This week we checked out Netflix's Oscar-nominated original documentary Virunga and found it very much worth watching. While we were in an Oscar-type mood, we found some other, previous nominees and winners, as well as some good movies that maybe should have been nominated. Amazingly, there are crime films, cult films, and rock films among them, as opposed to the usual "serious" stuff that often captures the spotlight. Finally, allow me to introduce you to Break.com, a new and free streaming service for Lionsgate movies.
When it comes to movies, the Internet is both an embarrassment of riches and a vast wasteland that makes some of the dreck that’s on television cultured by comparison. If you’d prefer to spend your online hours watching great movies, instead of lookingfor great movies to watch, allow me to be your guide to what’s available on the major online services this week.
It’s not hard to find TV shows to watch these days. But finding good ones to watch amid all the streaming video services fighting for your attention and your eyeballs? That’s more of a challenge. We’ll help you separate a would-beHouse of Cardsfrom the rest of the pack, as we look at which streaming TV shows are worth your time.
These days, Adult Swim provides bizarre cartoons from a variety of sources. But back in the 1990s, everything weird and gross in animation flowed from one source: The Ren & Stimpy Show. And thanks to Hulu Plus, you can live the dream of every 1992 dorm room and watch the first three seasons whenever you want. It’s quite a change from the days when people had to suffer through whatever Nickelodeon was airing the other 23-and-a-half hours of the day. It was probably Clarissa Explains It All and Rugrats.
It’s that time of year again, with mistletoe and fruitcake and joy to the world. But there’s something special about it, and sometimes movies can help us capture or recapture or remember what that special thing might be.
If nothing else, they can give us a great big laugh or a great big cry. Here are 10 movies for all different tastes, all streaming on Netflix this holiday season. Enjoy, Happy Holidays, and Merry Christmas!
The holidays come with trappings and tradition; with family, flavors, and favored evergreens among them. Adding to the atmosphere is holiday entertainment—the sentimental songs and movies entirely inappropriate in mid-March that are the perfect December accompaniment.
Given that this media has such a limited shelf life, most of us don’t bother to acquire it. Rather, when family and friends gather, we too often flip channels on the TV or hope that the local FM station is playing something appropriate. And that’s so 20th century. Today the one thing that separates us from scads of holiday fare is a fair-to-middling broadband connection. The only remaining trick is finding the good stuff. And we’ve got you covered. Just jingle over this way.
Thanksgiving is the perfect time of year to gather on the couch and watch a good movie. While we're sitting there, moaning in pain, having eaten too much yet again, and thinking about how miserable it was to travel, and how crazy our family members are, these 10 movies are a reminder that we're not alone in the world. And, indeed, despite everything, there are many, many wonderful things about this time of year, and plenty of things to be thankful for. Like Netflix.
If you somehow haven't heard enough of Pharrell Williams' “Happy,” you might want to enjoy it on YouTube right now.
According to Bloomberg, media mogul Irving Azoff has demanded that YouTube remove songs from several popular artists, including Williams, John Lennon, The Eagles and Steve Miller. Azoff is acting on behalf of Global Music Rights, a royalty collection agency that recently took over rights management duties from Ascap and BMI for 41 songwriters and composers.
The group claims that there's no evidence of YouTube having a license to play its clients' music. And as Azoff told the Wall Street Journal, it's been difficult to get YouTube to prove otherwise. He's hoping that a unified group will compel the streaming video service to respond, either with takedowns or a new royalty agreement with significantly higher pay for clients.