Netflix can be happy that after duds like ‘Iron Fist’ and ‘The Defenders’ they’ve returned to something gritty that works without ridiculous fairy tales.
Baring a freakishly spectacular performance from another actress before 2017 ends, Carla Gugino deserves to win Best Actress in every single award committee.
There’s so much to like about this season, it’s hard to cram it all into one article, so let me tell you about the 10 best things from ‘Stranger Things’ season two.
The expectations after the wild success of the first run were high. Season two doesn’t disappoint, giving us more characters to love and villains to loathe.
Hopefulness, genuine friendship, and self-sacrifice. That is what make this show meaningful. Small-town virtues.
After ‘Stranger Things’ season one captivated ’80s kids like me, it needed to follow up with a satisfying season two. Mostly it accomplished that, but has weak points.
‘Ten Years Later’ lacks the relative cogency and, most importantly, the laughs of its predecessors. It feels rushed and less goofy, despite rampant absurdity.
This is not the generic familial dysfunction of wealthy people with too much time and money on their hands. It is uniquely New York.
The scope and the power that digital content providers wield in the culture is growing, while many old-guard institutions are getting bent out of shape at the encroachment.
The ridiculous (and crude) new Netflix show manages to parrot true-crime shows like ‘Making a Murderer’ while somehow still feeling real.
Late night hosts like Jimmy Kimmel are substituting political diatribes for monologues. In totally unrelated news, their viewership is steadily declining.
We log hundreds of hours of couch time with heavy-handed romanticizing of sin and darkness. It’s bad for TV and for our souls.
Every man needs a best friend, and it’s not a dog. Doing so makes men and the world better. ‘Detectorists’ depicts such a friendship between two working-class British blokes.
The new Netflix-Marvel series asks interesting questions about human dignity, but falls into individualism and identity politics instead of answering them.
With Hollywood producing an endless variety of crude comedies, stopping a Netflix movie you’ve started is more common even than having Wi-Fi problems.
This is the level of writing in prestige television in its golden age: preemptive declarations of liberal grievances instead of a real plot.
For those seeking geeky protagonists, ’80s retro, and misfit adventure, here are a few movies that should tide you over until the end of October.
For fancy whites secure in their retirement assets and NPR tote bags, watching this family sink to new lows brings out their worst fears of losing the stability of wealth.
Nearly two decades after going off the air, ‘Mystery Science Theater’ returned in April on Netflix with a new host and new episodes.
Jason Bateman’s character may be crooked, but he’s got a redeeming quality that keeps us coming back for more.
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