Richard speaks to “CTV News at Six” anchor Andria Case about the best movies and television to watch this weekend. This week we have a look at Apple TV+’s epistolary docu-series “Dear…,” the Crave post-apocalyptic comedy “How It Ends” and the Disney+ Sebastian Stan horror comedy “Fresh.”
Richard joins CP24 to have a look at new movies coming to VOD, streaming services and theatres including the Robert Pattison superhero movie “The Batman,” the Sebastian Stan horror film “Fresh on Disney+ and the Irish one-shot thriller “Nightride.”
Richard sits in on the CFRA Ottawa morning show with host Bill Carroll to talk the new movies coming to theatres. Robert Pattison and Zoë Kravitz bat their eyes in the superhero movie “The Batman,” the Sebastian Stan horror film “Fresh on Disney+ and the Irish one-shot thriller “Nightride.”
Watch as I review three movies in less time than it takes to do the Batusi! Have a look as I race against the clock to tell you about Robert Pattison & Zoë Kravitz in the Baterrific “The Batman,” the Sebastian Stan horror film “Fresh on Disney+ and the Irish one-shot thriller “Nightride.”
Richard joins NewsTalk 1010 host David Cooper on the coast-to-coast-to-coast late night “Showgram” to play the game “Did Richard Crouse Like This?” This week we talk about Robert Pattison and Zoë Kravitz in the highly anticipated “The Batman,” the Sebastian Stan horror film “Fresh on Disney+ and the Irish one-shot thriller “Nightride.”
“Fresh,” a twisted new horror satire starring Sebastian Stan and Daisy Edgar-Jones and now streaming on Disney+, plays like a rom com as imagined by Hannibal Lecter.
Even after a particularly bad Tinder date, twenty-something singleton Noa (Edgar-Jones) is not willing to listen to her best friend Mollie (Jojo T. Jones) when she says, “You do not need a man.” She’s looking for love, and seems to have found it, in, of all places, in the produce-section of the local supermarket.
She meets cute with Steve (Stan), a handsome, funny cosmetic surgeon, who charms her into giving her his phone number, and then says, “I’m not going to text you… but I’ll really want to.”
Nonetheless, they arrange a date, and things get hot ‘n heavy “somewhere between the second and third drink.” They spark and wind up back at her place. The next day, after a meal and a dance, he says, “We should go somewhere. Somewhere nice. Maybe it will be a surprise.”
Noa, hungry for love, agrees to the weekend getaway, only to learn of her new boyfriend’s sick, deadly secret.
“Fresh” is darkly comedic and stomach churningly grim. It’s a Midnight Movie unafraid to take its deadly dating metaphor to bloody extremes. The first thirty minutes play out as a romance but when the title credit pops up on screen it brings with it a dark tone—and an unpleasant interpretation of what the name actually means—that lingers until the intense final scene. It breathes the same air as “Promising Young Woman” in its mix of modern allegory and horror, but when the going gets gruesome, it stands on its own.
Director Mimi Cave, working from a script by Lauryn Kahn, weaves social commentary about the commodification of women and modern-day dating into the story. It’s bold storytelling bolstered by a relatable performance from Edgar-Jones that fits like a puzzle piece with Stan’s weirdly chipper oddball character. As Steve, he is suave and sadistic, in what may be his meatiest role to date. In an odd way, given the machinations of the story, they have great chemistry.
“Fresh” is stylishly directed, with strong performances, but feels too leisurely in its approach. Cave spends time setting up the romance (and what comes after BUT NO SPOILERS HERE) but doesn’t afford the same luxury to the characters. If we knew more about Noa, Steve and Mollie the stakes, already high, would be much higher. Still, even though “Fresh” goes on too long, it manages to find a satisfyingly squeamish and memorable way to put a period on the story for patient viewers.
Richard and “CP24 Breakfast” host Pooja Handa have a look at some special streaming opportunities and television shows to watch over the weekend including the Pride Month Programming at TIFF, “Kajillionaire,” the off beat comedy on Crave, the Netflix food show “Fresh, Fried and Crispy” and the drama “Wander Darkly” on Crave.