What to stream this week on Telstra TV
Posted on February 15, 2019
13 min read
Get your fresh fix of the latest drama, action and comedy streaming this week on Telstra TV. Whether you’re in the mood for a big budget movie or a binge-worthy series, we’ve got what you need to stay entertained.
Bohemian Rhapsody (BigPond Movies)
Get ready to rock out on the sofa this weekend with one of the year’s biggest blockbusters, BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY, streaming fresh from the cinema on BigPond Movies. Taking you on a spine-tingling, toe-tapping journey through the phenomenal rise of rock music legends Queen, the film tells the story behind the band’s formation, their genre-bending musical experimentation and the group’s iconic and flamboyant frontman, Freddie Mercury (played by Rami Malek). Delving into Mercury’s personal struggle with his sexuality and later his AIDS diagnosis, Malek delivers a moving and passionate performance that has so far won him a Golden Globe, a BAFTA and a SAG Award – as well as a nomination for Best Actor at this year’s upcoming Academy Awards. Jam packed with incredible hits like We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, Somebody to Love, Don’t Stop Me Now, and the titular Bohemian Rhapsody, it’s not difficult to understand why Australian audiences have fallen in love with Queen all over again after watching the film – with their albums rocketing back to the top of the ARIA charts since its theatrical release. And with a particularly stirring scene at the end of the movie showcasing the band’s extraordinary Live Aid performance, Bohemian Rhapsody is a must-see for fans of live music and great cinema alike.
The Umbrella Academy (Netflix)
Starting this Friday 15 November is the latest Netflix Original superhero series, THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY – with all episodes available to stream from 7pm (AEDT). Based on the award-winning comic book series of the same name by My Chemical Romance lead singer Gerard Way, the series follows seven superpowered siblings who were adopted and raised by a billionaire to become crime-fighting heroes, until they all eventually grew apart. Years later, the family reunite to mourn the death of their father – only to discover a plot to bring about the apocalypse, led by supervillains Cha Cha (Mary J. Blige) and Hazel (Mindhunter’s Cameron Britton). To succeed, they’re going to have to battle against Luther (Tom Hopper from Game of Thrones), the hulking leader with a heart of gold; Diego (David Castañeda) the diminutive yet feisty mercenary; Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampman) a now-famous actress with the power of suggestion; Klaus (Robert Sheehan) the wisecracking addict who can talk to the dead; Number 5 (Aidan Gallagher) the time-shifting teleporter; and Vanya (Ellen Page), the black sheep of the family who never actually developed any superpowers. Even if you’re not typically a fan of the superhero genre, The Umbrella Academy employs and enjoyable mix of action, comedy and even some absurdly amusing dance choreography to keep you hooked right through to the very end.
Miracle Workers (Stan)
For a heavenly workplace comedy, check out MIRACLE WORKERS, starting this week on Stan. Welcome to Heaven Inc., the celestial corporation that micromanages every aspect of the entire universe. There’s a Department of Animals, with budget cuts leading to extinctions; a Department of Volcano Safety, whose inept workers are too busy checking their phones to avoid eruptions; and a Department of Angel Resources, where eager employee Eliza (played by Australia’s Geraldine Viswanathan) is transferred from the mundane Department of Dirt to the understaffed Department of Answered Prayers. There she’s teamed up with its sole employee, Craig (Daniel Radcliffe), who squirrels away his time solving menial problems like finding lost keys and gloves and forwarding the impossible prayers to the big man upstairs (Steve Buscemi). But the almighty CEO is growing tired of his creation, watching humans make a mess of it all from the hundreds of monitors in his office. When God announces that he’s going to hit the reset button, blow up earth and begin working on something new, Eliza – who is keen to work on something big and exciting – makes a deal with him that if she can answer a single impossible prayer, he’ll spare the planet from destruction. Based on the novel, ‘What in God’s Name’ by Simon Rich, this charming comedy series combines the comedy of office bureaucracy with the adventure of a race against time to save the world.
