If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Also, if at first you do succeed, trying again is still a pretty good idea. That’s the theme of today as our Scholarly recs include a second season of a critically acclaimed anthology, a sequel to a fun film, and a second take this year on a classic fairy tale… the first one featured the nicest guy in Hollywood doing his second awful accent in the course of a year, yet no one asked him to give any of his Oscars back. Oh, and speaking of Oscars, today features Will Smith’s first second chance in a post-slap world.
Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinnochio [Netflix]
Many people didn’t like the live action Pinocchio that was on Disney+ earlier in the year. It’s time for a redemption. Fan favorite director Guliermo Del Toro’s stop motion animated film on the famous wooden/real boy drops today. and early reviews have been pretty good so i’m looking forward to this one.
It’s a Wonderful Binge [Hulu]
Set in a world where drugs are illegal except one day out of the world (like The Purge, but in Syracuse), an entire town goes hogwild for uppers, downers, and powder on Christmas Eve, leaving a handful of youths responsible for, well, everything.
Little America [Apple TV+]
This dramedic ode to the immigrant stories which are the source of what arguably made America exceptional in the first place. It’s ripped from the headlines of a newspaper feature exposing such stories of inspiration and humor and I’m stumped as to why I missed the first season of this critically acclaimed (to a 95% RT rating) anthology featuring writing from some of my favorites like Alan Yang and Kumail Nanjiani & Emily V. Gordon–the latter married couple co-created the series with Lee Eisenberg. Welp, time to binge in time for its second season that drops today.