Nice British Baking Present is again on Netflix and coming for Nailed It

What did the Polygon workers spend their weekend watching? Whether or not it’s the most recent virally in style Netflix collection, discovering an animated gem, or educating ourselves in older style classics, most of us discover one thing value recommending earlier than we head again to work.

And as ordinary, the solutions vary extensively, as some individuals take a look at what’s new and in style on streaming providers, and a few return to previous favorites. So right here’s what we’re watching proper now, and what you may take pleasure in watching as effectively. Head to the feedback to drop in your individual suggestions.

Nice British Baking Present

Great British Baking Show: Terrible David Bowie cake

Picture: Netflix/Channel 4

The Nice British Baking Present is again! A brand new season of Netflix’s baking competitors collection (generally known as The Nice British Bake Off abroad) kicked off with Cake Week on Friday, a completely well mannered dustup involving Battenbergs, pineapple upside-down desserts, and fondant-wrapped busts of well-known individuals composed of cake sponge. The primary episode of the brand new season was filled with scrumptious drama to the purpose of being overbaked: desserts have been unexpectedly microwaved, by chance knocked onto the ground, melted into puddles, and savaged by Paul Hollywood. One baker even mixed bubble gum and soda flavors in a cake that makes one marvel in the event that they’ve ever seen Prue and Paul give an opinion on style. However the star of the present was baker Dave’s tribute to former Blink-182 guitarist Tom DeLonge.

The present’s showstopper problem demanded that bakers create a bust of considered one of their heroes from cake. Development-based bakes are all the time aggravating to look at, however this specific problem was pure “you tried” comedy. Cribbing from Netflix’s personal Nailed It!, virtually each cake hero was a melted, blobby mess, but it surely was Three Flavours of Tom DeLonge that reached viral hit standing on Twitter. I really feel for the bakers; cake sponge doesn’t have sculptural qualities of clay or marble, so everybody deserves an A for effort. The Nice British Baking Present’s graphics division additionally deserves reward for the pleasant inside pictures of DeLonge’s head. If there’s one option to begin a season, it’s with the fondant flesh of a pop punk legend (that nobody on the present appears to know).

the making of a tom delonge cake

Picture: Netflix/Channel 4

It was a momentous episode, not only for Three Flavours of Tom DeLonge. New co-host Matt Lucas joined the present, changing Sandi Toksvig, and introduced a enjoyable, barely creepy vitality to the proceedings. It was additionally the primary GBBO season filmed throughout lockdown — the present is being produced in a “bubble,” an additional layer of problem for this season’s bakers. I’m delighted that appointment tv is right here once more. —Michael McWhertor

The Nice British Baking Present Assortment eight is streaming on Netflix.

And every little thing else we’re watching…


Contact

Jodie Foster sitting in front of satellite dishes in Contact

Picture: Warner House Video

A handful of flicks from my childhood blew my little mind: Gattaca, Tron, and Contact. I haven’t watched any of those movies in twenty years, so I determine what higher option to move quarantine than see how they hit my grown-up noggin.

I started my nostalgia tour this weekend with Contact, which I loved, simply not as a lot as I did as a child. Jodie Foster performs an astronomer trying to find clever life (and which means) within the universe, whereas slowly falling in love with a journalist/political influencer/self-help icon performed by Matthew McConaughey. As a grown-up, the central “man of science vs. girl of religion” debate feels extra polemical — I’d forgotten that McConaughey performs a preacher-turned-spiritual guru to the President of the USA. The core message feels a little bit thinner (particularly in comparison with the more moderen Arrival) however the story is not any much less propulsive, significantly the ultimate 40 minutes which play like an acid journey on the planetarium. Getting older generally is a drag, however right here’s a constructive: we get to rewatch nice movies, discovering new issues to like, seeing them, in a means, for the primary time with a recent perspective. Now to see if Tron holds as much as my inconceivable childhood expectations! —Chris Plante

Contact is streaming on HBO Max.


Physician Sleep

Rose the Hat (Rebecca Ferguson) covered in blood after murdering Baseball Boy in Doctor Sleep

Picture: Warner Bros. Footage

I slept on Physician Sleep. Critiques from final fall’s sequel to The Shining have been combined (and our critic’s take was dire!). However within the months after the film bombed on the field workplace, I solely heard good issues about Hush and Gerald’s Recreation director Mike Flanagan’s tackle the Stephen King novel — together with reward for an prolonged minimize that turned a two-and-a-half-hour film right into a three-hour-movie. Having revered a variety of Flanagan’s previous work, and feeling excessive off his Netflix collection The Haunting of Hill Home and The Haunting of Bly Manor (extra on that after the embargo subsequent month), I lastly carved out time to witness what many noticed as a misguided try and construct on Stanley Kubrick’s cinematic legacy.

