Tag: netflix

Notes on Streaming: BEFORE I WAKE, Of Dreams, Nightmares, and the Grief That Never Sleeps

On the basis of Hush, Gerald's Game and now Before I Wake Mike Flanagan has become the King of Streaming, at least in the broad field of horror. Even though it's now identified as "A Netflix Original," if things had...

Review: Errol Morris' WORMWOOD, a Masterpiece for Our Dark Times

Expansive in its scope, engrossing, structurally daring and thoroughly watchable Wormwood is a true masterpiece in the age of rampant misinformation and distrust.

WORMWOOD Interview: Christian Camargo on Errol Morris' Netflix Series

Wormwood, all new 6-part Netflix series created by master documentarian Errol Morris, streams and also gets a limited release in theaters as a 240-minute film on December 15. Morris, known for his unique style and journalistic candor in finding the...

Notes on Streaming: Diabolical DARK, Murderous MINDHUNTER

In which two Netflix series seek to unsettle and undermine expectations. Let's talk about crime. In the 1970s, U.S. broadcast television networks were awash in weekly crime shows that wrapped up cases in less than an hour. Beginning with Hill...

Watch Errol Morris' WORMWOOD Trailer

Like so many auteurs working on projects that are considered 'niche' -- basically anything not in Tights or in a franchise, these days -- Errol Morris has gone over to the streaming services (in this case, Netflix) with his current...

ALTERED CARBON Trailer: Netflix's Cyberpunk Show Is Also Its Most Expensive Yet

Netflix is doubling down on dark sci-fi in 2018. Not only will season 4 of Charlie Brooker's wildly popular Black Mirror return, but we'll see two new neo-noirs in Duncan Jones' long promised Mute and the new series Altered Carbon,...

Notes on Streaming: THE PUNISHER, Geysers of Blood, Torture and Violence

After sampling The Punisher, Marvel's latest small-screen series, I shared my reaction on social media: "Unrelenting brutality of Frank Castle + extreme bloodshed through 3 eps. is wearisome." Boy, was I wrong -- I vastly underestimated the capacity for torture...

DARK Teaser Is Certainly Dark and Certainly German

Did anyone else avoid seeing Jamie Foxx in Sleepless because it looked like a standard-issue Hollywood remake of a terrific French original (Nuit blanche, aka Sleepless Night)? The remake hit U.S. theaters in January and then quietly disappeared, but director...

Fantastic Fest 2017 Review: GERALD'S GAME Is Oscar Worthy

Warning: spoilers ahead. For the record, I never cracked open Stephen King's Gerald's Game because I just couldn't take what the cover --- a pair of handcuffs hanging from a bedpost, its top carved into a crouching, hurting woman ---...

Notes on Streaming: LITTLE EVIL and TAKE ME, Perfectly Good Films, Awaiting Discovery

We rush and we rush and we rush to see fresh new films on the festival circuit and in theaters, when there are perfectly good films awaiting discovery on various streaming services. Granted, it is absolutely wonderful to enjoy a...

Don't Tell Your Parents! BIG MOUTH Trailer Animates Puberty

For all those worried that streaming services just don't have enough animated series filled with profanity and graphic images of puberty, Big Mouth will shortly arrive to meet that need. In the words of the hard-working publicists at Netflix ......

Fantastic Fest 2017: GERALD'S GAME Trailer, Of Handcuffs and the Suddenly Single Woman

When mommy loves daddy, sometimes she lets him handcuff her to a bed in a very private, very remote location, far, far away. But sometimes, daddy goes away, and mommy is left to fend for herself, still handcuffed... Back in...

Review: DEATH NOTE, A Boy And His Death God

Live-action versions of animes – especially the Westernized kind – are tough to pull off, and the reason why goes beyond the dreaded “whitewashing”. Rather, there’s a huge cultural barrier to overcome; anime series and TV shows are very, very...

Notes on Streaming: THE DEFENDERS, Marvel's Diminishing Returns

With its cinematic universe well established, Marvel looked to television to expand its screen presence. First came Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on the ABC broadcast network in 2013. Later that year, we heard about their ambitious plan for four interconnected...

Coen Brothers Bringing THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS to Netflix

The long revered writing and directing duo of Joel and Ethan Coen are plying their trade for a new western anthology series, The Ballad of Buster Scraggs, created for Netflix to stream globally next year. Tim Blake Nelson, one of...

Have Your Say: What Is the Future of Movie Watching?

Last week, when speaking with indieWIRE, Dunkirk director Christopher Nolan shared his disdain for the way Netflix presents their original feature content, namely their lack of any theatrical window for films such as Bong Joon-Ho's Okja -- a big screen...

Notes on Streaming: CASTLEVANIA Animates the Right Buttons

As neither an anime buff nor a video game addict, Castlevania should be a perfect test case for the power of the algorithm. Supposedly, Netflix, the all-powerful and multinational streaming service, makes extensive use of algorithms to see what subscribers...

BRIGHT Trailer: Netflix's $100 Million Blockbuster Shines

Humans, Orcs, Elves... everybody is just trying to get along in Netflix's $100 million original film Bright, based on the Max Landis script that caused something of a bidding war when it was passed around. The film about "racial" tension...

STRANGER THINGS 2: The Boys Ride Into Danger in New Poster, Premiere Date Announced

The second season of the Netflix hit Stranger Things is coming this October. October 27th to be exact so be sure to mark your calendars, book off that weekend and prepare to shut down all your social media channels lest...

New OKJA Trailer Features Poignant Moments, Critical Quotes

Bong Joon Ho's Okja will, apparently, "make you jump for joy and burst into tears," at least according to the latest trailer for the movie. That quote is from some publication called ... [squints eyes, watches trailer again] ... ScreenAnarchy....