Tagged Netflix

Iron Fist Season 2 Was the Iron Fist We Deserved

In 2017, I wrote about the first season of Netflix’s Iron Fist. In that article, I argued that though the show fell short, especially in comparison to Jessica Jones or Daredevil, it was not nearly the disaster it got credit for being. With that said, I binged the second season of Iron Fist after it was released last month, and I would like to declare that its creators obviously heard the complaints and bad reviews and definitely did their homework...

The Bleach Live-Action Film Is Goofy but Surprisingly Enjoyable

There’s just something about the anime series Bleach that triggers nostalgia for my time as an awkward, nerdy high schooler in a way nothing else does. Play me just a little bit of the soundtrack and I’ll be right back to my 17-year-old self, whiling away countless hours watching it with my brother on our parents’ desktop computer. Engaging with this series again always feels like opening a late-2000s time capsule and rediscovering all the reasons my love for anime...

Season 2 of Jessica Jones Went the Logical Route

Warning: Spoilers follow! After what felt like an eternity, and a rather mediocre side trip with The Defenders, season 2 of Jessica Jones finally premiered on March 8, 2018. In all honesty, I had a crush on Jessica (Krysten Ritter). It had to be her smart-ass attitude, or her strength (physical and emotional), or maybe I just like a girl that enjoys whiskey. Anyway, I was obsessed with season 1; I felt that it was the pinnacle of Marvel...

Netflix’s Bright Is a Dim Urban Fantasy

Bright, the new Netflix original film starring Will Smith, has a promising premise, with its merging of fantasy elements into an urban setting. Unfortunately, far too often during its run time, it takes us out of its spectacle. Sometimes it’s with the blunt racial allegories that wallop the audience scene after scene. Sometimes it’s the story that slings bland second-act labels of prophecies, endlessly spoken-of MacGuffins, and being a chosen wizard of sorts. Sometimes it’s the awkwardly awful writing...

The Punisher Punishes His Enemies and Rewards Audiences

I have a theory. I feel the consensus among most critics is that violent television shows are unsophisticated or lowly even if they’re done well. Why do I feel that way? I recently looked up the Rotten Tomatoes score of Netflix’s The Punisher and was instantly deflated. Currently, it holds a 61 percent—which is still considered “fresh,” mind you, but still far too low. Most may look at this show and think that it’s just a guy on a...

Stranger Things 2 Smoothly Pairs Humor and Horror

During summer 2016, it seemed like everyone was glued to their TV, phone, tablet, computer, Apple Watch, or smart refrigerator to check out Netflix’s nostalgia-driven Stranger Things, the first show to make you run out and buy Eggo waffles. After more than a year’s wait, season 2 debuted to excited fanfare just before Halloween. But now that the hype has died down, what’s the verdict? Quite simply, it’s bitchin’. Note: This review reveals a few plot details not shown...

How to Choose Your Next Anime . . . and How to Know When to Quit

There’s something really satisfying about finishing an entire anime series, especially a long one. But just as strong is the other feeling that comes with it. You know the one: that feeling of emptiness and aimlessness that makes you think, “What am I going to watch next?” It’s a feeling that I both hate and love. On the one hand, it’s hard to imagine investing in a new tale just after finishing a series, particularly a really great one....

Powerbomb the Patriarchy with Netflix’s GLOW

Ah, America in the ’80s: big hair, shiny clothes, and . . . blatant racial and gender stereotypes? Yep, that’s the decade of decadence. But from within that society emerged a groundbreaking and exciting promotion, the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. GLOW is Neflix’s somewhat-based-on-a-true-story telling of its history, starring Alison Brie (Community, Mad Men) and comedian/actor Marc Maron. The 10-episode first season explores the background and production of the show, all the way up to the big premiere. Slight spoilers ahead. The opening scene...

Master of None Just Keeps Getting Better

In his 2016 acceptance speech when season 1 won the Critics’ Choice Award for best comedy series, Master of None cocreator Alan Yang said, “Thank you to all the straight white guys who dominated movies and TV so hard and for so long that stories about anyone else seemed kind of fresh and original now, ’cause you guys crushed it for so long that anything else seemed kind of different.” That, to me, is a perfect reflection of Master...

A Dark Crystal Prequel Series Is Coming to Netflix (with Minnesota Talent)

“When three Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power, they set out on an epic journey to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world.” So reads the log line for the Dark Crystal series announced last week, which has no doubt been anticipated for a few decades by many fans of the original 1982 Jim Henson film. Given Netflix’s solid track record of creating original content and reawakening interest in older properties, it looks like a good...
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