Camping (Foxtel Now)
New to Foxtel Now this month is the hilarious ensemble sitcom, CAMPING, with new episodes available each Tuesday from 7:30pm (AEDT). Created by Lena Dunham and based on the British series of the same name, the show stars Jennifer Garner as the insufferable Kathryn McSorley-Jodell – a neurotic control freak with a “dysfunctional pelvic floor” and almost 11,000 Instagram followers. It’s her husband Walt’s 45th birthday and she’s determined to make it a hit, planning a camping trip for Walt (played by David Tennant), their son, her sister and a group of their closest friends. Armed with a tabbed binder full of activities, Kathryn obsesses over every little detail, while seemingly oblivious to the fact that nobody really likes her. When the free-spirited Jandice (Juliette Lewis) arrives uninvited in the middle of the night, Kathryn’s meticulous plans are thrown into chaos. As the trip continues, relationships are tested, injuries occur, campers go missing and ultimately control is surrendered in this delightfully awkward satire that pokes fun at almost everyone.
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Our favourites streaming for the week of 8 February:
Boy Erased (BigPond Movies)
Fresh from the cinema this week on BigPond Movies is the heartbreaking BOY ERASED, starring Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe and Joel Edgerton, who also directed the film. Based on the memoir of the same name by Garrard Conley, this emotionally absorbing and eye-opening film tells the story of Jared Eamons (played by Lucas Hedges), the 19 year old son of Nancy (Kidman) and Marshall (Crowe) – a Baptist minister living in conservative Arkansas. While away at college, Jared is traumatically assaulted – and when he returns home to recover, his abuser calls his parents and tells them that their son is gay. Believing they’re making the most loving and righteous choice, Jared’s parents enrol him into a gay conversion therapy program. The alternative would be to go against the teachings of his faith and be distanced from his family and friends. But what Jared experiences are dubious and damaging counselling methods. The program teaches its vulnerable participants that the innate feelings they’re struggling with are only a choice – and uses violence, humiliation and a fear of longer-term treatment if the participants fail to convert. Charged with emotionally raw performances, the film authentically portrays the torment felt by both Jared and his mother – one wrestling with who he is and how he fits into the world, the other fighting to figure out what’s ultimately best for her son.
The Cry (ABC iview)
New to ABC iview this week is the mysteriously chilling four-part miniseries, THE CRY – with all episodes available to stream now. When Alistair (played by Ewen Leslie) and Joanna (Jenna Coleman) head off on a holiday from Scotland to Melbourne with their four month old son, the child goes inexplicably missing one night – seemingly taken from his car seat while the mother’s back is turned for a mere moment. As the pair become the subject of intense media attention, a thorough police investigation and an eventual criminal trial, the story is slowly revealed through flashbacks of the events at the time of the disappearance, their life before the birth and the grueling trial itself. By her own admission, Joanna was understandably overwhelmed by her always crying newborn – with little help offered by her workaholic partner and no close relatives to turn to. But could she be driven to murder her own child? Meanwhile, Alistair’s ex-wife, Alexandra (Asher Keddie), is facing the threat of her daughter being taken away from her to be raised by Joanna back in Glasgow. Could her desperation have driven her to do something so truly deplorable? Genuinely gripping and remarkably harrowing, this dark psychological thriller is based on the novel of the same name by bestselling Australian author Helen FitzGerald.
Broad City (Foxtel Now)
For something a little lighter, tune into the hilarious fifth and final season of BROAD CITY, with episodes available weekly each Friday from 8:30pm on Foxtel Now. Following best friends Abbi (Abbi Jacobson) and Ilana (Ilana Glazer) on their comical adventures and misadventures throughout their home town of New York City, the twenty-something offbeat pair encounter outrageously awkward mishaps and side-splitting hijinks at every turn. This season’s first episode, told entirely through Instagram-style stories, sees the girls make their way from the “tippity top to the tippity bottom” of Manhattan to celebrate Abbi’s thirtieth birthday. In their attempt to diligently document the entire day, they fall prey to injury-induced detours, credit card theft, kidnapping accusations and social media stalkers – because nothing ever goes to plan for these two. As the series unfolds, Abbi and Ilana explore new careers, reach important adult-life milestones and even contemplate leaving the Big Apple. If you’re new to the show, make sure to catch up on all past seasons available to stream in full on Foxtel Now and Stan.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (hayu and Foxtel Now)
And for your guilty viewing pleasure, grab the popcorn and dial up with drama with season nine of THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS – streaming express from the US from this Wednesday 13 February on hayu and Foxtel Now. This season, actress Denise Richards joins the cast alongside bestie Camille Grammer and series favourites Lisa Vanderpump, Lisa Rinna, Kyle Richards, Erika Girardi, Dorit Kemsley and Teddi Mellencamp – as the group laugh, love and lunge at each other against a backdrop of lavish Hollywood luxury. With trips to private islands, tours of Europe, shotgun weddings, devastating house fires and the ever-present explosive dinner party arguments, this season is sure to serve up a generous helping of shocking secrets, agonising betrayals and enough shady sass to keep you glued to the very edge of your seat.
