WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND #4 of 2021 Movie and TV Streaming Picks – Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu

Netflix: Jan 20

Weekend #4 of 52 (1/21 – 1/24/2021) for 2021 Picks By Streaming Service

Back for more streaming action!

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*Title with asterisk – newly released
Title is linked and has star rating – already watched, rated and reviewed
Title bolded – on our schedule to watch/rewatch, rate and review (or in progress)

NOTE: If you’re coming to these posts weeks or months later, some and/or all of the picks listed below may no longer be on the streaming services indicated. Anything marked as “Original” typically doesn’t expire on the streaming services.

NETFLIX Movies

  1. *Sightless (Jan 20)
  2. The White Tiger (Jan 22)

NETFLIX TV

  1. *Spycraft – Season 1 – (Jan 20)
    Miniseries
  2. *Call My Agent – Season 4 – (Jan 21)
  3. *Demon Slayer Kimetsu no Yaiba – Season 1 – (Jan 22)
  4. *Fate: The Winx Sage – Season 1
  5. *Jurassic World: Camp Cretacious – Season 2

Disney+

  1. *Wandavision – Season 1, Episode 4
  2. *Pixar Popcorn – miniseries – (Jan 22)
    Animated, shorts

HBO Max Movies

  1. *Don’t Let Go – 2019 (Jan 23)
  2. Person of Interest

HBO Max TV

  1. Looney Tunes Cartoons – Season 1C (Jan 21)
  2. The New Adventures of Old Christine (Jan 22)
  3. Painting With John – Series Premiere

Amazon Prime

  1. Jessy and Nessy (Jan 22)
  2. *Flack – Season 1 (Jan 22)

Hulu Movies

  1. *Terra Willy (Jan 22)

Hulu TV

  1. *The Sister – 4-part miniseries (Jan 22)

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND #3 of 2021 Movie and TV Streaming Picks – Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu

Netflix: Jan 15

Weekend #3 of 52 (1/14 – 1/17/2021) for 2021 Picks By Streaming Service

Here we go again! The third week of the new year and, like stated here last week, it just doesn’t have the traditional feel of a new year. It still feels like April 2020 repeating itself like Groundhog Day.

A few interesting looking movies releasing new this weekend. Netflix has committed to 71 new movie releases in 2021 with this weekend’s premiere pictured right: Outside The Wire is a military sci-fi action flick with robots and humans fighting the good fight together. Love that they call the robots “gumps.” Get me a box of chocolates, please!

On Amazon Prime, a return to the turbulent 60s for a fictional meeting between four key fugures (Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Sam Cooke and Jim Brown) discussing their roles in civil rights: One Night In Miami.

The TV side of things, particularly on Disney+, is active this weekend with the premier two episodes (of 9 total planned) of Wandavision on Disney+. This new series follows the events of Avengers: Endgame.

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*Title with asterisk – newly released
Title is linked and has star rating – already watched, rated and reviewed
Title bolded – on our schedule to watch/rewatch, rate and review (or in progress)

NOTE: If you’re coming to these posts weeks or months later, some and/or all of the picks listed below may no longer be on the streaming services indicated. Anything marked as “Original” typically doesn’t expire on the streaming services.

NETFLIX Movies

  1. *An Imperfect Murder – 2017 (Jan 13)
  2. *Outside The Wire (Jan 15)
  3. *Tribhanga
  4. *WISH YOU: Your Melody In My Heart
  5. *What Would Sophia Loren Do?
  6. A Monster Calls – 2016 (Jan 16)
  7. *Radium Girls

NETFLIX TV

  1. *Bling Empire – Season 1 (Jan 15)
  2. Carmen Sandiago – Season 4
  3. Disenchantment – Part 3

Disney+

  1. *Wandavision – Season 1 – (Jan 15)
    MCU, Will be 9 episodes total, first 2 episodes available
  2. Mary Poppins Returns
  3. Isle of Dogs

HBO Max Movies

  1. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Jan 15)
  2. Poltergeist
  3. Stephen King’s IT
  4. Eve (Jan 16)
  5. Kill Bill: Vol. 1
  6. Kill Bill: Vol. 2

HBO Max TV

  1. *Search Party – Season 4 (Jan 14)
  2. Roots – Miniseries
  3. The Wayan Bros.

