(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, and opinionated about something that makes us very happy…or fills us with indescribable rage. In this edition: why Marvel’s Iron Fist really blew it by not casting Lewis Tan in the lead role.)
Could Iron Fist have been received better if it had cast an Asian-American as Danny Rand?
Until now, that was a pipe dream for many critics of the latest Marvel Netflix show, who lambasted the series for perpetuating the myth of the white savior by choosing to stay loyal to the comic-book depiction of Rand: as a white, blonde outsider who can punch things with his magic fist. But it was recently revealed that half-Chinese actor Lewis Tan, who played one-off villain Zhou Cheng in episode eight of Iron Fist, was on hold for the part until they ultimately cast Game of Thrones alum Finn Jones.
Let me take a deep breath. I have a lot to say about this.
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(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, and opinionated about something that makes us very happy…or fills us with indescribable rage. In this edition: why Netflix, for all the good stuff that the streaming service offers, sometimes completely bums us out.)
There’s no denying Netflix has been a gamechanger when it comes to bringing entertainment to the masses. Allowing people to rent DVDs by mail was a strong start for the company, but they ended up changing the face of film and television distribution forever when they entered the video streaming arena.
At first, Netflix was only giving their subscribers movies and TV shows from established studios and networks, but eventually, they started creating their own programming. It took them a little while to find their footing, but they came into their own in 2015, doubled their amount of original programming in 2016, and they have their sights set on having 50% of their library be original content in the next few years.
But as the streaming service has increased their output of original content, I find myself being really bummed out by Netflix sometimes. Indulge me, if you will, as I run through a couple of my problems with Netflix’s current path. Read More »
Posted on Monday, November 14th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
I don’t know about you, but when the governments of the world collapse and civilization dissolves into chaos, and we’re reduced to living in a world where the biggest corporations battle for control of the surviving population, I’ll probably end up joining Team Disney. Because if I’m going to die for the glory of a corporate entity, it might as well be for Marvel and Star Wars. I’ll lie there, bleeding out on the battlefield, and look at the Mickey Mouse patch on my uniform and think “Well, at least I didn’t die for AT&T/Time Warner. Screw those guys!”
Anyway, Disney’s next step in becoming the domineering force of the dystopian future involves them possibly acquiring Netflix, a move that would be nothing short of huge for both companies.
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Netflix does not have a friendly relationship with movie theaters. Ever since Netflix starting creating their own movies, some of them have been pushed to a limited theatrical release in order to qualify for awards, but many movie theater owners haven’t been happy about it. They were even more upset when Netflix struck a deal with IMAX to release their Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel on the giant screen the same day it was made available on the streaming service. And now a new deal has them worried again.
Netflix has created a new deal with the iPic Entertainment theater chain that will see some of the streaming service’s upcoming movies released in their theaters the same day that they’re released online. Find out more about the deal regarding Netflix movies in theaters after the jump. Read More »
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 »
Posted on Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
In a year where much of the discussion surrounding superhero movies revolved around when audiences where going to grow tired of superhero movies, Netlix‘s Daredevil arrived and gave that conversation a swift kick in the throat. Stylish, complex, and and so very different than the rest of its brethren in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the series won over hardcore comic fans and normal folks alike. While season two of the show is currently filming and won’t be ready for some time yet, a new poster had debuted online. You know, just in case you need a reminder to get excited for the next batch of episodes.
To see the Daredevil season 2 poster for yourself, hit the jump!
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Posted on Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 by Jack Giroux
What could’ve been the new Daredevil movie turned into the critically acclaimed Daredevil television series. In a recent interview, writer-director Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods), executive producer and creator of the Netflix show, revealed his initial plans for the superhero, which were aimed at the big screen. (Joss Whedon also pushed for the character to lead a movie, rather than a TV series.)
Read more about the decision to bring Daredevil to TV rather than theaters, after the jump.
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Over the past couple of months, the phrase “Netflix and chill” has taken off as a meme of sorts. For those who don’t know what the phrase means, basically if you ask someone if they want to “Netflix and chill,” you might as well be asking them if they want to pretend to watch a movie and just get down to some risque adult business.
Seemingly in response to this online phenomenon, Netflix has just revealed a device that they’ve created called “The Switch,” which everyone has taken to calling the “Netflix and chill button.” It’s a one-button device that allows you to easily prepare for a night of watching Netflix and relaxing, and you can build one yourself. Read More »
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If you’ve recently been craving to watch the Dane Cook star vehicle, Good Luck Chuck, then you better hurry up, because it’s about to leave Netflix. Once again, the company is depriving us of comedy classics we just need to watch again and again. In reality, the streaming service is actually dropping some great movies next month. After the jump, check out our rundown of some of the best films leaving Netflix in October 2015.
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Posted on Friday, September 25th, 2015 by Angie Han
Prepare for more terrifying visions of the future. Netflix has officially announced it’s picking up the buzzy sci-fi anthology series Black Mirror for a third season, to consist of 12 episodes. Keep in mind that this show has only put out six episodes (across two seasons) and a Christmas special to date. Netflix is nearly tripling the episode count in one fell swoop. Get details on the Black Mirror Netflix pickup after the jump. Read More »