WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND #43 of 2020 Movie and TV Streaming Picks – Netflix, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Shudder

HBO Max: Oct 23

Weekend #43 of 53 (10/22 – 10/25/2020) for 2020 Picks By Streaming Service

Staying home this weekend and looking to watch some higher profile movies? You’re going to have a selection of several feature films, including:

  • HBO Max – Roald Dahl adaptation Witches originally intended as a theatrical release
  • Amazon Prime Video – the sequel to that bizarre Sacha Baron Cohen character Borat most easily titled Borat 2, but the actual title is: Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
  • Netflix – They are still making Tremors movies? You know those graboid creatures that tunnel underground? Yeah, they are still making those movies. Tremors: Shrieker Island available to watch right now. There’s also Rebecca.
  • Hulu – the wild, weird Bad Hair let’s down its spooky locks
Netflix: Oct 21

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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. *Tremors: Shrieker Island
  2. *Rebecca
  3. Bending The Arc (2019)
  4. Cadaver
  5. The Hummingbird Project
  6. Yes God, Yes
  7. Move
  8. Over The Moon

NETFLIX TV

  1. *My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Season 3
  2. Barbarians (Oct 23)
  3. The Queen’s Gambit

HBO Max Movies

  1. *The Witches – Roald Dahl adaptation (Oct 22)

HBO Max TV

  1. *The Undoing – Season 1, Episode 1: “The Undoing” (Oct 25)
    Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant

Amazon Prime Video Movies

  1. *Borat Subsequent Moviefilm AKA Borat 2 (Oct 23)

Hulu Movies

  1. *Bad Hair – Original (Oct 22)
  2. Cyrano My Love (Oct 19)

Shudder Movies

  1. *32 Malasana Street (Oct 22)
  2. Them (Oct 19)
  3. Sleep Tight (Oct 19)
  4. *Joe Bob’s Halloween Drive-In Special
    Shudder TV LIVE Friday October 23, 2020 @ 6pm PT (GMT-8)
Premieres live Friday October 23 and available for streaming Monday October 26

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND #42 of 2020 Movie and TV Streaming Picks – Netflix, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Peacock, Shudder

Netflix: Oct 16

Weekend #42 of 53 (10/15 – 10/18/2020) for 2020 Picks By Streaming Service

A encouraging weekend coming up for both theater releases (see: Opening 10-16-2020 in Theaters: Honest Thief, 2 Hearts) and streaming.

The Trial of The Chicago 7, originally intended as a theatrical release, was picked up by Netflix. Blumhouse continues their horror movies Q&A with directors watch party this Saturday, but you can see the movies on Amazon already: Evil Eye and Nocturne. Also on the horror front, Shudder will premiere The Mortuary Collection.

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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. *The Trial of The Chicago 7
  2. *A Babysitter’s Guide To Monster Hunting – Original
  3. *Love Like The Falling Rain – Original
  4. Rooting for Roona

NETFLIX TV

  1. *Social Distance – Season 1 – 8 episodes
    Technology, COVID-19, Anthology
  2. Half & Half – Seasons 1-4
  3. One on One – Seasons 1-5
  4. Power Rangers: Beast Morphers – Season 2, Part 1
  5. Someone Has To Die – Season 1 – 3 episodes (Oct 16)
    Crime, Thriller Miniseries
  6. Grand Army – Season 1

HBO Max Movies

  1. *The Perfect Weapon (2020) – Documentary

HBO Max TV

  1. Detention Adventures – Season 2
  2. David Byrne’s American Utopia
    Concert, Music
  3. *Lovecraft Country – Season 1, Episode 10 “Full Circle”
    Horror, season final episode (Oct 18)

Amazon Prime Video Movies

  1. *Evil Eye – Original
  2. *Nocturne – Original
  3. *Time – Original
  4. A Most Beautiful Thing
  5. Playing With Fire

Hulu Movies

  1. *Playing With Fire (also on Amazon Prime Video)
  2. The Painted Bird (2019)
  3. Life After Basketball (2019)
  4. The Escort (2016)
  5. Friend Request (2016)

Hulu TV

  1. *Helstrom – Season 1
  2. *The Purge – Season 2
    Horror
  3. Treadstone – Season 2

Peacock TV

  1. *Mr. Mercedes – Season 1 – 2, 20 total episodes (Oct 15)
    Stephen King adaptation

Shudder Movies

  1. *Mohawk (Oct 12)
  2. *The Mortuary Collection – Original

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND #41 of 2020 Movie and TV Streaming Picks – Netflix, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Shudder

Netflix: Oct 7

Weekend #41 of 53 (10/8 – 10/11/2020) for 2020 Picks By Streaming Service

Halloween and October in general is Christmas for horror fans. Since the movie theater landscape is ravaged, we continue to turn to streaming for the bulk of new movies to watch. Thank you to the various streaming channels for stepping up and giving us new content to watch.

