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

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND #37 of 2020 Movie and TV Streaming Picks – Netflix, HBO Max, Hulu, CBS All Access, Shudder, Peacock

Netflix September 10

Weekend #37 of 53 (9/11 – 9/13/2020) for 2020 Picks By Streaming Service

Our home movie theater is still not reopened. We still have that one Regal Cinema theater 30 miles south, and that’s been our go-to option for the movie theater experience. Everything else, still remains shuttered in our area, including at least one independent theater.

This means probably a lot of moviegoers in our area are either staying with streaming for their entertainment options or also making the trek 30 miles south to the lone Regal Cinema near Olympia, Washington that’s open. It hasn’t been very busy any of the times we’ve been there, so I think a lot of people are staying home and streaming.

HBO Max: Sept 10, 2020

Still close to the first of the month, there are a bunch of good streaming movies to check out and some new movies and TV shows as well.

Shudder is doing a 61 days of Halloween countdown in 2020. They normally do 31 days, but have expanded to 61, I guess because of the Thing That Should Not be Named. They have a movie I’ve been wanting to see that was previously VOD only and it’s a Shudder exclusive, Color Out Of Space starring Nicolas Cage. We need to get our horror on because it’s that witching season!

Peacock movies rotated in September 1st and their roster of originals are included in this weekend streaming post as well.

Next week or the week after, we’ll try to check out some of the free streaming channels (Roku, Tubi, IMDB, etc). There are way too many streaming choices available out there right now to choose from and keeping up with the ones we pay for is challenging.

Chances are really good if you want to see a movie released in the last 20 years, it’s available to stream somewhere. We like using the FREE services: Reelgood.com and JustWatch.com to see what movies are playing where. If you’re reading this post past the dates indicated in the title, then you might need to check those services to see where the movies and TV shows have moved onto.

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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 Babysitter: Killer Queen – Original, directed by McG
  2. *#Alive (2020)
  3. Pets United (Sept 11)
  4. Dad Wanted (Sept 11)
  5. Midnight Special (2016)
  6. Son of Adam (2018)

NETFLIX TV

  1. Julie & The Phantoms
  2. Greenleaf – Season 5

HBO Max Movies

  1. *Unpregnant – Original
  2. Coastal Elites

HBO Max TV

  1. Detention Adventure – Season 1
  2. Make It Big Make It Small – Season 1

Hulu TV

  1. *Woke – Season 1 (8 episodes) – Original

CBS All Access TV

  1. *Star Trek: Lower Decks (Aug 27) – Season 1, Episode 6: “Terminal Provocations”
    TV-PG, Animated

Shudder Movies

  1. BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA ​(Director: Francis Ford Coppola)
  2. COLOR OUT OF SPACE​ – A SHUDDER EXCLUSIVE
  3. COUNTESS DRACULA ​(Director: Peter Sasdy)
  4. THE VAMPIRE LOVERS ​(Director: Roy Ward Baker)
  5. VICTOR CROWLEY ​(Director: Adam Green)
  6. LOST SOUL: THE DOOMED JOURNEY OF RICHARD STANLEY’S ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU ​(Director: David Gregory)
  7. FADE TO BLACK ​(Director: Vernon Zimmerman)
  8. SOUTHBOUND ​(Directors: Roxanne Benjamin, David Bruckner, Patrick Horvath, Radio Silence)

Shudder TV

  1. NOS4A2 Season 2 (Sept 10)

Peacock Movies

  1. *Black Boys (Sept 10) – Original
  2. *The Sit-in: Harry Belafonte Hosts The Tonight Show (Sept 10) – Original (documentary)
  3. Anthony (Sept 4) – Original

Movies rotated into PEACOCK service as of September 1, 2020

  • You Should Have Left
  • The Break-Up
  • Island of Lost Souls
  • Semi-Pro
  • Wanted
  • Catwoman
  • Vegas Vacation
  • The Mummy (1932 film)
  • 3:10 to Yuma
  • National Lampoon’s Vacation
  • National Lampoon’s European Vacation
  • He’s Just Not That Into You
  • Transporter 3 
  • Because I Said So
  • Hitch
  • Zombieland
  • Love Happens
  • Nurse Betty
  • Beetlejuice

In last week’s movie lists from streaming services (see: WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND #36 of 2020 Movie and TV Streaming Picks – Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Max, Hulu, CBS All Access) we didn’t include Peacock in the September movies rotating in list, so correcting that above.

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND #36 of 2020 Movie and TV Streaming Picks – Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Max, Hulu, CBS All Access

Hulu August 28

Weekend #36 of 53 (9/4 – 9/7/2020) for 2020 Picks By Streaming Service

Here we are again, armed with detailed listings of first of the month rotated movies. A holiday three day weekend as well. With too many folks still grounded by the Thing That Should Not Be Named, at least we have tons of movies for solace.

Yes, still a lot of movie theaters are not reopened, including our home theater (but we do have one Regal Cinema 30 miles south), but streaming remains a strong alternative. When we say there’s plenty to watch from the safety and comfort of home that’s not hyperbole, just reference this post.

The theaters really only have Tenet ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ as the big new film — and it’s been one that many have waited eagerly to see — and Mulan is the big VOD stream this weekend, testing the $30 price point. We saw a poll saying a pretty decent percentage of people will pay the VOD for Mulan. Did you? Let us know (spoiler-free, please) in the comments.

