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.
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
(Available to stream exclusively on Amazon Prime Video)
We start this week’s Weekend Fuel with the unexpected quick return of one Borat. Filmed in secret, Sacha Baron Cohen’s infamous character finally has a sequel and it’s on Amazon. Subsequent Moviefilm catches up with Borat after his first “documentary” and suffice to say his glorious nation of Kazakhstan is not best pleased as he’s been digging ditches with his daughter, Tutar (played by Maria Bakalova). But, he can redeem himself if he returns to America and meets US Vice-President Mike Pence. With his daughter and Kazakhstan’s Minister of Culture in town, Borat makes tracks to America once again to help improve the political bonds between his glorious nation of Kazakhstan and the US. Improve being a somewhat strong word as his interactions once again shed a satirical and eye-opening look at the US’s present social and political climate – including the coronavirus pandemic.
October has already proved a stacked month for Cohen as last week his political courtroom drama The Trial of The Chicago 7 debuted on Netflix to positive reviews. Here’s hoping he makes it 2 for 2 with this comedy character.
(Available to stream exclusively on Netflix)
Ben Wheatley helms a brand new version of the gothic novel by English author Dame Daphne du Maurier. A young woman (Lily James) is swept off her feet by the dashing Maxim de Winter (Arnie Hammer) and their whirlwind romance ultimately results in marriage. A happy marriage doesn’t last long when the new Mrs De Winter arrives at her new stately home where she discovers her new husband and the staff are still haunted by the memories of Maxim’s previous wife – the first Mrs De Winter. Unfortunately for the new wife, it’s something the cold housekeeper Mrs Danvers (Kristen Scott-Thomas) is eager to keep reminding her.
Film fans might bemoan this as a remake of the highly regarded 1940’s picture directed by Alfred Hitchcock however, that was also an adaptation of du Maurier’s work. So, head into this with an open mind. By the looks of the trailer, it’s a sumptuously shot drama thriller. Definitely check this out if you’re a fan of Ben Wheatley whose career is reaching higher heights with each new film. With solid films like High Rise, Sightseers, Free Fire and horror Kill List, Wheatley is a genre filmmaker worth watching.
Also, it’s a nice excuse for us to remember the Mitchell and Webb parody of the story!
Back to the Future 4K Boxset
(Available now to own on 4K Blu-ray now)
Arriving to celebrate its 35 anniversary, the iconic time-travelling trilogy has arrived in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray in a brand new set including all three films, brand new picture and audio presentations and extras from behind the scenes. For the uninitiated, Back to the Future tells the story of Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) who ends up travelling to 1955 thanks to a Doleran time machine created by Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd). In order to return to the future, he has to navigate meeting his parents and encourage 1955’s Doc Brown to help him fix his time machine without causing too much damage to the timeline.
Following its box office success, two sequels followed – back to back in 1989 and 1990, that saw Marty and Doc Brown travel further into the future and to the wild, wild, west. To many, it’s the definitive film focusing on time travel and has remained an audience favourite years later. Now is a perfect time to revisit this franchise.
If you’ve got the 4K setup, why not see how the opening scene of the film looks in its brand new 4K transfer below!
The Twilight Zone (2019) – Season One
(Available now to own on Blu-Ray and DVD)
A cult classic of 50s/60s television, The Twilight Zone took viewers on unique tales of the paranormal and unexpected – many of which left a chill in viewers. It ran for 5 seasons and even spun off an infamous feature-length film in the 80s. Fresh off his Oscar-winning work on acclaimed horror Get Out, Jordan Peele has teamed up with Simon Kinberg to offer a new modern take on the classic series. The first season of which has now arrived on Blu-ray and DVD, just in time for Halloween.
Jordan Peele is front and centre as your host as he takes viewers into ten new stories with contemporary, socially conscious storytelling in a brand new anthology. The re-imagined show features a stacked cast throughout with Kumail Nanjiani, Seth Rogen, Tracy Morgan, Greg Kinnear, Sanna Lathan, Adam Scott, John Cho to name but a few of the famous faces appearing in The Twilight Zone.
(Available now on Switch, Xbox One & Playstation 4)
If last week’s taste of G.I Joe Operation Blackout didn’t scratch that Hasbro itch, there’s a brand new Transformers video game hitting the console market this weekend. Transformers: Battlegrounds takes the never-ending fight between Autobots and Decepticons to the RTS genre. Think of it as a toy branded XCOM if you will!
Developed by Coatsink and released by Outright Games, players can lead Optimus Prime and take the fight to Megatron in exciting turn-based strategy and combat. With a colourful cartoon aesthetic and including the voice cast from the TV series, Battlegrounds is definitely worth checking out if you’re a die-hard Transformers fan.
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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