We’re officially in the depths of summer — the springtime TV flood has receded, and the weirder TV shows are starting to pop up on streaming devices like Netflix, Hulu, and HBO Max. Oh and before we forget: Weird things He also returns to finish the fourth installment. Turn on the air conditioner and check out the most interesting stuff – new and old – coming to air this month…
New to broadcast in July
A selection of upcoming movies and TV shows this month ringer very excited about.
Weird thingsSeason 4: Volume 2 (July 1, Netflix)
Miles Sarri: After three years of layoffs, exacerbated by the epidemic, Weird things Finally back in our lives. For Netflix, which can really take a win after suffering the worst setbacks of the streaming era, the series couldn’t have come back at a better time. And in some ways, it seems so Weird things It never left: ’80s nostalgia is still going strong, Hawkins is still a very dangerous place to live, and kids (i.e. teens) continue to point out supernatural entities from the Upside Down through the prism of Dungeons & Dragons. (Let’s hear it for Vecna.) But four seasons in, Weird things Evolution, too: The latest release expands the scope beyond Hawkins, presents the show’s most compelling villain to date, and boasts special effects that rival blockbuster movies.
Last night in Soho (July 1, HBO Max)
Gucci House (July 2, Amazon Prime)
Adam Nieman: To get it out of the way: As Maurizio’s ominous, clothes-hugging cousin, Paolo – a black sheep who can use the shear, a lookalike of Fredo Corleone – Jared Leto is so outrageous that he erases the duo between good and bad acting. Either he deserves an Oscar, or he should be sent to The Hague. Miserable and pockmarked, thready, bald, staring at his clothes from beneath the seams of prosthetics – Leto abides perfectly: in a family defined by a certain bespoke elegance, Paolo wears his failings up his sleeve. “He’s an idiot, but he’s an idiot,” explains his long-suffering father Aldo (Al Pacino), who seems frustrated that he hasn’t conveyed his werewolf brilliance. The balance between indignation and pity in the relationship is promising, but any real feeling fades whenever Leto presents his dialogue in a quiet, lyrical tone — and it is all the time. This isn’t just a pseudo-Italian accent – it’s like a meta-commentation on pseudo-Italian accents. “I’m going to shave, like pigeons,” Paolo exclaimed at one point, and, of course, he is funny. However, the question as to whether the joke is about the character, the actor, or the audience is open.
under the surface of the mediterranean seaSeason 7 (The Peacock)
Toka and BertieSeason 3 (July 11, HBO Max)
Alison Hermann: The show is in many ways the same: it remains the unmistakable vision of creator Lisa Hanwalt, an illustrator and comedian who has spent seven seasons building a world Bojack Horseman. Bojack Created by Raphael Bob Waxberg, a childhood friend of Hanawalt (now executive producer on Toka and Bertie) and was inspired by Hanawalt’s signature aesthetic: anthropomorphic animals that walk, talk, and experience human-like existential crises. But for fans of Hanawalt’s solo works – collected in volumes like Hot dog taste test And the Wolf Doggirl–Toka and Bertie It is an unfiltered expression of Hanawalt’s work. The show follows the adventures of its title characters, two of bird’s best friends in their thirties: Toka (Tiffany Haddish), a boisterous and energetic toucan new to sobriety, and Bertie (Ali Wong), a nervous songbird with a passion for baking and living. With her boyfriend Spikele (Stephen Yun).
What do we do in the shade?season 4 (July 12, Hulu)
I will see: What do we do in the shade? It is a genius work of stupid art. Based on the 2014 fantasy film of the same name created by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, the series follows the mundane bickering of a group of vampires living under the same roof on Staten Island. As Nandor vampires, Nadja, and Laszlo – for centuries – struggle to navigate modern life, the closest thing that should be in the show to a comprehensive story line is Nandor’s familiar Guillermo (essentially a personal assistant) who wants to become a vampire, while also calculating The fact that he is a descendant of Van Helsing. (He learned that petting vampires came to him as naturally as holding grudges on Michael Jordan.)
Virgin Riversseason 4 (July 20, Netflix)
sh rap! T (July 21, HBO Max)
gray man (July 22, Netflix)
I will see: gray man– CIA agent (Ryan Gosling) has an offense to set up a confrontation with another agent (Chris Evans) who was stalking him – promoted as the beginning of a potential Netflix franchise, on a huge scale similar to James Bond. Seeing how far the Russo brothers have fared with the MCU, Netflix is definitely hoping for another crowd-pleasing scene located comfortably in their wheelhouse. (Gosling is also an intriguing actor, seeing as he’s one of the few remaining A-listers in Hollywood who hasn’t starred in a superhero movie.)
Some new things you may have missed
Since it’s hard to keep up with everything, here are a few things that premiered relatively recently that might be worth catching up.
The bear (Hulu)
Charles Holmes: The bear knows what it is. That shouldn’t be enough to hail a show as one of the best shows of the year in our current Ragnarök content, but the bar is so low that it belongs downstairs. Instead of 60 minutes of high-end TV stuffing, The bear It settles down and grows in 30 minutes. Instead of vulgar jokes about chefs spitting food, The bear He finds humor in the most dangerous terrain of personal trauma. Every member of the cast, whether it’s with the blazing misery of Jeremy Allen White’s Carmese or the abrasive charisma of Ritchie Ebon Moss Batchrush, does enough to shine without distracting from the set… at any time. The bear On the verge of an easier and more predictable decision, he veers into something more interesting – even if imperfect.
old man (Hulu)
Mrs. Marvell (Disney +)
Daniel Chen: Mrs. Marvell It offers an interesting contrast with moon knightAnd the The Oscar Isaac-led series marked Marvel Studios’ first attempt to introduce a new title character in their Disney+ show. Not only Mrs. Marvell Much lighter in tone, but also so loaded with MCU references that its credit sequence features the Trust a Bro Moving Company truck from hookwhile moon knight Make room for a few small hints to the MCU throughout the entire season. The new series carries enough signals to hook up frequent MCU watchers through fan service alone… all the Avengers fanfare can only take on a new character so far, and Mrs. Marvell She soon begins to build a stand-alone story by exploring the obstacles Kamala faces as she tries to balance her life at home and at school along with newfound abilities unlocked by the mysterious bangle she snatched from the family’s attic.
Umbrella AcademySeason 3 (Netflix)
WestworldSeason 4 (HBO Max)
Hermann: over three seasons, Westworld Over and over again a series of seismic setbacks. First, the “hosts” of the theme park of the same name have acquired senses; Then they turned against their guests of flesh and blood. Finally, he totally survived – bringing the robot revolution to the real world and raising the stakes accordingly. Last season even ended with the murder of a major character, a commitment its creators insisted it stick to. every-time, Westworld Impresses the audience with a trip into uncharted territory.