What To Watch: 10/15/2021

This Streaming Friday features an astonishing number of remakes/reboots from classic horror franchises, and one of them is not starting on streaming. We also have the long-awaited bio of the iconic New York City band who launched thousands of indie rock careers. Let us be your mirror, at least for the night of TV viewing.

KATHERINE’S PICK:
I Know What You Did Last Summer [Amazon Prime]
The iconic 1997 film, itself an adaptation of the 1973 Lois Duncan novel, gets a streaming series reboot, starring Madison Iseman, Bill Heck, Brianne Tju, Ezekiel Goodman, Ashley Moore, Sebastian Amoruso, Fiona Rene, Cassie Beck, and Brooke Bloom. A group of teens finds themselves hunted by a mysterious killer one year after covering up their own, brutal crime. (The lesson is don’t run over someone with a car.)

BRAD’S PICK:
The Velvet Underground [Apple TV]
Velvet Underground are finally getting the documentary treatment on a mew film that hits Apple TV+. Todd Haynes (who fittingly became famous with his 1998 film Velvet Goldmine) directs and has a daunting task trying to encapsulate the legendary band . He could have easily made about their time at the Factory let alone the band’s whole career. I’ve been looking forward to this for a while!

JASON’S PICK:
Day of the Dead [Syfy, 10p]
This zombie show takes its name and plot from George Romero’s third film in his “of the Dead” series. It’s the first 24 hours of the apocalypse and people are still figuring it out for the ten episodes of this season. If you’ve given up on that other series, but still crave dead folks who are a-walkin’, this may be the diversion for you. Especially if you’re looking for the lighter side of the zombie apocalypse.

BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE:

  • William Shatner is omnipresent right now as his real life 90-year-old body is getting shot into space by a sociopathic billionaire while his image is back in mask form as Michael Myers is back hunting teenagers in Halloween Kills–the second film of the franchise directed by one-time indie darling David Gordon Green (George Washington)
  • Speaking of horror, going on stage to try to make a crowd laugh is terrifying to most. Now imagine you are a senior citizen who has never dabbled in stand-up before. Comedian Jo Firestone–who was hilarious as Shrill‘s bizarre office photographer–actively tries to get a group of 60-somethings and older up on stage to tell their jokes in Good Timing with Jo Firestone on Peacock.
  • Passion Play: Russell Westbrook is not a religious spectacle by the 9x NBA all-star, but a deep cut profile of a basketballer/activist who feels oft misunderstood. It debuts on Showtime tonight.
  • Going into its third season, the stalker thriller You–a bit of a phenomenon in its first season–has the twist that both members of the couple of Joe & Love have dangerous obsessive tendencies and boundary issuses. They also now have a baby.,, and Joe has a new neighbor to obsess over. What could possib-lie go wrong?
  • Netflix returns to the throne of foreign imports. Debuting today, in alphabetical order, are the Dutch WWII drama The Forgotten Battle, the German spouse-swapping comedy The Four of Us, the fourth season of the Indian romantic comedy Little Things, the Korean noir crime thriller My Name, and a couple’s vacation fight turns towards violent acts quickly in the Nordic comic thriller The Trip (very much not to be confused with the less murderous bickering partners Netflix series from the UK featuring real-life pals Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon).
  • We’re pretty sure Lifetime is using a Lifetime Movie title generator for its latest Her Boyfriend’s Deadly Secret which sounds like a parody title from a RuPaul’s Drag Race parody of Lifetime movies challenge.

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