Review

WHAT YOU SHOULD BE BINGEWATCHING THIS MONSOON

Words: Shyla Bhagwagar

‘You might remember Chris D’Elia from Justin Bieber’s roast, where he was labelled ‘Justin’s favourite standup comedian’. Well, he’s back on Netflix for the second time to show you why’

 

 

…because the season can be a damper and you might just find a way to cure cabin fever – at the movies!

CHRIS D’ELIA: MAN ON FIRE (STAND-UP COMEDY)
You might remember Chris D’Elia from Justin Bieber’s roast, where he was labelled ‘Justin’s favourite standup comedian’. Well, he’s back on Netflix for the second time to show you why. Grab a snack, maybe a beer and sit through an hour of D’Elia talking about the sudden realisation that he is 36. On the one hand, D’Elia acknowledges that he finally looks his age, even if he resembles ‘a tired eagle’. On second thoughts, he also almost doesn’t recognise himself, adding: “I literally saw me, and I thought, ‘Who is that guy’?” He looks creepy.

TRUMBO (MOVIE)
Drama, politics and nostalgia, Trumbo has it all! A biographical movie about a ’40s American screenwriter, set during the Cold War period, blacklisted for his allegiance to the left, and how he fights his way through. The movie gives not only Dalton Trumbo’s perspective but that of his family’s as well: they too have to face the consequences of his stubborn, satirical glory. After being blacklisted, Trumbo continues to write anonymously. Nothing means more to him than his freedom to write and earn a livelihood. So hit play and get taken back in time to face issues that are astoundingly still relevant.

HOT GIRLS WANTED: TURNED ON (DOCUMENTARY)
Sex and technology go hand-in-hand in today’s world. From dating sites to porn – one can view, make or find sex with only a few taps. But what’s the story behind this million dollar industry? Hot Girls Wanted takes you behind the
scenes and introduces you to the people that make it possible. The gripping show tells you stories of six different people from across the industry, giving you an inside look into the lives of these people, right from male porn stars to female adult film directors. Turned on is a real eye-opener and a must watch.

MASTER OF NONE: SEASON 2 (TV SERIES)
Aziz Ansari never fails to impress and Master of None is just one of the many examples. The comedian’s show is finally out with its new season. This time there’s a new location and love interest. If you haven’t watched the first season tell the world you’re busy this weekend. If you want to start from the second season, that’s fine too. Every episode takes up a serious social issue such as racism, sexism, LGBT discrimination or diasporic conflict but also has the confidence to be silly and find humour in these problems. It leaves a man not only enlightened, but also in splits.

HASAN MINHAJ: THE HOMECOMING KING (STAND-UP COMEDY)
Being an immigrant is tough. Unless you see humour in it, then it’s hilarious. Hasan Minhaj, with his boyish attitude and his California bro’s swagger is a riot. While immigrant parent jokes are not new to stand up, Minhaj locks onto his theme of father-son conflict with a deceptively light touch that carries through the entire set. So take the day off and treat yourself, and don’t forget to repeat his jokes at parties, you might just end up having your own Netflix special.

    

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