Canadian comic book artist Jeff Lemire’s Netflix series among June highlights
Marveling visions of a post-apocalyptic future and comedies rooted in modern day issues give June an extra flavor on the biggest streaming platforms.
Here are this month’s movie and TV highlights worth adding to your watchlist:
In the future, hybrids born half-human, half-animal roam the forests for fear of being hunted by those who believe they are carriers of a virus that threatens humanity. But a young boy, whose deer antlers make integration impossible, is determined to find answers about his own existence. Embarking on a journey across the country alongside a wanderer, the couple embark on a quest that will reveal new worlds they can’t even imagine. Based on the acclaimed comics by Canadian artist Jeff Lemire, best known for Gord Downie’s “Secret Path,” this vibrant eight-part series ranks among Netflix’s most cinematic projects. (Netflix, June 4)
” BLIND SPOT “
Three years ago, the independent film “Blindspotting” won over critics at the Sundance Film Festival. Now the story is being adapted into a TV series that picks up shortly after the film ends with a cast of many new characters. The story follows Ashley (Jasmine Cephas Jones), a young woman who watches motherhood single after her boyfriend Miles (Rafael Casal), a main character in the original film, is sent to prison for five years for drug trafficking. Moving in with her free-spirited but sometimes bossy mother (Helen Hunt), Ashley resets her expectations as she takes a foothold in downtown Oakland. Stylistically similar to its source material, “Blindspotting” uses flashes of poetry and dance to sprinkle the comedy-drama series with a few more surprises. (Crave / Starz, June 13, weekly episodes)
With the end of high school on the horizon, the world seems to be moving away from Sydney, an exasperated teenager whose frenzied relationship with her parents doesn’t help matters. But nothing can prepare her for the surprise of her life when she finds out that she has been pregnant without knowing it and is about to give birth. So begins this tumultuous half-hour Australian comedy about unplanned motherhood and parents equally ill-prepared to be grandparents. (CBC Gem, June 18)
Spanish actress, singer and sex worker Cristina Ortiz Rodríguez – aka La Veneno – paved the way for the transgender community in the late 1990s. First interviewed on the streets of Madrid by a local journalist who spoke to her then propelled into the limelight. The forbidden personality made her an overnight sensation on a popular late-night talk show. But as La Veneno became a household name, his life plunged into tragedy. Told with a dash of fiction, this eight-part Spanish-language series captures the flair of a star whose larger-than-life personality has broken down barriers for the LGBTQ community. (Crave / HBO, June 24)
“LUCA” – A young boy, voiced by Jacob Tremblay, embarks on a summer adventure in a seaside town on the Italian Riviera while hiding that he truly is a sea monster. Pixar’s latest film was originally slated for theaters before being redirected to streaming. (Disney Plus, June 18)
“PHYSICAL” – Rose Byrne plays a dissatisfied housewife who reinvents herself as the mogul of an aerobics empire in the early 1980s (Apple TV Plus, June 18, weekly episodes)
RETURN SERIES: Netflix Dives Back Into the Turbulent Romance of “Feel Good” (June 4), the gripping thriller “Lupine” (June 11), and introduces a new batch of spirited singles ready to mingle with the reality series “Too Hot to Handle ”(June 23). Disney Plus’s Star opens a new chapter in the LGBTQ series“ Love, Victor ”(June 18). And the HBO level of Crave kicks off the second season of the skateboard drama“ Betty ”(June 11) and an additional new episode of real crime documentary series “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark” (June 21). Amazon Prime Video marks Anna Paquin’s return as a relentless publicist in “Flack” (June 11) .
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on June 1, 2021.