Again, the first of the month is an exciting time for that new paint smell at your favorite streaming service. The streaming services flood with rotated movies. Have lists of those below as well for the main streaming services (Netflix, Amazon, HBO Max, Hulu). Our favorite streaming categories are “recently added/what’s new” and “leaving soon” because they help us find what’s changed on the service, but these first of the month lists are handy.

The car is started, let’s roll.

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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. *Love, Guaranteed
  2. *I’m Thinking of Ending Things
  3. *Freaks – You’re One Of Us

NETFLIX TV

  1. Away – Season 1 (10 episodes)
    Sci-fi, Hilary Swank, Original
  2. Sister, Sister – Season 1-6
  3. Borgen – Season 1-3
  4. The Promised Neverland – Season 1

Movies rotated into NETFLIX on September 1

Adrift
Anaconda
Back to the Future
Back to the Future Part II
Back to the Future Part III

Barbershop
Barbie Princess Adventure
Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices — Netflix Family
The Boss Baby: Get That Baby! — Netflix Family
Children of the Sea
Coneheads
Felipe Esparza: Bad Decisions — Netflix Comedy Special
Glory
Grease
La Partita / The Match — Netflix Film
Magic Mike
The Muppets
Muppets Most Wanted

Not Another Teen Movie
Pineapple Express
Possession

The Producers (2005)
Puss in Boots
Red Dragon
Residue
Sex Drive
The Smurfs
Wildlife
Zathura

AMAZON PRIME VIDEO Movies

  1. *Dino Dana The Movie
  2. *Hell On The Border (2019)

AMAZON PRIME VIDEO TV

  1. *The Boys – Season 2
  2. A Chef’s Life – Season 1
  3. Cedar Cove – Season 1
  4. Codename: Kids Next Door – Season 1
  5. George Gently – Season 1
  6. Hero Elementary – Season 1
  7. How to Become a SuperStar Student, 2nd Edition – Season 1
  8. I’m Dying Up Here – Season 1
  9. Keeping Faith – Season 1
  10. Last Hope with Troy Dunn – Season 1
  11. Nazi Mega Weapons – Season 1
  12. Stuck With You – Season 1
  13. Texas Metal – Season 1
  14. The Blood Pact – Season 1
  15. The Bureau – Season 1
  16. The Celtic World – Season 1
  17. The Crimson Field – Season 1
  18. The Jack Benny Show – Season 1

Movies rotated into AMAZON PRIME VIDEO on September 1

1/1
1 Million Happy Nows
A Birder’s Guide To Everything
Abe & Phil’s Last Poker Game
Addicted To Fresno
Alex Cross
American Dragons
Bachelor Lions
Barney Thomson
Beach Party
Bewitched
Big Time
Bitter Melon
Bully
C.O.G.
Carrington
Casino Royale
Close Encounters Of The Third Kind
Dark Matter
De-Lovely
Defense Of The Realm
Die, Monster, Die!
Don’t Talk To Irene
Dr. Goldfoot And The Bikini Machine
Eaten By Lions
Employee Of The Month
Enemy Within
Extreme Justice
Face 2 Face
Gas-s-s-s
I’d Like To Be Alone Now
I’m Not Here
Kart Racer
Kramer Vs. Kramer
Lakeview Terrace
Lord Love A Duck
Man Of La Mancha
Microbe And Gasoline
Miss Nobody
Muscle Beach Party
Music Within
No Way To Live
Patriots Day
Rambo
Sex And The City: The Movie
Sex And The City 2
Slash
Slow Burn
Snapshots
Sunlight Jr.
The Bank Job
The Billion Dollar Hobo
The Birdcage
The Dunning Man
The Festival
The Go-Getters
The Graduate
The Hanoi Hilton
The Haunted Palace
The House On Carroll Street
The Last House On The Left
The Mechanic
The Ring Thing
The Video Dead
The Visitors
The Weight Of Water
The White Bus
The Woods
The Yes Men
To Keep The Light
The Turkey Bowl
Twice-Told Tales
Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls
Warrior Road
Weather Girl
What Children Do
What If It Works?
Whoever Slew Auntie Roo?
Yongary: Monster From The Deep
Zoom

HBO Max Movies

  1. *Spies In Disguise ⭐️⭐️ 

HBO Max TV

  1. Raised By Wolves – Limited Series
    Ridley Scott, first full episode by HBO Max on YouTube for FREE
  2. *Lovecraft Country – Season 1, Episode 4: “Holy Ghost” (Sep 6)
  3. *Infinity Train – Season 3, Episode 4
    Animated, Episode Run Time: 11 minutes
  4. Doctor Who: Season 12
  5. Forensic Files II: Season 1
  6. Impractical Jokers: Seasons 5-8
  7. Lazor Wulf – Season 1
  8. Mao Mao, Heroes of Pure Heart– Episodes 1-30
  9. Moral Orel – Seasons 1-3
  10. OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes – Seasons 1-3
  11. Sealab 2021: Seasons 1-5
  12. Squidbillies – Seasons 1-12
  13. Superjail! – Seasons 1-4
  14. Tigtone: Season 1
  15. Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! – Seasons 1-5
  16. Young Sheldon – Seasons 1-3

