Blast that air conditioner this weekend and settle with some good streaming TV. This week the Cheddar News Digital Team is watching a Brooklyn comedy, a World War II spy drama, Jeff Bridges, and the insiders of Wall Street.
Flatbush Misdemeanors, Season 2 - Showtime
Picked by Producer Lawrence Banton
So, after watching just the first episode of Season 1 I was hooked! Showtime has a gem of a show on their hands with Flatbush Misdemeanors and it's really because of how relatable and hilarious the show is. It takes place in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York and follows the lives of two best friends, Dan and Kevin, as the pair navigate adulthood, career, and even addiction. If you're into dry, quirky, witty, and sometimes even dark humor, I promise you'll love this show. The second season just kicked off three weeks ago so you have plenty of time to catch up!
The Old Man - Hulu
Picked by Producer Jack Gallop
The Old Man feels like a combination of Barry and No Country For Old Men with the tiniest hint of The Big Lebowski thrown in, but only because I’ll never be able to separate Jeff Bridges from The Dude. Make no mistake, though, this is no goofball comedy. The Old Man follows Bridges as a former CIA agent who's been living off the grid for decades to put his troubled past in the rear view. Spoiler alert: the troubled past comes back into play as Bridges’ character Dan Chase is forced to go on the run to protect himself in a relentlessly bloody quest for safety. Chase is completely captivating, but the real stars of the show are his wingmen dogs who tag along every step of the way, Dave and Carol. If for no other reason, watch The Old Man for Dave and Carol.
Operation Mincemeat - Netflix
Picked by Sr. News Editor Dina Ross
War films aren't normally my genre, but something about this one caught my attention and I'm glad it did. It follows the true story of a World War II deception campaign by the British intended to trick Hitler's Nazis into believing Allied forces were planning to attack Greece. The film co-stars Colin Firth and Matthew Macfadyen (who, despite a big round pair of glasses, you can't unsee as Tom from Succession) along with Kelly Macdonald. The film is fast-paced - perhaps moving too quickly over key plot points at times - and includes a couple of chuckles. If you haven't already Googled the outcome of the operation - don't. Watch the movie, appreciate the bizarre plot, and be surprised at the end.
Industry - HBO
Picked by Reporter Alex Vuocolo
As a business reporter who works a stone's throw away from Wall Street, I often wonder what it would be like to work on the other side of the journalistic divide. Would it be like Oliver Stone's Wall Street, where cigar-chomping executives in pin-stripe suits do battle over insider information? Or would it be closer to Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, a carnival of conspicuous consumption, drug abuse, and frat boy antics? Based on people I've spoken to in the business, it's at once much tamer, and just as crazy as you'd expect. Best capturing this mix is a more recent fictional account: HBO's Industry. The show is about a class of ambitious interns at a prestigious London-based investment bank as they navigate their bosses' quirks, their private lives, and the politics of climbing the corporate ladder. It's wildly sensational in some respects, while also showing the banal details of a job that ultimately amounts to crunching numbers. The show has been out for a couple years, but the teaser for Season 2 (due out August 1) just dropped, so now is a great time to catch up on this hidden gem.