There was a lot to love in the first season of Marvel’s Jessica Jones series, but one of things I loved most was Mike Colter‘s Luke Cage. We knew from the start that this soulful, sensitive, and dashing bartender (who also, you know, just so happens to have unbreakable skin) was going to be the star of his own series and would eventually unite with the rest of the Marvel Netflix stable of characters for a Defenders series, but Colter made a solo series for Luke feel like a priority in the midst of another character’s show. That’s something special.
With San Diego Comic-Con right around the corner, all things superhero are about to invade headlines with the force of a well-timed punch from Mr. Cage himself. So why don’t we kick off this week with a new Luke Cage poster that will be available to Comic-Con attendees later this week?
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Posted on Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 by Angie Han
If you’ve ever logged into your parents’ HBO Go account, or let your girlfriend use your Netflix login, then you, my friend, may have committed a federal crime. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ruled that it is illegal to use someone else’s password to access a service without the OK of the system’s owner (that’d be the company who provides the service, not the person paying for the subscription). Meaning, yes, we are all lawbreakers now. Read More »
One of these days, I’d like to the be kind of person who gets a thrill by looking over numbers and spreadsheets. And on that day, I would like to dig into Netflix‘s business model, which seems to be focused entirely on acquiring as many original movies and shows as possible, building a library that has been fairly consistent in its quality over the years. I’ll never stop giving Netflix a hard time over their dwindling film library, but I find many of the projects they produce and acquire to be worth my time.
And that brings us to Rebirth, the first in a series of low-budget independent projects Netflix has acquired and fully financed for $2 million. For years, movie fans have wondered why major studios were spending $200 million on single movies instead of using that money to finance countless small movies with lower overheads and expectations. Well, Netflix seems to be giving that approach a shot and the first film out of the gate is a creepy cult thriller starring the stoner from The Cabin in the Woods.
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Posted on Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 by Angie Han
Who would have guessed that the closest spiritual successor to Mad Men would come in the form of a half-hour cartoon about a washed-up sitcom star who just happens to be a horse? Netflix’s Bojack Horseman was a little shaky in the early going, but it hit its funny-sad stride around the middle of its first season, and by its second season was a legitimate contender for one of the best shows on television.
So will Bojack Horseman keep up the good work in season 3, or will it self-destruct just like its equine star? Watch the first Bojack Horseman season 3 trailer and see for yourself. The returning voice cast includes Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie, Aaron Paul, and Paul F. Tompkins. Read More »
Posted on Friday, June 24th, 2016 by Angie Han
There’s a lot to love about Netflix. It’s an essentially endless library of shows and movies to choose from, all available to watch instantly with just the touch of a button. But there’s always been one big catch: there’s no getting around the fact that you need an internet connection. If you’re in a place with high-speed wifi, that’s not a problem. But if you want to catch up with Jessica Jones or Bojack Horseman on the plane? Or fighting with a crappy connection at your parents’ house? You’re out of luck.
Fortunately, that may not be the case for much longer. Netflix is reportedly working on a feature that would let subscribers download some programs to watch offline, and it could be ready to go by the end of the year. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Yesterday, we ran down the best movies arriving on Netflix in July 2016, but that bounty of new entertainment comes at a cost – a bunch of quality movies and shows are departing the streaming service in the coming weeks and who knows when they’ll return. But I’ve got your back: here are the movies you need to watch before they disappear.
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Every month, we write about which movies and shows are coming to Netflix and which movies and shows are leaving and it often feels like more great stuff is leaving than arriving. Then a month like July 2016 arrive and restores your faith in the world’s most popular streaming service. This is a strong batch of entertainment and if you’re already looking for ways to occupy yourself next month, you have plenty of options. We have a batch of recommendations and everything.
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Netflix is producing so many original shows these days that it’s often hard to keep up, with much of their original programming falling through the cracks in the crowded television landscape. Sure, you may say you’ll eventually get around to watching Marco Polo or Bloodline, but let’s face it – no one on planet Earth has actually watched Marco Polo or Bloodline. I kid because I love. And because Netflix is richer than most small nations.
Then something like Stranger Things appears on the horizon and you realize “Oh, here’s a Netflix original series that I think I will actually get around to watching!” Only time will tell if this new show can match the success of House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, but the first trailer leaves a strong impression, offering shades of Steven Spielberg and Stephen King and all of those adventurous genre films from the ’80s that somehow got away with PG ratings because the PG-13 hadn’t been invented yet.
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Much of the finest entertainment in the world isn’t free. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find great content that won’t cost you a dime. Case in point, Jerry Seinfeld has his web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee available to watch for free through Sony’s Crackle, and the eighth season is on its way this summer.
The first Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee season 8 trailer has just debuted online, teasing Seinfeld’s fascinating discussions with some of comedy’s most brilliant minds. This season includes Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels, director Judd Apatow, former Daily Show correspondent and Last Week Tonight host John Oliver, and plenty more. Watch below! Read More »