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

FIRST LOOK: Love, Guaranteed (2020) – Netflix

Whenever I think of Rachel Leigh Cook, and others probably do this sometimes (do you?), the movie Antitrust ⭐️⭐️½ comes to mind. She has this magnetic gaze in her eyes and although that underwhelming movie was far too geeky to generate widestream appeal, I see Cook’s name and think of her in that role. The computer nerdy graphic designer.

Obviously, Cook is getting older now (only age 40, that seems young to me, though), she’s past the unnecessarily glorified youth phase that Hollywood seems to think we primarily want to see on films. Darn it, show me more women in their 40s, 50s and 60s films, I’m all for seeing more of those more mature women. These aged people fall in love, too, you know?

Well, have to erase my self-imposed Cook typecasting and think of her as a lawyer in her new role in Love, Guaranteed, but it does involve a website, which again harkens back to Antitrust circa 2001. I might have to break out a post on that movie someday in how if you are a computer programmer, it has some strange appeal (not saying it’s a great movie, my review has it as 2.5 stars, but still like the nerdy backdrop, which Cook is very much a part of).

To save her small law firm, earnest lawyer Susan (Rachael Leigh Cook) takes a high-paying case from Nick (Damon Wayans Jr.), a charming new client who wants to sue a dating website that guarantees love. But as the case heats up, so do Susan and Nick’s feelings for each other.

Everything You Need to Know About Love, Guaranteed Movie (2020)

Official trailer:

This has a curious premise with a man who can’t find love on dating websites and wants to sue the company behind the website that guarantees it. Yeah, we could see that happening in 2020. Whether or not it delivers an entertaining watch is another story. Cook sure has a nice hair style going in this, though. Is there an interracial love story brewing here as well? Could be. I like the trailer.

After consulting Cook’s filmography, most of her roles the last 15 years have been direct to video projects. I have seen pretty much none of them. Besides starring in this Netflix original, she is also producing. Don’t see a lot of prior producer credits, so if this film does well, maybe we’ll get to see more Cook starring and produced films. I don’t know if I’d call her an underrated actress, but I think she has a certain look and mystique to her face and expressions. As for her acting chops? She delivers her lines a little deadpanned and wooden. Am curious to see if her character in this movie is different.

Good news if you’re reading and want to see this right now, because it’s already available.

Love, Guaranteed is available for streaming on Netflix Thursday, September 3, 2020.

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND #35 of 2020 Movie and TV Streaming Picks – Netflix, CBS All Access, HBO Max, Hulu

Hulu August 28

Weekend #35 of 53 (8/28 – 8/30/2020) for 2020 Picks By Streaming Service

As more movie theaters continue to reopen around the United States and, just to present all sides, some educated and uneducated people are saying: “don’t go to the theaters, it’s unsafe!” you, friendly readers, must decide for yourself whether to wait or head back to theaters. Whatever you decide, it’s all good 🙂

If you don’t go out, or even if you do, there are still plenty of streaming options available to check out from the safety and comfort of your home.

Hopefully, we give you a couple possible ideas below.

Movies

  • VOD/PVOD – Bill & Ted Face The Music ($24.99 at Google Play, Vudu and others)
  • Netflix – Unknown Origins (8/28)
  • Hulu – The Binge (8/28)

TV

  • Netflix – Cobra Kai – Season 1 & 2

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. *1BR (2019)
  2. *Santana (2020)
  3. *Unknown Origins
  4. *Blaze (August 30)
  5. *All Together Now

NETFLIX TV

  1. *Cobra Kai – Season 1 & 2
    Karate Kid TV series
  2. *I Am A Killer – Season 1
    True Crime, Reality – Original

CBS All Access TV

  1. *Star Trek: Lower Decks (Aug 27) – Season 1, Episode 4: “Moist Vessel”
    TV-PG, Animated

HBO Max Movies

  1. *The Way Back ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

HBO Max TV

  1. *Lovecraft Country – Season 1, Episode 3: “Holy Ghost” (Aug 29)
  2. *Infinity Train – Season 3, Episode 3
    Animated, Episode Run Time: 11 minutes

Hulu Movies

  1. *The Binge (August 28) – Original

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND #34 of 2020 Movie and TV Streaming Picks – Netflix, CBS All Access, DC Universe, HBO Max

Netflix August 14

Weekend #34 of 53 (8/21 – 8/16/2020) for 2020 Picks By Streaming Service

If movie theaters aren’t reopened in your area, or not in your entertainment plans for the coming weekend, it’s all good, plenty of options streaming at home and below we’ve got our eyes on that movie and TV scene.

Movies

  • Netflix – The Sleepover (8/21)
  • DC Universe – Justice League Dark: Apokolips War (8/21)

TV

High Score – Netflix (6 episodes) – While writing this post, am already digging deep into this docuseries on the history of videogaming. Episode run times are approximately 40 minutes each.

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 Sleepover (2020)
  2. *Good Kisser (2019)

NETFLIX TV

  1. *Hoops – Season 1 (10 episodes binge watch release: August 21)
    Animated, Sit-Com, Adult – Original
  2. *Lucifer – Season 5 (Aug 21)
  3. *Biohackers – Season 1 (6 episodes binge watch release: August 20)
  4. *High Score
    Video games, Docuseries – 6 episodes
  5. *John Was Trying To Contact Aliens
    Documentary – Original
  6. *Great Pretender – Season 1 (binge watch all 14 episodes: August 20)
    Anime – Average run time: 23 minutes
  7. *Alien TV – Season 1 (August 21)
    Animation, Science Fiction

CBS All Access TV

  1. *Star Trek: Lower Decks (Aug 20) – Season 1, Episode 3: “Temporal Edict”
    Adult, Animated

DC Universe

  1. *Justice League Dark: Apokolips War

HBO Max Movies

  1. *Queen & Slim (Aug 22) ⭐️⭐️½

HBO Max TV

  1. *Lovecraft Country – Season 1, Episode 2: “Whitey’s On The Moon” (Aug 22)
  2. *Infinity Train – Season 3, Episode 2
    Animated, Episode Run Time: 11 minutes

FIRST LOOK: Cobra Kai (TV Series) – Netflix

YouTube Red was the name of Google’s premium video service. They produced one TV series that had a ton of internet buzz.

