Screen Scene: What to watch at home this week

What to watch at home this week on Netflix. (Shutterstock)
Updated 05 February 2019

Screen Scene: What to watch at home this week

DUBAI: If you are planning a night in this week, here is what to watch on Netflix:

Velvet Buzzsaw
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Toni Collette
Where: Netflix
Satirical horror thriller in which art critic Morf falls for Josephina, bonding over their dissatisfaction with their relationships. When Josephina finds a dead man in her apartment, and a collection of his odd paintings, Morf becomes obsessed with the artist.

Right Here: Around the Corner
Starring: Ray Romano
Where: Netflix
Twenty-five years after his last stand-up special, Ray Romano — star of “Everybody Loves Raymond” — returns to the live comedy scene. Filmed over two sets performed on one night in different Manhattan venues, Romano discusses friendship, marriage and aging.

Dear Ex
Starring: Roy Chiu, Ying-Xuan Hsieh, Spark Chen
Where: Netflix
Award-winning Mandarin language movie in which a teenage boy is caught up in the legal battle for his late father’s life insurance payout between his widowed mother and his father’s lover. He comes to realize that the money isn’t the real issue.

Russian Doll
Starring: Natasha Lyonne, Yul Vasquez, Greta Lee, Chloë Sevigny
Where: Netflix
Eight-part series. Nadia is celebrating her 36th birthday at a party in New York. She dies that night. (Not a spoiler...) The next day, she celebrates her 36th birthday at a party in New York. She dies that night. And so on...

One Day At a Time
Starring: Justina Machado, Rita Moreno
Where: Netflix, from Feb. 8
A ‘reimagining’ of the classic sitcom from the Seventies, this time focused on a Cuban-American family. Single mom and army veteran Penelope is raising two kids and struggling to readjust to civilian life.


‘Age-Old Cities’ exhibition in Riyadh museum breathes new life into ancient sites 

Updated 19 April 2019

‘Age-Old Cities’ exhibition in Riyadh museum breathes new life into ancient sites 

  • National Museum in Riyadh hosts digital show that tells the story of Mosul, Palmyra, Aleppo and Leptis Magna

JEDDAH: An exhibition that uses digital technology to revive the region’s ancient sites and civilizations that have been destroyed or are under threat due to conflict and terrorism opened at the National Museum in Riyadh on April 18.

“Age-Old Cities” tells the story of four historically significant cities that have been devastated by violence: Mosul in Iraq, Palmyra and Aleppo in Syria, and Leptis Magna in Libya. 

Using stunning giant-screen projections, virtual reality, archival documents and images, and video testimonials from inhabitants of the affected sites, the immersive exhibition transports visitors back in time and presents the cities as they were in their prime. 

It charts their journey from the origins of their ancient civilizations to their modern-day state, and presents plans for their restoration and repair. 

The exhibition has been organized by the Ministry of Culture in collaboration with the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris. Riyadh is the first stop outside the French capital on the exhibition’s global tour. 

The exhibition follows last month’s unveiling of the Kingdom’s new cultural vision, which included the announcement of several initiatives, including a new residency scheme for international artists to practice in the Kingdom and the establishment of the Red Sea International Film Festival. 

Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al-Saud, minister of culture, said: “I am delighted to welcome the ‘Age-Old Cities’ exhibition to Riyadh. 

“It highlights the importance of heritage preservation, particularly here in the Middle East, and the vulnerability of some of our historic sites. 

“It must be the responsibility of governments to put an end to this damage and neglect, and to put heritage at the heart of action, investment, and policy.

“I will be encouraging my fellow members of government to attend this eye-opening exhibition in our National Museum, and hope to work in the future with partners, governments and experts to do what we can to secure our region’s heritage.”

The exhibition carries a significant message about the importance of preserving and protecting these precious but fragile sites — one which resonates strongly in the week when one of the world’s most-famous heritage sites, Paris’ Notre-Dame Cathedral, went up in flames.