Watch parties! We’ve attended a few virtual watch parties and they are fun. There are several coming up this weekend and next.

A Blumhouse watch party event in association with Fangoria and for those with Amazon Prime Video on Saturday and Sunday including a Q&A with directors following the viewing.

Saturday October 10 @ 5:30pm PT – The Lie
Sunday October 11 @ 5:3pm PT – Black Box

Amazon Prime Video: Oct 8

Welcome to the Blumhouse which is an upcoming collection of new original horror films, hailing from Amazon Studios and Blumhouse Television. The watch party event is scheduled to begin this Saturday, October 10 which will also include an after Q&A session with each of the films’ directors.

Welcome to the Blumhouse: Fantastic Fest & Fangoria Set Watch Parties For Amazon Prime Films

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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. *Hubie Halloween ⭐️⭐️ – Adam Sandler (Oct 7)
  2. *Ginny Weds Sunny
  3. *Deaf U
  4. The 40 Year Old Version

NETFLIX TV

  1. *The Haunting of Bly Manor – Season 1 – 9 episodes (Oct 9)
    Horror, loosely based on Turning of the Screw
  2. *Fast and Furious Spy Racers Season 2: Rio
From Doctor Sleep director Mike Flanagan comes this new Netflix TV Series on October 9

HBO Max Movies

  1. *Charm City Kings – Original

Not recommended, except if you truly want to see how incredibly awful it is: Cats will be available Oct 10 on HBO Max. They should have offered a director’s cut, something to see if they could improve this abomination. It’s one of those slow down and watch an accident mentality watches and mentioned only for that moment.

HBO Max TV

  1. *The Lovecraft Country – Season 1, Episode 9: “Rewind 1921” (Oct 11)
    Lovecraftian Horror
  2. The Fungies: Season 1B

Amazon Prime Video Movies

  1. *Black Box
  2. *The Lie
  3. *Archive
  4. Terminator: Dark Fate (also on Hulu – Oct 9)
  5. Chasing The Crown: Dreamers to Streamers

Amazon Prime Video TV

  1. Mr. Robot – Season 4

Hulu Movies

  1. *Books of Blood
  2. *Terminator: Dark Fate ⭐️⭐️½  (Oct 9)

Hulu TV

  1. Next: Series Premiere

Shudder Movies

  1. *The Cleansing Hour

Ad-Supported HBO Max Could Have 2-4 Minutes Per Hour, Peacock = 5, Hulu = 9

Too many ads for an ad-supported streaming channel? via Ready Player One

We last talked about an ad-supported HBO Max that is planned to launch at some point in 2021, maybe, here: Does an ad-supported HBO Max make sense, really?. Plans can change, especially in the current times, but I missed this article which is about a month old now that mentions more specifics of how these ads could actually impact subscribers.

Emphasis in the quote is ours.

In a marketing survey sent to consumers last week, WarnerMedia explained that an ad-supported version of its HBO Max streaming service could potentially carry just two to four minutes of advertising per viewing hour, a figure that would be less than the five minutes per hour that runs on NBCUniversal’s Peacock and the nine minutes per hour often utilized on Disney’s Hulu.

HBO Max Ad Plan Could Pair Commercials With Movie Classics – Variety

We currently subscribe to Hulu with ads. Definitely notice the ads, but didn’t realize they were 9 minutes per hour. They are much more noticeable with the TV series content than movies.

In fact, I don’t remember movies being interrupted to show ads in the middle, which is my overall concern with ads. Don’t show me ads in the middle of movies, please. I realize Live TV movies have commercials every 20-30 minutes or so. They end up adding an additional 15 minutes at least to a movie. I don’t like that and would rather pay a few bucks more a month to avoid that sort of movie watching intrusion.

