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OKJA, a Netflix premiere, delivers a bleak message couched in entertaining fiction

From the director of 2013's "Snowpiercer"
Seo-Hyun Ahn, Tilda Swinton and Steven Yeun
Directed by Bong Joon Ho

Can we fight evil? Save our lovely planet from ghouls such as Monsanto and other purveyors of various poisons into GMO plants and animals? Can the good people win? Can we save the human race while preventing our animals from being seen only in terms of sirloin or chops? Such is the theme of “Okja,” a Netlix film streaming on the video channel (and causing much distress at the recent Cannes film ... more >

The Hollywood Complex

Kid actors' rite of Spring
Andrew Manley (narrator), Rosey Forti, Tony Casala and John McCarthy
Directed by Dylan Nelson and Dan Sturman

Hollywood is the only place in the world where you can die from encouragement. Wise words to the unwise. And yet, throwing caution to the wind thousands of would-be kid actors and their parents migrate to California to vie for a part in the fifty or so new television shows (known as pilots) which are produced each year (pilot season lasts from January to April). "Throwing caution to the ... more >

Netflix to stream DREAMWORKS ANIMATION catalog

Netflix: 1 - Pay TV: 0

In the epic saga of Netflix v. pay TV there is some light at the end of the tunnel for the familiar red envelope company. As first reported on Gizmodo, Dreamworks Animation studios have granted Netflix the rights to stream their catalog. That’s really good news for Netflix--they beat out HBO in competing for fresh studio content--as it gives them new credibility and legitimizes them, and it’s good ... more >

OPINION: Watching movies at home

Netflix's "Watch Now" selection is in need of some T.L.C.

I recently blogged about the Netflix breakup, wondering if the recent announcement that Reed Hastings (pictured) is splitting up the DVD and streaming operations wasn’t code for “bubye DVDs.” Come Christmas we might be relying fully on our Roku box for at-home entertainment—and that’s a scary thought. Compared to its DVD library, Netflix's Watch Now catalog is dismally limited. Sure, you can find ... more >

Dish Network to COMPETE with Netflix

Is trouble brewing in Los Gatos?

Will 2011 finally be the year of Netflix’s demise? At the rate we’re going, I wouldn’t be surprised to get another email from Reed Hastings, one that would start with, “I’m sorry, Ali. I effed up. I mistakenly sold our streaming division to some Mumbai-based company and all you’ll be getting from now on will be Shahrukh Khan biopics and Bollywood re-runs. I am really sorry, Ali. Can you forgive ... more >

Netflix vs the Studios

Round One

I'm taking a break from doing numerous tweaks to this new site so I can discuss something Nikki Finke just reported on Deadline. As you know, Netflix has been acquiring a ever-growing library of titles and streams them for a monthly fee (comedy, drama, any genres). They've now got nearly twenty million customers. Their business model, which has included putting all their resources into their ... more >