Our 5 streaming tips: Freewheeling Rick and Morty, Benedict Cumberbatch as a cruel cowboy …

Each week, the AlloCiné streaming team makes its selection of favorites with the news not to be missed. What made us vibrate, tremble, laugh, cry, jump? Here is our top 5 of the week.

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Rick & Morty (Adult Swim)

Rick and Morty has returned this year for an all-new fifth season, now broadcast exclusively on Adult Swim. As crazy as ever, the animated series follows the adventures of Rick Sanchez, a mad scientist (and alcoholic) and his grandson Morty. Stuffed with references to pop culture (the series borrowing its concept from Back to the Future version trash), Rick and Morty has become essential for its irreverent and limitless tone.

Let’s say it straight away: lovers of fine and delicate humor, go your way. Because Rick and Morty is the opposite of that: as gory as it is vulgar, the series does not forbid anything and it is this tone to the end that has largely built its success. Between its more or less pointed references and its quirky tone, Rick and Morty has also welcomed many prestigious guests (in original version): Nathan Fillion, Sam Neill, Susan Sarandon and many others … CC

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The Power of the Dog (Netflix)

After a detour into the world of series, with Top of the Lake, New Zealander Jane Campion returns with a new feature film – her first for 12 years – The Power of the Dog. It adapts the eponymous novel by Thomas Savage and offers a sensational trip to the heart of the American West, in Montana. The director tells the story of the rivalry between two opposing brothers, Phil (Benedict Cumberbatch) and George (Jesse Plemons). When the latter marries Rose (Kirsten Dunst), a widowed mother, against the advice of her brother, a dangerous game will be born in the Burkank clan.

With The Power of the Dog, Jane Campion reinvents the western. It uses and reproduces the codes of the genre, while transgressing them. Through the character of Phil, superbly interpreted by Benedict Cumberbatch, she deconstructs the figure of the virile and brutal cowboy to oppose him to a young ephebe, more sensitive and delicate, embodied by Kodi Smit-McPhee. Never Manichean, the film – breathtakingly beautiful – studies the balance of power between its different protagonists and shows that the danger is not always where you think it is. TD

Palm Springs (Amazon Prime Video)

Posted at the beginning of the year on Prime Video, Palm Springs brilliantly reinvents the concept of time loop seen and reviewed. Avoiding the pale copy of One Endless Day, the dramedy by Andy Siara and directed by Max Barbakow brings together Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and Cristin Milioti (How I Met Your Mother) for an explosive journey. During a wedding in Palm Springs, Nyles and Sarah, two lost life prone to spleen meet and quickly realize that they are stuck in the space-time of this event.

Forced to relive the same day over and over again, the two souls in pain will do everything to get out of it and find this life they hated so much. This time loop will be an opportunity for Nyles and Sarah to take stock, calmly, and take the necessary distance from what was stuck in their existence. By playing with the codes of classic romantic comedy and revisiting the concept of the time loop, Palm Springs paints the portrait of a generation in full disillusionment and prone to depression. MC


Schmigadoon! (Apple Tv +)

We take advantage of the cinema release of the remake of West Side Story by Steven Spielberg to give Schmigadoon a nice spotlight! , a musical series unfairly gone unnoticed this summer. Let it be said right away: it is aimed at true fans of the genre, those who appreciate productions where the heroes sing to ask for corn porridge or to express what they have on their hearts.

But what is it all about anyway? We follow a couple, Melissa (Cecily Strong) and Josh (Keegan-Michael Key), who find themselves on a backpacking journey meant to breathe new life into their relationship. They discover a magical city whose inhabitants all live in the studios of a 1940s musical. To leave this place, the two characters will have to find “true love”. Yes, the synopsis seems silly at first, but Schmigadoon! fundamentally tackles a resolutely modern subject that will appeal to everyone: how to relaunch a relationship that is running out of steam? How do we know if we’ve found the right person for us?

In just 6 episodes of 20 minutes each, Schmigadoon! calls on a myriad of actors that we love such as the brilliant Ariana DeBose (Anita in the new West Side Story), Jaime Camil (Jane The Virgin), Dove Cameron, Alan Cumming, Aaron Tveit, or even Kristin Chenoweth … But we let you discover this brilliant casting on Apple Tv +! CTC

My year in New York (Canal +)

The rising actress, Margaret Qualley – very prominent since the surprise success of Maid on Netflix – plays with Sigourney Weaver a variation on the theme of the Devil wears Prada but in the more staid universe of literature. She plays Joanna, a young woman who arrives in the Big Apple with a dream in mind: that of becoming a novelist. But before that, she must earn a living and take a job as an assistant in a large publishing house.

She finds herself under the orders of the formidable Margaret (Sigourney Weaver), a sort of Miranda Priestley, just as snobbish, and agent of the mythical JD Salinger. We are in the 1990s and the author of The Heart Catcher already lives withdrawn from the world. Despite her dreams of literature, Joanna has never read it and chatted on the phone with America’s most wanted hermit like nothing had happened.

It is the freshness of Margaret Qualley that we retain from this film by Philippe Falardeau. Less “bitchy” than Le Diable wears Prada, My Year in New York is also more poetic. The frivolity of the Devil is replaced by the euphoria of the small New York literary world. We discover other codes, but always with the concern of including the spectator in this whirlwind. A nice movie. ES

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