Binge Guide: 10 things to watch on OTT platforms this weekend

Our pick of the best that the streaming services have to offer. [Aug 6 2021]

It’s no doubt been a long week, but thankfully Friday is here. It’s time to put up your feet, fill up the popcorn tub, crack open a can of beer, and get ready to binge through the weekend. 

There is plenty of new content, and we don’t want you to waste a second wondering where to start or what to watch. So here’s a handy guide on the best new shows or movies to catch up this weekend across popular OTT streaming platforms.

Apple TV+

Mr. Corman

An Apple TV+ original series that’s written, directed, produced by, and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt has all the ingredients to be a must-watch. Levitt plays the titular character Josh Corman, who is an artist at heart but not by trade. 

Corman dreams of a career in music, but has ended up teaching at a school in the San Fernando Valley. The darkly funny show is about his struggles with feelings of anxiety, loneliness and self-doubt, and is relatable with the 30-somethings generation. The first two episodes are now available on Apple TV+. 

Physical

The acclaimed Rose Byrne-led Physical is coming to an end – only for this season though. Ahead of the season finale today, the show was renewed for a second season. 

Based in 1980s San Diego, this is a dark comedy following Sheila Rubin’s empowering journey as she gets hooked to exercise, and then discovers a way to merge it with the burgeoning technology of videotape to start a revolutionary business.

Amazon Prime Video

S.O.Z. Soldiers or Zombies

This Spanish show is the perfect weekend binge with a sci-fi plot, drug lords, soldiers, and zombies. S.O.Z. Soldiers or Zombies revolves around Alonso Marroquín and his son Lucas.

The drug kingpin and his son find refuge in a drug rehabilitation centre on the U.S border after escaping a high security Mexican prison. But instead of solace they are faced with mutant zombies. Even the SWAT team following Marroquín get infected, and what ensues is a high-octane action series. 

Cruel Summer

A teen-drama releasing this weekend is the 10-episode Cruel Summer. The show is based in a small town of Texas, and the story is spread across three summers – 1993, 1994, 1995. 

The story revolves around two girls, and the mysterious events that follow when Kate gets abducted, and Jeanettet starts gaining popularity. But nothing is as they seem, and there are serious repercussions on everyone’s lives in this ongoing popularity contest. 

The Courier

Some of the best edge-of-seat thrillers are based during the times of war, and The Courier can be counted as one. 

Set against the backdrop of the Cold War, the story is about a British businessman, Greville Wynne, who is recruited as a spy and sent on a mission to avert a nuclear Armageddon. Wynne forms an unlikely alliance with his Soviet officer in his quest to help neutralise the Cuban missile crisis.

Netflix

Cocaine Cowboys: The Kings of Miami

If you’re in the mood for a documentary, do check out Cocaine Cowboys: The Kings of Miami. Billy Corben returns after 15 years with this follow-up to his 2006 documentary film Cocaine Cowboys

This time around, we get a glimpse at the lives of Cuban deportees Augusto ‘Willy’ Falcon and Salvador ‘Sal’ Magluta. We follow their journey from bootlegging cocaine into the US in the 80s, to building a billion-dollar empire in Miami, until their eventual downfall. 

Navarasa

This is quite simply a landmark moment for the Tamil entertainment industry led by stalwarts Mani Ratnam and Jayendra Panchapakesan. This nine-film anthology is currently streaming on Netflix. 

As the name suggests, there are nine stories revolving around nine emotions – anger, fear, disgust, compassion, romance, laughter, wonder, peace, and valour. This anthology also brings together some of the biggest names in the Tamil industry like Vijay Sethupathi, Prakash Raj, Revathi, Ashok Selvan, and Priyadarshan among others.

Disney+ Hotstar

Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union

There are very few in this world who don't know about Barack Obama, and even fewer who are not in awe of him. This biopic charts out his journey from his early days as a student to becoming a young politician, to eventually becoming the 44th US President. The three-part documentary series is streaming on Disney+ Hotstar.

 

ZEE5

Dial 100

If you’ve not had enough of Manoj Bajpayee chasing bad guys with all the sincerity of a real lawman in Family Man, then you should check out Dial 100 on ZEE5 this weekend. 

The thriller takes place over the course of one night where one phone call transforms everyone’s lives. Besides Bajpayee, the film also stars Neena Gupta in a negative character, and we can’t control our excitement.

Voot

UFO

The name pretty much reveals what you need to know about this limited docuseries. Created by Showtime, it is now streaming on Voot. 

The docuseries explores the never-ending mystery behind unidentified flying objects. UFOs have always held our fancy, we just can’t have enough of them. The series covers everything from the infamous Area 51 to the wildest of conspiracy theories.