As typical, we began off the week by surveying the Polygon workers to see what folks have been watching — whether or not they’re on high of the newest cultural controversy a couple of virally fashionable Netflix sequence, discovering an animated gem forward of the newest season, or educating themselves in older style classics.
And as typical, the solutions vary broadly, as some folks take a look at what’s new and fashionable on streaming companies, and a few return to previous favorites. Here are some ideas on what we’re having fun with watching proper now, and what you may take pleasure in watching as properly.
I lastly bought round to watching HBO’s Perry Mason. I’d heard many nice issues concerning the pseudo-prequel of the basic detective sequence, together with our personal constructive evaluation. I’d additionally heard the pilot had a behavior of splicing in profoundly disturbing pictures of a useless child, its lifeless eyes sewn open. No thanks.
I postpone the present for the whole season till I lastly had the abdomen to observe the premiere. As anticipated, I loved the present and hated the useless child sequences, which have been grotesque however under no circumstances added to the expertise. Call me quaint, however the suggestion of a useless baby is horrific sufficient for me to really feel compassion for its mother and father and the detective decided to crack the case of its dying. I’m certain cinema purists will despise this fantasy, however I want the present got here with a “no images of the dead baby” possibility, just like the brand new online game Grounded, which lets gamers take away spider imagery from the sport to make the journey extra accessible. I’m not calling for censorship. I’m simply asking for an possibility, one which brings extra folks right into a present slightly than giving them a cause to remain out.
Perry Mason has so many scrumptious components: the 1930s Los Angeles setting, tawdry Hollywood drama, a compelling thriller, the faces of Matthew Rhys and Shea Whigham. I’m trying ahead to watching extra. Hopefully my enjoyment isn’t spoiled by chest-aching horror.
Perry Mason is streaming on HBOMax.
And all the pieces else we’re watching…
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
In the wake of 9/11, Stephan Elliott’s 1994 highway journey film was reportedly one of the programmed motion pictures on TV networks all over the world, which hoped to counter excessive grief with absolute pleasure. I can see why: Following two drag queens a transgender girl as they bus across the Australian outback, the film is bursting with a love for all times and the potential of our wildest goals.
The film stars a younger Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce as two showgirls, and the legendary Terence Stamp as their elder matriarch Bernadette, as they drive cross-country for the most important gig of their lives. Along the best way, they sing, they dance, they drink means an excessive amount of, they sit atop their tour bus to let flowing robes soar throughout the empty desert, and so they overcome the skeptical crowds of small city Australia, who see the trio because the embodiment of the AIDS disaster. Their razzle dazzle can’t be stopped.
A contemporary model of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert would seemingly forged homosexual and trans actors to fill the primary roles, however underneath the path of Elliott, himself a homosexual man, Weaving, Pearce, and particularly Stamp carry out flamboyant routines and mirror on their turbulent lives with the utmost grace, by no means stumbling into caricature that a lot of American movie and TV struggled with within the ‘90s. The movie has its flaws — on a side quest, the girls encounter a young Asian woman whose performance amounts to some truly awful, stereotypical shtick — but for the 90 minutes when it isn’t stumbling, it’s flying excessive on glitter and glam. Years earlier than Drag Race grew to become a global phenomenon, this film was celebrating and indulging within the spectacle of drag, and sure, doing it with the required quantity of ABBA. —Matt Patches
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is streaming with adverts on Tubi TV and Vudu.
Despite being a self-proclaimed Goth Queen and a lover of all issues macabre, my massive secret confession is that I can rely the quantity of horror motion pictures I’ve watched on one hand. But after 5 months of quarantine, I lastly determined it was time to enterprise into this unexplored style. To begin, I settled on Candyman, since scary stuff at all times comes simpler to me if packaged in a metaphor for societal injustice (plus, I’m intrigued by the sequel nonetheless set to come back out later this 12 months).
