Amazon Prime’s new ‘Lord of the Rings’ has failed to become a Stranger Things-style pop cultural phenomenon for the streaming platform.
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Cuties – flawed, feminist, FrenchTV & Netflix
It’s the infamous tween twerking movie that sparked visceral online hatred and a rash of Netflix cancellations.
Enola Holmes review – despite the frenzy, it’s just a kids flickTV & Netflix
Everyone loves a famous fictional bloodline. When author Nancy Springer used the beloved Sherlock Holmes canon as a springboard for her young adult novel series, the revered detective gained a baby sister.
The Crown season four doesn’t do subtle…TV & Netflix
It’s hard to blog about Netflix shows like Stranger Things or The Crown. They’re period pieces, with sky-high production values. They’re well-acted and entertaining. What else is there to say about soothing nostalgia?
Catherine the Great’s open relationshipTV & Netflix
In Catherine the Great – HBO and Sky’s new four-parter – the cast talk like they’re in The Crown (Jason Clarke does his own thing – more on him later). Luckily the big fur hats let you know you’re in RUSSIA.
Netflix 13 Reasons Why – book vs showBooks, TV & Netflix
Recently, I read “You Think It, I’ll Say It.” It’s a new book of short fiction by Curtis Sittenfeld, an author whose work often features adult women still seething at the injustices of high school.
Mudbound – the novel versus NetflixBooks, TV & Netflix
“Mudbound is the Oscar movie we need right now,” admonished The Washington Post.
To the Bone review – not much meat on itTV & Netflix
To the Bone opens with two alien stick figures walking down a bright corridor. It’s peaceful, as the beings glide from the light towards the camera….and into a group therapy session/art class, where a girl is feigning righteous anger at magazines for promoting thinness.
Game of Thrones season seven is short and full of terrors…TV & Netflix
Are you glad it’s back? And by ‘it’ I mean the TV phenomenon that’s as big as Star Wars, Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings?
SS-GB episode one reviewTV & Netflix
Where The Crown was a soothing, nostalgic view of Britain’s unique greatness, new BBC drama SS-GB – based on Len Deighton’s alternate-history potboiler – is set in a dystopian 1941 where the Nazis won the Battle of Britain.
The Crown – Netflix reviewTV & Netflix
Netflix’s new show, The Crown, cost around 100 million dollars to make, which would cover nearly a third of the cost of the Buckingham Palace renovations. It’s got great reviews, too – the series, not the building plans, which are proving quite controversial. (And all for a palace that according to this series, nobody wants to live in.)
Jude Law as The Young Pope – who is Lenny Belardo?TV & Netflix
The newly-elected Pope Pius XIII dreams he’s emerging from a pyramid of sleeping human babies. He awakens, decides what to wear, greets his flunkies and prepares to make his first address from Saint Peter’s Basilica.
Victoria episodes one to five – Melbourne does the morally & historically right thingTV & Netflix
Soap actress and Doctor Who sidekick Jenna Coleman made her bow as Queen Victoria in ITV’s new eight-part series about the monarch’s reign. The first two episodes were screened together as a feature-length debut at the end of August.