Streaming Picks: May 2019

FILMS
Top Picks
Suspiria (2018) – Prime 5/3
Crash (2005) – Hulu and Prime 5/5
Moonlight – Netflix 5/21
While Luca Guadagnino’s remake of Dario Argento’s classic horror flick (my all-time favorite, in fact) isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, it takes his premise – an American ballet student discovers her school is actually a coven of witches – and goes in wildly different directions with it. Some of it works and some of it doesn’t, but it’s certainly an unsettling and unforgettable experience.

Now, I’m only trolling a little bit by recommending Paul Haggis’ much-maligned Best Picture winner here, but I’ve defended the film at length already. But give it another chance with an open mind, especially considering how much better it is than our most recent Best Picture winner.

Of course none of these compare to Moonlight, the rare Best Picture winner that actually deserved it. Barry Jenkins’ breakthrough film is one of the best of the decade: a heartbreaking triptych about a boy growing up poor, black and queer in South Florida.

Recent Selections
Welcome to Mercy – Hulu 5/1
Painkillers – Hulu 5/4
The Clovehitch Killer – Hulu 5/4
Unicorn – Hulu 5/5
Hillbilly – Hulu 5/8
Action Point – Hulu and Prime 5/9
Above Majestic – Hulu 5/11
Driver X – Hulu 5/11
Funny Cow – Hulu 5/11
One Million American Dreams – Hulu 5/11
Swimming with Men – Hulu 5/11
A Breath Away – Hulu 5/15
Astral – Hulu 5/15
Egg – Hulu 5/15
Getting Grace – Hulu 5/15
Bernie the Dolphin – Hulu 5/21
Backtrace – Hulu 5/23
Against the Clock – Hulu 5/23
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms – Netflix 5/24

Originals
Knock Down the House – Netflix 5/1
Manifik 2 – Netflix 5/1
A pesar de todo – Netflix 5/3
Dead to Me – Netflix 5/3
Jo Pil-ho: The Dawning Rage – Netflix 5/3
The Last Summer – Netflix 5/3
Dry Martina – Netflix 5/10
Gente que viene y bah – Netflix 5/10
Shéhérazade – Netflix 5/10
Wine Country – Netflix 5/10
Malibu Rescue – Netflix 5/13
Yardie – Prime 5/15
Good Sam – Netflix 5/16
Morir para contar – Netflix 5/17
See You Yesterday – Netflix 5/17
Joy – Netflix 5/24
The Perfection – Netflix 5/24
Rim of the World – Netflix 5/24
Chopsticks – Netflix 5/30
Svaha: The Sixth Finger – Netflix 5/30
Always Be My Maybe – Netflix 5/31

NEW SHOWS & SPECIALS
Top Picks
Catch-22 – Hulu 5/17
Fleabag (Season 2) – Prime 5/17
When They See Us – Netflix 5/31
The big three streaming services try to get their Emmy bids in under the wire. First up is Hulu’s adaptation of Joseph Heller’s war satire (already made into a terrific film by Mike Nichols), produced, directed by and starring George Clooney. Phoebe Waller-Bridge returns with an unexpected second season of Fleabag, her tremendous pitch-black comedy. And Ava DuVernay continues her fruitful relationship with Netflix, delivering a miniseries on the trial of the Central Park Five on the last day of Emmy eligibility.

Originals
Into the Dark: All That We Destroy – Hulu 5/1
All in My Family – Netflix 5/3
Alles ist gut – Netflix 5/3
Cupcake & Dino: General Services (Season 2) – Netflix 5/3
Dead to Me – Netflix 5/3
Flinch – Netflix 5/3
The Last Summer – Netflix 5/3
True and the Rainbow Kingdom (Season 3) – Netflix 5/3
Tuca & Bertie (Season 1) – Netflix 5/3
Undercover (Season 1) – Netflix 5/3
Abyss – Netflix 5/6
Lucifer (Season 4) – Netflix 5/8
Easy (Season 3) – Netflix 5/10
Harvey Girls Forever! (Season 2) – Netflix 5/10
Jailbirds – Netflix 5/10
ReMastered: The Lion’s Share – Netflix 5/10
Sneaky Pete (Season 3) – Prime 5/10
The Society – Netflix 5/10
Wishenpoof! (Season 2, Part 3) – Prime 5/10
Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj (Volume 3) – Netflix 5/12
Revisions – Netflix 5/14
1994 – Netflix 5/17
Chip & Potato – Netflix 5/17
It’s Bruno – Netflix 5/17
Nailed It! (Season 3) – Netflix 5/17
The Rain (Season 2) – Netflix 5/17
Well Intended Love – Netflix 5/17
White Gold (Season 2) – Netflix 5/17
Prince of Peoria (Part 2) – Netflix 5/20
A Tale of Two Kitchens – Netflix 5/22
One Night in Spring – Netflix 5/22
Slasher: Solstice – Netflix 5/23
After Maria – Netflix 5/24
Alta Mar – Netflix 5/24
She’s Gotta Have It (Season 2) – Netflix 5/24
What/If – Netflix 5/24
Bad Blood (Season 2) – Netflix 5/31
Black Spot (Season 2) – Netflix 5/31
Good Omens (Season 1) – Prime 5/31
How to Sell Drugs Online Fast (Season 1) – Netflix 5/31
Killer Ratings – Netflix 5/31
The Mechanism (Season 2) – Netflix TBD

OLD SHOWS
Roswell, New Mexico (Season 1) – Netflix 5/1
Colony (Season 3) – Netflix 5/2
Supernatural (Season 14) – Netflix 5/3
Drunk History (Season 6, Part 1) – Hulu 5/4
My Hero Academia (Season 3, Part 1) – Hulu 5/7
Queen of the South (Season 3) – Netflix 5/7
Pose (Season 1) – Netflix 5/10
Claws (Season 2) – Hulu 5/12
Angels of Death (Season 1) – Hulu 5/13
The Durrells in Corfu (Season 3) – Prime 5/17
Poldark (Season 4) – Prime 5/17
Rosario Tijeras (Season 2) – Netflix 5/20
Arrow (Season 7) – Netflix 5/21
Preacher (Season 3) – Hulu 5/21
The Flash (Season 5) – Netflix 5/22
Baywatch (Complete Series) – Hulu 5/23
Riverdale (Season 3) – Netflix 5/23
Broad City (Season 5) – Hulu 5/27
Outlander (Seasons 1-2) – Netflix 5/27
The Terror (Season 1) – Hulu 5/29
Angie Tribeca (Season 4) – Hulu 5/30
Charmed (Season 1) – Netflix TBD
Legends of Tomorrow (Season 4) – Netflix TBD
Supergirl (Season 4) – Netflix TBD

COMEDY SPECIALS
Top Pick
Historical Roasts – Netflix 5/27
Good or bad, I am going to watch anything Jeff Ross does. Insult comics have been around for decades, but Ross turns his jabs into a work of art, and can do it on the fly. It’s an incredible skill to watch. So even if this apes both Epic Rap Battles of History and Drunk History, this should still be a laugh riot for fans of history and comedy.

Other Specials
Still Laugh-In: The Stars Celebrate – Netflix 5/14
Saverio Raimondo: Il Satiro Parlante – Netflix 5/17
Wanda Sykes: Not Normal – Netflix 5/21

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