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Social distancing continues this weekend amid the global pandemic, and several new TV seasons are here for the binging along with The Matrix Trilogy and The Social Network landing on Netflix. If nothing here suits your sensibilities, check out our guide to What You Should Watch On Streaming Right Now.
Coffee & Kareem Netflix film — The Office fans, rejoice! Ed Helms, Terrence Little Gardenhigh, and and Taraji P. Henson star in this action-comedy movie about an unlikely team-up between a 12-year-old kid and a cop. Helms and Henson's characters date, and the kid's not crazy about the couple, so he hires some fugitives to take out Coffee the Cop. That will get messy, especially after a criminal network gets involved. Yikes.
Tales From The Loop Amazon series — This surreal new series is a sci-fi dream based upon the digital paintings from Simon Stålenhag. The show revolves around an Ohio town situated above a mysterious machine, and Black Mirror fans might find this show to be a kinder, gentler, and more thoughtful option during these stressful times.
Harley Quinn: Season 2 DC Universe series — The animated streaming show is back, and still better than Birds Of Prey, with total anarchy in the streets of Gotham. Mr. J is gone, Batman is missing, and Harley must throttle the situation with her baseball bat while 1000 a-holes attempt to seize power. This series is so much fun, and it's also an economic watch, so jump into the pandemonium and embrace it.
Future Man: Season 3 Hulu — The Josh Hutcherson series takes a final bow with Josh, Tiger, and Wolf all on the run as fugitives. They're attempting to clear their names, naturally, as well as to fix history by sprinting through time.
Money Heist: Season 4 Netflix — The chaotic, cash-grifting series continues with explosions in Rio and Tokyo, as the gang endures its toughest times and an enemy within that could endanger the whole damn heist.
Here's the rest of this weekend's notable programming:
Charmed Friday, CW 8:00 p.m. — Parker joins up with the Charmed ones after a demon endangers Mel, all while Harry risks danger to infiltrate the Faction.
Dynasty Friday, CW 9:00 p.m. — Parenting turns out to be NBD for Fallon and Liam yeah, right while Sam and Kirby work on an opportunity together, and Alexis makes a recruit for a health matter.
Westworld Sunday, HBO 9:00 p.m. — The confusion continues as the third season of this series finds that the truth oesn't always set you free. Theories abound already, so get dive into the futuristic dystopia.
The Walking Dead Sunday, AMC 9:00 p.m. — The Whisperer War is coming to a head, which is strange because wars are usually named after their conclusion and by the winner. In the meantime, Princess meets up with Eugene's group, oh boy....
As a four-year-old boy, filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky fell in love with a piglet when he spent some time in a remote Russian village. “He became my closest friend and was killed by Christmastime,” Kossakovsky told me at the Berlinale after-party for his nonfiction film “Gunda,” which debuted Sunday in the “Encounters” section. “I became probably the first vegetarian in the Soviet Union. I always wanted to make a movie about pigs.
The movie is fascinating and immersive, and critics are raving, even if it took IndieWire’s Eric Kohn three viewings to figure out what he thought of it. “Gunda” couldn’t be more unlike the entertaining 2019 doc “The Biggest Little Farm,” with its colorful anthropomorphic animal characters and voiceover narration and perky, manipulative soundtrack.
“Gunda” is a documentary with no dialogue that follows around a bunch of farm animals in natural light, with long takes, and no music score. But while market expectations for this black-and-white follow-up to Kossakovsky’s dangerous water epic “Aquarela” were low, his producers were all smiles Sunday. Reviews are strong. And the movie is popping, partly because it’s not like anything else you’ve ever seen, but it also carries a powerful political message: humans should not eat animals.
Kossakovsky eschews emotional manipulation. He wants to earn audience empathy for his animals. He picked out his lead character, sow Gunda, on sight on the first visit to a farm in Norway. “It was easy to film,” he said. “It looks sophisticated. We only filmed with a 1 to 4 ratio for a 90 minute film, like back to old cinema. We found Gunda in the first minute of research. It was open the door, we see Gunda. ‘We have Meryl Streep. This is the one, she is so powerful in her face. We found it.'”
