Did you know that you can add even more programming to Amazon Prime Video? Well, you can! By signing up for additional subscriptions and paying just a tiny bit extra, you can massively increase the amount of quality films and television available to binge through Amazon.
STARZPLAY is one such optional extra for Prime customers, and bolting it onto your Amazon account will connect you to some seriously prestigious TV shows from the Starz network and a whole host of epic exclusive movies. To save you a bit of effort, we had a trawl through the impressive STARZPLAY library and pulled out some of our favourite choices…
With the glossy sci-fi series Counterpart, you get two J. K. Simmons for the price of one. The Oscar-winning Whiplash star plays dual roles: one is a United Nations pencil-pusher working on a top secret project in Berlin, and the other is a daring field agent from a parallel world. These universes collide with drastic consequences across ten episodes in Counterpart season one, which is available to stream through STARZPLAY now. And season two is coming 9 December.
The Way Of The Gun
Long before he became the custodian of the Mission: Impossible franchise and served up the ankle-smashing action of Fallout, Christopher McQuarrie made his directorial debut with a crime thriller entitled The Way Of The Gun. Benicio Del Toro and Ryan Phillippe star as a pair of drifters, who make the ill-advised decision to kidnap Robin (Juliette Lewis), a surrogate mother that is carrying the unborn child of a money-laundering crime lord.
In this era of manifold Stephen King adaptations, Mr. Mercedes deserves some attention: the mighty Brendan Gleeson stars as a retired detective that can’t shake an unsolved case involving a stolen Mercedes and sixteen dead bodies. Harry Treadaway puts in a tour-de-force performance as the young psychopath responsible for the deaths, whose interest in Gleeson’s character kicks off a deadly game of cat and mouse.
The Blair Witch Project
Scare yourself silly and put yourself off walks in the woods with 1999’s The Blair Witch Project, the original found footage horror flick that is still one of the very best. We’ve seen plenty of sequels and rehashes over the years, but none of them capture that uncanny horror experience – watching a bloodbath through shaky camcorder footage – quite like The Blair Witch Project. The film, which was one of the first to benefit from a viral online marketing campaign, is well worth revisiting.
Based on Stephanie Danler’s novel, which took inspiration from her real life, Sweetbitter is a gripping drama series about a young woman named Tess – played by Ella Purnell from Never Let Me Go – who lands a job as a waitress in a famous New York restaurant. What Tess probably didn’t expect when she handed in a CV was the cocktail of drugs, booze, love and lust that life would end up serving to her.
Halloween III: Season Of The Witch
Dismissed by many at the time of its release, this horror threequel has since developed a dedicated cult following. As the new Halloween film dominates the multiplex, take the time to check out Season Of The Witch’s alternate idea for growing the franchise. It’s the only film in the series that doesn’t feature Michael Myers: instead of the usual slasher antics, it takes an anthology approach to branch off in a totally different direction and tell a tale about witchcraft, magic masks and a potentially deadly TV commercial.
Based on the short story Pour Vida by Richard Villegas Jr, Vida is a thrilling family drama about two Mexican-American sisters (played by Melissa Barrera and Mishel Prada) who return to their childhood neighbourhood to find some shocking revelations about their mother. A twisty narrative of debt and deception unfolds across six episodes, and a second season is already on the way.
The Hunger Games series
Jennifer Lawrence hung up her bow as Katniss Everdeen in 2015, after four action-packed films as the bow-wielding rebel cemented her position as a major player in Hollywood. With STARZPLAY, you can relive the epic journey, from the first film’s raw emotions to the blockbuster spectacle of Mockingjay. And to save yourself from get too worn down the by dystopian drama, try to pick your favourite outfits from Elizabeth Banks and Stanley Tucci as you go along.
The White Princess
Before she was Villanelle in the beloved Killing Eve, Jodie Comer was the Tudor queen Elizabeth of York in a Starz show named The White Princess. Based on a Philippa Gregory novel, this historical fiction miniseries delves into a murky world of monarchs, mistrust and political machinations. At the centre of it all is Comer, giving another stellar performance and proving yet again that she’s a top talent. If you missed the show’s UK debut on the Drama channel, get thee onto STARZPLAY now. You’re in for a treat.