Tag: netflix

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....

Notes on Streaming: HOUSE OF CARDS Falls Flat

Have you checked out the new season of House of Cards on Netflix? Yeesh! Or maybe it's just me. House of Cards, anchored by Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright as an ambitious political couple who prize power above all else,...

Cannes 2017 Review: OKJA Will Make You Jump for Joy and Burst into Tears

An endearing family adventure, a bitter ecological plea and a rousing action film all rolled into one, Okja proves once more that Bong Joon Ho is a master of twisting something new out of the familiar. While Netflix's gamble screams...

Streaming Reviews: I LOVE DICK, Season 1; MASTER OF NONE, Season 2

Over the weekend, two notable series made their full-season debuts on competing streaming services. Each confounds, to a degree, assumptions I'd made about the relative strengths (and weaknesses) of those services. Both are definitely worth sampling. A prickly, confrontational affair...

Brad Pitt Takes Command in New WAR MACHINE Trailer

Brad Pitt stars in War Machine, which follows the rise and fall of a military leader after he takes command of NATO forces in Agahanistan. A new trailer showcases Pitt's bold, brazen, real-life character, General Glen McMahon.  Here's the official...

THE DEFENDERS Trailer: Nice to Meet You (Again)

After four series spent introducing the characters, a new trailer for The Defenders sure spends a lot of time introducing them all over again. "Blind guy? This is Jessica." "Jessica, meet Luke." "Luke, meet a guy with an iron fist."...

SENSE8, Season 2 Trailer: What Is Going On?

I confess: I watched the first four episodes of Season 1 of Sense8 on Netflix, and then placed it on my back burner. The visual compositions of the Wachowskis are undoubtedly striking, but the hyper-activity of the storyline, jumping around...

Destroy All Monsters: IRON FIST Doesn't Just Suck, It Sucks the Rest of the Marvel Television Universe Down With It

Iron Fist isn't just the worst thing in Marvel's nearly-ten-year MCU arsenal; it's indeed one of those rarest of pop cultural entities, an outright creative disaster. It can be used as a teaching case in universities for everything from film...