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The best movies to stream this weekend from After Young to Athena

Jujutsu Kaisen 0, After Yang and Athena are new streams this weekend.  (Crunchyroll/Sky Cinema/Netflix)

Jujutsu Kaisen 0, After Yang, as well as Athena everyone new to streaming this weekend. (Crunchyroll/Sky Cinema/Netflix)

Thinking of what to watch this weekend? While the films that touch on the subject vary in their presentation, grief is the thread that ties together the highlights coming to streaming services this week.

This does not mean that these traits will sink into poverty, in fact, in most cases, it is just the opposite. Netflix release Athenafilmed by Romain Gavras, turns the loss into a Molotov cocktail of righteous rage as it depicts a battle between the inhabitants of a French suburb (a residential complex) against the policemen who killed the boy.

Meanwhile, anime streaming giant Crunchyroll continues its weekly feature release plan with international hit Jiu-Jitsu Kaisen 0, a prequel film to the beloved television series. In the film, its haunted protagonist Yuta deals with the loss of his childhood sweetheart, tragically killed in a car accident, but left as a cursed spirit that threatens everyone around Yuta.

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Release NOW, After Yang takes a slightly softer approach to mourning, a metaphysical sci-fi film from Kogonad (director Columbus) who oversees a family’s attempts to fix their unconscious robotic child.

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After Yang (2021) – NOW with Sky Cinema Membership (pick of the week)

Colin Farrell as Jake, Jody Turner-Smith as Kira, Malea Emma Tyandrawijaja as Mika and Justin H. Min as Young in After Young.  (Sky Cinema)

Colin Farrell as Jake, Jody Turner-Smith as Kira, Malea Emma Tyandrawijaja as Mika and Justin H. Min as Young in After Yang. (Sky Cinema)

Although it starts with the same patiently constructed drama that is expected from the director of a serene, soulful film. Columbusnew movie Kogonada After Yang quickly defies expectations for a film about characters struggling with grief, with a delightful dance scene, an online concept between families bathed in a vibrant spectrum of colors that could be associated with speculative sci-fi.

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This playfulness continues in film form as an early one-two shot changes both ratio and lens as it places the observer in the subjective point of view of their characters as they contact each other through a kind of augmented reality video call. It’s great to see sci-fi concepts presented in such a purely cinematic manner – Kogonada’s visual style remains intimate even as the scope of his script grows.

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After Yang uses the film’s futuristic premise for a domestic drama, a family that develops after their robot child Yang (Justin H. Min) goes haywire, opening up the possibility of Asian cultural heritage introspection and adoption. Yang was originally acquired by Jake (Colin Farrell) and Kira (Jodie Turner-Smith) to try and keep their daughter Miki (Malea Emma Tyandravijaya) connected to their cultural roots. Yang himself does this literally in a flashback, using different trees to explain her different connections.

Memories of Jan are visualized and contrasted with his absence as the family agonizes over how to fix everything – a human problem seen through the prism of a world in which a robot child is bought refurbished like a laptop and his memories can later be viewed as a video.

After Yang tells the story of a family that lost their AI assistant and the deep feelings that the experience evokes.  When his little daughter's favorite companion, an android named Ian (Justin H. Min) — malfunctions, Jake (Colin Farrell) looks for a way to fix it.  In the process, Jake discovers the life that passes before him, reuniting with his wife (Jodi Turner-Smith) and daughter (Malea Emma Tyandravijaya) at a distance he was unaware of.

After Yang. (Sky Cinema)

Kogonada finds a quiet grandeur in these memories. The files are accessed through galaxies-like lights, an effective and compelling illustration of the unknown complexity of Young’s inner life. This makes it impossible for a parent to rationalize it as a product, making the sense of loss even harder to shake off.

Such questions intersect with questions about “technosapien” rights, as well as a very prescient observation of our increasingly symbiotic relationship with technology, mostly deviating from Black Mirror’s hand-wringing without being a blind utopia.

Posh song that Kogonada rips out of the movie All about Lily Chow Chow is an indicator of its position: technology more often expands human feelings than inhibits them.

