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What: Instant Hotel
Who: A contest between airbnb owners – how’s that for a concept? Well, it was on the cards given the way the hospitality industry has fast changed across the world. Set entirely in Australia, this travel/reality/game show has six pairs – from lovers to brother-sister to mother-daughter to bffs – staying in each other’s “instant hotels” and judging them on four parameters – accommodation, location, night’s sleep and value for money. There’s also an expert, Juliet Ashworth, scoring each of the homes. And what’s more, the contestants are also scored as guests – cleanliness mostly – by every host.
Why: For those who are Masterchef Australia fans, they’ve seen a side of Australia where everyone is so kind-hearted and giving that it seems less of a competition and more of a bunch of friends having a good time. Well, here, you’ll see the dark side of people from Down Under. They may not be Bigg Boss mean but they are overtly critical of each other’s homes in a way that is unreasonable and petty. Obviously it makes for great television. Take Leroy for instance, one half of “fussy couple” Leroy and Brent. He was severely dismissive of every home he stayed in, going on to call one of the hotels “lipstick on a gorilla” and “mutton dressed as lamb”. Yes, it’s supremely entertaining. Also, you get to see places in Australia which are not tourist traps and might end up on your bucket list. You can even stay at these properties as a quick Google search will give you the links to book these now-famous instant hotels.
What: Going in Style
Who: It’s not really a new film, having released back in 2017, but it’s just out on Netflix. And you must watch it. Not because it’s a great film. But because it has Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin having a great time and so even when the film slacks, you secretly enjoy getting the chance to watch these legends for a few minutes more. Remade from Martin Brest’s eponymous 1979 film and directed by actor-turned-filmmaker Zach Braff (Garden State), the film has the three good ol’ blokes planning a bank heist when the particular bank threatens to take away one of their homes. None of the three would ever make it to Danny Ocean’s shortlist and it is that cute clumsiness of the trio which leads to hilarious consequences.
Why: The script maybe a little tired and quite predictable but the three Oscar-winning thespians are really into their characters and are clearly having a lot of fun, playing off each other in a way only they can. And while you have seen Freeman and Arkin in similar environments in Last Vegas and Stand Up Guys, Caine is new to this zone and is inimitably hilarious. There is a lot of warmth in the way the three characters look out for each other and an inherent sadness to the natural perils of old age. Try to get a couple of old friends over and stream this over some old bourbon. You’ll not forget the evening in a hurry.
What: Young Adult
Where: Amazon Prime Video
Why: When you think of writer-director Jason Reitman, you think of Juno and Up in the Air and Thank You For Smoking. But this 2011 film, written by Diablo Cody, hardly ever comes up. Unfairly so. Because Young Adult starring Charlize Theron as a divorced and depressed and alcoholic ghost writer of young literature on the wrong side of 30 is a little gem in its own way. Theron’s Mavis Gary returns to her small Minnesota hometown in a bid to relive her glory days from high school but things don’t go as per plan, as the dark darker darkest insides of the woman burst out at the wrong times at the wrong places. The Oscar-winning actress brings out a different monster in her and her venomous drunken rants are a curious mix of power and vulnerability. Plus Patton Oswalt as Mavis’s physically challenged former classmate is a delight.
Did You Know
Guillermo Del Toro’s 2008 film Hellboy II: The Golden Army is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
All 13 seasons of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia are now streaming on Hotstar.
Agnes Varda’s 1995 film One Hundred and One Nights is now streaming on Mubi.
The 1963 Cary Grant-Audrey Hepburn-starrer Charade is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.