Amazon Prime

  1. *One Nigth In Miami (Jan 15)

Hulu Movies

  1. *The Ultimate Playlist of Noise
  2. No Escape

Hulu TV

  1. *Endings – Season 2 (Jan 15)
  2. Is It Wrong To Pickup Girls In A Dungeon? – Season 3 (Jan 17)

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND #2 of 2021 Movie and TV Streaming Picks – Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu

HBO Max: Jan 9

Weekend #2 of 52 (1/7 – 1/10/2021) for 2021 Picks By Streaming Service

Is it just me or does it not really feel like a new year so far? Usually, I’m excited about the prospect of entering a new year, but so for this new year feels no different than most of 2020?

Luckily, new streaming movies and TV shows continue to be released. Let’s see what’s up out there!

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*Title with asterisk – newly released
Title is linked and has star rating – already watched, rated and reviewed
Title bolded – on our schedule to watch/rewatch, rate and review (or in progress)

NOTE: If you’re coming to these posts weeks or months later, some and/or all of the picks listed below may no longer be on the streaming services indicated. Anything marked as “Original” typically doesn’t expire on the streaming services.

NETFLIX Movies

  1. *Tony Parker: The Final Shot (Jan 6)
  2. *Pieces of a Woman (Jan 7)
  3. *Charming (Jan 8)
  4. *Spring Breakers (Jan 10)

NETFLIX TV

  1. *The History of Swear Words – Season 1 (Jan 5)
    Hosted by Nicolas Cage
  2. *LA’s Finest – Season 1
    Spinoff from Bad Boys movies
  3. *Surviving Death – Season (Jan 6)

Disney+

  1. *Marvel Studios: Legends (Jan 8)

HBO Max Movies

  1. *The King of Staten Island (Jan 9)

HBO Max TV

  1. *Squish – Season 1 (Jan 8)
  2. Tiger – 2-part Documentary (Jan 10)

Amazon Prime Video TV

  1. *Herself (Jan 8)

Hulu Movies

  1. *Rhythm Section (Jan 11)
  2. Lights Out (Jan 11)

Hulu TV

  1. *The Hustler: Series Premiere (Jan 8)
  2. *The Chase: Series Premiere
  3. *Celebrity Wheel of Fortune: Series Premiere
  4. *Mr. Mayor: Series Premiere
  5. A Certain Scientific Railgun Part 2: Complete Season 3
  6. Celebs Go Dating: Complete Seasons 6 – 8
  7. Tattoo Fixers Extreme UK: Complete Seasons 5 & 6
  8. One Punch Man (Jan 10)

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND #1 of 2021 Movie and TV Streaming Picks – Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Peacock

HBO Max: Jan 2

Weekend #1 of 52 (12/31 – 1/3/2021) for 2021 Picks By Streaming Service

We wish all of you that celebrate happy holidays and may whatever is under your streaming tree, be on your wishlist!

This is also the first weekend of the month so there are a ton of movies rotating into various streaming subscriptions.

KEY

*Title with asterisk – newly released
Title is linked and has star rating – already watched, rated and reviewed
Title bolded – on our schedule to watch/rewatch, rate and review (or in progress)

NOTE: If you’re coming to these posts weeks or months later, some and/or all of the picks listed below may no longer be on the streaming services indicated. Anything marked as “Original” typically doesn’t expire on the streaming services.

