What did the Polygon employees spend their weekend watching? Whether or not it’s the most recent virally standard Netflix collection, discovering an animated gem, or educating ourselves in older style classics, most of us discover one thing price recommending earlier than we head again to work.
And as typical, the solutions vary extensively, as some individuals take a look at what’s new and standard on streaming companies, and a few return to previous favorites. So right here’s what we’re watching proper now, and what you may get pleasure from watching as effectively. Head to the feedback to drop in your individual suggestions.
The Haunting of Bly Manor
Mike Flanagan (Physician Sleep, Hush) adopted up his acclaimed Netflix horror collection The Haunting of Hill Home with one other genre-staple adaptation: An up to date tackle Henry James’ The Flip of the Screw. Bringing a number of Stephen King books and the Shirley Jackson traditional to life honed Flanagan’s intuition for translating the literary voice to cinema, and that expertise is important to what makes Bly Manor such a mesmerizing watch. In contrast to Hill Home, the brand new collection is much less horror-forward (there are solely a few ghosts hiding within the background), however simply as rewarding, buying and selling soar scares for chilling encounters and unsettling revelations.
Set within the Eighties, however nonetheless sticking to the primary beats of James’ novella, the collection follows Dani (Victoria Pedretti from Hill Home), the brand new governess to 2 younger children, Flora and Miles, whose dad and mom had been killed tragically and who now spend their days roaming the grounds of Bly Manor. They’re precocious and creepy — however much more so than typical British youngsters. As Dani assimilates into life at Bly alongside the opposite employees, she stumbles into the violent historical past of the house, and the destiny of her predecessor. True to the spirit of the earlier installment, the ghosts of the previous are available each phantasmagoric taste.
Bly Manor is a uncommon Netflix present that feels evenly paced. Dani is on the coronary heart of the story, and her flashbacks give the character a deeply felt arc, however there’s room for Flanagan and collaborators to carve out backstory for everybody in the home. T’Nia Miller (Years and Years) and Rahul Kohli (iZombie), enjoying Bly’s housekeeper and chef, ship the 2 heart-wrenching performances constructed on the blistering impact of grief. Hill Home alum Oliver Jackson-Cohen returns in a romantic-but-destructive function as one of many discovered household’s earlier caretakers, whereas Kate Siegel additionally pops again up in a completely black-and-white episode that pushes the collection into Gothic territory. Flanagan even finds a option to deliver his pal Henry Thomas again for two roles.
Bly Manor, like Hill Home, makes use of haunted home tropes — What’s behind the door? What was that sound? Who simply walked round that nook? — as a set of metaphors for the components of life we’d relatively not confront. It’s one other creepy, stirring, but meditative success. —Matt Patches
The Haunting of Bly Manor is streaming on Netflix.
What else we’re watching…
I wrapped up my first time watching the FX collection this weekend and I get why some critics name it top-of-the-line exhibits of all time. After watching the finale, I sat with my emotions on the six seasons and got here to the conclusion that, at its core, it’s a present about taking a look at why individuals do the work that they do, and the way they justify it to themselves and everybody round them. —Josh Rios
The Individuals is streaming on Amazon Prime.
The Good Place
Season 4 of The Good Place is lastly on Netflix. Season 4 of The Good Place is FINALLY on Netflix, and it solely typically makes me unhappy after I bear in mind what life was just like the final time I watched new episodes of The Good Place, which was … solely 9 months in the past. —Susana Polo
All 4 seasons of The Good Place is streaming on Netflix.
Izzy’s Koala World
On one finish of the tv spectrum is Tiger King, which exhibits troubled individuals in profoundly uncomfortable conditions. On the opposite finish is Izzy’s Koala World, which is seemingly a documentary in regards to the nicest household in Australia. This previous weekend, I went with Izzy.
It’s a easy program about slightly woman who lives on an island. Izzy by no means wears footwear. Izzy rides her bicycle in every single place. Izzy’s mom is a veterinarian, and collectively they care for injured koalas who reside in pens behind their home. Finally, Izzy releases them again into the wild.
That’s it. That’s the present. It’s excellent.
The worst half about Izzy’s Koala World is that there are solely a handful of episodes. The household’s favourite was episode 1, the place Izzy rides round to gather samples of eucalyptus leaves for a koala bear style check. It was a blissful few hours there on the sofa cuddling with the children. Izzy’s Koala World was precisely what I wanted, particularly when the world outdoors appears extra like an episode of Tiger King than ever earlier than. Now I simply wish to go discover a real-life koala bear and hug the shit out of it. —Charlie Corridor
Izzy’s Koala World is streaming on Netflix.
I don’t have a lot abdomen for all of the incendiary political docs which can be hitting the market proper now, nevertheless it’s simpler to take the identical rage and pessimism within the type of a fiction story. Man Moshe’s dystopic science-fiction film LX 2048 feels notably well timed and on-point, primarily channeling the nightly climate-change information (floods, hurricanes, wildfires, and so forth) right into a wry, fantastical kind.
James D’Arcy stars as Adam, a petulant jerk dwelling in a close to future the place photo voltaic radiation has turn into tremendously deadly, and most people in his metropolis reside nocturnal lives and keep indoors, working and socializing by means of telepresence VR. It’s fairly relatable: all of it seems like a high-tech model of coronavirus quarantine, full with the rising sense of ennui and despair. There are a bunch of twists to the story, involving sun-proof clones that change individuals once they die, Adam’s damaged marriage and vindictive ex, the digital girl he’s fallen in love with, and his life-threatening sickness, however what actually comes throughout about LX 2048 is the vivid, colourful rendering of our newly poisonous world, and the way acquainted Adam’s rage, despair, solipsism, and aggressive self-pity all really feel proper now, to anybody watching the information or spending time on social media. —Tasha Robinson
LX 2048 is on the market to lease on Amazon and is streaming on Hoopla.