You might find that, like me, you spend more time searching for a decent movie or new TV series to watch than time spent actually watching. It is easy to become overwhelmed by the choice that streaming platforms Netflix and Amazon Prime provide.
Amazon, in recent years, has churned out original series that have garnered a cult following and premiered the home releases of several movies whilst access to cinemas has been limited over the last year.
I’ve compiled a Top 5 watch-list of the original and exclusives that are available on Amazon Prime so that you don’t have to:
1. Good Omens (2019)
Starting with the Prime Exclusive that has an incredible online cult following is Good Omens. This fantasy mini series is based on a book of the same name by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. The show follows a demon and an angel, with Tennant and Sheen holding the lead roles, as they try to stop the coming of the Anti-Christ.
Good Omens weaves biblical stories into it’s modern retelling in a way that is funny enough for kids and edgy enough for adults to enjoy.
Good Omens has been met with critical acclaim and has won a number of awards. Give the trailer a watch below.
2. Hustlers (2019)
Hustlers available to stream on Amazon Prime boasts a star-studded cast with faces that you may recognise making guest appearances: Cardi B and Lizzo.
J-Lo and Constance Wu play strippers who are navigating life after the financial crisis in ’08.
Loosely based on the New York Magazine Article: “The Hustlers at Scores” by Jessica Pressler, Hustlers tells a tale of empowerment, support and survival in a man’s world.
3. Alex Rider (2020)
Part of the same universe as Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker (2006), Amazon have created an 8 episode series that is all about action, espionage and secrecy.
The trailer leans into the format of Kingsmen: The Secret Service just minus the comedy.
This is the first installment planned by Amazon in translating the Alex Rider franchise from books to TV.
We see Alex’s life turned upside down following the death of his Uncle and subsequent recruitment into MI6 .
With filming for season 2 starting this January, Amazon’s take on Alex Rider franchise looks set to do better than the disaster that Stormbreaker was.
4. Parasite (2019)
It will have been an incredible task for you to have missed the buzz that has surrounded this movie.
From being labelled the film of the decade to winning Best Picture at the Oscar’s, Parasite is a masterpiece by Bong Joon-Ho that looks at prevalent social themes specifically class conflict and incorporates dark humour to tell a narrative that transcends language barriers.
If winning 4 Oscar’s isn’t enough to persuade you to watch, maybe the trailer might.
5. The Craft: Legacy (2020)
Sequels across the board are hit and miss. Sometimes they are just as good as, if not better than, the original for example GodFather II and other times a sequel/reboot can fall short e.g. Dirty Dancing 2.
The home premiere of The Craft: Legacy has set it’s sight on taking the original format and applying it to a more modern time.
Can this sequel pay homage to it’s predecessor? Will it impress old and new fans alike? Or are some things better left alone?
There are more detailed reviews of all of these in the weeks ahead but until then, I hope that you might have found at least one worth adding to your watch list.
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