NETFLIX Movies

  1. *What Happened To Mr. Cha?
  2. *The Minimalists: Less Is Now
  3. *Asphalt Burning (1/2/21)

Movies rotating into NETFLIX as of January 1

17 Again
30 Minutes or Less
Blue Streak
Bonnie and Clyde
Can’t Hardly Wait
Catch Me If You Can
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Cool Hand Luke
The Creative Brain
The Departed
Enter the Dragon
Gimme Shelter
Good Hair
Goodfellas
Gothika
Into the Wild
Julie & Julia
Mud
Mystic Pizza
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!
Eddie Murphy: Raw
Sex and the City: The Movie
Sex and the City 2
Sherlock Holmes
Striptease
Superbad
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape

NETFLIX TV

  1. *Cobra Kai – Season 3
  2. *Headspace: Guide To Meditation – Season 1 – 8 episodes
  3. Dream Home Makeover: Season 2
  4. Monarca: Season 2
  5. Abby Hatcher: Season 1
  6. The Haunted Hathaways: Seasons 1-2

Disney+

  1. 700 Sharks
  2. Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!
  3. Great Shark Chow Down
  4. Mega Hammerhead
  5. Mr. Popper’s Penguins
  6. The Wolverine (2013)
  7. Earth To Ne: Episodes 11-20
  8. Beyond The Clouds: A Firm Handshake

HBO Max Movies

  1. *The High Note (1/2)

Movies rotating into HBO MAX as of January 1

42nd Street
All the President’s Men
The Autobiography Of Miss Jane Pittman (HBO)
Batman Begins
Batman Beyond
Batman Beyond: The Return of the Joker
Batman: Bad Blood
Batman: Death in the Family
Batman: Hush
Batman: The Animated Series
Blade
A Better Life (HBO)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Dog Day Afternoon
Check It Out! with Steve Brule
Chinatown
Codename: Kids Next Door
The Color Purple
The Conjuring
Courage the Cowardly Dog
The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course (HBO)
The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight Rises
Dim Sum Funeral (HBO)
Ed, Edd n Eddy
El Amor No Puede Esperar (aka Love Can’t Wait) (HBO)
Happy Feet
The Electric Horseman (HBO)
Escape from New York
The Exorcist
Flashpoint (HBO)
The General’s Daughter (HBO)
Gossip Girl
Green Lantern
Green Lantern: The Animated Series
Gremlins
Gremlins 2: The New Batch
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy
Happily N’Ever After (HBO)
Happily N’Ever After 2: Snow White (HBO)
Happy-Go-Lucky (HBO)
He Said She Said (HBO)
Heaven Help Us (HBO)
The Infamous Future
Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back (HBO)
The Jellies
Justice League Dark: Apokolips War
Kong: Skull Island
Little Con Lili (HBO)
Loiter Squad
Ma (HBO)
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
Mad Max: Fury Road
Magic Mike
Mao Mao, Heroes of Pure Heart
March of the Penguins
Margaret (Extended Version) (HBO)
Miracle On 34th Street (HBO)
Miss Firecracker (HBO)
Mulholland Dr.
Mystic River
Nitro Circus: The Movie 3D (HBO)
No Country for Old Men
The Notebook
Ocean’s 8
Ocean’s Eleven
Ocean’s Thirteen
Ocean’s Twelve
Pee-wee’s Big Adventure
Piter (HBO)
The Producers
Pulp Fiction
Purple Rain
Ready Player One
Revenge Of The Nerds (HBO)
Revenge Of The Nerds II: Nerds In Paradise (HBO)
Revenge Of The Nerds IV: Nerds In Love (HBO)
Rollerball (HBO)
Se7en
Shallow Hal (HBO)
A Star is Born
Superman: Doomsday
Superman: Man of Tomorrow
Superman Returns
Swimfan (HBO)
This Is Spinal Tap
The Three Stooges (HBO)
TMNT
Tom Goes to the Mayor
The Trouble With Spies (HBO)
Underclassman (HBO)
V for Vendetta
Van Wilder: Freshman Year (Extended Version) (HBO)
Walk Of Shame (HBO)
Warrior: Seasons 1 & 2 (HBO)
Willard (HBO)
Worth Winning (HBO)
You Can Count On Me (HBO)

