The best movies to stream this weekend from ‘After Yang’ to ‘Athena’

Jujutsu Kaisen 0, After Yang, Y athena They are all new to the broadcast this weekend. (Crunchyroll/Sky Cinema/Netflix)

Wondering what to see this weekend? Though movies that tackle the subject vary in their presentation, pain is the thread that connects the highlights hitting streaming services this week.

This is not to say that these characteristics wallow in misery, in fact, in most cases it is quite the opposite. The Netflix Launch athenaDirected by Romain Gavras, it channels loss into a Molotov cocktail of righteous rage as it depicts a battle between the citizens of a French banlieu (apartment complex) against the policemen who murdered a child.

Meanwhile, anime streaming giant Crunchyroll is continuing a weekly feature release plan with the international smash hit. Jujutsu Kaisen 0, a prequel film to the beloved television series. In the film, his troubled protagonist Yuta deals with the loss of his childhood sweetheart, who is tragically killed in a car accident but remains a cursed spirit that threatens everyone around Yuta.

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Launch at NOW, after yang takes a slightly softer approach to dueling, a metaphysical sci-fi film by Kogonada (director of Colon) who observes a family’s attempts to fix their unresponsive robotic child.

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Colin Farrell as Jake, Jodie Turner-Smith as Kyra, Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja as Mika, and Justin H. Min as Yang in After Yang.  (Sky cinema)

Colin Farrell as Jake, Jodie Turner-Smith as Kyra, Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja as Mika, and Justin H. Min as Yang in after yang. (Sky cinema)

Although it does open with the same kind of patiently framed drama that is expected from the serene and moving film’s director. ColonKogonada’s new movie after yang It quickly defies expectations for a film about characters struggling through pain with a delightful dance sequence, a cross-family conception, bathed in a bold spectrum of color one would associate with speculative science fiction.

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That joy continues in the form of the film, as one of the first one-two shots changes both the ratio and the lens, as it places the viewer in the subjective point of view of its characters as they contact each other through a kind of augmented reality video call. It’s satisfying to see sci-fi concepts presented in such a purely filmic way: Kogonada’s visual style remains intimate even as the scope of his script increases.

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after yang capitalizes on the film’s futuristic premise for the domestic drama, a family spiraling after their robot boy Yang (Justin H. Min) malfunctions, opening up insight into Asian cultural heritage and adoption. Yang was originally acquired by Jake (Colin Farrell) and Kyra (Jodie Turner-Smith) to try to keep his daughter Mika (Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja) in touch with his cultural roots. Yang himself does this literally in flashback using different trees to explain his different connections.

Yang’s memories are visualized and contrasted with his absence as the family agonizes over how to fix things: a human problem seen through the lens of a world in which a robotic child is bought refurbished, like a laptop, whose memories can then be viewed as a video.

After Yang tells the story of a family who loses their AI helper and the deep feelings that the experience induces.  When her young daughter's beloved mate — an android named Yang (Justin H. Min) — malfunctions, Jake (Colin Farrell) looks for a way to fix it.  In the process, Jake discovers the life that has been happening in front of him, reconnecting with his wife (Jodie Turner-Smith) and his daughter (Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja) across a distance he didn't know was there.

after yang. (Sky cinema)

Kogonada finds quiet majesty in these memories. Archives are accessed through lights that resemble galaxies, an effective and overwhelming illustration of the unknown complexity of Yang’s inner life. This makes the parents’ attempt to rationalize it as a product impossible, making the sense of loss even harder to shake.

Such questions overlap with those of the rights of “technosapiens”, as well as a very prescient observation of our increasingly symbiotic relationship with technology, mostly deflecting Black Mirror’s hand wringing, without being blindly utopian.

A beautiful song that Kogonada extracts from the film. All about Lily Chou Chou it is an indicator of their position: technology is more often an expansion of human sentiment than an inhibitor.

Also on NOW: Uncharted (2022)

athena (2022)-Netflix

Athena (Netflix)

Athena (Netflix)

The new feature film by Parisian filmmaker Romain Gavras unfolds as a series of itinerant, almost terrifying long shots of variable duration. The longest and most impressive of these comes before the title treatment arrives, as it begins the film by keeping an eye on something that has sadly become routine these days: a press conference regarding the brutal murder of a young man, Idir, at the hands of the police.

