There is certainly a morbid quality lurking underneath the surface when it comes to Elizabeth Moss. If you are a fan of this talented actress’s other performances, like in “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “The Invisible Man,” and “Top of the Lake,” then prepare for more of the same in “Shining Girls.” Warning — this show is ironically named.
In short, Moss portrays a lady who is trying to track down the criminal who has already attacked her. There is one catch though — her character keeps ending up in alternate realities. The person who got her and the case itself are the only things that stay the same throughout. It goes without saying, but Moss is fantastic in the role. Oh by the way, Leonardo DiCaprio produced the show — another reason to watch it.
Lessons in Chemistry
This adaptation of Bonnie Garmus' novel of the same name is set against the backdrop of the '60s patriarchal society. It follows the life of the chemist, portrayed by Brie Larson, who finds herself out of work and all alone following an unexpected pregnancy. This show has a lot of drama at its core, but despite its serious intentions, "Lessons in Chemistry" also has a lot of humor.
Larson gave a stunning performance with her character's journey from zero to hero, as she ultimately gets to host a cooking show, in which she teaches the desperate housewives at the time a lot more than just cooking. The timeline may be jumpy, and the perspective may be shifting, but somehow, the messy structure creates some of the most touching moments.
"Boys State" was probably one of the best documentaries to come out of 2020. It chronicles the 'Boys State' summer camp from Texas that the American Legion sponsors. In this annual camp, over 1000 boy high schools assemble to make their own two-party government, which gets kitted out with actual elections, voting, and, of course, smearing campaigns.
It sheds light on what the future of America could be like with the pitfalls of the current political system in the States, and it also exhibits the hyper-masculinity that defines a lot of teenage boys nowadays. Beyond all of that, the filmmaking is superbly stunning, almost making it feel like a scripted movie over an independent doc, which we think is a major compliment in this case. If you enjoyed "Kid Nation" or "Lord of the Flies," then we'd bet you're going to love this one.
"Swagger" is potentially one of the most underrated dramas that Apple has ever created. This heartfelt drama series tells the tale of a youngster as he navigates through the rough waters of possibly becoming a superstar in the world of sport. It's staggering to see the amount of people who want a piece of the young man who seems like he could be the next NBA golden boy like LeBron James.
It sounds like it could be cheesy, but to let the truth stand out, the writers of the show have ensured that melodrama wasn't too much to handle. Furthermore, the cast of the series knew exactly how to tie it all together to create this underdog of a show.
Cha Cha Real Smooth
Cooper Raiff has recently had a hot Hollywood moment. In 2022, he made it onto Variety's list of directors to keep an eye on, and he was barely even in his thirties. In 2022, the young director, writer, and actor of "Cha Cha Real Smooth" also managed to bag an Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival.
In this flick, he plays the lovable Andrew, who manages to earn himself a job as a party starter at a bar and bat mitzvah venue, thanks to his charismatic charm. He ends up falling in love with one of the mothers, played by the legendary Dakota Johnson. This coming-of-age dramedy is bound to render a few laughs and tears along the way for anyone who dares to give it a chance.