Today we bring you two fantastic comedy series and one of the most acclaimed Irish movies in recent years.
What We Do In The Shadows
Vampires are here. They are here, and they are in pursuit of two things; blood and strong viewing figures. What We Do In The Shadows is the creation of New Zealand comedians Jermaine Clement, of Flight Of The Conchords, and Taiki Waititi, director of Thor: Ragnarok. It was originally a movie released in 2014 but has since been adapted by American Network FX, and has been garnering rave reviews since then.
Check out our Two Minute Review of the series that we put together to get the complete rundown on it.
For the many people who were not lucky enough to see Dublin Oldschool during one of its several runs in Dublin theatres, it was adapted by creator Emmet Kirwan into one of 2018's most celebrated Irish films. It tells the story of two brothers, whose lives had seemingly diverged, discovering over a drunken weekend together that they might still have more in common than they thought. Having received widespread critical acclaim last year when the film was released it has finally made its way to Netflix.
Master Of None
While Aziz Ansari is slowly returning to stand-up following something of an exile, the two season's of his Netflix show, Master of None, are well worth checking out. While the surface level description of the show feels a bit too tried and tested - an early 30s New Yorker trying to find love while all those around him begin to settle down - it distinguishes itself in several important ways.
Ansari himself proves immensely likeable in the lead role and there is a great support cast around him, including Eric Wareheim of Tim & Eric fame. Aside from that though - and the limited sympathies you can have for a cohort of young people who seem to be effortlessly able to afford plush lives in the 21st century financial vacuum that is New York - it marks itself out by many of the episodes having incredibly distinct and unique formats and narrative devices. While I wasn't entirely sold on the series after the first episode, after the second episode - which recounts the fictive experiences of Ansari's character's parents as immigrants moving to New York, in a uniquely compelling way, I was hooked and it simply gets better from there.