Leaving our experience currently with Hulu aside for a moment, I’m not sure even if they cut the price in half for HBO Max with ads, that we’ll be interested. We like Netflix, Amazon, HBO Max and Disney+ currently having zero ads. CBS All Access, another streaming service we subscribe to has ads, but at least with movies, aren’t intrusive. Understandable for live TV having commercials. Am OK with those there.

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND #40 of 2020 Movie and TV Streaming Picks – Netflix, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, Peacock, Hulu, Shudder

#1 on Netflix Top List; as of 10/1 – American Murder: The Family Next Door (RECOMMENDED)

Weekend #40 of 53 (10/1 – 10/4/2020) for 2020 Picks By Streaming Service

We all know these are unprecedented times right now. Earlier in the comments area we were having a discussion about the theatrical window. It’s such a polarizing topic with the big three theater chains and it’s stupid.

You can just click on the tag theatrical window and see all kinds of past posts on the topic. I’ve been heavily in favor of reducing the theatrical window and in some cases eliminating it altogether. Not for the big budget movies like Tenet, but for independent films, smaller to medium-sized budget films and streaming tie-in films. Keep reading what I mean by streaming tie-ins.

Hulu (TV): October 2

Meanwhile, we have Netflix chugging along during the pandemic releasing more new movies, more content than these mega million, er billion, dollar theater chains every single week. In some cases every few days. Netflix looks absolutely genius for investing so heavily in new content. They have been doing it not because they predicted the pandemic, but because they feared the day when there were no movies from studios they could license any more because the studios have their own competing streaming services. Here we are in 2020 and a lot of them have.

Back to the anemic number of movies by comparison being released theatrically right now. Sure, it might not make sense for some movies to release domestically with only 70% of theaters reopened and moviegoer confidence shaken over safety in some (many?) areas, but having a screen that can show movies that only/primarily shows classic movies isn’t going to drive moviegoers to the theater. They need more new movies.

How can they get them?

The answer is obvious. We write about and share new movies coming out every Thursday here. There are plenty to choose from to show in theaters. Plenty. Why aren’t theaters interested?

Is it ego? They think if they show a bunch of non-theatrical release movies in their theaters it will diminish the overall theater experience? That if they break their long standing rules about day and date releases, it will forever tarnish the business cycle?

We’re in a pandemic. There are no established movie theater rules that apply to this new situation. So, make up the rules that benefit your customers — moviegoers, us — and when the pandemic is over, you can go back to some pre-pandemic rules. Maybe you won’t want to? Maybe the new rules you create will be even better for your business.

Your product is movies. It’s like a hamburger stand that doesn’t sell hamburgers. You need new movies coming into your theaters every week.

Why haven’t the theater chains gone to studios and Netflix and other streamers and asked to screen their new movies until this pandemic is over? Let people see these movies in theaters that want to see them on the big screen. Maybe it doesn’t work for every single movie, but certainly this is better than showing a bunch of classic movies for $5, yes/no? Why is the stupid “respect for the theatrical window” the battle cry for the big three theaters?

They won’t listen to me. I’m just a spec of dust somewhere in a vast internet desert, but business survival 101 means being open to other creative visions, plans and ideas. Since these are unprecedented times, the movie theaters need to treat them accordingly and do things differently.

Maybe just possibly someday some movie theater owner will read this and say, “you know what, we should have tried something like this.”

We can always dream

Since we won’t be seeing any of the movies and TV shows below on the big screen (at least in the near future), we’ll have to continue to enjoy from the comfort of our homes, offices, computers, etc. My oh my, it’s quite the selection of new and classic content to watch.

As a final incidental note, October is my favorite entertainment

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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. *American Murder: Family Next Door (9/30)
  2. *The Outpost
  3. *We Have Always Lived In The Castle
  4. *You’ve Got This
  5. *The Binding
  6. *Dick Johnson Is Dead
  7. *All Because of You
  8. Human Nature (2019)
This movie dropped on Netflix and, while very predictable, has a fresh presentation style for true crime

A lot of interest is around Welcome To Sudden Death (FIRST LOOK), but have seen it and it’s not worth watching (nope, mini-spoiler: no Penguin battle in the kitchen battle) Yes, it’s available on Netflix.

