Netflix’s Sons of Sam, Neon’s Handmaid is among the big shows to air this week
HISTORY OF THE HAND (NEON)
As the fourth season unfolds, it’s hard not to feel a sense of déjà vu about this much-loved 1985 dystopian tragedy adaptation of Margaret Atwood. One has the impression that he needs a full stop, especially since he has long left behind the ambiguous outcome of the Canadian author.
Without it, the lingering perils of Offred / Ofjoseph / June (Elisabeth Moss) risk turning into Prison Break, The fugitive or The walking dead, simply introducing new characters each season to clash, rather than progressing towards ultimate tragedy or triumph.
Fortunately, at the moment, there is still enough dramatic potential bubbling up in the background of this rich storyline (even though Trump was put down, it still resonates and offers a warning to modern-day divided America. ) – and Moss just makes June’s spell compelling. , even as we find her picking up the pieces after sacrificing herself to bring others across the Canadian border.
MADE FOR LOVE (SKY GO)
After the recent drama, the dystopian takes an almost futuristic love in The one and Soulmates, here is a little light relief, although perverse almost darker.
Adapted by Alissa Nutting and Maniacal and Leftovers’ Patrick Somerville from the 2017 novel of the elder, Made for love is a delightfully dark 10-part comedy starring a fabulous performance by Cristin Milioti. Those who enjoyed her star-making tour last year Palm springs, will absolutely give up her antics as the seemingly submissive, but truly subversive, Hazel tries to make a life for herself outside of her hermetically sealed golden cage, after her billionaire tech husband announced that they would be the guinea pigs of the revolutionary technology that promises to “allow users to mingle their hearts and minds, ensuring that there are no more secrets between couples”.
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MARE OF EASTTOWN (NEON)
The first installment of this slow-burning, yet intriguing and teasing seven-episode series takes place over the course of a single day – one that doesn’t start well and gradually gets worse for the jaded small-town detective of Kate Winslet. , Mare Sheehan.
Heroes of Easttown since the night she scored the state championship-winning basket almost exactly 25 years ago, Mare is preparing for a night of memories – and recriminations.
Sharp, cynical, cranky, Winslet makes Mare memorable through moments big and small, whether it’s how she attacks a chicken leg in her car or tries to distract from the newly arrived creative writing lecturer in town. Richard (played by former Winslet Mildred Pierce sparring partner Guy Pearce) with a dismissive “my life is complicated”. She is a flawed “heroine” to compete with Frances McDormand’s Mildred Hayes or Amy Adams’ Camille Preaker – the latter Sharp objects being the show that reminded me the most. Also available on Sky Go.
THE MOSQUITO COAST (APPLE TV +)
As with the award-winning 1981 novel of the same name by Paul Theroux and the undervalued and memorable 1986 film starring the incredible trio of Harrison Ford, Helen Mirren and River Phoenix, this is Allie Fox’s story. and the descent of his family into the heart. from the darkness of Central America.
But while the central premise is basically intact, the threat of nuclear war is no longer the backdrop, and seven episodes allow creators Neil Cross and Rupert Wyatt to expand their reach and the Fox family’s backstory. . Familiar to Kiwis, Cross is a longtime Wellington resident and Wyatt led the first infused Weta. Planet of the Apes film, the pair combine in the opening episode to deliver a thrilling drama that features fabulous performances and hints to just enough shrouded mystery to keep the viewer hooked.
The Sons of Sam is now streaming on Netflix.
SON OF SAM (NETFLIX)
Subtitle A descent into darkness, this four-part documentary series takes a look at journalist Maury Terry’s lifelong obsession with Sam’s son, the name given to serial killer David Berkowitz, who shot and killed several people in New York City between 1976 and 1977. Terry is more convinced that than acting alone, Berkowitz was part of a satanic cult.
“Should put a new perspective on one of the most notorious serial killer cases of all time,” wrote Decision-maker ‘s Joel Keller.
STARSTRUCK (TVNZ ONDEMAND)
Offering the same candid, self-effacing style that has been the hallmark of Rose Matafeo’s stand-up shows, it’s a comedic delight filled with squeaks and charm. Some kind of exchange Notting hill, set around Hackney, it targets modern relationships and mores, more than the nature of fame and its impact on the other half. This really allows Matafeo to play on his physical and verbal gymnastic strengths, with his Jessie struggling to navigate the budding “relationship” with Tom (Nikesh Patel), as well as with former partners, co-workers and his roommate.
Director Karen Maine, who previously directed Jenny Slate and Strange thingsNatalia Dyer vehicles Obvious child and Yes God Yes, here seems to marry well with Matafeo, playing hard times to their full comedic potential, but also making sure the story never drags on.
THEM (AMAZON PRIME VIDEO)
As this beautifully evocative and terribly provocative series teaches us, between 1916 and 1970, six million African Americans left the southern United States.
In September 1953, Henry, Livia, Ruby-Lee, and Gracie Jane packed their things and their beloved dog and moved from Chatham County to North Carolina to California. With a well-paid job at Tanner Aerospace awaiting him, Henry (Ashley Thomas) decided to steer clear of the popular Watts, for the snowy pickets and pastel hues of suburban East Compton paradise of Southland Trust Realty. However, the fences aren’t the only whitewashed surroundings of 3011 Palmer Drive.
Although the period setting of this show may draw comparisons to the awe-inspiring Lovecraft Country, in truth, it has more in common with Jordan Peele’s disturbing modern-day vibe Get out, or, to a lesser extent, the surreality of the suburban nightmare Vivarium or the Disney + sitcom subversion WandaVision. It’s the ugly middle class of UnPleasantville that America didn’t want the rest of the world to see.
YOUNG ROCK (SKY GO)
A kind of The good years-meets-Everyone hates Chris, this American sitcom will delight fans and the happiest to watch everything Dwayne Johnson is up to.
At the same time, a look at the formative years of the promising American footballer turned wrestler turned world movie star is also a brilliant, if potentially frightening, look at Johnson’s next potential role – politician.
In the end, under the laughter, Young Rock is truly a love letter to Johnson’s late father, Rocky. For once, despite the absence of the presence of its former film partner Kevin, this is a series with a lot of heart.