Movies rotated into HBO MAX on September 1

93Queen
All The Right Moves
The Astronaut Farmer
Badlands
Ballmastrz: 9009
Bandidas
Barnyard
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Black Dynamite
Blood Diamond
The Bodyguard
The Brak Show
Butterfield 8
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Caveman
Charlotte’s Web
The Cider House Rules
City Of God
Clara’s Heart
Clerks
Cold Creek Manor
Congo
The Conversation
Cop Out
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
Date Movie (Unrated Version)
Dave
The Devil Inside
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Dog Day Afternoon
Dolores Claiborne
Election
Fatal Attraction
Father of the Bride
Final Destination 5
Flight Of The Phoenix
Going the Distance
A Good Year
Grease
Harlem Nights
Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law
Heartbreakers
A Hidden Life
Honeymoon in Vegas
Idlewild
Impractical Jokers: After Party
Impractical Jokers: The Movie
Infomercials
In Good Company
Jackson
JFK

Joe Pera Talks With You
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
Joyful Noise
A Kiss Before Dying
The Lake House
Lassie Come Home
Lean on Me
Life with Father
Little
Little Women (1949)
Lost in Space
A Man Apart
Marathon Man
The Mexican
Miracle Workers: Season 1
Midnight Run
Miracle At St. Anna
Miss Congeniality
Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous
Murder by Numbers
Netizens
Observe and Report
Off the Air
An Officer and a Gentleman
The Operative
The Outsiders
Over the Garden Wall
Over The Hedge
Point Break 
Private Benjamin
Prometheus
PT 109
Red Riding Hood
The Replacements
Replicas
Reversal of Fortune
A Room With A View
See No Evil
Shrek Forever After
Sin Cielo
The Sitter (Unrated Version)
Snakes on a Plane
Son of the Mask
Star 80
Sunrise at Campobello
Tennessee Johnson
Three Kings
Too Beautiful: Our Right to Fight
Two Weeks Notice
V for Vendetta
Victoria and Abdul
The Wedding Singer
Wes Craven’s New Nightmare
When We Were Kings
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
The Wind and the Lion,

Hulu Movies

  1. *Madagascar: A Little Wild (Sep 7) – Original
  2. Trolls World Tour ⭐️⭐️½
Streaming on Monday September 7, Labor Day, this Hulu Original

Hulu TV

  1. Mike Tyson Mysteries – Complete Season 4

Movies rotated into HULU on September 1

50 First Dates
Absolute Power
Aeon Flux
American Dragons
An American Haunting
Any Given Sunday
Anywhere but Here
Back to School
Bad Girls from Mars
The Bank Job
Because I Said So
The Birdcage
Broken Lizard’s Club Dread
Call Me
Carrington
The Cold Light Of Day
Cool Blue
Criminal Law
The Day the Earth Stood Still
De-Lovely
Demolition Man
Desperate Hours
Deuces Wild
Employee of the Month
The End of Violence
Evil Dead II
Extreme Justice
The Festival
Hanoi Hilton
Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
Hoosiers
The House on Carroll Street
I Feel Pretty
The Impossible
Invasion U.S.A.
Jessabelle
Julia
The Last Boy Scout
The Last House on the Left
The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane
Love Is All There Is
Mad Money
Man of La Mancha
The Mechanic
Mississippi Burning
Mr. North
Music Within
Not Another Teen Movie
Notorious
The Omen
Outbreak

Pee-wee’s Big Adventure
Pieces of April
Practical Magic
Rambo
Reasonable Doubt
Religulous
Slow Burn
Some Kind of Wonderful
Stargate
The Terminator
Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her
This World, Then the Fireworks
Top Gun
Trolls World Tour
Turkey Bowl
Twilight
The Twilight Saga: New Moon
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls
The Weight of Water
Wanted
The Woods

CBS All Access TV

  1. *Star Trek: Lower Decks (Aug 27) – Season 1, Episode 5: “Cupid’s Errant Arrow”
    TV-PG, Animated

New Boston, Texas Small Town (and other cities) Suing Netflix, Hulu and Others Over Local Utility Fees

Unsuccessful lawsuits are filed all the time.

No idea if this will be one or not, but apparently a small Texas town called New Boston wants 5% of the revenue generated from subscribers living in their town because Netflix and Hulu use internet routed through their area.

A small town in Texas is going up against streaming giants Netflix and Hulu with a class-action lawsuit over utility fees. New Boston, Texas says the streamers use broadband infrastructure to reach their residents, and should in turn pay the town 5% of the revenue generated from those residents as a fee.

Netflix and Hulu are Being Sued by a Texas Town Saying it Should be Getting 5% | Cord Cutters News

As if local utility fees aren’t onerous enough in some areas, this one seems a bit of a stretch to me, but 5% of subscriber revenue for only those who live in the town probably is a very small amount of dollars for Netflix and Hulu. I doubt, just because they don’t want to set some kind of legal precedent that they will settle.

This just in: 4 towns in Indiana are suing, too.

