Apr 05, 2019

The Best Movies and Shows on Amazon Prime

It’s amazing to think that we live in an age when hours of quality entertainment can be streamed directly into your living room at just the touch of a button. If you’re not subscribing to Amazon Prime’s streaming service yet, you’re missing out on a lot of amazing original programming. Here are some of the best Amazon Prime original shows and movies you could be watching right now.

  • Of all the afterlife themed shows out there right now, Amazon’s new dramedy series Forever is a hands-down favorite.

    Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph star as married couple Oscar and June Hoffman whose comfortable marriage starts to get a bit stale. For over a decade, they’ve been eating the same meals, having the same conversations, and going on the same vacations year after year. But when the couple decides to break out of their comfort zone, a series of unfortunate events leaves them both dead and stuck together in a seemingly endless afterlife that looks an awful lot like their previous lives.

    Forever is a little bit sad but also still quite funny. Plus, Rudolph and Armisen together are, as always, pure heaven.

  • As disappointed as we were to hear about Jeffrey Tambor’s alleged questionable on-set behavior, we still can’t help but love Jill Soloway’s touching show Transparent and are looking forward to season five even if Tambor’s character will no longer be on it.

    Transparent tells the story of the Pfefferman family who is trying to adapt after their father announces that he is transitioning into a woman. While Tambour’s Emmy award-winning performance as Maura was initially the big draw, the supporting cast, which includes Gabby Hoffman, Judith Light, Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass, Trace Lysette, and Alexandra Billings, is nothing short of brilliant and are the reason why we keep watching this funny, bittersweet show.

  • Based on the best-selling novel by science fiction author Phillip K. Dick, The Man in the High Castle is a series depicting an alternative dystopian 1962 in which Germany and Japan rule over America after winning World War II. Alexa Davalos plays Juliana Crane, a young woman who is relatively happy despite living under totalitarian Japanese control in San Francisco. That is until she’s given a film reel which shows her what life could have been like had the Allies won. Crane decides to travel to Colorado — also known as The Neutral Zone — in order to find out more about this possible alternative reality and “The Man in the High Castle” who she suspects holds the key to the truth.

    Even though season three premiered last October, The Man in the High Castle has already been announced that the show will be returning for a fourth season sometime in 2019. Better start catching up now.

  • You might be surprised to learn that one of the most talked about films of 2018’s award season was an Amazon Prime Original movie. The Big Sick, which earned husband and wife writers Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay, is based on their true life love story.

    Nanjiani plays a fictional version of himself, an aspiring comedian who, against his traditional Pakistani family’s wishes, falls in love with a white woman named Emily, played by Zoe Kazan. The clash in their cultures causes the couple to split up, but when Emily falls into a coma due to a mysterious illness, Kumail finds himself bonding with her parents and is forced to face his true feelings and his family’s expectations head-on.

    The Big Sick is a touching story about overcoming differences in the name of love and is truly worth the watch if you haven’t seen it yet.

  • Gus Van Sant’s feature film about the life of beloved cartoonist John Callahan isn’t your typical sappy biopic but manages to be inspiring, nonetheless. Joaquin Phoenix delivers a powerful performance as Callahan, an alcoholic who is rendered quadriplegic after a drunk driving accident. During his recovery, Callahan takes up cartooning and becomes widely known for his black humor and sardonic take on taboo topics like illness and disability.

    With a strong cast that’s rounded out by Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, and Jack Black, Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot manages to be both funny and life-affirming at the same time.

  • In recent years, anime has been a hotly contested genre amongst streaming services. Just look at the fight over licenses between the likes of Netflix, Crunchyroll, and Funimation.

    While Amazon has scaled back their efforts in securing anime streaming rights after the failure of Anime Strike, there are some anime exclusively available through Amazon Prime. The best of which, in this writer’ opinion, is Re:Creators.

    Re:Creators flips the script on the trope of normal person gets transported to a magical world. Instead, characters from your favorite shows, comics, and video games start appearing in the real world with all their powers in tow. While letting all powerful fictional beings roam free in the real world is certainly a problem, it the least of anybody’s worries in this show.

    Outside of the spectacle that comes from heroes and villains of vastly different forms of media and genre fighting, Re:Creators has a robust story. Following high schooler and amateur artist Sōta Mizushino, the story dives some deep subject matter, including the mental tolls of slander, the bond between creator and creation, and why humans create stories.

    Don’t let the lack of an English dub scare you off, Re:Creators is well worth adding to your watchlist.

  • Even though this series was canceled in early 2018, we still think that the two existing seasons of One Mississippi are worth going back to watch.

    Comedian Tig Notaro not only stars in the series, she co-created it with Juno screenwriter and United States of Tara creator Diablo Cody. One Mississippi stars Notaro as an LA radio host who returns to her hometown of Bay St. Lucille, Mississippi when her mother is taken off life support. Tig stays behind to live with her brother and stepfather and recover from her own illness, all while rediscovering what it’s like to live in a small town.

    Notaro’s darkly funny sense of humor shines in this truthful and melancholy show, making it a worthwhile series to watch.

  • If you don’t have Amazon Prime and you watched the recent Emmy Awards, you were probably left wondering: who is Mrs. Maisel and what’s all the fuss about? The first season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel cleaned up at the awards, taking home statues for directing, writing, best actress, best supporting actress, and outstanding comedy series.

    From the mind of Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, Mrs. Maisel stars the illuminating Rachel Brosnahan as a newly divorced 1950s housewife whose brash and bold comedy takes the New York stand-up scene by storm. With a stellar supporting cast that includes Tony Shalhoub and Alex Borstein, Mrs. Maisel will have you laughing, cheering, and marveling at the outstanding writing and performances along with gorgeous period sets and costumes.

  • Did you know that Amazon made a movie about the Amazon?

    Their original 2016 movie The Lost City of Z starring Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, and Sienna Millar depicts the real-life adventures of the great British explorer Percy Fawcett who ventures into the unknown territory of the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th Century.

    Although the film didn’t enjoy much financial success, it was a hit with critics and was named one of the year’s top films by Time. With such high critical acclaim, you may want to go back and give it a watch.

  • Although this charming film didn’t get a lot of attention when it first released, thanks to its incredible cast and nostalgic 90s vibes, it shouldn’t be ignored.

    Set in New York City in 1995, Gillian Robespierre’s Landline tells the story of a tight-knit family led by John Turturro and Edie Falco. Their comfortable existence is threatened when their almost grown daughters, played by Jenny Slate and Abby Quinn, discover their father’s possible affair. At the same time, Slate’s character struggles with her own infidelity and impending marriage.

    Despite sounding like a downer, Landline is full of funny and honest moments much like Robespierre’s previous film Obvious Child, which also starred Slate. Aside from the great writing and stellar cast, half the fun of Landline is how it transports you back to a simpler time when shoulder pads were cool and smartphones didn’t exist.

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