Tagged Netflix

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...

Movies of Mention! Mifune: The Last Samurai, Manchester by the Sea, and Lost in La Mancha

Welcome to your movie-geek roundup of what’s new and worth your attention on the big screen and streaming at home. Let us know in the comments what you’re going to be watching! Netflix Mifune: The Last Samurai (Now Streaming) If you’ve never heard of famed Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune, you’re in for a treat. If you have heard of him, you’ll enjoy this documentary. Narrated by Keanu Reeves, the movie covers not only Mifune’s lengthy movie career but the...

Does Iron Fist Really Deserve All the Heat It’s Been Getting?

I must start off apologizing for arriving so late to the Iron Fist review party. However, in my defense, it turns out having a full-time job an a part-time job and watching a lot of television is more exhausting than you might think. I’d say it’ll never happen again, but I just don’t think I could watch less TV than I do. (I could watch more, but less would be just ridiculous.) That said, I have to address this...
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