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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 - 29 January 2021
Your weekly guide on what to press play on.
Reviews for it weren’t particularly strong, but I still enjoyed the new Edward Burns TV series Bridge and Tunnel. As far as Ed Burns joints go, it’s way more She’s The One than The Brothers McMullen in terms of quality scale - but I still always liked She’s The One.
And if none of that means anything to you, you missed out on a great two year stint for writer-director Edward Burns - a stint he has never replicated since in his career.
Bridge and Tunnel is an 80s set period-piece about a group of friends in New Jersey on the cusp of leading adult lives. There’s nothing revelatory here, but it’s rather watchable. Australian viewers might want to keep an eye out for former Neighbours star Caitlyn Stasey.
It’s a solid weekend for movies - The Dry on Netflix will get most people’s attention, but this weekend also has the Justin Timberlake drama Palmer, and HBO Max’s continued day and date experiment with The Little Things - a great-looking Denzel Washington film.
You might also want to check out hot new podcast Screen Watching - a new venture from me. Details are below.
On the brand new Screen Watching podcast this week, Dan Barrett and Simon Foster interview Luke Sparke, the director of Operation: Rainfall. They also review the aforementioned Operation: Rainfall, Netflix’s Malcolm & Marie (playing in cinemas this weekend), and the latest adaptation of The Stand. The guys also chat about the launch titles announced for Disney+ add-on Star.
Note: The podcast has been submitted to Google Podcasts too. Just waiting for it to go live…
Snowpiercer (s02), Charmed (s03), Mixed-ish (s02), Bonding (s02), Burden of Truth (s04), To Tell The Truth (s06), Legacies (s02)
Stars: Caitlyn Stasey, Sam Vartholomeos This dramedy series set in 1980 revolves around a group of recent college grads setting out to pursue their dreams in Manhattan while still clinging to the familiarity of their working-class Long Island home town.
A summer in rural O‘ahu takes an exciting turn for two Brooklyn-raised siblings when a journal pointing to long-lost treasure sets them on an epic adventure with new friends, and leads them to reconnect with their Hawaiian heritage.
Stars: Engin Öztürk, Kürsat Alniaçik, Cengiz Bozkurt After betraying his bosses, a hitman hides out in a vacant tailor shop, where he's mistaken for the late owner's son, an identity he decides to embrace.
Stars: Juno Temple, Justin Timberlake, June Squibb After 12 years in prison, former high school football star Eddie Palmer returns home to put his life back together and forms an unlikely bond with Sam, an outcast boy from a troubled home. But Eddie's past threatens to ruin his new life and family.
Stars: Denzel Washington, Rami Malek, Jared Leto Deputy Sheriff Joe "Deke" Deacon joins forces with Sgt. Jim Baxter to search for a serial killer who's terrorizing Los Angeles. As they track the culprit, Baxter is unaware that the investigation is dredging up echoes of Deke's past, uncovering disturbing secrets that could threaten more than his case.
Stars: Alan Tudyk, Sara Tomko, Corey Reynolds An alien crashes on Earth and hides in a remote Colorado mountain town; after assuming the identity of the town doctor, his nefarious mission is threatened when he realizes one of the townspeople, a 9-year-old boy, can see his true alien form.
That’s it for this week - put your feet up and we’ll talk Monday.
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