Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, feel the love
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was released by Disney+ on the first day of Black History Month. Certainly nothing calculated about that move, right? I was happy for the chance to see it, however. It’s a beautiful film, gloriously beautiful, and full of love.
Poker Face, Natasha Lyonne always knows the truth
Poker Face is halfway through its season, so I feel safe in saying it’s a hit. Natasha Lyonne leads a cast of guest stars so well-known it will make your head spin, in this crime-solving mystery created by Rian Johnson.
Echo 3, a military thriller
Echo 3 is an overlong, drawn out military thriller about a woman captured by rebels in Colombia and the efforts of her husband and brother to get her back. Like Helen of Troy, she was worth starting a war for.
Showtrial, high profile crime story from the BBC
Showtrial is partly police procedural and partly courtroom drama. In only 5 episodes, directed by Zara Hayes, we see the crime, the police work, and the trial. After it’s all done and done, we still aren’t sure the right person was convicted of the crime.
Women at War (Les combattantes), heroic French women in WWI
Women at War (Les combattantes) puts the efforts and heroism of French women at the center of this story set in 1914 France as the Germans invaded France. Four popular actresses lead the cast.
The Paradise (Paratiisi) S2, Finnish/Spanish mystery series
Season 2 of The Paradise (Paratiisi) features the same 3 Finnish and Spanish cops we met in season 1. They’re on to a new case that involves both countries and again need to provide help for each other.
Invisible City, fantasy and mythology from Brazil
Invisible City (Cidade Invisível) comes from Brazil. It’s a modern day mystery that involves entities from Brazilian mythology. The series, in Brazilian Portuguese, has 7 episodes. A second season has already been approved.
The Last of Us, a review for the nongamers
Everybody knows The Last of Us is based on a video game. The first episode of the TV series based on that game aired on HBO Max this week. The question is, does the series look good enough to watch even if you aren’t a gamer (e.g., me)?
Sexify, season 2, college girls turn business women
Sexify, the Polish comedy series, sees the three women out of college in season 2. They are about to launch their Sexify app. They managed to create a sex app without knowing anything about sex. Now they’re running a business without knowing anything about business. Lots of disasters are involved.
The Recruit, fast-paced, fun, and pure escapism
The Recruit stars Laura Haddock and Noah Centineo in a reality-defying series about a CIA lawyer and a former CIA asset now stuck in an Arizona prison. It’s a lot of fun and excitement with danger and laughs worked into a runaway train of a story.