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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 - 26 March 2021
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After last week’s heavy focus on DC’s Zack Snyder’s Justice League and Marvel’s The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, I would imagine some of you are feeling a bit super hero’d out. Despite that, I’d like to recommend checking out the new animated series Invincible. If super heroics aren’t your thing, give this a miss. But for anyone even a bit into it, the show is surprisingly really good. It’s a subversive take on superheroes - it’s less bawdy than The Boys, but fans of that should have fun with Invincible.
Expect a lot of positive buzz about this one.
It’s also got a great cast, including Steven Yuen, JK Simmons, Gillian Jacobs, and Sandra Oh.
Oh, and speaking of the Zack Snyder Justice League - a black and white version of that film is streaming now at HBO Max.
I haven’t yet seen Amazon Prime Video’s Paradise City. But considering the fact that series star Cameron Boyce died in July 2019 and the show is only being released now, it doesn’t suggest that Amazon was in a rush for people to see it.
Netflix’s Bad Trip is a part-scripted, part-improvised stunt movie starring Eric Andre. It won’t be to everyone’s taste. But fans of Andre will be very excited by this one.
And there’s a Mighty Ducks revival show on Disney+ with Lauren Graham joining Emilio Estevez on screen. Set your expectations appropriately.
Dan and Simon are Milford Men. But they make sure they are heard and not seen on the Screen Watching podcast.
This week they discuss the changing face of Disney as it moves Black Widow from May to July and adds it to premium access Disney+. There’s also remembrances of Jessica Walter and George Segal.
You’ll also hear reviews:
Godzilla vs Kong (in Australian cinemas now, on HBO Max next week)
Stars: Emilio Estevez, Lauren Graham, Brady Noon After failing to make the cut to join the now powerhouse Mighty Ducks junior hockey team, 12-year-old Evan's mother encourages him to form a new team of underdogs with help from Gordon Bombay, the Ducks' original coach.
Stars: Andy Biersack, Bella Thorne, Cameron Boyce The lives of a rock star who seems to have it all and a young rookie kid who idolizes him collide through their broken homes built by the music business.
Stars: McKell David, Thaddea Graham, Jojo Macari Set in Victorian London, the series follows a gang of troubled street teens who are manipulated into solving crimes for the sinister Doctor Watson and his mysterious business partner, the elusive Sherlock Holmes.
Stars: Eric André, Michaela Conlin, Lil Rel Howery This mix of a scripted buddy comedy road movie and a real hidden camera prank show follows the outrageous misadventures of two buds stuck in a rut who embark on a cross-country road trip to NYC. The storyline sets up shocking real pranks.
Stars: Daniel Brühl, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan Following the events of 'Avengers: Endgame,' Sam Wilson/Falcon and Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier team up in a global adventure that tests their abilities -- and their patience.
That’s it for this week. Let’s be careful out there.
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