Heeeeeeeeere’s Johnny with a take: Physician Sleep is improbable. Utilizing traces of Kubrick’s film as nightmarish reminiscences, Flanagan ties the paths of recovering alcoholic Dan Torrance (Ewan McGregor), superpowered shiner Abra Stone (Kyliegh Curran), and Rose the Hat (Rebecca Ferguson), the psychic chief of a soul-sucking, immortal cult, collectively right into a sprawling mythological epic. Just like the 2 Haunting collection, Flanagan has a way for learn how to hold King’s literary taste intact, and the characters grounded in actuality. The violence is vicious — set off warning: Rose and her gang feed on helpless children like Jacob Tremblay! — the theme of self-destruction is as terrifying because the supernatural, and the eventual stretch of story that leads Dan again to the Overlook lodge feels earned. For me, the film doesn’t really feel like a Shining sequel in any respect, and extra of what I’d all the time hoped we’d get out of a Darkish Tower adaptation: A mesmerizing collision of fantasy and actuality staged atop a bedrock of mythology. —Matt Patches

Physician Sleep is streaming on HBO Max and HBO Go.


The Inexperienced Inferno

tugging intensifies in the green inferno

Picture: Common Footage

There’s a scene in Eli Roth’s grueling cannibal exploitation horror movie The Inexperienced Inferno that just about made my 100-minute funding within the movie really feel value it: A bunch of protestors, held captive by native individuals after their aircraft crashes within the jungle, are fed a mysterious meal. Upon realizing that they’re consuming their just lately departed pal Samantha, the lone vegan within the group slashes her personal throat. Instantly following her demise by suicide, considered one of her fellow protestors concocts a plan to stuff her abdomen along with his weed stash, hoping that their captors will get so stoned after they cook dinner her, that the prisoners will be capable to escape amid the confusion. Yet one more protestor decides that is an opportune second to masturbate, which he justifies as a launch to clear his thoughts. Disgusted, a 3rd protestor begins to strangle the wanker, resulting in the impressed closed captioning description “[tugging intensifies].”

It’s an unpleasant, bewildering scene that skyrockets The Inexperienced Inferno into wild, text-your-friends “you seeing this shit?!” absurdist territory. I can’t essentially advocate The Inexperienced Inferno, a brutally gory and smug reproach of “slacktivism,” however for those who’re thinking about watching this specific scene, it takes place roughly 69 minutes into the movie. —MM

The Inexperienced Inferno is streaming on Netflix.

King of the Hill

king of the hill cast standing with beers

Picture: Fox TV

As a child, I solely knew about King of the Hill from an internet mini golf Flash recreation I’d play with my siblings on the household laptop. Really useful by my Texan buddy who stated the present is an correct depiction of Texas life, I’ve lastly been watching the collection and … I’m addicted. I discovered Bobby Hill’s voice actress additionally voiced Pajama Sam, the star of considered one of Humongous Leisure’s previous laptop video games, and my life hasn’t been fairly the identical since. My pal stated they have been thinking about utilizing charcoal to grill some Korean BBQ, and I solely half-ironically scolded them for not utilizing propane. That’s the place my life is at this second. —Julia Lee

King of the Hill is streaming on Hulu.


Mystic Pop-up Bar

Mystic Pop-up Bar cast in the bar

Picture: Netflix

Having accomplished (and liked) Robust Woman Bong-soon, I dug round Netflix’s spectacular catalogue of supernatural Korean reveals to seek out one thing else lightheart. Mystic Pop-up Bar is usually lighthearted but additionally sometimes difficult and unhappy, and I positively discovered myself reaching for the tissues as I polished the exhibit over the weekend.

The no-nonsense bar proprietor Weol-ju (Hwang Jung-eum) is an afterlife reject, compelled to settle the grudges of 100,000 souls or be destroyed. With only some extra conflicts to resolve and fewer than a month to do it, she’s feeling the stress. If solely she might harness the powers of candy Han Kang-bae (Yook Sung-jae), who could make individuals confess their deepest fact with solely a contact. Even with the assistance of mild former-cop Chief Gwi (Choi Gained-young), she’s going to have a tough time preventing off rogue demons and reincarnated menaces to get it accomplished.