NETFLIX TV

  1. *Oktoberfest – Beer & Blood – Season 1
  2. Bakugan: Armored Alliance: Season 2? (Oct 1)
  3. Carmen Sandiego Season 3 (Netflix Family)
  4. Code Lyoko Seasons 1-4
  5. Evil Season 1
  6. Familiar Wife Season 1
  7. The Parkers Seasons 1-5
  8. The Unicorn: Season 1
  9. The Worst Witch Season 4
  10. You Cannot Hide Season 1

Movies rotating into NETFLIX as of October 1

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
All Because of You 
(Netflix Original)
Along Came a Spider
A.M.I.
Basic Instinct
Black ’47
Cape Fear
Carlos Almaraz: Playing with Fire

The Dukes of Hazzard (2005)
Employee of the Month
Enemy at the Gates
Fargo
Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma: The Second Plate
Free State of Jones
Ghost Rider
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
Good Morning, Verônica
 (Netflix Original)
Gran Torino
Her
House of 1,000 Corpses
Human Nature
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
I’m Leaving Now
The Longest Yard 
(1974)
Oktoberfest: Beer & Blood (Netflix Original)
The Outpost
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Poseidon (2006)
The Prince & Me
Stranger than Fiction
Superman Returns
Sword Art Online: Alicization
Troy
WarGames
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
Yogi Bear

HBO Max Movies

  1. Beavis & Butthead Do America
  2. *Downhill ⭐️½

HBO is starting out the month with their weekly new theatrical release movie with two horrible films. Since October is a notoriously spooky month, this seems timely. Sometimes it’s worth watching these films to see if they’re so bad, they’re good. Downhill is a lifeless, cold comedy with Will Ferrell and next week the worst film we’ve seen in quite time, Cats. Neither is recommended viewing, but maybe one or both work for you.

HBO Max TV

  1. *The Lovecraft Country – Season 1, Episode 8: “Jig-a-Bobo” (Oct 4)
    Lovecraftian Horror

Movies rotated into HBO MAX on October 1

Bolded titles recommend quick picks we recommend:

A World of Calm: Documentary Series Premiere
Akeelah And The Bee (HBO)
All-Star Superman
American Dynasties: The Kennedys
American Reunion (HBO)
Analyze That
Analyze This
The Angriest Man In Brooklyn (HBO)
Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
Ball of Fire
Beavis And Butt-Head Do America (HBO)
Beef
Beginners
Best in Show
BLOW
Bombshell
Boogie Nights
Boomerang
The Bush Years: Family. Duty. Power.
The Butterfly Effect
Cats & Dogs
Catwoman
Cellular
Cheech & Chong’s Up In Smoke
The Chronicles Of Riddick (Director’s Cut) (HBO)
City Slickers 2: The Legend of Curly’s Gold
Clean and Sober
The Client
Collateral Beauty
The Color Purple
Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (HBO)
Constantine
Cradle 2 the Grave
Critters 2
Critters 4
The Curse of Frankenstein
Day Of The Dead (HBO)
Death Sentence (Extended Version) (HBO)
Deerskin (HBO)
Dirty Dancing (HBO)
Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (HBO)
Deliverance
Dracula Has Risen from the Grave
Dreamcatcher
Edge of Darkness
Empire of the Sun
The End: Inside The Last Days of the Obama White House
Endings, Beginnings (HBO)
Enter The Dragon
Eraser
Firewall
Frantic
Frequency (HBO)
Friday
The Friday After Next
Galaxy Quest
The Golden Compass
Gothika
Grudge Match (HBO)
Hairspray
Hairspray (Musical Remake)
Harina (aka Flour) (HBO)
The Haunting
The Hills Have Eyes (Extended Version) (HBO)
The Hills Have Eyes II (Extended Version) (HBO)
Horror of Dracula
The Hunting Ground
I Am Sam
Infamous
The Informer
The Invisible War
Jonah Hex
The Last Kiss (HBO)
The Last Mimzy
Laws of Attraction
Lethal Weapon
Lethal Weapon 2
Lethal Weapon 3
Lethal Weapon 4
Libeled Lady
Life as We Know It
Little Baby Bum
Little Big League
Madea’s Big Happy Family
Malcolm X
Man of Steel
Marie: A True Story
The Matrix Reloaded
The Matrix Revolutions
The Matrix
Million Dollar Baby
Miracle of Morgan’s Creek
Mister Roberts
Monsters Vs. Aliens
The Mummy
Mutiny on the Bounty
Next Friday
Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Always (HBO)
Nothing Sacred
Open Water (HBO)
Open Water 2: Adrift (HBO)
Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures
The Pelican Brief
A Perfect Murder
The Perfect Storm
The Phantom of the Opera
Presumed Innocent
Race for the White House: Season 1
Raised By Wolves: Season 1 Finale
Revolutionary Road (HBO)
Roger & Me
Sands of Iwo Jima
Scanners (HBO)
Scooby-Doo! Haunted Holidays
Se7en
Semi-Pro
Sesame Street Presents Follow That Bird
Shame (HBO)
Sherlock Holmes
Sleight (HBO)
Son of Batman
South Park: The Pandemic Special
Steel
Superman vs. the Elite
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3
They Were Expendable
A Thin Line Between Love and Hate
The Thin Man
The Thing (HBO)
A Time to Kill
Tin Cup
TMNT
Training Day
Tricky Dick
Turistas (Extended Version) (HBO)
U.S. Marshals
Us (HBO)
Vampire in Brooklyn
A Very Brady Sequel
We Will Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission to Educate Girls Around the World
What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire?
When Harry Met Sally
Where the Wild Things Are
The Whole Ten Yards (HBO)
The Wings of Eagles
You’ve Got Mail

