With so many different streaming platforms and cable deals to browse through, choosing what to watch has never been harder. To make it easier for you, here are our top tune-up tips for the week ahead.
How to survive a pandemic
This documentary by Oscar-nominated filmmaker David France examines the global effort to roll out COVID-19 vaccines. Filming for this film began in 2020 and followed how things developed over the next 18 months.
I don’t know if this was planned or if it’s just some kind of celestial coincidence, but there’s a definite moon theme in this week’s new lineup. Disney Plus’ “Moon Knight” kicks things off. This is the story of a mild-mannered gift shop employee who suffers from memory lapses and memories of a past life. Steven Taylor (played by Oscar Isaac) eventually discovers he has dissociative identity disorder and shares a body with mercenary Marc Spector. As for the lunar part? Spector was resurrected before the Egyptian moon god Khonshu. At the end of the line ? If you like the Marvel franchise, you’ll probably like this one. Ethan Hawke plays the villainous Arthur Harrow in the series.
When we were bullies
A fascinating concept for this essential short film. Nominated for an Oscar, “When We Were Bullies” begins with a coincidence that took place 25 years ago. This event leads filmmaker Jay Rosenblatt to reunite with members of his fifth-grade class to see what they remember about a bullying incident 50 years prior. The result is a relatable experience that many of us can relate to.
Revenge of the Black Best Friend
This series was created and co-produced by Amanda Parris. It follows Dr. Toni Shakur (played by Olunike Adeliyi of “The Porter”), a self-help guru who is focused on one goal. She wants to cancel the entertainment industry’s reliance on token black characters before being canceled herself.
Gem of Radio-Canada
This musical tells the story of a young composer who is discovered after one of her songs goes viral. The problem for Tala (played by Cyrena Fiel) is that she recorded the song as her invented alter-ego. When approached by a world famous music production team, she must decide whether to be Illisha or herself. For those of us old enough to remember “Instant Star”, that’s what this one reminds me of.
Gem of Radio-Canada
With the lifting of mask mandates in most indoor settings in Ontario, could we finally turn a page in pandemic history? It would seem so, as this Netflix comedy indicates. The plot is simple. A group of actors and actresses (how meta) are stuck in a pandemic bubble in a hotel as they try to finish a movie about flying dinosaurs. According to some reports, the plot of this movie is based on the set of the yet to be released ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’, which saw its cast stalled for months during the UK lockdown. In any event, there are a few familiar faces in this Judd Apatow production. Expect cameos from Fred Armisen, David Duchovny, Keegan-Michael Key, Leslie Mann and “Borat Later Moviefilm” star Maria Bakalova. Choice of the week.
The moon theme continues with this Prime Video deal. When a mysterious force knocks the moon out of its orbit around Earth and sends it rushing towards our planet, it’s up to Halle Berry to save the world. The Oscar-winning actress plays NASA executive and former astronaut Jo Fowler, who thinks she has a way to prevent the collision if only fellow former astronaut Brian Harper (Patrick Wilson) and conspiracy theorist KC Houseman (John Bradley) believed her. Hoping it’s at least a little different from “Deep Impact”.
Apollo 101/2: A Childhood in the Space Age
It’s been a relatively light week for Netflix, but this title is one to watch. It follows a man who tells stories of his life as a 10-year-old boy in 1969 Houston, weaving nostalgia with an interesting tale of the space mission to the moon.
Better Nate than ever
This feel-good adventure comedy is about a 13-year-old boy with big Broadway dreams. Nate Foster (Rueby Wood) wants to do it big but is always looking for a chance. He decides to go to New York with his best friend Libby (Aria Brooks). The film is based on the award-winning book by Tim Federle. Keep an eye out for an appearance by Lisa Kudrow.
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