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.
Indiana Jones Series
(Available to stream on Amazon Prime)
Other than Han Solo, is there no other iconic role for Harrison Ford than Indiana Jones? If you’re seeking treasure hunting adventure then look no further than the Indiana Jones franchise, which you can now stream as part of the Amazon Prime Video subscription service.
Making his cinematic debut in 1981’s Raiders of The Lost Ark with a story devised by George Lucas and Steven Spielberg directing, the film series charts the exploring exploits of Dr. Henry Jones Jr – better known as Indiana Jones. Following the success of the first film, a sequel promptly followed in 1984 with Temple of Doom and even a threequel with The Last Crusade in 1989. The Last Crusade introducing us to Indy’s father played by the recently departed Sir Sean Connery.
Indy would return once more in 2008 for Kingdom of The Crystal Skull which, to many fans, paled in comparison to the original trilogy of adventures. Ignore the terrible disappointment of Kingdom of The Crystal Skull and enjoy the original trilogy of films that captivated audiences with adventure, treasure and that Harrison Ford swagger.
(Streaming on Netflix and available on other digital platforms)
Last Weekend Fuel, we talked about V for Vendetta directed by James McTeigue. This edition, we’re fast-forwarding a few years to his 2009’s noir martial arts actioner Ninja Assassin – also produced by The Wachowskis. If you’ve never seen the small actioner, it’s now available on watch on Netflix.
Trained since childhood to be a lethal killer, Raizo (Rain) has since turned his back on the Ozunu clan that raised him and now seeks revenge for their heartless murders. Teaming up with Europol investigator Mika (Naomi Harris), Raizo steadily butchers his enemies while inching ever closer to the long-awaited bloody reunion with his former master.
Unlike V for Vendetta, the film had a quieter release and attention from audiences and critics but for those looking for a slice of action this weekend, Ninja Assassin is a satisfactory spectacle.
Aunty Donna’s Big Ol’ House of Fun
(Streaming exclusively on Netflix)
Who are Aunty Donna? Well, in a nutshell, they’re an Australian comedy group with a taste for the surreal and utterly bonkers styles of humour. Having reached comedic heights in their home country of Australia and gaining a strong following internationally on YouTube, the trio now have their own series exclusively on Netflix.
Aunty Donna’s Big Ol’ House of Fun charts the everyday misadventures of Mark, Zachary and Broden in their humble abode in America. Each episode putting the trio in everyday-ish situations and then bulldozing through it with their brand of humour. One episode they’re seeking to replace their talking dishwasher housemate (really), the next hunting for buried treasure and if go even further they also in one episode have to prepare for a visit from The Queen of England.
For newcomers, it’s a gradual introduction to Aunty Donna’s OTT shenanigans. For fans, it’s a big-budgeted take on some of their popular internet and stand up sketches including a parody of Ellen, Family Fortunes (Family Feud for US audiences), the School Nurse and more. Sprinkle in some new sketches featuring guest stars like Ed Helms, Weird Al Yankovic, The Boys’ Antony Starr and more. With six 20 minute episodes, it’s quick-fire, easily digestible comedy madness.
Sometimes we need a hearty dose of mad sketches and a dollop of custardy humour. If you’re seeking daft fun or enjoy Aunty Donna, the Netflix series is a joyous quick binge for the weekend.
Spider-Man: Miles Morales
(Available exclusively on Playstation 4 and Playstation 5)
With next-gen consoles finally arriving, the spotlight is shining on the launch games that arrive with the new hardware and across all the launch titles Sony has for Playstation 5 there is nothing bigger than a brand new Spider-Man game. Building on the popularity of Into The Spiderverse, Insomniac Games return to the world of webbed heroes with Spider-Man: Miles Morales.
The game picks up following the original 2018 Spider-Man game and puts players in the shoes of the titular new hero as Miles attempts to get to grips with his newfound powers and abilities with the help of Peter Parker and friends. Fair warning though, those expecting a huge game similar to the original 2018 game may be disappointed as this is a smaller game. Best to compare the scope and size of the game to Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. That’s not a bad thing though, as this game helps build on the universe Insomanic have created.
While the game is spotlighted as one of Playstation 5’s key launch titles, you don’t need to stress if you haven’t got the next-gen console yet, it is available on Playstation 4 as well. Considering how well Insomanic stuck the landing on their first Spider-Man game, this should be a refined joy to return to and also build the anticipation for the eventual bigger follow up game that’s lurking around the corner.
Tetris Effect Connected
(Available on PC, Xbox and Playstation)
Tetris Effect gets a mini-upgrade to celebrate its arrival on Xbox Game Pass – just in time for the launches of the Xbox Series X and Series S consoles. Think Tetris couldn’t be cool in this day and age? Well, this game will certainly beg to differ. Sure, it’s the same Tetris game as before. Use the blocks to create lines and clear them quickly and efficiently. What Tetris Effect does, however, is fuse your gameplay actions with music and captivating visuals that draw you into something truly mesmerising. If you don’t believe us, Station Controller had a go on Twitch this past week and it caught his attention.
If you have Xbox Game Pass, it’s worth experiencing this weekend and if you haven’t played it on PS4 or PC – now is a better time than ever.
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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