October is a busy month for new streaming releases, so many we have to do a second volume of What to Watch! In case you missed our Volume I, catch-up here.
YOU – SEASON THREE (NETFLIX)
Just when we thought the second season of YOU couldn’t have topped the first, it actually did. Penn Badgley‘s Joe had met his match finally in Love (Victoria Pedretti) and this new season explores the challenges our favourite murderers face as they navigate parenthood. They move into a new affluent neighbourhood together, but really find it a struggle to blend in with some of the artifice and judgment. Love quickly becomes threatened by a woman in the neighbourhood whom Joe seems to connect to, and things once again spiral out of control with deadly consequences. What makes this season different is that it really does the work to explore the headspaces of our fascinating flawed hero and heroine, and the consequences of their actions, past and current. They go through counselling together but can’t ever really go all-in as they both are hiding some horrific things. Temptation gets the better of each of them as we’re introduced to some new characters like Theo (Dylan Arnold) who unashamedly pursues Quinn and Marienne (Tati Gabrielle), a Librarian whom Joe befriends, plus Sherry (Shalita Grant) a popular local influencer whom Quinn befriends. This season more than the others is sexually-charged, as we explore how this is tied-in to the toxicity of Joe and Love‘s relationship and bad habits. While it takes a bit longer to get there in season three, it still does possess all the thrills, shocks and jaw drops we’ve come to enjoy of the Series. YOU Season Three is streaming now on Netflix.
WHAT HAPPENED, BRITTANY MURPHY? (CRAVE/HBO MAX)
Brittany Murphy‘s star rose quickly at the turn of the millennium, starring a several successes like 8 Mile, Clueless, Sin City, Just Married and Girl, Interrupted.Murphy brought an energy to her performances that made your eyes gravitate always to her. The world was devastated by her premature passing in 2009 and the circumstances surrounding her death always have been suspicious. For one, how could she be living in a home with her husband Simon Monjack and mother, X, gravely ill and nobody send her to the hospital? Director Cynthia Hill re-examines the controversy with documented footage and interviews with fans who have their own theories, a remorseful Perez Hilton, Amber Ryland formerly of RadarOnline who was entrusted with a visit inside Murphy‘s home after her death, and we even meet Monjack’s parents. Despite examining the subject matter again, it still truly remains a mystery what went beyond the walls of Murphy‘s home where she was secluded and under Monjack‘s control and some surprising revelations about him are brought to light which leave no doubt that a series of events resulting from Murphy’s connection to him led her passing. WHAT HAPPENED, BRITTANY MURPHY? streams now on Crave in Canada.
LOCKE & KEY – SEASON TWO (NETFLIX)
This Series filmed in and around Toronto was one of Netflix‘s bigger success stories of 2020, with second and third seasons already having wrapped. The Supernatural Horror centering on a woman and her three children dealing with the grief of having lost their husband/father is packed with thrills and scares as they continue to unlock the mystery surrounding keys planted throughout their home. While there’s a bit of gore, underneath it all is a family Drama about the children coming of age and protecting their mother from what they know, and also all of them together moving on in their lives. Great performances from Nina (Darby Stanchfield) who plays the mother, and the trio of siblings played by Connor Jessup, Emilia Jones (whom we adored in CODA) and young rising star Jackson Robert Scott. Toronto’s own Hallea Jones also is great as the deliciously evil Eden Hawkins, throwing obstacles every which way she turns. LOCKE & KEY Season Two arrives October 22, 2021 on Netflix.
CANADA’S DRAG RACE – SEASON TWO (CRAVE)
Traci Melchor, Amanda Brugel and Brad Goreski join Brooke Lynn Hytes on the judging panel for Season Two of CANADA’S DRAG RACE. The new season promises clinking of glasses, scratching of claws and tears! We cannot wait wait to see who of the 12 queens will snatch the crown,with guests including Fefe Dobson, Caitlin Cronenberg, Connor Jessup, Rachel Zoe and more! For the first time ever we see a queen from Calgary in the running and look out for Montreal’s Suki Doll and her amazing aesthetic! New episodes arrives Thursdays 9 PM ET on Crave Canada.
SUCCESSION – SEASON 3 (HBO/CRAVE)
This goddamn family. Why can’t they just sort things out? Actually on second thought, we hope The Roys never stop feuding! This third season of the acclaimed (seven-time Emmy-winning) HBO Series already is rolling in accolades, picking right up where we left off. Kendall (Jeremy Strong) still is at odds with his family as it tries to figure out who will be head of Waystar RoyCo as patriarch Roy (Brian Cox) begrudgingly steps down. Trying to clean-up his reputation, we see Kendall hire PR and a lawyer, who happens to be a close friend to sister Shiv (Sarah Snook). Meanwhile, Sarah also is out to prove she can run the company despite few believing in her. Roman (Kieran Culkin) still remains the dark horse of the family, liked more than his sister buy still perceived as unready. The first episode already is packed with drama and we can’t wait to see what twists and turns this season takes. SUCCESSION airs Sunday nights on HBO Canada/Crave at 9 PM ET.
Catch-up on Reviews of the newest theatrical releases here including NO TIME TO DIE, MASS, THE LAST DUEL, VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE, LAMB and more!