The Tinder Swindler, All of us are Dead, The Fallout, and other must-see movies and TV shows this weekend.
The year is officially creeping away, it’s February already, while everyone who has a partner is gearing up to celebrate Valentine’s Day, for the single ones amongst us throughout February I will be dropping a curated list of ten movies and television series to get us through every weekend in the month.
Sidenote: This list is for single people only, for those of you who are boo’d up – you can go and get movies/show recommendations from your partner.
10. All Of Us Are Dead
One of Netflix’s latest installments is the Korean-horror flick about Zombies, released on the streaming platform last weekend, All Of Us Are Dead revolves around high school students dealing with the aftermath of a zombie virus outbreak. The twelve-episode series is set in a Post-COVID world and is based on a webtoon titled Now At Our School. All Of Us Are Dead joins Squid Game and Hellbound as another Korean flick that fits into the Drama-horror subgenre. It stars Yoon Chan-young, Park Ji-hoo, Park Solomon, and Yoo In-soo.
9. The Fallout
The Fallout is Megan Park’s directorial debut, first premiered in 2021, the high school drama was finally released last weekend on HBO Max. It tells the story of Vada Cavell played by (Jenna Ortega) a high school student who has to navigate important emotional trauma following a school shooting. The 1 hour 31 minutes movie follows the main character as she faces and deals with the trauma and ordeal of the unpleasant event alongside a new friend, Mia played by actress and dancer (Maddie Ziegler). The movie also stars Julie Bowen, John Ortiz, Shailene Woodley, Will Ropp, and Neil Fitch.
8. The Woman In The House Across The Street From The Girl In The Window
If you are a fan of drama-thriller like 2014 (Gone Girl) and 2016 (The Girl On The Train) then this new Netflix miniseries is for you. The Woman In The House Across The Street From The Girl In The Window is a parody of a mystery psychological thriller created by Rachel Ramras, Hugh Davidson, and Larry Dorf. Kristen Bell stars as Anna, a woman suffering from Ombrophobia a fear of rain, and is caught up in a murder mystery. The eight-episode miniseries gives us a glimpse into Anna’s eccentric life, she enjoys cooking chicken casserole, she drinks lots of wine which causes her to hallucinate, however, the real mystery unfolds when a widowed new neighbor (Neil) moves in and a murder mystery unfolds. The miniseries also passes as a Whodunit posing the question- who is responsible for the murder? However, the answer isn’t revealed till the end of the eight episodes packed series. Alongside Kristen Bell, it stars Micheal Ealy, Tom Riley, Marry Holland, Shelley Hennig, and Cameron Britton.
7. For Maria Ebun Pataki
For Maria Ebun Pataki debuted exclusively on Netflix a few weeks ago (17th January), the movie is written by Tunde Apalowo and directed by Damilola Orimogunje. For Maria Ebun Pataki has gained widespread positive reviews among film critics, this comes at a time when Nollywood’s authenticity is being questioned following the release of Chief Daddy 2 weeks before. For Maria Ebun Pataki sets a positive tone and tackles a subject matter that is rarely addressed and mostly overlooked. It follows the story of Derin portrayed by Meg Otanwa as she deals with Postpartum Depression after giving birth to a new baby. We see the main character, a new mother struggling to begin a bond with her newborn child. Alongside Meg Otanwa, it also stars Tina Mba, Gabriel Afolayan, Judith Audu, and Demi Banwo.
6. The 355
A female-led spy movie. The 355 is a 2022 American thriller movie that tells the story of a group of international spies who must work together to stop a terrorist organization from starting World War III. Think Ocean 8, but instead of a heist, the women have to work together to save the world from a looming war. The 335 is currently showing in cinema and it boasts an ensemble of multi-talented actresses. The lead roles star Jessica Chastin, Penelope Cruz, Lupita Nyong’o, Chinese actress Fan Bingbing, and Diane Kruger. It is quite refreshing to have another all-female-led movie on our screens given the fact that movies with a female ensemble are rarely made mainstream.
5. The Royal Treatment
Valentine is a few weeks away from now and while this watchlist is very anti-valentine, I have decided to add this Netflix rom-com to make things a bit fair. The Royal Treatment is another rom-com with pretty much the same storyline that most romantic comedies come up it, but hey it serves as the perfect time killer. So if you are looking for something to while away the time, you should check it out. Written by Holly Hester and directed by Rick Jacobson, it stars Laura Marano who plays the lead character (Izzy) a hairdresser in New York who befriends and later falls in love with a Prince (Thomas) played by Mena Massoud. The movie also stars Chelsie Preston-Crayford, Phoenix Connolly, Sonia Gray, and Cameron Rhodes.
If you are an active Twitter user then you should know what Euphoria is. Every Sunday and pretty much the remaining of the week, the timeline is always littered with tweets, snippets (turned into memes) from each episode. The first season of Euphoria premiered back in 2019 and it revolves around high school students- in the first season, Euphoria addressed and touched on issues about mental health, sex, relationship, and drugs. The second season which premiered on January 9th follows in the same direction but in a more explosive and nuanced way with over-the-top cinematography. Euphoria stars Zendaya, whose performance is been continuously praised by critics every now and then, the series has also gathered an ensemble of the cast with striking performances from Alexie Demie, Sydney Sweeny, Maude Apatow, Angus Cloud, Barbie Ferreira, Jacob Elordi, and Algee Smith. You can always catch new episodes of Euphoria every Sunday on HBO MAX.
3. Juju Stories
Director and Writer of 2019 The Lost Okoroshi, Abba T. Makama teams up with C.J Obasi alongside Michael Omonua for a 3- part anthology movie called JuJu Stories. Set in modern-day Lagos, Nigeria the movie uses juju (charm) to explore three stories, the movie is split into three parts sub-titled ‘Love Potion’, ‘Yam’, and ‘Suffer the Witch’. The movie features Timini Egbuson, Nengi Adoki, Elvis Poko, Mena Sodje, Bukola Oladipupo, and Paul Utomi. JuJu Stories is currently showing in cinemas around the country.
2. Dinner At My Place
Another rom-com movie is on this week’s watchlist and yes it is a Nollywood movie. Dinner At My Place is a romantic comedy movie about a man (Nonso) portrayed by Timini Egbuson who plans to propose to his girlfriend (Chioma) Sophie Alakija over dinner but an unexpected guest shows up Nonso’s ex (Bisi) played by Bisola Aiyeola. It also features performances from Mc Lively, Uche Montana, Yemi Solade, and Charles Etubiebi. Currently showing in cinemas, the movie is the number 1 Nollywood Film of the Weekend and also the number 1 Nollywood released in January 2022. It is one of the first projects by Kevin Luther Apaa who directed the movie.
1. The Tinder Swindler
Released on Wednesday (February 2nd) on Netflix, The Tinder Swindler is a documentary that examines the story of a con man whose’s real name is (Shiman Hayut) but goes as Simon Leviev who exploits and scams people (women mostly) from the dating app -Tinder while posing as an heir to a diamond empire. In the documentary, three women share their stories and the relationship they had with him revealing in-depth details on how he swindled them of their life savings, the three women are not his only victims, and it was estimated in this new documentary that he has swindled over $10 million.
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