Amazon Prime TV

  1. *Sons of the Soil – Season 1
  2. Bug Diaries Halloween Special (Oct 2)
  3. Savage X. Fentry Show (Oct 2)

Movies rotating into AMAZON PRIME VIDEO as of October 1

30 Days Of Night
A Knight’s Tale
Battlefield Earth
Blood Ties
Drugstore Cowboy
Eight Millimeter
Funny Girl
Girl, Interrupted
Guess Who
Joe
John Carpenter’s Vampires
Killers
Kindred Spirits
La Sucursal
Madea’s Big Happy Family
Mud
National Security
Next Level
Noose For A Gunman
Nurse
Quantum Of Solace
Raging Bull
Señorita Justice
Southside With You
Spaceballs
Species
Thanks For Sharing
The Big Hit
The Da Vinci Code
The Departed
The Gambler Wore A Gun
The Grudge 3
The Mask Of Zorro
The Pianist
The Wedding Planner
Triumph Of The Spirit
The Mothman Prophecies

Peacock TV

  1. Saturday Night Live – all 45 seasons!
    Comedy, Live, Improv

Hulu TV

  1. *Monsterland – Original
    Anthology, Horror

Hulu is going all out for Halloween with their focus on Huluween.

Movies rotating into HULU as of October 1

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A Beautiful Mind
Across The Line
After Life
Anti-Trust (Tech geek guilty pleasure!)
Blade
Blade 2
Blade: Trinity
Blood Ties
Blue City
The Curse Of Downers Grove
Deep Blue Sea
The Do-Deca-Pentathlon
Double, Double, Toil and Trouble
Drugstore Cowboy
The Executioners
The Express
The Eye
Fallen
Girls Against Boys
Good Hair
Guess Who
Hostel
Hostel: Part II
House Of 1000 Corpses
The Hurt Locker
Ice Age: The Meltdown
Interview With the Vampire
Joe
Judy & Punch
Kicking & Screaming
Killers
Lady in a Cage
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
Martyrs
Mud
Nurse 3D
The Pirates! Band Of Misfits
The Portrait of a Lady
The Quiet Ones
Raging Bull
The Sandman
Senorita Justice
Sk8 Dawg
The Skull
Snakes On A Plane
Spaceballs
Species
Superbad
Thanks for Sharing
Tooth Fairy
Triumph of the Spirit
Vampire
Wayne’s World 2
When A Stranger Calls
William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet
Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard

Shudder Movies

  1. *Scare Me – Original

Greenland Will Not Get Theatrical Release, PVOD First, HBO Pays $20-30 Million For Exclusivity

Is this a surprise? Sadly, no. Another movie that could have been watched in theaters is now, quite unnecessarily we think, skipping the big screen.

Wondering how much it’s worth to be able to say an originally intended theatrical release movie is exclusively available on your streaming channel? HBO is giving us some insight with Greenland starring Gerard Butler.

As of now, “Greenland” will arrive on PVOD to purchase on October 13. The film will then be available to rent on October 27. Again, pretty typical stuff. But in early 2021, “Greenland” will make its way to HBO on the network and the company’s HBO Max streaming platform, exclusively. And to ensure that exclusivity, it’s being reported the network had to pay between $20 million and $30 million. For perspective, that’s way more than what HBO paid to land the distribution rights for “Bad Education,” starring Hugh Jackman, which was nominated for a bunch of awards and played last year’s festivals.

