Tagged Netflix

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...

Santa Clarita Diet Is Satire Done Wrong

We all love zombies. Zombies are cool. But have we gone into overload with the zombie movies and television shows? I ask because I recently sat down and watched Santa Clarita Diet and had to think to myself: there’s enough zombie stuff out there now that, even if this show were good (which it isn’t!), there is no room for it. As in the case of my last Netflix review, I’d love to claim I watched the whole season of...

Lemony Snicket’s Unfortunate Series

My dear readers, I try to always give you my best when I write a review. I also try to be as brutally honest as possible, no matter who I offend. With that said, I feel as though I have reached new ground when it comes to the new Netflix original series Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. What do I mean? Let me put it this way: after several weeks of pondering on what I’ve seen of...

4 Anime Series Perfect for Winter Binge-Watching Bliss

With lots of dark, chilly days left ahead in the coming months, ’tis the season for hibernation! And as much as I dislike the cold and the all-too-early sunsets that come with this time of year, I love the prospect of some time off of work, some relaxing evenings at home, and some actual free time (for once!). When I finally get my hands on a bit of extra time, I inevitably find myself wondering how best to use it. And...

CNN’s The Hunting Ground Is a Cognitive Necessity

One of the final scenes in CNN Films’ The Hunting Ground (2015), a 103-minute documentary film about the nationwide epidemic of campus sexual assault in universities and colleges that is now streaming on Netflix, consists of a single line on an otherwise blank screen. The line seems innocuous—almost an afterthought—but in actuality, it is one of the most affecting comments in the entire film. The line is: “We can stop this epidemic.” The five words in that sentence are...

Hey Netflix, Where Are You Hiding My Shows?

My good readers, I have mentioned at least once before that I’m a ’90s kid: born in 1988 and raised mostly on television from the 1990s and the early 2000s. What you are about to read is very similar to the many “Great TV Shows of the ’90s” articles you have read before, except that my intent is not to simply reminisce. No, my intent is to actually question—possibly plead with—the great entity known as Netflix on the whereabouts...

Lucious and Luke, Tom and Nick: Comparing Empire and Luke Cage by Way of Gatsby

An odd realization came to me that Netflix’s Luke Cage series—the series, not the man—is a sort of Nick Carraway to Empire’s Tom Buchanan. (This caught me as much off-guard as the somewhat less recent but equally surprising realization that the titular, secondary protagonist of Fitzgerald’s literary masterpiece, The Great Gatsby, was a Black man engaged in the infrequently discussed but historically relevant act or art of passing . . . but that’s a topic for another entry.) I’d...
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