Pop Culture with Tatiana

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Even though there are three vaccines currently approved for use in the European Union, the global pandemic is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. And streaming services have become our best friends in the last year. For one second imagine this global lockdown had occurred just 20 years ago? We would’ve been forced to rewind the same cassettes over and over again and hoping a movie we’d never seen before would air on television.

But now we all have them; Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Disney +, HBO Max etc. the whole shebang. And it is looking like most of us are still confined to our houses so I have compiled a list of what you have to look forward to in February 2021!

“To All The Boys: Always And Forever” will be released on Netflix February 12. (Movie)

Senior year of high school takes centre stage as Lara Jean returns from a family trip to Korea and considers her college plans, with and without Peter.

“Judas and the Black Messiah” will also be released February 12 on HBO Max (Movie)

Daniel Kaluuya plays US revolutionary and Black Panther leader Fred Hampton in “Judas and the Black Messiah”. This film tells the story of Bill O’Neal, who infiltrates the Black Panthers. As Black Panther chairman Fred Hampton ascends, a battle wages for O’Neal’s soul. 

Season 1 to 3 of the show “Billions” will be released on Amazon Prime. The show has a 88% rating on rotten tomatoes and tells the story of Chuck Rhoades, a sincere but ruthless US attorney who engages in an egoistic battle with hedge fund kingpin Bobby ‘Axe’ Axelrod as they try to outdo each other in the competitive financial market.

BOY AM I EXCITED FOR THIS NEXT ONE! “The New York Times Presents: Framing Britney Spears”: This documentary explores the pop star’s meteoric rise, public fall from grace and the ongoing battle for control of her conservatorship.

The docuseries will premier on Hulu on February 5.

Britney has been under a conservatorship led by her father since 2008, when she was placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold after a hospitalisation. At a November hearing she asked the court to remove her dad, Jamie Spears, as co-conservator of her estate. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbtxTQWEQ9Y

“Malcolm & Marie” is a black-and-white romantic drama that will be released on Netflix also February 5.

When filmmaker Malcolm played by John David Washington and his girlfriend Marie played by Zendaya return home from a movie premiere and await his film’s critical response, the evening takes a turn as revelations about their relationships begin to surface, testing the couple’s love.

Oscar Buzz has already begun. However, some have been critical of the age gap between 24-year-old Zendaya and 36-year-old John. The way the former Disney star sees it, the fixation comes from the fact that “I’ve played a 16-year-old since I was 16. You have to remember, also, people grew up with me as a child,” Zendaya added. “It’s like watching, I guess, your younger sibling now, you know, they’re grown…So it’s hard for people to wrap around the idea that I am grown in real life.

“The Boarding School: Las Cumbres” The Spanish language new series will be released on Amazon Prime.

Las Cumbres is a boarding school isolated from the world surrounded by countryside. The students are rebellious and troublesome kids who live under the strict and severe discipline imposed by the centre that prepares them for reintegration into society. The surrounding forest is home to ancient legends, threats that are still in force and that will immerse them in fast-paced and terrifying adventures.

Now onto something more relaxing and “easy-watching”

“Married At First Sight” Season 10 The Reality Show is back! and it is literally what the name implies, people meet at the altar for the very first time and get married. Not awkward at all #Sarcasm. It will be available on Hulu.

You can see the awkwardness in their eyes and smiles.

“The Book of Life”: In this animated film a young man is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure. It will be made available on Disney +. The film was originally released in 2014 and has an 84% rating on rotten tomatoes. It was also nominated for a Golden Globe for “Best Animated Feature Film”.

A documentary about world-renowned footballer Pelé, will be released on Netflix February 23. This documentary tells the story of his quest for perfection and the mythical status he has since attained.

“Cheaper by the Dozen” the classic family movie made in 2003 will be available on Disney +.

“Life Below Zero: The Next Generation” Season 1 produced by National Geographic will come to Disney +. The series follow individuals who have recently left their traditional lifestyle behind face a challenging new world off the grid in the wilds of Alaska.

Surrounded by nothing but the great Alaskan wild, which includes extreme temperatures, wild animals that are ready to kill at any moment, and surviving with nothing but the bare necessities, fans are taken on an epic journey.

The show initially aired in 2013, and though audiences may be captivated by people who choose to live in the Alaskan outdoors, is Life Below Zero as “real” as it claims to be? While the dangers of the great outdoors are very much real, some of the series and stunts have been said to be scripted by the producers.

Alaskans who tried contemporary living leave it behind for a life of freedom in the brutal Alaskan wilderness.

“The Real Prince Philip” examines the Duke of Edinburgh’s life story, emphasising the role his military experiences played in his later achievements, and suggesting that his admirable ethos of “service” and “duty” was forged during his impressive naval career. It will be made available this month in the United States on Acorn TV.

For All Mankind premieres on February 19th on Apple TV +. The second series of this historical drama about the space race skips forward a decade to 1983, when it is the height of the Cold War and tensions between the US and the USSR are at their peak.

The Department of Defence has moved into Mission Control, and the militarisation of Nasa becomes central to several characters’ stories: some fight it, some use it as an opportunity to advance their own interests, and some find themselves at the height of a conflict that may lead to nuclear war.

The Equalizer will premiere on CBS on February 7. Queen Latifah takes the lead role in this second attempted reboot of 1980s TV series The Equalizer, following a 2014 feature film. She plays former CIA operative Robyn McCall, an enigmatic woman who uses her extensive skills to help those with nowhere else to turn, while masquerading as a single mother quietly raising her teenage daughter Delilah.

The Family Man will premiere on February 12 on Amazon Prime Video. This Indian show follows Srikant Tiwari (Manoj Bajpayee), a bumbling every day man fighting terrorists as a secret government agent, while his family think he has a boring desk job. Shot mainly in Hindi, The Family Man found a global audience on Amazon, and returns for a second series. The second outing finds our middle-class family man Sri on a new mission, but struggling to balance his work at the National Investigation Agency with his life as a husband and a father of two. Sri will also have to face up to a new deadly nemesis, played by south Indian actress Samantha Akkineni.

Beartown premieres 22 February on HBO Max. Beartown explores the high hopes and hidden secrets of a small town in Sweden, where ice hockey is the last beacon of hope. The drama follows a junior ice-hockey team who have a shot at winning a key semi-final game, with all the dreams of the locals now resting heavy on the shoulders of a few teenagers. This burden becomes the catalyst for a violent act at a party that will leave a young girl traumatised, and a community in turmoil. Accusations travel through the town, leaving no resident unaffected. 

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