Watch List Weekly Recap 7/1/22

A varied bag this week: Calls to civic action, Elvis on the big screen, summer movie memories, recent hits on VOD, and a lovely little movie about a mollusk.

Watch List Weekly Recap 7/1/22

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Last Saturday, in the wake of the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade, I gave vent to a lot of shared feelings and, more importantly, asked myself and readers to start thinking in terms of concrete action, in the near and farther future. The Court’s decisions later in the week did nothing to allay fears, and the upcoming term looks even worse. We’re at DEFCON 1, folks.

So What Are You Going to Do About It?
Literally, I mean. What, specifically, are you planning to do – what actions will you take, today or in the future – now that it is clear beyond all doubt that an autocratic rule is being imposed upon the people of this country and that the pieces of a fascist state are snapping into place? Before you accuse me of being pa…

From the horrific to the ridiculous: Some thoughts on Baz Luhrmann’s over-the-top “Elvis” and why, in the words of William Carlos Williams, “the pure products of America go crazy.”

All Shook Up
The Nut Graf: Baz Luhrmann turns the life of Elvis Aaron Presley into a three-ring circus with more sensation than sense in “Elvis” (in theaters, **1/2 stars out of ****). But it’s got a good beat and you can dance to it.

For Throwback Thursday, I asked readers to cast themselves back to the summer movies and memories of their youth: The drive-ins, the teen comedies, “Jaws” making you never want to swim anywhere ever again. Featuring: The Great Coolidge Monster Riot.

Hot Time: Summer in the Cinema
(Note: Information on where the films discussed below are available for streaming can be found at Join me as I take a break from doomscrolling the latest ketchup-splattered revelations from the Jan. 6 hearings and the ongoing destruction of our civic contract by the allegedly Supreme Court to talk about … summer movies.

Two new movies reviewed: The winsome, wistful “Marcel the Shell with Shoes On,” which pairs Jenny Slate and Isabella Rossellini as sentient mollusks, and “Mr. Malcolm’s List,” which reduces Jane Austen to a bag of chocolate popcorn you c an’t stop eating. Plus: Good recent movies now available for streaming.

The Shellfish Heart
The Nut Graf: “Marcel the Shell with Shoes On” (in theaters, *** stars out of ****) turns viral-video whimsy into an unexpectedly moving snail-out-of-water tale. Generic Jane Austen, “Mr. Malcolm’s List” (in theaters, ** out of ****) is an acceptable diversion for audiences suffering “Bridgerton” withdrawal.

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