Posted on Friday, March 4th, 2016 by Angie Han
The results are in. House of Cards season 4 hit Netflix at exactly 12:01 AM Pacific time this morning, and the critics have now weighed in with their thoughts on the latest batch of episodes. Overall, the consensus is that House of Cards has re-embraced its soap opera roots, and is all the better for it. Robin Wright is getting particular praise for her turn as Claire, who finds herself at odds with husband Frank, and some of the new additions to the cast (including Ellen Burstyn and Cicely Tyson) have drawn positive notice as well.
On the flip side, it sounds like House of Cards hasn’t suddenly gotten more real-world political just because 2016 is an election year. Those hoping showrunner Beau Willimon will use his final season with the series to comment on the craziness of the current race for the White House will probably be disappointed, although those who just want to escape into drama and scandal and intrigue may find plenty to enjoy. Read a round-up of House of Cards season 4 reviews below. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 by Angie Han
“Chewie, we’re home.” That’s the line you’ll be muttering to yourself in early April, when Star Wars: The Force Awakens finally hits home video. Because even though you’ve already seen the film two or three or three dozen times in theaters, you know you’re going to want to take it back to your living room for still more repeat viewings. Besides, no matter how much you’ve already spent on movie tickets, there’s sure to be something in the Force Awakens home video release that’s new to you. Like in-depth behind-the-scenes features, interviews with the cast and crew, and yes, some deleted scenes.
Get all the details on the Star Wars: The Force Awakens home video rollout, including where you can get special retailer-exclusive content, below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 by Angie Han
The Tanners will not cut it out. Netflix has announced that its Full House sequel Fuller House will be back for a second season in the not-too-distant future, with D.J. (Candace Cameron Bure), Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin), and Kimmy (Andrea Barber) all returning for more family fun. Which is just common sense on the Tanners’ parts, really. Only a fool would abandon a gigantic painted lady in the heart of San Francisco in the year 2016. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, March 1st, 2016 by Angie Han
Netflix’s documentary series Making a Murderer came to an end after ten very upsetting installments, all of which hit Netflix this past December. But the story of Steven Avery has continued offscreen in real life. In the weeks since the show’s debut, appeals have been filed, petitions have been signed, new evidence has come to light, and so on. It’s enough to make a viewer hope for a few more episodes of the show to cover everything that’s happened since the first season left off, and now it looks like we’ll get our wish.
Directors Larua Ricciardi and Moira Demos have confirmed they’ve kept in touch with Avery and continued to record their conversations with him, and that they’ve spoken with Avery’s lawyer Kathleen Zellner about filming new episodes of the show. (Be warned there are spoilers ahead for season 1, if you’ve somehow managed to avoid either watching the show or reading any headlines about it until now.) Read More »
Remember when Steven Soderbergh retired for about a minute or so? Well, the director of Magic Mike, Traffic, and Ocean’s 11 has been busier than ever since he said he was done making movies, but his attention has turned to the small screen and the television medium has welcomed him with open arms. If you haven’t watched his Cinemax series The Knick, you have homework – watching one of our most versatile filmmakers play with longform storytelling without a major movie studio breathing down neck has been a huge treat. The Knick isn’t just great TV, it’s great Soderbergh. Full-stop.
But Soderbergh has been spreading the love to anyone who wants it. He executive produced the Amazon series Red Oaks and has a hand in the upcoming Starz series based on his 2009 film The Girlfriend Experience. Now, he’s going where all interesting filmmakers ultimately end up: Netflix. And he’s making a western.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 by Angie Han
The original Full House was never really that good. It was cheesy and corny, relied heavily on catchphrases and cutesy kid mugging, and never touched any topic that couldn’t be wrapped up in 22 minutes. So what are we to make of Fuller House, its 21-years-later sequel premiering this week at Netflix? If it successfully recaptures the spirit of the original, it’s going to be sentimental and mushy. But is that a bad thing, really, when that’s exactly what audiences want out of this property?
That’s the question a lot of critics are grappling with in the first Fuller House reviews. No one is arguing that this is great TV, really, but some are satisfied with its recreation of that classic Full House formula, sickly-sweet as it is, while others suggest Fuller House needs something more to justify its existence. Read the first Fuller House reviews below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, February 19th, 2016 by Angie Han
As New York Fashion Week draws to a close, a late-breaking contender for this year’s best collection has just hit the runways. No, it’s not the latest from Marc Jacobs or Kate Spade or Kanye West. It’s Netflix’s “Spring 2016 Sparkly Shoe Resort Line,” as modeled by the unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
… Okay, you got us. We’re not talking about a real fashion line here. We’re talking about the first Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt season 2 teaser trailer, in which Kimmy (Ellie Kemper), Jacqueline Voorhees (Jane Krakowski), and Titus Andromedon (Tituss Burgess) strut their stuff like the world’s most elite supermodels. Watch the super sweet, super stylish video after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, February 18th, 2016 by Angie Han
Josh Hutcherson is trading the Hunger Games for video games. He’s just been set as the lead of Future Man, a half-hour comedy pilot for Hulu from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. The story centers on an unassuming nobody whose one skill is playing a certain video game. To his shock, he discovers that this apparently useless talent makes him uniquely qualified to save humanity.
Although maybe he shouldn’t be that surprised, really, seeing as this is also more or less the premise of The Last Starfighter. And Ernest Cline’s Armada. And Adam Sandler’s Pixels. Really, it just seems like common knowledge at this point that video games are secretly manuals for saving the world. Read More »
Posted on Monday, February 15th, 2016 by Angie Han
Superheroes who swear to clean up their cities rarely really succeed, probably because if they actually did there’d be no more story to tell. But it sure is fun to watch them try. After putting an end to Wilson Fisk’s reign of terror in season 1, Daredevil will face a possibly even more terrifying adversary in season 2: the Punisher, played by Jon Bernthal.
The new Daredevil season 2 trailer offers a little taste of what Hell’s Kitchen’s newest vigilante has in store for our hero, and it doesn’t look pretty. Despite the fact that they have the same nominal goal — protect Hell’s Kitchen — the Punisher seems to have no use at all for Daredevil, whom he sneeringly dismisses as a “half measure” and a “coward.” And when you get on the Punisher’s bad side, horrible, painful things plan to happen. Read More »