The Northwest Indiana Times reported the class-action lawsuit filed this month argues that Netflix, Disney, Hulu, DirectTV and Dish Network must pay a 5% franchise fee of gross revenue to the localities where their customers resid

4 Indiana cities sue streaming services including Netflix and Hulu over franchise fees

This class action lawsuit could be a dam-breaking scenario that rises the cost of all the major streaming channels. It feels a bit like the car tabs in our state that used to be inexpensive and now cost hundreds of dollars, loaded with taxes and fees. I don’t know about others, but don’t want my streaming channel bills to look like this:

$5.99 base cost
$0.30 local utility (5%)
$0.60 county ___ fee (10%)
$1.20 state ___ fee (20%)
$0.60 sales tax
———————
= $8.69 actual monthly cost after taxes and fees

This is the kind of BS that drives up cable and satellite bills. If companies have to pay these taxes, then they should be included in their base cost and not be passing them along to consumers on top of their monthly fees, with the lone exception of sales tax. Then again, sales taxes are often toted as something that won’t be charged if there is a state income tax, and in some states there are both taxes.

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND #33 of 2020 Movie and TV Streaming Picks – Netflix, CBS All Access, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, DC Universe, Hulu, Peacock

Netflix August 14

Weekend #33 of 53 (8/14 – 8/16/2020) for 2020 Picks By Streaming Service

Good to see Joe Bob Briggs is hosting another special, following his first season, this Friday August 14. If you need to scratch a superhero itch, Netflix has Jamie Foxx streaming, while Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey debuts on HBO Max.

Disney is set to premiere Magic Camp on Disney+.

On the TV side, Lovecraft Country makes its debut on HBO Max. Infinity Train Season 3 is also on HBO Max. Netflix is streaming the first season of Zoids. Star Trek: Lower Decks episode 2 will start streaming just after midnight PT (GMT-8) on August 13 on CBS All Access.

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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. *Project Power
  2. *Fe@rLeSS_
  3. *Seventh Son
  4. *Nigerian Prince
  5. *Octonauts & The CAVES of SAC ACTUN
  6. Safety Not Guaranteed (Aug 13)

NETFLIX TV

  1. *3% – Season 4
  2. *Zoids – Season 1
    Animated, Sci-fi
  3. *Bread Barber Shop – Season 1 (Aug 15)
  4. *Dere An African Tale – Season 1 (Aug 15)

SHUDDER Movies
https://www.shudder.com/

  1. *The Last Drive-in with Joe Bob Briggs
    Season 2 Episode 8
    Horror films double-feature with host commentary and special guests
    Friday August 14, 2020 @ 6pm PST (GMT-8), 9pm EST (GMT-5)
    Discord chat via reddit/shudder group

Disney+ Movies

  1. *Magic Camp

CBS All Access TV

  1. *Star Trek: Lower Decks (Aug 13) – Season 1, Episode 2: “Envoys”
    Adult, Animated

HBO Max Movies

  1. *Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey ⭐️⭐️½ (Aug 15)

HBO Max TV

  1. *Lovecraft Country – Season 1, Episode 1: “Sundown” (Aug 15)
  2. *Infinity Train – Season 3, Episode 1
    Animated, Episode Run Time: 11 minutes
Book 3 of Infinity Train will be an HBO Max exclusive

Amazon Prime Video Movies

  1. *Bernie The Dolphin 2 (2019)
  2. Master (2017)

Amazon Prime Video TV

  1. *World’s Toughest Race: Eco Challenge Fiji
    Sports, reality – Original

Disney Putting International Muscle Behind Star India instead of Hulu Global Launch?

hotstar.com is the home of Star India, owned by Disney

When it comes to what’s popular outside the United States as far as TV, streaming, whatever goes, we don’t know much. Therefore, if we get the facts wrong on international news, please feel free to correct in the comments.

Crossover relevance to the United States is coming, so stay with me.

Apparently, Star India is a major pay movie and TV channel abroad and is owned by Disney. Meanwhile, Hulu remains an exclusive streaming service in America.

There has been talk about expanding Hulu internationally for some time, but since Disney bought Fox and plans to buy the other part of Hulu owned by Comcast in 2024, Disney appears to be changing focus to Star India instead of Hulu abroad.

Chapek explained on the earnings call that Hulu aggregates third-party content, while the Star service will host Disney-owned content from ABC Studios, Fox TV, FX, and other such sources. Chapek also added, “And Hulu also, I must say, has no brand awareness outside of the U.S., and nor does Hulu have any content that’s been licensed to it internationally.” That shows that Disney would essentially be starting from scratch if it took Hulu outside of the U.S. Additionally, Hulu’s ad business won’t transition easily to international markets. Looking at those reasons as well as Star’s strength in India, it’s clear why Disney is elevating that brand and not Hulu.

Is Walt Disney Giving Up on Hulu?

This makes sense, but can’t help wondering: what is going to happen to Hulu? We subscribed a month ago and it’s currently one of the better streaming services out there, with a solid amount of exclusive/original content, recent popular TV shows like The Orville, Rick and Morty (also on HBO Max), documentaries, miniseries and a compelling selection of movies.

We watch Hulu more than Peacock and CBS All Access and DC Universe (in fairness, DCU doesn’t have many movies or TV shows), but not as much as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and HBO Max.

What do you think will happen to Hulu? What should happen to Hulu?

15+ Palm Springs Reviews – Samberg Still Isn’t Funny

Palm Springs ⭐️⭐️

Am one of the few that doesn’t like Palm Springs. I’ll get into several reasons why, but this film is being wildly hailed as a hit and recommended, including by Hulu itself — of course there is no third party independent verification for their record-breaking boasting — so take the network’s claims with whatever grains of salt you want.

