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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 you'll be watching this weekend: 16-18 August 2019
Always Be Watching is written by the late Dan Barrett. Not dead. Just late.
What a bonkers good week for television this past week. And I have watched almost none of it.
With the Quentin Tarantino film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood out in cinemas this week in Australia, I chose to spend much of my week watching through most of his films. I remain firm in my belief that his best film is Jackie Brown.
I did catch the season 2 return of Succession, which had the show returning in fine form. After a slow start to the series, the show has become must-watch TV. Ignore most of the chatter about the show and how wild/funny the characters are - the show isn’t that at all and it seems like some culture writers are desperately working to make the show into something it isn’t. Succession is a dark character drama about a family who are tenuously held together not by love, but rather by a deep desire by every family member to run the family business - an international media conglomerate. It is about the corruption of personal relationships in the face of immense power and wealth. But, it’s also a bit funny with great turns of phrase.
The BIG show of the week, tho, is Mindhunter. Given practically zero publicity by Netflix, Mindhunter is a serial killer procedural drama by David Fincher. The show is an exploration into the mind of killers and the impact it has on the psyche of those who seek to understand them. If you have ever enjoyed a David Fincher film (Fight Club, Zodiac, The Game), you will love this just as much - it’s dark drama with a commercial approachability.
Also flying under the radar is the debut of Why Women Kill, a new dark comedy from Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives, The Golden Girls). It is firmly on my list of things to watch this weekend.
The Terror (s2), Succession (s2), Lodge 49 (s2), Mindhunter (s2)
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