Every Friday, News Cult Entertainment Editor Jeffrey Malone recommends the entertainment essentials of the week – at least three, often more, and usually at least one cinematic and at least one televisual, but it could be ANY combination.
1. Movie: Unfriended: Dark Web (Theatrically Nationwide) – 2015’s Unfriended was one of the most formally inventive films of this century, as it told its one-by-one elimination orality tale entirely over the course of a Skype conversation. The follow-up, Dark Web, cannot promise as much obvious innovation, but it does look like it is wading into more disturbing territory, so it will hopefully turn up some dark gems. I have not had a chance to see a preview screening, but I tend to recommend every new horror flick, no matter how great or terrible they promise to be.
2. TV: Who is America? (Sundays on Showtime) – There was a lot of hype and controversy leading up to Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest undercover interview series, and then Showtime went ahead and premiered it this past Sunday with no warning. The gun segment is already essential viewing. Borat is one of the funniest movies of all time, but I have been thinking a lot lately about whether or not Cohen’s deceptive practices are justifiable for the sake of entertainment or satire. I have yet to resolve those concerns, but from what we have seen of Who Is America? thus far, he manages to be surprisingly relevant for this turbulent moment.
3. TV: UnREAL Season 4 (Now on Hulu) – In other surprise release news, UnREAL is now on Hulu, and the entire fourth and final season just dropped Tuesday. It’s the All Stars edition of Everlasting, the Bachelor-esque show within a show, and the return of old favorites always promises explosive confrontations with the past. This show might be still struggling to match its sublime first season, but it is worth checking out if only to see how this release experiment works out.