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« Reply #330 on: April 24, 2022, 05:40:28 pm »
Netflix lost 200,000 subscribers during their last quarter.  Yikes!

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« Reply #331 on: April 25, 2022, 09:51:16 am »
Netflix lost 200,000 subscribers during their last quarter.  Yikes!

Still waiting for any evidence at all that it has anything top do with "wokeness".
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« Reply #332 on: April 26, 2022, 12:11:14 am »
Still waiting for any evidence at all that it has anything top do with "wokeness".

Some of Netflix's more popular shows, like Bridgerton and Sex Education, would probably be considered "woke".


I think the main reason Netflix has lost subscribers is that there has been a big increase in the number of competitors and the quality of what they're bringing to the game (Disney Plus, Amazon Prime, HBO Max, Apple, others).
 
This article goes into some depth, with thoughts from analysts and anonymous industry people on what's up with Netflix:
https://www.vulture.com/2022/04/netflix-bad-decisions-have-caught-up-with-it.html

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« Reply #333 on: April 26, 2022, 05:57:38 am »
Long article - I skimmed it and it seems obvious: too much $ not enough downloads.

I don't think Netflix is more woke than Amazon, Disney or HBO.


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« Reply #334 on: April 26, 2022, 06:01:31 am »
Wait... Wasn't there a big Netflix boycott because of Dave Chappelle??
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« Reply #335 on: May 01, 2022, 08:53:15 pm »
Netflix is now $20/month with tax and the content is lackluster, for me anyway. I click and click and never find anything but on Amazon Prime or Apple TV (both substantially cheaper) I can't decide between all the choices. Disney Plus works out to ~$10/month since I pay annual and it's UHD and so much to choose from.

Netflix had market dominance for many years but needs to step it up with the increased competition.

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« Reply #336 on: May 01, 2022, 11:25:44 pm »
Netflix is now $20/month with tax and the content is lackluster, for me anyway. I click and click and never find anything but on Amazon Prime or Apple TV (both substantially cheaper) I can't decide between all the choices. Disney Plus works out to ~$10/month since I pay annual and it's UHD and so much to choose from.

Netflix had market dominance for many years but needs to step it up with the increased competition.

Split the cost with another person.  One that doesn’t have a boatload of kids who need to stream it to multiple devices at the same time. 


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« Reply #337 on: May 19, 2022, 01:50:14 pm »
Tuned out of the bloodbath that was the Oilers game last night to watch "Old Henry," a western which features Tim Blake Nelson as a farmer trying to outrun his shadowy past. It's a chock full of cliches, but the pacing is tight (it runs a lean 1 hour and 38 minutes), the cast is solid, the twist is either brilliant or cringeworthy and Nelson is his usual incredible self.
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« Reply #338 on: May 19, 2022, 03:18:46 pm »
Loved that guy in O Brother Where Art Thou

kimmy note that it did not take place in an office

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« Reply #339 on: May 19, 2022, 03:30:39 pm »
Loved that guy in O Brother Where Art Thou

kimmy note that it did not take place in an office

He was also very good in Watchmen (the TV show).

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« Reply #340 on: May 19, 2022, 03:45:14 pm »
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« Reply #341 on: November 22, 2022, 01:52:57 am »
We saw "Enola Holmes" during the holidays.  It stars Millie Bobby Brown as Enola, and Henry Cavill as Enola's older brother Sherlock.   Helena Bonham Carter also appears, as their unconventional and mysterious mother Eudoria.   When Eudoria disappears unexpectedly, eldest brother Mycroft determines that it is time to send Enola off to finishing school to become a proper young lady.  She escapes and sets out to find her mother. Along the way she becomes embroiled in another mystery involving a young Viscount who is supposed to be taking his father's seat in the House of Lords.

It was enjoyable, though a bit twee. It is as though Netflix felt like two of their biggest stars needed something to do while waiting for new seasons of Stranger Things and The Witcher to arrive.  Millie Bobby Brown is delightful and it was interesting to see Henry Cavill in a role where he doesn't kill anything or beat anyone up. One had the sense that his biceps might tear through the fabric of his period-appropriate Chesterfield overcoat at any moment, but aside from that he was fine in the role.

A second installment of the Enola Holmes program was recently released, with Millie Bobbie Brown and Henry Cavill both returning. An interesting aspect of this episode is that it's loosely inspired by real history, the Match Girls' Strike. Hired to locate a missing girl named Sarah Chapman, Enola learns that her disappearance is related to bribery, government corruption, and the coverup of the real reason that many girls who work at the match factory are becoming sick and dying. Chapman, it turns out, had uncovered the truth and was attempting to expose powerful figures.

The real world Sarah Chapman wasn't a sleuth, but did lead a strike that was a notable event for organized labor and for working women in particular.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matchgirls%27_strike

It's every bit as twee as the first installment, but Millie Bobby Brown is delightful, and I hadn't heard of the Match Girl's Strike before this, so it was educational as well (though certainly not a documentary.)