HBO Max TV

  1. *Snowpiercer: Season 1
  2. 12 oz. Mouse: Seasons 1 & 2
  3. Apple & Onion: Season 1B
  4. Craig of the Creek: Season 2

Movies rotating into AMAZON PRIME VIDEO as of January 1

1900
A Night At The Roxbury
Arachnophobia
Bloody Sunday
Broken Arrow
Brothers
Chaplin
Cloverfield
Coneheads
Confessions Of A Shopaholic
Donnie Brasco
Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb
Escape From Alcatraz
Eve’s Bayou
Face/Off
Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell
Girl Most Likely
Good Luck Chuck
Gun Duel In Durango
Gunfight At The O.K. Corral
In & Out
Jazz
Kiss The Girls
Last Of The Mohicans
Legion
Like A Boss
Love The Coopers
Major League
Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World
Peggy Sue Got Married
Places In The Heart
Premonition
Pride
Push
Regarding Henry
Ride Out For Revenge
Salt
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Signs
Soul Food
St. Elmo’s Fire
Starman
Star Trek Beyond
The Brass Legend
The Brothers Mcmullen
The Cooler
The Devil’s Own
The Firm
The Interview
The Legend Of Bagger Vance
The Longest Yard
The Peacemaker
The Quick And The Dead
The Sons Of Katie Elder
The Town
The Truman Show
Tyler Perry’s The Family That Preys
Vampire In Brooklyn
Virtuosity
Walking Tall
War
When A Man Loves A Woman
Where Hope Grows
Wonder Boys

Amazon Prime Video TV

  1. Ancient Civilizations of North America: Season 1
  2. Baby Looney Tunes: Season 1
  3. Beecham House: Season 1
  4. Bringing up Bates: Season 1
  5. Changing Body Composition through Diet and Exercise: Season 1
  6. Commandments: Season 1
  7. Dexter: Seasons 1-8
  8. I Survived . . . Beyond and Back: Season 1
  9. Rocco Schiavone: Ice Cold Murders: Season 1
  10. Simply Ming: Season 14
  11. Texas Metal: Season 1
  12. The Universe : Season 1

Hulu TV

  1. *Fire Force: Season 2, Episodes 1-12 (DUBBED) (Funimation)

