The Binge

The Binge | Best Of

By Sophie Hart - 07 Dec 2018

This week, we've hit the actual Mother Lode of binge-worthy antics so settle in, you're in for a good one. On the TV show-front you'll want to get across Ozark (if you already haven't), for fierce tunes your best bet will be Meek Mill's latest album drop Championships and Jennifer Anniston has blessed us with an on-screen gem so great, you'll want to round up the entire crew to watch it.

Sit back and get comfy, you’re in for a solid binge session.



This TV series starring Jason Bateman and Laura Linney is kind of like Breaking Bad except the whole family knows the father (Jason Bateman) is laundering money for the Mexican cartel. And they all help him do it—even his two kids. The show is incredibly intelligent and dark in its contents but is offset by Bateman’s distinct dry humour and set to the backdrop of a stunning resort town in the Missouri Ozarks. Season two recently surfaced on Netflix and we honestly think this show hasn’t received the attention it deserves, so this is your memo to binge the full two seasons this weekend. 



Queue up your Spotify with Meek Mill’s new album drop, Championships because this is essential listening. The album’s been getting a lot of chatter online, and not just for the fierce tunes. Mill linked up with Drake to deliver the song, Going Bad even though they previously had beef, so it’s interesting to see they’re clearly over that now and collabing on your new favourite track. Mill also pulled in Jay-Z to deliver What’s Free (which also features Rick Ross) and everyone thought his verse was taking shots at Kanye, though Jay-Z cleared up that drama with a simple tweet which was the first one he’d pushed out in years. Head here for more.


Fashion No Filter

Fashion journalists Camille Charrière and Monica Ainley are back with season two of Fashion No Filter, and we’re already hooked. These two bring their insight, wit and cool-girl status to every episode so you can feast your ears on what’s going down in the fashion world. For episode one of season two, they interview Eva Chen, the Director of Fashion Partnerships at Instagram who comes armed with a casual one million followers to talk through the Instagram algorithm, and obviously, fashion. You’re going to wish your commute was longer for this one. 



To prove a point about measuring up and fitting in, plus-size Texas teen signs up to a local beauty pageant run by her ex-beauty queen mother (Jennifer Aniston), but the whole thing escalates when others follow her lead. This new Netflix Original is a charming feel-good flick that’ll have you laughing and weeping all at the same time. And honestly, if Jen’s in it we’re watching it.



Known as being a mix of The Devil Wears Prada and Gossip Girl, you already know we’re hooked. Head into the lives of three best friends working for the fictitious women’s magazine Scarlet. Based on the real-life story of former editor-in-chief of Cosmo and all-time boss lady, Joanna Coles this one is set in New York. Jump on this one now while you have the time to binge the first two seasons because season three is airing on Stan in 2019.



Need to unwind? You’ve come to the right place. SHINE - Journey of Light is a relaxing side-scroller, exquisitely animated to give you a peaceful gaming experience. You play a little glowing orb of light called a “moonie”, searching for other “moonies” through wilderness, caves, and caverns, so you may restore light to the night sky. The atmospheric game features an interactive soundtrack by composer Christian Maier. SHINE - Journey of Light is out now for iOS and Android.


They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead

Brought to you by Academy Award-winning documentary maker, Morgan Neville, They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead tracks the final years of legendary filmmaker Orson Welles… you know, the guy responsible for the greatest motion picture ever made, Citizen Kane. The doco promises mystery and intrigue (in a distinctly Welles-ian style), asking, whatever happened to Welles’ last project before dying The Other Side of the Wind. They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead is out now on Netflix.


Grimes: We Appreciate Power

Grimes dropped her last album Art Angels in 2015 so needless to say her latest single We Appreciate Power (set to launch Friday 30 November) will please fans everywhere, especially because she said in 2018 that she wouldn’t be producing any new work this year *psyche*. We’re expecting big things from this newbie because she’s refreshed her website and socials and in the entertainment world, this means a whole new era is about to hit. Over the past year, Grimes has collaborated with the likes of Janelle Monae, Loona and Poppy and her pipeline single will feature the goods of Hana so watch this space.


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The big thing on your watchlist this week has to be Dogs, the Netflix doco-series that has pretty much captured the hearts of anyone and everyone. This series follows a bunch of pups in different parts of the world and their relationship with people in places like the US, Costa Rica and Syria. The show is basically a big ol’ cry fest for you because it highlights how these cherubs look after humans. Rory for example, is a dog who’s been trained to respond to seizures and he gets assigned to look after 11-year-old Corrinne who suffers from severe epilepsy. And that’s just the first episode. Dogs is ready for you to binge on Netflix right now.


