(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
The App: Pluto TV
Where You Can Stream It: Smart TVs, Streaming Devices, Mobile Devices, Desktop Apps, and Web Browsers
The Pitch: What if you had the variety of cable and streaming without any payments or passwords? Pluto TV provides over 200 channels and a library of on-demand content for every taste. Sure, there are commercials like regular television, but the variety of content available, from basic entertainment to niche programming, gives Pluto TV an edge over traditional cable subscriptions and streaming services.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: Pluto TV combines the specificity of streaming service libraries with the spontaneity of channel surfing. There are movie channels for every single genre, from documentaries to westerns, and spotlights on Black and Asian cinema. You’ll also find singular-focused channels with endless marathons of Star Trek, Mystery Science Theater 3000, American Gladiators, The Price is Right and James Bond movies. That’s not even including all the niche programming for gamers, anime fans, reality TV lovers, and those looking for DIY and home repair projects. There are even channels dedicated to pretty much every single major sport. Read More »
(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
The Series: Columbo
Where You Can Stream It: Peacock, Amazon Prime via IMDB TV
The Pitch: A rumpled police detective solves a murder committed by a wealthy perpetrator who underestimates the blue-collar cop, leading them to be caught red-handed.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: I’d long heard of Columbo, it’s one of those classic crime procedurals that always makes the top TV lists that I’d never seen — except when it would occasionally pop up in the background at my grandmother’s house. But there was a strange uptick in Columbo chatter early in this pandemic, when everyone started to swear off all cop shows…except Columbo. The crime drama series starring Peter Falk as the cigar-chomping detective had become an unlikely quarantine hit, mostly because it provided the easy escapism of a murder mystery (the culprit gets caught in an hour and a half or less!) but also because it’s just that good.
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Last weekend, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World returned to select theaters for the film’s 10th anniversary. It’s actually been 11 years since the movie was released in theaters, but the coronavirus pandemic ruined what would have been last year’s celebrations, so here we are. And it turns out fans were so happy to return to theaters for Edgar Wright‘s adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novel series that Universal Pictures will be expanding the anniversary screenings to even more theaters.
But don’t worry if you’re not ready to head back to movie theaters just yet. Because this summer will bring Scott Pilgrim vs. the World home in 4K Ultra HD for the first time ever. Read More »
(Welcome to Pop Culture Imports, a column that compiles the best foreign movies and TV streaming right now.)
It’s time for another Pop Culture Imports, and we’ve got an eclectic bunch of subtitled fare this week — from a techno-horror classic, to an Oscar-nominated war drama, and an absurd comedic anime.
Fire up those subtitles and let’s get streaming.
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Still clinging to physical media like a drowning person clinging to a life preserver? Me too, reader. Me too. Which is why I’ve compiled a round-up of some recent Blu-ray releases you’re going to want to check out.
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Well, well, well, how the turntables. Peacock, NBCUniversal’s new streaming service that seemed like it was struggling to make an impact compared to fellow new competitors like Disney+ and HBO Max, has hit 42 million subscribers total in the U.S. And a lot of the new Peacock sign-ups can be credited to the addition of The Office and WWE. Read More »
Last month, WarnerMedia announced a cheaper, ad-supported subscription tier of HBO Max set to launch in June. But a price for this cheaper HBO Max ad plan had not yet been announced – at the very least, it will be less costly than the current ad-free $14.99 monthly subscription. But a new report has the price for this ad-supported tier for HBO Max, and yes, it’s cheaper. Read More »
Luca is the second Pixar film in less than a year to debut exclusively on Disney+. When Soul sidestepped movie theaters to debut exclusively on Disney+ in December, many Pixar employees believed it was a one-time decision brought on by coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which shuttered theaters throughout 2020. But as the vaccine rollout has steadily expanded and theaters have begun to open back up, Pixar staffers are voicing their frustrations with Disney’s decision to apparently send only Pixar films straight to streaming on Disney+.
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May is just around the corner, which means a slew of movies are set to leave HBO Max to make room for the new. From All About My Mother to All the President’s Men, there are handful of classics that are due to leave the streaming service, which means you have a limited time to watch them before they vanish into the ether forever (just kidding, they’ll probably make their way onto another platform soon). Still, can’t hurt to be sure. Here are the best movies leaving HBO Max in May 2021.
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April is ending soon, and with that we have our usual group of TV shows and movies arriving on Netflix, including a few surprise seasons of a critically acclaimed comedy. Check out the incredibly packed group of TV shows and movies coming to Netflix in May 2021.
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