Movies rotating into HULU as of January 1

1900 (1977)
1900 (Extended Cut) (1977)
A Night at the Roxbury (1998)
American Gigolo (1980)
Arachnophobia (1990)
The Arrival (1996)
Austin Powers In Goldmember (2002)
Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery (1997)
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
Bad Company (2002)
Blade Runner: The Final Cut (2007)
Blood Diamond (2006)
Bloody Sunday (2002)
Blow (2001)
Boogie Nights (1997)
Breakdown (1997)
Broken Arrow (1996)
The Brothers McMullen (1995)
Bully (2001)
Changing Lanes (2002)
Chaplin (1992)
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs (2009)
Cloverfield (2008)
Coneheads (1993)
Constantine (2005)
The Cooler (2003)
The Core (2003)
Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)
Cujo (1983)
Dance Flick (2009)
Date Night (2010)
Dead Poets Society (1989)
Dead Presidents (1995)
The Dead Zone (1983)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2009)
Donnie Brasco (1997)
The Duff (2015)
Enemy at the Gates (2001)
Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
Eve’s Bayou (1997)
Face/Off (1997)
The Firm (1993)
The Foot Fist Way (2008)
Footloose (1984)
Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974)
Frozen (2010)
The Gift (2000)
Girl Most Likely (2013)
Good Luck Chuck (2007)
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)
The Haunting (1999)
Hell or High water (2016)
Hondo (1953)
Hot Shots! (1991)
How Do You Know (2010)
In & Out (1997)
Indecent Proposal (1993)
Internal Affairs (1990)
Kiss the Girls (1997)
The Ladies Man (2000)
Last of the Mohicans: Director’s Cut (1992)
The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)
Like a Boss (2020)
The Longest Yard (1974)
Look Who’s Talking (1989)
Look Who’s Talking Now (1993)
Look Who’s Talking Too (1990)
Lost In Space (1998)
Love And Basketball (2000)
Major League (1989)
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
The Mexican (2001)
More Than a Game (2008)
Mousehunt (1997)
My Best Friend’S Girl (2008)
New In Town (2009)
Night at the Museum (2006)
Paycheck (2003)
The Peacemaker (1997)
Places in the Heart (1984)
Poseidon (2006)
Pride (2007)
The Princess Bride (1987)
Push (2009)
The Quick and the Dead (1995)
Regarding Henry (1991)
The Relic (1997)
The Rules Of Attraction (2002)
Salt (2010)
Save Yourselves (2020)
Selena (1997)
Shrek (2001)
The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)
Soul Plane (2004)
Species (1995)
Star Kid (1998)
Star Trek Beyond (2016)
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
Starman (1984)
Stephen King’s Graveyard Shift (1990)
Super Dark Times (2017)
The Three Musketeers (2011)
The Truman Show (1998)
Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)
Virtuosity (1995)
Walking Tall (1973)
War (2007)
Where Hope Grows (2015)
Wonder Boys (2000)
Young Adult (2011)

Peacock TV

  1. The Office – Season 1-9
  2. Chicago Fire, Seasons 1-8 (NBC) – (1/2/2021)
  3. Chicago Med, Seasons 1-5 (NBC)
  4. Chicago P.D., Seasons 1-7 (NBC)

Movies rotating into PEACOCK as of January 1

Away We Go, 2009*
Baby Mama, 2008*
Balto, 1998*
Baseketball, 1998*
Born On The Fourth of July, 1989*
Bride of Chucky, 1998
Buried, 2010*
Burlesque, 2010*
Burn After Reading, 2008*
Cabin Fever, 2003*
Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever, 2009*
Cape Fear, 1991*
Casino, 1995*
Cloak & Dagger, 1984*
The Condemned, 2007*
Definitely, Maybe, 2008*
Deliver Us from Eva, 2003*
Delta Farce, 2007*
Drag Me to Hell, 2009*
Dragon Blade, 2015*
Duplicity, 2009*
E.T., 1982*
Fast Times at Ridgemont High, 1982
Fatal Attraction, 1987
Fifty Shades of Grey, 2015
Fifty Shades Darker, 2017
Fifty Shades Freed, 2018
Fletch, 1985*
Fletch Lives, 1989*
Freeheld Documentary, 2007*
Freeheld Feature, 2015*
Frost/Nixon, 2008*
Funny People, 2009*
Green Zone, 2010*
Half Baked, 1998*
Hamlet 2, 2008*
Howard the Duck, 1986*
I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, 2007*
Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, 2013*
Inside Man, 2006*
The Island, 2006*
Johnny English, 2003*
Jumanji, 1995*
Jurassic Park, 1993*
The Lost World: Jurassic Park, 1997*
Jurassic Park III, 2001*
Kicking and Screaming, 2005*
Knocked Up, 2007*
Land of the Dead, 2006*
Law Abiding Citizen, 2009*
Love Actually, 2003*
Lucy, 2014
Major Payne, 1995*
Mamma Mia!, 2008*
Monty Python’s Meaning of Life, 1983*
Nanny McPhee, 2006*
Nany McPhee Returns, 2010*
Non-Stop, 2014
Peter Pan, 2003*
Pride and Prejudice, 2005*
Promised Land, 2012*
Psycho, 1998*
Psycho II, 1982*
Pyscho III, 1986*
Repo Men, 2010*
Schindler’s List,1993*
Seed of Chucky, 2004
Skinwalkers, 2007*
Something New, 2006*
State of Play, 2009*
The Strangers (2008
The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, 2000*
The Big Wedding, 2013*
The Bourne Identity, 2002*
The Bourne Supremacy, 2004*
The Express, 2008
The Holiday, 2006*
The Land Before Time, 1988
The Motorcycle Diaries, 2004
The Pirated Who Don’t Do Anything, 2008
The Producers, 2005*
The Walking Dead, 1995
The Wolfman, 2010
They Live, 1988*
Traffic, 2001*
Wanted, 2008*
Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins, 2008*
Wishmaster, 1997*
Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies, 1999*
Wishmaster 3: Sword of Justice, 2001
Wishmaster 4: The Prophecy Fulfilled, 2002*
Zombieland, 2009*

