I feel you, all the currently available shows and movies suck. Sure as hell I’ll not be watching any r*pe culture-promoting movie (60% of rom-coms + action movies on Netflix) nor will I watch a plot-less mosalsal (85% of the mosalsalat on Shahid and Arab TV in general). Nothing is getting me excited enough to get past the first 10 minutes of any episode. I compiled a list of shows and movies that’ll keep us entertained throughout the next few months though — you’re welcome.
1- Ansaf Maganeen
Released on January 14, this masterpiece is hypnotising to say the least. It walks us through the story of someone struggling with an intense mental disorder that haunts hundreds of people, those who know him and do not know him. It speaks of traditional horror stories of the Middle East, with references to black magic and all what is in between. Click here for the trailer, you won’t regret it. You could also just watch it for Asmaa Galal and Sedky Sekhr, you know?
Starring: Asmaa Galal, Sedky Sakhr, Ahmad Khaled Saleh, Diana Hesham, and Mohamed Abdel Azim, and more.
Yes, yes & yes, that’s Tom Holland in a movie that got me hooked from the trailer only. It’ll be released on February 26 and I’m seriously contemplating an Apple TV+ subscription just to watch this baby. It tells the story of a young man who enlists in the army to only come back with a diagnosis of severe PTSD and robs banks (brilliantly) as therapy. Could February just come around already?
Starring: Tom Holland, Ciara Bravo, Jack Reynor, Michael Rispoli, Forrest Goodluck, and more.
3- Riverdale (S05)
When your favourite TV show decides to produce and release yet another season, you are lucky. Life advice that goes for any mainstream show/movie: twitter and facebook are not your friends until you’re done with the season. Trust me, I learned that the hard way. Watch the trailer here. Oh, we’re waiting for season 5 to be released any minute now!
Starring: K.J Appa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Madelaine Petsch, and more.
Though already released on January 8th, it’s one-of-a-kind. This series tells the story of Arsène Lupin who wants a taste of revenge after a wealthy family harms his father (for their own interests, no surprise there). It’s a brilliantly crafted crime show designed to have you at the edge of your seat. If you have a thing for crime shows like me, that’s the one. Do not recommend starting if you have homework lying on your desk, don’t do this please. Watch the trailer here. Also, it’s French…and there’s a season two in the future so if you can’t sit tight, don’t watch.
Starring: Omar Sy, Ludivine Sagnier, Shirine Boutella, Clotilde Hesme, Soufiane Guerrab, Nicole Garcia, and more.
5- Judas and the Black Messiah
To be released on February 12th – this movie takes us back to the 1960’s and gives us an insight into the Black Panther Party. An FBI informant betrays the party, causing chaos in his wake. A political docudrama that is based on real events? Do you hear me counting down until February 12? I can’t scream ‘count me in’ loud enough. Watch the trailer here.
Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, LaKeith Steinfield, Fred Hampton, Dominique Fishback, and more.
6- Firefly Lane
Firefly Lane is a series coming to Netflix on February 3rd to take us on a (seemingly) emotional story of how two best friends redefine friendship for us. Honestly, I’m so sick and tired of men being the centres of our universes. Friendships are something else; judging from the trailer, this is going to be one hell of a ride, one with actual representation and some cute and wholesome woke-ness. Does this series show how a friendship develops and grows for an unbreakable bond to be formed? Yes? Great, count me in.
Starring: Katherine Heigl, Sarah Chalke, Jenna Rosenow, Ben Lawson, Beau Garrett, Jon-Micheal Ecker, and more.
7- Wadi Al Jinn
This is not your classic jinn story that you tell your cousins to scare them on forced family nights. Though more of a fantasy in terms of the graphic of the ‘jinns’, this movie tells the story of young adults who get lost and have to encounter the inhabitants of the underworld. To be released this January, I think this’ll be an instant hit. Especially considering the cast. Watch the trailer here.
Starring (our beloved): Hassan Malek, Laila Ahmad Zaher, Hana Daoud, Youssef Othman, Cynthia Khalifeh, Mohsen Mansour, Roa Channouha, Firas Sayeed, and more.
Why are all TV shows getting a second season except my favourites? Brace yourselves, CW fans, your wishes are getting realized (or released). Batwoman will be back — actually, she’s already back and protecting Gotham city as usual. An episode airs every Sunday night and I so love seeing women superheros. Oh, CW, what the hell have you done to the hair? A new beginning, new me thing? Watch the trailer here! I’m excited anyway.
Starring: Javicia Leslie, Rachel Skarsten, Meagan Tandy, Nicole Kang, Camrus Johnson, Dougray Scott, and more.
9- Young Rock
Dwayne Johnson, also known as The Rock, is a superstar most of us grew up watching. Much to our delight, he’ll be releasing a series detailing his upbringing and childhood, taking us through his school years and telling us stories of a wrestler who grew up to be a star. A comedy to curl up to, indeed. I doubt it’ll be our average documentary, rather a TV show based on true events. Again, February better as well start now because I can’t wait. Watch the trailer here.
10- Fi Beitna Robot
Fi Beitna Robot is a classic comedic Egyptian show that tells the story of artificially intelligent robots. When they step into anyone’s lives, they turn it into a humorous disaster. Since their robotic nature is kept a secret, they start to get suitors — this is when it gets even crazier. Click here for the trailer. It’ll be released January 24. The sci-fellas, this is not for you. Seriously, no. If you want your brain to go numb, this is exactly what you should watch after grueling hours of online school.
Starring: Shaimaa Seif, Laila Ahmad Zaher, Amr Wahba, Hesham Gamal, and more.