Streaming tips for film, TV and arts

Des O'Driscoll lists the best of what's streaming this week
Streaming tips for film, TV and arts
Ricky Gervais in After Life

Des O'Driscoll lists the best of what's streaming this week.

Options include Ricky Gervais in After Life season two; Meryl Streep in a tribute to Stephen Sondheim; and a Blindboy monologue.

TV & Film

Beastie Boys Story

The two surviving members, Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz, tell of how their evolution from punk rock kids into one of the biggest hip-hop groups in the world.

We hear how a few years of scratching around in other bands finally gave way to breakthrough album Licensed to Ill in the mid-1980s, and the smash hit ‘Fight For Your Right to Party’.

From there, it’s typical music biz highs and lows – fame, success, fluctuating sales as fashions change, all overshadowed by the tragic death of third member Adam Yauch in 2012.

  • Apple TV+, now available

After Life: Season 2

Ricky Gervais’s misery-laden show was something of a suprise smash hit when it landed last year, and the second season should be just as popular.

Last year, we saw how a loyal dog seems to be the only positive note in his character’s life as the words ‘What’s the point?’ underpin his every move in the wake of his wife’s death from cancer.

This time around, Tony is still grieving but there’s another chink of light in the darkness as he begins to think he should try to do more for people around him.

  • Netflix, available now

Jojo Rabbit

While this film got some stick for perceived insensitivities, it’s probably good to be reminded that Hitler wasn’t just bad – he was also an idiot. Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople) wrote, directed and starred in the tale of an affable member of the Nazi youth who has the Fuhrer as his imaginary friend.

The first third of the film in particular has some hilarious moments, before the inevitable shift in tone makes for a more sombre mood.

A stellar support cast includes Rebel Wilson, Sam Rockwell, and Scarlett Johansson.

  • Sky Cinema, Monday

The Last Dance

The streaming service has already aired two episodes of this 10-part documentary series on basketball legend Michael Jordan and his final season with the Chicago Bulls, with another two dropping on Monday.

For fans of sports — and basketball in particular — it offers a feast of viewing at a time when live offerings are non-existent. More casual viewers may find it all a bit too detailed.

Personal story arcs and political machinations aside, the best viewing is provided by Jordan’s

incredible on-court feats.

Even now, some of those scores look like they should not be possible.

  • Netflix, available now

Other Arts & Ents

Take Me To The World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration

Maryl Streep is among the contributors to Take Me To The World, a celebration of the work of Stephen Sondheim
Maryl Streep is among the contributors to Take Me To The World, a celebration of the work of Stephen Sondheim

Stephen Sondheim turned 90 this week, and to mark the birthday of the musical theatre genius, a host of stars are performing a virtual tribute concert.

That day also happens to be 50 years since the opening night of his show Company, so presumably we’ll hear songs from that, as well as such productions as Gypsy, West Side Story, and Sweeney Todd.

Contributors include Meryl Streep, Mandy Patinkin, and various Broadway stars.

It begins at 8pm New York time (about 1am in Ireland), so the live version is probably only for dedicated Sondheim fans or musical insomniacs.

Free outlets to view the show include the Broadway.com website and YouTube channel.

  • Broadway.com, Sunday

Dear Ireland

Blindboy Boatclub will deliver a monologue as part of the Abbey's new series
Blindboy Boatclub will deliver a monologue as part of the Abbey's new series

With theatres closed and parts of the arts world in crisis, the Abbey’s commissioning of this series of 100 monologues was a welcome boon for the sector.

Screened via the theatre’s YouTube channel, we’ll see pieces from a motley crew of contributors, including Blindboy, Dermot Bolger, and Edna O’Brien.

  • 7.30pm, Tues to Fri abbeytheatre.ie/whats-on/dear-ireland

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