The theme of this Streaming Friday is new creations from mixes of reliable and unlikely sources like a series from the producers of Game of Thrones and the female lead of The Whole Nine Yards or a new musical flick from a heralded indie director on the rise and a veteran power pop duo who are having the best year of their career in their sixth or so decade.
Annette [Amazon Prime]
It’s a musical scored by today’s hottest indie power pop group in their 70s, the Mael Brothers of Sparks (who also wrote it), starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard–a standup and an opera singer respectively–whose daughter has powers. It’s getting compared to Charlie Kaufman (where has he been, btw?) which gives you a bit of an idea of what to expect.
Reminiscence [HBO Max]
This is the latest release from Warner’s slate of films released to both HBO Max and theaters. This one stars Hugh Jackman as man who (may) sell memories. When an alluring woman steps into his office… trouble follows. Half noir half environmental warning and all Nolan ensoired. This makes sense since it bright to life by Westworl creator Lisa Joy who happens to be his sister in law. Sure to be a head trip.
Dateline [NBC, 10p]
Tonight’s encore episode tells of the life and murder of Heidi Broussard, whose baby was “snatched” by her best friend. Like so many crimes, it captivated the nation for two days before disappearing from the news cycle, so tonight’s episode should answer a lot of lingering questions.
BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE:
- Amanda Peet is apparently now a show creator and runner now (why should she not be?), and boy does she get some big backing on her first project–the team behind Game of Thrones. The Chair is a drama/comedy set in the halls of academia with Sandra Oh at its center, backed by an astounding supporting cast of character actors like Jay Duplass, David Morse, and Bob Balaban (ooh, he’s good in everything!)