My Favorite Shows and Movies Streaming during Covid Summer

HBO Max wins the summer for me, with the best library of older films and executives greenlighting quality new with big budgets, but since it’s now owned by ATT&T, it’ll get screwed up.  With movies getting pushed and projects delayed, there wasn’t much but what I liked is really good.

  1. I May Destroy You (HBO Max)-  This show is emotionally powerful, dark, and funny.  With a runtime of around 30 minutes, there is no waste in Michaela Cole’s writing and performance.  I’m eager to see what she develops next.  For me, it’s between this and ZeroZeroZero for best show, neither of which are on Netflix.
  2. Betty (HBO Max) – While I May Destroy you feels heavy at the time, Betty is the light, breezy companion of a group of skateboarding girls wandering New York set to an energetic soundtrack that as lay fire to my Spotify daily mixes.
  3. Jojo Rabbit  (HBO Max)- I missed this in theaters, and now I just miss theaters.  I skipped it because the subject-matter seemed so offputting, I wanted to pass.  After watching it, I get it now. It’s not Best Picture worthy, and I won’t watch it again, but it’s worth a look.
  4. Doctor Sleep (Director’s Cut)  HBO Max released the follow up to the book/movie The Shinning with a director’s cut that runs nearly 30 minutes longer.  Doctor Sleep did nearly the impossible cater to the obsessed fans of Kubrik’s film ( which I’m a member) and also to the original Stephen King book.  The film was released one week after Halloween and has a stupid name, but it’s delightful if you like anything from King to Kubrick.
  5. Ugly Delicious (Netflix)- Pretentious chatter about the importance of food in culture, and it’s delicious.
  6. The Vast of Night  (Prime Video)- A vow budget Spielberg inspired film set in a rural town in the 1950s.
  7. Palm Springs (Hulu)- The less you know about this Andy Samberg film, the better. It’s a lot of fun.
  8. I’m Thinking of Ending Things (Netflix)- We don’t get enough Charlie Kaufman.  This is the most Kaufman film yet, and it’ll make you question every scene previously.  As many people will hate this movie as, like it, I’m a little wary of recommending.
  9. Da Five Bloods  (Netflix)- Spike Lee latest is a heist film with equal parts history and therapy, but mostly a reminder of how good Delroy Lindo.
  10. Uncut Gems (Netflix) – The Safdie Brothers’ took years to get this film to screen.  Sandler is cast perfectly a gambling-addicted gem dealer.  The only film on this list I’ve watched twice.

 

 

 

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