By Adam Ray Palmer
*This is a monthly newspaper column
I am back again online this month as the glorious monthly Syston newspaper keeps isolating for the time being.
As usual, there is no cinema still so I will be diving onto Netflix to bring you some more recommendations for the month ahead. Hopefully you enjoyed the last column, and this can be your TV guide for June.
THE LAST DANCE
Have you heard of this show? Have you seen this sports documentary series? Well if you haven’t, have you even been in isolation? There’s fewer shows to get you through these tough times than Jason Hehir’s immaculately edited documentary. The Last Dance charts the rise of the 1990's Chicago Bulls, led by Michael Jordan, one of the most notable dynasties in sports history.
Throughout the ten episodes, we see archival footage on and off the basketball court as we learn more about the double three-peat winners. The series includes interviews with Phil Jackson, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman and yes, even Barack Obama. It’s a majestic recount of the incredible team and certainly one of the best shows Netflix has put on the streaming service. Go check it out.
On Netflix worldwide now
Josh Friedman and Graeme Manson (showrunners) brings to the world an adapted TV version of Oscar-winning Bong Joon-ho’s 2013 movie Snowpiercer. Set more than seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, the remnants of humanity inhabit a perpetually moving train that circles the globe, where class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival play out.
The TV version stars Jennifer Connelly, Daveed Diggs and Mickey Sumner in central protagonist roles as the jostle for collective justice takes place. The episodes drop weekly as Netflix drip feeds you the action. Whilst some episodes are better than others, it certainly fills the TV action void in your life for a while.
On Netflix worldwide now
DA 5 BLOODS
After two years away from the big screen, the master Spike Lee is back. Following his impressive 2018 effort, BlacKkKlansman, the genius returns with a journey of film in Da 5 Bloods. His Netflix war drama follows four African American veterans who battle the forces of man and nature when they return to Vietnam seeking the remains of their fallen Squad Leader and the gold fortune he helped them hide.
Now be honest, with that narrative and Spike directing the movie, how excited are you right now? Well on 12th June, the wait is over. Chadwick Boseman stars and what a few years the Black Panther has had. From the Marvel franchise to working with Spike Lee, surely his career is at an impressive height. Putting all the cogs together in the making of Da 5 Bloods, you know this will be one helluva Friday night.
On Netflix: 12th June 2020