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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 - 25 September
The US Utopia remake is... good.
A couple of things worth noting this weekend:
Amazon‘s new series Utopia debuts today. It’s a US remake of the cult UK series (which I see is streaming in Australia, at least, on Prime Video). I’ve only seen the first episode of Utopia US, but liked it quite a bit. There’s a great cast on this too. John Cusack, Desmond Borges, and Rainn Wilson being three particular name stars.
Enola Holmes got tepid reviews, but I’m still looking forward to this Netflix movie. It’s about Sherlock Holmes’ mystery-solving kid sister. Yeah, it’s a family film.
Aussie’s may want to check out the romcom Romance On The Menu, which was filmed around Brisbane. It streams on Netflix.
Ghosts (s2), Big Hero 6 (s3), Only Connect (s16), The Great British Bake Off (s11), Jack Whitehall: Travels With My Father (s4), The Chef Show (s2)
Stars: John Cusack, Ashleigh LaThrop, Dan Byrd A group of young adults, who meet online, get a hold of a cult underground graphic novel, which not only pins them as a target of a shadowy deep state organization, but also burdens them with the dangerous task of saving the world.
Stars: Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, Sam Claflin When Enola Holmes — Sherlock’s teen sister — discovers her mother missing, she sets off to find her, becoming a super-sleuth in her own right as she outwits her famous brother and unravels a dangerous conspiracy around a mysterious young Lord.
Stars: Andrew Bachelor, Jearnest Corchado, Matthew Josten Devin, a former sneakerhead turned stay-at-home dad, finds himself deep in the hole after falling for one of old friend Bobby's crazy schemes. To get his money back, the at-odds duo goes on the hunt for the most elusive kicks in the game.
Stars: Cindy Busby, Tim Ross, Naomi Sequeira When New York restaurateur, Caroline Wilson inherits a café in Lemon Myrtle Cove Australia, she begins to fall in love with the place and its people in particular the cafe's charming local chef, Simon Cook.
Stars: Brittany Hudson Latasha Harlins was 15 when she was wrongfully killed by Soon Ja Du, 13 days after the brutal beating of Rodney King. Du was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter but received no jail time. The death of Latasha was a leading catalyst for the 1992 LA Riots.
Stars: Alfred Hartung, Tobias Kasimirowicz, Beate Malkus In April 1991, Detlev Rohwedder, the head of Treuhand, the East German Privatization and Restructuring Agency, was assassinated in Dusseldorf. This documentary details the strange evidence recovered.
Stars: Andrew Weissmann Was there Russian interference in the 2016 election? This two-part documentary directed by Alex Gibney is a product of years of reporting on that disturbing question. With never-before-seen footage inside Russian troll farms, and videos unearthed from the Russian deep web, the film digs into the sophisticated plans to undermine democracy.