Darkest Night

Season two of Darkest Night has freshly kicked off and we’re having all kinds of feels for this one. It’s basically been dubbed the ultimate horror-podcast for a few good reasons. Firstly, the concept revolves around a recovered memory of a ‘recently deceased’ character which sounds as though it’s happening around you in real time. Secondly, Darkest Night is a binaural audio drama which means it's been recorded on a special type of mic (one that’s shaped like an actual human head) so the whispers and screams sound scarily realistic. Finally, it’s narrated by Lee Pace (The Hobbit Films and Guardians of the Galaxy) plus there’s a sling of performances from a bunch of famous people like Denis O’Hare from American Horror Story and RuPaul. Head here for more.


Jaden Smith: The Sunset Tapes: A Cool Tape Story

It’s no news that the Smith family kills it in all aspects of life so shock, Jaden Smith’s new album The Sunset Tapes: A Cool Tape Story is worth a sweet listen through a couple of times over (and forever more). This mixtape is flooded with dreamy tunes (Play This On A Mountain At Sunset and Distant), concepts of change, presence and some Afrobeat ballads as well (Better Things). This is a nice one to have on shuffle on a lazy Sunday morning (extra points if it's raining). Head here for the full album.


The Circus

Circus really is the only word for this real-time doco series. Season one followed the US presidential race, season two covered the first 100 days of Trump’s administration, and season 3 (closing out just this week) is all about the midterm elections and the amazing mess that went with them. Hosted by two astounding journalists and one extraordinary political advisor, The Circus is the best way to wrap your head around how the heck we got *waves hand at the world generally* here. All three seasons of The Circus are ready and waiting for you on Stan.


Amazon Prime Video: HOMECOMING

Proving that streaming services are the place to be, Homecoming stars Julia Roberts as the ex-employee of a transitional facility for returning soldiers. Only, when a federal agent comes to ask her about her time there… she can’t remember a thing. Directed by Sam Esmail, the dude responsible for Mr. Robot, this psychological thriller is sure to bend your brain as you try to solve the mystery before the feds do. Get involved, you can watch Homecoming on Amazon Prime now.


Netflix: They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead

Brought to you by Academy Award-winning documentary maker, Morgan Neville, They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead tracks the final years of legendary filmmaker Orson Welles… you know, just the legend behind the greatest motion picture ever made, Citizen Kane. The doco promises mystery and intrigue (in a distinctly Welles-ian style), asking, what ever happened to the greatest motion picture never released and Welles’ last project before dying; The Other Side of the Wind?  You can watch this one on Netflix.



Meet the glorious podcast featuring Mike Schubert, just your average 25-year-old dude, reading the Harry Potter series for the very first time. Mike sits down with a bunch of HP fandoms, poking fun at plot holes, making painfully inaccurate predictions and rant about how Quidditch is quite possibly the worst sport ever invented. Regardless of what side of the broom you sit on, you’ll be in for endless laughs. Head here for more on Potterless.


Steve Aoki: Neon Future III

American producer, DJ and founder of Dim Mak Records Steve Aoki has gone and dropped his third music instalment in his Neon Future series and it’s a cross-genre beauty. Spanning this album are numerous collabs with a huge talent pool of international artists including Daddy Yankee, blink-182, Lady Antebellum and Bella Thorne. Aoki’s preached all things diversity with Neon Furture III so expect some nods towards reggaeton and EDM. You’ll want to jump to mega tracks Waste It On Me (feat. BTS) which already bumped itself into the Billboard Hot 100 this week and Why Are We So Broken (feat. blink-182). Head here for the entire album.



The time has finally come. The dark, sinister and ridiculously addictive Sinner is back for round two (as of Friday 9 November) and we’d personally like to take a second to thank the Netflix gods because we’ve been waiting for this one since March. We can tell you that The Sinner s2 will follow Detective Harry Ambrose (the effortlessly badass Bill Pullman) back to rural New York to solve a new crime: two parents murdered by their 11-year-old son and like the first season, the motive is hard to discern.


H.E.R: I Used To Know Her Part 2

The mysteriously talented 21-year-old singer from California has just dropped an eight-track EP and as per usual, H.E.R has knocked it right out of the ballpark. Unlike The Prelude, her new tunes this time around are a glorious mix of R&B, spoken word, choir and smooth Sunday arvo acoustics. Head here for the full EP.