Don’t Count Out HBO Max in 2021

Hope all readers who celebrate enjoyed their Christmas. This morning I’m thinking more about HBO Max and their plans for 2021.

Forgive me for not crying for directors who have movies that will end up day-and-date releases in 2021 on HBO Max. Certainly not going to feel sorry for people like Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot who received millions, allegedly, in a back end deal.

It’s annoying seeing these creative people talking out of both sides of their mouths about what WarnerMedia is doing to all creative people and the beloved, sacred cinematic experience. Credit some of them for using measured words and being very careful, but for those who are saying they got screwed somehow by not being notified where their movie was going to appear, my response is: “boo-hoo.”

There are people who literally can’t put food on the table. Why should any of these people care about how much money a movie isn’t going to make because it’s not playing with a theatrical window?

And yet there are articles like the one quoted below from Hollywood Reporter which seem to suggest moviegoers like us — people who prefer to see movies in theaters first — think these creative types just don’t want to get with the times.

It has nothing to do with being luddites. We’ll break this down after the somewhat maddening quote.

Filmmakers and stars understand that there’s a pandemic to consider and a digital shift in the works. They know that streaming day-and-date or going without a theatrical release altogether will be routine for many movies going forward; they know the exclusive, weeks-long theatrical window was unsustainable. “None of us are horse-and-buggy people,” says an exec involved in the battle. “We go across all platforms when everyone is in agreement and up-front about it. No one is angry at the streamers — it’s these guys.”

Warner Bros. Under Siege: “No One Is Angry at the Streamers — It’s These Guys” | Hollywood Reporter

Nobody is angry at streamers? Didn’t Christopher Tenet come out and call HBO Max the “worst streaming service”? Seems like he’s being at least a little elitist toward streaming services. Particularly HBO Max.

And he’s wrong, as I already pointed out (see: Christopher Nolan Thinks HBO Max is the “Worst Streaming Service” – He’s Wrong). HBO Max might not have as many subscribers as Disney+, but I tend to believe a year from now, like CEO Jason Killar is saying will leave us with a different streaming landscape comparatively. With Amazon Prime Video and Netflix already at or over 200 million subscribers, those wells are pretty full. Wouldn’t expect to see as much subscriber growth for them as HBO Max in 2021.

What will make HBO Max a “success” a year from now? 100 million subscribers? Doubling the current subscribers? Or do they need to be at least half what Amazon and Netflix have? That would be well over 100 million subscribers.

This is where I think they’re going to convert like nobody else. Think about this for a minute logically. No other streamer has as many paid subscribers using essentially a different version of their streaming service like HBO does. HBO Max just needs to get 75% of the HBO subscribers on HBO Max in 2021 as well as have good growth from new subscribers. I’m sure they are hoping for much better retention than this.

