The Highs and Lows of Orange is the New Black‘s Experimental Fifth Season

Orange is the New Black‘s fourth season featured one of the most emotional climaxes of the year and the good news is that the new season doesn’t simply return to the status quo as though nothing happened and instead picks up immediately where the previous cliffhanger left off. But what follows is a season that I can’t quite decide how I feel about.…
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Dirk Gently’s Hollistic Detective Agency Is Great For A Netflix Binge

Full disclosure: I never read the original Dirk Gently stories by Douglas Adams, nor have I watched any other interpretations of the character before. But with no other source to compare it to, Dirk Gently’s Hollistic Detective Agency, starring Samuel Barnett and Elijah Wood, is a very weird and very fun set of eight episodes that’s perfect for a good binge of Netflix.…
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How’re Marvel’s Netflix Shows Doing So Far?

With the recent release of Luke Cage, it seems like a worthwhile opportunity to look back at the Marvel-Netflix family so far, including Daredevil and Jessica Jones and in anticipation of next year’s Iron Fist and finally Defenders. So far, everything we’ve seen has been strong, though not perfect and each struggling with pacing to some degree, but each show has managed to bring something different to the table.…
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XOXO(2016) – Film-a-Day 254

Targeted at the festival crowd XOXO is a bright, happy and ultimately unimportant movie that is entertaining and provides the perfect post-festival ‘Netflix and Chill’. As festival season draws to a close many people are probably remembering the fond times they’ve had camping in fields and listening to music. XOXO, Netflix most recent original film, is clearly aimed at these people as it attempts to capture the atmosphere of a festival and the various characters you find there.…
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The Ridiculous 6 (2015) – Film-a-Day 243

I was recently looking at a list of Netflix Original films – films which have been produced by Netflix themselves – and was surprised to see how short it was. They have only made 11 feature films to date, although big investment means countless more are in the pipeline. Out of these 11 films I was also surprised that I’ve seen 8 of them.…
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Tallulah (2016) – Film-a-Day 230

Tallulah, the latest Netflix Original Film, provides a dark look at humanity that somehow manages to make us care about deplorable characters . Following a break up with her boyfriend, homeless-slacker and compulsive liar Tallulah (Ellen Page) heads to his mothers, Margot’s, (Allison Janney) house in search of funds. After being turned away she ‘accidentally’ ends up kidnapping a baby (who has a terrible mother (Tammy Blanchard)) and manages to persuade Margot it is her grandchild.…
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Brahman Naman (2016) – Film-a-Day 213

A Netflix produced Bollywood film, Brahman Naman is a fairly average film that works well but is let down by its attempt to be American. Brahman Naman is a sex-comedy about three quiz champions who have two obsessions… trivia and girls. Whilst memorising trivia comes naturally to them, speaking to girls does not.…
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The Fundamentals of Caring (2016)

The Fundamentals of Caring is odd. It’s plot, characters, style, story and even much of the dialogue is extremely obvious and can be seen from a mile away. Yet great performances and a few hilarious set pieces turn this mediocrity into something decent. I chose to watch this film for two reasons.…
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The Do-Over (2016) – Film-a-Day 157

The second Adam Sandler film to be produced by Netflix, The Do-Over is another example of my previously discussed ‘Sandler Potential’. Whilst it has several entertaining moments it is let down by shoddy performances and attempts at sentimentality that just feel out of place. Beginning slowly The Do-Over follows Charlie (David Spade) a supermarket bank manager whose life is predictably terrible.…
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Hot Bot (2016) – Film-a-Day 137

Hot Bot is a strange sort of teen comedy as it takes influences from all eras of the genre with mixed results. Imagine a less wacky version of Weird Science (1985) with the cardboard cut-outs of the characters from Superbad (2007), throw in the most flat-falling jokes from The Forty Year Old Virgin (2005), the most offensivemoments from American Pie (1999) and a narrative that feels like a poorly-thought out version of Ferris Buellers Day Off (1986) and you have something that vaguely resembles Hot Bot.…
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