📺 In Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, tensions & temperatures escalate throughout the course of a recording session in 1920s Chicago. A band of musicians await the arrival of the Mother of the Blues, Ma Rainey. As Rainey clashes with her manager over control of her music, trumpeter Levee spurs his fellow musicians into revealing truths that will change all their lives. Led by stupendous performances from @ViolaDavis & Chadwick Boseman (sadly, his final role), alongside vibrant cinematography, music and costumes – this August Wilson adaptation is magnificent.
👀 Watch on: @netflixuk
👍🏼 This sharp and darkly comic British series follows the unravelling of pop star and actress Suzie Pickles after her nudes are hacked and uploaded online. Star and co-creator @BilliePiperdazzles with a raw, finely calibrated emotional journey through the dark side of celebrity. Each episode is structured around the eight phases of Suzie’s attempt to deal with her scandal and spiralling life (“Denial,” “Shame,” “Bargaining”, etc.) – and they’re heart wrenching, blackly funny and messily honest. This comedy-horror about friendship, fame, and the impossibility of privacy is a triumph.
👀 Watch on Sky Atlantic @skytv & @nowtv
📺 “All 5 films in Steve McQueen’s Small Axe anthology are masterpieces. Each offers a vivid and vibrant look into different aspects of London’s West Indian culture. But if you only had time to watch just one – I’d highly recommend the magical, romantic, boozy all-night reggae house party in ‘Lovers Rock’.”
👀 Watch on: @primevideouk & @BBCiPlayer
The Haunting of Bly Manor proves to be a worthy follow-up to Hill House, a chilling gothic romance both viscerally gripping and emotionally compelling.
Mike Flanagan is one of the finest horror filmmakers working today. From Gerald’s Game to Doctor Sleep, the auteur has proven his spooky chops. But perhaps none of his works have been as transcendent or as popular as The Haunting of Hill House. The 2018 series was an artistic marvel, imbuing genuine scares and breathtaking cinematic technicality with a heartbreaking, soul crushing tale of a family coping with grief, mental illness, addiction and trauma. Two years later, Flanagan has turned his Netflix hit into a seasonal anthology, following up with The Haunting of Bly Manor.
This eerie story is an amalgamation of Henry James’ literary works, with a particular emphasis on his 1898 novella The Turn of the Screw. Using several familiar actors from Hill House in new roles, Bly Manor unfolds another beautiful tragedy with meticulous attention to detail and characters more haunted than the house. But while Flanagan’s impeccable character work remains, this second season is an entirely different beast.
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Anya Taylor-Joy @anyataylorjoy delivers a stunning performance as Beth Harmon, an orphan in the 1950s who grows up to earn accolades as a chess prodigy. Adapted from Walter Tevis’ novel, this Scott Frank miniseries takes a poignant story of identity, trauma, and competition – and elevates it into something incredibly captivating. Equal parts sports narrative, period piece, coming of age story, and a character study of the line between genius and psychosis – The Queen’s Gambit tracks the troubled grandmaster’s highs and lows through striking visuals and sensitive storytelling.
👀 Watch on @netflixuk