Gerard Butler’s ‘Greenland’ Skipping Theaters & Heading to PVOD Before Landing On HBO In Massive Deal

$20-30 million is around what Tenet has grossed domestically through the last four weeks in September ($33+ million to be precise, according to Box Office Mojo), and the studio cut a deal with HBO to grant them an exclusive release in 2021.

Now ask yourself if Greenland had released domestically in theaters with the current amount of roughly 70% reopened theaters, would it have made more than $20-30 million? If you think yes, it likely doesn’t matter because day and date releases (available on streaming as well as theaters at the same time) are not looked upon favorably by the top three chains. OK, sort of save for AMC and Universal (see: Good deal – AMC strikes historic deal with Universal to shrink theatrical window to 17 days)

Maybe we’re in the minority here — that’s not terribly unusual with some of our opinions — but we wanted to see Greenland in theaters as originally planned, then it could still be exclusive to HBO. You know, the way things used to work? Who cares about the past, it seems. What would have been the price tag? We’ll never know now.

Did you want to see Greenland in the theater? Or perfectly happy to drop your 20 bones — or whatever it will cost — and watch on October 13 on VOD? Or wait it out until early 2021 when HBO Max has it as an exclusive new title?

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND #39 of 2020 Movie and TV Streaming Picks – Netflix, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Shudder

Netflix: September 23

Weekend #39 of 53 (9/25 – 9/27/2020) for 2020 Picks By Streaming Service

Movies

  • NetflixEnola Holmes
    follow Sherlock Holmes sister, Enola, solving a mystery involving the disappearance of her mother
  • Amazon Prime Video / HuluJudy
    if you haven’t seen Renee Zellweger’s Oscar-winning Best Actress performance playing the incomparable Judy Garland, this weekend on Amazon Prime Video and Hulu is your chance. Might just have to rewatch this one!
  • ShudderVerotika
    Glen Danzig’s directorial debut is an erotic horror anthology? Sign me up.

TV

  • NetflixThe Good Place – Season 4
    The last season of the life after death comedy series, The Good Place available for binging starting 9/26
  • Amazon Prime VideoUtopia – Season 1 (9 episodes)
    Drama, virus … this one may have potential. check out the trailer in the Amazon

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. *Enola Holmes – Original
  2. Real Steel

NETFLIX TV

  1. A Perfect Crime – Documentary (Sept 25)
  2. Country-ish – Season 1 (Sept 25)
  3. The School Nurse Files – Season 1 (Sept 25)
  4. Sneakerheads – Season 1 (Sept 25)
  5. *The Good Place – Season 4 (Sept 26) — FINAL SEASON

HBO Max Movies

  1. *Just Mercy ⭐️⭐️½ (Sept 26)

HBO Max TV

  1. *Agents of Chaos Part 1 & 2 – Documentary
    Politics, Soviet Union, Technology
  2. *Fandango At The Wall – Documentary (Sept 25)
  3. *The Lovecraft Country – Season 1, Episode 7: “I Am” (Sept 27)
    Lovecraftian Horror

Amazon Prime TV

  1. *Utopia – Season 1

Hulu Movies

  1. *Judy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (2019) – Note: also streaming on Amazon Prime Video

Shudder Movies

  1. *Verotika – Exclusive
    Anthology, Erotic, Horror

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND #38 of 2020 Movie and TV Streaming Picks – Netflix, HBO Max, Hulu, CBS All Access, Shudder

Netflix: September 16

Weekend #38 of 53 (9/18 – 9/20/2020) for 2020 Picks By Streaming Service

Once again this week, Netflix with their massive back stock of movies and TV shows already produced pre-pandemic is the focal point of what’s new on streaming.

Starting to make us wonder when they’re going to run out (we hope they don’t!), but it seems no other streaming channel has the ramp up and head start with originally produced content that Netflix has. Maybe in 2021 and beyond there will be more and better competition, but Netflix is at the top of the heap, somewhat easily, we are reminded week in and week out.

This week a featured movie starring Tom Holland and Robert Pattinson in The Devil All The Time and the TV series Jurassic World: Camp Crustaceous. Shudder also has an original, Spiral, that looks worth checking out.

