Going to watch a movie, or watching something on TV is becoming a horrible experience. Do you want to deal with traffic and high prices, or endless ads? Let’s face it—the web is slowly, but surely taking over as the most happening platform as far as the world of entertainment is concerned. There is no denying that at present some of the best movies and series are being produced/distributed by web giants like Netflix, Hotstar, and Amazon Prime. After a roller-coaster ride in 2017, the new year too has started on a brilliant note for the netizens with some great content that has been released recently.
Here is a compilation of the five best new shows on the web that you must watch.
1. Altered Carbon
This Netflix original futuristic series oozing with cyberpunk detail is easily the most intoxicating and cerebral stuff available right now. Created by Laeta Kalogridis, Altered Carbon is based on the 2002 novel of the same name by Richard K. Morgan. The sci-fi series is set in a future where human consciousness is digitised and stored, thereby allowing it to be transferred from one body to another. Altered Carbon is not just about fancy gadgets and impeccable graphics. For, it offers a great critique on materialism, class divide, and morality. Altered Carbon forces us to question the very meaning of life and what it means to be human. The ten-part series is currently streaming on Netflix.
Currently streaming on Amazon Prime in India, McMafia is inspired by Misha Glenny's 2008 non-fiction book McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld. The eight-part series is created by Hossein Amini and James Watkins. While its premise does bear some similarities to The Godfather (1972), McMafia's contemporary setup and realistic characters make it quite unique. While the series essentially deals with the Russian Mafia, it is nothing like Eastern Promises (2007).But what makes it interesting is how it focuses more on businessmen, bankers, money launders and pimps rather than on gangsters. The USP of the series as far as the Indian audiences are concerned is Nawazuddin Siddiqui's menacing portrayal of Dilly Mahmood—the greedy Indian handler of an Israeli shipping tycoon.
Directed by Steven Soderbergh, Mosaic is a six-part murder mystery series starring Sharon Stone in the lead role. Currently streaming on Hotstar in India, Mosaic is written by Ed Solomon, known for his work on Men in Black, Charlie's Angels, and Now You See Me. Mosaic is smart, stylist and effective, just as one expects from someone like Soderbergh. Sharon Stone is mesmerizing to watch as the charismatic children's book author Olivia Lake. Stone plays her Olivia with effortless ease, adding great subtlety and depth to her character. If you have a thing for whodunits then Mosaic is right up your alley.
Directed by Mayank Sharma, Breathe is an eight-part original series produced by Amazon Prime. Breathe is a gritty psychological thriller that focuses on the lives of ordinary people caught in extraordinary circumstances. The series stars R. Madhavan and Amit Sadh in the lead roles. While the former plays a father desperate to find a lung donor for his dying son, the latter plays a maverick cop with questionable methods. Breathe raises some serious questions about morality and fate and brings our attention to issues which we usually tend to overlook. If you like thrillers then Breathe will certainly not disappoint you.
5. Everything Sucks!
This Netflix original coming-of-age comedy drama series is a parody on the teen culture of the mid-1990s. Created by Ben York Jones and Michael Mohan, Everything Sucks! Revolves around a group of High School teenagers and offers an interesting take on the notions of dating and sexuality. The USP of the series are the superb performances of the ensemble cast that features the likes of Jahi Di'Allo Winston, Peyton Kennedy, Patch Darragh, Claudine Mboligikpelani Nako, and Rio Mangini. Oozing with nostalgia, the series makes for an engaging viewing experience, especially for those who grew up in the '90s. The ten-part series is currently streaming on Netflix.
A version of this article was first published in A Potpourri of Vestiges.
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