In order to intimately film his ingénue, the director built a round barn with places to set the Arri mini-cameras so they could see inside 360 degrees, and also set up exterior tracking shots. He visited Gunda just after she gave birth to about a dozen little suckling pigs squirming to attach to her engorged nipples. The filmmakers returned three more times over the next three months as the soft white piglets matured and followed their mother around the yard.
While the camera setups were fairly straightforward — this shoot was a cinch compared to watery “Aquarela” — the sound was as fake as any Hollywood shoot, as foley artists and other sound magic recreated what the recordists caught on...
Could you possibly imagine dear sweet Paul Rudd charming his way into someone’s life and slowly but surely taking over? Based on the ever-increasing amount of Paul Rudd dancing GIFs that I use on Twitter, I find that scenario very plausible, but now I’m going to get the chance to find it very entertaining. And so are you! According to THR, Rudd is set to play a successful therapist who starts infecting the life of one of his patients played by Will Ferrell in an adaptation of The Shrink Next Door podcast that will focus on “how a seemingly normal doctor-patient dynamic morphs into an unprecedentedly exploitative one filled with manipulation, power grabs, and dysfunction at its finest.” Fun!
While THR lists the potential show as a “dark comedy,” it’s an open question whether it’ll be a DARK comedy or dark COMEDY, because there is a tonal difference and evidence that Anchorman co-stars Rudd and Ferrell won’t automatically lean toward the more comedic approach. Specifically, their most recent work.
Rudd’s Living With Yourself has moments of comedy and slapstick, but it’s primarily a weighty meditation on the creep of irrelevancy. Ferrell is currently starring in Nat Faxon and Jim Rash’s Force Majeure remake, Downhill. In the film, he plays it mostly dry as a man doing a terrible job of living up to the responsibilities of husbandhood and fatherhood during a low-level midlife crisis/ski trip.
Considering those separate track records and the icky subject matter here which conjures memories of tabloid stories about impressionable stars letting dastardly con people take the wheel and run their lives into the ground, it seems likely that, at the very least, we can assume nuance and some courtship of the kinds of awards that come from playing around with heavier things particularly ones based on true events. For now, though, this project is being dangled in front of hungry executives from various networks gathered to see who loads the cash cannon quickest and most effectively before firing it at Rudd and Ferrell for their approval. That’s a dramatization of the process of people shopping a TV show around, but didn’t we have more fun reading it that way? More news about where and when this will land whenever it comes to be.
Stephen Williams, whose directing credits include episodes of Watchmen, The Walking Dead, Lost, and more, is set to helm Universal’s new monster movie Don’t Go in the Water. There are zero plot details at the moment, but it’s safe to assume from the monster movie distinction and the title that this is going to be some sort of aquatic horror movie – and we could always use more of those.
Variety has the scoop on Don’t Go in the Water, described simply as a “suspenseful monster movie” from director Stephen Williams. Stranger Things producer Shawn Levy is producing, along with Dan Levine for 21 Laps Entertainment, while Adam Kolbrenner will produce for Lit Entertainment Group. Adam Rodin is executive producing.
Williams directed two Watchmen episodes – “She Was Killed by Space Junk”, which featured the now-infamous giant Dr. Manhattan dildo, and “This Extraordinary Being”, one of the most memorable episodes of the series, in which Regina King’s Angela relives her grandfather’s memories via a drug trip. That episode was highly renowned for its unique visual style, so it’s great to see Williams branch out into a big movie. Save for 1995’s Soul Survivor, all his other credits are in TV.
I wish I could tell you more about the Don’t Go in the Water plot, but there simply isn’t anything to tell. However, the title certainly suggests this is some sort of aquatic horror film, and that’s a sub-genre I always enjoy. Earlier this year we saw the release of Underwater, a surprisingly fun undersea monster movie starring Kristen Stewart.
Other entries include DeepStar Six, Leviathan, Deep Rising, and more. Hell, you can even include every shark movie under that banner as well – all the Jaws flicks, The Shallows, Deep Blue Sea, and so on. The only real prerequisite is that the plot involves unlucky characters either on a boat or in some sort of underwater location being plagued by danger. It doesn’t even have to be monster-based danger. There’s Dead Calm, where the danger is Billy Zane. Hell, go ahead and include Titanic in there, I don’t care. There are no more rules anymore, folks. Anything goes these days.