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Ten Films and TV Shows You Need to Stream This Month

Cancel your plans tonight to get stuck into a hilarious new show about being 13, a satirical series brutally ripping on morning TV or all three 'Jurassic Park' movies.
By Sarah Ward
March 11, 2019
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Ten Films and TV Shows You Need to Stream This Month

Cancel your plans tonight to get stuck into a hilarious new show about being 13, a satirical series brutally ripping on morning TV or all three 'Jurassic Park' movies.
By Sarah Ward
March 11, 2019
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Not all that long ago, the idea of getting cosy on your couch, clicking a few buttons, and having thousands of films and television shows at your fingertips seemed like something out of science fiction. Now, it's just an ordinary night — whether you're gathering the gang for a stay-at-home shindig, cuddling up to your significant other or shutting the world out for some much needed me-time.

Of course, given the wealth of options to choose from, there's nothing ordinary about making a date with your chosen streaming platform. The question isn't "should I stay in?" — it's "what on earth should I watch?". Hundreds of titles are added to Australia's online viewing services each and every month, all vying for a spot on your must-see list. And, so you don't spend 45 minutes scrolling and then being too tired to actually commit to watching anything, we're here to help. From the latest and greatest to old favourites, here are our picks for your streaming queue for March.

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NEW STUFF TO WATCH NOW

PEN15

Remember those years when you were too cool for childhood, but just finding your feet as a teenager? You've probably blocked it out of your memory. Most of us do — except comedians Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle, who've based the entirety of their ten-episode series PEN15 on the time that most of us would rather forget. The pair play themselves as 13-year-olds starting middle school, reliving the highlights, the horrors, the first sips of beer and the agony of trying to work out what life is all about at any moment. In a series executive produced by Andy Samberg and his fellow Lonely Island pals Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, Erskine and Konkle's on-screen alter-egos are surrounded by real 13-year-olds — and the results are poignant, scarily accurate and all-round hilarious.

All ten episodes of PEN15 are available to stream now on Stan.

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GET KRACK!N

Australia's best breakfast television show airs before anyone is awake, is hosted by Kate McCartney and Kate McLennan, and proves the kind of trainwreck television that's impossible to look away from. That's the idea behind Get Krack!n, at least, with the satire really airing its second season on Wednesday evenings on the ABC — and making its episodes available to screen on iView afterwards. What the two Kates did for cooking programs in the The Katering Show (that is, parodied the hell out of them), they're now doing for the the kind of TV many folks start their day with. A word of warning: you'll never be able to take the real thing seriously ever again.

The first five episodes of Get Krack!n season two are available to scream on ABC iView, with new episodes added weekly. 

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NOW APOCALYPSE

He made his famous Teen Apocalypse Trilogy back in the 90s, courted controversy with the Joseph Gordon-Levitt-starring Mysterious Skin, gave the world a female-fronted stoner comedy with Happy Face and won the first ever Cannes Film Festival Queer Palm with Kaboom. Alas, it's been five years since filmmaker Gregg Araki last made a movie — and while Now Apocalypse is definitely a television show, it's 100 percent driven by the distinctive writer/director. Transferring his talents to the small screen (and his usual themes, standout visual style and love of taking viewers on a head trip), Araki's series is set in Los Angeles, and follows Ulysses (Avan Jogia) and his fellow twenty-something pals. They're are all just trying to chase their dreams, but in Uly's case, that could be a literal quest given that his monstrous nightmares seem to be coming true.

The first episode of Now Apocalypse is available to stream on Stan, with new episodes added weekly. 

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MINDING THE GAP

When Free Solo took out this year's Academy Award for Best Documentary, it was a thoroughly deserving winner, as anyone who's sweated through the true rock-climbing tale can attest. If the trophy had been handed to Minding the Gap instead, however, the Oscars wouldn't have made a mistake. Directed by Bing Liu and also featuring the filmmaker on-screen, this intimate doco steps into the lives of three Illinois residents as they cope with life's stresses, endeavour to find solace in skateboarding, and wrestle with society's expectations of them as young men. While every kickflip and ollie looks and feels equally raw and astonishing, the action footage has nothing on the film's real rollercoaster ride: the film's three subjects and their stories of domestic and substance abuse, living on the margins, and trying to navigate both economic and racial oppression.

Minding the Gap is available to stream on DocPlay.

