Streaming Guide June 23 – June 29

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Alison Brie, Bashir Salahuddin, Betty Gilpin

via What’s New In Streaming For The Next Seven Days — DeciderTV

It’s a big week in streaming! Apparently there’s no such thing as an off-season any more. Better Call Saul just had its finale (I’m behind), and the finales of RuPaul’s Drag Race and iZombie are next week. And there are so many shows premiering! I’m very much looking forward to the new season of Younger, and all the new Diana Trout gifs. Power is a very good show that I’ll probably leave for a month (to catch up on all the other shows) before binging. As for the others…

People are raving about the new Netflix show GLOW, which I like but don’t love. Many of the critics I read watched the entire season, I just watched the first two. To be fair, I watched the first episode in April and the second this week, and I remember enjoying the first episode much more than the second. The gap could account for that. I have another four screeners I can watch, but the video quality is much better on Netflix proper, which I am paying for.

I didn’t watch much of Preacher‘s first season, but I’ve seen the first two episodes of the new season and they’re really good. For those of you who want to give it another shot, the advice I followed was to watch the premiere, the angel battle in episode 6, and the finale. The first season arguably (I haven’t seen all of it, so I can’t comment) has pacing problems, which makes sense when you find out that the events in the first season finale happened in the first issue of the comic. The second season is fun and has one of the two best uses of “Come on Eileen” in television this year (the other is Jane the Virgin, and while they are the only two instances I know of, they were both done really well). It’s still a very graphic show, which is part of what put me off season one, you just need to figure out when to cover your eyes.

I have a screener for Okja, but I haven’t watched it yet. I’ll wait until I can watch it on the TV. Snowpiercer is one of the best films I’ve seen in the past five years, and it would be great if I could see this film in cinemas, but the fact that I get to see this film at the same time as everyone else is a step in the right direction. Film distribution in Australia has a lot of problems, and I hope there’s a way that we can get both.

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Movie Review: Snowpiercer

One of the films I most wanted to see last year but never had the chance to was Snowpiercer. Its limited release made it difficult, but now it’s available for streaming, so I watched it on Thursday. This film was strange, and messed up in places, but it was also great. For such a dark film (as my brother remarked), it had a somewhat hopeful if open-ended ending. Snowpiercer is set in 2031, seventeen years after humanity created an ice age; a substance that they manufactured to combat global warming worked too well, and all life on Earth is presumed to have been wiped out except for the passengers on the train Snowpiercer. On the Snowpiercer, the (wealthier) passengers worship Wilford (Ed Harris), who saved them from destruction, and the perpetual engine that he built to keep the Snowpiercer running. The Snowpiercer traverses the globe, taking a route that lasts a year, allowing the passengers to mark time. A class system emerges on the train, and the audience sees the film through the eyes of the tail end passengers, who are on the lowest rung, signified by their literal position on the Snowpiercer.

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