Imagined Life

In the podcast world, it’s always big news when Wondery (the kids behind Dirty John, Gladiator and Dr. Death) debuts a new series and the release of Imagined Life is no different. Especially because this time, the crew has released one of their most riveting podcasts to date. Each episode of Imagined Life takes you on an immersive journey (think ‘celebrity heads’ style) into the life of a famous person, you’ll get clues to your ‘identity’ along the way but you’ll only find out who you really are at the end. 


Phoebe Robinson: Everything’s Trash But It’s Okay

It’s new, it’s witty and it’s candid. New York Times bestselling author, and star of 2 Dope Queens, Phoebe Robinson is back with a timely essay collection on gender, race, dating and the 'dumpster fire' that is our world. Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay is equipped with on-point pop culture references and essays that tackle a wide range of relevant topics in a completely hilarious way. If you've read The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck, you're going to love the no-frills writing in this one. Head here to get your hands on it.



Arguably the most-anticipated release of the year, the time for Claire Underwood’s presidency is finally here. Unlike previous seasons, which spanned 13 episodes, season six will only feature eight. And good news: Alik Sakharov, who handled a few great eps in season five, is back to direct the finale. That’s pretty safe hands, right there. This one’s all your for the binging on November 2.



Matt Corby’s latest album is also set to launch November 2 so kick back and expect a string of magic and psychedelic melodies. Rainbow Valley is the second album right after his 2016 debut Telluric, and fear not, the indie star is also trekking it around Australia next year in one of his biggest tours to date.



Two local guys are shaking up the documentary world in the best way possible. Meet Jacob Perrott and Derek Abel, directors and producers of Homeless Australia, a piece of work that’s been in the works since 2014. The difference with this doco is that at the crux, its goal is to change the way the homeless are viewed and shed a new light on the issue of homelessness. Once you finish this, head here for more docos.



This epic podcast seeks to engage, educate, entertain and connect Amnesty activists across the country. Expect personal experiences galore, with each ep talking about real issues with real people. Every episode delves into different topics, with one of Amnesty’s lead refugee campaigners speaking of his own experience as a refugee coming to Australia and a Women’s Abortions Rights campaigner talking about abortion and female rights. Amnesty Activist Connect is an insightful and relevant podcast well worth tuning into.



She’s only just dropped fresh on Netflix but she’s already the 90s witchery remake we’ve been waiting for. The OG Sabrina The Teenage Witch is back but this time around things are set to be much darker and sinister. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is heading up the production (you might know him from Glee and Riverdale), and the early reviews are all thumbs up. If you’re a fan of creepy teenage supernatural melodrama, you’ll probably dig this show. 



Meet the beautiful new podcast streaming app all about true-crime. The whole point of Cosmicast is simplicity: it’s easy to search, filter, save libraries and switch up your theme. This slick little player is available on iOS and it’ll only cost you a couple of bucks which in the end, is absolutely worth the hundreds of hours you’ll be kicking it back and tuning in. For more epic apps, head here.



We don’t need to tell you how solid RÜFÜS DU SOL’s third and latest album is (no doubt, you’ve heard all the praise around it). Their highly anticipated piece of work Solace is inspired by the trio’s tour experience over the last two years, their move from Sydney to LA and basically, it’s pure sonic magic. We're shouting out their tracks Treat You Better, No Place and Underwater which will absolutely be your go-to jams this summer having already been streamed on Spotify almost 20 million times already. If you missed it, these guys have also locked in dates for their biggest Aussie tour ever.



Hype has well and truly circulated this week around the podcast Gladiator, hosted by Bob Hohler, an investigative sports reporter for the Boston Globe.  This one has been put together by podcast company Wondery (they also brought us Dr.Death) and the Globe which should set some alarms off for you. If you remember the Academy Award-winning movie Spotlight, then you should also know that Bob Hohler brought about Gladiator alongside the Spotlight Team to delve deep into how football star Aaron Hernandez went from Super Bowl star to convicted murderer in a few years.


The Haunting Of Hill House

Netflix’s brand new horror series The Haunting Of Hill House has been big on every serious binge-watcher’s radar this week. There’s been questions around the ‘bent neck’ lady, the Red Room and whether or not you’ll actually pass out while watching it (we answer those questions here). Regardless, this is one to get on board especially because Stephen King has literally hailed it as “a work of genius”. You’ve got nothing to lose really.


Making A Murderer Part 2

This one has freshly dropped on Netflix and yeah, there goes your entire weekend. Netflix has already announced this season will focus on not only Avery’s case, but the fallout for his nephew Brendan Dassey, and their families as well. It’s been three years since filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos launched the original series, so we’ve got a lot of catching up to do.