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AP BIO

Calling all It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia fans. That inimitable long-running comedy isn't back on our TV screens just yet, sorry, but AP Bio will help fill the gap. Starring Glenn Howerton as a misanthropic philosophy professor who's forced to take a high-school job as a substitute biology teacher, it's exactly what you'd expect if you put his Sunny character of Dennis Reynolds (well, a slightly less creepy version of Dennis Reynolds) in such a situation. In other words, it's side-splittingly funny. There are no real lessons in this gleefully caustic sitcom — just a bitter, cynical man trying to wreak revenge on his enemies, using a class of teenagers to help, and easily outsmarting the school principal (Patton Oswald).

The first season of AP Bio is available to stream on Stan, as is the first episode of the series' second season, with new episodes added weekly. 

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HEREDITARY

When Hereditary premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last year, the immediate reactions were ecstatic — for those who like scary movies, that is. If you crumble at the mere thought of a horror flick, they acted as a warning: this isn't for you. Ari Aster's commanding debut feature worked its unnerving magic on Aussie movie-goers in mid-2018; however this unsettling thriller demands a repeat viewing, as does Toni Collette's stellar lead performance. The writer/director has a new nightmarish movie coming out later this year, so consider this homework. Or if you didn't work up the courage to catch Hereditary on the big screen, you can now step into its world of unexplained happenings, unhinged visions and creepy cults in the comfort of your own home. Enjoy.

Hereditary is available to stream on Netflix

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ONES TO WATCH OUT FOR LATER IN THE MONTH

THE OA: PART II

Back in December 2016, The OA became everyone's end-of-year binge-watch. Streaming platforms know that we all love to let episode after episode roll across the screen, and this sci-fi mystery series was tailor-made for keeping viewers on the couch until the whole thing was over. Now comes season two, which once again follows a woman by the name of Prairie Johnson (Brit Marling), who was kidnapped as a blind teenager, then returned seven years later with her sight restored. Just why she refers to be called The OA links to one of the show's many puzzles, as does the group of followers she's amassing, her stories about Russian oligarchs and the dance movements she's keen to teach her disciples. Expect many more questions in season two, especially given that it jumps to an alternative dimension.

The OA: Part II will be available to stream on Netflix from Friday, March 22.

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HANNA

Joining the long list of films-turned-TV shows is Hanna — and the long list of spy, assassin and conspiracy -focused series as well. This small-screen adaptation follows the storyline established in the 2011 movie, just with a change of cast (sorry Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana and Cate Blanchett fans). Here, the titular child (Esmé Creed-Miles) has spent her entire life learning survivalist skills under the tutelage of her mercenary father (Joel Kinnaman). Of course, the day comes when she has to put her talents to the test. The original flick plunged viewers into a complex, murky world that it'd be easy to spend more time within, and now this series delivers on that notion.

Hanna will be available to stream on Amazon Prime from Friday, March 29.

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CULT CLASSICS TO WATCH WHILE SPEAKING ALL THE DIALOGUE

THE JURASSIC PARK TRILOGY

Welcome to…your next one-day binge-watch. Sure, you've seen Jurassic Park plenty of times since it first released 26 years ago. You revisited it on the big screen for its 20th anniversary, you have a soft spot for the original sequels, and you rushed to the cinema to see Jurassic World and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. But this franchise never gets old. Just like life, the winning combination of dinosaurs and Jeff Goldblum always finds a way. There's more to the action-adventure series than that, with Steven Spielberg initially bringing Michael Crichton's novel to the big screen and spawning a saga as big as a tyrannosaurus rex's ravenous appetite.

Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III are all available to stream on Netflix.

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THE BACK TO THE FUTURE TRILOGY

Break out your puffy vests, re-name your dog Einstein and prepare to exclaim "Great Scott!" — for a few hours, at least. Re-visiting all three Back to the Future films is a little like travelling back to the future yourself — whenever you catch these 80s sci-fi gems, remembering all the other hours you've spent doing the same is just part and parcel of the experience. With this year's Happy Death Day 2U also riffing on Back to the Future: Part II's concept, the timing couldn't be better. And, given that the year 2015 has now been and gone, watching the trilogy's second flick will also let you compare the movie's vision of this very decade with the reality we're currently living. Where are our hoverboards?

Back to the Future, Back to the Future: Part II and Back to the Future: Part II are available to stream on Foxtel Now.

Published on March 11, 2019 by Sarah Ward

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