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The Thirteenth Doctor

The Thirteenth Doctor

Two episodes in, and already I like Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor way more than Peter Capaldi’s.
Oct 18, 2018

In addition to adapting The Chronicles of Narnia, Netflix is developing titles where viewers can choose an episode’s outcome à la the classic ​“Choose Your Own Adventure” stories. But as interesting as it sounds, what will that do to the artistry of television? ​“I’ve also begun to find it disturbing how many TV viewers approach TV like a game. It’s one thing to analyze a television show for clues structured around mystery, like rabid fans did with True Detective and Westworld, but people often treat TV like a puzzle to be solved.”

D.L. Mayfield will be recapping season three of The Good Place for Christ and Pop Culture. ​“The Good Place continues to be the most profound comedy on television. It is also delightfully weird. It is obsessed with asking better questions — around the meaning of life, and how our actions might affect those around us — and this season I suspect those questions will continue to be ever more relevant to the viewer.”

Netflix's <em>Maniac</em>

Netflix’s Maniac

I’m particularly struck by the series’ skewed aesthetic, which feels like Blade Runner by way of Terry Gilliam.
Sep 28, 2018
October 2018's Best Streaming Titles: <em>The Shining</em>, <em>Batman Ninja</em>, <em>The Blair Witch Project</em>, <em>Galaxy Quest</em>, <em>Donnie Darko</em> & more

October 2018’s Best Streaming Titles: The Shining, Batman Ninja, The Blair Witch Project, Galaxy Quest, Donnie Darko & more

Also: Wesley Snipes vampire action, Kingpin’s return, Tim Burton’s Christmas, a Stanley Kubrick epic, and more.
Sep 26, 2018
September 2018's Best Streaming Titles: <em>Groundhog Day</em>, <em>Black Panther</em>, <em>The Good Place</em>, <em>Ghostbusters</em> & more

September 2018’s Best Streaming Titles: Groundhog Day, Black Panther, The Good Place, Ghostbusters & more

Also: Douglas Adams, Clint Eastwood, lots of Wes Anderson, Kevin Costner in Sherwood Forest, and one of the great car movies of all time.
Aug 29, 2018
August 2018's Best Streaming Titles: <em>Batman Begins</em>, <em>Voltron</em>, <em>Shaun of the Dead</em>, <em>Jiro Dreams of Sushi</em> & more

August 2018’s Best Streaming Titles: Batman Begins, Voltron, Shaun of the Dead, Jiro Dreams of Sushi & more

Also: Kevin Smith’s debut, Keanu Reeves, Anton Chigurh, The Good Place, Jet Li, High Noon, and the Blair Witch.
Jul 29, 2018
Your Public Library as a Streaming Service

Your Public Library as a Streaming Service

If you haven’t been to your local library in awhile, then you might be in for a pleasant surprise.
Jul 8, 2018
July 2018's Best Streaming Titles: <em>Jurassic Park</em>, <em>Gone Baby Gone</em>, <em>Bill & Ted</em>, <em>Burn Notice</em> & more

July 2018’s Best Streaming Titles: Jurassic Park, Gone Baby Gone, Bill & Ted, Burn Notice & more

Also: Spike Jonze sci-fi, Jean-Claude Van Damme, a South Korean blockbuster, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, and a Mel Brooks classic.
Jun 23, 2018
June 2018's Best Streaming Titles: <em>Luke Cage</em>, <em>The Last Jedi</em>, <em>Lord of the Rings</em>, <em>Trainspotting</em>, <em>Babylon 5</em> & more

June 2018’s Best Streaming Titles: Luke Cage, The Last Jedi, Lord of the Rings, Trainspotting, Babylon 5 & more

Also: Nicolas Cage’s treasure protecting, Thor loses his hammer, Hellboy, Scottish drug addicts, and Michael Bay mayhem.
May 23, 2018
May 2018's Best Streaming Titles: <em>The Bourne Ultimatum</em>, <em>Coco</em>, <em>The Crow</em>, <em>The Elephant Man</em> & more

May 2018’s Best Streaming Titles: The Bourne Ultimatum, Coco, The Crow, The Elephant Man & more

Also: Hellboy, a Danish post-apocalypse, Stallone vs. Snipes, Tonya Harding, Kubrick by way of Spielberg, and classic 007.
Apr 27, 2018
April 2018's Best Streaming Titles: <em>Speed Racer</em>, <em>The Iron Giant</em>, <em>The Handmaid's Tale</em>, <em>Spaceballs</em> & more

April 2018’s Best Streaming Titles: Speed Racer, The Iron Giant, The Handmaid’s Tale, Spaceballs & more

Also: Liu Kang and Shang Tsung, Jack Sparrow, South Korean superheroics, Sam Raimi noir, and The Man With No Name.
Mar 30, 2018
March 2018's Best Streaming Titles: <em>Ghostbusters</em>, <em>Voltron</em>, <em>Jessica Jones</em>, James Bond, <em>Hackers</em> & more

March 2018’s Best Streaming Titles: Ghostbusters, Voltron, Jessica Jones, James Bond, Hackers & more

Also: Ambitious low-budget sci-fi, Netflix original anime, James Bond, Takashi Miike’s 100th film, and Luc Besson’s return.
Feb 24, 2018
February 2018's Best Streaming Titles: <em>GoodFellas</em>, <em>Men in Black</em>, <em>Altered Carbon</em>, <em>Amélie</em>, <em>Blazing Saddles</em>, <em>The Expanse</em> & more

February 2018’s Best Streaming Titles: GoodFellas, Men in Black, Altered Carbon, Amélie, Blazing Saddles, The Expanse & more

Coming soon: Scorsese gangsters, Will Smith and aliens, cyberpunk, Audrey Tautou, Mel Brooks and the Old West, and gritty space opera.
Jan 24, 2018
What happened in <em>Dark</em>'s first season?

What happened in Dark’s first season?

A show like Dark practically demands that its viewers come up with their own pet theories… so here are some of mine.
Jan 2, 2018
January 2018's Best Streaming Titles: <em>Batman Begins</em>, <em>Caddyshack</em>, <em>Lethal Weapon</em>, <em>Capote</em>, <em>Doctor Who</em> & more

January 2018’s Best Streaming Titles: Batman Begins, Caddyshack, Lethal Weapon, Capote, Doctor Who & more

Coming soon: A South Korean thriller, the first of Nolan’s “Dark Knight Trilogy,” an action classic, several twisty thrillers, and a madman with a box.
Dec 27, 2017
December 2017's Best Streaming Titles: <em>Full Metal Jacket</em>, <em>Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2</em>, <em>Bright</em>, <em>Silence</em>, <em>Doctor Who</em> & more

December 2017’s Best Streaming Titles: Full Metal Jacket, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Bright, Silence, Doctor Who & more

Also: A couple of Vietnam War epics, a twisty German thriller, Taratino’s revenge masterpiece, and the Muscles from Brussels.
Nov 21, 2017
Why does <em>Stranger Things</em> affect me so strongly?

Why does Stranger Things affect me so strongly?

I understand why others find the series derivative, clichéd, too reliant on tropes, etc. But it doesn’t feel derivative to me at all.
Nov 3, 2017
Netflix Is Producing a Live-Action Version of <em>Erased</em>

Netflix Is Producing a Live-Action Version of Erased

The series will premiere in Japan on December 15, with the rest of the world to follow soon after.
Nov 2, 2017