Epoch Watchlist: What to Watch for March 29–April 4

Epoch Watchlist: What to Watch for March 29–April 4
Ian Kane
This week, we feature a highly regarded TV crime series about an eccentric private detective and a  Japanese drama that’s a soulful mediation on simple pleasures.

New Release

‘Perfect Days’

Hirayama (Koji Yakusho) leads a modest life as a public toilet cleaner in the bustling city of Tokyo. While he follows a relatively structured daily routine, he also embraces the unpredictability of life’s random twists and turns.

This film unfolds gradually, rewarding patient viewers with a contemplative exploration of life’s simple joys. Through deft cinematography, a beautiful score, and Yakusho’s remarkably understated performance, viewers are invited to rediscover the profundity of life’s ordinary moments.

Drama Release Date: March 5, 2024 (streaming) Director: Wim Wenders Starring: Koji Yakusho, Tokio Emoto, Arisa Nakano Running Time: 2 hours, 4 minutes MPAA Rating: PG Where to Watch: streaming Rated: 4 stars out of 5

Indie Pick

Sing Street

 ‘Sing Street’

Young lad Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) tries to find solace from his strained family life at his new school, but discovers even more challenges there—from both students and teachers alike. However, Conor soon finds hope in forming a band, as well as courting cute local girl Raphina (Lucy Boynton).

While its storyline doesn’t break any new ground, this coming-of-age dramedy quickly captivates with its charming depiction of Dublin, Ireland, vibrant ’80s soundtrack (mixed with modern tunes), and heartfelt performances by its talented cast.

Comedy | Drama | Music Release Date: April 15, 2016 Director: John Carney Starring: Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Aidan Gillen, Maria Doyle Kennedy Running Time: 1 hour, 46 minutes MPAA Rating: PG-13 Where to Watch: Amazon, Hoopla, Vudu Rated: 3.5 stars out of 5

A Comedy and Crime Drama Genres

Monk, Adrian Monk


Adrian Monk (Tony Shalhoub) is a former San Francisco homicide detective-turned-private investigator who still collaborates with the police to solve cases while grappling with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Despite his condition, Monk also remains focused on investigating his wife’s unsolved murder.

As one of the most celebrated modern comedy series, it blends charmingly quirky characters (Tony Shalhoub is phenomenal) with an artful mix of mystery, crime, and comedy. Warning: It’s highly binge-worthy.

Comedy | Crime | Drama Release Date: July 12, 2002 Creator: Andy Breckman Starring: Tony Shalhoub, Jason Gray-Stanford, Ted Levine Running Time: 44 minutes MPAA Rating: TV-PG Where to Watch: Amazon, Peacock TV Rated: 4 stars out of 5

An Underappreciated Golden Age Romance

Bird of Paradise 

‘Bird of Paradise’

When Frenchman Andre Lawrence (Louis Jourdan) travels with his friend Tenga (Jeff Chandler) to his native Polynesia, he falls for Tenga’s sister Kalua (Debra Paget). But when the volcano erupts, human sacrifice is required to appease it.

This is a beautifully shot and directed film about island beliefs and traditions. It’s one of the most unrecognized gems of the early 1950s.

Adventure | Drama | Romance Release Date: March 14, 1951 Director: Delmer Daves Starring: Debra Paget, Louis Jourdan, Jeff Chandler Running Time: 1 hour, 41 minutes Not Rated Where to Watch: YouTube Rated: 4 stars out of 5
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Ian Kane is an U.S. Army veteran, author, filmmaker, and actor. He is dedicated to the development and production of innovative, thought-provoking, character-driven films and books of the highest quality.