The highlight this week is Paper Girls. Based on a comic by Brian K Vaughn, this is a Stranger Things-esque show that is kind-of in 1988 about a group of 12 year-old newspaper delivery girls who ride their bikes through the streets of suburban Ohio. And then things start getting super weird. It's a good, compelling show that you'll happily tell people you binged your way through the 8-episodes over the weekend. You can find that one on Amazon Prime Video.
I also rather liked Honor Society. It's a teen high school comedy starring Angourie Rice (who is great in all that she does) and Gaten Matarazzo (AKA Dustin from Stranger Things). The film sticks to genre conventions pretty heavily, but is peppered with some funny, dirty jokes. It's an original Paramount+ film, which follows just weeks after the also rather good Beavis & Butthead Do The Universe and Jerry & Marge Go Large. Paramount+ is on a run with a good original film output.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw is the only compelling thing about new Apple TV+ drama Surface. Why is it that all shows about a person with memory loss has them falling into the ocean at some point? And Neil Patrick Harris is back with a new Netflix comedy Uncoupled - I haven't yet seen it. Reviews are favorable, but a tad tepid.
I'm personally keen to check out The Resort, which is from Palm Springs writer Andy Siara. I expect it will be fine...
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Paper Girls - Amazon Prime Video
Stars: Camryn Jones, Riley Lai Nelet, Sofia Rosinsky, Fina Strazza
In the early morning hours after Halloween 1988, four paper girls are out on their delivery route when they become caught in the crossfire between warring time-travelers, changing the course of their lives forever.
Honor Society - Paramount+
Stars: Angourie Rice, Gaten Matarazzo, Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Honor is an ambitious high school senior whose sole focus is getting into an Ivy League college, assuming she can first score the coveted recommendation from her guidance counselor, Mr. Calvin.
The Resort - Peacock | Stan
Stars: William Jackson Harper, Cristin Milioti, Luis Gerardo Méndez, Skyler Gisondo, Nina Bloomgarden
Exploring love and the weird things we do in the name of it, encased in an elaborate true-crime conspiracy.
Uncoupled - Netflix
Stars: Neil Patrick Harris, Marcia Gay Harden
A man has had his life turned upside down after his partner walks out on him after 17 years.
Keep Breathing - Netflix
Stars: Melissa Barrera
After her private plane crashes in the Canadian wilderness, lone survivor Liv must battle both an unforgiving cold and past personal traumas to stay alive in the harsh environments.
Fanatico - Netflix
Stars: Roger Gual
When a trap artist's biggest fan tries to take over his idol's persona, he finds out that being a superstar isn't as easy as it looks.
A Cut Above - Netflix
Stars: Juliana Alves, Neuza Borges
With his mom's salon on the brink of bankruptcy, a young man rolls up his sleeves to help and discovers himself as the coolest barber on the block.
Another Self - Netflix
Stars: Tuba Büyüküstün, Seda Bakan, Riza Kocaoglu, Boncuk Yilmaz
Three friends take part in a therapy session in a seaside town and learn to work through unresolved trauma connected to their families' pasts.
Purple Hearts - Netflix
Stars: Sofia Carson, Nicholas Galitzine
Despite their differences and against all odds, an aspiring singer-songwriter and a soldier fall hopelessly in love.
Not Okay - Netflix
Stars: Dylan O'Brien, Zoey Deutch
A misguided young woman who is desperate for friends and fame fakes a trip to Paris to update her social media presence. A terrifying incident takes place in the real world, which becomes a part of the imaginary trip and offers all she wants.
Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin - HBO Max | Binge
Stars: Bailee Madison
Twenty years ago, a series of tragic events almost ripped the blue-collar town of Millwood apart; now, in the present day, a group of disparate teen girls, a brand-new set of Little Liars, find themselves tormented by an unknown 'A'ssailant.
Surface - Apple TV+
Stars: Gugu Mbatha-Raw
After suffering a traumatic head injury that leaves her with serious memory loss issues, Sophia embarks on a quest to piece her life back together. However, she realises that the people who are helping her may not have her best interests in mind.
Amber Brown - Apple TV+
Stars: Ashley Brown, Sarah Drew
A girl tries to find her voice through art and music in the wake of her parents' divorce, finding a way to deal with the separation.
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- Dan Barrett, editor guy