It’s an exciting week with content both new and old, with a few new iterations of old stories to start. There’s horror, drama, comedy and even some superhero stuff – movie lovers and true crime lovers, casual TV bingers and DC fans all have some great viewing options. Suffice it to say, there is something for everyone.
What to watch on Netflix
New series for both podcast listeners and horror fans Archive 81 should be an ingenious binge. Adapted from the podcast of the same name, Archive 81 follows two distinct but intertwined stories: on the one hand is Dan, an archivist and curator who is an expert in restoring damaged film, and on the other is Melody, a sociology student who has recorded his experience in a daunting apartment complex. Dan is hired to investigate Melody’s strange documentary by an even stranger, and the mysteries begin to snowball from there. Archive 81 premieres Friday, January 14thth.
If you have already seen Licorice pizza and desperately need another Paul Thomas Anderson fix, so fear not: Phantom wire streamer. This full-length film is perhaps best known as the extraordinary performance of the extraordinary method actor Daniel Day-Lewis, but there is far more to it than his (an excellent) trip as fashion designer Reynolds Woodcock. The film tells the story of the increasingly tense and complex relationship between Reynolds, his muse Alma and his demanding sister Cyril. It’s one of the most fascinating dramas of recent times, and it should be absolutely be on your watchlist. Phantom wire begins streaming on Sunday, January 16thth.
What to see on Hulu
How I met your father
It’s sitcom season! And unlike yet another recent comedy series, this one has Kim Cattrall! How I met your father promises to follow the same general format as its predecessor, How I met your mother, with Hilary Duff at the helm of an ensemble of 30-somethings as they navigate their love lives and ever-changing career paths. With showrunners from This is us at the helm and HIMYM director Pamela Fryman behind the pilot, it’s a series designed to appeal to both new and old fans. The first two sections of How I met your father premieres Tuesday, January 8thth.
What to see on Amazon Prime
Try the whip-smart drama to get a new bid for comedy late at night Late night. Written by Mindy Kaling – a comedy queen who has brought shows like Never have I ever and College girls sex life to the little screen – and with her starring the venerable Emma Thompson, this film created waves during its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival 2019 for its relevance and wit. Unfortunately, it did not make the same impression in the cinemas and seems to have been forgotten by and large, which is simply criminal. Late night looks at the double standards that women (both white and colored) face in the entertainment industry, and highlights the notion that comedy is a boys’ club. Late night is available for stream now.
What to watch on HBO Max
Founder of Peace
John Cena has proven to be quite a comic actor in recent years with performances as his part in Train wreck and his leading role in (the tragically in love) Blockers shows that the wrestler has far more in his sleeve than an abundance of muscles. After introducing the semi-superhero Peacemaker last year in James Gunn’s The suicide group, Cena has been promoted to the series’ main name. Gunn writes and directs the action-comedy show, making it one of the more delicate and clever offerings lately – especially for the superhero genre. The first three sections of Founder of Peace premiered earlier in the week, with new episodes arriving on Thursdays.
The righteous gems
If you’re looking for a show similar Succession but put in the slimy, stupid world of televangelism, then season 2 of The righteous gems will be the perfect fit. The lives of the rich and religious are embodied by the Gemstone family, led by Patriarch Eli (played by the eternally excellent John Goodman) and filled by siblings played by Danny McBride, Adam Devine and Edi Patterson. Although a seemingly godly bunch, the gems are devilishly selfish – and believe us, that’s half the fun of the series. The first two sections of The righteous gems Season 2 is available now, with new episodes premiering on Sundays.
What to watch on Apple TV +
The tragedy of Macbeth
A new sharp bid for Shakespeare’s Scottish play is coming to streaming this week. Joel Coen directs an all-star cast in this highly artistic adaptation of The tragedy of Macbeth, where Oscar winners Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand portray the infamous titular couple. It all unfolds as a horror film, dramatically shot in black and white with its eerie scenography as the focal point, along with the actress Kathryn Hunter’s hair-raising performance as the three witches. It’s an amazing mix of old and new that mixes Bard with dizzying film technique. The tragedy of Macbeth premieres Friday, January 14thth.
Keep an eye out is a regular approval of movies and TV that is worth your time.