“One man’s meat is another man’s poison” is a phrase attributed to Lucretius, a Roman poet. It basically means that what can make you go to all lengths possible to get may not necessarily make me stop to make a glance, or stop what I was doing when mentioned. Because we are all different in terms of our tastes and likes, hobbies and even food.
From June 4, the world (of soccer fans, at least) has been fixated on the ongoing global football extravaganza in Russia known as the World Cup. Many have been loudly and excitedly cheering on their teams that have managed to survive to the final 16 while those whose teams have been bundled out (and even lost cash placed on bets) have long gloomy faces.
But not everyone is a soccer fan. And many are those who don’t care whether an African team is (still) in the tournament or whether Brazil (and their talented but dive-prone Neymar) will make it to the final game of the 2018 World Cup.
That’s why all is not lost for non-football fans in Kenya who have to put up with colleagues and family members who have since taken over control of the TV and the remote to keenly watch all the 64 matches of the World Cup.
This is because they have a choice in Showmax, a subscription video-on-demand (SVoD) platform that provides exciting and compelling content to customers.
As a sneak preview, here is what you can watch on Showmax – either from your mobile phone, laptop or TV – in July and avoid getting into the way of soccer fans following the World Cup:
(Kit Harington in an episode of Gunpowder. Photo: Esquire).
This is a new three-part series on the platform and is set in the 17th Century in the period following the death of Elizabeth I and the installation of James Stuart, a Scottish monarch, as King James I of England. King James’ Protestant kingdom has been at war with Spain, a country (or empire) that is predominantly Catholic, for over a generation, thus leading to the persecution of English Catholics. The series’ star-studded cast includes Kit Harington, Peter Mullan, Mark Gatiss, Shaun Dooley, Tom Cullen, Edward Holcroft and Edward Emms among others.
The seventh season of Suits, the legal drama set in Manhattan, US, comes in 16 episodes. Its cast members play role of staff at the Pearson Specter Litt law firm. The cast includes Kevin Bray, Gabriel Macht, Patrick J Adams, Rick Hoffman, Sarah Rafferty and Meghan Markle (who has since become part of the British royal family through her marriage to Prince Harry and will no longer appear in the eighth season of the series) among others. The first episode of season 7, titled Skin in the Game, has Mike (played by Patrick J Adams) returning to the law firm as Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) takes the reins. Louis Litt (Rick Hoffman) manages the new class of associates while Donna (Sarah Rafferty) and Rachel (Meghan Markle) find their places in the new world order. A good series to watch, more so for British royalty admirers who’d like to see how their Duchess of Sussex used to perform in her previous life as an actress.
(A scene from Killer Joe)
Movie buffs with a penchant for crime and mystery should try out Killer Joe. This story revolves around Chris Smith (Emile Hirsch) who owes a shylock a considerable amount of money, and the shylock has threatened to kill him if he does not refund the borrowed cash within a few days. Chris, who does not have the cash (nor hopes to get it in a couple of days as demanded by the loan shark), then hatches a quick plan to have his absentee mum killed by a hired hitman, Joe Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) then collect the insurance money. But not one to keep the loot (or blood money) to himself, Chris invites and co-opts his father, Ansel (played by Thomas Haden Church), into the plan. Directed by William Friedkin, the cast also includes Juno Temple among other stars. Killer Joe runs for 1 hour and 38 minutes.
Kenyans, and other Swahili speakers, who love local content will enjoy this comedy series. Mazagazaga is the story of Kokoro’s eventful and dramatic life in what appears to be a quiet village. With a cast that includes Faith Kathungu Furet, Fahamu Kazungu, Mohammed Juma Said and Judith Mwende, the series has English sub-titles and can therefore also be enjoyed by those who don’t understand Swahili. Season 1 of Mazagazaga has a total of 12 episodes, which run for about 24 minutes each.
Apart from the four highlighted shows and movies, there’s still a lot of new content available on Showmax this month, just waiting to be discovered and streamed by you. And you can access them from here, then have a visual feast till the end of the 2018 World Cup on July 15 and beyond.