions to power your geeky and nerdy needs for the weekend.
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