Everyone has a list of movies that give you shivers down their spine. I watch so many horror movies that I rarely get disturbed. But, there are a few that I will watch with the lights switched on! Among them is the Japanese film Ringu (most people have seen the tapered down English version of the film The Ring), which had the scary woman crawl out of the TV set. The other Japanese movie that reaches out to my heart and dips it in fear is The Grudge. … [Read more...] about Halloween 2020: Best scary movies to watch on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu
The odd couple the movie
This is the way the business is going at the moment, with cable channels like A&E, Pop, TV Land, and WGN, among many others, getting out of the scripted game over the last few years, even as the various streamers keep beefing up their original content. But cable channels tend to think much more about their brands than streaming services do. The organizing principle of HBO Max’s originals to this point appears to be, “Here are a bunch of shows we could get the rights to.” Cinemax’s dozen-odd originals from the past decade could vary significantly in quality and setting, but you knew in the broadest strokes what you were going to get: larger-than-life characters, vivid set pieces, and tense atmosphere, among other core tenets. That certainty in an increasingly uncertain television world was a very reassuring thing. … [Read more...] about ‘Warrior’ Season 2 Ends an Era of Ass-Kicking Pulp at Cinemax
Watching the two clips back-to-back, it is hard to deny the similarities. Both are shot from similar close-up perspectives, and in both scenes the goon quickly turns their head back to see if the chaser is making ground. Coupled with information from a recent datamine (thanks, Bloody Disgusting), it sure is looking like the real John Rambo is on his way to pummel the cast of Mortal Kombat 11 into the ground. … [Read more...] about Mortal Kombat 11 players think Rambo could be announced this week
They will move in professing the best of intentions, for 'riot control&', to restore order. What can we do, they'd say, when all regulation is shot, your own professional institutions are divided or compromised and you are all caught in this bloodletting. They are also reading the playbook of the Maharashtra government and Mumbai police. … [Read more...] about The TRP Trap
It’s tough not to notice that most of the un-renewals so far (as well as abrupt cancellations for relative newcomers like Netflix’s Teenage Bounty Hunters) have been series about, and often made by, women. As the cuts go deeper and wider, odds are that all kinds of shows will suffer similar fates. But when it comes time to green-light new series under these conditions, it feels like stories from and about underrepresented voices, or stories told in unique ways, will have a much tougher go of it. It won’t be quite like when the movie industry largely stopped making anything but tentpole action movies, if only because Covid precautions will make it very difficult to mount shows on the scale of a Game of Thrones for a while. But when faced with a much higher price tag for both a formulaic show and one that breaks the mold, which do you think most executives will favor? Would AMC have made the philosophical hang-out dramedy Lodge 49 in this environment, let alone four … [Read more...] about Has Covid Leveled Peak TV?