Streaming Guide July 14 – July 20


One of the many gorgeous images from Chasing Coral. Image courtesy of Netflix.

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I made a choice a few years ago to not be political online. There are plenty of reasons for that which I won’t go into, but every once in a while I highlight shows and films on the streaming guide I think are important. This week I chose Chasing Coral which premiered at Sundance, and is about the attempt to visually capture coral bleaching, and Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty. I haven’t seen Bigelow’s films because I’m not very into war as a genre, but she’s also the only female director to have won the Oscar for Best Directing. That surprises me, but also it doesn’t. Aditi Mittal is one of the first women to perform stand-up comedy in India, another thing I didn’t know.

As for my other choices, Broad City and Game of Thrones are two of my favourite shows. Broad City deserves a highlight for that fantastic DMV episode (I renewed my licence last week, which you can now do at the post office. It’s the Australian equivalent of making an appointment), and there’s no season like GoT season. My podcasts are coming back, and I’m figuring out how to deal with this strange book/show world we live in. I’m happy that A Storm of Spoilers has a separate section for production spoilers, and stopping the podcast early is going to be an exercise in self-control. At the time I’m writing, George hasn’t followed up on this possibly fortuitous Live Journal entry, so that’s something to watch. I’m also going to be keeping an eye on any possible #BlackThorn evidence. Let me know if you find anything.


Streaming Guide February 17-23 | DeciderTV

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Is this Bob Benson? (Update: Yes it is) The Billions stills are delightful.

Amazon is starting to roll out its Original Programming for Australians, and this week is the Billy Bob Thornton vehicle Goliath. February has been a relatively quiet month in streaming, but it’s started to pick up again. Stan’s dropping up to four titles a day, and Netflix has started releasing everything on either Tuesday or Friday, so those days are particularly packed. From what I can tell, Netflix is dropping at least one standup special a week – and this week’s comedian is Trevor Noah! The most important thing is that Billions is back, so the Billions podcast will be back to take on Fighting in the War Room. It’s my favourite podcast rivalry.


Fighting in the Billions room.

What’s New In Streaming for the Next 7 Days — DeciderTV: Terrace House and Underground

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The first six housemates in Terrace House Aloha State

This is possibly the most difficult streaming guide I’ve had to write in a long time. And it’s not just because there’s a Home and Away special dropping on Presto five days before the service shuts down (it will still be available on other Foxtel streaming platforms after the end of January). Home and Away was difficult because I have no idea who any of the characters are. Slightly easier but still a challenge was Terrace House Aloha State, simply because it’s really difficult to describe Terrace House. Just look at these good good boys and girls though. Maybe I should make Terrace House Tuesday a thing.


Cristela Alonzo

Something I didn’t get a chance to highlight based on my own restrictions of the piece is Cristela Alonzo’s standup special Lower Classy. Good news! It’s finally past 12am PST, so it has dropped on Netflix. In this special, Cristela muses on boy bands, border walls and the immigrant experience.

The last thing I’m excited about this week is WGN’s Underground, which I’ve heard of but know little about. When I saw the cast list, I recognised Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Christopher Meloni’s names, but no one else. Then I learned that Aldis Hodge – that’s right, Alec Hardisan himself – is the lead on this show, and I’m stuck. That’s a lot of content on Tuesday. I checked out the synopsis for The Cake Eaters, but it wasn’t a documentary about baked goods, so I’m not particularly interested. Until next week, when I’ll be trying to fit a few things in.


Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Aldis Hodge in Underground


What’s New in Streaming for the Next 7 Days — DeciderTV

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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is coming to Netflix ANZ. ABOUT TIME. Hi Netflix, it deserves better than to be dropped on New Year’s Eve. On the other hand, it’s a show about a woman who is trying to make a change in her life and is just weird enough to be great New Year’s Day viewing. Plus the songs are great, and I’m working on a piece about them just now. Sherlock is back on Monday too, so it will be the only thing the internet talks about for a few weeks. It’s still a good show, but I don’t like it as much as I used to. In short: I am very much a Sherlock hipster.

I decided to make this week’s streaming guide short, so the one thing I didn’t end up highlighting that I might have otherwise is the first season of The Shannara Chronicles which drops on Netflix January 5. I’ve definitely seen one episode, possibly two. They were a bit rough, and I lost track after that, but I’m interested to see how the first season ended. Netflix is also fast-tracking the second season of Shadowhunters, which starts January 3. The way time zones work means that these dates for Shadowhunters and Sherlock are a day later than in their original broadcast countries – I watch Game of Thrones on a Monday morning.

I’d never heard of Ivan Aristeguieta until earlier this year, when he was featured on the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala. The below bit about Bunnings sausage sizzles is hilarious, and spot on. I expect that Lost in Pronunciation will have similar insights into Australian culture, and I’m really looking forward to it.

What I’ve been watching: May 2015

Because the television season is mostly over in the United States, I was at a bit of a loss on what to write today, I’m still figuring things out. I thought about the most recent episode of Game of Thrones, but Joanna Robinson has pretty much articulated my thoughts on the topic over at Vanity Fair, and on A Cast of Kings. The backlash she’s gotten over her thoughtful and articulated commentary on one of her favourite shows is completely unfair, and I may end up writing something later, I just haven’t decided yet. The other thought I had was to write about tonight’s episode of MasterChef Australia, which was really good (there’ll be a bit on it here, but not a whole post), so I’ve decided to leave some thoughts on what I’ve been watching on streaming and DVD recently. Continue reading