What We're Watching This Week 3/9/18

Image Courtesy of Apple

Image Courtesy of Apple

Welcome Home (Ad for Apple HomePod)

FKA Twigs, a new Anderson Pak song and Apple - what could go wrong? Nothing, that's what. In this explosive commercial filled with color and visuals which will make your head spin, London-based singer Twigs is seen on an exhausting day (in New York I think) and she comes home to her Homepod. It's Apple's way of competing with the ubiquitous Amazon Echo and the cool, stylish Google Home. Apple plays to their strengths with Apple Music on full show. Twigs says to her Homepod "play me something I like" to which the pod plays Pak's new song "Till it’s over." It's an exclusive to the platform and a damn good one. Twigs moves to the song and with her movements, the surroundings expand and change into a wondrous world of trippy wallpaper and surreal shapeshifting. It is a glorious commercial and dare I say it, better than Amazon's "Alexa lost her voice" piece which stormed the Superbowl. This is apple at its best, intensely creative and relentlessly future forward. If you're a music fan, you'll love this. ~Eish Sumra

Image Courtesy of Thin Man Films

Image Courtesy of Thin Man Films

Life is Sweet

I'd first like to shout out Filmstruck for being the undeniable best movie streaming platform. A very sizeable portion of the Criterion Collection online anytime? Amazing! It recommended Mike Leigh's fabulous 1990 film Life is Sweet, a comedy/dramedy/what-have-you about a working class North London family that'll make you laugh, cry, and wonder how a serving spoon could be the main antagonist. It's a remarkably frank meditation on life, in which not much interesting happens but each mundane moment is important. Be warned: the film is very '90s - and very British. Highly recommended. ~Luke Cimarusti

 

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Image Courtesy of River Road Productions

Blood Simple

This week's runner-up is Joel and Ethan Coen's first feature, Blood Simple. Released in 1984, it stars John Getz and a very young Frances McDormand (Best Actress Winner at the 2018 Academy Awards). It's a western, crime drama, thriller, and neo-noir all in one, and while it's not as sleek as the Coen Brothers' later films, it does a great job of keeping you on the edge of your seat. Worth the watch, if just for the last scene. ~Luke Cimarusti

 

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Image Courtesy of NBC

Superstore

Back after a brief hiatus for the Winter Olympics, NBC’s Superstore continues to grow in season 3. Despite some shortcomings at the onset of the season, the series continues to demonstrate that it thrives best with developed and nuanced characters. The constant “will they or won’t they” with Amy and Jonah is complicated this season by the arrival of a new part-time hire, the brusque assistant store manager Dina may be pregnant, and the big box store begins to feel the heat of emerging competition. Much like The Office, for which the show’s creator Justin Spitzer wrote for seven years, Superstore’s humor lies in the subtle, nuanced, and awkward interactions between its eclectic cast of characters. Superstore airs Thursday nights on NBC and is available to stream on NBC.com. ~Andy Weir

 

Steven Norwalk