Pretty soon, the streaming schedule will be busier than network and cable. With new and returning series, original movies and standup specials, Netfilx, Amazon, Hulu and Crackle have a ton of new stuff to watch this month. Highlights include Marvel’s latest Iron Fist, Amy Schumer, Snatch the TV series and more below.
Iron Fist – March 17 on Netflix
Now that Netflix has three Marvel series under their belt, we have an idea of what to expect from their new one. Iron Fist is more of a martial arts hero, but if the fights on Daredevil are a base line, Iron Fist is going to kick incredible butt!
Danny Rand (Finn Jones) returns from a 10 year absence to take his parents’ company back. Having trained for 10 years in K’un-L’un, Rand returns with the power of the Iron Fist, making his martial arts super powered. That means Jones does the moves and artists enhance his abilities. Iron Fist is the last character in the upcoming The Defenders series, which will be Netflix’s version of The Avengers.
Amy Schumer: The Leather Special – March 7 on Netflix
Amy Schumer has a new standup special. Enough said.
Snatch – March 16 on Crackle
Having paved their way into scripted original series like The Art of More and Startup, Crackle has turned Guy Ritchie’s classic British gangster movie into a series. This is an all new story, so watching the 2000 Brad Pitt/Benicio del Toro movie won’t give you any spoilers.
In modern day London, Rupert Grint leads a cast of young Brits in a crime gone wrong. Why do criminals always think they can pull it off? Well, if everything went according to plan, that would be no fun. The directors have managed to capture Ritchie’s energy while giving Snatch a new modern look. Also keep your eye on Phoebe Dynevor, bringing a femme fatale energy to the boys on the street.
Deidra & Laney Rob A Train – March 17 on Netflix
This Netflix original movie premiered at Sundance and it was so lovely I’m glad I saw it early in the winter wonderland. It will be just as good in the privacy of your own home though. I called it a comedic Thelma & Louise with a happier ending. I don’t think I can do any better than that.
The two titular young girls (Ashleigh Murray and Rachel Crow) start robbing the cargo train that runs behind their house, to fence the stolen goods and raise money for their mother’s bail and to pay the bills. The caper is only the beginning. This is an utterly infectious celebration of female friendship.
Love: Season 2 – March 10 on Netflix
The season premiere of Love picks up right where the first season ended. If you were skeeved out when Gus (Paul Rust) kissed Mickey (Gillian Jacobs), you’ll be happy to see her reaction at the start. Remember, she’d just confessed to being a sex addict and alcoholic. She really meant it when she said she needs to year to get her sh** together.
It seems like Gus is going to try to be platonic friends with Mickey while she gets straight. Good luck with that. The very first episode sends them on a misguided caper that only increases the awkwardness. Mickey’s roommate Bertie (Claudia O’Doherty) has a great subplot too. I’m glad to see her get some love on Love.
National Treasure – Now on Hulu
Hulu is airing the Channel 4 UK series in the U.S. Now before you make jokes about the Nicolas Cage action franchise, know that this National Treasure is very serious. Robbie Coltrane plays a beloved celebrity who is accused of rape. This ain’t Hagrid, that’s for sure.
National Treasure is a very relevant drama as 2016 brought us the cases of Nate Parker and Casey Affleck. The show asks all the questions we asked, but perhaps can give us more resolution because it is fictional. It’s only four episodes, so if the subject matter is tough, at least the format is easy to digest. Andrea Riseborough plays Coltrane’s estranged, addict daughter in a powerhouse performance too.
Burning Sands – March 10 on Netflix
This was another of Netflix’s many Sundance premieres, and perhaps their most serious drama to play the fest (Deidra & Laney and I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore are comedies). Burning Sands is a drama about fraternity hazing, and it is sobering if predictable. Unfortunately what is predictable in a movie is still happening on real college campuses.
Setting the hazing at an African-American college and fraternity, Frederick Douglas University no less, adds a perspective. The film’s classroom scenes are quick to point out Douglas’s analysis of how slave owners maintained power. For black students to do the same to their brethren is an added level of indignity.
Harlots – March 29 on Hulu
At the end of the month, Hulu brings you a costume drama with a racy twist. As its title suggests, Harlots is a drama about old timey prostitutes. It’s got all the costumes and historical accuracy of an 18th century London drama, but it’s about the struggles of a brothel servicing the men of the era. Samantha Morton plays the madam and leads a cast of British legends in a serious examination of the world’s oldest profession.