At the weekend you finally get to devote yourself to a new series or film. But then the question often arises: What should I watch? TECHNOLOGY BUTTON has obtained series and film recommendations and reveals what to watch this weekend.
- Our series tips for the streaming marathon
- Our film tips for the streaming weekend
Our series tips for the streaming marathon
Cobra Kai (Seasons 1–3) | Netflix
You don’t have to be a fan of the old “Karate Kid” films to like “Cobra Kai”. The series continues to tell the story 34 years after the All-Valley karate tournament, but it works perfectly and in itself even without film knowledge. At the center of the plot is again the Karate Kid aka Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio), who is no longer a child from the poor outskirts, but runs a large car dealership. On the other hand, the character of his former opponent Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), who has gone from high school bully to divorced alcoholic, is now also illuminated.
It was more by chance that he intervened when the teenager Miguel Diaz (Xolo Mariduena) was beaten up by fellow students. The boy then declares Johnny to be his Sensei and encourages him to revive his old karate dojo Cobra Kai. This revives the enmity with Daniel, who from now on runs Miyagi-do and not only teaches his own daughter Samantha (Mary Mouser) there – who meets with Miguel to his displeasure – but also Johnny’s son Robbie (Tanner Buchanan), who has a difficult relationship with his father. The series started as a YouTube original, but has since been taken over by Netflix; the third season was released in January 2021, a fourth is being planned.
The Wilds (Season 1) | Amazon Video
Well-known scenario completely reworked: After a plane crash, a group of young women is stuck on a lonely island. There they have to fight not only against hostile nature and their survival, but also against their own past and group dynamics. A bit of “Lost” mixed with “Lord of the Flies”, “Gossip Girl” and “Maze Runner”. The first season was released last month on Amazon Prime Video, a second season has already been confirmed by the streaming provider.
Lupin (Season 1) | Netflix
In 1995 a Senegalese immigrant worked as a chauffeur for a wealthy family. When an expensive necklace disappears, he is accused of theft, thrown in jail and ultimately kills himself. He leaves his 14-year-old son Assane Diop behind. In the present, the boy from back then (played by Omar Sy) has grown up and is a shrewd thief. His actions are based on the master thief Arsène Lupine, who is known from literature. When the necklace that his father is said to have stolen appears again, he does everything in his power to solve the case. He proves time and time again that he is always one step ahead of the police and yet the noose is tightening around him – including that of his adversary, who if necessary also walks over corpses.
His Dark Materials (Seasons 1–2) | Sky
The “Golden Compass” trilogy by Philip Pullman was very popular, unfortunately a first film version flopped. The series “His Dark Materials” made it all the better. The young Lyra Belacqua (Dafne Keen) lives in a world in which humans have an animal companion called a daemon. In children, these beings still change shape. When her best friend disappears and the mysterious Marisa Coulter (Ruth Wilson) shows up, her life is turned upside down. Lyra embarks on an adventurous journey to find her friend and also her father, the researcher Lord Asriel (James McAvoy). Sky released the second season last month, which (spoilers) spans the arc to our world.
Disenchantment (Seasons 1–3) | Netflix
With “Disenchantment” on Netflix, the Simpsons creators have another animated series that is well worth seeing. The very hard-drinking Princess Bean lives in the medieval kingdom of Dreamland. Bean more or less stumbles from one conflict to the next. Rejecting husbands, creating the elixir of life, avoiding a ritual sacrifice – the atypical heroine is really spared nothing. The third season was just released on Netflix.
The Queen’s Gambit (Season 1 with 7 Episodes) | Netflix
This streaming tip is aimed at anyone who either hasn’t caught the hype or is still wondering whether they really want to do a series about chess. We are of course talking about “The Queen’s Gambit”. And in both of the above cases, the absolute recommendation is: Just take a look! The plot is as simple as it is coherent and complex.
The young Elizabeth “Beth” Harmon (played by Isla Johnston as a child, later by Anya Taylor-Joy) was sent to an orphanage in Kentucky after her mother died in the 1950s. There she discovers chess for herself and plays with the cranky caretaker Mr. Shaibel (Bill Camp) in the basement. Thanks to her extraordinary talent and ambition and later with the support of her adoptive mother Alma (Marielle Heller), she made the leap into the male-dominated professional chess sport. Her goal is clear: she wants to be the best and beat Russian Vasily Borgov (Marcin Dorocinski). But there is a long way to go and the pressure is growing. Beth has been countering this since childhood with medication and later also alcohol. The seven episode series can be seen on Netflix.
Our film tips for the streaming weekend
The Prom | Netflix
The musical tragic comedy “The Prom” by Ryan Murphy is really fantastic cast with Meryl Streep, James Corden and Nicole Kidman. But the story itself is also worth seeing: The homosexual student Emma Nolan (Jo Ellen Pellman) wants nothing more than to go to the prom of her high school with her friend – an absurdity in conservative Indiana. She finally gets support from Broadway great Dee Dee Allen (Streep), who wants to show social commitment after her failed piece. The film can be seen on Netflix.
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Soul | Disney +
EJoe Gardner (Jamie Foxx) is a passionate but unsuccessful jazz musician. He earns his living as a music teacher. At the same time, he has the chance to take on a secure teaching job or to perform with the jazz icon Dorothea Williams (Angela Bassett) – he decides to perform. On the way there, however, he falls into a shaft, whereupon his soul, separated from the body, ends up in another dimension. Joe does not want his dream to be destroyed by his sudden death and fights against the seemingly inevitable afterlife.
He then arrives in what is known as the “beyond”, where selenium develops its passions before they travel to a newborn on earth. There he meets the pessimistic soul 22 (Tina Fey) and the two become an unequal team – he with the absolute will to realize his dream after all, she in the stubborn position of rejecting life itself. The animated film is streaming on Disney +.
The film adaptation of the well-known story by Hermann Hesse is a German-Austrian co-production. In the Middle Ages, the young Goldmund (Jannis Niewöhner) was sent to the monastery by his father. There he meets Narcissus (Sabin Tambrea) and despite great differences, the two develop a special and intimate relationship. The artistically inclined Goldmund quickly realizes that he does not fit into the ascetic everyday life of the monastery and goes on a journey, the disciplined Narcissus finally becomes abbot. Years later, the two meet again and Goldmund reports on his adventurous journey. The title, nominated for the German Film Prize in 2020, can be seen on Sky and, for a rental fee, on Amazon Video.
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Notre Dame: Race against the inferno | Disney +
Many people will remember this: In April 2019, a fire broke out in the famous Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. The firefighters fight the flames for almost 15 hours and the world is watching. National Geographic has now published collected footage and exclusive interviews on the events in the French capital. The documentary can be seen on Disney +.
The Gentlemen | Amazon Video
Guy Ritchie’s action comedy “The Gentlemen” is not for the faint of heart or to stream alongside. Drug lord Mickey Pearson (Matthew McConaughey) has built a thriving marijuana business in London. Slowly but surely he would like to withdraw from the business and spend more time with his wife Rosalind (Michelle Dockery); to do this, he has to discreetly get rid of his marijuana plantations. It becomes problematic when the underworld gets wind of it and a chaotic hiccup begins, in which Colin Farrell, Henry Golding, Jeremy Strong and Charlie Hunnam, among others, are involved.