by Julian Spivey
“Our Flag Means Death” – HBO Max – Thursday, March 3
I’m hoping HBO Max’s newest original comedy “Our Flag Means Death” does for pirates what FX’s “What We Do in the Shadows” did for vampires. There’s reason to believe it might with Taika Waititi being the producer of both with this series created by David Jenkins. “Our Flag Means Death” stars Rhys Darby as Stede Bonnett, an aristocrat who abandons his cushy lifestyle to become a pirate. Waititi co-stars as Blackbeard. With Darby and Waititi this is bound to be a laugh riot.
“The Dropout” – Hulu – Thursday, March 3
I must admit I still don’t know who the hell Elizabeth Holmes is or what the hell Theranos was all about except for it’s apparently not a Marvel villain. Oops! But the seven-episode miniseries is based on the popular podcast of the same name if you’re a fan of that. Oscar-nominated actress Amanda Seyfried stars as Holmes with a supporting cast of Naveen Andrews, William H. Macy and Laurie Metcalf. “Saturday Night Live” MVP Kate McKinnon was originally cast in the lead but dropped out to play Carole Baskin in Peacock’s Joe vs. Carole, interestingly enough also premiering on March 3 if you’re interested, but I think the world might be a little Tiger King’d out by now.
“Pieces of Her” – Netflix – Friday, March 4
If Toni Collette is in it, I’m going to give it a shot. Collette stars in “Pieces of Her,” based on Karin Slaughter’s 2018 novel of the same name, as Laura Oliver who saves her daughter Andrea (played by Bella Heathcote) from a mass shooting by “violently eliminating the threat with ease.” This leads Andrea to the realization her mom has a past she’s unaware of and attempts to piece together these truths.
Taylor Tomlinson: Look at You – Netflix – Tuesday, March 8
Taylor Tomlinson is one of the funniest young stand-up comedians around at the moment and I greatly enjoyed her 2020 Netflix stand-up special “Taylor Tomlinson: Quarter-Life Crisis” and look forward to what she has in store for “Taylor Tomlinson: Look at You.” Tomlinson has a wry self-deprecating style that I’ve always gravitated toward in comedians and I’m sure her newest release will be chock full of laughs.
The Adam Project – Netflix – Friday, March 11
Ryan Reynolds has sure been in a lot of movies over the last year or two and they seem to fall in the category of “audience likes them, but critics not so much.” His latest is “The Adam Project” from director Shawn Levy who helmed Reynolds’ 2021 starrer “Free Guy” and is a science fiction story of a man (Reynolds) who travels back in time to get help from his younger self (Walker Scobell) to confront their late father (Mark Ruffalo). The trailer looks interestingly enough, but either way I’m sure it’ll be a popular Netflix watch.