This is why I think people that are saying HBO Max is a bust are short-sighted. They seem to be discounting or forgetting that HBO is a brand that has been around since the 70s. That’s a long, long freaking time. Way longer than Amazon or Netflix. The problem with HBO is they’re having to rebrand themselves somewhat (too many prior versions of “HBO”). They’re having to convert existing customers on cable who like subscribing to HBO that hey, we’re more than HBO now. We’re HBO Max. In some cases (many? I don’t know) they can actually get quite a bit more content to see on HBO Max vs. HBO.

This is the message that WarnerMedia needs to get right in 2021. Can’t say for sure if they will be successful in doing this, but if they are, do not discount all these HBO cable subscribers.

In fact, I think two streaming services to watch for growth in 2021 are HBO Max and Paramount+ (rebranded and expanded CBS All Access). I’m not sure what Disney+ is going to do with Hulu, but they are planning on investing a lot of $$ into their streaming game. Can’t count out Disney. Then there’s Apple TV+ which could very much be a sleeping tiger. Will they jump into the game with more activity or just buy a few movies and originals here and there? The here and there plan will not compete with Netflix.

Guess we are more optimistic about HBO Max. Would definitely not count them out. What do you think? Will HBO Max be one of the top three at the end of 2021? Or will they be trailing Disney+ in subscribers and momentum?

FIRST LOOK: Metalocalypse (TV Series) – HBO Max

Dethklok is a metal band that started as an adult animated TV series on Adult Swim. Such a great name for a metal band show: Metalocalypse.

Part of the show’s appeal has always been its intersection with the metal scene IRL — a subculture that has never lacked for self-awareness. From the outside, the world of heavy metal music might seem frightening — even dangerous — but the scene has always been more about pageantry than pain. There’s always been a winking understanding between the performers and the fans that heavy metal is one big costume party, and death has always been more of a theme than some kind of religious totem. Perhaps that’s why it was so easy for Metalocalypse and Dethklok to crawl off the screen and into the third dimension.

The animated comedy everyone’s binging on HBO Max

This has been on my watchlist for awhile. With WarnerMedia selling Crunchyroll (see: Sony to pay AT&T $1.2 Billion in Cash for Crunchyroll), I sure hope they plan to keep a focus on animated content going forward.

Metalocalypse Season 1 is available for streaming on HBO Max.

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND #52 of 2020 Movie and TV Streaming Picks – Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu

HBO Max & Theaters: Dec 25

Weekend #52 of 53 (12/24 – 12/27/2020) for 2020 Picks By Streaming Service

We wish all of you that celebrate happy holidays and may whatever is under your streaming tree, be on your wishlist!

KEY

*Title with asterisk – newly released
Title is linked and has star rating – already watched, rated and reviewed
Title bolded – on our schedule to watch/rewatch, rate and review (or in progress)

NOTE: If you’re coming to these posts weeks or months later, some and/or all of the picks listed below may no longer be on the streaming services indicated. Anything marked as “Original” typically doesn’t expire on the streaming services.

NETFLIX Movies

  1. *The Midnight Sky (Dec 23)
  2. *We Can Be Heroes (Dec 25)
  3. *DNA (Dec 26)

NETFLIX TV

  1. *Bridgerton – Season 1 (Dec 25)
    Shondaland

Disney+

  1. *Soul (Dec 25)

HBO Max Movies

  1. *Wonder Woman 1984 (Dec 25)

Amazon Prime Video Movies

  1. Pawn Sacrifice (2015) – Dec 23
  2. Someone Marry Barry (2017)
  3. The Little Hours (2017) 
  4. *Sylvie’s Love (2020) – Dec 25
  5. Soldier’s Of Fortune (2012)

Hulu Movies

  1. *Someone Marry Barry (2014) – Dec 23
  2. The Little Hours (2017)

v50 Adds 4K HDR Support on HBO Max for Wonder Woman 1984

Watch Wonder Woman 1984 in 4K with HBO Max v50 update

One of several complaints about HBO Max has been its lack of support for 4K and advanced audio formats like Dolby Atmos. Good news, an update version 50 has been released for Chromecast with Google TV and Android that adds 4K support.

