This weekend I have… a few minutes and algorithm-driven fantasies.
When to watch: Season 2 arrives Friday on Discovery+.
If during the Great Resignation one of your “maybe someday” ideas is opening a swanky boutique motel, try this short series on people who have done just that. (Netflix’s “Motel Makeover” is more edible, but also more annoying.) Episodes are about nine minutes long and cover what appears to be a wide variety of people and locations. But watching more than three in a row gives you a creeping dread of the ubiquity of Instagram-flavored monoculture, a Scandi-Brooklyn aesthetic similarity that stretches from coast to coast. But one at a time, and it’s a solid, fast rendering.
… three hours, and I like comedy.
When to watch: Arrives Friday, on Amazon.
This three-part documentary follows the rise of Phat Tuesdays at the Comedy Store, a weekly show founded by Guy Torry (who is also a producer on this series) that helped establish a new era and community of black stand-up. in Los Angeles. angels. Nonfiction about comedy, especially about stand-up, often lists for the tormented and selfish, and while “Phat” doesn’t shy away from weighty ideas and real struggles—personal and social—it’s funny too. Great editing weaves punchlines from various talk-head interviews, and some of the show’s best moments are when you can hear the off-camera interviewers bursting out.
… a few hours, and I like foreign dramas.
When to watch: Now on Netflix.
Usually, shows about webs of loosely connected people whose paths intersect in ways that the audience, but not the characters, can perceive are suspense thrillers. Not so here. This Turkish series (in Turkish, subtitled or dubbed) is a beautiful, grounded drama that centers on Meryem (Oyku Karayel) as she begins therapy to deal with her fainting spells. She lives with her fickle brother and ailing sister-in-law, relies heavily on the wisdom of a religious elder in her community, and is perhaps a little too enthusiastic about baking cakes for the man whose house she cleans. Sublimation and indirect communication rule, but “Ethos” feels romantic rather than tortured. If you like “Shtisel” check this out.