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The Binge: love, romance and Queen Elizabeth




The Crown
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Got some time to waste? Don't know what to do? You could catch up on some great movies or TV shows that are streaming, but where to begin?

Luckily there's our monthly segment - The Binge. A Martinez talks to writer and film critic Mark Jordan Legan. Here are his picks:

What If  (HULU – Showtime Movies)

Originally released under the title The F Word, with the F standing for FRIEND. This very funny, very insightful comedy stars Daniel Radcliffe  as Wallace, a heartbroken guy who has been laying low, feeling sorry for himself but meets and falls in love with Chantry, played by Zoe Kazan.

Radcliffe’s buddy is played by Adam Driver and his girlfriend is played by McKenzie Davis who was in The Martian and is one of the leads in a great show we recently featured, Halt & Catch Fire. 

Singles (HBO GO) 

Singles comes from writer/director Cameron Crowe – who’s made everything from Say Anything to Jerry Maguire. This 1992 flick, is really good and full of superb performances from Bridget Fonda, Matt Dillon, Campbell Scott and Kyra Sedgwick.

This is Us (NBC.Com/HULU)

NBC’s new surprise hit dramedy is still in its first season – they’ve aired about 15 episodes so far and yes, some episodes are uneven and it can get a bit sappy at times, but overall it is a marvelous show – it follows three siblings and tells multiple stories with interesting, three dimensional characters portrayed by an excellent group of actors – one of which is Sterling K. Brown, who deservedly won an Emmy playing Christopher Darden in The People VS. O.J. Simpson.

The Crown (Netflix) 

The Crown is the biographical story of Queen Elizabeth II and the first season, which consists of 10 episodes, covers the time period of 1947 when Elizabeth married Phillip to about 1955. The series has received excellent reviews and has already won Golden Globes for Best Drama Series and Claire Foy for Best Lead Actress who is magnificent as the Queen. Another actor getting raves is John Lithgow who portrays the elderly Winston Churchill.

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