Watch List Weekly Recap 12/17/21

Weird movie promo junk, Italian nostalgia tours, bad mothers, and ex-Monkees were some of the topics covered this week.

Watch List Weekly Recap 12/17/21

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Tuesday’s newsletter was an ode to swag, the free junk that movie companies send out to raise awareness and annoy reviewers. In other words: Merch, the good, the bad, and the truly bizarre (i.e., the promotional chain-saw I once received in the mail).

Some Notes On Swag
I have on my shelf a prized heirloom that I intend to pass along to future generations, who if they have any taste will fight over it like dogs. It is a plastic bubble filled with some sort of liquid – could be water, could be kerosene – inside of which a tiny Marge Gunderson stands over a dead body with an overturned car nearby. When you give it a shak…

On Wednesday, I directed readers to “The Hand of God” on Netflix, a visually ravishing, emotionally affecting memory play from Paolo Sorrentino (”The Great Beauty”). Plus: Going down the Mike Nesmith rabbit hole.

See Naples And Live
The Nut Graf: Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Hand of God” (in theaters and on Netflix, ***1/2 stars out of ****) is “The Great Beauty” director’s most personal work to date, a charming and moving account of a Naples adolescence. Also: What Michael Nesmith leaves behind.

For the Friday round-up of new releases, I highly recommended “The Lost Daughter,” based on an Elena Ferrante novel and featuring two arresting performances by Olivia Colman and Jessie Buckley (below). Also: Guillermo del Toro’s remake of “Nightmare Alley” and dueling Mahershala Alis in “Swan Song.”

Mum's The Word
The Nut Graf: “The Lost Daughter” (in theaters and on Netflix 12/31, **** out of ****) is an eerie psychological portrait of damaged motherhood, with great performances from Olivia Colman and Jessie Buckley. Guillermo del Toro’s remake of “Nightmare Alley”

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