Streaming Guide June 9 – June 15 | Terrace House is back!

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The (original) cast of Terrace House: Aloha State

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I wrote a full season review of Orange Is the New Black, which made me wonder whether I should highlight it on the streaming guide. I don’t want to end up repeating myself, and there are surely other Netflix properties I could promote, like Terrace House. So this post is dedicated to my beloved Terrace House: Aloha State. Part 3 drops on Tuesday, and I’m not sure when I’ll have time to watch it, but I’m glad it’s there. On Stan, there are Quentin Tarantino films and your usual feast of fast-tracked content, and Amazon Prime has a limited series about the Le Mans 24 hour car race, in which they build a car and then race it (that’s what I learned yesterday, and I’m really interested in it now).

The final season of Orphan Black premieres on Sunday, which I would be more excited for if I was up to date. I’m hoping that will happen soon, but it definitely won’t be this weekend. This weekend I’ll be at Continuum Convention in Melbourne, and if you’re interested in science fiction or even general pop culture (which is more my speed), it’s definitely worth checking out. Right now I have to catch up on as much of Twin Peaks as possible before tonight’s panel.

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Streaming Guide May 12 – May 19

 

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Master of None was one of my favourite shows of 2015, and I’m so happy it’s back. The first episode is in black and white, and it’s stunning. In a world where television creators are constantly saying “It’s like a novel for TV,” Master of None is a series of short films following the same characters (most of the time), and musings on certain topics. As much as I loved the two episodes set in Italy (they made me really hungry – I meant what I wrote about not watching on an empty stomach), I was thrilled to get back to New York and hang out with Denise and the rest of the gang. Ansari’s directing is stunning, and I’m looking forward to seeing more of his work in the future.

I haven’t seen anything else on this list just yet… okay, I’ve seen Chicago, Serendipity and Shall We Dance?Chicago is one of my favourite films, so I’ll always recommend it. I finally watched the second episode of American Gods last night, and I enjoyed it much more than the first. The Coming to America short with Orlando Jones was SO SO GOOD, and makes me think they didn’t really know how to use him on Sleepy Hollow. Mildly amusing story: I hit “continue watching” on Amazon, and there was no previously on section. It turned out that it was playing the premiere again, which I fixed quickly. That’s all I have on streaming for this week!

Streaming Guide May 5 – May 11

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I don’t watch Sense8 (Sens8?), so this is the last week before Netflix completely takes over the Northern Hemisphere summer. The first season of Patriot drops on Prime Video for Australia today, and I’ve heard really good things about it, so I might check that one out. Now that we’re in May, it’s time for season finales including The Last Kingdom, Billions, The Circus and Underground. This means that I will finally catch up on Underground, as well as Designated Survivor, which has a double-episode finale in two weeks. It’s a relatively quiet week in streaming, and I’m perfectly happy with that. Happy watching!

Wildcard pick of the week:

Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie. I have no idea what this will be like, or if it’s any good, but as soon as I saw that Netflix was putting out a mystery movie, I went to tell my friends Regan and Liam, who might watch it for their podcast if we’re lucky. Right now they’re covering Canadian hockey/PI show Private Eye, which I’ve never watched but has a catchy theme song.

Streaming Guide April 28 – May 4

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It’s a good week for streaming television. Dear White People is already on my hypothetical “Best of 2017” list. I saw the whole season on screener, and it’s one of the funniest things I’ve seen this year. It’s a show I wanted to review, but didn’t know how to, because as this A.V. Club headline says,

The excellent Dear White People doesn’t care about white people.

I am a white person, so I can’t claim to know anything about what this show gets right and wrong, because I don’t have that experience. The kneejerk reaction people have had about the title is exactly why it’s called Dear White People. What this show does so well is explore the different perspectives of students at Winchester. Do you work within the system like Troy and Coco, or do you rally against it like Sam and Reggie? Or do you try to expose the system by being a journalist like Lionel? A social movement isn’t a homogenous group of people with the same opinion, and Dear White People shows us that everyone has their reasons for the way they act.

Mo Ryan’s review at Variety touched on how the humour worked even when other parts of the show didn’t, and there are two specific jokes that stuck out at me: the first was a comment about wine, and the other one was about Drake’s career. I know very little about Drake other than that I don’t like “Hotline Bling,” but I was in the car the other day listening to the radio and thought “Who was it who said that thing about Drake?” before remembering it was a joke on Dear White People. Mo’s review also mentioned some characters who were overlooked, namely Lionel and Joelle. For reasons I watched episode 2 first, which was a Lionel episode, and he immediately became my favourite character. Joelle was the most prominent character who didn’t get any point of view episodes this season, and that needs to change when it’s renewed.

