What: It’s Bruno!
Some times when you are bombarded with all kinds of streaming content – alien invasions, period dramas, dark psychological thrillers – you want to just go back to some simple and light television viewing. Maybe that’s why rewatches of Seinfeld and Friends and The Office still top the charts. Netflix’s new comedy series It’s Bruno! has that simple daal-chawal fulfilment to it.
It’s a show about a man and his dog. In every episode, each ranging from 15 to 20 minutes, Malcolm, played by show creator, rapper Solvan “Slick” Naim, walks around the streets of his block in Brooklyn with his puggle (cross between a beagle and a pug) Bruno (Solvan’s actual dog). And every time, there’s a fresh new adventure involving Bruno and some quirky character they bump into. Whether it’s the guy who insists on calling the dog Charlie or the guy who claims his dog is trained better than Bruno or the grumpy old lady who wants to pet the dog but won’t let Malcolm pet her granddaughter.
The simplicity is the key to the show and how beautifully the Bushwick neighbourhood is explored. The humour is situational and understated. If you’d liked Afterlife and its characters, you’ll dig It’s Bruno! and before you know it, you’ll be waiting for Season 2.
What: Historical Roasts
This was always going to be a little controversial. That it flared up like it did because Adolf Hitler came and roasted Anne Frank was perhaps something neither the show creator Jeff Ross nor Netflix anticipated.
Yes, the concept is actually very clever and different in the now-saturated world of standup comedy. Dead celebrities are roasted by dead celebrities (everyone is played by Ross’s comedian friends). So you have Freddie Mercury being roasted by Kurt Cobain or Muhammad Ali being roasted by Bruce Lee. Fascinating yes and unlike a pure roast, there are sections in every episode when the target is glorified and eulogised for his or her accomplishments during their lifetimes.
But with great power comes great responsibility. And while the whole idea is to offend and have a laugh about it, when Hitler (Gilbert Gottfried) tells Anne Frank (Rachel Feinstein): “Everyone knows you as a hero and a best-selling author, but to me you’ll always be little number 825060,” it doesn’t exactly sound funny and her retaliating in the end: “And Hitler, eat a dick” doesn’t quite hit the spot either. Frankly. But the six episodes do have their moments, especially the one roasting Freddie Mercury. Give it a shot.
Rating: Not everyone’s cup of comedy
What: Game of Thrones: The Last Watch
Where: Hotstar Premium
I know the very mention of Game of Thrones now fills your face with disgust and your mind with painful memories of the last season. Well, if you want to improve on those memories and perhaps give one final goodbye to the show we have all loved for so many years, maybe you can check out this official two-hour documentary directed by Jeanie Finlay. It’s definitely more heartwarming than any of the episodes of the eighth season.
The documentary zooms in on the making of the final season and the kind of crazy production tasks every department had to plan and execute. So we get inside the anxious minds of the prosthetic make-up artiste and the guy creating fake snow and try and understand what it took to create a show of this size and of this level of expectations.
The best bit about the film, though, is the table read where we see the cast reacting to key moments of the final season. How Conleth Hill’s (who played Varys) face falls when they read out the section where The Spider is burnt to crisp by Drogon. Or how Rory McCann (who played The Hound) celebrates when they read the part where Arya puts a knife through The Night King’s gut. But nothing compares to Kit Harrington’s reaction when he gets to know that Jon Snow will actually kill Daenerys Targaryen. Don’t miss it.
Rating: Worth a watch