Tash Sultana: Flow State

The big vibe this week has been around Tash Sultana’s latest album Flow State (with all songs written, produced, arranged and played by the 23-year-old… just casually). The concept behind Sultana’s debut originates from the state of mind and connectedness you feel when you’re super passionate about your art and lose track of time and space. The sounds on this oscillate through a collection of jazz, soul, R&B, reggae and slow guitar pieces. We guarantee you’ll have Free Mind and Blackbird on repeat for the rest of the week. Scope the full album here



This time around, things are about to go even more haywire. Word on the street, is that Veronica and Archie might be no more, meanwhile Jughead and Betty’s relationship is tighter than ever. But what we’re really here for is Gina Gershon joining the cast to play the role of  Gladys Jones (you obviously know her from Brooklyn Nine Nine), so now we finally get to meet Jughead’s mother. As far as plot twists are concerned, there will be many, starting with  a massive murder mystery set  to pop up early in the season. The whole thing is tipped to go completely downhill from the beginning, but honestly, we’re here for it.



When we read the Kite Runner at school, hearts broke at every page turn. And Khaled Hosseini’s latest book, Sea Prayer, is no different. In just under 48 pages, Sea Prayer will get you all in the feels. Hosseini’s response to the current refugee crisis in Syria, it takes the format of a letter from father to son, complete with illustrations (because we know you were wondering). proceeds go towards the UN Refugee Agency, so buy one for you and one for your mate. For more reads, head here.



AlphaGo is definitely the movie for anyone that’s  AI (artificial intelligence) obsessed. AlphaGo, is an AI version of the Chinese board game Go, and the background is that this version destroyed the world’s best Go player, Lee Sedol, in 2016. If you’ve ever wondered just how much AI can impact our lives, this latest documentary filmed at the seven-day Go tournament in Seoul, South Korea, is a must watch. More time to spare? Jump over here for more docos.



Barrenjoey Road is the second instalment of the ABC’s Unravel: True Crime series. Following the cold case story of teenager Trudie Adams, who disappeared along Sydney’s Northern Beaches in 1978, presenters Ruby Jones and Neil Mercer (just massive journos in the Aussie media landscape) investigate and expose the dark underbelly of the ‘insular peninsula’. Made to keep you on edge, Barrenjoey Road is a gripping recount of police corruption, murder and drug deals all surrounding Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Jones and Mercer have teamed up to crack the case, drawing on insights from 40 years of journalist investigations, and we’re hooked already. 




Written by Patrick Somerville, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, and starring Jonah Hill and Emma Stone (that got your attention), Maniac hits Netflix screens September 29. The series follows two strangers undergoing a mysterious pharmaceutical treatment to change their lives for the better.


Small Fry 

Ever wanted to read a memoir from Steve Jobs’ own daughter, about the man himself? Thought so. Small Fry has been making waves before it even hit the shelves, with people (even Jobs’ widow, Lauren Powell Jobs) accusing Lisa of painting Steve in a rather unflattering light. If you’re a fan of tell-all biographies (or just curious about the man behind your Macbook Pro), give this one a go. It’s up on Amazon now.



Serial season three is here and get ready to mix things up from their trademark self-contained investigative stories co-produced by Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder (who also brought us S-Town). The next stretch of audio-magic brings Cleveland’s criminal justice system to the forefront, and shines a light on a number of different cases. What makes this next phase of Serial super exciting is the ridiculous amount of access the producers were granted; recordings from courtrooms, judges’ chambers and attorney offices. The team spent an entire year inside the criminal courts in Cleveland so you better believe you’ll get to hear everything that really happens on the inside.



For those that like to tap into your best-relaxed self (who doesn’t?), Florence is an interactive novel from Melbourne-based designers, that’s filled with pleasant everyday experiences and even, all the feels that come with falling in love. From the lead designer of Monument Valley, if you’re a fan of comics, you’re probably going to become very addicted. The winner of an Apple Design Award at the Worldwide Developer Conference, you’ll be swiping your way to more relaxed vibes in no time. For more on this one, head here.


Sticky Fingers: Cool And Calm

Not necessarily a binge, however you will absolutely have this one on repeat (and when it comes to music that’s essentially the same thing). Sticky Fingers just dropped their latest, cruisey tune, ‘Cool And Calm’ and that’s exactly how you’ll feel when you play this one. Alongside this win, these Aussie guys have shot an 8mm music video flaring up all the vintage vibes and as always, it’s pure greatness. Is this a sneaky drop from an album in the pipeline? If so, you heard it here first.

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