As for everything else: The Games is on iView, and I started watching an episode last night when I was writing the guide, because I couldn’t remember what my favourite episode was called. It’s titled “A Management Course,” and John, Gina and Brian have to go on a team building retreat. John and Gina think it’s pointless, but Brian seems to enjoy it. American Gods starts Monday on Amazon Prime, and I decided to put Eagle Vs Shark in because it was directed by Taika Waititi. Unfortunately there’s still no news about when The Handmaid’s Tale will be coming to Australia, but it had better be soon.

Streaming Guide April 7 – April 13 | I’ve been doing this for a year! #BRICKFANGS

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#BRICKFANGS *

About a year ago I wrote my first streaming guide for DeciderTV, which was a great opportunity and also a bit scary. Last year I wrote about The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and When I Get A Minute, and this April is just as crowded. Angie Tribeca and Better Call Saul are both returning to Stan next week, and if nothing else you should check out the description for Angie Tribeca. I didn’t write that copy, it’s directly from the press release, which is why it’s one of the best comedies on television.

In regards to Better Call Saul: I am looking forward to it, and also seeing whether Mike ACTUALLY owns rhododendrons. New Mexico’s climate isn’t really suited to that particular species.

* If you would like to understand BRICKFANGS, I highly recommend The Ones Who Knock podcast, it’s a lot of fun.

Streaming Guide March 17 – March 23 | DeciderTV

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Ashleigh Murray | Image courtesy of Netflix

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I haven’t seen any of Iron Fist. I wrote it up for the guide, but Netflix has a couple of original releases this week that I’m looking forward to watching. The first is the film Dierdra and Laney Rob a Train, starring Riverdale’s Ashleigh Murray as Dierdra. It’s about two girls who start robbing trains because they’re having financial trouble. I think their mum is sick, but don’t hold me to that (I was wrong, she goes to jail). The other is Samurai Gourmet, and I’ll quote from the press release:

Takeshi Kasumi has spent his entire life devoted to his job. Now a retired man, he finds himself with plenty of extra time on his hands. While on an afternoon walk, Kasumi discovers the joys of daytime drinking and the realisation that he is now free to eat and drink what he wants, when he wants. This awakens his inner persona – a wandering samurai living freely in Japan’s age of civil wars. Thus begins his search for blissfully delectable delights to satisfy his stomach and his soul.

How great does that sound? The episode titles are funny too.

Over on Stan, The Circus has returned for a second season, chronicling the Trump administration’s first 100 days. I only watched a handful of first season episodes, but they were excellent, and the people making this docu-series know exactly what they’re doing. I’m interested in Amazon Video’s German language show as well.

As far as weekly episodes go: Riverdale is off for a couple of weeks, Designated Survivor is somehow The West Wing meets 24 and it manages to work (there are issues, but it’s enjoyable), the season premiere of Underground was promising (and Astrid is there!), and Imposters is really fun. I’m waiting to see if it gets renewed, and I hope it does, but I have no idea what a second season would look like. I had an idea after Episode 5, but then Episode 6 made that unlikely. It’s nice to keep guessing!

In film, Ava DuVernay’s Selma drops on Netflix tomorrow, which was one of my favourite films two awards seasons ago. You should watch it.

Streaming Guide March 3 – March 9 | DeciderTV

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I’ve made some changes to the streaming guide! Stan has been fast-tracking shows from the U.S. for two years now, and Netflix is doing the same with CW shows and Designated Survivor. SBS OnDemand and iview have been doing this with specific shows for a while now, namely Orphan Black and Doctor Who. As streaming grows in Australia, I’ve added more columns to my spreadsheet, and the list of titles gets longer most weeks. I’ve added a section for shows with weekly episodes. Designated Survivor and Underground both return next Thursday (I wanted to watch them yesterday because I’m thinking a week ahead when I write the guides), and Foxtel Play has replaced Presto, which means there are weekly episodes of Big Little Lies and Girls, as well as Foxtel originals including the local Real Housewives franchise. Plus Angie Tribeca, iZombie and Better Call Saul are returning in March, all of which I’m looking forward to to various degrees.

I don’t highlight everything I want to – Designated Survivor is a show that’s more fun than it has any right to be, and Greenleaf is an import from the Oprah Winfrey Network about a family that runs a Megachurch, which sounds like the perfect spiritual successor to Big Love (Bill Paxton, you are missed). Also The People Vs O.J. Simpson is on Netflix as of Monday – it’s a really good week and you can’t include everything. Until next week!

I almost forgot – Donald Glover’s Atlanta has finally come to Australia, and you can watch all of it now on SBS OnDemand. If you prefer the traditional method, two episodes air every Tuesday on SBS Viceland.