You may not have noticed, but, uh…there is There is a lot to see. Whether it’s streaming, cable TV (many of us still have it. Dozens!), or in theaters, there’s an absolute waterfall of art falling on us all at any time. It can feel overwhelming at times, but the IGN team is here to help make sense of it all.
…well, the IGN team is here to talk about our favorite things! But maybe you like what we like. That’s helpful, right?
This is not a compilation of the site’s top-rated movies and TV or any other genre. We just love to be entertained and we wanted to relax and chat about the arts we love this month. Some of them will go mainstream! other times? Maybe you haven’t even heard of it! The world is our oyster. return? Sometimes we are late for shows and movies too! So when you dig deeper, you might even find some older favorites on the list!
spy x family
where to watch: Hulu, Crunchyroll
Alex Stedman, Entertainment Review Editor
Given its much-loved manga source material, it’s no surprise that Spy x Family is so popular, but this delightfully captivating anime has managed to surpass its pre-release hype. It takes an absurd premise – a spy has to piece together a family to complete a mission and ends up accidentally getting a telepath’s daughter and an assassin’s wife – as every member of the makeshift family scrambles to get it turned into a hilarious and often heartwarming comedy of errors to hide each other’s true identities. There are also some great action sequences, all made by Studio WIT and Cloverworks. We loved our Attack on Titan and Demon Slayer, but this surprisingly healthy slice of spy life was the change of pace I needed.
Check out our official premiere review of Spy x Family
The Last Days of Ptolemy Gray
where to watch: Apple TV+
Search Engine Optimization Specialist Jacob Kienlen
According to Walter Mosley’s book, The Last Days of Ptolemy Gray is a riveting series that I was unabashedly amazed in one day. While I generally prefer to avoid drama, it was Samuel L. Jackson whose overall performance caught my eye throughout the series. He plays a 91-year-old man who is teetering on the brink of full-blown dementia. When given the chance to take part in an experimental trial that temporarily brings back all his memories, he dives into the mysteries of the past to deal with old and new problems in the family. While watching Samuel L. Jackson in various sobriety states was the highlight, Dominique Fishback as Robin and Omar Benson as him The excellent performance of Reggie’s nephew brings a level of emotional depth that elevates the entire limited series.
Where to watch: standard channel
Clint Meter, Features, CineFix
Nothing says “summer” like sun-drenched conspiracies and murders, right? In the hottest months of the year, all you can ask for is precious except to watch an already strained relationship between two of the sexiest people of the decade unravel in a gorgeously filmed setting. That’s exactly what Jacques Deray’s La Piscine tried to do in 1969, with France’s most consummate handsome Alain Delon leading the way. The film is psychologically difficult and sexy, though. It’s a slow-heat thriller with the perfect tan, and you can see its effect on anything from Jonathan Glazer’s sexy beast to Luca Guadagnino’s loose take on the movie A Bigger Splash The remake (which even has a shade in his gorgeous heartbreak of Call Me By Your name) is set to share the screen with actors who are deliberately and deliciously filmed. But its back-page gossip energy of sleazy, pretty and well-heeled rich being victims of their own vices against the French Riviera makes La Piscine a decadent treat for the start of summer.
Where to watch: HBO Max
Tina Amini, Editor-in-Chief
Even if the idea of getting a close look at ’90s Tokyo as a digital tour of “Tokyo” isn’t enough to entice you, the performance of its lead actors in their individual character arcs (and their perception of their location in Tokyo) should. That, and the conflict sparked by the contrasting presence of well-meaning detectives, not-so-clean detectives, aspiring foreign journalists, and a group of gangster characters with their own tense realms, makes the show a feast worth binge-watching. An astonishing moment that provides insight into the political and cultural landscape and struggles of the time.
The show deftly tells a broader story about the social dynamics of the time and the pressures of detective and journalism through the more intimate setting of each character’s story. While the revealing nature of the series may not be as real as the true story of journalist Jake Adelstein’s forays into Japanese culture and sociopolitics as he makes a name for himself, they’re still just as interesting, even insightful.
