May I Have A Look at What’s On the Schedule?
With a new month right around the corner, this also means that there are new offerings that are going to be available on Netflix. And that means some of us are going to be pleasantly surprised to find a hidden gem when looking at our queue, and some of us are already trying to figure out what we’re binging and when.
As such, here are some of the new movies, TV shows, and comedy specials we’re looking forward to this month.
Hari Kondabolu: Warn Your Relatives– NETFLIX ORIGINAL, May 8th
Hari Kondabolu breaks down identity politics, celebrity encounters, his mango obsession and more in a stand-up set full of unexpected twists.
Out of all the comedy specials coming out next, I gotta give a shoutout to Kondabolu. Dude is out there doing all of the important work and has repeatedly reminded me about the catharsis of comedy. I’ve been aware of Kondabolu ever since he did a set at my alma matter during the Midwestern tornado season, but it wasn’t until he started promoting The Problem with Apu that I started following him fervently.
Kondabolu is absolutely relentless in his pursuit for a better world. He is willing to tackle any monolith of pop culture and have nuanced conversations about the feedback loop between reality and pop culture. He wants a better world for tomorrow and will be quippy and sharp witted about it, and you can already see the positive impact he’s been having.
— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) April 25, 2018
What can I say? Dude is my type of comic.
Cargo– NETFLIX FILM, May 18th
Stranded in rural Australia in the aftermath of a violent pandemic, an infected father desperately seeks a new home for his infant child, and a means to protect her from his own changing nature.
Many years ago, I actually saw the original short film Cargo is based on and while I was initially skeptical of it being a full length feeature film, the trailers have slowly chipped away at my defenses. Part of my resistance is largely due to the excessive exposure of zombie media we’ve had over the last couple years. We’ve had a lot of stories where zombies overtake the earth posing thoughts like maybe the true monsters are humans and what’s the point of survival if we lose our morality?
Cargo breaks that mold in a very simple way: we know Martin Freeman’s character is not going to make it to the end of the movie. This is not about a man making it out of the zombie apocalypse unscathed. This is about a parent trying to do right by their child. This is a journey across a perilous landscape where the most threatening thing to your offspring is not the dangerous flora or fauna or zombies or inhospitable humans. It’s you.
I’m curious to see how the additional screen time affects the telling of the story. It looks like the Australian setting is going to factor in more heavily for this film and there is going to be a large Aboriginal presence in the narrative, so that’s enough to click the plus sign when May 18th comes around.
Trollhunters: Part 3– NETFLIX ORIGINAL, May 25th
The fate of both trolls and humans hangs in the balance as the final chapter begins. Will Gunmar succeed in shrouding the world in darkness?
Now, honestly: the hype I have for this series is staggering. Guillermo del Toro’s Trollhunters is perhaps my favorite animated series currently available on Netflix. The journey of reluctant Trollhunter Jim Lake Jr. and his group of friends is an absolutely endearing one that takes you through the familiar small town of Arcadia and its magical counterpart Trollmarket. It’s your typical coming-of-age, chosen-one racquet, but there’s a particular charm to the DreamWorks’ and Double Dare’s production.
Trollhunters has absolutely gorgeous animation and imaginative character and set design. There is just enough moral ambiguity to keep it from being a straight good versus evil fanfare. It’s a wonderfully magical world that could rekindle your inner wonder.
This urban fantasy owes a lot of its charm to its wonderful cast of voice actors including the late Anton Yelchin, who voiced the character for the first two seasons. He will be missed during this final season.
Guillermo del Toro has once again captured lightning in the bottle, and whether you’re already caught up or get to have to the pleasure of binging the entire story all at once, you’re going to have a wonderful weekend (which coincidentally coincides with Memorial Day, so that’s what, one season a day?).
Honorable Mention: Coco, May 29th
There’s nothing I can say about this movie that hasn’t already been said by Melissa Lozada-Olivia, so I’m just going to point you to that review. It’s brilliant.
Everything Else Coming to Netflix in May
Date Not Announced
- Arrow: Season 6
- Dynasty: Season 1
- Riverdale: Season 2
- Supernatural: Season 1
- The Flash: Season 4
- 27: Gone Too Soon
- A Life of Its Own: The Truth About Medical Marijuana
- Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures: Season 1
- Beautiful Girls
- God’s Own Country
- Hachi: A Dog’s Tale
- Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
- Hellboy II: The Golden Army
- High School Musical 3: Senior Year
- John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous Live at Radio City– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
- Mr. Woodcock
- My Perfect Romance
- Pocoyo & Cars
- Pocoyo & The Space Circus
- Queens of Comedy: Season 1
- Reasonable Doubt
- Red Dragon
- Scream 2
- Simon: Season 1
- Sliding Doors
- Sometimes– NETFLIX FILM
- The Bourne Ultimatum
- The Carter Effect
- The Clapper
- The Reaping
- The Strange Name Movie
- Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V: Season 2
- A Little Help with Carol Burnett– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
- Anon– NETFLIX FILM
- Busted!: Season 1– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
- Dear White People: Volume 2– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
- End Game– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
- Forgive Us Our Debts– NETFLIX FILM
- Kong: King of the Apes: Season 2– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
- Manhunt– NETFLIX FILM
- My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Tina Fey– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
- The Rain: Season 1– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
- Faces Places
- The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale (Streaming every Sunday – Season 1 Finale on May 13)– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
- Dirty Girl
- Bill Nye Saves the World: Season 3– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
- Evil Genius: the True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
- Spirit Riding Free: Season 5– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
- The Kissing Booth– NETFLIX FILM
- The Who Was? Show: Season 1– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
- Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
- The Phantom of the Opera
- Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce: Season 4
- Grand Designs: Seasons 13 – 14
- Only God Forgives
- The Game 365: Seasons 15 – 16
- Mamma Mia!
- The 40-Year-Old Virgin
- The Kingdom
- Catching Feelings– NETFLIX FILM
- Inspector Gadget: Season 4– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
- Bridge to Terabithia
- Disney’s Scandal: Season 7
- Small Town Crime
- Some Kind of Beautiful
- Mob Psycho 100: Season 1– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
- Shooter: Season 2
- Terrace House: Opening New Doors: Part 2– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
- Tig Notaro Happy To Be Here– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
- Explained– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
- Fauda: Season 2– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
- Survivors Guide to Prison
- Ibiza– NETFLIX FILM
- Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
- The Toys That Made Us: Season 2– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
- Sara’s Notebook– NETFLIX FILM
- The Break with Michelle Wolf– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
- Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 4– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
- Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
- My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Howard Stern– NETFLIX ORIGINAL