This week’s finest exhibits and films: Zendaya’s Euphoria, Bryan Cranston’s Your Honor
Are you ready for Lockdown 2: Toilet Paper Hoard Boogaloo? The good news for staying indoors and being safe this week is that there is a fantastic week of new television with options for everyone. There’s something for fans of medical dramas, gritty young adult dramas, and musical documentaries, and an animated film that the whole family should see. And if you’re into stars, both Meryl Streep and Bryan Cranston are back with new projects this week. We don’t deserve that premium from the TV gods, we really don’t.
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Special episode Sunday at 9 / 8c on HBO and now on HBO Max
Can i be honest with you I don’t like euphoria, although everyone else does. But boy, I loved that particular episode that acts as a bridge between seasons and digs up the excess from the first round of episodes. You don’t have to be on the cutting edge of the gritty teen series to enjoy this quiet, stripped-down hour that is essentially a long conversation at a diner between Rue (Emmy-winning Zendaya) and her Narcotics Anonymous sponsor, Ali (Colmon ) is Domingo, who deserves an Emmy for this episode), about life, her past, her gifts, and drug addiction. Both performances are outstanding and the conversation is exciting as Ali Rue transmits his wisdom through his own experiences. Not only is it a major episode in the show’s history; It’s an important episode that goes beyond television and can transform your life in the real world. This is the first of two special Euphoria episodes prior to Season 2; The second episode will be released at a later date.
Series premiere at 10 / 9c on Showtime and now for free on YouTube as part of a special Showtime preview
Do you like shows that are DRAMATIC? The King of Capital D-Dramas, Showtime, is broadcasting this miniseries perfect for someone looking for a show that mimics prestige dramas without the brainpower required to watch one. The big draw here is the return of Bryan Cranston in his first major TV role since Breaking Bad, but please don’t delve into it comparing it to AMC’s classics or you will be even more disappointed. Cranston plays a judge in New Orleans trying to fix a huge mistake his son made that gets him in big trouble with local organized crime, while taking advantage of his job and talents to try to get away with the authorities and clean to be ahead of the mob. It’s a moral story full of violence and protracted scenes of misery that makes it a decent pursuer of something like Ozark, as they both love to live on the tightrope. Critics don’t love this movie, but there is an audience for it, especially in a week when there isn’t a must-see show.
Series premiere Monday at 10 / 9c on NBC
You might like Grey’s Anatomy but are more interested in hanging out with nurses. Voila, I’m presenting you with Nurses, a Canadian import (the first season aired in the North in January) from the team that brought you Rookie Blue. It follows nurses at a Toronto hospital who save the lives of others and their own chaotic, complicated personal lives. In all honesty, I’ve probably explained it too much. You know what that is.
Let them all talk
Thursday on HBO max
Master of Every Genre Steven Soderbergh is the director of this original HBO Max film, which is a character drama about three friends on a cruise ship. Fortunately, these three friends are a trio of Hollywood legends: Meryl Streep, Dianne Wiest and Candice Bergen. Streep plays a famous writer who books the cruise to win an award in England and brings her friends. On board, they face their past and try to reconcile their relationships. [REVIEW]
Series premiere Friday on Amazon Prime
Honor of your YA vote of the week goes to Amazonas The Wilds, a grave, Lord of the Flies-influenced series about a diverse group of teenage girls stranded on a desert island. En route to a spiritual feminist retreat to cure young women of their incredibly fearful anxiety, the teenagers fight for their lives if their plane crashes, turning the show into a flashback and flashback survival drama of the girls’ complicated lives and after the crash. And unsurprisingly, that’s only part of the story when conspiracies arise. Did you like Lost? Did you like The Society? Then you could dig this. There are also a lot of voices like, “When we talk about what happened out there, there was trauma. But being a young girl in normal-assed America? That was real hell.” Amen, sister!
Friday on Apple TV +
The gorgeous animated film Wolfwalkers hit theaters last month, but there’s a 99% chance you haven’t seen it for obvious reasons. It is the third in a series of films based on Irish folklore from studio Cartoon Saloon after the critically acclaimed The Secret of Kells (no streaming) and Song of the Sea (Netflix), and tells the story of a young girl heading out to Ireland with his father to kill the last pack of wolves, however, befriends a young girl who is part of a tribe of people who turn into wolves at night. It’s less Disney and Pixar than Hayao Miyazaki, and it received rave reviews when it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. This is for family movie night.
Bee Gees: How Can You Heal a Broken Heart?
Saturday at 8 / 7c on HBO
Can we please get over the fainthearted notion that disco is an inferior art form? The marginalized genre of music, which represented marginalized groups, had its heyday before it went up in flames both figuratively and literally in the 1970s, and the Bee Gees are made because of hits like “Saturday Night Fever” and “Stayin ‘Alive.” “to be forever associated with the movement. “” But the Bee Gees were a lot more than that, and this HBO documentary tracks their progression from children’s band to supporters of the British invasion to worldwide sensations for their undeserved backlash to their final days. You’ve probably forgotten how great they were before their disco days, like Oasis’ Noel Gallagher in an interview where he remembers how incredulous he was hearing their early work. Let this comprehensive film tell as much about fraternal bonds as it really is. Good music catches up with you. Plus, any movie in which Barry Gibbs’ hair is a main character is a must-see. His mane is a dream.
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