I checked out what people ate this week. New subscribers to Disney+, which launched ten days ago, got lost in the platform’s catalog, watching everything from current favorites (“Andor”) to recent movies they missed (“Soul”) to classics from their childhood (“The Rescuers “) “).
Then there are the cinematic releases — “The Menu” with Ralph Fiennes and Anya Taylor-Joy which qualifies as both horror and dark comedy with a touch of social commentary. I felt like this was the kind of movie I needed to watch with a companion – I need someone to laugh/shudder/get tired and shake with.
“Triangle of Sadness,” another critically acclaimed dark comedy is out, with actress Dolly de Leon gracing the local red carpet. There’s “Bones and All” which my friend Jackie is excited to see – Wikipedia classifies it as an “old romantic horror” and the blurb on Esquire’s site calls it a “Timothée Chalamet Cannibal Movie”.
On Netflix, the series finale of “Dead to Me” and season five of its heavy hit “The Crown” are also out. I have to say that season four of “The Crown” is going to be such a tough act to follow with its storyline and the actors who got all these acting nominations and awards – Olivia Coleman (Queen Elizabeth), Helena Bonham Carter (Princess Margaret), Gillian Anderson (Margaret Thatcher), Emma Corrin (Diana Spencer), Josh O’Connor (Prince Charles) and Tobias Menzies (Prince Philip).
I ended up with the series currently in first place on the service, ahead of both “Dead to Me” and “The Crown” — “1899.” Series creators Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar are best known for their previous work, “Dark”.
Maura Franklin, a doctor, is a passenger on the Kerberos, a ship traveling from Europe to New York with people from all over the world (and maybe other worlds too) — Spanish siblings, a Chinese mother and daughter, a French couple, a Polish boiler room worker, a German captain, a Danish family on the lower deck, etc
There is a mysterious quality to these passengers. Maura herself is already trying to piece together a puzzle involving her missing brother who she believes was on a ship called the Prometheus.
After four months of being lost at sea, Kerberos catches a signal from Prometheus and things get stranger, scarier, foggier and more mysterious.
This show is good if you like puzzles, and if you like the work of HP Lovecraft where some supernatural horror or the loss of your sanity might be just around the corner and poking around might lead to discoveries you might wish you hadn’t. do; there’s also a late 1800s setting with all the temptation to have this whole enterprise go steampunk.
We’re heading towards Christmas but there’s still so much more on our screens. When this is released, “Wednesday” will also be out on Netflix. Now, to actually find the time and maybe even companions to enjoy these with.