Candyman is creepy with out relying closely on the weather which have at all times turned me away from horror (ie, overly extreme gore and soar scares), constructing a way of foreboding environment with the assistance of an extremely chilling rating by Phillip Glass. Also, I by no means bought why folks have been, like, in love with slashers from horror motion pictures until I met Candyman. Yes, Candyman … I might be your sufferer. —Petrana Radulovic
Candyman is streaming on Netflix.
I’ve heard good issues about Disney XD’s rebooted DuckTales, however I don’t have youngsters so it was by no means actually on my radar. But after watching a delightful Variety interview with DuckTales stars Bobby Moynihan, Ben Schwartz, and Toks Olagundoye, my husband and I made a decision to provide the present a strive. Turns out, it’s a delight. Schwartz, Moynihan, and Community’s Danny Pudi voice the younger duck triplets, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, who go on adventures with their great-uncle Scrooge McDuck (David Tennant).
Maybe it’s simply Tennant’s voice, however DuckTales jogs my memory of Doctor Who at its greatest — an eccentric adventurer is accompanied by charming companions as they “might solve a mystery/or rewrite history” because the theme music guarantees. The triplets serve the identical story objective as they did within the unique sequence — they’re mischievous and rambunctious and curious, inflicting bother for Scrooge as usually as they assist him out — however the rebooted Huey, Dewey, and Louie every have distinct personalities and motivations, which provides the episodes just a little extra depth. —Emily Heller
DuckTales is streaming on Disney Plus.
I’d been eyeing Infinity Train for some time, however didn’t chunk the bullet (practice) till trip this final week. In a nutshell: A younger woman is trapped on an countless practice, every automotive holds a unique and unusual world, she meets allies, overcomes baddies, grows as an individual, tries to get house. This transient description undersells a relentlessly artistic and classy present that isn’t afraid to place massive concepts and horror trappings in entrance of children.
But what I would love most about Infinity Train is its format: Short seasons of brisk 10-minute episodes. You’ll by no means be capable to predict what a brand new automotive incorporates, or the place a brand new episode goes. The story strikes, and so does the storytelling. The primary setup of Infinity Train might have gone on ceaselessly, Sliders or Quantum Leap type, however as a substitute the creators buttoned up their essential character’s arc in a single season. The second season delves deeper into the world of the Train with an nearly completely new set of characters and conflicts, and I’m having fun with it simply as a lot as the primary. If you catch up, a 3rd season simply premiered final week, and is ready for you on the finish of the tunnel. —Susana Polo
Infinity Train is streaming on HBO Max.
Lu Over the Wall
After rewatching Masaaki Yuasa’s bizarre, wild anime film Ride Your Wave so I might write about it for its American launch, I figured I ought to atone for his different motion pictures — he’s sufficient of a phenomenon that I might see I used to be lacking out on one thing. Fortunately, Lu Over the Wall is definitely out there on Netflix. At first blush, I actually thought this was simply Yuasa’s reskinning of Hayao Miyazaki’s Ponyo. After all, it’s one other anime movie a couple of small, wide-eyed, shape-changing mermaid who falls for a human boy and obsesses over him, to the purpose the place her bizarre, protecting father will get concerned, and to the purpose the place the ocean rises up and goes wild in response.
But Lu has a complete lot of unusual, stunning texture that Ponyo doesn’t. The supposed protagonist, Kai, is a moist blanket of an adolescent, a monosyllabic zombie from a household of dialed-down males who’ve seemingly given up on their lives. But because the story progresses into visually and conceptually greater materials, it seems that Kai, his father, and his grandfather all had their very own ambitions and emotional hyperlinks that also function inside them. Lu Over the Wall begins out as a teen-band fantasy a couple of magical creature, and opens up right into a surprisingly candy and passionate story about pissed off ambitions, misplaced loves, concern of failure, childhood trauma, dwelling in sync with the setting, the concern of by no means escaping your hometown, and a complete lot extra. Oh, and the animation begins out acquainted and turns into an unpredictable kaleidoscope of expressively melty our bodies and explosive motion. —Tasha Robinson