Sexy, joyful and tragic, the new Queer as Folk look is a real winner
The series is particularly interesting in its examination of gender and disability, especially in the touching and insightful episode written by O’Connell, who suffers from cerebral palsy.
Some viewers will find the thoughtless Brodie and his sitcom shenanigans too gritty, but the show’s thoughtfulness and sense of joy, inclusion, and community make it a real winner.
my fake boyfriend ★★★
Prime Video, starting Friday
An accomplished and beautifully judged performance by Australian Keiynan Lonsdale elevates this absurd romantic comedy, which could easily have been a complete turkey.
Lonsdale plays Andrew, a soap opera stuntman (really!) who keeps getting back together with his toxic ex, the show’s ridiculously handsome but manipulative man (Marcus Rosner). In an attempt to keep them apart, Andrew’s annoying friends Kelly and Jake (modern family(Sarah Hyland and former Disney Channel star Dylan Sprouse) create a fake boyfriend for her who quickly becomes a massive social media star.
It becomes a huge complication when Andrew falls for a restaurateur’s (Samer Salem) sentient dream ship who naturally assumes Andrew is already in a committed relationship. Director Rose Troche (The word I) captures great chemistry between Lonsdale and Salem, and some of the supporting cast are very funny, including Tricia Black as the manager of the gym in which Andrew finds himself working at a nadir. Hyland and Sprouse’s characters are a drag, however, as are some unwelcome product placements. The less you expect, the more satisfied you will be.
AMC+, from Sunday
The New Mexico desert provides breathtaking backdrops for this immediately captivating new series in which the stern and sad Navajo Nation police officer Joe Leaphorn (Longmire‘s Zahn McClarnon) faces human – and perhaps supernatural – threats. The fact that it’s 1971 and he also has to deal with an unenlightened FBI agent (Americans‘ Noah Emmerich) does not help. McClarnon gives a powerfully measured performance, as if Leaphorn’s grief and anger can only be drained one teaspoon at a time.
all i know about love
It’s bright and airy millennial nostalgia as best friends Maggie and Birdy (Emma Appleton and Bel Powley) begin their adult lives in a shared house in Camden. Maggie is immediately taken with a smug and completely misfit hipster musician named Street (Connor Finch), while Birdy takes a liking to Street’s less colorful roommate (awesome Aussie Ryan Bown). The female leads are appealing and exuberant, and writer Dolly Alderton (adapting her own memoir) and director China Moo-Young keep the excitement, optimism, and youthful starvation at the forefront.
Thrill, from Thursday
Visual effects legend Phil Tippett brought us unforgettable scenes in the original star wars and jurassic park movies, among others. His stop-motion feature masterpiece, crazy god, took over 30 years to develop and is a stunning technical and creative achievement that will remain an ominous landmark for decades to come. If there’s a tale, it’s about a figure in a leather coat and gas mask who descends from the sky in a rusty diving bell to brave an underworld of grotesque human and industrial cruelty.
How to be a cowboy
You wouldn’t think Dale Brisby is a real cowboy. With his long hair and beard, he looks more like an outlaw country singer, while his social media game and branded merchandise betray a serious dedication to marketing. But he’s actually a rodeo champ, and as this zany reality TV series shows, he trains up-and-coming bull riders on the Texas ranch he runs with the help of a small, colorful crew. It’s eye-opening and entertaining – but obviously not for bulls.
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