WHAT TO GET YOUR ASS OUT OF BED FOR:
- Smuggle in your favorite snacks/alcohol to the Ritz 5 tonight to see two of Sundance’s most celebrated films before they leave theaters. The End of the Tour and The Diary of a Teenage Girl are a delightfully pretentious pairing. And who doesn’t love sexual awakening and David Foster Wallace (and also, Jesse Eisenberg)?
- Moonrise Kingdom: Dust off your binoculars and boy scout uniforms, your favorite Wes Anderson flick is playing at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30 in the Gregory lounge. Sure, it’s slightly overrated, but it’s related to a recent gentrification debate in Brooklyn involving yarn graffiti.
WHAT TO BRING UP IN FILM CLASS:
- Netflix’s first feature film, Beasts of No Nation, caused considerable Oscar buzz last week in Toronto. Written and directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga (half of the juggernaut that was True Detective season one), the movie has Hollywood scared shitless about the powerful role that streaming services are taking up in independent production.
- Enjoying a limited release this coming Friday, Stonewall has us talking about the power of a film to whitewash history and rewrite public events. Taking a break from making awful sci–fi films, Roland Emmerich directed this feel–good movie about a white man who started the Stonewall Riots. At least watch the trailer and roll your eyes.
- New roles have just been confirmed for the 6th season of Game of Thrones. Max von Sydow, James Faulkner and Samantha Spiro are all headed to Westeros when the show returns in April, probably to get murdered unexpectedly right after you develop an attachment to them.
WHAT TO STREAM:
- Tonight, two of TV’s most live–tweeted and best–lead–actressed series make their season premieres. Watch Shonda Rhimes’s Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder back–to–back on ABC tonight. Even if you miss them, you’re bound to see spoilers somewhere on social media. Plus, Viola Davis!
- That’s right, your favorite socially–conscious film of 2014 that was abandoned during awards season is now available for streaming on Netflix. For God’s sake, make sure your white friends see Dear White People.