Tag: netflix

Netflix's MANIAC Trailer Delights In "Multi-Reality Brain Magic Shit"!

For anyone not yet on the Netflix bandwagon or not planning to subscribe for Matt Groening’s upcoming Disenchantment, perhaps a new series by Cary Joji Fukunaga might tickle your fancy? Set to drop on September 21, Fukunaga’s highly anticipated return...

Notes on Streaming: BLAME! and GODZILLA: CITY ON THE EDGE OF BATTLE Each Blaze Their Own Desperate Trail

In my last column, I offered up my two-pronged solution to the frequent complaint about Netflix that their flood of new series all have too many episodes that are all too long, suggesting that viewers either try another streaming service...

Notes on Streaming: A VERY ENGLISH SCANDAL Simmers, G.L.O.W. Burns Bright

The most frequent complaint about Netflix is that their flood of new series all have too many episodes that are all too long. Here is my two-pronged solution: (1) try another streaming service; (2) watch shorter shows with fewer episodes....

Notes on Streaming: THE HOLLOW, Unraveling an Animated Mystery

The opening scenes of The Hollow reminded me of the opening of Zork, one of the first text-based computer games. Back in the early 1980s, I remember eagerly buying the game and staring at the opening line, white text on...

Review: EVIL GENIUS Shines Darkly on Netflix

It’s a toss-up as to whether one identifies more with the murder suspects or the murder victims, and that’s part of what makes Netflix's Evil Genius such irresistible viewing in its first two episodes.  Part of me wants to say: “That’s...

Review: PSYCHOKINESIS, Sang-ho Yeon's Superhero Film Is Fun, Humane And Relevant

South Korea’s Yeon Sang-ho explored fantastic cinema for the first time with his diptych about a zombie invasion, Seoul Station and Train to Busan. After a couple of totally sordid animated features, The King of Pigs and The Fake, Yeon...

Notes on Streaming: In the Fabulous AGGRETSUKO, Death Metal Enlivens the Working Stiff

Five years after landing her first job, Retsuko, an angry red panda, is losing her will to live. She is an accountant who faces daily, high-pressure demands from her superiors, as well as from her increasingly irritating coworkers. At the...

Notes on Streaming: WILD WILD COUNTRY Digs Deep Into Fear and Religion

Where were you in 1981? In June of that year, I attended a lonely Saturday morning screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Unable to convince any of my friends to accompany me to a movie widely perceived as a...

Notes on Streaming: A.I.C.O. INCARNATION Bursts Into Action Early and Often on Netflix

The animated series A.I.C.O.: Incarnation, which premiered on Netflix worldwide on March 9, 2018, is terrific. Produced by Japanese studio Bones, directed by Murata Kazuya, and written by Nomura Yuuichi, the series is filled with nicely-choreographed action, while also taking...

Notes on Streaming: Brooding BABYLON BERLIN, Gambling KAKEGURUI, Deathly HOTEL BEAU SÉJOUR

Recently, I've been sampling a few non-English series from the past year or so that are available on Netflix. Are any sufficiently intriguing to justify the time investment to binge-watch them in their entirety? Have you seen any less-heralded shows...

ANON Trailer: Andrew Niccol Creates a World Without Privacy in Latest Thriller

The first trailer for Andrew Niccol's tech thriller Anon has dropped and, as always with Niccol, he's got me intrigued. While his films (Gattaca, Lord of War) don't always turn out to be winners, he continues to explore intriguing sci-fi...

Paco Plaza's VERONICA Is Netflix's Latest Surprise Debut: Watch the [REC] Director's Latest Now

Last week I wrote a column praising [REC], the seminal Spanish horror film, and one that I believe kickstarted the entire found footage sub-genre as we know it today. Well, now [REC] is back in the news, this time as...

Notes on Streaming: FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST, Good Live Action Without Whitewashing

Here's one fantastic way to avoid charges of whitewashing: just don't do it. A film adaptation of Arakawa Hiromu's Fullmetal Alchemist, directed by Sori Fumihiko, was released in Japanese theaters on December 1, 2017. Now it's arrived as a "Netflix...

Notes on Streaming: THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX, When Netflix Goes Nutty

Netflix's deal to purchase worldwide streaming rights to the next Cloverfield from Paramount Pictures -- which would mean the film would not have a theatrical release, as planned -- has been brewing at least since last month's Sundance Film Festival,...

Friday One Sheet: MUTE (And Neon Dystopia)

Cyberpunk is back, baby! The 2017 revisits to Blade Runner and Ghost in The Shell, two of the most popular cinematic representations of the subgenre (outside the Watchowski's commercially mainstream Matrix franchise) have paved the way for some new voices...

Notes on Streaming: DIRTY MONEY, Six More Reasons to Get Angry

All corporations are in business to make money. Some corporations, however, manifest greed, putting the bottom line above all other considerations, such as the law, and in Dirty Money, a new series on Netflix, we have the opportunity to behold...

Notes on Streaming: GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS and THE FROZEN DEAD (GLACE) Both Surprise

Also: Jack Black's serio-comic The Polka King and must-see Irish thriller Bad Day for the Cut. Is it just me, or do January's new offerings on streaming services feel ... er, kinda non-essential? Expectations may play a bigger role this...

ALTERED CARBON Review: Near Faithful Adaptation of Cyberpunk Novel Entertains With Violence And Sex

In the future no one need fear death. Human consciousness can be digitized and downloaded onto cortical stacks which are plugged into new bodies, called sleeves. Takeshi Kovacs, once an elite soldier called an Envoy, imprisoned for two hundred and...

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.