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Dan Barrett is an industry commentator & TV critic. He does radio - 4BC & ABC GC and co-hosts the Screen Watching podcast. He's a former Mediaweek deputy editor and content creator for SBS.
Always Be Streaming - 12 February 2021
Your weekly guide to what to watch this weekend.
This week I’d recommend strongly that you check out News of The World - it’s a Tom Hanks film that was supposed to get a cinema release, but was instead licensed by Netflix for a global release. From the outset, it looked like it was just Tom Hanks playing historical dress-up, but it flawed me how much I was affected by it.
The curiosity factor of Clarice is especially high, but the first few episodes are a chore. It feels like a lightweight Millennium and Profiler wannabe from the late 90s. The production values are strong, but the show is a by the numbers affair that has aspiration of being more substantial without the know-how of how to get there. I’ve seen the first three episodes and will say that it gets better by the third episode. Whether it continues to improve is a big question. Expect too much exposition and a dull set of lead undefined characters.
This week on the Screen Watching podcast I am, as always, joined by Simon Foster - we chat with film distributor Mick Robbins from China Lion about how important the Chinese New Year is to box office. But also we review Clarice and movies Synchronic, Another Round, and Long Story Short. Oh, and we also natter about the Super Bowl movie trailers and celebrate Valentine’s Day with a look at the best and worst on/off screen romances.
Stars: Tom Hanks, Helena Zengel, Tom Astor A Civil War veteran agrees to deliver a girl, taken by the Kiowa people years ago, to her aunt and uncle, against her will. They travel hundreds of miles and face grave dangers as they search for a place that either can call home.
Stars: Johannes Kuhnke, Nanna Blondell, Anastasios Soulis When Nadja becomes pregnant, they make an attempt to rekindle their relationship by traveling to the north of Sweden for a hiking trip but soon thier romantic trip turns into a nightmare.