Choose of the week
The Outdated Man
Life almost overtook artwork in the course of the manufacturing of this collection: in a becoming reminder of the frailty of advancing years, its star Jeff Bridges almost died of a mixture of most cancers and Covid. That makes his efficiency all of the extra putting on this bodily intense affair. Dan Chase (Bridges) is jolted out of meditative, solitary retirement by some indignant ghosts from his previous life as a CIA operative and is pressured right into a battle for survival. The difference of Thomas Perry’s novel typically feels clunky however is sustained by Bridges’s compelling combination of stillness and sudden, swift, lethal movement. The dependable presence of John Lithgow as Chase’s FBI nemesis doesn’t harm both.
Disney+, from Wednesday 28 September
“We’re simply wounded males out right here,” says Gogo (Ezra Elliott). However wounded folks lash out – and this London-set crime drama explores the collateral harm. By way of subject material, High Boy might be Jungle’s closest comparability. Together with exploring the politics of energy, the collection offers with the emotional toll taken by a life on the sting. When a theft goes incorrect, Gogo and his partner-in-crime Slim (RA) face a collection of reckonings. However is belief attainable on this brutal world? The story is advised partly by way of rap and drill music, and there’s a actual fringe of menace to this darkish however neon-lit world.
Prime Video, from Friday 30 September
Thai Cave Rescue
In 2018, the youngsters of the Wild Boars soccer crew (and their grownup coach) discovered themselves trapped by unhealthy climate and rising water in one of the vital harmful cave techniques on Earth, Thailand’s Tham Luang Non. What adopted was a race towards time that ultimately concerned volunteers and skilled divers from everywhere in the world. The story itself is sufficiently exceptional that features of this dramatised retelling really feel unnecessarily melodramatic, however the claustrophobia and nervousness of the crew’s ordeal are successfully realised.
Netflix, out now
Rise of the Billionaires
A well timed collection protecting the period when American entrepreneurs reworked themselves from on-line pioneers with catchphrases comparable to “Don’t be evil” into the modern-day equal of Bond villains. Inevitably, we start with Jeff Bezos, a one-time Wall Road analyst who, whereas crunching the numbers round a newfangled innovation referred to as “the web”, had a giant concept. And so we start: the launching of a parade of self-satisfied, terrifyingly bold alpha-geeks. Subsequent episodes cowl the folks behind Google, Fb and Tesla.
Paramount+, from Tuesday 27 September
Axel Milberg’s downbeat German detective returns for a 3rd season of well-constructed, patiently unfolding – if barely generic – crime drama. As we return to the port of Kiel, Borowski is on the verge of some discoveries that can virtually actually render him much more haunted and lugubrious – a letter from his estranged goddaughter Grete reveals some darkish household secrets and techniques. The estrangement was because of the disappearance of Grete’s mom, however new info means that her husband could have been answerable for her dying.
All 4, from Friday 30 September
This animated particular devised by Child Cudi because the visible accompaniment to his new album (which drops on the identical day) is a contemporary-looking variation on a well-recognized theme: discovering love within the metropolis. Jabari is a younger artist who hits it off together with his neighbour Meadow at a celebration. However with profession calls for gathering and a succession of pals giving them lower than useful relationship recommendation, will the pair discover house for one another? It’s properly realised and comes full with a starry voice solid together with Timothée Chalamet, Jessica Williams and Cudi himself.
Netflix, from Friday 30 September
Queer for Concern
“Queer persons are thought of as outdoors of society,” explains comic Lea DeLaria, “and horror is outdoors of society.” This entertaining and enlightening collection views horror by way of an LGBTQ+ lens (being “the monster within the room”) and provides up a persuasive various historical past of a incessantly maligned style that, tellingly, usually makes its factors by way of concealment, transformation and allegory. The collection begins with Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker and FW Murnau’s queer-coded Nosferatu, earlier than arriving at fashionable classics.
Shudder, from Friday 30 September