Welcome to What to Watch This Weekend™, a weekly post in which I tell you what to watch this weekend! I will continue doing this post until you have watched everything you should watch.
Shrill, the Hulu series based on former Mercury contributor Lindy West’s bestseller, is now on Hulu! Mercury Arts Editor Suzette Smith says that, "surprising no one, it's super funny."
The weird, great Fantastic Planet is at the Hollywood Theatre on Sat March 16. "It’s been described as a mixture of Salvador Dali, Hieronymous Bosch, and Terry Gilliam," says Senior Editor Ned Lannamann of the 1973 film, "and that drool-inducing assessment is not far off."
Styx, which Ned calls a "lean maritime thriller," is at the Living Room Theaters starting Fri March 15. "It’s suspenseful as all hell," Ned adds, "but it’s intensely emotional, too."
On Netflix, two new films are streaming that weren't screened for the Mercury, but we're definitely curious about both of 'em:
Love, Death & Robots sees David Fincher teaming up with Deadpool director and visual effects artist Tim Miller for a promising collection of sci-fi animated shorts for mature audiences.
And Triple Frontier, helmed by excellent director J.C. Chandor (All Is Lost, Margin Call, A Most Violent Year) and written by excellent screenwriter Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty), is about five former soldiers who try to pull of a South American heist—oh, and the excellent cast includes Ben Affleck, Charlie Hunnam, Pedro Pascal, Oscar Isaac, and Garrett Hedlund, and jesus, that’s a lot of firepower for a movie that’s just kind of quietly popping up on Netflix.
At the NW Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium and a few other venues, the Portland International Film Fest continues.
The Academy Theater has the Coen brothers' Fargo from Fri March 15-Thurs March 21, and PSU's Fifth Avenue Cinema has a 35mm print of House of Flying Daggers from Fri March 15-Sun March 17. "Narrative coherence ain't shit when there's this much kinetic beauty in every frame," writes Calendar Editor Bobby Roberts of Flying Daggers. "None of what's happening really makes any sense, but the intended feelings kick you in your chest all the same."