Masters of the Air
In the heart of every guy is the yearning to forget Band of Brothers entirely and watch it again like you’re seeing it for the first time. It’s a seminal piece of jingoistic World War II cinema. Now Executive Producers Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks are back in the saddle overseeing Masters of the Air based on the book by Donald L. Miller. It follows the 100th Bomb Group nicknamed the Bloody Hundredth as they give Nazi Germany hell in freezing cold planes at over 25,000 feet. Fronted by Academy Award-nominees Barry Keoghan and Austin Butler the show follows the lads over the course of eight episodes where they and their comrades meet their various fates, whether it be getting shot down behind enemy lines, losing their lives in the course of duty, or even returning home. Locations range from the friendly villages of southeast England and all the way to German POW camps. Either way a price is exacted upon them in the course of their service taking down the Third Reich.
Austin Butler got tapped by Tom Hanks shortly after his role in Elvis. The actor had gone so deep into character he couldn’t shake Elvis’s iconic voice after filming had concluded. He told The Times of London that Hanks had told him “You have immersed yourself so deeply in Elvis that, for your mental health, it would be wise to go straight into something else. If you just jump off the train, you might have emotional whiplash… and, you know, I’ve got this thing I’m producing.”
“Masters of the Air is a salute to the brave men of the 8th Air Force, who, through their courage and brotherhood, helped defeat Nazi Germany in World War II,” says executive producer Gary Goetzman. “Tom and Steven have always wanted to visualise cinematically what our author Don Miller has called, this ‘singular event in the history of warfare.”
I recommend reading the book as a companion piece, it’s a gripping read, and gives a complete history of the bombers during this time, as well as a pretty good history of war
Two episodes out on the day with new episodes released once a week. Streaming on Apple TV 26 January.
Dune: Part Two
Do I seriously need to sell you on Dune? Watch part one and bask in the glory of one of the best sci-fi Movies of the last decade.
Denis Villeneuve picks up the reins once again and puts a bow on the story. It’s a whopper though with a runtime clocking in at 2 hours and 46 minutes. Big names are added to the roster to fill out the last third of the books story including Florence Pugh, Austin Butler, Christopher Walken, and Léa Seydoux.
Directed by Michael Mann, Adam Driver has successfully transformed himself into Enzo Ferrari circa 1957. Bankruptcy threatens his new burgeoning company and the loss of his son a year earlier strains his relationship with his wife Lina Lardi (Shailene Woodley). His only chance to turn his fortunes around is to put his company’s name on the map by winning the Mille Miglia across Italy, and not get his drivers killed in the process.
Fargo: Season 5
Renewed for its fifth season, Fargo has always struck that perfect balance of drama and comedy on the tip of a knife. Small town murders abound in the snowy town of Fargo, North Dakota, this time starring Juno Temple (Ted Lasso), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), and Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight). This season takes a far more comedic edge than previous seasons, and we’re here for it.