Desiree Akhavan’s new, uncooked comedy debuts on Hulu. And Joel and Ethan Coen’s newest movie is on Netflix.
THE BISEXUAL on Hulu. Desiree Akhavan thinks that her present’s title will flip off loads of viewers. “I want to know why that is, and to stand by it,” she just lately instructed The New York Times. “I know that I’m playing the long game and I want you to watch this thing and be like ‘Oh, it’s not what I thought it would be.’” Following her exploration earlier this 12 months of anti-gay “conversion therapy” in “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” (a movie for which she was director and a author), Akhavan’s debut TV present tells a coming-out story from the angle of Leila, an Iranian-American lady in London performed by Akhavan. After transferring out of a flat she shared together with her longtime girlfriend (Maxine Peake), Leila positive aspects a brand new flatmate — Gabe (Brian Gleeson), a Straight White Man (capital letters warranted). She additionally for the primary time needs to this point males.
THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS (2018) on Netflix. While Brian Gleeson grapples with toxic masculinity in “The Bisexual” on Hulu, his father, Brendan Gleeson, plays a bounty hunter with manners on Netflix in one episode of Joel and Ethan Coen’s Western anthology film. The film’s six chapters bring together a posse of big actors. Along with Gleeson, there’s Zoe Kazan playing a young woman traveling the Oregon Trail; Liam Neeson playing an aging impresario; Tom Waits as a prospector; and Tim Blake Nelson as Buster, a killer with a guitar. “‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ is one of the darkest movies by Joel and Ethan Coen, and also among the silliest,” A.O. Scott wrote in his review for The Times. “It swerves from goofy to ghastly so deftly and so often that you can’t always tell which is which.” For a Coen marathon, watch this alongside FARGO (1996), airing at 5:30 p.m. on HBO Signature.
KUNG FU PANDA: THE PAWS OF DESTINY on Amazon Prime. The second “Kung Fu Panda” TV show (after “Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness”) expands the franchise started by a 2008 film starring Jack Black (or, rather, his voice). While Black isn’t featured here, his character is. Voice acting duties for Po are handled by Mark Wingert; in the new series, set after “Kung Fu Panda 3,” a group of children are trained by Po, in preparation for saving the world.
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RISING (2018) 7:45 p.m. on Showtime. In recent years, the Advertising Council has fought to stay with the times by incorporating emoji in its campaigns or creating social media accounts for Smokey Bear. Its new short, with David Nutter (“Game of Thrones”) as director and Lena Waithe (“Master of None” and “The Chi”) as a writer, is also timely: It focuses on an American neighborhood in the wake of a natural disaster, following a Muslim family facing threats both from the crisis and from bias.
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