Kotaro Lives Alone on Netflix is a must-watch. Based on the manga by Mami Tsumura, the 10-episode anime has hilarious comedy but an underlying ache because of the circumstances surrounding the story. Kotaro Sato (Rie Kugimiya) is a 4-year-old boy who rents an apartment next door to a struggling manga artist Shin Karino (Toshiki Masuda). The story is a slice-of-life anime. However, there is no happy reason a toddler lives alone.
The Porter is an 8-part series airing on BET+. The series stars Aml Ameen, Ronnie Rowe Jr., Mouna Traoré, Loren Lott, Olunike Adeliyi, Alfre Woodard, and follows railway workers—porters—Junior Massey (Aml Ameen) and Zeke Garrett (Ronnie Rowe Jr.) as a tragic event lead them on divergent paths. Set in 1920s Montreal and inspired by true events about the first Black union, The Porter grips audiences with a compelling story that does not stint on character.
Army of Thieves, prequel to Zach Snyder’s Army of the Dead, focuses on beloved, quirky safecracker Dieter (Matthias Schweighöfer) as he joins a group of thieves to open a trio of safes across Europe. Matthias Schweighöfer directs the film, and Shay Hatten writes the screenplay. Visually, Army of Thieves nails it, and I love the mystery of Hans Wagner’s four safes; the direction is good, but the pacing, dialogue and plot, lack depth and comedic timing. So Army of Thieves is a mix, and it will depend on what the viewer values most.
You’s third season is like watching a collision from the sidelines; you’re unable to look away because you want to see who walks away. You continues to have great dialogue, killer acting and ups the drama to flabbergasted levels.
On My Block on Netflix follows a quartet of quirky, street-smart urban teens going through high school and living in South Central, Los Angeles. There is Monse (Sierra Capri), Cesar (Diego Tonico), Ruby (Jason Genao), and Jamal (Brett Gray). Season four continues a couple of years after the events of the third season. The final season of On My Block wraps up the series with its usual flair of comedy mixed with drama and cements itself as a staple coming-of-age story.
Midnight Mass is the latest creation from Mike Flanagan, the talented director/creator who brought us The Haunting of Hill House,…