Here's what I can tell you about this week: There's no huge release titles, but there's no shortage of shows and original streaming films to watch. There's a monster list below.
Some taster thoughts on what's available:
- Black Bird is inspired by a real life story. I've seen a bit of it and it's actually way better than I felt it would be when I pressed play. The key creative behind this is crime author Dennis Lehane (Gone Baby Gone, Live By Night, Shutter Island).
- Boo Bitch is exactly the sort of fluffy teen comedy you suspect it is. But don't ignore it entirely as Awkward creator Lauren Iungerich is involved. That teen show proved far better than it ever should be.
- Modern Love: Hyderbad is an Indian Telugu-language anthology based on the US romantic dramedy anthology.
- Sci-fi series Moonhaven has been getting some really solid reviews this week. I haven't seen it yet and I'm concerned I have slept on it. I'll definitely check it out. Another reminder that streamer AMC+ is worth paying more attention to than most folks do. Their library additions are never dull.
My personal recommendation: Buy a season of Joe Pera Talks With You on Apple TV or via the Google store. The show just got cancelled by Adult Swim and that has me really frustrated today.
Maybe you'll hate it. But, maybe you're like me and you are ready to discover your new favourite show.
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Mystery Road: Origin - ABC iView
Stars: Mark Coles Smith
Follows Jay Swan, a young officer who arrives at his new station in the town. As you'd assume from the title, this is a prequel to the films and subsequent TV show.
[Note: trailer unavailable as ABC has only permitted it to be viewable on YouTube and not to be embedded. So watch the trailer or not. That's their publicity decision...]
Black Bird- Apple TV+
Stars: Taron Egerton, Ray Liotta, Paul Walter Houser
The true story of convicted drug dealer Jimmy Keene who is offered his freedom in exchange for coaxing a confession out of suspected serial killer Larry Hall and finding out where his victims are buried.
Boo, Bitch - Netflix
Stars: Zoe Margaret Colletti, Lana Condor
Two senior BFFs make a last-ditch attempt to be seen. But when one of them becomes a ghost, she'll need to really live her best life - while she can.
Modern Love: Hyderbad - Amazon Prime Video
Stars: Nithya Menen, Komalee Prasad
Explores six diverse yet universal stories of different facets, shades and moods of love, all set in the city's many unique milieus.
The Sea Beast - Netflix
Stars: Karl Urban, Zaris Angel-Hator
The life of a legendary sea monster hunter is turned upside down when a young girl stows away on his ship.
The Longest Night - Netflix
Stars: Luis Callejo, Alberto Ammann
Centres on a psychiatric prison where a group of armed men aim to capture an incarcerated serial killer, but are met with resistance from the prison director.
Jewel - Netflix
Stars: Connie Chiume, Michelle Botes, and Nqobile Nunu K.H.
While visiting a massacre memorial, a photographer finds herself drawn to a local woman. But their romance stirs up painful memories of a shared past.
Incantation - Netflix
Stars: Hsuan-yen Tsai
Six years ago, Li Ronan was cursed after breaking a religious taboo. Now, she must protect her daughter from the consequences of her actions.
How To Build a Sex Room - Netflix
Stars: Melanie Rose
From a secret rock 'n' roll dungeon to a next-level spa, designer Melanie Rose dreams up erotic renovations for couples in this spicy reality series.
Maggie - Hulu
Stars: Rebecca Rittenhouse, Nichole Sakura, Chris Elliot
As a psychic, Maggie regularly sees the fate of her friends, parents, clients and random strangers on the street, but when she suddenly sees a glimpse of her own future, she must start living in her own present.
Moonhaven - AMC+
Stars: Emma McDonald, Dominic Monaghan
Moonhaven focuses on Bella Sway, a lunar cargo pilot and smuggler 100 years in the future who finds herself accused of a crime and marooned on Moonhaven, a utopian community set on a 500 square mile Garden of Eden built on the Moon to find solutions to the problems that will soon end civilization on Mother Earth. A skeptic in Paradise, Bella is sucked into a conspiracy to gain control of the artificial intelligence responsible for Moonhaven's miracles and teams with a local detective to stop the forces that want to destroy Earth's last hope before they are destroyed themselves.
Visitors - HBO Max
Stars: River Kanoff
This is Richard's first day on the police force. At nightfall, two strange lights collide in the sky.
And that's the week done. Enjoy your weekend of viewing. Let's meet again Monday.