Watch List Weekly Recap 11/5/21

Watch List Weekly Recap 11/5/21

This is the Friday recap of Ty Burr’s Watch List postings for the week. If you’d like to receive this weekly email ONLY, please go to your account page and under “Email notifications” uncheck every box except “Weekly Digest.” If you’d prefer to not receive it at all, uncheck just “Weekly Digest.”

The Tuesday Thread, for paying subscribers, was devoted to the idea of comfort-food culture: Those favorite movies and shows and albums you lay in for the long, cold winters. Props to the guy who mentioned “Local Hero.” (Pictured: Autumn risotto with butternut squash and roasted chestnuts)

The Tuesday Thread: What's Your Comfort Culture?

The Sleeper of the Week is “Nine Days,” a strange and exhilarating drama set in the metaphysical limbo before a human soul gets born. Like Pixar’s “Soul,” but with real people.

Sleeper of the Week: "Nine Days"
The Nut Graf: “Nine Days” (available for rent on Amazon and elsewhere) is a brooding, inventively realized allegory about souls waiting to be born. (*** stars out of ****)

Friday’s post featured an enjoyable pile-up: Quick and dirty reviews of three films arriving on demand and two in theaters. The post-apocalypse Tom Hanks movie is pretty out there but not as strange as the one about the man who painted cats.

It's a Five-Film Friday
The Nut Graf: “Finch” (Apple TV+): Nope. “The Harder They Fall” (Netflix): Maybe. “The Electrical Life of Louis Wain” (Amazon): Sure, why not? “Spencer” (in theaters): You bet. “The Souvenir: Part II” (in theaters): Yes, but in tandem with Part I.

Have a good weekend!

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