June Previews: Netflix and Amazon

What’s new to the world of streaming? ASFF takes in the new shows on Netflix and Amazon, from Nicolas Winding Refn’s Too Old To Die Young to the hotly anticipated new season of Black Mirror.

Miley Cyrus in Black Mirror.

Black Mirror Season 5 (Netflix)

Fresh from their groundbreaking Christmas-released “choose-your-own-adventure” style one-off episode Bandersnatch, Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones are back with the fifth season of anthology show Black Mirror, now sitting comfortably in its (semi) new home at Netflix. Returning for three more episodes, these tales of technology and humanity in the near-future are again perfectly realised. Striking Vipers, Smithereens and Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too feature such big names as Andrew Scott and Miley Cyrus and impressive production values. Essential TV viewing.

Still from Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese.

Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (Netflix)

Having already made the 2005 Bob Dylan documentary No Direction Home, Martin Scorsese returns to the original troubadour. Based around Dylan’s 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue tour, during which he took to the road for a year-long series of gigs with the likes of Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell, the film is being released alongside a 14-disc box-set liable to satisfy any Dylan fan. For Scorsese aficionados, this is another music movie to put alongside his earlier films Shine A Light (The Rolling Stones), Living In The Material World (George Harrison) and The Last Waltz (The Band).

Still from Too Old To Die Young.

Too Old To Die Young (Amazon Prime)

Nicolas Winding Refn, the director behind Drive and The Neon Demon, makes the switch to television with this ten-part Amazon Prime series. Co-created with American comic legend Ed Brubaker, Too Old To Die Young stars Miles Teller (Whiplash) as an L.A. detective named Martin Jones who moonlights as a hitman. As per Refn’s work, you can expect violence, pop ballads and an overload of high style in what feels like a spiritual cousin to David Lynch’s Twin Peaks: The Return. Some will balk at the bloodletting but it’s a mysterious and enigmatic drama.

Still from Absentia.

Absentia Season 2 (Amazon Prime)

If you missed it, the first season of Absentia starred Stana Katic as Emily Byrne, a former FBI special agent who disappeared while on the hunt for one of Boston’s most notorious serial killers. Declared dead in absentia, six years later she’s found in a cabin in the woods, barely alive and with no memory of her missing years. As she returns to find her husband (Patrick Heusinger) remarried, Season 2 promises to deepen the mystery of her disappearance, seemingly connected to a string of local murders. Once again, Oded Ruskin directs all ten episodes.

All shows available from June 2019 onwards.

James Mottram

Black Mirror Season 5. Courtesy of Netflix.