This Week’s Finest Exhibits and Motion pictures: The Bachelorette Finale, Marvel Girl 1984
In my day, Christmas was a dead zone for television, with options like watching A Christmas Story play the 342nd or another holiday program on repetition. You children have it good these days! This week’s selection of the best shows and movies not only looks like every other week, it looks better too. COVID is a terrible, terrible thing, but the closure of theaters means two big blockbusters – Warner Bros. ‘Wonder Woman 1984 and Pixar’s Soul can be watched at home for free (provided you subscribe to the right streaming services). What’s more, Netflix knows the winter break is the perfect time for a binge, and puts one of the biggest dramas of the year in Shonda Rhimes’ Bridgerton. And wouldn’t you know One of my favorite comedies is also returning. Merry Christmas indeed.
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Monday and Tuesday (season finale!) At 8 / 7c on ABC
Tayshia Adams’ normal, normal, by no means unusual journey to find true love ends this week with a two-day Bachelorette finale on Monday and Tuesday. She narrowed the field down to just three men after a strange season in which she came off the Bachelorette bullpen to take over the helm of Bachelorette Clare Crawley, who left the show after meeting her one true love after some He had spent hours with her. Tayshia is perhaps the most deserved, normal bachelorette in the history of the series. So let’s watch her squirm through alternating bouts of exhilaration and heartbreak in the last two episodes before being pressured to accept a marriage proposal from a man they’ve never seen outside the resort. We are all under quarantine. The Bachelorette is the strangest show on television.
The midnight sky
Wednesday on Netflix
Well people, you did it again. Earth is an uninhabitable mayhem in this sci-fi drama of a grizzly, George Clooney, who plays a scientist in the Arctic who must warn a team of astronauts in space that the planet should not return. Everyone is just trying to survive, man, except the fate of humanity may depend on the astronauts finding another landing site so they have even more pressure to make it by tomorrow. The movie is bleak, but that doesn’t mean it’s not good. This looks like gravity mixed in with a post-apocalyptic movie.
Wonder Woman 1984
Friday on HBO max
Yeah, you wanted to see this on the big screen with a few hundred other screaming fans, but something happened and now it’s coming out on Christmas Day and you don’t even have to put on pants to watch it. In the expected sequel to the 2017 film, Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) and Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) face Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal) and Cheetah (Kristen Wiig) during the Cold War and have already received mostly positive reviews (but also) a few bad ones). This is the first of Warner Bros.’s major films trying simultaneous theatrical and home releases on HBO Max; Even if you don’t care about Wonder Woman 1984, you’ll want to see how it works as it can determine the way we watch movies forever.
Friday on Disney +
Instead of throwing a Christmas present for your child under the tree, turn on the TV and tell them that you gave them a personal screening of Pixar’s latest film Soul. Yes, you want a PlayStation 5, but do you really deserve it? Ehhhh. This is supposed to be a good movie, one of Pixar’s best ever. What does a PlayStation 5 have? Slightly better graphics than the PlayStation 4 they already have. Cyberpunk 2077 isn’t going to be any better on a PS5. Watch Soul.
Series premiere Friday on Netflix
The first fruit of Shonda Rhimes’ massive Netflix development deal falls on Christmas when her protégé Chris Van Dusen heads a spicy adaptation of Julia Quinn’s bestselling novel series. The historic piece accompanies Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) through her first season in London society and her rollercoaster ride of falling in love with a reluctant Duke (Rege-Jean Page). It also introduces us to the rest of the Bridgerton siblings and their immediate social circle as the elusive Lady Whistledown (voiced by Julie Andrews) mysteriously catalogs gossip for her anonymous column. Phew! It’s pride and prejudice meets Gossip Girl and Scandal in the most delicious way possible. Heads up – although the art makes it look like a humble Christmas party for the series, Shonda and Co. stay true to the spirit of the source material, and things get very steamy (read: butts) as you get further into the season. -Megan Vick
Season 9 premiered on Hulu on Saturday
Canada is known for its feel-good comedies like Schitt’s Creek and Kim’s Convenience, in which characters grow and learn lessons about life through their experiences with one another. Letterkenny isn’t. The cult comedy about a small Canadian town full of hicks, tweakers, hockey players, burly natives and not much else consists mostly of genital talk, drinking, fighting and whatever is going on in the minds of those crazy canucks, but not. Don’t let the topic fool you. Letterkenny is one of the smartest shows in the world, with fast-paced dialogue and puns that are essentially Shakespeare on speedballs. You will be quoting this show to your friends non-stop after one episode.
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