The Weekend Chill: Pete's Dragon, Deus Ex Go, and More

by admin August 26, 2016 at 12:15 am

The week began with bad news for Pokemon Go cheaters, as Niantic announced they were issuing lifetime bans for people who have violated the game’s terms of service. “This includes, but is not limited to: falsifying your location, using emulators, modified or unofficial software and/or accessing Pokemon GO clients or backends in an unauthorised manner including through the use of third party software,” Niantic wrote on the Pokemon Go website.

John Krasinski, star of the US version of The Office and part of 13 Hours: the Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, has been cast in the role of Jack Ryan as the long-running Tom Clancy franchise comes to TV with the help of Amazon. The new show will reimagine the character, hopefully this incarnation will be better than Chris Pine in 2014’s Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.

And late on Wednesday night, J.K. Rowling announced that the Harry Potter franchise would be getting three new e-books in the form of a collection of short stories. They are titled Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists; Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies; and Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide; and will be available September 6.

That’s all to come, though. Welcome back to The Weekend Chill and here are the top picks for your weekend:

TV:
The Affair
As might already be evident from its name, The Affair is about an extramarital relationship between Dominic West (The Wire) as Noah Solloway, a New York City schoolteacher and Ruth Wilson (The Lone Ranger) as Alison Lockhart, a waitress dealing with her marriage after the sudden death of her child. Also part of the cast are Maura Tierney (ER), Joshua Jackson (Fringe), and Julia Goldani Telles in supporting roles.

Created by Sarah Treem – who has earlier worked on the popular Netflix political-thriller drama House of Cards – and Hagai Levi, the show first aired in October 2014 on US premium cable network Showtime and has since gone on to complete a run of two seasons. The second of those is now available at retail and digital, with a third season to air sometime in November.

The Affair has garnered praise since the beginning, with critics praising Jeffrey Reiner’s direction, Treem and Levi’s writing, and the various performers. That has led to three Golden Globes in the last two award ceremonies, one for Best Drama, and one each for Wilson and Tierney.

The Weekend Chill / The Affair

How to access: Showtime, Amazon US, or iTunes US
Time commitment: 10 hours

Movies:
Pete’s Dragon
Disney’s 1977 musical about an orphan who befriends a dragon named Elliot wasn’t an outright success by any means, but that didn’t stop the studio from giving it a reboot. Based on Malcolm Marmorstein’s screenplay – who wrote the original film – the studio tasked David Lowery and Toby Halbrooks to pen this modern CGI-filled adaptation. Lowery has also directed the new film, with cinematography by Bojan Bazelli and music by Daniel Hart.

Oakes Fegley plays Pete and John Kassir provided the voice for Elliot the Dragon. Supporting cast includes Bryce Dallas Howard, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, Oona Laurence, and Robert Redford. Pete’s Dragon has been well received by most critics, who have praised the film’s heart and the finesse in direction by Lowery, easily making it one of the best films in what has otherwise been a summer to forget for Hollywood.