If the thought of a new year and decade with a sci-fi ring to it fills you with existential dread, Amazon Prime Video has the goods to distract you. From the new to the classic, here’s what’s absolutely necessary this month.
“Ilana Glazer, The Planet Is Burning”
“I love Ilana Wexler. But I am really excited to introduce you to Ilana Glazer the stand-up this evening.” And it’s great to meet the Broad City star and co-creator, whose first special includes a dance party to Rihanna’s “Sex With Me,” and cutting observations on women’s razors, Nazis, politics, and weed delivery.
Hereditary ( Amazon Prime) director Ari Aster serves up more finely crafted dread with a couple on the downslope who decide to visit their friend’s Swedish hometown for a festival. Sweden’s cool, right? What could go wrong? Let’s just say Expedia neglected to mention “pagan cult contest.”
Let this terrifying math sink in: we are now as far from The Goonies’ release date as it was from the year 1950. But this old-fashioned adventure tale about misfit kids and pirate treasure still holds up (okay, stereotypes about Asians and science aside). Whether it’s your first or 100th time, do the truffle shuffle.
CBS All Access is currently developing a spin-off series that will see Patrick Stewart reprise his role as Next Generation’s Jean-Luc Picard. In the meantime, Amazon Prime has assembled a comprehensive collection of Star Trek movies spanning 1981 to 1998 that will keep fans of the old school busy through Dry January (infinity) and beyond.
“Troop Zero” (Available 1/17)
Viola Davis and Alison Janney star in this Sundance-hyped comedy about space-sized dreams. Set in Georgia in 1977, it follows a young girl (McKenna Grace) who recruits the “Birdie Scouts” crew to win a competition to be recorded on NASA’s Golden Record. Kids, this is ambition; The Masked Singer is not.
“Ted Bundy: Falling For A Killer” (Available 1/31)
After Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, and Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes (both on Netflix), do we really need another series, movie, or utterance about the notorious serial killer? Actually yes, this one makes the cut by delving deeper into the perspectives of his longtime girlfriend Elizabeth Kendall, their daughter Molly, and some of the women who managed to escape his clutches.