Maybe you’re looking to save a few bucks or the current theater choices just aren’t cutting it. Whatever the case may be, sometimes it’s just as nice to sit at home and watch a good flick. Take a look at this week’s picks for some At-Home Alternatives to the weekly cinema options.
Instead of Riddick: Pandorum
I’ve never seen any of the Riddick films including this new installment. I actually think that the story/world presented throughout the movies looks somewhat interesting but I can’t get excited enough to actively seek any of them out. If you are looking for something else in the action/sci fi/horror genre, seek out the 2009 film Pandorum. The film stars Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster, two space flight crew members that suddenly wake on the ship with no memory of the events prior. They attempt to find out what happened in their absence and if they are alone. Critically, Pandorum scored very low by most but I found the flick to be totally watchable good fun. It’s part Ridley Scott’s Alien, part Neil Marshall’s The Descent, a combo that turns out to be well worth your time in front of the screen.
Star Trek Into Darkness
One of my favorite summer blockbusters releases tomorrow (click here for the deal) and I couldn’t be more excited to revisit it. If you didn’t see this over the summer, check out Nick & Rob’s review for all the goodness you can expect. If you want a little more instant gratification, take a peek at this awesome deal on J.J. Abrams first Star Trek installment which is on sale today for less than $10! (click here to get the deal from Amazon.) Pick up your copy on Blu Ray today!
The Fall (2013)
I just recently wrapped up the five episodes of the BBC TV series The Fall. The show is a crime/drama series that twists the routine narrative these types of shows generally conform to by following both the detective tracking the perpetrator and the serial killer tracking his victims. The show is intriguing enough at it’s premise and unusual look at the man behind the crimes but at it’s core it is saying much more about women, violence and the psychology behind morally questionable acts. These themes are displayed loud and proud but the writing on the show develops the ideas in a careful way. It won’t be hard to commit to the show (the five episode first season went by very quickly) so I’d recommend a look at the series if you’re in the mood for something a little different.
The Fall Netflix Synopsis: When the Belfast police are stalled in their investigation of a spate of murders, Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson is drafted to investigate. Under her lead, the team uncovers an intricate web of lives entangled by the killings.
What do you plan on watching this week, at home or otherwise? What do you think of my choices?