The records keep on coming for Max Barbakow’s time loop romantic-comedy “Palm Springs.” A spokesperson for Hulu confirms with IndieWire the film broke the streaming platform’s opening weekend record by netting more hours watched over its first three days than any other film on Hulu during the same period. “Palm Springs” launched July 10 on Hulu.

‘Palm Springs’ Sets Streaming Record: Hulu’s Biggest Weekend Opening | IndieWire

I better throw down the spoiler warning before proceeding.

… you’ve been warned, SPOILERS ahead …

Andy Samberg is almost criminally unfunny

Samberg as an actor, I don’t know the guy personally, just isn’t funny to me. Not at all. I pretty much despised him in Hot Rod and couldn’t care less with anything he did on SNL that I’ve seen anyway and now here he is on a Hulu movie. When i heard it was a romantic comedy along the lines of Groundhog Day, it was motivation to resubscribe to Hulu. I wanted to relive that movie again.

And then I remembered it was starring Andy Samberg. Sigh.

The guy just looks like he’s a jerk. He smirks all the time. His facial expressions are like a constipated David Spade. There isn’t anything endearing with Samberg’s style. He has the warmth of an ice cube in space.

No, I don’t like Samberg. Not in anything I’ve seen. I must be at least partly wrong if the great Lorne Michaels from SNL saw something in Samberg. I just can’t/don’t see it. Not yet.

I just spent several minutes on YouTube watching Andy Samberg SNL clips with the search query “funny Andy Samberg SNL clips” — none made me laugh. Nadda. Zippo. Goose egg.

Please, if you know of a skit or something Samberg has acted in that is funny, please tell me about it in the comments. He’s the male equivalent of Tiffany Haddish to me, only he’s not as annoying vocally as Haddish. It’s his smirking. That god-awful, dick-like smirking. Too much. Too often. Turns me way, way, way, way, way off.

Groundhog Day is one of those films that owns a subgenre

It’s impossible to watch this film and not compare it to Groundhog Day. This is both a blessing and curse for Palm Springs. It gets points for trying to tell its own story, but what it explains is unnecessary. Part of what makes these type movies fun is not knowing how it happens. Palm Springs explained too much.

Reviews by Others

Are others recommending Palm Springs or not?

Recommended

  1. AZ / AZ At The Movies: “I really enjoyed Palm Springs, it was such a freeing, fresh film that combined comedy and romance with great performances and makes me excited for what other Lonely Island Productions there may be.”
  2. coolpapae / Gasbag Reviews (4/5): “This film made me and my wife laugh on a Friday night, when going somewhere isn’t an option. It’s the most ridiculous type of praise to say it’s worth watching again when every day is a copy of the last.”
  3. Fast Film Reviews / Mark Hobin: “It’s been a while since a romantic comedy captivated me this much.  It’s funny, sweet, and a little acerbic.  I loved it.”
  4. Gemma / Book Beach Bunny: “As to the actual time loop I did really appreciate how they dealt with it in the end. Except for the goat thing. But the movie was enough fun I was willing to not think about that”
  5. Giadreams / The Movie My Life: “Infinite time loop movie fans should give Palm Springs a chance, along with others who are simply curious. Who knows, you like many others may not find it as disappointing as I did.”
  6. Jerome Reviews (10/10): “…is definitely one of the best of the year so far, watch this one when you can!”
  7. Jmunney’s Blog: “…isn’t as transcendent as Groundhog Day, but it has a deeper conversation with eternity.”
  8. Matthew Liedke: “The “Groundhog Day” formula just works. It worked in that movie. It worked in “Happy Death Day.” And it works here”
  9. MovieManJackson (Grade: B+): “…it’s the type of movie that profiles as a two weeks and out type. In a weird way, getting released to Hulu has given the movie more exposure and legs. Who would have guessed a Samberg vehicle would be one of the more introspective watches of the year?”
  10. Movies Unchained: “The humour is strong, the dialogue is sharp and insightful, the romance is soaringly beautiful and the philosophical underpinnings are profound. Incredibly original (even if it may be a direct descendent of other stories centred on time loops), and always entertaining, with not a single wasted moment or cheap joke to be found anywhere”
  11. Read ’em And Weep / Alyssa: “If you’re looking for a refreshing rom-com with a sci-fi twist to get you through this pandemic, Palm Springs will at least get you through an hour and a half of it. It really is worth a watch.”
  12. Savannah Floore (Grade: A): “It’s the kind of movie that came out at the perfect time, a movie that perfectly encapsulates the modern millennial mood, while also being a darkly comedic dive into existentialist themes. Paired off with a bright aesthetic, Palm Springs is the movie of the summer.”
  13. Screen Zealots (3/5): “…doesn’t come close to living up to the initial film festival audience reaction. The dark comedy is entertaining, but it’s not as funny as it could be, and it’s not as clever as it wishes it was.”
  14. Swampflix: “This has a much bigger chance of actually making a cultural impact just because we’ve all been forced into a never-ending collective rut thanks to the pandemic.”
  15. When The Credits Roll: “…is absolutely one of my favourite movies of the year so far that is just waiting to be enjoyed again and again and again and again, sort of like it’s own very meta time-loop.”

