Screen Scene: What to watch at home this week

What to watch at home this week. (Shutterstock)
Updated 11 February 2019

Screen Scene: What to watch at home this week

DUBAI: Planning a night in? Here is what to watch on Netflix this week.

Nailed It! Mexico
Starring: Omar Chaparro, Anna Ruiz
Where: Netflix
Like some kind of anti- ‘Great British Bake-Off,’ ‘Nailed It!’ searches out terrible bakers and then asks them to recreate masterpieces and compete for a $10,000 prize. As the Netflix promo material promises, “It’s part-competition, part hot mess.” Mostly the mess part though.

High Flying Bird
Starring: Andre Holland, Zazie Beetz, Melvin Gregg, Bill Duke
Where: Netflix
Steven Soderbergh directs this sporting drama shot on a smartphone. Holland plays Ray, a basketball agent who’s acquired this year’s number one draft pick — but there’s a pay dispute between players (mostly black) and the NBA (mostly not black) to be negotiated. Guess what saves the day in this Netflix drama? Streaming...

Dirty John
Starring: Eric Bana, Connie Britton
Where: Netflix, from Feb. 14
An adaptation of the Los Angeles Times podcast of the same name, this true-crime thriller anthology is based on the life of con artist — and sociopath — John Meehan and his relationship with businesswoman Debra Newell, which began online.

Patriot Act
Starring: Hasan MinHajj
Where: Netflix, from Feb. 10
The American comedian, and former “Daily Show” contributor, who comes from an Indian Muslim family, hosts this satirical comedy show that aims to “explore the modern cultural and political landscape with depth and sincerity,” according to the press release.

The Umbrella Academy
Starring: Ellen Page, Tom Hopper
Where: Netflix, from Feb. 15
Adapted from award-winning comics, this superhero series follows the fortunes of six now-adult orphans with special powers who were adopted by a billionaire following their apparently miraculous birth on the same day in 1989.


Bong d’Or: Korean director wins Cannes’ top prize

Updated 25 May 2019

Bong d’Or: Korean director wins Cannes’ top prize

  • French-Senegalese director Mati Diop’s “Atlantics" wins festival’s second place award, the Grand Prize
  • Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne shared the best director for “Young Ahmed”

CANNES, France: South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s social satire “Parasite,” about a poor family of hustlers who find jobs with a wealthy family, won the Cannes Film Festival’s top award, the Palme d’Or, on Saturday.
The win for “Parasite” marks the first Korean film to ever win the Palme. In the festival’s closing ceremony, jury president Alejandro Inarritu said the choice had been “unanimous” for the nine-person jury.
The genre-mixing film had been celebrated as arguably the most critically acclaimed film at Cannes this year and the best yet from the 49-year-old director of “Snowpiercer” and “Okja.”
It was the second straight Palme victory for an Asian director. Last year, the award went to Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Shoplifters.”
Two years ago, Bong was in Cannes’ competition with “Okja,” a movie distributed in North America by Netflix. After it and Noah Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories” — another Netflix release — premiered in Cannes, the festival ruled that all films in competition needed French theatrical distribution. Netflix has since withdrawn from the festival on the French Riveira.
The festival’s second place award, the Grand Prize, went to French-Senegalese director Mati Diop’s “Atlantics.” Diop was the first black female director in competition at Cannes.
Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne shared the best director for “Young Ahmed.”
Best actor went to Antonio Banderas for Pedro Almodovar’s “Pain and Glory,” while best actress was won by British actress Emily Beecham for “Little Joe.”
Although few quibbled with the choice of Bong, some had expected Cannes to make history by giving the Palme to a female filmmaker for just the second time.
Celine Sciamma’s period romance “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” was the Palme pick for many critics this year, but it ended up with best screenplay.
In the festival’s 72-year history, only Jane Champion has won the prize in 1993, and she tied with Chen Kaige’s “Farewell My Concubine.”