The last couple of years have marked a minor, yet important shift in how streaming services treat their episodic products.
When Netflix first started putting out original episodic content in 2013, one of the major selling points was that viewers would have access to the entire season at once, much like when the service acquired streaming rights to third-party shows from established networks and studios. This became the platform’s most recognizable trait, and Amazon Prime Video followed suit with its own business model.
For about six years, this was the dominant setup, with only Hulu, the third major streamer in…
Some Star Wars fans expect the latest trilogy to be stripped from the franchise canon, which will never happen.
If one were to have browsed Twitter or Facebook shortly after the debut of the season 2 finale of The Mandalorian (or, a week later, the Lucasfilm announcements during the Disney Investor Day), they would most likely have run into at least one post expressing the hope that, within a few years, the final trilogy in the Skywalker Saga will be undone. As in, declared not part of the canon, or retconned or redone or whatever.
Granted, it is a small…
What do the screenwriting credits on a major motion picture actually mean?
A few weeks ago, Netflix released Mank, David Fincher’s tribute to Herman J. Mankiewicz, the screenwriter who collaborated with Orson Welles on Citizen Kane. The authorship of that film has been a controversial subject for decades, and Fincher’s movie opts for the (erroneous) notion that Mankiewicz was the sole writer, with Welles hogging credit.
Interestingly, Mank itself is credited exclusively to the director’s father, the late Jack Fincher (whose viewpoint was inspired by Pauline Kael’s discredited essay Raising Kane), but it has been reported that some revisions —…
All the Doctor Who Christmas Specials (2005–2017), from worst to best.
From 2005 to 2017, December 25 (or a few days later, depending on where you live) was guaranteed to make fans of Doctor Who happy, as that is when the annual Christmas Special — a tradition shared with other successful British shows — would air on television. This went on for the duration of Russell T. Davies and Steven Moffat’s tenures, before being retired under the current creative leadership of Chris Chibnall, who has instead opted for New Year’s Specials.
As we await the return of Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor…
An overview of popular, yet erroneous beliefs about the world of film critics.
Among the many reactions to WarnerMedia’s recent announcement regarding its 2021 film slate (all 17 movies will be available in US theaters and on HBO Max at the same time), one made a modicum of rounds on social media: the idea that this was another figurative death knell against film critics, who would become even more “irrelevant”.
There were no Marvel Studios titles throughout 2020, and that was quite all right.
Of all its many weird characteristics, the year 2020 will be remembered by some as being the one without any Marvel movies. Well, that’s not entirely accurate, in that there was one Marvel adaptation that did make it to the silver screen: The New Mutants, the final installment in what used to be 20th Century Fox’s X-Men franchise, which came and went in theaters in late August.
It’s also not entirely accurate to say there were no Marvel Cinematic Universe titles, be it on the big…
Fans often complain about “comic book accuracy” in superhero movies, but should that really be a factor?
Hugh Jackman is too tall to play Wolverine. Tom Hardy is too short to play Bane. [Insert character name here] should not kill. These are only three complaints that pop up on a regular basis when comic book fans discuss the question of “accuracy” in the adaptations produced for film and television.
It is a thorny subject that regularly resurfaces, sometimes in the most ridiculous fashion, such as recent Twitter complaints about the seemingly limitless length of Wonder Woman’s lasso in her upcoming…
A look back on the making of Francis Ford Coppola’s classic, and why it most likely wouldn’t exist in the same form if made today.
On December 4, Paramount will release The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone, an alternate cut of The Godfather Part III that is closer to what Francis Ford Coppola’s original vision. After a limited theatrical run, the film will be available on Blu-ray and digital starting December 8, just in time for the original cut’s 30th anniversary.
A fan of comic books and movies talks about why the term merging the two is misused and borderline insulting.
September 7, 2019: Joker is announced as the winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. It is a momentous occasions, as it’s the first time a superhero (or, in this case, superhero-adjacent) film has won the top prize at a major festival, where such movies are usually given out-of-competition slots (as was the case with Logan at the 2017 Berlinale and X-Men: The Last Stand at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival).
At the customary press conference after…
A few musings on the popular and controversial practice of casting celebrity voices in animated films.
Among the most recent additions to Netflix’s international roster of shows and films is The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, the third feature-length offshoot of the popular Nickelodeon series (US viewers will be able to see it on CBS All Access — soon to be renamed Paramount+ — in early 2021). Like the previous two films, it boasts some high-profile guest appearances, both physical (Keanu Reeves, as seen in the trailers) and vocal (UK actor Matt Berry).
It also retains the entire original…
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