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They have closed ranks, refusing to identify those responsible. One of the brothers of the victim Adbel (no time to die‘s Dali Benssalah doing a lot of heavy lifting) calls for calm, not long before his other brother Karim quickly urges their neighbors in the banlieu of Athena to go to war with the police until the names of the killers are given.

Perhaps best known for his music videos, most famously ‘My God‘ by Jaime XX, ‘Stress‘ For justice, ‘bad girls‘ by MIA and ‘no church in nature‘ by Jay Z and Kanye West, Gavras channels righteous fury in the film’s long action opening sequence, timing it with exhilarating, elegant aplomb.

The camera pans in and out of rooms as it follows Karim through the police station looking for his stash of weapons, back out to a stolen van and apartment blocks as the comrades-in-arms drive their dirt bikes through the road in solidarity. launching fireworks in all directions.

It turns out that this is easily the peak of the film’s power; the effect loses its luster as Gavras repeats this method as he introduces each of the film’s key participants and tracks them through the unfolding chaos, including a nervous cop and Karim’s obnoxious brother and mobster Moktar.

Athena (Netflix)

Athena (Netflix)

The presence of the latter two doesn’t derail the film into a pointless “both sides” pontificating on police violence against civilians, but only adds new wrinkles that make the conflict more complicated. The biggest blunder in this regard is reserved for the literal last minute, in which it absolves the police of provocation by making a distinction between different parties that feels false.

However, there is an interesting conflict within Brother Abdar, between the pacifism fueled by Islamic faith, his hesitation to fight authority stemming from his military career (a point of contention with many of his neighbors), and his obvious pain at the injustice committed against his brother. and his desire to protect the survivors.

Athena (Netflix)

Athena (Netflix)

But in Gavras’s long, meandering shots, the observation of these internal contradictions eventually gets lost in the director’s desire to focus too much on chaos and spectacle and insistence on remaining on an operatic level which, ironically, begins to make the film sits static. , at least emotionally: the constant movement of the director’s chosen method finally leads in circles after its exciting first 20 minutes.

Also on Netflix: Drifting Home (2022), Do Revenge (2022)

Jujutsu Kaisen 0 (2021) – Crunchyroll

Jujutsu Kaisen 0 (Crunchyroll)

Jujutsu Kaisen 0 (Crunchyroll)

the anime series JUJUTSU KAISEN one of the most popular races, just like the best-selling manga on which it is based, has always been open about its heritage. Shonen anime (anime aimed at teenage boys, although the actual audience is always much wider) is often rightly accused of hegemony, repackaging and supplanting the same themes and character types and power level obsessed struggles into a new environment.

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jujutsu kaisen he manages to stay cool due to his keen awareness of the tropes he’s falling into, and instead engages with his story, toying with type and often subverting it in some amusing, if not outright revolutionary way. .

The link of the film with the series, JUJUTSU KAISEN 0, although it’s a prequel about a different set of characters, it’s a pretty straightforward extension of this. Directed by Sunghoo Park, follows Yuta Okkotsu, a nervous high school student, who enrolls in the mysterious Tokyo Jujutsu High School under the guidance of Satoru Gojo after being haunted by his childhood friend’s curse.

Again, there’s a lot of the familiar in the film’s runtime, so it helps that under Sunghoo Park’s direction, manga creator Gege Akutami’s penchant for mixing the macabre with the comedic feels lively and visually stimulating.

Jujutsu Kaisen 0 (Crunchyroll)

Jujutsu Kaisen 0 (Crunchyroll)

Even with all the extra polish given to its animation production, there’s a rawness to the textures of JUJUTSU KAISEN 0, with effects work rendered in broad brushstrokes and bold, invasive color. It’s easy to see why the film dominated the box office domestically and internationally, a hit with audiences made with the utmost confidence and style.

Also on Crunchyroll: Sword of the Stranger (2007), The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)

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