Also NOW: Uncharted (2022)

Athena (2022) – Netflix

Athena (Netflix)

Athena (Netflix)

Parisian director Romain Gavras’ new feature film unfolds as a series of rambling, almost panicky long takes of varying lengths. The longest and most exciting of these takes place before its title hits, as the film begins by watching what has sadly become commonplace these days: a press conference about the brutal murder of a young man, Idir, by the police.

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They closed ranks, refusing to name the culprits. One of the brothers of the victim Adbel (No time to dieDali Benssalah (who does a lot of hard work) asks for calm, just before his other brother Karim quickly encourages his neighbors in the Athens suburbs to go to war with the police until the killers are named.

Possibly best known for his music videos – best known for ‘gosh‘Jamie XX’stress‘by justice’Bad Girls‘MVD and’No church in the wildJay Z and Kanye West, Gavras unleashes righteous fury into the film’s long action opening scene, coordinating it with exhilarating stylish aplomb.

The camera dives and loops in and out of the rooms, following Karim through the police station in search of their weapons stash, back to the stolen van, and into the tenements as the comrades in arms ride their off-road motorcycles down the highway in solidarity. launching fireworks in all directions.

It turns out that this is the peak of the film’s strength; the effect loses its luster as Gavras repeats this method, introducing each of the film’s key members and tracking them through the unfolding chaos, including the jittery cop and obnoxious, cranky brother Karim and mobster Moktar.

Athena (Netflix)

Athena (Netflix)

The presence of the latter two doesn’t quite turn the film into a useless “both sides” rant about police-civilian violence, instead it just adds new wrinkles that make the conflict even more confusing. The biggest mistake in this sense is reserved for the literal last minute, in which she frees the police from provocations by making a distinction between different parties that seems disingenuous.

However, there is an interesting conflict within Brother Abdar between the pacifism driven by the Islamic faith, his indecision to fight the power stemming from his military career (a matter of contention with many of his neighbors), and his apparent grief over the injustice done to his brother. and his desire to protect the survivors.

Athena (Netflix)

Athena (Netflix)

But in Gavras’ tortuous long shots, seeing these internal tensions ends up getting lost in the director’s desire to focus too much on the chaos and spectacle and insist on staying on an operatic high that, ironically, makes the film seem static. , at least emotionally – the constant movement of the director’s chosen method, ending up just leading in circles after his exhilarating first 20 minutes.

Also on Netflix: Drift House (2022), Revenge (2022)

Jiu-Jitsu Kaisen 0 (2021) – Crunchiroll

Jujutsu Kaisen 0 (Crunchyroll)

Jujutsu Kaisen 0 (Crunchyroll)

anime series JUJUTSU KAISEN one of the most popular types of running, as well as the best-selling manga it’s based on 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 forcing the same power level-obsessed themes and character types and combat into a new setting.

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Jiu-Jitsu Kaisen manages to stay fresh due to his keen understanding of the tropes he falls into, and instead deals with his history, plays with the type, and often subverts him in some amusing, if not entirely revolutionary, way.

Linking a movie to a TV series JUJUTSU KAISEN 0, although it’s a prequel about a different set of characters, it’s a fairly simple sequel to that. Directed by Sunhu Park. follows Yuta Okkotsu, a nervous high school student who enters the mysterious Tokyo Jujutsu High School under Satoru Gojō after being haunted by his childhood friend’s curse.

Again, there’s a lot of familiarity during the film’s run, so it helps that under Park Sunhu’s direction, the show’s manga creator Gege Akutami’s love of mixing the dark with the comic feels alive and visually invigorating.

Jujutsu Kaisen 0 (Crunchyroll)

Jujutsu Kaisen 0 (Crunchyroll)

Even with all the extra polish given to its animation, there is a rawness to the textures. JUJUTSU KAISEN 0, with effects depicted with broad strokes and bold, aggressive colors. It’s easy to see why the film dominated the box office domestically and internationally with great popularity and a stylish flair.

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

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