We’ve got another week with a lot of entries. Most of the series come from the U.S., but most of the films are international. It makes for a week with many different options. Entries come from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Georgia, Japan, South Africa, Turkey, Ukraine, and the U.S.
We’re still in the mid-season premiere period when many new series follow the one-episode-a-week format. These things are seasonal, so as we get into February, expect to see that dwindle and more of the all-episodes-at-once format become more common again.
Since there’s a lot, let’s get right into it:
Somebody Somewhere (HBO Max)
co-showrunner Hannah Bos
Sam feels like an outsider in rural Kansas. As she deals with the loss of her sister, she’s able to start identifying where her real community lies.
The show is developed by and stars comedian Bridget Everett. Hannah Bos showruns with Paul Thureen. Bos has written on “Mozart in the Jungle”, “High Maintenance”, and “Strangers”.
You can watch “Somebody Somewhere” on HBO Max. New episodes arrive on Sundays.
Single Drunk Female (Freeform, Hulu)
showrunner Simone Finch
Samantha has a breakdown in public and moves back in with her mother to avoid jail time. She struggles with remaining sober and getting through rehab.
Showrunner Simone Finch worked as a showrunner’s assistant on “Madam Secretary”, and the “Roseanne” reboot, and as a writer on “The Conners”.
How I Met Your Father (Hulu)
co-showrun by Elizabeth Berger
“How I Met Your Father” is a standalone sequel to the 2000s hit “How I Met Your Mother”. Hillary Duff stars as Sophie, a photographer trying and failing to find her soulmate. Kim Cattrall takes up the role as the older version of Sophie, who’s telling this story to her son.
Elizabeth Berger showruns with Isaac Aptaker. The pair also showrun Hulu’s “Love, Victor”, a similar standalone sequel that started off charming enough, but was probably the most improved show of 2021 with its second season.
Pamela Fryman returns to direct the first two episodes. She directed 196 of 208 “How I Met Your Mother” episodes, though I’m unsure if she directs more than the two-part pilot here.
You can watch “How I Met Your Father” on Hulu. New episodes premiere Tuesdays.
Summer Heat (Netflix)
“Summer Heat” follows the young workers at a resort as they build and wreck and rebuild relationships over a summer.
It’s hard to pin down who exactly’s running the Brazilian series, but the head writers are Andrea Simao and Andrea Midori, while the series is directed equally by Caroline Fioratti and Isabel Valiante.
You can watch “Summer Heat” on Netflix. All 8 episodes are available at once.
Tales of Luminaria: The Fateful Crossroad
directed by Katou Midori, Katou Shiori
This anime tells the story of young soldiers in an ongoing fantasy war. While this is part of a franchise, the “Tales of” series is much like “Final Fantasy”. Entries such as this take place in a new world with new characters that are all separate from the rest of the franchise.
Both Katou Midori and Katou Shiori worked on “Bungo and Alchemist: Gears of Judgement”, but this is the first time either is directing.
directed by Kateryna Gornostai
This Ukrainian film follows a girl who’s trying to make sense of growing up as she hangs out with classmates. The experimental drama employs a documentary style.
Writer-director Kateryna Gornostai started out as a journalist and documentary filmmaker. This is her first narrative feature.
See where to rent “Stop-Zemlia”.
directed by Nerina De Jager
This South African thriller follows two brothers who work on different sides of the law. One’s a thief who’s trying to leave the profession, the other a cop trying to figure out what he’s doing.
This is the first film from writer-director Nerina De Jager.
You can watch “Amandla” on Netflix.
directed by Agam Darshi
Mona doesn’t have much success to speak of, but at least she was the one responsible enough to stay behind and take care of her father. When he has a stroke, her three successful siblings sweep in to assume control of the one thing she was doing well.
As well as starring in the lead role, Agam Darshi writes and directs. This is her first feature film in those roles. She’s had a number of acting roles on shows like “Sanctuary” and “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency”.
You can watch “Donkeyhead” on Netflix.
Definition Please (Netflix)
directed by Sujata Day
Sujata Day writes, directs, and stars in a film about a former Spelling Bee champion who attempts to reconcile with her estranged brother. He’s returned home to help care for their mother, and she’s considering leaving to take the kind of dream job that was once expected of her.
You may recognize Sujata Day as a supporting actress from series like “Insecure” or “The Guild”. This is her first time writing or directing.
You can watch “Definition Please” on Netflix.
A Shot Through the Wall (VOD)
directed by Aimee Long
A Chinese-American police officer shoots a Black man. The shooting was accidental, and his victim was innocent. He tries to identify what the right choices are in the media frenzy that follows.
I do not know how well or responsibly this engages the very real targeting and systemic murder of Black people by police departments in this country.
This is the first feature film from writer-director Aimee Long.
See where to rent “A Shot Through the Wall”.
The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be Quiet (MUBI)
directed by Ana Katz
Sebastian shifts from job to job and love to love, even as the absurd world around him verges on apocalypse.
Director and co-writer Ana Katz has helmed a number of South American films, and has three Argentinean Academy Award nominations for her screenwriting.
You can watch “The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be Quiet” on MUBI.
directed by Tamar Shavgulidze
Irina returns to her small town for the first time in three decades. Here, she copes with the past and deals with her separation from a woman named Nana.
The Georgian film is directed by Tamar Shavgulidze. It appears to be her first film.
You can watch “Comets” on MUBI.
My Father’s Violin (Netflix)
directed by Andac Haznedaroglu
In this Turkish film, a girl is orphaned and taken in by her uncle. He’s arrogant and they don’t get along, but they bond over a shared love of music.
Director Andac Haznedaroglu has helmed a number of Turkish films and series, including “The Guest Aleppo to Istanbul” and “Have You Ever Seen Fireflies?”
You can watch “My Father’s Violin” on Netflix.
Take a look at new shows + movies by women from past weeks.
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