I was thinking of posting one of those “How To Watch . . .” pieces for you in reference to my current streaming crushes, and then I remembered something. I hate those fucking pieces. So instead, I’ll call this short little trip “What to Watch Before you Die!”. Which is some seriously dramatic sounding shit come to think of it, so never mind on that one.
Let’s just call this list, Stream a Little Stream or A Big Streaming Bowl of Shows! or Stream Weaver or Stream On or . . . okay, I’ll stick with the title I came in on and just get to dishing up this month’s fare.
Unorthodox- It’s the first Netflix series to be primarily in Yiddish. This four episode miniseries follows nineteen year old Jewish woman Esty, who decides that Ultra-Orthodox life just ain’t for her. So she flees to Berlin. And while I’m not completely enthralled after one episode, it has a “chase flick” feel to it, what with the community elders ready to send their posse after her.
Goliath- I must’ve bypassed this Billy Bob Thornton show on Amazon Prime a thousand times, seeing as how it’s stuck to my main screen. Welp, I’m glad I finally decided to check it out because it’s snarky and smart and Billy Bob knows how to play down and out genius like few others. Double B is a lawyer who no longer needs to pass the bar, so he hangs out in one instead. And then along comes a huge enchilada of a case that will pit him against the platinum revolver law firm that ditched his ass. What’s not to love?
WACO- This miniseries appeared on something called the Paramount Network a couple years ago, but it has caught fire since being picked up by Netflix. I devoured the six episodes in no time flat, because nothing grabs my attention quite like a bunch of gun toting Jesus cultists holed up in a Texas compound. The performances- including Michael Shannon as an FBI negotiator- are great, but I warn you . . if you aren’t up on this fifty one day siege, read up before you watch. The ending marks one of the darkest days in the history of the US government.
Narcos: Mexico- Another show I came in on late, but just in time. As a huge fan of the original show, which followed the rise of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar in Colombia . . I didn’t give Mexico much chance of matching it and I was right. It surpasses the original. Diego Luna plays Felix “El Padrino” Gallardo, the former boss of the Guadalajara Cartel, to such stone cold perfection, he’d make Michael Corleone shiver in his three piece. When did Netflix become this kind of money?
Tiger King- Okay . . so who didn’t check this one out?
Hunters- Comic book shtick writing, seventies fashion and Nazi hunters? How could I go wrong? Well, the show gave me the time release answer to this question. Because in spite of a solid cast and coo soundtrack . . the ending pissed me off so much that I have to move on to the next show.
The Wire- Best one last, and of course it follows my MO in that I came to this show late. As in more than a decade after its last episode aired late. And you know what? That’s okay, because to see a baby faced Michael B Jordan was worth it right there. This show is first ballot Hall of Fame, pulled from the front pages and police logs stuff, with writing that is second to nothing else I’ve seen. There’s really little need to give any more props to a show many consider the greatest ever made. So Imma get back to watching instead.