What to watch, what's new and what's everyone talking about — New Year edition

What to watch, what's new and what's everyone talking about — New Year edition

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Text: Aravin Sandran

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Tagline: You cannot contain what you are.

Cast: Sarah Paulson, Bruce Willis, James McAvoy, Samuel L. Jackson and breakout star Anya Taylor-Joy

Premise: Director M. Night Shyamalan follows up 2000's Unbreakable and 2016's Split with Glass. This time around, Unbreakable's good guy Bruce Willis is up against Mr Glass when he teams up with Split's The Beast and breaks out of an asylum that all three of them were confined in. The trailer promises a conniving Jackson, fight scenes between a ripped McAvoy and parka-adorned Willis, and the brilliant acting chops of Sarah Paulson as Dr Ellie Staple.

Trivia: The film was a collaboration between Disney's arm Buena Vista International and Universal Studios, which owns the rights to Unbreakable and Split respectively. It is truly a watershed moment in cinema for two studios to produce a sequel to two separate IPs that they own. 

One-sentence review: McAvoy channels a dark Wolverine, Jackson becomes the black Joker, and Bruce Willis returns to his good cop Die Hard persona to save the day. 

What the Internet is saying: "Unbreakable is a classic, Split was a surprise and Glass will conclude the trilogy we never knew we wanted."

Release date: Glass hits cinemas on 17 January 2019.

Taylor Swift reputation Stadium Tour

Tagline: She's a 10-time Grammy winner and now Swift's reputation Stadium Tour is the highest-grossing U.S. tour in history. 

Cast: Taylor Swift and tens of thousands of her screaming swifties.

Premise: Taylor Swift's New Year's gift to the world was the 31-December premiere of this tour film on Netflix. 2018 was a mixed bag for Swift: she missed out on an Album of the Year Grammy nomination for the first time in her career and ditched her longtime Nashville-based label Big Machine Records for a multi-million dollar deal with Universal Music. She is definitely looking to switch things up in a year that has been dominated by the likes of Ariana Grande. While her 1989 tour movie was available on Apple Music, she jumped ship for the entertainment streaming giant this time around. The film documents her performance in Dallas, Texas with appearances from her squad members Charli XCX and Camila Cabello. Just don't hold your breath for an appearance by her bae Joe Alywn. 

Trivia: The reputation Stadium Tour was sold-out completely, with an attendance of 2.9 million. 

One-sentence review: Swift's idea of giving the finger to her haters involves being decked out in magpie-worthy glitter, selling out arenas and cashing in on one of North America's highest grossing tours of all time.

What the Internet is saying: "She's truly an inspiration for all. When everyone was bullying her with snake emojis, she decided to make her comeback even stronger than before, and she did it. The reputation Stadium Tour was praised all over the world. If this isn't empowerment, I don't know what is."

Release date: Taylor Swift reputation Stadium Tour is currently available for streaming on Netflix.

Tidying Up with Marie Kondo

Tagline: Does it spark joy?

Cast: Marie Kondo

Premise: No one loves cleaning more than organisational guru Marie Kondo. She loves cleaning so much that her first step in folding clothes is love. In her new Netflix series, strangers invite her into their messed-up home so she can literally neaten up their "hoardish" ways. She does this all not with the horror and disgust of being confronted with a filthy wardrobe as is usually portrayed in Western interior makeover shows, but a youthful spring in her step and a disarming smile. With the dawn of a New Year, it's no wonder there's a six-month wait list for her consultancy services.

One-sentence review: Imagine your nagging mother turned into a well-groomed Japanese woman and then started cleaning your room with a smile on her impeccably flawless face.

What the Internet is saying: "Now, even Netflix is on my ass about cleaning my room."

Release date: Tidying Up with Marie Kondo is available for streaming on Netflix now.

True Detective Season 3

Tagline: Time takes everything but the truth.

Cast: Mahershala Ali 

Premise: Shot entirely on film, True Detective's first season was arguably one of modern television's greatest hits. In stark contrast, many are still reeling from the dismal flop that was season two. With leading man Mahershala Ali as detective Wayne Hays at its helm, season three hangs in the balance. Set in the Ozarks in Arkansas, the winning formula of the plotline remains unchanged: there's a gruesome murder to be investigated, the primary detective is weighed down by something in his past and the narrative jumps back and forth in a non-linear manner. This is drama with a capital 'D'. 

Trivia: The True Detective franchise is one of the highest rated television shows of all time, and one of the few shows that has generated more than ten million viewers, despite being unsuitable for family audiences. 

One-sentence review: Mahershala Ali strikes gold yet again as a failed detective on a case about two missing kids in rural America. 

What the Internet is saying: "This guy is like the Denzel of this generation."

Release date: True Detective Season 3 returns to HBO on 13 January 2019.

FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened

Tagline: The Fyre Festival was billed as a luxury music experience full of social media influencers on a posh island, but the reality was far from the promises. 

Cast: Social media thots, thirst-trappers, rich kids and wannabe influencers.

Premise:  If scamming was an art form, Fyre's mastermind Bill McFarland will be an artist. The festival that he conceptualised with rapper and accomplice Ja Rule was marketed as an unrivalled luxury concert experience with gourmet food, high-net-worth crowds and plush lounges. It turned out to be a row of shoddy tents, sloppy cheese sandwiches and a bunch of low-lifers on a deserted island. While McFarland was sentenced to six years in prison for the scheme, this doc is being pitched as "a first-hand look as told by the organisers themselves". This won't be the last you'll be hearing from them either; Hulu's docuseries on this festival-gone-wrong disaster comes out later this year. 

One-sentence review: Watch rich people get scammed and fight for survival.

What the Internet is saying: "This couldn't have happened to a more deserving group of people."

Release date: FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened is coming soon to Netflix on 18 January 2019.