The best two shows I saw this week were A Teacher (Hulu) and Industry (HBO/BBC). Both are flawed, but rather watchable. Annoyingly, neither are available to watch in Australia this week. But both are streaming in the US.
On the surface A Teacher seems a little exploitative and doing little titillate the audience with its story of an attractive teacher in her 30s starting an affair with an attractive student in his teens. But when you get beneath the surface… there’s not much else. It’s certainly morally suspect.
Industry is an HBO/BBC co-production. This is a show about the pressures on a group of young professionals working for a finance company in London. It’s good, but it does feel a little beneath HBO. Lots of surface storytelling that has it feeling like it’s little more than an edgier Grey’s Anatomy.
The Life Ahead is a new Netflix film starring Sophia Loren that sounds like it’s worth spending a few hours with. Glenn Kenny at NYT wrote:
This picture earns its tear-jerking without becoming treacly. OK, without becoming too treacly. And it has other charming, enlightened components. For instance, it does the heart a lot of good to see The Sophia Loren dance uninhibitedly with the transgender actress Abril Zamora, who plays the mother of one of Rosa’s other charges.
some quick news:
Rumors are circulating about that there is an announcement coming about Wonder Woman 1984. Bloomberg reports that Warner Bros is planning to release the new DC superhero film on HBO Max in the US within just a week or two of its cinema release:
New WarnerMedia chief Jason Kilar is looking to accelerate subscriber growth at HBO Max, its six-month-old competitor to Netflix and a key focus for future growth. An online release of a big DC Comics superhero movie right after Christmas could fuel sign-ups.
Meanwhile over at Deadline there is the suggestion of a simultaneous release in cinemas and on HBO Max for Christmas Day.
In Australia expect a cinema release, but for the rest of the world it all seems very up in the air right now.
His Dark Materials (s2), NCIS: Los Angeles (s12), NCIS: New Orleans (s7), Chicago Med (s8), S.W.A.T. (s4), Chicago Fire (s9), Chicago PD (s8), The Unicorn (s2), Greys Anatomy (s17), Law & Order: SVU (s22)
The Life Ahead - Netflix
Stars: Sophia Loren, Renato Carpentieri, Francesco Cassano, Ibrahima Gueye
In seaside Italy, a Holocaust survivor with a daycare business takes in a 12-year-old street kid who recently robbed her.
Dash & Lily - Netflix
Stars: Austin Abrams, Midori Francis, Dante Brown
Left alone in New York City during the holidays, Dash and Lily embark on a strange journey after one of them finds the other's red notebook.
Moonbase 8 - Showtime | Stan
Stars: John C. Reilly, Tim Heidecker, Fred Armisen
Fred Armisen, Tim Heidecker and John C. Reilly star in this new ‘comedy’ series as three astronauts trying to qualify for their first lunar mission. They encounter obstacles along the way including loneliness, self-doubt and incompetence.
Becoming You - Apple TV+
Stars: Olivia Colman
Docuseries explores how a child's first 2,000 days shape the rest of their lives.
Inside Pixar - Disney+
This documentary series of personal and cinematic stories that provide an inside look into the people, artistry, and culture of Pixar Animation Studios.
A Teacher - Hulu
Stars: Kate Mara, Nick Robinson, Dylan Schmid
A Teacher explores the complexities and consequences of a predatory relationship between Claire Wilson, a young teacher at a suburban Texas high school and her student, Eric Walker.
Industry - HBO | BBC
Stars: Myha'la Herrold, Marisa Abela, Conor MacNeill
Young bankers and traders make their way in the financial world in the aftermath of the 2008 collapse.
The Astronauts - Nickelodeon
Stars: Miya Cech, Ben Daon, Nathalie Boltt
When a group of kids are accidentally launched into space, they embark on an adventure of a lifetime to get back home.
That’s it for this week. Let’s be careful out there.