Apple TV+ launched in November 2019 to little fanfare, overshadowed by the glitzy rollout of Disney+. But in contrast to another new streaming platform, Apple TV+ has a fair few original titles that are worth a watch. Sadly, they’ve been overlooked by many viewers, many of whom aren’t even aware that Apple TV+ is fully operational (partly through the fault of Apple’s lackluster marketing). But now that everyone is stuck inside and looking for new shows and movies to stream, Apple is stepping up its outreach by offering its originals for free to non-subscribers, for a limited time.
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The first reviews of the new shows that will be available when the Apple TV+ streaming service launches at the end of the week have hit the web. The four big shows that Apple will have available at launch include the sci-fi epic See, the news business drama The Morning Show, the period comedy Dickinson, and the show which imagines what happens if the space race never ended, For All Mankind. So how are Apple’s first attempts at creating original content? We’ve got a full Apple TV+ shows review round-up so you can find out. Read More »
In Ronald D. Moore‘s new Apple TV+ series, For All Mankind, the future is female. The producer behind Battlestar Galactica and Outlander presents a new take on the space race, in an alternate-history series that imagines what would happen if Russia beat the United States in getting a man on the moon. Watch the For All Mankind trailer below.
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Apple is stepping up the promotion for its forthcoming streaming service, Apple TV+. Over the weekend, a slew of Apple TV+ clips were dropped, giving us a sneak at the streaming platform’s highly anticipated new titles from M. Night Shyamalan, Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, Jason Momoa, and more. Okay, maybe I exaggerated by calling all of these “highly anticipated,” but maybe these clips will amp up your interest a little.
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Desire can be a powerful thing, but the desire to be the best can push people to achieve legendary accomplishments. That desire is what drove the United States to win the space race by putting a man on the moon after the Soviets were the first to put a human being in space. But what if history played out slightly differently? Battlestar Galactica and Outlander‘s Ronald D. Moore has a new show coming soon on Apple TV+ called For All Mankind that envisions that alternate history, and the first trailer has already lifted off. Check it out below.
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Who doesn’t love the inexplicable, transportative moviegoing experience? I remember seeing Wim Wenders’ documentary about Cuban music, Buena Vista Social Club, and floating on that one for days. I thought I was going to see a concert film, but it took me to a place I’d never been before and did it in a unique way.
I’m also a tremendous science fiction fan, as this is the safest way, usually, to get audiences in “the zone.” (note – I hate the expression “the zone,” but sometimes cliches, even if they are the names of fad diets, work best.) When a movie dabbles on the edge of sci-fi and is able to take you in unexpected directions, that’s when I really start to get excited.
This week, taking a break from some of the more clear cut categories (e.g. “World War II movies”) I’d like to offer up some examples of movies that you wouldn’t at first consider as science fiction, but still take on (for me) the properties of good sci-fi. Some actually try to “pass” as sci-fi without any of the usual techniques (more on this in a bit) and some do precisely the reverse: have such a remarkable texture that they seem otherworldly.
Maybe this category is too heady or only makes sense to me. At the very least, I’m going to recommend eight titles you may want to check out. And no, I’m not including Tree of Life because that just came out! But I think you may have a sense of where I’m headed with this. . . Read More »