Nine Perfect Strangers Episode 5 Review
Nine Perfect Strangers episode 5 titled Sweet Surender definitely answers some of the questions that were posed in previous episodes of the Hulu/Amazon series. It also shows the aftermath of Masha (Kidman) who’s moving to the next stage in her mysterious plan.
The guests are also now struggling to tell the difference between reality and their hallucinations, thanks to the higher dosages in their smoothies, some of these sequences were hilarious but also some were truly heartbreaking.
Birthdays are a time to celebrate and in this episode Zoe Marconi (Grace Van Patten) celebrates her 21st birthday. It’s bittersweet as she shares her birthday with her late brother, however Zach (Hal Cumpston) appears during this episode thanks to Zoe hallucinating. They talk, mainly about her lying and saying to the other guests that she and Zach were not close.
It’s the first time that Zoe truly has expressed her grief, she’s constantly in denial so it was emotional and heartbreaking watching her admit how lonely she’s been.
In the morning, Napoleon enters the room and puts on a John Travolta performance from Grease. He starts dancing in his underwear as Smoothies are being prepared. The family are getting more along at their stay in Tranquillum but is it a facade or not.
The gang of strangers all join together and discuss their odd dreams with each other. Napoleon discusses how he dreamed of being a member of the Beatles though Carmel is triggered by the song and forcefully plunges her fork straight into the table.
Lars also confesses that he dreamed of giving birth whilst all the residents were there to see it all happen. Lars remembers the dream so vividly that he remembers that Tony happened to be the father and was uncontrollably crying.
Frances also has a visitor, Paul arrives too apologise. However this is all one big dream sequence as Frances collapses into her oatmeal and passes out. This provides such an intimate moment later on between Frances and Tony as he’s the only one she feels able to share the most with. Tony encourages her to keep writing.
Masha also has some moments, as the episode begins with a flashback when she lost one of her residents at Tranquillum. Still on the the hunt for her mysterious stalker she confides in Deliah and apologises for what happened in the past. Unexpectedly Delilah leans forward and kisses Masha.
The episode then takes a trippy and psychedelic turn as both Yao and Delilah share some intimate moments together.
The day goes ahead with cliff dives for the Marconi couple as they get their shot of adrenaline by jumping straight into the water. While this is going on Lars heads to a secret spot and phones his contact letting them know that he’s been drugged.
Regina Hall does some phenomenal acting in this episode especially as she sees Benjamin and Jessica make love in the hot springs. This unfortunately sends her to the boiling point as she becomes erratic. that moment reminded her of her ex husband and his new woman, as it’s discovered that Carmel hid all her anger and rage by putting on a brave face for her children.
Overall Nine Perfect Strangers episode 5 has me questioning what is real and what is imaginary. The cast are also compelling to watch as they go further into treatment. That night as they all join back at Tranquillum to celebrate Zoe’s birthday, Zoe notices Zack standing by the pool as she stares in his direction. Masha notices surprised and hurries over to only whisper in Zoe’s ear that she is the key to what’s happening. But what exactly does she mean and will we eventually get to figure this mystery out.
Jharrel Jerome and Jennifer Lopez to Headline ‘Unstoppable’ for Ben Affleck & Matt Damon’s Production Company
Hot off the great reviews for the upcoming Air Jordan flick, Air, it seems that Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are already set for their next project, one that will star someone near and dear to the heart of the latter. News comes in from Deadline, that Jennifer Lopez (Hustlers, Out of Sight) will star in the upcoming wrestling drama Unstoppable which comes from the new Artists Equity banner from Affleck and Damon, as well as Amazon. Additionally, in a separate report, we know that Emmy-winning actor Jharrel Jerome (When They See Us, Moonlight) will star as the lead of the film, playing the son of JLo’s character.
Unstoppable will star Jerome as three-time All-American wrestler Anthony Robles, an athlete born with one leg who persevered through his inspiring story to win a National Championship at Arizona State University. Lopez is set to play his supportive mother, Judy Robles. Robles, himself, is expected to be heavily involved in the production process of the film, which again, is set to stream on Amazon and produced by Amazon Studios. The latter news makes a lot of sense, following the early success of Air and the partnership forged between Amazon and Artists Equity on that particular project. Production on Unstoppable is expected to start sometime this Summer.
