It’s the first Streaming Friday of 2021 and you know what that means! The weather is probably a bit warmer and it’s a Friday and this is the day when most of the streaming services release their new content. It’s really pretty simple actually. Also, if you’d like to know all the movies coming out today (and for the next few weeks), check out Katherine M. Hill’s stroll throgh the trailers for every movie coming out in April.
Hysterical [FX, 9p]
This docuseries from Andrea Nevins “journeys backstage and on the road” with new and established comic, including Margaret Cho, Fortune Feimster, Nikki Glaser, Judy Gold, Kathy Griffin, Sheri Shepherd, Iliza Schlesinger, and more.
Concrete Cowboy [Netflix]
Idris Elba brings the story of the Fletcher Street Cowboys to life in this coming-of-age film about a teen (Caleb McLaughlin) and his estranged dad rebuilding their relationship. I love that the lost stories of Black cowboys are starting to circulate, it’s long overdue. Oh and bonus points for Method Man, swoon.
WeWork: Or the Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Dollar Unicorn [Hulu]
Most of us first heard of Adam Neumann when he was ousted as CEO of WeWork. At his most profligate, the entrepreneur had been spending $100 million a week to attract a multibillion-dollar investment that would never come. He took a company from $47 billion to near bankruptcy in a mere six weeks. He deserves a documentary, right? Well he’s got one in Hulu’s new doc. He’s a cautionary tale my friends.
The Serpent [Netflix]
Tahar Rahim–fresh off a Golden Globe nomination for The Mauritanian–stars as the sociopathic con man and serial killer Charles Sobhraj in this slick heist thriller. Hopefully it’s not too exploitative because it looks absorbing.
BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE:
- As with its predecessors in the “slot”–well, it’s Disney+ streaming so not really a slot–The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will feature pop-ins from other regions of the MCU, so don’t hunt the internet too intensely if you don’t want it to be spoiled.
- One of Brit detective devotees favorites, Murdoch Mysteries returns for a 14th series on, where else, Acorn TV. Yannick Bisson’s William Murdoch comes back joined by many happy side character returns, including those played by Peter Keleghan, Peter Stebbings, and Matthew Bennett.
- IMDb dips its toes into the true crime streaming pool with one of the more high profile (yet seemingly forgotten) mysteries of the 1990s. By 1993, NBA GOAT Michael Jordan’s father James had become a known figure to fans, so when he went missing it was a national story and when he was found murdered in his car, a national tragedy. Moment of Truth examines the case in detail, and the bizarre nature of the town in which he died.
- Paris is a character in Netflix’s Madame Claude, which tells the based-on-a-true-story tale of the 1960s madam whose reach went far beyond her French brothel until she found a rival determined to bring her down.
- Netflix’s other import, the Spanish flick Sky High has a plot similar to the excellent 2017 film Baby Driver (which gets extra points for Kevin Spacey’s ignoble death) as Madrid mechanic life unravels as he gets sucked into the heist underworld as a getaway guy.
- We’ll end the day–as we often do–in the Lifetime-Hallmark Vortex where Lifetime Movie Network brings us the enigmatically titled Friendship Never Dies. It sounds like a sweet empowerment film until you realize the network you’re talking about, so surely it’s about a childhood best friend who returns after decades apart to stalk the lead character. Ah, we were close–it’s about a mother whose daughter’s weird friend is forced to move in after the other girl’s mom dies of the grave condition of being a plot point.