There are a few bright spots this weekend for things to watch despite the fact that the highest profile release is the rather-not-good I Know What You Did Last Summer TV show reboot. Why did anyone think a dull, forgettable slasher film from 20+ years ago would be worth spending money on rebooting for 2021? Good question.
Worth watching instead: Apple TV+ has what I'm told is a great doco about The Velvet Underground. Directed by Todd Haynes, this is an absolute must-watch. And if you're not familiar with The Velvet Underground, I say skip the doco for the moment and stream at least their album The Velvet Underground & Nico. That's the one with the iconic banana on the cover.
Something that caught my attention: Needle in a Timestack. Terrible name for a film, but the trailer looks like an absolute delight if you're like me and really dig the time travel romance genre. No, really. This isn't me being droll.
I stumbled upon the trailer just yesterday via Twitter and was excited to realise that (for some reason) the John Ridley movie is going to cinemas in the US this weekend, but here in Australia it is streaming on Stan. That's my Friday night viewing sorted.
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Legends of Tomorrow (s07), NCIS: Los Angeles (s13), SEAL Team (s05), The Equalizer (s02), The Baby-Sitters Club (s02), The Oval (s03), Batwoman (s03), The Sinner (s04), Twenties (s02), Another Life (s02), Legacies (s04), B Positive (s02), You (s03)
I Know What You Did Last Summer - Amazon Prime Video
The Velvet Underground - Apple TV+
Writer/Director: Todd Haynes
The Velvet Underground explores the multiple threads that converged to bring together one of the most influential bands in rock and roll.
Needle in a Timestack - Stan
Stars: Leslie Odom Jr., Freida Pinto, Orlando Bloom, Cynthia Erivo
Nick and Janine live in marital bliss until Janine's ex-husband warps time to try to tear them apart. As Nick's memories disappear, he must decide what he's willing to sacrifice in order to hold onto - or let go of - everything he loves.
Guilty Party - Showtime | Paramount+
Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Madeleine Arthur, Djouliet Amara
A discredited journalist desperate to salvage her career by latching on to the story of a young mother sentenced to life in prison for maiming and murdering her husband, crimes she claims she didn't commit.
Just Beyond - Disney+
Chucky - Syfy
Stars: Zackary Arthur, Brad Dourif, Carina Battrick
After a vintage Chucky doll turns up at a suburban yard sale, an idyllic American town is thrown into chaos as a series of horrifying murders begin to expose the town's hypocrisies and secrets.
Dopesick - Hulu
Stars: Michael Keaton, Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg
The series takes viewers to the epicenter of America's struggle with opioid addiction, from the boardrooms of Purdue Pharma, to a distressed Virginia mining community, to the hallways of the DEA.
NOTE: Dopesick debuts in international markets outside the US on Disney+ from Nov 12.
Aquaman: King of Atlantis - HBO Max
What Happened, Brittany Murphy? - HBO Max
Presents an in-depth, intimate character portrait exploring the life and career and mysterious circumstances surrounding the tragic death of 90's actress and rising star, Brittany Murphy.
That's it for this week. Enjoy the world and let's be careful out there!