It was the continuation of what happened to the Karate Kid characters, Daniel Larusso, Johnny Lawrence and the Cobra Kai dojo.

Decades after their 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament bout, a middle-aged Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence find themselves martial-arts rivals again.

Cobra Kai (TV Series 2018– ) – IMDb

Netflix picked up the series and will air season 3 later in 2020. In the meantime, those of us that haven’t seen the first two seasons can do so on Netflix starting the end of August.

Cobra Kai – Season 1 & 2 – will be available for streaming on Netflix August 28, 2020.

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.

11+ Project Power Reviews – To Be Or Not A Superhero

Project Power ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Have you seen this one yet? It’s got a somewhat intriguing take on the traditional superhero tale, treating it more as an illicit drug problem because, well, it is.

No offense to Netflix, but I would have rather seen this in the theater. Netflix needs to hurry up and buy more theaters and give their subscribers 50-75% off the regular ticket price to watch movies there (or offer another subscription tier that lets you see the movies once per day for free, like the Regal Unlimited Plan).

Ok, so I’m wishing on the last part, but if you dig superheroes, it’s time to ask yourself the big Power Pill question.

(no I’m not talking about Pac-Man)

I’ll get that question after the quote.

Project Power falls into this lineage. It will neither win an Oscar, capture the Internet zeitgeist, nor take the critical community by storm. Netflix didn’t even have Project Power showcased in the top of the page banner when I logged in to watch it Friday morning. But these capable B-movies or popcorn flicks can be fun when well or even adequately done—Project Power certainly qualifies.

Netflix’s Project Power, the most fun you won’t have at the movies this summer | Ars Technica

… you’ve been warned, SPOILERS ahead …

Would you take a pill that could give you super powers for 5 minutes at the risk of death?

Asked myself this question in my review (linked at the very top of this post), but the answer is still like 90%+ no. I’d rather live powerless for another 30+years (assuming I beat the mortality tables) vs. risk being a five minute Marvel/DC comic book character.

Am curious if readers would do it, though? I mean, that’s the million dollar question this film makes viewers wonder.

Jamie Foxx ++

Foxx is in my list of actors that star in films make me want to see them more. He can cross genres but seems to have his best work in dramas. He was cast well here, because he plays the military with fierce determination character well. There’s an intensity about Foxx that I enjoy watching.

Liked the idea more than the story

This happens far too frequently with movies on Netflix. They have some really compelling story ideas that just don’t execute as well as expected.

Reviews by Others

What do others think of Project Power?

Recommended

  1. DOC / EYG / Embrace Your Geekness: “…there is enough clever writing here and there, and the performances are really good that you can excuse the negatives connected to the plot.”
  2. Franz Patrick: “…delivers C+ entertainment when it is apparent the template is capable of delivering at higher levels.”
  3. Giadreams / The Movie My Life: “Watch Project Power.for a different take on the humans with superpowers story. I’m convinced that there are elements that will likely surprise you, in a good way.”
  4. JustJen / Sometimes Objective Opinions: “The concept of an unpredictable pill that grants you a random superpower… or kills you, is thrilling. However, despite the action and the rising stakes, I was rarely as stressed about the characters lives as I probably should have been.”
  5. Keith & The Movies (3.5/5): “…comes along during a time when we all could use a little escapism. It ends up being a fun, high-energy offering of big screen caliber action, timely dashes of humor, and a lively chemistry between its three stars. I also admire it for being a superhero(ish) movie that doesn’t adhere to any genre formula nor does it waste our time with yet another origin story.”
  6. madommasi: “What elevates this film is the centering of a young black girl (the ageless, brilliant Fishback) in the adventure. She is smarter than the adults and by turns courageous and compassionate. Fishback is luminous, bringing the blend of vulnerability and steel that she brought to her character Darlene in the Deuce.”
  7. Matt Hurt: “…an entertaining and fun action movie with some very impressive set pieces to enjoy.”
  8. No More Workhorse: “More intelligent than your average action film, well-paced and with three strong and well rounded main characters this should satisfy even the most ardent fan of the ‘in your face’ summer blockbuster.”
  9. The DC Review Blog: “A decent flick, but probably not a movie I’ll be rushing to re-watch anytime soon.”

Not Recommended

  1. Anish Oza (Grade: C-): “This movie is just entertaining but predictable screenplay and shabby writing make it a one time watch. Action sequences are also not up to the mark. The only things that stand out are the characters and background music.”
  2. Darren / The M0vie Blog: “The paranoid subtext in Project Power never truly has space to percolate as the characters bounce from one sequence to the next. There’s a short sequence in which Frank points out to Robin that all they have is Art’s conspiracy theories, and that those theories are unverifiable, but Project Power doesn’t leave any space for the uncertainty or ambiguity on which paranoid thrillers thrive.”
  3. Irfan Nordin: “…high-octane sci-fi-action-thriller about a drug-blighted New Orleans which boasts wild and crazy action sequences as well as a star-making performance in its black female lead; the film is never as good as its biggest and best ideas.”
  4. Moshfish Reviews: “This was a failure as a superhero movie, a failure as a deep-dive into race relations, and most importantly, a failure as a fun movie.”

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