Our favourites streaming for the week of 1 February:
Bad Times at the El Royale (BigPond Movies)
Buckle up for a spine-tingling, pulse-quickening movie night this week with BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE, available fresh from the cinema on BigPond Movies. Stuffed to the brim with a stellar cast including Australia’s own Chris Hemsworth, Jon Hamm, Dakota Johnson, Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Nick Offerman, Shea Whigham and Xavier Dolan, this gorgeously glossy plot-twisting mystery is sure to keep you guessing right until the very end. Set in Lake Tahoe in 1969, seven secretive strangers meet in an aging hotel that straddles the state line between California and Nevada. There’s the door-to-door salesman who turns out to be an undercover FBI agent, a Catholic cleric with a shady side, an out-of-work soul singer with a beautifully haunting voice, a woman forcibly saving her sister from a seductive but sadistic cult leader, and the hotel’s only employee – a Vietnam-vet turned bellhop. Finding themselves trapped together in a place that isn’t quite what it seems, they’ll need to face their demons if they want to make it out alive. Written and directed by Drew Goddard and scored by Michael Giacchino, both of whom previously worked on the cult hit series ‘Lost’, this stylishly saturated, electrifyingly thrilling neo-noir is one you won’t want to miss.
Velvet Buzzsaw (Netflix)
For a frightfully good laugh-out-loud slasher flick, check out the latest Netflix Original film, VELVET BUZZSAW, streaming from this Friday 1 February. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Morf Vandewalt, a vicious and widely feared contemporary art critic who mercilessly rules the Los Angeles art scene. When ambitious gallery worker Josephina (played by Zawe Ashton) discovers her elderly neighbour dead in their apartment building, she stumbles across a series of creepy paintings he’s left behind. Together with her overbearing, perpetually champagne-sipping gallery owner boss Rhodora Haze (Rene Russo), the gallery’s conniving curator Gretchen (Toni Collette) and the ever-influential Morf, they seize the opportunity to cash in and spin the old man’s ominous works into the toast of the town. But just as their popularity starts to soar, the deceased begins to exact his revenge and the bodies start piling up in a variety of artfully blood-soaked ways. Written and directed by Dan Gilroy, who also created Nightcrawler starring both Gyllenhaal and Russo, this savagely savvy satire contains just enough jump scares and mild gore to keep you nervously giggling, gasping and gagging for more. Also starring John Malkovich and Billy Magnussen.
Married at First Sight (9Now)
Back for its sixth season this week is the hit dating series, MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT – airing at 7:30pm each Monday through Thursday from 28 January on 9Now. Following twenty single strangers searching for love, this controversial social experiment sees each pair matched by three relationship gurus just moments before they walk down the aisle. Once they tie the knot, the couple will only then get the chance to get to know each other as they head off on their honeymoon, returning to meet their respective in-laws and start building a home together. This season brings together a commitment-phobe with a single mum, a partying model with a down-to-earth farmer, a former cricketer with a businesswoman, and an insecure cancer survivor with a feisty healthcare worker. Who will stick together and live happily ever after? And which couples will clash? Grab the popcorn and tune in to find out.
Super Bowl LIII (7plus, Kayo and Foxtel Now)
And catch all the excitement of America’s biggest annual sporting event, SUPER BOWL 53, streaming live on 7plus, Kayo and ESPN (within the Sports pack on Foxtel Now) from 10:30am (AEST) this Monday 4 February. Beamed direct from the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, the Los Angeles Rams will go head-to-head with the New England Patriots – marking the ninth Super Bowl appearance for Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady, of which five have been wins for the team. The ever-popular halftime show will air from around 12:30pm (AEST) and will feature Maroon 5, as well as rappers Travis Scott and Big Boi. And of course, the widely broadcast game is always a draw for some highly creative (and extremely expensive) advertisements – with the average 30 second commercial costing around $5 million.