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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 - 21 May 2021
You're looking for something to watch this weekend. And lo and behold - this guide has what you need to know.
The big TV show of the weekend is Netflix's third season of Master of None, which is debuting on Sunday for some reason. Episodes vary between 20 minutes and about an hour, so you can comfortably watch all five episodes in one sitting. Bring some tissues.
The big warning for the show, however, is not to expect it to be the show that you know it. Aziz Ansari is a supporting actor in this one (but heavily involved behind the camera - he co-wrote & directed the series), ceding the series to Lena Waithe. Thematically, the show is very different. It's much more a spin-off than it is a third season of the show we had been watching.
Ready to stream tonight is the other big highlight for the week: Zack Snyder's film Army of The Dead. It's a zombie heist film. If that description turns you off, keep walking. But if that sounds like something you'd like to see - you'll have a grand time with this. It's a bit too light on the social commentary for my liking, but it's by far the best Zack Snyder film so far.
This week on the Screen Watching podcast we review: TV: Army of The Dead (Netflix) | Master of None season 3 (Netflix) | Solos (Amazon Prime Video) Movies: Son of The South (in cinemas now) | Songbird (in cinemas now)
Interview: The Walrus & The Whistleblower director Nathalie Bibeau.
Stars: Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Ana de la Reguera Following a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, a group of mercenaries take the ultimate gamble, venturing into the quarantine zone to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted.
Stars: Uzo Aduba, Nicole Beharie, Morgan Freeman Seven unique character-driven stories. Each character will set off on a thrilling adventure in an uncertain future and they'll come to reckon that even during our most isolated moments, we are all connected through the human experience.
Stars: Nathan Fillion, Whoopi Goldberg, Bill Hader It centers around an egomaniacal supervillain with a really big head and a really little body, who struggles to maintain control of his evil organization and his demanding family.
That's it for this week. Look after yourselves. Let's be careful out there.
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