Lopez appeared on screen in two romance films last year with Amazon’s Shotgun Wedding and Marry Me which got a same day release in theaters and on Peacock. She’ll next appear in The Mother on Netflix which is directed by Mulan director Niki Caro.
Jerome is best known for his Emmy-winning role as Korey Wise in the limited Netflix series When They See Us based on the Central Park Five which was directed by Ava DuVernay. He’ll soon be seen in Steven Soderbergh’s HBO Max series Full Circle before leading Amazon’s I’m a Virgo from Sorry to Bother You filmmaker Boots Riley.
‘1883’ Spinoff Series ‘Bass Reeves’ Adds Dennis Quaid to Cast
Dennis Quaid (Far from Heaven, The Day After Tomorrow) is the latest star to join the cast of Bass Reeves, a new drama series coming from Taylor Sheridan (Yellowstone, Tulsa King) and Paramount+, according to Deadline. Bass Reeves was announced as a spinoff to the Yellowstone prequel, 1883 back in May 2022 with David Oyelowo (Selma, A Wrinkle in Time) attached to star as the legendary lawman.
Bass Reeves will follow Oyelowo as someone who is known to many as “the greatest frontier hero” in American history in his own series on Paramount+. The streamer already houses so many Sheridan-fronted programs, most recently, Mayor of Kingstown starring Jeremy Renner returned for its second season while CIA drama, Lioness added to its cast with Nicole Kidman and Morgan Freeman. Some believe that Reeves served inspiration to “The Lone Ranger” having worked as a peace officer for Indian territory capturing over 3,000 criminals on that land. Quaid will play Sherrill Lynn, a Deputy U.S. Marshall within the show.
Quaid most recently voiced the character Jaeger Clade in Disney’s animated feature Strange World which is currently available to stream on Disney+. He’ll also star in Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming HBO Max series Full Circle alongside Zazie Beetz, Claire Danes and Emmy-winner Jharrel Jerome.
Amy Winehouse Biopic ‘Back to Black’ Adds to Cast with Jack O’Connell, Eddie Marsan and Lesley Manville
Let the casting of music biopics commence! As we’ve been hammered with news of superstar musician biopics each and every week, we have more news of one that is filming currently with Back to Black about the late, great Amy Winehouse. While it was reported back in January that Industry star, Marisa Abela will be leading as Winehouse, we now have details courtesy of Deadline on who will be joining the British pop star’s life story on screen.
The report indicates that Jack O’Connell (Unbroken, ’71), Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread, Another Year) and Eddie Marsan (Ray Donovan, The World’s End) will all appear alongside Abela in Back to Black. O’Connell is set to play Blake Fielder-Civil, the love of Winehouse’s life who she was married to from 2007 until 2009, just a few years prior to her death as their love was unfortunately addled by prescription drug abuse and alcohol as well as multiple stints in rehab for both of them. Marsan will play Winehouse’s father while Manville will play Winehouse’s maternal grandmother in the film.
Back to Black will follow the life of one of the greatest singer-songwriters of all-time in Amy Winehouse. Her sophomore album (which the film is named after) won her 5 Grammy Awards all at the young age of 25 just before her untimely death in 2011 at age 27. The film will focus on Amy’s creativity, genius and upbringing at Camden High School in the UK before she propelled into stardom.
The film will be written by Matt Greenhalgh and directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson reuniting the two of them after their 2009 film Nowhere Boy, which chronicled John Lennon’s formative years and adolescence. Taylor-Johnson is coming off directing episodes of Hunters and Solos for Amazon but is best known for helming Fifty Shades of Grey.
O’Connell had a big 2022 starring in Netflix’s Lady Chatterly’s Lover and MGM+’s new original series, SAS Rogue Heroes. He’ll next star as professional race car driver Peter Collins in Ferrari. Manville most recently starred as Princess Margaret in the recent season of The Crown for Netflix and in Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination. Marsan is best known for playing Ray Donovan‘s brother, Terry in the hit Showtime series but will next appear in the film, Fair Play with Alden Ehrenreich and Phoebe Dynevor.
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