Gone are the days of scrolling mindlessly through your queue! No longer will you have to sift through the vastness of what’s coming to the instant viewing wastelands this month! Whether you’re looking for a stellar film or an exciting new show to binge, Instant Picks of the Week brings you the hottest releases in film and television on instant viewing platforms that we know you’ll love, or at the very least not despise.
GREEN PORNO (SundanceTV)
There are some titles you look at and just go, “Hm, I wonder how the critic discovered this show.” This show certainly fits that description. Written and directed by star Isabella Rossellini, the show explores the sexual behavior of various animals and then depicts it with cardboard cutouts and foam puppets, what were you actually expecting a porn film like you’d be able to find on HD Porn Video or elsewhere? Bizarre, you ask? Yes, but that’s part of the charm. It’s intentionally awkward, and various episodes (thanks in part to guest biologist Claudio Campagna) also force humans to confront their impact on the environment and the endangered species that live in it. Plus, Rossellini is just a fun Italian woman, and the episodes aren’t more than two or two-and-a-half minutes long. Just trust me, the show has more than just a great title. [Derek Daniels]
It’s unbelievably sad that we live in a country where we have to be alert at all times when we step outside our homes. Whenever I enter a theater or a crowded mall, I feel myself tense up a little bit, just in case someone decides to take lives that day with an assault rifle or whatever their weapon of choice is. There is definitely a call for change happening in our country and hopefully we will make some headway into a brighter, safer future. In order to do that, we must acknowledge the past victims of the mass shootings that plague our nation. TOWER is a documentary that combines archival footage and animation to highlight the events that took place and the people affected by the Texas Tower Massacre on August 1, 1966. This doc is decidedly not in blithe spirits, but is incredibly important nonetheless. [Emma Wine]