This week’s finest exhibits and flicks: Child God, Huge Mouth Season 4
If you are looking for the best TV shows and movies to see this week on that new TV that you bought last Wednesday because you forgot Black Friday (and now you are upset because you spent hundreds of extra dollars than you could just have waited a few days for a big fat discount) so just want to relax by looking at some good stuff to keep your mind off your mistake, don’t worry. These are the best shows and movies to see this week.
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Disney Holiday Singalong
Monday at 8 / 7c on ABC
About 10 years ago, in April 2020 (feels that way, doesn’t it?), ABC and Disney teamed up for the Disney Family Singalong, an extremely popular karaoke special in which celebrities sang some famous Disney songs while the lyrics appeared on the screen for families at home to play some tunes next to them. It was a great success, especially since the audience only felt the quarantine. About seven and a half months later we’re still in our homes and Disney is singing along again. This time the songs will be themed on vacation and few will be Disney originals, like “Wanna make a snowman?” from Frozen. Maybe I’ll bury the Lede here, but K-pop megastars BTS will be there singing “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”. Other actors are Katy Perry, Michael Bublé and Andrea Bocelli.
Wednesday at 9 / 8c on HBO
HBO’s documentary Baby God is about Dr. Quincy Fortier, a fertility specialist who used his own sperm to impregnate his patients without their knowledge. It could have taken a little more time in the editing room, although it runs in a swift 78 minutes, and part of the camera work is … uh, questionable. Nonetheless, Hannah Olson’s document covers an exciting topic through interviews with several of Fortier’s children, many of whom learned their ancestry through take-away DNA testing and first met on camera. The intriguing part of the film is that the image Fortier painted changes from subject to subject – everyone shares Fortier’s physical characteristics that are both fascinating and terrifying. Some rightly hate him as a monster, while others defend his actions only on the mere idea that they exist because of him and that he gave “a gift” to mothers who naturally could not have children. It’s a real mind – showing how Fortier’s children and victims were changed by the disclosure of what he’d done, while at the same time being an eye-opening look into genetics.
Season 4 premieres on Friday on Netflix
Netflix’s Big Mouth still makes me uncomfortable with the amount of private part synonyms it yells at me, but its smart joke and unreserved press for “going there” always get me to where I am feel ok when i see animated mids. Schoolchildren neck high in the flood of puberty. This season introduces a trans character when the kids go to summer camp. The new mindset raises body issues and menstruation, and leads to many spots that would make you blush if only you didn’t laugh so hard.
Earth in color at night
Friday on Apple TV +
People were ripped off. Yes, we have opposing thumbs and a solid brain size to height ratio, but when darkness falls we are useless because we don’t have the right chopsticks and cones in our eyes. Apple TV + ‘s new Nature series uses new technology to correct what evolution has done wrong with color through cameras with incredible night vision that can see in the dark. The result is nocturnal animal behavior like we’ve never seen before. All Baby Yoda fans should be prepared for the second episode, which features the incredibly cute tarsiers.
Friday on Netflix
David Fincher’s latest film is already getting Oscar-winning (like all Fincher films), but with the pandemic sending films direct to streamers, you don’t have to go to a full theater to see them. The subject of Mank is Citizen Kane screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz and his beef with Orson Welles throughout the production of the legendary film. The film will be shot in stunning black and white, with Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried and Lilly Collins as the main characters. [REVIEW]
Sound of metal
Friday on Amazon Prime
Riz Ahmed (The Night Of) does a hell of a job as Ruben Stone, a heavy metal drummer who is slowly losing his hearing in Sound of Metal, another Oscar contender. Trapped between his passion and his new physical limitations, Ruben embeds himself in the deaf community to control his anger and give him perspective. I would even give Ahmed the chance to take the Oscar home and the wardrobe designer to win my personal Timmy Award for handing out authentic Ruben metal band T-shirts.
The Hardy Boys
Series premieres Friday on Hulu
Somewhere between Stranger Things, Riverdale, and Nancy Drew’s reboot is Hulu’s new take on The Hardy Boys, the famous teen detectives that have been around for nearly 100 years. The 1980s detective drama definitely fits the Stranger Things vibe with its looks and scores, goes a little dark like Riverdale and cracks cases where Nancy Drew flips stones but leaves the supernatural behind to the Small town to make easier boys try to solve the murder of their mother and the conspiracy that led to it. It’s appropriate for the young teen set.
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