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What to Watch This Weekend: August 19-21

Hear that? It’s the weekend calling your name. Or, it’s dragons. The long-awaited Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon, which follows the Targaryen family and takes place a whopping 200 years before Game of Thrones, is hitting HBO. Idris Elba comes face-to-face with a bloodthirsty lion in the survival action film Beast. […]

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Jeff Baena Wanted ‘Spin Me Round’ to Be Giallo Version of ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ with #MeToo Twist

Just when it seems every production under the sun seems to be jetting off to Italy, “Spin Me Round” writer-director Jeff Baena looked for another angle: to dismantle the fantasy facade of the romanticized nation, and then, well, spin it. Baena’s “Spin Me Round,” which he co-wrote with lead star and frequent collaborator Alison Brie […]

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‘Spin Me Round’ Review: You’ll Never See Alfredo Sauce the Same Way Again

A frothy wish-fulfillment comedy that takes a few wildly unpredictable turns, “Spin Me Round” serves up an al dente satire of corporate retreat culture by following the manager of a popular pasta restaurant on an all-expenses-paid trip to Italy, where nothing goes as she expected. Amber (Alison Brie) imagines something along the lines of the […]

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