Get your weekend going with these picks from the Cheddar News staff: "Shania Twain: Not Just a Girl," "Watcher," "Hightown," along with throwback picks "Drunk History," "Attack the Block," and "Little Miss Sunshine."
Shania Twain: Not Just a Girl - Netflix
Picked by Growth Associate Keara O’Driscoll
Man, I feel like a (person looking for a great documentary)!
Lately, I’ve been going through a heavy women-in-country cycle on my playlists, so when I saw that Netflix was coming out with a Shania Twain documentary, I knew it was fate. I also love a good documentary and Netflix has yet to disappoint me. Truth be told, I haven’t watched this one yet, but from the trailer, it's electrifying. The doc follows the country queen’s iconic career and vulnerable moments, including her divorce, and is paired with a playlist of her greatest hits — all of the ingredients for a great watch.
Needless to say, I’m sure this WILL impress you much!
Watcher - Amazon Prime Video
Picked by Reporter Alex Vuocolo
Amid all the hype (and debate) around Jordan Peele's latest, Nope, horror fans might have missed this direct-to-streaming gem from newcomer Chloe Okuno. Watcher is a fish-out-of-water story about a woman, played by Maika Monroe, who has recently arrived in Bucharest, Romania, with her husband and soon finds that someone is watching her from across the street. While she initially questions her instincts, chalking them up to the difficulty of getting used to life in a new city, it soon becomes apparent that something more insidious is going on. The horror-thriller feels like a contemporary twist on Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window, in which the watcher is also the watched, and voyeurism is just the beginning of a much more dangerous game.
Hightown - Starz
Picked by Reporter Lawrence Banton
I love a good "whodunit" series, and Starz's Hightown knocks it out of the park. The story follows a woman, Jackie Quiñones, struggling to cope with addiction and excessive partying, and things only intensify after she stumbles across a dead body on a Cape Cod beach. As a National Marine Fisheries Service agent, she feels compelled to solve the circumstances around the death. Additionally, in her quest toward sobriety, the weight of the murder investigation becomes heavy, and well, some backsliding might make things more difficult.
Drunk History - Hulu
Picked by Sr. News Editor Dina Ross
This series is exactly as described: learn some history from very, very drunk people. Stars act out the tales as they are literally told by the storytellers, resulting in some hilarious scenes. Host Derek Waters initially created the series for web, and as it gained traffic, it also got the attention of networks. Eventually, it landed on Comedy Central, but fell into the annals of, well, history, when the network canceled it in 2021 to focus on animated series. The show was smart, ridiculous, and good-humored. Chances are you may have already seen it. If so, watch it again! It's history! Nothing is going to be out-of-date. If you haven't seen it, watch it! You might learn something.
Attack the Block - Hulu
Picked by Digital Editor Mike Nam
With the sequel to this surprise hit in pre-production, it might be a good time to revisit this masterpiece of alien invasion horror that features John Boyega (of Star Wars) in his breakout film role as the leader of a gang of kids from public housing in the UK. They stumble on an extraterrestrial menace, and their tight bond and street smarts get tested as they face monsters on their home turf — alongside Doctor Who's Jodie Whittaker and Shaun of the Dead's Nick Frost. It was a fresh, fun thriller when it premiered that was smartly infused with commentary on race and class.
Little Miss Sunshine - HBO Max
Picked by Producer Jack Gallop
Seeing Little Miss Sunshine appear on the “Recently Added” section of HBO Max made my week. The critically acclaimed 2006 dramedy follows a family that piles into a VW van as they drive from Arizona to California so the youngest, and far-and-away the most innocent member can compete in the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant. Characters include Greg Kinnear as the dad who is also an unsuccessful motivational speaker, Paul Dano as his son who has taken a vow of silence, and Steve Carell as Kinnear’s brother-in-law who had recently tried to take his own life… and that’s just half the people aboard the barely-working bus. It’s as bonkers as it sounds, and has become one of my all-time favorites for being as emotionally powerful as it is funny. I’ll be rewatching Little Miss Sunshine repeatedly until it goes to HBO Max’s “Leaving Soon” category.