Stream these 6 movies and 1 series this “long” weekend!

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Fokkit, can you believe that we’re already at the end of April? The first quarter of 2021 dissolved quicker that a Cataflam tablet and we’ve already burned through half of the South African public holidays. That’s like burning your chakras faktap for no good reason! We have 12 public holidays in total for 2021 and we’ve klapped 4 of them. Freedom day is up next this coming Tuesday and that we have 7 left of. Two of those fall on a Saturday which makes it about as useful as tits on s shark. If you’re not working from home, I hope you’ve put in leave for Monday to enjoy a super long weekend.

I’m planning on being super kaksleg in front of the TV until at least Monday. On the actual public holiday on Tuesday we’re doing a very irresponsible ting – we’ve invited 30 friends over to come check a band on your stoep. The numbers isn’t the irresponsible part – everyone rocks up with a mask and temperatures are checked before they can remove it. The irresponsible part is sending the majority of them to work on Wednesday with a massive hangover.

Over here at WKJ HQ, we’ve just finished watching The Stand and The Rookie and now we’re busy watching  Hightown and Warrior. To change things up this weekend we will be enjoying these six movies and one brand new series (of which the first two episodes are available) which roughly gives us 2 movies per day from Saturday to Monday.

You’re welcome to copy our plan: 

Think Like a Dog
Our only family movie in the list. Oliver’s science experiment for the science fair fucks out and leads to this 12-year-old tech prodigy to telepathic connection with his dog. The duo join forces and use their unique perspectives on life to comically overcome complications of family and school. This sounds like one of those super fun movies from the 80s where people swop bodies or become young or adult. Loved those movies back then, so giving this one a shot, although the grown-up in me goes “talking dogs can go fuck themselves!” but… you know… Megan Fox…
Josh Duhamel and Megan Fox star as Oliver’s parents.  The movie was supposed to be released in movie theaters but the pandemic fucked that plan up.

Ex Machina
Caleb, a 26 year old programmer at the world’s largest internet company, wins a competition to spend a week at a private mountain retreat belonging to Nathan, the reclusive CEO of the company. When Caleb arrives at the remote location he finds that he will have to participate in a strange and fascinating experiment in which he must interact with the world’s first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot girl called Ava. Do you think he wants to robot fuck her? There is only one way to find out. Director Alex Garland has described the future presented in the film as “ten minutes from now,” meaning, “If somebody like Google or Apple announced tomorrow that they had made Ava, we would all be surprised, but we wouldn’t be that surprised.”

An incredible true story in which Oscar-nominated Jesse Eisenberg plays Marcel Marceau, the world-famous mime who helped get Jewish orphans to safety during World War 2. Jesse Eisenberg also plays Lex Luthor in the much anticipated Zack Snyder’s Justice League, which is available on the Google Play Store and Apple TV and I might actually buy this movie to own forever for R200. It is 4 fucking hours long! Seeing that is is also on HBO Max, it might actually end up on Showmax at some point. They love buying HBO stuff, which is great.

American Ultra
I nearly lost my train of thought there and searched for another Jesse Eisenberg movie. Rio (Jesse) and  Twilight (Kristen Stewart) fight to survive in this action-comedy. A stoner – who is in fact a government agent – is marked as a liability and targeted for extermination. But he’s too well-trained and too high for them to handle. I’ve seen this before but it is funny as fuck, so I will watch it again! If you’re a stoner, this will become a cult movie for you.
When this movie was launched Lionsgate pulled a lekker promotional stunt they gave away and delivered free marijuana at the San Diego Comic Con to anyone with a medical marijuana card!

Never Rarely Sometimes Always
You need at least one “tranetrekker” trekker to ground you this weekend, so how about a heavy-on-the-heart movie? Inseparable best tjommies and cuzzies, Autumn and Skylar precariously navigate the vulnerability of female adolescence in rural Pennsylvania. When Autumn mysteriously falls pregnant, she’s confronted by conservative legislation without mercy for blue-collar women seeking an abortion. With Skylar’s unfailing support and bold resourcefulness, money to fund the procedure is secured and the duo board a bus bound for New York state to find the help Autumn needs. Jirre. Starring newcomers Sidney Flanigan, Talia Ryder. Sidney Flanigan is in fact so new that she didn’t even study acting or drama. Nor had she any experience prior to this film which was her first. Before this movie she worked as a janitor!