As far as other TV, Netflix is also premiering Ratched, a series based on the popular nurse character from Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. HBO continues their weekly new movie on their platform with a good one, The Invisible Man (2020) from Blumhouse earlier this year. Although there hasn’t been a lot of competition that is currently our #1 favorite film watched in theaters in 2020.

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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)

Netflix TV September 18

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 Devil All The Time
  2. The Paramedic (Sept 16)
  3. The Last Word (2017)

NETFLIX TV

  1. *Jurassic World: Camp Crustaceous
  2. *Ratched – Season 1 – 9 episodes
    based on Nurse Ratchet from One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  3. *Dragon’s Dogma – Season 1 – 7 episodes
    Videogames, Anime
  4. *Challenger: The Final Flight – 4 episodes
    Docuseries

HBO Max Movies

  1. *The Invisible Man ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ (2020)

Hulu TV

  1. *Pen15 – Season 2 (10 episodes) – Original

CBS All Access TV

  1. *Star Trek: Lower Decks (Sept 17) – Season 1, Episode 7: “Much Ado About Boimler”
    TV-PG, Animated

Shudder Movies

  1. *Spiral – Original

Jim Lee Promises “big news” Regarding DC Universe’s Future “next week” – Let’s Speculate!

Who let the dogs out? Harley rides her Joker sled in an episode of Harley Quinn on DCU

Should we start speculating what next week’s “big announcement” will be for DC Universe? Sure, I’ll bite, after the jump.

Lee made the announcement via Twitter, after congratulating DC Universe’s Doom Patrol on being renewed for Season 3. “Stay tuned next week for big news about @thedcuniverse and it’s [sic] exciting future!” Lee wrote.

Jim Lee Promises a Major Announcement Regarding DC Universe’s Future

My guesses? Some kind of bundling with HBO Max and/or Cinemax (see: HBO Max and DC Universe bundle is a good idea – Merging? No, here’s why) and/or reduced subscription pricing or expanded comics access (perhaps reducing the window from one year to six months for new titles to show up on DCU) for the unlimited comic book reading experience.

Whatever the announcement will be, it’s kind of odd that they didn’t bring it during DCFanDome on Saturday 9/12? I mean, that was the perfect platform, date and time. A week later seems off (?) All we heard was Doom Patrol news (see: Doom Patrol greenlit for season 3 exclusively on HBO Max, no love for DCU continues). Good news there, but expected we’d hear Harley Quinn season 3 was being greenlit.

Although a criminally bad decision if it doesn’t happen, we can rule out a HQ Season 3 greenlight announcement since WarnerMedia has already stated there will be no new original shows on DCU, so it must have something to do with just how committed they are to DCU going forward (see: Jim Lee on DC Universe: “It’s definitely not going away”)

Anybody else want to guess what this news will be? The comments are waiting below.

Doom Patrol greenlit for season 3 exclusively on HBO Max, no love for DCU continues

Good news from round two of DCFandome (see: DC FanDome Kicks Off Today August 22 @ 10am PT – Share Your Schedule – What are you looking forward to seeing?) a third season will be coming for Doom Patrol, but only for HBO Max subscribers.

I’ve watched a few episodes of season one (on DCU, ironically) and from what little I saw, it’s a weird, wacky and fun superhero show. Nice to see Brendan Fraser again, too. It’s on my list to return and watch more episodes, maybe even formally reviewing it here someday.

That Doom Patrol would become exclusive to HBO Max comes as little surprise as scripted originals have increasingly been moved off of DC Universe. “The original content that is on DCU is migrating to HBO Max. Truthfully, that’s the best platform for that content,” DC’s Jim Lee told THR last month. “The amount of content you get, not just DC, but generally from WarnerMedia, is huge and it’s the best value proposition. … We feel that is the place for that.”

‘Doom Patrol’ Renewed for Season 3 on HBO Max | Hollywood Reporter

Official trailer for Doom Patrol:

Doom Patrol season two official trailer

WarnerMedia hasn’t made a decision on renewing the adult animated Harley Quinn show, but reports that it is being enjoyed by a new audience of subscribers on HBO Max. Keep watching it, friends, that will help WarnerMedia budget for a third and perhaps fourth season of HQ.

Although expected, it’s disappointing to see DC Universe just pushed further and further into the shadows.