It can be easy to get lost in the flurry of high profile television shows and triple-A blockbusters on screens today. Most people know about shows like “Game of Thrones” or “Stranger Things,” or the next big entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but what about those that fly under the radar?
These are a few shows and movies you may not have heard of but are worth watching.
‘Love, Death & Robots’
Currently on: Netflix
“Love, Death & Robots” is an animated anthology series, with each episode telling its own story in anywhere from six to 17 minutes. With 18 episodes total, comedy, science fiction, interpersonal drama and many other genres are touched upon. As well as employing various genres, each episode has its own distinct, gorgeous art style. In a couple episodes, the animation is so realistic it would fit right into a “Starcraft” cutscene. Coming from the minds of acclaimed directors David Fincher and Tim Miller, the episodes strike a fine balance between poignant and humorous. If you enjoyed “Black Mirror,” another similar Netflix original, you’re bound to enjoy this shorter, animated anthology series as well.
Currently on: Amazon Prime, Hulu, NBC
From creator and “Saturday Night Live” alum Mike O’Brien, “A.P. Bio” hits all the comedic high notes you would expect from his style of absurdist comedy. Starring Glenn Howerton of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” fame, the show tells the tale of a disgraced college professor using his status as an A.P. biology teacher to get revenge on his archnemesis. The students are colorful and fascinating, complementing Howerton’s maniacal, scheming character in a stunning array of hilarious dialogue and situations. With more comedic geniuses like Patton Oswalt and Paula Pell in the supporting cast, this show is filled to the brim with laughs.
‘The Strangers: Prey at Night’
Currently on: Amazon Prime, Google Play, YouTube
A sequel to 2008’s horror hit, “The Strangers,” “The Strangers: Prey at Night” delivers the same paranoia-fueled scares of being attacked by creepy strangers in an isolated location. Directed by Johannes Roberts, who also directed “47 Meters Down,” “Prey at Night” features the acting talents of Christina Hendricks and Martin Henderson, as well as up-and-coming actors Bailee Madison and Lewis Pullman. If the strangers’ masks aren’t enough to have you covering your eyes, the agonizing terrors surely will.
‘The Cage Fighter’
Currently on: Amazon Prime, Hulu, YouTube
Cage fighting and boxing movies are nothing new, with “Creed II” and “Bleed for This” released in recent years. However, “The Cage Fighter” breaks from this mold with its personal and brutal depiction of Joe Carman’s return to MMA. The documentary follows his decision to get back in the cage, in spite of his family’s wishes. Along with his in-ring struggles, Carman’s worrisome health and family issues give context to the cruciality of his decision. As the feature-length directorial debut of Jeff Unay, “The Cage Fighter” tugs at your heartstrings and then some.