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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.
What to watch this weekend! Also: Some TV news.
Always Be Watching is by Dan Barrett who is reminded he should buy a new umbrella.
If you’re anything like me, you are often up at night struggling with life’s biggest question: What was the origin of the Transformers?
You’ll soon be sleeping sound, thanks to the just announcedTransformers: War For Cybertron animated series coming to Netflix, produced by Rooster Teeth. It will debut in 2020.
There’s a new BBC drama called ‘Traitors’launching this coming week that looks pretty solid. I’m keen to check it out:
Sarah Ward, a pal of mine, is a film critic who is currently attending Berlinale. While there, she noticed the hypocrisy of the audience while watching a Netflix movie in a theatre. They booed at the Netflix logo on screen, but then treated the cinema like their own private lounge room by using their phones throughout the film and distracting other patrons.
Attending regular cinema sessions can be a battleground, the silver screen competing against smaller rectangles wielded by movie-goers who just must scroll through social media, fire off text messages and even make calls. Attending general festival sessions has taken the same trajectory, and now the people who should champion an unvarnished viewing experience are also following suit.
I’m increasingly disillusioned by the cinema experience. I used to make an effort to go weekly, but, to be honest, I don’t think I’ve actually gone to the cinemas more than once this year. We’re 7 weeks in.
In the offices of Heaven Inc Craig is a low-level angel responsible for handling all of humanity's prayers. His boss, God, has pretty much checked out to focus on his favorite hobbies. To prevent Earth's destruction, Craig and fellow angel Eliza must answer a seemingly impossible prayer: help two humans, Laura and Sam, fall in love.
A super-dysfunctional family of superheroes - The Monocle, Spaceboy, The Kraken, The Rumor, The Séance, Number Five, The Horror, and The White Violin - have eight days to buckle up and save the world. They must work together to solve their father's mysterious death while coming apart at the seams due to their divergent personalities and abilities.
The Doom Patrol's members each suffered horrible accidents that gave them superhuman abilities - but also left them scarred and disfigured. Traumatized and downtrodden, the team found purpose through The Chief, who brought them together to investigate the weirdest phenomena in existence - and to protect Earth from what they find.