The Weekend Chill: Sully, Louis C.K.'s Better Things, and More

by admin September 19, 2016 at 12:07 am

It was a quiet week for culture news, with the exception of a report claiming Sony had failed to identify an obvious replacement for Daniel Craig, who would be offered a cool $150 million (roughly Rs. 999 crores) to return as James Bond for two more films. Who finally gets cast remains to be seen, but we really hope the new instalments do a better job with female characters and the plot.

We were treated to some gaming news on Wednesday, courtesy of Apple and Sony’s events. Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto showed up at the Apple event to announce Super Mario Run for iOS, coming later this year and sometime next year for Android devices. For people who believe in console gaming, Sony announced two new PlayStation 4 models, one coming next week and the other in November.

And over in London, legendary comics writer Alan Moore – creator of Watchmen, V for Vendetta and The Killing Joke – told the audience during a press conference that he would be retiring from comics to focus more on his literary and film work. “I think I have done enough for comics. I’ve done all that I can,” he said. “I think if I were to continue to work in comics, inevitably the ideas would suffer, inevitably you’d start to see me retread old ground and I think both you and I probably deserve something better than that.”

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

TV:
Atlanta

Even after spending years recording albums and getting nominated for Grammys, Donald Glover remains best known to fans as Troy Barnes on Community. Glover returned to television screens this week with his new show – Atlanta – which is set in, well, Atlanta, Georgia. It follows him and his cousin as they try to navigate the highly successful rap scene of the city, trying to get the latter’s career started.

Glover plays Earn Marks, a Princeton dropout and now manager for his cousin, with Brian Tyree Henry playing his cousin and up-and-coming rapper Alfred Miles, Keith Stanfield as always-high Darius and Zazie Beetz as Marks’ on-and-off girlfriend and mother to his daughter.

If it wasn’t already obvious, Glover is also the creator. The first season run of 10 episodes kicked off Tuesday with a double header, and will run through the end of October.

How to access: FX or iTunes US

Time commitment: 45 minutes

Better Things

Louis C.K. has given us two of the best comedy-drama shows in recent memory, first with the five-season-long Louie that ended last year, and his mini-series Horace and Pete. With Better Things, he’s sharing writing duties with Pamela Adlon – who appeared now and then on Louie – but staying away from the front of the camera (at least in the episodes aired yet).

Adlon is the main star for Better Things in the role of Sam Fox, a divorced actress raising three daughters by herself. A bit like how Louie had Louis C.K. as a divorced comedian raising two daughters on and off, except Fox has them full time. And like Louie, the story is a semi-autobiographical version of Adlon’s life.

The series premiered on Thursday, and has a total of eight episodes in the first season.

How to access: FX or iTunes US

Time commitment: 23 minutes

Movies:
Sully

Sully is the story of the ”Miracle on the Hudson”, when US Airways pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger – played by Tom Hanks – had to ditch his aircraft onto the Hudson River after a flock of geese took out both engines of the plane. But it focuses more on what followed after, as an investigation into his actions and life threatened to destroy his reputation even as the media and the public were heralding him for his courage and skill. It’s based on Sullenberger’s autobiography, Highest Duty.

With direction by Clint Eastwood and photography by Tom Stern (mostly with digital IMAX cameras), Sully features Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, Anna Gunn, Autumn Reeser, Holt McCallany, Mike O’Malley, Jamey Sheridan, and Jerry Ferrara in supporting roles. The film has been well received by critics, and released in India on Friday.