This doesn’t detract from the progress that’s been made (King being nominated is a big deal!) but with hallmarks of how far we’ve come, we’re reminded of how far we have to go. Diverse casting is one thing, but being seen isn’t enough. True equity means representation in all facets — including the Hollywood Foreign Press.
With Amy Poehler and Tina Fey hosting, the Globes will still be a fun watch. Plus, it will be interesting to see how the kickoff to awards season sets the tone for what’s to come in this era of socially distanced awards shows. But if you’re on the hunt for something to tide you over until then, or if you won’t be watching the Globes at all, we’ve put together all of the best new, new-ish, and just plain good things to watch on Netflix Canada this weekend.1 of 10
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The Big Day
Like it or not, it will be quite a while before we experience big weddings again
. Do you remember massive bridal parties? And carving stations? And awkward reception dancing? If you need a refresher, The Big Day
is a masterclass in “I dos.” This season only consists of three, 40-minute episodes, but each one is a deep dive into Indian weddings, through the lens of couples who take traditions up a notch. Even if we can’t reenact these IRL, it’s a healthy dose of FOMO. Streaming now.
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Ginny & Georgia
Lack of mother-daughter boundaries? A cozy small town? I immediately got Gilmore Girls
vibes when I saw the trailer for Netflix’s new mother-daughter drama Ginny & Georgia
. And it’s not just because of the shared alliteration. The new series follows a hip, young mom (Georgia, played by Brianne Howey) and her precocious teen daughter (Ginny, played by Antonia Gentry) as they settle into an unassuming new town.
Where Rory and Lorelei were relatively wholesome and perfectly in sync, Georgia has a dark past and Ginny seems to have little patience for her mom’s whimsical antics. The town in question is somewhere in New England, but if it looks a lot like home, you aren’t losing it — filming took place in Toronto and Coburg! Streaming now.
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Ever since I got a pandemic puppy
, I’ve discovered a new and compelling subgenre of Cesar Milan-esque shows, where misbehaving dogs get a behavioural makeover. It’s like Nanny 911
for pups! As its name suggests, new Netflix original Canine Intervention
fits that bill. It’s all about Oakland-based dog trainer Jas Leverette aka Cali K9 as he transforms dogs and their owners. Leverette’s a pro at helping dogs on the brink and he has the celebrity clientele — from Drake
to Steph Curry
— to prove it. Streaming now.
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La La Land
Grand openings, grand closings! We’re only a couple of months away from seeing Emma Stone make her Disney+ debut as Cruella de Vil
but if you’re looking for something to tide you over until then, you have until Sunday to watch La La Land
on Netflix. If you haven’t seen this yet, Stone plays Mia, an aspiring actress who falls in love with Sebastian, a cynical jazz musician, as his career takes flight and hers doesn’t. Even if musicals aren’t your jam, their dreamy chemistry is enough of a draw. Streaming now.
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RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked!
For those looking to stay entertained in between new eps of the 13th season of RuPaul’s Drag Race
, season 12 of RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked!
will be available this weekend. Drag Race
fans can relive the shadiest behind-the-scenes moments that didn’t make the original episodes. Untucked
shows what happens backstage while the queens wait for judges to deliberate. It’s a genius concept, because this is usually the most tense moment of a competition reality show and it often goes unseen. Now, it’s necessary viewing for all fans of Drag Race
because, as RuPaul says in the intro, if you aren’t watching Untucked
, you’re only getting half the story. February 28.
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Between Nia Long’s iconic pixie and "Bye Felicia
gave us so much. The '90s film follows a day-in-the-life of neighbourhood slackers Craig (post-NWA Ice Cube) and Smokey (pre-Rush Hour
Chris Tucker) as they scramble to pay a debt with a dangerous pricetag. Over 25 years later, all of the jokes (99.9% coming from either Tucker or the late John Witherspoon, who plays Craig’s dad) still hold up. Plus it’s especially impressive to note that it’s Ice Cube’s first screenwriting credit and F. Gary Gray’s first time directing a full-length feature. Streaming now.
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No matter how you feel about his later work (ahem, Hubie Halloween
) Happy Gilmore
is one of Adam Sandler’s best. In the 1996 comedy,
Sandler plays the titular unsuccessful hockey player who takes his powerful swing to the green. It’s a fish-out-of-water film in Sandler’s signature style; in this case, he enters a golf tournament to win big and pay off his grandmother’s house with the winnings. To celebrate 25 years of Happy Gilmore
, Sandler shared this video
and the internet collectively lost it. Streaming now.
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The White Tiger
If you’ve already breezed through Priyanka Chopra
’s new memoir Unfinished
, her Netflix film The White Tiger
is the perfect Priyanka followup (no Nick though, sorry). Chopra plays Pinky, the wife of millionaire heir Ashok (Rajkummar Rao). We get introduced to Pinky and Ashok through the latter’s new driver, Balram (Adarsh Gourav). As Balram gets in deep with Ashok’s family, he learns that they aren’t quite so wholesome as he thought. Soon, Ashok’s family’s deceptive ways rub off on Balram in his pursuits to get rich and get even with his employer. Streaming now.
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Between The Queen’s Gambit
being everyone’s favourite quarantine stream and IRL chess star Elsa Majimbo
cackling her way onto our feeds, chess is having a serious moment. So naturally, there’s no better time to watch Critical Thinking
, which dropped last year and joined Netflix Canada’s roster this month. The inspirational drama (based on a true story) is about a teacher named Mario Martinez who puts together a chess team at an inner city high school in Miami. (Think Dangerous Minds
with a chess storyline.)
In addition to starring as Martinez, John Leguizamo was also a key player behind the lens; Critical Thinking
is his directorial debut! But the film’s added depth comes at the end, when present-day footage of the real-life Martinez and his chess team plays over the closing credits. I’m not crying, you’re
crying. Streaming now.
Under normal circumstances, I would be the last
person to recommend a sports doc. But since streaming The Last Dance
, my interest in all things athletic has been piqued. Netflix’s latest sports doc is a look back on one of soccer’s most-iconic players: Pelé
. In his own words, the 80-year-old former footballer spends the self-titled doc looking back at his life — starting with his humble beginnings in Brazil, where he shined shoes and idolized his soccer-playing father, and culminating with his victory at the 1970 World Cup.
Pelé’s perspective is backed up with commentary from former teammates, siblings, and archived footage of his most historic wins. It’s a short, sweet, and inspiring watch, whether you’re a soccer enthusiast or not. Streaming now.