This month represents 90 years since the debut of Steamboat Willie – the animated short that introduced Mickey Mouse to the world. It was released November 18, 1928. As you would likely guess, Disney will be celebrating this anniversary in a big way.
You can watch Steamboat Willie on YouTube via the Walt Disney Animation Studios YouTube channel:
Steamboat Willie, as a creative work, is set to enter the public domain officially (though, there is some conjecture that suggests it is already in the public domain) from January 1, 2024. But audiences today don’t really watch anything made before 1977, so don’t expect this to really mean anything.
Happy birthday Mickey.
Here’s what you’ll be watching this weekend:
The Other Side of The Wind – Movie
Watch via: Netflix
Surrounded by fans and skeptics, grizzled director J.J. “Jake” Hannaford (a revelatory John Huston) returns from years abroad in Europe to a changed Hollywood, where he attempts to make his comeback: a career summation that can only be the work of cinema’s most adventurous filmmaker, Orson Welles.
They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead – Documentary
Watch via: Netflix
In the final 15 years of the life of legendary director Orson Welles he pins his Hollywood comeback hopes on the film “The Other Side of the Wind.”
House of Cards – Season 6 [US]
Watch via: Netflix
StartUp – Season 3 [US]
Watch via: Crackle
Fighting Season [Australia]
Watch via: Foxtel
The story is a six-part event drama that surrounds the invisible men and women who fight for their country (Australia), what they bring home from the war, discovering what of themselves they’ve left behind, the secrets that must remain hidden; With a compelling mystery regarding a possible cover-up where the lines cross between killer and family man, hero and victim, truth and imagination or fantasy, are constantly changing.
The Little Drummer Girl [UK]
Watch via: BBC
The Little Drummer Girl follows brilliant young actress Charlie after she strikes up an acquaintance with an intriguing stranger while on holiday in Greece, but it rapidly becomes apparent that his intentions are far from romantic. The man is Becker, an Israeli intelligence officer who intends to kill a Palestinian terrorist who is bombing Jewish-related targets in Europe, particularly Germany, he entangles Charlie in a complex and high-stakes plot orchestrated by Israeli spymaster Kurtz.
Dark Heart [UK]
Watch via: ITV
Detective Inspector William Wagstaffe (Tom Riley), 32, is haunted by the murder of his parents during a family holiday in Spain when he was 16 years old. The killers are still at large and ‘Staffe’ is unable to let go until he finds them. It is probably no coincidence that after leaving school and joining the police force he rose quickly through the ranks to become Detective Inspector before the age of thirty.
The Reluctant Landlord [UK]
Watch via: Sky One
Much to his annoyance Romesh is left running the local pub after his mischievous father left it to him in his will. He has never wanted to be a landlord, but his mum feels it is the only way to keep his dad’s legacy alive, and his wife and kids are having a ball there.
Tell Me a Story [US]
Watch via: CBS All Access
The world’s most beloved fairy tales re-imagined as a dark and twisted psychological thriller. Set in modern day New York City, the first season of this serialised drama interweaves The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, and Hansel and Gretel into an epic and subversive tale of love, loss, greed, revenge and murder.
That’s it for this week. I’ll have more Always Be Watching on Monday.
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