Spider-Man, Nightmare Alley, and The Witcher

Promo image for The Witcher season 2 featuring Geralt, Ciri with a sword, and Yennefer in the background.

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It was a reasonably large weekend for films, gang. Or moderately, a specific film: Nightmare Alley, the neo-noir psychological thriller from beloved horror darling Guillermo del Toro starring Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett. The adaptation of the 1946 William Lindsay Gresham novel has seen largely optimistic evaluations, although it hasn’t precisely lit the world on fireplace, field workplace sensible. What it excels at are issues that del Toro films are inclined to at all times excel at: wonderful music and design, nice casting, and route that makes all the pieces look so enchanting even when it veers into some really tousled territory. Though we didn’t evaluation it, we did see the way it compares to del Toro’s earlier work and discovered it to be within the higher tier of what’s a extremely good monitor report total.

Then once more, given how the pandemic has instantly taken a pointy flip so unhealthy that even SNL needed to run on a skeleton crew and hope this weekend, you most likely opted to chill at house. If you didn’t select to make amends for Hawkeye earlier than the finale on Wednesday, possibly you determined to open Netflix and toss a view to your Witcher, Henry Cavill. Season two hit, and it’s apparently a stronger, much less chronologically complicated adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski’s fantasy novels. It’s simply as effectively, too, since Netflix goes all in on this property: together with a 3rd season and that fairly good Nightmare of the Wolf film from earlier this yr, they’re doing a prequel with Michelle Yeoh, and a kid-focused spinoff is within the works. (Yeah, for actual.)


Those sound like two fairly good methods to spend your weekend, and we do need to hear about them. (Mark spoilers in the event you received em on the mind, as at all times.) Going into 2022, I feel Open Channels are going to be break up between particular matters like this, and a broader “what pop culture did you consume” on the very finish of the month, like what we did in the direction of the top of November. If that seems like a sound technique, pontificate about that within the feedback beneath as effectively.

Oh, and inform us what you consider that Spider-Man film. Heard {that a} lotta individuals suppose that it’s fairly dang good.

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