Check out our official premiere review of Tokyo Wind and Cloud
where to watch: HBO Max
Scott Collura, Executive Editor, Entertainment Features
True Crime is the name of the game in my house, so when The Staircase came out on HBO Max recently, my wife and I got involved. (Yes, we’re the ones who just click on what’s spinning in the carousel at the top of the home screen.) Based on the true crime documentary series, also known as The Staircase, the miniseries stars Colin Firth as Michael Peterson, Tony Collette plays his wife Catherine. When Katherine is found dead at the bottom of the stairs of their home, the investigation begins with Michael as the prime suspect in her murder. But is it even murder? Here’s the problem, as creator Antonio Campos, who also wrote and directed several episodes, weaves out what could have happened, what could have happened, and…maybe…. .. we will never know what happened. The cast also includes Michael Stuhlbarg, Dane DeHaan, Sophie Turner, Juliette Binoche, and more familiar faces in this story spanning the years—and many perspectives.
Check out our official premiere review of The Staircase
Where to watch: HBO Max
Jonathon Dornbush, Senior Features Editor
If you need a stressful, often funny, and surprising emotional story about espionage, murder mysteries, and more, Stewardess is worth checking out. Season 2, which just recently concluded, is just as engaging as season 1, revolving around Kaley Cuoco’s stellar performance as Cassie Bowden, a flight attendant, murder suspect people, informants. If you haven’t watched Season 1 yet, come back and watch – it’s a thrilling and poignant detective novel with excellent supporting roles from Michelle Gomez and Zosia Mamet. I’m amazed by the emotional depth that season 2 explores, Cassie’s ongoing struggle with alcoholism and her struggle to stay sober sets the stage for a story that may be bigger and more chaotic than season 1, but still full of many Memorable moments and performances. It’s best to know as little as possible, but if you’re like me, you’ll know the whole story after quickly swallowing the whole thing.
Check out our official premiere review of The Stewardess Season 2
kids in the hall
Where to watch: Prime Video
Jesse Schedeen, Senior Writer and Head of Comics
I haven’t seen a good sketch comedy show in my life since Key & Peele went off the air. That’s enough to get me excited about the prospect of a “Kids in the Hall” revival, though I’m a little nervous about how the series might play out after being off the air for the better part of 3 years. Thankfully, there was never any reason to worry. And it’s not just that kids haven’t lost their comedic magic after this time (though they’re still hilarious even into middle age). The Revival series actually makes the most of the passage of time. Many of the sketches revolve around death, old age, or the general meaning the world has had different from the past. As someone in my fast 40s, I can understand that very well. The New Kids in the Lobby has plenty of callbacks to characters and gimmicks from old seasons, but it never settles for those laurels. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by modern SNL, check this out.
Where to watch: Hulu
Amelia Emberwing, Streaming Editor
Honestly, I would have liked to hate Shorsey. Letterkenny is very close to me, but the foul-mouthed, farting hockey player is definitely one of my least favorite aspects of the series. Yet, somehow, Jared Keeso and his company managed to produce a loving show that balances Shoresy’s vulgarity in a way that manages to make him endearing. Equally impressive is that each new character is a welcome addition to Letterkenny’s universe. I hope this isn’t just a limited series, because after so many years of trouble, I’m not ready to lose Shoresy.
Check out our official Season 1 review of Shoresy
Where to watch: HBO Max
Rebecca Valentine, Reporter
My favorite thing about Taika Watiti’s work since I was recently introduced is his ability to describe earnestness as something to celebrate. Steve Bonnet in “Our Flag Means Death” is the epitome of sincerity, as he gave up his life as a fanciful, sheltered gentleman to become a pirate – he was very Not suitable for this job. This naturally leads to a ton of comedy, and our flag means death is funny from start to finish. But what binds it together is its characters’ willingness to be vulnerable to each other and themselves, and the story itself sees that as their best virtue. While not all surprising emotional relationships end perfectly at the end of the season (that’s why we’re all calling for a second), our flag means death is a gentle reminder in a deeply cynical world , how to release the truth with yourself and others.
Check out our official review of Season 1 of Our Flag Means Dead
Of course, some honorable mentions for the staff include great Obi-Wan Kenobi and the two-part premiere of Stranger Things season 4 part 1. But what’s your favorite thing about this month? want to hear! Say what you like in the comments!