Not Recommended

  1. Keith & The Movies (2/5): “…is essentially a less attractive and less nuanced “Groundhog Day”. It tries to differentiate itself by throwing out some new ideas but it doesn’t do enough with them. Instead it’s so beholden to its raunchy comedy ambitions that we end up with more cheap sex gags than meaningful character moments.”
  2. Movie Babble: “It’s not catastrophic and I definitely couldn’t pinpoint a moment where I stopped enjoying the film; it’s still a shame the film couldn’t hold up its originality it presented so well in the first two acts.”
  3. popcult blog: “…is a bit of empty fluff that will help pass the time, it’s something new made with a moderate level of skill. It’s nothing I ever plan on revisiting.”

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WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND #32 of 2020 Movie and TV Streaming Picks – Netflix, CBS All Access, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, DC Universe, Hulu, Peacock

Weekend #32 of 53 (8/7 – 8/9/2020) for 2020 Picks By Streaming Service

This week I’m most looking forward movie-wise to watching An American Pickle (FIRST LOOK) starring Seth Rogen on HBO Max. It is available for streaming on August 6, 2020.

For TV, I’m looking most forward to the new adult animated series: Star Trek: Lower Decks (FIRST LOOK) on CBS All Access. To get into that Star Trek mode, I’ve been watching The Orville on Hulu, which has a very Next Generation feel. Lower Decks is also available for streaming on August 6, 2020.

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 Lost Husband (2020)
  2. *We Summon The Darkness (Aug 8)
  3. *The Promise
  4. *The Magic School Bus Rides Again: Kids In Space

NETFLIX TV

  1. *Selling Sunset – Season 3
    Reality TV, Realtors
  2. *Tiny Creatures – Season 1
    Animals
  3. *Dreamworks Wizards: Tales of Arcadia
    Animated
  4. *The New Legends of Monkey – Season 2
  5. *The Seven Deadly Sins – Season 4
    Anime
  6. *The Governor – Season 1 (Aug 8)

CBS All Access TV

  1. *Star Trek: Lower Decks (Aug 6) – Season 1 premiere episode
    Adult, Animated

HBO Max Movies

  1. *An American Pickle (FIRST LOOK)
  2. *Richard Jewell ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ (Aug 8)

HBO Max TV

  1. *Doom Patrol – Season 2 – episodes 9 (also available on DC Universe)
  2. *Perry Mason – episode 8 – season finale!
  3. *On The Trail: Inside The 2020 Primaries
    Documentary – CNN (Aug 6)
  4. *The Swamp
    Documentary, Politics
  5. *Mob Psycho 100 – Season 1 – 12 episodes
    Anime
  6. *Promised Neverland – Season 1 – 12 episodes

Amazon Prime Video Movies

  1. *Arkansas (Aug 5)
  2. *Dora and The Lost City of Gold ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (also on Hulu)
  3. *The Peanut Butter Falcon ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ (also on Hulu)

Amazon Prime Video TV

  1. *Jessy and Nessy – Season 1 – 5 episodes available
    Children’s, Educational

DC Universe TV

  1. *Stargirl – Season 1, Episode 13: “Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E Part Two”

Season finale of Stargirl!

Hulu

  1. *The Peanut Butter Falcon ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ (also on Amazon Prime Video)
  2. *Dora and The Lost City of Gold ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (also on Amazon Prime Video)
  3. Slay The Dragon (2019)
    Documentary

Peacock

  1. Hitmen
    Comedy, Crime – Original Series

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND #31 of 2020 Movie and TV Streaming Picks – Netflix, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, DC Universe, Hulu

Weekend #31 of 53 (7/31 – 8/2/2020) for 2020 Picks By Streaming Service

The first of the month is huge for the various streaming services, as this is when a bunch of movie licenses move around.

It’s not uncommon to see dozens of movies added and removed from the leading services each month on this day. For movie lovers like us, this is like Christmas Day every month. Included in this week’s streaming picks are lists of movies cycled in on the first of the month by service.

There are plenty of sources out there covering every single movie title.

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. *Banana Split (2018)
  2. *The Hater (2020)
  3. *Seriously Single (2020)
  4. *Killing Hasselhoff (2017)

If you missed rewatching (or watching for the first time — gasp!) the first three Jurassic Park movies have moved from Peacock to Netflix this month and are available as of August 1, 2020. Also, Mad Max (1979).

NETFLIX available for streaming on August 1

A Knight’s Tale
Acts of Violence
The Addams Family (1991)
An Education
Being John Malkovich
Death at a Funeral
Dennis the Menace
Elizabeth Harvest
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Hardcore Henry
Iron Man: Armored Adventures: Season 1-2
Jurassic Park
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
Jurassic Park III
Mad Max
 (1979)
Mr. Deeds
My Perfect Landing: Season 1
Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea: Season 1
The NeverEnding Story
The NeverEnding Story 2: The Next Chapter
The Next Step: Season 6
Nights in Rodanthe
Ocean’s Thirteen
Ocean’s Twelve
Operation Ouch: Season 1
Operation Ouch: Special
Remember Me
Seabiscuit
Super Monsters: The New Class — Netflix Family
Toradora!: Season 1
Transformers Rescue Bots Academy: S2
The Ugly Truth
What Keeps You Alive

NETFLIX TV

  1. *The Umbrella Academy – Season 2
  2. *Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy – Chapter 1 (5 episodes)
  3. *Tread
    Documentary, True Crime
  4. *Last Chance U – 5 parts
    Documentary, Sports
  5. *The Speed Cubers
    Documentary, Puzzle, Game

I’m not a huge Transformers fan, but the Cybertron trilogy on Netflix makes me want to check it out. The trailer is below.