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« Reply #342 on: November 22, 2022, 03:15:08 am »
Not a Netflix series, but streaming on Disney Plus right now is my favorite new thing, Andor.  It's set in the Star Wars universe, BUT WAIT WAIT HEAR ME OUT on this.  This is a very different series from what you'd expect from the Star Wars brand.  There are no space wizards with laser swords. This is Star Wars for grown ups.  In fact, significant portions of this program are set in OFFICE BUILDINGS.

Andor is a prequel to the movie Rogue One, which was itself a prequel to the very first Star Wars movie. (The final moments of Rogue One are set just a few hours before the opening scene of Star Wars: A New Hope.)   Rogue One was sort of a heist movie, but instead of looting a casino or a bank, they stole the blueprints for the Death Star from an Imperial data repository.  Rogue One is, I think, the best Star Wars film since Empire Strikes Back. One of the main characters in Rogue One is Cassian Andor, and the Andor TV series centers on him.  This series is set about 5 years before the events of Rogue One.


Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) is a scruffy ne'er do well. He's a former soldier turned criminal just trying to make one big score to pay off his debts and live the good life. He gets tangled up in something bigger than he anticipates. He's not particularly remarkable. He doesn't have The Force flowing through his veins, his father isn't a Sith Lord, he's not a master thief or an expert gun fighter or much of anything really. He's a jack of all trades with a flexible moral compass. When we first meet Andor in the Rogue One movie, one of the first things we see him do is kill an informant in cold blood rather than let him be captured, because he can't risk the informant giving away secrets. That's sort the sort of thing that happens in Andor the series.

Luthen Rael (Stellan Skarsgard) is a man of many faces. He's a jet-setting antiques dealer. He's a criminal planning a major heist. Most privately, he's the mastermind building what will become the Rebel Alliance. As you get to know him you begin to realize that he's just as ruthless and cold-blooded as the Empire. He has to be, though, right? Can you fight a monster without becoming a monster?

Mon Mothma (Genevieve O'Reilly) is a Senator. Publicly she's a bleeding heart politician who describes herself as an annoyance. She's happy to be seen that way, because behind closed doors she is laundering money to Rael's operation. Aside from dealing with bankers, mobsters, and dodging Imperial accountants, she also has to deal with a loveless marriage and parenting a daughter who needs more time than her mom has to spare.

Dedra Meero (Denise Gough) is an Imperial Security Bureau intelligence officer, rising through the ranks. She's ambitious and determined, and she's sharp-eyed and intuitive and sees things that her peers and supervisors haven't figured out. She has detected the Rebel efforts to steal military grade equipment. But she has a hard time getting the ISB top brass to take her theories seriously, because she's younger and female and they talk over her and treat her like she's unimportant. They measure performance using pointless metrics like detainee headcounts or whether your quarterly reports are turned in ahead of schedule. She and her faithful assistant work all-nighters to analyze the data that proves her theories and convince her supervisors of what's going on. She could be the protagonist of a Working Girl style office drama, except that she is of course not working for a typical employer, she is working for a ruthless fascist organization. Denise Gough's amazing Resting **** Face is arguably the best special effect in the whole show.

There are so many things that make this show good. The main characters are all fascinating and the actors who play them are all excellent. But beyond that there are things going on that are genuinely complex and thought provoking. One of the main themes is "the banality of evil".  Dedra Meero is not a maniac. She's not a psychopath or a serial killer. In her own mind, she's probably the hero of this story. She's not just doing her job, she's also protecting law and order and stopping murderous terrorists. Yes, she has done some terrible things to make that happen, but it's for the greater good, right?  Luthen Rael does things that are just as bad, if not worse. But he has to. The Empire must be stopped at any cost, right?  You find yourself thinking about not just the banality of evil, but wondering what even is evil. Is Meero evil, when she believes so strongly that she's doing good? Is Rael good, when he knows full well that he's committing evil to do what needs to be done?   

Diego Luna is excellent as the main character. But the real stars are Skarsgard, O'Reilly, and (especially) Denise Gough, who provide brilliant performances. As well, Andy Serkis truly shines in a supporting role. And Forrest Whitaker briefly reprises his delightfully scenery-chewing Saw Gerrerra character from Rogue One, with a Shatneresque extravaganza of overacting.

This show didn't grab me in the first couple of episodes, but it has grown so involving. I haven't been this fascinated by a show since the middle seasons of Game of Thrones.

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« Reply #343 on: November 22, 2022, 08:55:23 am »
I agree Rogue One best movie since the original trilogy.  I like Return of the Jedi so I'll say it's the best SW movie since that.  Andor written and created by the guy who co-wrote that film.

I just started watching Andor.  So far it's very good and very different. A character study, the characters are very well written as is the dialogue and acting.  A lot more nuance in this show, explaining motivations by the rebels.
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« Reply #344 on: November 22, 2022, 09:37:24 am »
Andor is incredible. Probably the best of the Star Wars shows/movies (maybe the cartoons are good, IDK, I don't watch them).

Speaking of prequels, I started watching the House of the Dragon which is set more than 100 years prior to the events of Game of Thrones. I'm just two eps in and so far it's...not that bad? I'm more into it than I was the Rings of Power which took almost 6 episodes before anything of consequence happened.
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