Firstly, HBO Max launched without any 4K content at all, with the upcoming release of Wonder Woman 1984 being the service’s first title supporting 4K and HDR on Android TV and other devices. HBO has also said that more releases will add 4K HDR support going forward, too, including the Warner Bros. 2021 movie slate, which is coming to HBO Max at the same time as theatrical releases.

HBO Max adds 4K HDR support on Android TV, Chromecast – 9to5Google

It was puzzling how DC Universe had 4K support for a long time, but when most of their original content moved to HBO Max it wasn’t in 4K. This caused more irritation from subscribers who want their 4K content to remain, well, 4K.

I just checked on our Chromecast with Google TV and yes, v50 is available for update. Get it before you watch Wonder Woman 1984 on Friday.

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND #51 of 2020 Movie and TV Streaming Picks – Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu

Netflix: Dec 18
Chadwick Boseman’s last film

Weekend #51 of 53 (12/17 – 12/20/2020) for 2020 Picks By Streaming Service

With HBO Max now available on Roku today, expect a few more subscribers to shift that direction this weekend, especially in anticipation of next Friday’s exciting release of Wonder Woman 1984, but first this weekend’s releases including the final episode of season two of The Mandalorian!

KEY

*Title with asterisk – newly released
Title is linked and has star rating – already watched, rated and reviewed
Title bolded – on our schedule to watch/rewatch, rate and review (or in progress)

NOTE: If you’re coming to these posts weeks or months later, some and/or all of the picks listed below may no longer be on the streaming services indicated. Anything marked as “Original” typically doesn’t expire on the streaming services.

NETFLIX Movies

  1. Incarnate (Dec 16)
  2. Lee Daniels’ The Butler (2013)
  3. Braven (Dec 17)
  4. *Guest House – 2018 (Dec 18)
    Pauly Shore
  5. *Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020)
    Last movie featuring Chadwick Boseman

NETFLIX TV

  1. *The Ripper – Limited Series (Dec 16)
  2. *Marvel Anime Wolverine – Season 1, X-Men – Season 1
    Animated
  3. *How To Ruin Christmas – Season 1

Disney+

  1. *The Mandalorian – Season 2, Episode 8 of 8 – “Chapter 16” (Dec 18)

Go Mando, this finale episode is definitely worth looking forward to.

HBO Max Movies

  1. *The Art Of Political Murder – Documentary (Dec 16)
  2. *Wendy (Dec 19)
  3. *I Used To Go Here (Dec 20)

Amazon Prime Video Movies

  1. *Blackbird – 2020 (Dec 18)

Amazon Prime TV

  1. *The Expanse – Season 5 (Dec 16)

Hulu Movies

  1. *Amy Winehouse: A Final Goodbye – 2016 (Dec 16)
  2. The Hero – 2017 (Dec 18)

Finally, HBO Max Inks Deal With Roku

Early this morning, before it was publicly announced and no, we didn’t know anything, we said a deal would happen (see: Here’s Why We Think Roku HBO Max Deal Gets Done On or Before Christmas 2020) well, a couple hours ago it has been made official. Roku users will see the app tomorrow, 12/17/2020.

Roku and WarnerMedia have reached an agreement for the distribution of the HBO Max on the Roku platform — nearly seven months after the streaming service launched. HBO Max will be live on Roku effective tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 17, the companies announced. The deal gives the streaming service coverage on all major over-the-top platforms.

HBO Max Is Finally Coming to Roku – Variety

This will end a long and quite unnecessary conflict that Roku should have resolved on day one when HBO Max launched. They had to make this deal, regardless whatever spin is put on it. HBO has been around forever and has quality streaming content, especially with the plan to day-and-date release all 17 theatrical movies in 2021 on HBO Max.

Glad to see this get done. Thank you HBO Max and Roku!