HBO Max Movies

  1. *JoJo Rabbit ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  2. The Dark Knight

HBO Max available for streaming on August 1

10,000 BC (2008)
All the President’s Men (1976)
Altered States (1980)
Awkwafina is Nora from Queens (Season 1)
Bad Influence (1990), HBO
Barefoot in the Park (1967)
Barkleys of Broadway (1949)
Batman (1989)
Batman & Robin (1997)
Batman Begins (2005)
Batman Forever (1995)
Batman Returns (1992)
The Bear (1989), HBO
Bee Season (2005), HBO
Before Sunrise (1995), (HBO)
Before Sunset (2004), (HBO)
Biloxi Blues (1988), HBO
Blade Runner: The Final Cut (2007)
Blue Crush (2002) HBO
The Candidate (1972)
Carefree (1938)
The Change-Up (2011), HBO
Chariots of Fire (1981)
Contact (1997)
The Dark Knight (2008)
The Dishwasher (2020), HBO
Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
Elf (2003)
The First Grader (2011), HBO
The First Wives Club (1996)
Flipper (1996) HBO
Flying Down to Rio (1933)
Flying Leathernecks (1951)
Fool’s Gold (2008)
Fracture (2007)
The Fugitive (1993)
The Gay Divorcee (1934)
Get on Up (2014), HBO
Go Tell It on the Mountain (2004), HBO
Grace Unplugged (2013), HBO
Hard to Kill (1990), HBO
Harley Quinn: Seasons 1 & 2 [RECOMMENDED]
Highlander: The Final Dimension (1995), HBO
Highlander IV: Endgame (2000), HBO
The Hindenburg (1975), HBO
Hours (2013), HBO
House of Wax (2005)
House Party (1990)
House Party 2 (1991)
House Party: Tonight’s the Night (2013)
How to Be a Player (1997), HBO
Idiocracy (Extended Version) (2006), HBO
Interview with the Vampire (1994)
Jeremiah Johnson (1972)
Jim Thorpe: All-American (1951)
Kung Fu Panda (2008)
Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
Leprechaun (1993), HBO
Leprechaun 2 (1994), HBO
Leprechaun 3 (1995), HBO
Leprechaun 4: In Space (1997), HBO
Leprechaun: Origins (2014), HBO
The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)
The Lost Boys: The Thirst (2020), HBO
The Lost Boys: The Tribe (Unrated Version) (2020), HBO
Love Field (1992), HBO
Lovelace (2013), HBO
Lying And Stealing (2019), HBO
The Marine (Unrated Version) (2006), HBO
Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011), HBO
Marvin’s Room (1996), HBO
Maverick (1994)
Monkeybone (2001), HBO
Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium (2007), HBO
Murder at 1600 (1997)
The Mustang (2019), HBO
My Blue Heaven (1990)
My Sister’s Keeper (2009)
Nell (1994), HBO
New Year’s Eve (2011), HBO
Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
On Dangerous Ground (1952)
On Golden Pond (1981), HBO
Phantom (2013), HBO
Pi (1998), HBO
Raise the Titanic (1980), HBO
Roberta (1935)
Romeo Must Die (2000)
Savages (Unrated Version) (2012), HBO
Say It Isn’t So (2001) (HBO)
Serendipity (2001)
Skyline (2010) (HBO)
South Central (1992)
Spy Game (2001) (HBO)
Steven Universe Movie (2019)
The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939)
Striptease (1996)
Swing Time (1936)
They Live by Night (1949)
Things Never Said (2020) (HBO)
Three Days of the Condor (1975)
Time Bandits (1981) (HBO)
Top Hat (1935)
Two Minutes of Fame (2020) (HBO)
Walk the Line (Extended Version) (2005), HBO
Wedding Crashers (2005)
Without Limits (1998)
Yes Man (2008)

HBO Max TV

  1. *I’ll Be Gone In The Dark – episode 6 – finale episode
    Crime, Golden State Killer – Original Miniseries
  2. *Doom Patrol – Season 2 – episodes 8 (also available on DC Universe)
  3. *Perry Mason – episode 7

Amazon Prime Video available for streaming on August 1

3:10 to Yuma (2007)
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
Inception (2010)
Margin Call (2011)
My Bloody Valentine (1981)
Rain Man (1988)
Rustlers’ Rhapsody (1985)
Safe (2012)
Something’s Gotta Give (2003)
Square Parts (2015)
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Steel Magnolias (1989)
The Holiday (2006)
Top Gun (1986)

DC Universe TV

  1. *Stargirl – Season 1, Episode 12: “Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E Part One”

Last week’s episode #10 was action-packed, fun and entertaining. Will be cool too see if they can follow up that episode.

