Your Week In Streaming: Angelina Jolie To Amanda Gorman

Pamela Connellan
on April 12, 2021

It’s a big week in streaming with new movies including one from Angelina Jolie who hasn’t made a movie for some time. As well, Amanda Gorman’s interview with Oprah Winfrey is out exclusively on Apple TV+ and there are many more releases on streaming platforms to keep you busy.

Angelina Jolie’s new action movie will be out next month

The trailer for Angelina Jolie‘s new action movie Those Who Wish Me Dead is here and this movie is launching her back on the big screen in a major way. This is Jolie’s first action movie since Salt, released back in 2010 and her last film was Maleficent in 2014.

Jolie has been one of the big screen’s biggest female action stars with her starring role as Lara Croft in Tomb Raider which placed her in the bankable action hero class along with others like Tom Cruise and Keanu Reeves.

In Those Who Wish Me Dead, she stars as Hannah, a smoke jumper still reeling from the loss of three lives she failed to save from a fire when she comes across a traumatised 12-year-old boy with nowhere else to turn. The whole bush fire scenario could be a lot for Australian viewers to take since the catastrophic fires here last year so be warned.

Directed by Taylor Sheridan, the film is based on a book by Michael Koryta and will see a bunch of assassins played by Nicholas Hoult (the X-Men films), Tyler Perry (Storm Boy and Gone Girl), Jon Bernthal (Ford v Ferrari) and Aiden Gillen (Littlefinger in Game of Thrones).

We’ll give you more about this film as soon as it’s released next month. But watch the trailer because it gives you some idea this is going to be one to watch.

Those Who Wish Me Dead will be released in Australian cinemas on May 13th…

Amanda Gorman talks with Oprah Winfrey exclusively on Apple TV+

If you’d like to watch Oprah Winfrey interviewing the youngest inaugural poet in US history about how she turned challenges into strengths and celebrating the women who uplifted her, this is now streaming on Apple TV+.
The interview was only recorded late last month and as Winfrey says: “Amanda Gorman is a young woman who stepped into a moment in history with enormous grace and dignity. I was enthralled by her youthful spirit from the first moment we met and very much looked forward to hearing her unpack all that has happened to her the past few months.”
Named the first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate, the youngest inaugural poet in US history and one of the most influential voices of her generation, Gorman discusses The Hill We Climb – the moving poem she delivered at the historic inauguration of President Joseph Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.
Gorman talks about the literary heroes who inspire her work and talks about how her mother and the other important women in her life who’ve encouraged her pursuit of poetry.
As Gorman reflects on the impact of her work, she looks ahead to share her hopes for the future, both personally and for the nation.
Currently, people who purchase a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac, or iPod touch can enjoy one year of Apple TV+ for free.

Amanda Gorman’s interview with Winfrey is streaming now on Apple TV+…

A new series called Made for Love makes gives tech billionaires a bad name

There’s a new Stan series called Made for Love which is one you should look out for. Based on the novel of the same name by Alissa Nutting, Made for Love is pretty much a black comedy that’s worth watching.

The series stars Cristin Milioti who you may have seen in How I Met Your Mother and who last year gave a break-out comedy performance in the movie Palm Springs.

In Made for Love, Cristin stars as Hazel Green, a thirty-something woman on the run after spending close to a decade in a suffocating marriage to her husband Byron Gogol, played by comedy great Ray Romano.

Byron is pretty much your classic unstable, needy, possibly sociopathic tech billionaire, so it’s no surprise that Hazel feels the need to run away from him.

What is a surprise, however, is that Byron has implanted a monitoring device in Hazel’s brain. And she soon discovers he can now track her, watch her and know her thoughts and feelings as she tries to stay alive.

We get to watch her as she tries to escape this situation and is forced to hide out with her widower father and his sex doll. All part of the dark comedy but make sure you’re in the right frame of mind to handle this wacky series.

Made for Love is streaming now on Stan…

New documentary about Vice President, Kamala Harris

Vice President Kamala Harris: Chase The Dream is a new documentary which brings to light the pivotal events in Kamala Harris’ life, fueling her journey to the highest-ranking office of any female in US history.

Right now, Kamala Harris is making her way across the US, promoting the relief plan introduced by the Biden administration. But this documentary brings to light the childhood events which led her to a life working to help those who cannot defend themselves.

The documentary shows how when 13-year-old Kamala and her younger sister, Maya, protested against restrictions on children playing in their apartment courtyard this was strengthened when one of her school friends was molested. This brought about her desire to bring about change and give a voice to those who are not heard and so paved the way for her to chase the dream and become the first female Vice President of the United States.

Chase The Dream captures the issues, the debates, the political deftness, and the campaign-winning smile, which helped lead Kamala Harris to the White House. On January 21, 2021, at President Joe Biden’s inauguration, Kamala Harris took her place in history, not only realising one of her own dreams, but inspiring generations ahead to chase theirs.

Chase The Dream is streaming now on Amazon Prime…

YouTube creator, Eugene Lee Yang, makes a video called: We Need To Talk About Anti-Asian Hate 


YouTube creator, Eugene Lee Yang, has made a video about Anti-Asian Hate and the crime which has been carried out in its name. In his video – We Need To Talk About Anti-Asian Hate – he looks at the Asian Americans in the wake of rising anti-AAPI attacks over the past year and the horrific murders in Atlanta on March 16th.

It’s a central theme in his documentary as he urges viewers to engage in a more active, outspoken dialogue about the struggles the most vulnerable in our communities face which so often go unheard.

Lee Yang invokes silence as one of the major issues as he says: “… the erasure of a complex, layered history of our forebears who came and contributed their sweat and blood to this country, only to be repaid in malice and manipulation. The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. The spread of US expansionism in the Asia-Pacific. The incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. The brutal murder of Vincent Chin.”

“And today, the wrongful vilification of an entire group of people, solely based on race, for a worldwide pandemic.”

Lee Yang likens ‘silence’ and ‘quiet’ to the way the Asian community has adapted: “Quiet is the way in which our elders navigate their daily walks. Quiet is how the working class women in massage parlors and salons and nail shops go about their exhaustive work. Quiet is what my parents practiced when they buried their own traumas, and quiet is what they raised me to believe was a vital asset for my survival. But what is that invisibility met with?”

“Go back to where you came from!” The same exact chant, shouted by nativists in the 1800s, are echoed on the streets in 2021. Our silence is greeted with the hateful screams of those who view us as a foreign, disease-carrying menace. As objects of sexual desire. As somehow less American. Shameless racism, spewed in the public sphere, and ultimately spilling out as violence. 

We need to talk, and keep talking, about anti-Asian hate.”

Yang gives places to donate to this cause such as the AAPI Community Fund or by getting involved with organisations like Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ).

We Need To Talk About Anti-Asian Hate is streaming now on YouTube…
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