Monthly Archives: April 2016

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Recommending 2001: A Space Odyssey is always problematic. It’s a difficult film to watch, and not one which should be a casual weeknight choice. Criticisms (often ignored by critics and academics) commonly made against it are accurate: the movie is long, strange, and can be boring to many viewers. The first twenty-five minutes or so

What’s New on Netflix and What’s Leaving in May 2016

New to Netflix in May 2016 May 1 A Study in Sherlock (2016) Admiral (2015) Ava’s Possessions (2015) Bring It On (2000) Bring It On: All or Nothing (2006) Easy Living: Seasons 1-3 El Crítico (2013) FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue (1998) Finger of God (2007) Gary Gulman: It’s About Time (2016) Great Expectations (1998)

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Very few filmmakers become so culturally pervasive that they acquire their own descriptive adjective. Hitchcockian, Felliniesque, Lynchian: these terms will conjure up visons of the respected auteurs’ distinct artistic style, but Spielbergian can evoke as many negative associations as positive ones due to the love-hate relationship many critics have with the blockbuster director’s work. He

Netflix Has Twice as Many U.S. Subscribers as Comcast

Comcast is one of pay TV’s most important (and infamous) companies. They have a monopolistic grip on a huge swath of the United States, which makes them a popular subject on blogs like ours. But just how big is Comcast, really? What happens when you compare their subscriber numbers to, say, Netflix? Well, Comcast gets

Best in Show (2000)

Although the term is largely reserved for prestigious dramatic directors such as Hitchcock, Truffaut, and Kubrick, Christopher Guest is an auteur is every sense of the word. Who says satirists whose works contain dog poop jokes cannot be considered distinguished? Visual and narrative motifs run throughout his films (of which he is typically screenwriter as

Animaniacs (1997)

Animaniacs was one of the more bizarre cartoons to ever grace the small screen. It’s one of those rare flashes of brilliance in children’s programming where kids will enjoy the zaniness of loveable-looking anthropomorphized characters bouncing around and getting into shenanigans, teens and twenty-somethings will pick up on the innuendo, and adults will recognize the

Netflix Subscribers Like Netflix’s Original Content More Than Its Other Content

Today’s Netflix looks very different than the company that was founded in 1997 – or, for that matter, the one that existed just a few years ago. Netflix went from being a movie rental service to the industry’s first true movie streaming service, and it created a market space that has attracted a lot of

Documentary Now! (2015)

Is Documentary Now! good? Depends on your perspective. Is it funny? I’m honestly not sure. But it is incredibly interesting, witty, and well-made, and I found myself excited to see what they would do next. With each week/month’s fresh wave of mostly mediocre releases on Netflix streaming, it’s rare to say something truly compelling is