Hulu available for streaming on August 1

71 (2015)
3:10 to Yuma (2007)
A Good Woman (2006)
A Perfect Murder (1998)
Australia (2008)
The Brothers McMullen (1995)
Cats & Dogs (2001)
Child’s Play (1988)
City Slickers (1991)
City Slickers 2: The Legend of Curly’s Gold (1994)
Company Business (1991)
Death At A Funeral (2010)
Elena Undone (2010)
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
Free Fall (2013)
Gayby (2012)
Hellraiser (1987)
Hurricane Bianca (2016)
Just Charlie (2017)
The Last Stand (2013)
Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls Of Ga’Hoole (2010)
Margin Call (2011)
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)
My Bloody Valentine (1981)
Pit Stop (2013)
Rain Man (1988)
Rustlers’ Rhapsody (1985)
Safe (2012)
The Saint (1997)
Sleeping with the Enemy (1991)
Sordid Lives (2000)
Spare Parts (2015)
Stanley & Iris (1990)
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
Stuck On You (2003)
Top Gun (1986)
Ultraviolet (2006)
Up in the Air (2009)
Were The World Mine (2008)

10+ I Still Believe Reviews – Faith, Tragedy, Love

I Still Believe ⭐️⭐️½

Just before the pandemic closed all the movie theaters, this faith-based movie was released and made some money. It was on our radar to see, but we literally ran out of time, making The Hunt the last movie we saw — the very last movie they had in the theater we were at in Las Vegas.

Next it was released on VOD and I was thinking about paying for it, but it was a $20 rental. I didn’t want to see it that bad, so waited. It’s been available for streaming on Hulu for awhile, so we resubscribed and it was one of the first movies watched.

This true faith based film is brought to us by the Erwin Brothers, Andrew and Jon, who also did the 2018 hit “I Can Only Imagine” about country music group Mercy Me. Some may say this is a romantic tragedy, but I say no. It is the story of an innocent first love that is bright and shinning with hope for the future. It is tested by adversity much too soon but by God’s grace, they face the trials together with help from those around them that share a strong faith and the belief in the power of prayer.  Jeremy tells Melissa she is like “a bright star in the sky.” But we know the brightest stars also burn out the fastest.

‘I Still Believe’ and other things to watch in quarantine | Arts And Entertainment | murrayledger.com

… you’ve been warned, SPOILERS ahead …

Props to KJ Alpa for pulling a Renee Zellweger: acting and singing

I do not like lip syncing and prefer actors to actually sing like Renee Zellweger did in Judy. Good news here as KJ Alpa sings the Jeremy Camp songs. No idea how faithful his voice is to Camp’s but I enjoyed his singing and guitar performances. And I don’t even like the music genre that much.

Camp’s music career is secondary to Melissa’s battle with ovarian cancer

Those hoping to learn more about Camp’s early music career will be disappointed. We don’t learn that much about that, only that he used his music to explore some of the things Melissa and him were going through.

Reviews by Others

What do others think of I Still Believe?

Recommended

  1. Aaron Conrad: “What I want to tell you is to go see this film. Take tissues. Period. That is the review.”
  2. Bella Boris: “I would recommend this movie to everyone. It is so good! I think I am going to watch it again next week.”
  3. Joanne Guidoccio: “I was most impressed by Apa’s performance. He did his own singing and playing of Jeremy Camp’s real-life compositions. My favorite: the title track, his tribute to Melissa.”
  4. Kari Dent: “It is well done. It is well acted. It is a good movie about a beautiful story. I just want you to be prepared to cry. (Take tissues!)”
  5. Pastor Unlikely: “It is a lot like I Can Only Imagine, the previous Erwin brothers movie in this way.  The music is part of the story but not the heart of it.  The real core of the film is about people and God.   It asks and answers the timely question, “Do you trust Jesus when everything in their lives goes wrong?””
  6. Sharon Wilharm: “The actual story itself, the love story between Jeremy and Melissa, though, is so beautiful, and the acting so superb, that you’re willing to overlook the flaws and focus on this young couple trusting God in the face of incomprehensible obstacles”
  7. Tall Writer: “This heartwarming narrative provides an incredible example of keeping faith in God no matter what it is happening in our lives.”
  8. Ten Stars Or Less (5/10): “I’ve seen some fantastic Christian movies and some somewhat questionable ones. I Still Believe will land somewhere in the middle based solely on Apa and Robinson’s performances. They had great chemistry together, and you could see it in their expressions.”

Not Recommended

  1. Jason / Jason’s Movie Blog: “To me, this movie was somewhere between okay and “meh”. It was definitely a Christian faith-based movie endeavor (from start to finish) and definitely had its moments, but it just failed to resonate with me; struggling to find a proper balance in its undertaking. Personally, despite the story, it could’ve been better. Thus, my recommendation for this movie is an “iffy choice” at best as some will like (nothing wrong with that), while others will not and dismiss it altogether.”
  2. rogerinorlando / Movie Nation: “As with the Erwins’ “I Can Only Imagine,” there’s something to be said for a faith-based film that is soft-hearted and apolitical. But “I Still Believe” the Erwin Brothers aren’t growing as filmmakers, and won’t until they learn how to generate conflict, which is what it takes to create good drama.”
  3. Society Reviews: “…cannot find the sweet mix of scripture and entertainment and unlike I Can Only Imagine, the film isn’t engaging or well acted to enough to create magic.”

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