There’s actually a lot of really great things to watch around the place this weekend, even that doesn’t appear to be the case at first glance. We talk about it on the podcast, but an absolute gem playing in cinemas right now is the US indie Minari about a Korean family who settle in the US during the 80s and try to make a go of starting a farm. It’s a really fun, gentle watch.

If you don’t want to leave the couch (and fair enough), the second season of underrated series For All Mankind kicks off this weekend. The first season is only 10 episodes and is worth your time. It is a little rocky at first, but it’ll lock you in by the time you hit the third episode. And if you’re in the US, make sure you check out Nomadland which has just launched on Hulu. Not an easy watch, but certainly rewarding.

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Regular TV-wise… it’s a rough week. BUT… something I noticed just moments ago is that the new sitcom Kenan was created by Happy Endings creator David Caspe. That’s gotta count for something…


podcast:

This week on the Screen Watching podcast Dan and Simon discuss the new Justice League trailer (kinda), Disney+/Star announces 10 European originals, and comments about film curation by Martin Scorsese. There’s also an interview with the stars of the new ABC series ‘Why Are You Like This?’. And reviews of Minari, For All Mankind, and Firestarter: The Story of Bangarra.

Listen on: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Pocketcasts, and all the usual places you listen to your pods.

returning:

For All Mankind (s02), Good Trouble (s03), Queen Sugar (s05), The Oval (s02), Workin Moms (s05)


new:

Tribes of Europa - Netflix

Stars: Henriette Confurius, Oliver Masucci, David Ali Rashed
2074. In the wake of a mysterious global disaster, war rages between the Tribes that have emerged from the wreckage of Europe. Three siblings from the peaceful Origine tribe are separated and forced to forge their own paths.

The Crew - Netflix

Stars: Kevin James, Jillian Mueller, Freddie Stroma
Life in the garage swerves off track for a NASCAR crew chief and his tight-knit racing team when a new boss steps in and shakes things up.

Behind Her Eyes - Netflix

Stars: Simona Brown, Eve Hewson, Tom Bateman
It follows Louise, a single mom with a son and a part-time job in a psychiatrist's office. She begins an affair with her boss and strikes up an unlikely friendship with his wife.

I Care a Lot - Amazon Prime Video

Stars: Rosamund Pike, Peter Dinklage, Eiza González
A crooked legal guardian who drains the savings of her elderly wards meets her match when a woman she tries to swindle turns out to be more than she first appears.

Tell Me Your Secrets - Amazon Prime Video

Stars: Lily Rabe, Amy Brenneman, Hamish Linklater
Three characters, each with their own troubling backstory, are pushed to the edge as the truth about their pasts and motives becomes murkier.

Flora and Ulysses - Disney+

Stars: Matilda Lawler, John Kassir, Alyson Hannigan
Flora, a 10-year-old girl with an imaginative mind, rescues a squirrel and names him Ulysses. She soon discovers that Ulysses is blessed with superpowers which help them embark on various adventures.

Archibald’s Next Big Thing Is Here - Peacock

Stars: Tony Hale, Rosamund Pike, Kari Wahlgren
The adventures of a care-free Chicken named Archibald.

Young Rock - Peacock

Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Joseph Lee Anderson, Ana Tuisila
A look at the formative years of superstar Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson as he grows up through life.

Kenan - Peacock

Stars: Kenan Thompson, Chris Redd, Kimrie Lewis
A recently-widowed dad tries to raise his kids with his persistent father-in-law.

Nomadland - Hulu

Stars: Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, Linda May
After losing everything in the Great Recession, a woman embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.


That’s it for this week. Enjoy your weekend and be good to one another.