Before we dive into what’s new, I want to highlight the second season of one of the best comedies going. “Never Have I Ever” is a genuinely funny, heartfelt series that separates itself even in today’s hyper-abundance of coming-of-age shows. It follows a young girl of Indian descent lashing out at others and inwardly at herself after the death of her father. It’s a beautiful, endearing series that is one of the best I’ve seen at speaking to that feeling of impostor syndrome that young people of color face. It’s showrun by Lang Fisher and created by Mindy Kaling and Fisher. Both also write many of the scripts. The second season just premiered this week and I highly recommend starting the show if you haven’t already.
I also want to talk about films that are in theaters. I’m still holding off on listing them for the time being. There are warning signs the pandemic might hit a second wave with COVID’s more infectious Delta variation becoming more prevalent. As a U.S.-based writer, even the most inoculated states haven’t hit the level of vaccinations (at least 80%) that are needed to prevent another wave. Many states haven’t even fully vaccinated half their population.
Until these things happen, I’m going to encourage people to continue watching movies and shows from home. That means continuing to not cover films in this feature unless they’re digitally available. That breaks my heart; I really want to get back to the theater. It’s not worth putting others at risk in the midst of a pandemic that still isn’t over, though. When a theatrical film hits VOD and can be watched at home, I’ll include it in this feature then.
Dr. Death (Peacock)
directed by women
“Dr. Death” is a crime drama based on real-life cases of medical malpractice. It’s adapted from a podcast that tackles a different perpetrator each season. The first season is based on Christopher Duntsch, a surgeon from Texas who injured 31 of his patients and killed two of them. Here, Joshua Jackson plays Duntsch.
The showrunner is Patrick Macmanus, but the eight episodes are all directed by women. The first two are helmed by Maggie Kiley, who’s directed on “Riverdale”, “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”, and “Dirty John”.
The next two are directed by Jennifer Morrison, one-time co-lead on “House”. She’s directed on the series “Euphoria” and 2017 film “Sun Dogs”.
The last four episodes are helmed by So Yong Kim, who’s directed on “The Good Fight”, “Halt and Catch Fire”, and “Tales from the Loop”.
You can watch “Dr. Death” on Peacock.
Fear Street: 1666 (Netflix)
directed by Leigh Janiak
Netflix’s “Fear Street” horror trilogy is a grand experiment in releasing, with each entry premiering a week after the prior one. Not only this, each film goes back in time to reveal more about a town’s curse. The first entry took place in 1994, the second in 1978, and this one in 1666. Each has been pretty well reviewed, and now that the third one’s out, I plan to watch them straight down the line, all in one go.
Janiak was a director on the “Scream” and “Outcast” TV series.
You can watch “Fear Street: 1666” and the entire “Fear Street” trilogy on Netflix.
A Perfect Fit (Netflix)
directed by Hadrah Daeng Ratu
No embeddable English trailer is available, but both subtitled and dubbed versions of “A Perfect Fit” are on Netflix.
A shoemaker questions her engagement when she grows close to a fashion blogger in Bali. The Indonesian romantic comedy takes place where various cultures intersect in the fashion world.
Director Hadrah Daeng Ratu is a prolific Indonesian director. This is her 10th film since 2015.
You can watch “A Perfect Fit” on Netflix.
My Amanda (Netflix)
directed by Alessandra de Rossi
No embeddable English trailer is available, but a subtitled version of “My Amanda” is on Netflix.
“My Amanda” follows two lifelong friends through their ups and downs. They remain close through it all, coming together whenever one truly needs the other.
This is the first film directed by Alessandra de Rossi, and the third she’s written. She’s much more familiar to Philippine audiences as an actress, with just over 100 credits. Aside from writing and directing, she also stars in “My Amanda”.
You can watch “My Amanda” on Netflix.
Take a look at new shows + movies by women from past weeks.
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