The outjie from Twilight, Robert Pattinson stars in this entertaining western film. When a super rich pioneer travels across the frontier to marry his stukkie, the lines between hero, villain and damsel become blurred by the treacherous journey. because it are the Wild West  in 1870. It is going to be hard for me to shake the Twilight image from Pattison, but this is a comedy in the form of a Western, so I think I’m intrigued enough to give it a kyk. I just hope the wife doesn’t put 2 and 2 together and demand Twilight after this…

The Nevers
I gooied this into the mix for three reasons: it is an HBO title, it is a fantasy and there are two episodes available – enough to let me decide if I would carry one with more episodes as they get released from next week. The plot? Victorian-era London is beset by people who suddenly manifest fantastic and dangerous abilities. You see? I think I’m in! A ragtag gang of women champions this new underclass against its enemies. It is said that Penny Dreadful fans will love this, so there is sommer a fourth reason!

Need more streaming goodness? Check out our top 10 list of movies and TV series picks from the Plumlist. It is my to-go-to website when I’m stuck for streaming ideas from Netflix, Showmax and Amazon Prime:
#10. Gallery: The most beautiful photos from Kingdoms of Fire, Ice & Fairy Tales
The 2020 South African documentary Kingdoms of Fire, Ice & Fairy Tales will transport you to three of earth’s iconic wildernesses: Yellowstone National Park in America; the Black Forest in Germany; and the Arctic Circle in Swedish Lapland.
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# 9. Never Rarely Sometimes Always is a tender drama that tackles tough topics
Seventeen-year-old Autumn is dealing with an unexpected pregnancy, keeping it a secret from everyone, including her parents. She plans to have an abortion – but they’re illegal in her home state of Pennsylvania.
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#8 Six nature documentaries to stream with your kids
There’s no better way to share a taste for the wonderfully strange world we live in with the next generation than by bingeing these beautiful David Attenborough and other nature doccies as a family.
On Amazon Prime, Netflix, DStv Now & Showmax
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 #7 Nine award-worthy movies to stream in the build-up to the 2021 Oscars
Step right up, folks… step right up! It’s time to roll out the red carpets, polish the golden statuettes, “1, 2… 1, 2” the lapel microphones, put the seat fillers on standby, take a moment’s silence for Joan Rivers and get the popcorn ready… it’s awards season!p!
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#6 Stream these indie movies on Showmax
The meaning of the term “indie” when it comes to movies is pretty fluid – no one can really agree on a strict definition. The term used to refer to movies made without the backing of a major Hollywood studio. But nowadays, if recent recipients of the Independent Spirit Awards are anything to go by, indie movies can include films that are free, bold, quirky, edgy and unafraid, no matter who they’re made by
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 #5 Ten sun-drenched titles to whisk you away to beautiful Italy
Considering where we were a year ago, we’ve got amazing freedom to move around, especially when you compare South Africa to some European countries. But international travel in a pandemic is still not the option it used to be Before Covid.
On Netflix & Showmax
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 4# Thirty-pus binge-worthy boxsets to stream online in South Africa
Weekly releases may be the new thing in streaming video (which is borderline hilarious, considering it’s not new at all), but there’s something about the comfort of starting a boxset of a series, knowing that you won’t have to wait between episodes.
On Amazon Prime, DStv, Netflix & Showmax
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 #3 The best action movies on internet TV to stream immediately
Craving a high-octane dose of action that won’t take weeks to get through? Try these movies on Showmax, DStv and Netflix next time you’ve got a couple of hours free – they’re a satisfying mix of fan-favourite box-office hits and indie gems.
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 #2 Neo-noir crime drama Motherless Brooklyn is one classy yarn
Motherless Brooklyn is an adaptation of the namesake novel by Jonathan Lethem. Edward Norton acquired the rights to the book almost immediately after it was published in 1999
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 #1 A chocolate box full of Afrikaans shows and movies
With COVID-19 still swinging the axe and a third wave of infections looming on the horizon, we are just over a year into the South African lockdown. Sure, we’re only on level 1.2b amended version 8 beta and we feel a little more cautiously optimistic since the driest Krismis in history, but I came to the shocking realisation that I have not seen the inside of a movie cinema or smelled that buttery popcorn in more than a year!
On Showmax
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Our randomized trailer pick of the week

Each week we take a number from 1 to 10 from our list of suggestions and put it through a randomizer to choose a trailer to show you. This week it landed on our number 6 spot, Stream these indie movies on Showmax“. Seeing that we’ve already suggested Never Rarely Sometimes Always in the list above, we’ve chosen The Roads Not Taken from this list:
Sally Potter’s The Roads Not Taken follows a day in the life of Leo (Javier Bardem) and his daughter, Molly (Elle Fanning) as she grapples with the challenges of her father’s chaotic mind. As they weave their way through New York City, Leo’s journey takes on a hallucinatory quality as he floats through alternate lives he could have lived, leading Molly to wrestle with her own path as she considers her future. Also starring Salma Hayek and Laura Linney.

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