This week, we bring you some satire, some Roald Dahl, and some monsters for your viewing pleasure.
Week of October 19, 2020
Over the Moon
Sandra Oh, Cathy Ang, Phillipa Soo, and Ken Jeong star in this animated musical about an adventurous girl named Fei Fei who builds a rocket to meet a legendary goddess on the moon. Oscar winner Glen Keane (Dear Basketball) directs and John Kahrs co-directs this heartwarming journey for the whole family. Over the Moon debuts on Netflix Oct. 23.
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
At this point, you may have come across some of the more controversial moments in Borat 2, or as it’s officially titled, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. Sacha Baron Cohen reprises his iconic character for another road-movie mockumentary about a Kazakhstan native set on meeting a celebrity. This time, his daughter (played by Maria Bakalova) joins in, making for some of the most memorable moments in the film. Available on Prime Video beginning Oct. 23.
This is the second adaptation of Roald Dahl’s 1983 novel, The Witches, this time directed by Oscar winner and Student Academy Award winner Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Forest Gump) and co-written by Zemeckis, Kenya Barris, and two-time Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro. A coven of witches tries to turn the world’s children into mice—until a little boy and his grandmother get in their way. Starring Oscar winners Anne Hathaway and Octavia Spencer, and Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci, The Witches is available on HBO Max starting Oct. 22.
Loved Parasite? Then you’ll probably want to add The Host, Bong Joon Ho’s 2006 monster film, to your watchlist. It’s available on the Criterion Channel (in the U.S.) starting Oct. 25 as part of the streamer’s New Korean Cinema series. There are 11 eclectic entries in total, so plenty more to explore.
Bruce Springsteen’s Letter To You
Bruce Springsteen’s Letter To You is the documentary that accompanies Springsteen’s deeply personal new album, in which he reflects on being “the last man standing” after the death of George Theiss, a bandmate from his first group. We watch as Springsteen (an Oscar winner and Academy member) records his 20th studio album with his E Street Band in late 2019 and reflects on life, work, and our place in nature. Directed by Thom Zimny, the film is available on Apple TV+ starting Oct. 23.
In 1989 Los Angeles, Anna finds that a new hairstyle can open professional doors for her—but it can also wreak havoc. Written and directed by Justin Simien (Dear White People), Bad Hair tells the story of what happens when a weave has a mind of its own. It’s horror, comedy, and social satire all rolled into one, and it’s available on Hulu starting Oct. 23.