Every Friday, NewsCult 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: Suspiria (Limited Theatrically) – There’s a certain brand of European horror film known as “giallo,” which literally means “yellow” in Italian. Perhaps the most famous example is Suspiria, Dario Argento’s 1977 classic about an American ballet student who stumbles into a coven in a German dance academy. That film is really more red than yellow, and that is also the case with Luca Guadagnino’s remake, which is just as much of a sensuous feast as Argento’s best, but in its own special way. Come for Tilda Swinton playing multiple characters and Dakota Johnson dancing up a storm!
2. Movie: Johnny English Strikes Again (Moderate Theatrically) – We could all use a little Rowan Atkinson in our lives, so it is a social good that he is returning with a new edition of his bumbling James Bond parody. This time the MI7 secret agent teams up with Russian spy Olga Kurylenko to aid Prime Minister Emma Thompson against the insidious advances of an Elon Musk-style tech billionaire played by Jake Lacy. Highlights include Johnny inventing a (very heavy) cocktail called the London Lemming and dancing to “Sandstorm.”
3. TV: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 1 (October 26 on Netflix) – My dad has mentioned Chilling Adventures of Sabrina to me multiple times lately, because he believes that that Kiernan Shipka is going places. It’s hard to argue with that point, seeing as she’s the star of a much-buzzed about new Netflix series. She’s entering the world of magic as the latest version of teenage witch Sabrina Spellman. And honestly? I’m very pleased that Aunts Hilda and Zelda are being played by Lucy Davis and Mirando Otto this time around.