Fightworld (Netflix)

Fightworld

Fightworld (Netflix) – Premieres 12th October

A boxing documentary where actor Frank Grillo heads off around the world to talk to fighters and trainers of various fighting styles. Where he takes part in some of the training, learning the techniques and also finds out about how the styles came about.

In each episode Grillo looks into one specific fighting style, and heads over to a country that has a unique take on the sport. While there, Grillo talks to a couple of the fighters where they chat about their career and how the style they use comes from the ideologies of the area. Grillo also chats to some of the famed trainers who take him through his paces to show the differences in techniques compared to the staples that he was taught.

For a documentary about fighting it covers the bases you’d expect. Though the interviews in it aren’t as insightful as you’d hope, meaning while there’s nothing wrong with the show it doesn’t really grab your interest fully.

4.4/10

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ReMastered (Netflix)

Remastered

ReMastered (Netflix) – Premieres 12th October

A music documentary that looks into the life of a featured artist, and covers the seminal events in that musicians life and career.

In the episode, the documentary goes from the early life of the artist through to current day. Where by using archive footage of performances, news reports and interviews, along with interviews of friends, family and colleagues delve into what was going on in the background while these important events occurred. And altogether giving a detailed picture of the cause and effect of the situations.

As music documentaries go it’s a solid offering, and even if you’ve seen other shows about the artist featured, this still manages to give up new information making it a decent watch.

5.8/10

 

The Haunting of Hill House (Netflix)

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The Haunting of Hill House (Netflix) – Premieres 12th October

Horror series that follows the Crain family. Who after moving into Hill House to renovate and flip it over a summer in the early 90’s, begin to witness supernatural goings on, before fleeing the property. Only for the members of the family to begin witnessing the same activity 26 years later.

In the opening episode, eldest child Steven is now an author who found fame after publishing a book of what went on in the house during the time they were there. Though since he is a skeptic and never believed the house was haunted, this led to him falling out with his siblings, Shirley, Theo, Nell & Luke, for cashing in on their experiences.

While Steven is out meeting a possible lead for a new book, he misses a call from his youngest sister Nell, who also tries and fails to contact her other siblings. And after returning from his trip where he finds his brother, recovering drug addict Luke, stealing some things from his apartment and after paying him brother off discovers that his sister Nell is waiting for him in there. As the pair chat Stephen receives a call from his father Hugh when he’s told one of his siblings has committed suicide because of the house, leading to Stephen to have a realisation.

As this is going on the show cuts between the current day story and showing the family while they were living in Hill House, where mainly during the night some the supernatural goings on get more and more intense before the family are forced to leaving in the middle of the night after something serious occurred.

As TV horror goes, this is definitely of of the best to have been released in recent times. As it manages to crank the up the suspense without having to completely rely on jump scares, and managing to keep the mystery going. It’s well worth a watch.

7.7/10

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat (Netflix)

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Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat (Netflix) – Premieres 11th October

A food travel show hosted by chef Samin Nosrat, where in each episode it concentrates on one of the cooking elements salt, fat, acid & heat.

During the episode, Samin travels the world to find out how different approaches to the certain element have been adopted by specific food producers to create unique items.

As Samin talks with the producers to find out how their approach is different, and looks into how the usually generational technique was developed. She joins in with the creation of the food, highlighting the differences that help make the food taste different. Before wrapping up the programme by creating meal utilising the food she has sampled over the episode.

For a food based travel show it’s a pretty relaxing bit of viewing, where it’s more about the interaction of Samin with the folks she’s chatting to than solely concentrating of the food. Making it a pleasant enough way to burn 45 minutes.

4.7/10

Dancing Queen (Netflix)

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Dancing Queen (Netflix) – Premieres 5th October

A reality show that follows drag queen Justin Johnson aka Alyssa Edwards, who between doing various drag queen stuff runs his dance studio in Texas.

During the programme, Johnson runs Beyond Belief Dance Company. Where after returning from tour, informs his students that out of the four age groups, two dance teams will be formed to compete around the country.

In these sections of the programme, there are interviews with the students and their mothers, as they talk about why they enjoy dancing, and how it’s helped them.

In the rest of the show, it follows Johnson as Edwards as he continues with his other job of being a drag queen. Where along with explaining how he got into the business, shows him doing some public appearances. And tying the programme together are confessional style interviews with Both Johnson and his alter ego Edwards as the comment on what’s going on.

As reality shows go it comes across as a mix between Bring It and a standard reality show of a z-list celeb. Leaving it to be something that would only be of interest to those that already fans of Edwards. Otherwise it’s some instantly forgettable stuff.

1.4/10

Maniac (Netflix)

Maniac

Maniac (Netflix) – Premieres 21st September

A dark comedy based on a Norweigan programme of the same name, has Owen Milgrim, who suffers from hallucinations of a man that looks like his brother called Grimsson, and Annie Landsberg, a woman scraping to get by while having a drug dependancy.

After being told that he is on a mission from his Grimsson, Owen ends up losing his job, and after rejecting an offer to join the family business, signs up to a pharmaceutical trial of an experimental drug.

While there he sees Annie, where he is told by his Grimsson that she is the an agent that will be working with to help change the world. And after reciting the phrase Grimsson told him, a perplexed Annie confirms her association before the trials begin.

For an opening episode it’s an intriguing watch, as the story goes along at a decent pace without revealing much. Along with having a Terry Gilliam-esque feel to it all and having some amusing parts in it, it’s worth checking out.

6.4/10

The Good Cop (Netflix)

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The Good Cop (Netflix) – Premieres 21st September

A procedural comedy drama where Anthony Caruso, a New York detective with a pathological need to be honest, lives with his father Tony Sr, a disgraced cop who has just been released from prison.

As Anthony works on murder cases he ends up getting advice from his father on possible things he may not usually consider. All the while Anthony has to keep an eye on his dad as he bends the rules with his probation officer and generally does what he wants.

For a procedural cop show it’s pretty lightweight, and is similar in its format to crime shows like Monk. Making it an easy bit of viewing, but not something you’d go out of your way to watch.

4.5/10