The present takes its time unraveling its backstory (there may be 500 years value!), always hinting on the fact and infrequently pulling a “gotcha!” model twist. Plus the meals — there’s no scarcity of glamorous meals pictures that can remind you to cease and eat when you marathon this extremely participating, transferring present. —Jenna Stoeber

Mystic Pop-up Bar is streaming on Netflix.


Paddington/Paddington 2

Paddington 2 - Paddington and Knuckles in prison

Warner Bros. Footage

The factor concerning the Paddington motion pictures is that they’re excellent. I’ve seen them earlier than, however rewatched them over the weekend with my accomplice, who had not seen them, with Paddington on Saturday evening and Paddington 2 on Sunday evening. I truthfully had forgotten that they’re really form of emotionally harrowing, and ended up crying just a few occasions.

For those who’re not aware of Paddington Bear, the final gist of the story is {that a} well mannered little bear named Paddington is attempting to make his means within the metropolis of London after leaving his residence in “darkest Peru.” It’s only a candy time for everybody. Ben Whishaw offers Paddington’s voice within the movies, and Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant star because the villains within the first and second movie, respectively. A 3rd Paddington is supposedly on the way in which, or at the least it had higher be. —Karen Han

Paddington/Paddington 2 can be found to lease on Amazon.


Prospect

Pedro Pascal wears a space suit while walking in a forest in Prospect

Picture: DUST

For those who watched The Mandalorian and thought “this Pedro Pascal man certain does a great job taking part in a reticent mercenary, however I’m wondering what he’d be like as a chatty mercenary as a substitute? And in addition wore a helmet the place I might really see his face?” you then’d have pretty much as good of a time as I did watching this low-budget sci-fi flick.

Centered round a financially struggling father and daughter who search alien moons and planets for worthwhile commodities, Prospect isn’t attempting to inform an expansive or existential story. As a substitute it focuses on the relationships that individuals select (or are compelled into) when residing on the ragged fringe of society. The sensible results do a rare job of creating the world really feel tactile and lived in and the Pacific Northwest location is made simply alien sufficient to look otherworldly. And regardless of some similarities to Pascal’s function because the Mandalorian, his roguish efficiency is sort of completely different right here, not the least as a result of we are able to see that charismatic face. —Clayton Ashley

Prospect is streaming on Hulu


Trolls: World Tour

trolls world tour: the pink girl yelling

Picture: Common Footage

When the information will get inescapably heavy and miserable, because it did final week, it’s tempting to retreat into one thing fully undemanding and unchallenging, and likewise probably enjoyable and fairly. That’s why I lastly watched Trolls: World Tour, which simply arrived on Hulu after an early stint within the “premium rental” $20 trenches. The unique Trolls film is a surprisingly good time — it’s surreal and virtually obscenely perky, with some full of life authentic songs that carry a subversive edge to its feel-good kid-movie vibe. The entire thing is consciously designed like an acid journey, full with DayGlo colours and warping landscapes filled with sudden singing flowers and speaking objects. So I’d hoped for one thing related from the sequel.

I didn’t get it — the sequel’s a reasonably normal children’ quest film, with a villain (voiced by Loopy Ex-Girlfriend’s Rachel Bloom) out to steal everybody’s uniqueness, and heroes (Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake) utilizing music to cease her. The irritating factor concerning the movie for an grownup viewer: the entire level of the plot is that each one music is equally legitimate and that pop could also be enjoyable, but it surely shouldn’t overshadow different music, and but all of the music within the movie is fed via a pop filter anyway.

However the visible design! The Trolls movies are constructed across the conceit that the tales are being informed via scrapbooks after the very fact, so your entire world is designed like a crafting social gathering, with material buildings, yarn phases, and a felt balloon. My absolute favourite photographs included a stunning canyon fabricated from piled-up quilts, a pond the place the foamy fringe of the water is the ragged, frayed fringe of a chunk of fabric, and a waterfall consisting of silver ribbons. The songs are kinda boring and the plot’s fairly rote, however this movie is shockingly stunning and thought-through in all of the design parts. —Tasha Robinson

Trolls: World Tour is streaming on Hulu and rentable on Amazon.

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