(Welcome to Pop Culture Imports, a column that compiles the best foreign movies and TV streaming right now.) Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but you still have time to impress your significant other with foreign-language shows and movies. But don’t worry, not all movies with subtitles are stuffy prestige dramas. We have quite an eclectic collection of foreign movies and TV shows in this week’s Pop Culture Imports, which include a zany New Zealand comedy, a bombastic Chinese blockbuster, a classic action anime series, a reunion for a beloved K-drama couple, and a Mexican twist on a hit baking competition. Fire up those subtitles and let’s get streaming. Best Foreign Movies and TV Streaming Now The Breaker Upperers – Netflix Country: New Zealand Genre: Comedy Director: Madeleine Sami, Jackie van Beek Cast: Madeleine Sami, Jackie van Beek, James Rolleston, Jemaine Clement, Celia Pacquola. I usually feature only … [Read more...] about Pop Culture Imports: An Offbeat New Zealand Comedy, a Bombastic Chinese Blockbuster, the Mexican Take on a Baking Competition, and More
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Julie Hinds Detroit Free Press Published 9:00 AM EST Feb 1, 2019 Kelly Rowland as Gladys Knight? Michelle Williams as Diana Ross? K. Michelle as Martha Reeves? Seeing contemporary singers portray classic Motown stars is one of the pleasures of "American Soul," the BET drama that's set in 1971 and tells the origin story of "Soul Train." Debuting at 9 p.m. Tuesday, the series stars Sinqua Walls from the Starz hit "Power" as Don Cornelius, the producer behind the landmark syndicated dance show that featured African-American artists and dancers and left a deep imprint on popular culture. The saga of Cornelius and musical numbers are interwoven with subplots driven by fictional characters, including a talented but underappreciated "Soul Train" staffer and three teenagers striving for their big break in show business. It's a mash-up of story elements that somehow works. Here's why. The blend of styles: If "Empire" married "This … [Read more...] about New BET drama on birth of ‘Soul Train’ gives Motown a role
(Welcome to Pop Culture Imports, a column that compiles the best foreign movies and TV streaming right now.) New year, new foreign movies and shows to add to your ever-growing queue! If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to become more cultured, then look no further than Pop Culture Imports, where I recommend all the best titles you can watch with subtitles. But it’s not all European arthouse films — this week we have an array of movie and TV shows of all genres, including Guillermo del Toro‘s masterful dark fairy tale Pan’s Labyrinth, a harrowing and human political drama about a former Uruguayan president’s years in prison, a wacky video game anime, a lavish K-drama set in Spain, and a quiet Estonian-Georgian anti-war film. Now let’s fire up those subtitles and get streaming. Best Foreign Movies and TV Streaming Now Pan’s Labyrinth – Netflix Country: Mexican/Spanish Genre: Dark fantasy … [Read more...] about Pop Culture Imports: ‘Pan’s Labyrinth,’ An Uruguayan Political Drama, a Throwback Video Game Anime, and More
There's a job waiting for David Simon when he finishes the third and final season of The Deuce for HBO. He's so perfect for this new series, because it has the chance to be The Wire 2.0, a game-changer of enormous foresight and such urgency that it can't wait to exist — a series that takes place in the streets and towns of America, involves local law enforcement and reaches up to the White House, a web of historically important storytelling that will be as culturally and sociologically transformative as Simon's The Corner and The Wire put together. And yet, in a perfect world there are going to be dozens of talented, visionary writers lining up — starting last week if there's an actual God in this world — to pitch this story to HBO or FX or Netflix or Amazon in a time-frame that can't wait for The Deuce to be finished; it's the most important story in America right now. That series? The fictional version of the … [Read more...] about Critic’s Notebook: The Next Great TV Drama of Our Time Is Right Under David Simon’s Nose
A GRIZZLY new period drama is about to burst onto British Netflix. Here's all you need to know about the hot new crime show The Alienist. What is The Alienist about? The Alienist is a murder mystery series set in 1986 New York City. It follows a Dr Laszlo Kreizler, an early criminal psychologist, as he and a rag tag team of journalists and cops try to catch a serial killer murdering rent boys in the city. The series, which is based on the book of the same name by Caleb Carr, takes its name from the term used for psychologists in the fields early days. The opening title states: "In the 19th century, persons suffering from mental illness were thought to be alienated from their own true natures. Experts who studied them were therefore known as alienists." Who stars in The Alienist Daniel Brühl as Dr. Laszlo Kreizler - A criminal psychologist, or alienist, working in New York City Luke Evans as John Moore - A journalist investigating a string of murders Brian Geraghty as Theodore … [Read more...] about Is The Alienist based on a true story and was Theodore Roosevelt New York Police Comissioner before becoming US President?