Christmas is not far away! So you might as well take advantage of the calm before the holiday storm to relax in front of the excellent programs of the Amazon Prime Video streaming platform. Quality movies and series aren’t what’s missing from the SVoD streaming service’s catalog, and CNET France’s editorial staff are here to help you make the right choice.
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For this Thursday evening, we therefore recommend that you discover (or review) two particularly funny and enjoyable programs: the film One endless day, and the series Parks and Recreation.
What movies and series to watch on Amazon Prime Video tonight?
A twisting, anti-depressant movie: A Day Without End
Phil Connors is in charge of the weather for television, and goes to do his annual report in the town of Punxsutawney where they celebrate “Groundhog Day”. But a blizzard prevents him from returning home to Pittsburgh and spending the night in this lost city. The next morning, he notices that he relives the day before, and that he seems to be stuck in a time loop, forced to live again and again this famous “Groundhog Day”.
CNET France’s opinion
What if you had to go through the same day and the same events over and over again? Based on this exciting basic premise, One endless day establishes itself as one of the funniest and finest comedies of the 90s, and a classic of the genre.
Directed by Harold Ramis (actor in Ghostbusters) and carried by the priceless Bill Murray, perfect as a grumpy journalist, the film takes advantage of its brilliant basic idea. First light comedy, One endless day turns into an action film, into a romance, then into a melancholy tale on the meaning of life, and on what we share with others.
A wealth of tones and themes that allows the film to touch the heart and be much more than a simple comedy, thanks in particular to the talent for improvisation and the finesse of the game of its main role. Murray finds himself in his task supported by a string of endearing secondary roles, perfect counterpoints to his character in the process of redemption.
Christmas movie which is not really a Christmas movie, One endless day especially has that hint of poetry and magic that will speak to everyone this holiday season, and which will help him to make a little niche in your list of films feel good and favorite antidepressants. One must-see that we advise you of course.
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A hilarious cult series: Parks and Recreation
This series follows the adventures of Leslie Knope, a middle-ranking official in the Parks and Recreation department in the fictional town of Pawnee, Indiana. persists as best they can in adding a little lightness to this typically American city. She only aspires to one thing: to beautify her small town. Unfortunately, she works in administration, where the standard answer is always “no”.
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Created by Michael Schur and Greg Daniels, two of the dads of the other cult comedy series The Office, Parks and Recreation It is necessarily inspired by it in substance as well as in form. We thus find the same subject (the daily life of office workers), the same absurd humor and this principle of false documentary, with a hand-held camera and characters addressing the spectators directly.
After a somewhat muddled first season, the series really takes on its own tone in season 2 and 3, freeing itself from its illustrious model. Worn by the main character of the optimist Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), Parks and Recreation is also and above all a formidable gallery of characters, all more eccentric, imperfect, hilarious and endearing than the other.
Much more than a funny series, Parks and Recreation deals with many surprisingly relevant substantive subjects: obesity in the United States, feminism, administration, racism, American politics … Serious subjects treated with intelligence by a corrosive and effective humor.
Solar series with communicative optimism, the series distills its unique tone with the same energy during 7 seasons, and will become the ideal companion for long winter evenings. A cocktail of humor, nice characters, cult scenes that feels good, and that we warmly recommend.
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