Celebrating escapism during lockdown? We make it easy for you with an overview of our streaming highlights for the rest of 2020!
By Markus Dietl
An extensive ban on events continues to apply until December 6, 2020, including cinemas, theaters, opera and concert halls. The government has decided because of the steadily increasing number of new coronavirus infections. In these turbulent times in particular, one should definitely not have to do without high-quality entertainment. For this reason we want to give you an overview of the particularly hotly awaited Streaming-Highlights this year – from the Mankiewicz biopic to the new Pixar animation film as well as a nice surprise for all Bond enthusiasts among you.
American Horror Story: 1984
When & where: from November 28, 2020 on Netflix
The multi-award-winning anthology series „American Horror Story“ goes into the ninth round and orientates itself under the title „American Horror Story: 1984“ stylistically mainly on horror slasher classics of the 80s such as “Friday the 13th”. The story is about five friends who in the summer of 1984 went to a holiday camp, the so-called “Camp Redwood”, to work as caregivers there. The appearance of the supposed idyll of the camp is deceptive, however, because soon Mr. Jingles, who has fled the psychiatric institution, is up to his cruel and bloody mischief.
In terms of the cast are about Emma Roberts, Cody Fern, Billie Lourd, Leslie Grossman and John Carrol Lynch with one of the party. After the season started on Sky last year, it can finally be seen on Netflix from November 28th.
When & where: from December 25th, 2020 on Disney +
It was only this year that we enjoyed the Pixar film “Onward”. Disney is now delivering to us at Christmas time „Soul“ already the next trick of the celebrated animation studio. “Soul” tells the story of the music teacher Joe (Jamie Foxx), who gets the chance of a lifetime by performing in a jazz club. Due to a stupid mishap, his time on earth suddenly seems to be over. Joe’s soul is separated from his body. He finds himself in a kind of intermediate world, the so-called “beyond”. There souls like his are trained to develop passions, idiosyncrasies and a personality before they are finally transported into the bodies of newborn children.
The expectation of “Soul” is great. That has something to do with the fact that Pete Docter directed the film, which was already responsible for strokes of genius such as “Everything is upside down”, “Above” or “Die Monster AG”. With this knowledge, one can be curious whether “Soul” approaches the question of death as seriously as “Everything is upside down” took up the issues of depression, pain and puberty back then.
When & where: from November 30th, 2020 on Sky
Fans of the “Big Little Lies” series should keep the following tip in mind. Because David E. Kelley, Showrunner of the series in question, is now bringing his new project entitled „The Undoing“ at the start. In it we follow the seemingly flawless life of successful therapist Grace (Nicole Kidman) who are happy with her husband Jonathan (Hugh Grant) who works as a surgeon. Together they raise their son, who attends a prestigious private school. A sheltered affluent life, one would think, right? From one day to the next everything suddenly changes: Grace’s husband disappears and the mother of one of his son’s classmates is found brutally murdered. Not only does Grace quickly come under police suspicion, the media are after her too.
The six-part thriller series is based on the novel “You Should Have Known” by Jean Hanff Korelitz. Perhaps the title of the book already gives a premonition of the direction in which the story of the film is moving? We definitely want to see Hugh Grant in such dark stuff!
The Mandalorian, Staffel 2
When where: since 10/30/2020 on Disney +
The story of the Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) and the child – better known in the internet and meme world as “Baby-Yoda” – continues into season two. The two main characters make their way through a dangerous galaxy after the collapse of the galactic empire. In doing so, they encounter enemies, but also gather allies.
Also in the cast are Pedro Pascal again Gina Carano and Carl Weathers. Acts as a showrunner Jon Favreau. Since October 30, 2020, a new episode will appear every Friday on Disney +.
The Midnight Sky
When & where: from December 23rd, 2020 on Netflix
You can also look forward to the new directorial work of George Clooney look forward to. For this, the Hollywood A-Lister has dared to venture into sci-fi realms (“Gravity” says hello?). In fact, in contrast to “Gravity”, the story is set in a post-apocalyptic world. Augustine (George Clooney) is an Arctic scientist who, at all costs, Sully (Felicity Jones) and want to prevent their astronaut crew from returning to Earth as they would face a global catastrophe there.
The strip is an adaptation of the novel “Good Morning, Midnight” by Lily Brooks-Dalton. In addition to the names already fallen is also Kyle Chandler (known for example from “Aufbruch zum Mond” and “Super 8”) represented in a larger role.
James Bond – the entire film series
When & where: on Sky since November 20, 2020
Bond fans have experienced a special ups and downs of emotions this year due to the numerous announcements and postponements about “James Bond 007 – No Time to Die”. The following delicacy may come in handy as a comforting gesture: Sky will show all 24 previous James Bond films around the clock until January 14, 2021. So from “James Bond is chasing Dr. No ”to“ Specter ”on a specially set up pop-up channel called Sky Cinema 007. In addition, the films are also available at any time via Sky Q and the Sky X streaming service during the period mentioned.
When & where: from December 4th, 2020 on Netflix
The following tip will make the movie buffs among you particularly prick up their ears. Because with “Mank” the new film by will start in December David Fincher (“The Social Network”, “Fight Club”) on Netflix. The real story is told about the alcoholic Herman J. Mankiewicz (embodied by Gary Oldman), who wrote the screenplay for the cult film “Citizen Kane” in Hollywood in the 1930s. In the film, for example, the disputes between him and the director are supposed to be Orson Welles (represented by Tom Burke) are illuminated.
You could say a film about filmmaking awaits us. A type of material for which the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has had a lot of sympathy in recent years. But that’s just one reason the flick is already being given potential Oscar chances. The project is made more interesting by the fact that Fincher’s late father wrote the screenplay. Besides the names already mentioned there are also Amanda Seyfried and Lily Collins Part of the cast.
When & where: from December 11th, 2020 on Apple TV +
Like earlier works by the cartoon studio, the new film from Cartoon Saloon finds inspiration in Irish folk tales. The story takes place in a time of superstition and magic. The young Robyn (Honor Kneafsey) travels with her father (Sean Bean) to Ireland to get the last wolf pack out of the way. Robyn explores the forbidden area outside the city walls and becomes friends with the free-spirited Mebh (Eva Whittaker) at. The girl belongs to a mysterious tribe whose members are said to have the ability to turn into wolves at night. They call themselves the Wolfwalkers.
The Cartoon Saloon studio already stood for very mature, dark and unconventional cartoons with its earlier output (such as “The Melody of the Sea” and “The Bread Maker”). In visual terms, too, the makers always knew how to inspire with their hand-made art of drawing. The studio’s productions have already been honored several times with an Oscar nomination.
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