In our celebrity-obsessed culture, the stars of any given movie or TV show act as our entryway into a story. Whether it’s the gossip around a big A-lister or an actor whose career you’ve been following for a while, the cast often draws us to the screen and keeps the conversation going afterwards. But, of course, the people behind the scenes of a project are just as important — if not more so — to bringing a movie together.
In this week’s batch of Netflix Canada releases, the creative forces behind the titles are taking centre stage. There’s Voir, a series of short-form visual essays executive produced by director David Fincher, which gives movie lovers a chance to highlight the film moments that changed their lives. On the TV side, there’s Saturday Morning All Star Hits!, comedian Kyle Mooney’s loving and eccentric tribute to the weekend cartoons of the ‘80s and ‘90s. There’s also Just Mercy, a rousing legal drama co-written and directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, a filmmaker who’s gone from indie darling to a major player in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.