Every Friday since we launched in 2012, American Craft Beer has published Weekend Picks, a compendium of entertainment suggestions that we thought might be fun…
But now with a nation sheltering in place we’re rethinking our approach and turning our attention to streaming options and TV shows that will keep you from climbing up the walls.
Contagion (Amazon Prime)
Okay, we get that this is not where many of you might want to go this weekend.
But this Steven Soderbergh directed thriller, which in spite of its big name actors (Kate Winslet, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne) never really found an audience when it was released in 2011, is currently one of Amazon Prime’s most watched steamers…for obvious reasons.
If you’ve yet to catch up with this trippy HBO series when it debuted last October…Now’s the time.
Based on the celebrated graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, but given a unique new spin by Damon Lindelof (Lost, The Leftovers) who also served as an executive producer, the exciting and dark “Watchmen” takes place in Tulsa, Okla., 34 years after the original story.
Set in the comic’s alternate history of the 20th century where vigilantes, once seen as heroes, have been outlawed due to their violent methods, Angela Abar (who is awesome), stars as a cop who adopts the identity of Sister Night to fight crime and racism in a brave new world of secret superheroes.
The Boys (Amazon Prime)
More superheroes, but an entirely different take…
Inspired by a popular comic book of the same name, The Boys is set in a universe where super-powered individuals are recognized as heroes by the general public and owned by powerful corporation Vought International, which markets and monetizes them.
But beyond their heroic personas, most of these superheroes are arrogant and corrupt and “The Boys,” a team of ragtag vigilantes who despise all super powered people, is out to get them.
One of the things that we love about this exciting new age of streaming television is its global reach and fearless willingness to go sometimes insane places…So why not a politically-tinged zombie invasion thriller set in 16th century Korea?
Based on the Korean web-comic Land of the Gods by author Kim Eun-hee and now in its season, Kingdom is a mind-blowing hybrid. Think The Walking Dead meets the History Channel, only scarier…
Giri / Haji (Netflix)
Don’t let the Japanese title scare you off this international gangster drama which pivots nimbly between languages, as it does Tokyo and London, is about as smart and fun as it gets.
Directed with an almost Tarantino snap, but not nearly as self-conscious Giri / Haji, which translates to Duty / Shame follows the exploits of a Japanese police officer sent to London to track down his is mob-assassin brother as a yakuza war threatens to engulf Tokyo.
A dark, witty and daring examination of morality and redemption Giri / Haji goes unexpected places like a theatrical dream sequence near the end of the series that involves the entire international cast.