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Streaming special

By Maheen Sabeeh
Sun, 04, 24

Discover the must-watch shows and films that deserve your attention and explore why they’re significant.

Streaming special

In today’s digital landscape, algorithms wield significant influence, subtly shaping our preferences and behaviours as consumers. Despite our reluctance to acknowledge it, this reality is undeniable.The notion of choice has become somewhat diluted as our past interactions with streaming platforms dictate the content we’re presented with.

Moreover, the plethora of streaming options available contributes to a constant bombardment of content. The role of AI cannot be overstated, exemplified by Netflix’s reliance on AI-driven recommendations, a key factor in the platform’s widespread popularity.

However, this shift has also resulted in the audience relinquishing a degree of control, often without their awareness. Access hinges on user identity, and the content presented is tailored based on past viewing habits.

Approximately a decade ago, this platform sparked a revolution in the realm of television and film. Films that might have struggled in theatres found newfound success once they transitioned to streaming services, potentially achieving hit, super hit, or even blockbuster status.

To that end, here is a selection of content that you must lookout for and watch – whether

you are presented with the option by a streaming platform or not.

Given that Netflix is leading the charge and investing substantially more in content creation than its competitors, we present you with a curated array of titles spanning from limited series to films.


You can find any number of films and limited series that are drawn from reality. However, there are two productions that you must watch because of the subject and how they have been presented.

The first title is a film called She Said. It delves into the genesis of the #MeToo movement and tells the story that shook Hollywood and had a trickle-down effect around the world.

The compelling narrative chronicles how journalists from The New York Times broke the story about the biggest producer in Hollywood, Harvey Weinstein, and why it was imperative for numerous actresses to come forward. Featuring real-life figures such as Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan portraying themselves, alongside a brilliant performance by Carrie Mulligan, She Said is an unmissable film.

The second production in question is Scoop, exploring the intricate ties between the British royal family’s Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein, the man whose sexual abuse of young people came to light as the second major story from #MeToo movement. This thought-provoking film also explores the dynamics between the media and the British royal family.

With stellar performances, notably by the brilliant Gillian Anderson, Scoop offers a nuanced portrayal that diverges from the traditional positive depiction of the British royal family as seen in the acclaimed award-winning series, The Crown.

Director’s cut

It is often said that filmmaking is a director’s medium. To truly grasp the significance of this statement, you need to watch two masterpieces of cinema.

The first one is called The Power of The Dog featuring an intriguing ensemble led by Benedict Cumberbatch. However, rather than merely watching the film, delve deeper into the creative process by watching Behind the Scenes with Jane Campion. This 17-minute BTS not only reveals how the film was adapted from a novel of the same name by Thomas Savage but also how Jane Campion’s singular vision elevates the film to remarkable heights.

The second film (radically different from this Western) is called The Irishman featuring legendary actors Al Pacino, Robert Di Niro and Joe Pesci. After viewing the critically acclaimed film, follow it up with the 23-minute long The Irishman in Conversation, featuring the esteemed actors alongside the film’s director, Martin Scorsese.

Both of these films and conversations with their respective directors illuminate a critical insight: while exceptional actors can carry a film, true greatness is achieved when they are guided by a director’s vision and expertise. It becomes apparent that a compelling story and talented cast can only reach their full potential under the guidance of a director who possesses a profound understanding of cinematic craft.

Laugh out loud

There are many reasons why a documentary on any subject can make your heart sink and make you wonder what kind of world we have inherited and whether a global apocalypse wouldn’t be such a bad thing. However, there are occasions when a touch of humour can offer solace. We recommend that you watch two titles ahead of others: Don’t Look Up and The Laundromat.

Both have an extensive cast of A-list actors and both shine a light on two powerful issues confronting us as a people.

Don’t Look Up is about the destruction of planet earth and the response of global leaders. The film is a satirical take on the response to climate crisis and makes you realize why it is an urgent issue and how we’re struggling to address it properly and in a timely fashion.

Despite the gravity of the subject matter, the film’s comedic elements, enhanced by the stellar performances of Hollywood’s elite, including Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Timothee Chalamet and Leonardo Di Caprio, render it both entertaining and thought-provoking. It encourages viewers to contemplate individual actions in the face of governmental inaction. It also makes you realize that not everything should be converted into a hashtag.

Another must-watch satirical masterpiece is The Laundromat, a star-studded affair featuring Gary Oldman, Antonio Banderas, Meryl Streep, and an array of talented actors. This hilarious film is about the insidious nature of greed, showcasing how it permeates through individuals, governments, laws, and financial institutions. Through an unconventional narrative style, the film explores the creation of paper corporations, the intricacies of shell companies, and the ripple effect of cost-saving measures implemented by businesses. It is also beneficial because it also allows you to understand the nature of fraud across the board. The Laundromat not only entertains with its wit and humour but also offers valuable insights into the pervasive nature of fraud in various sectors. It’s a compelling watch that’s as educational as it is entertaining.