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What’cha Watchin’?
Digital Strategist Michael Bartnett queues up his next great binge fests
Screens Column  September 14, 2017
"...Narcos (Netflix) The two times in my life that I have been as fluent in Spanish as I've ever been were after fourth-year Spanish in college and when I blew through the first two seasons of Narcos. Season 3 dropped on Netflix this month, and concerns itself with the notorious Cali Cartel..."

This Stephen King adaptation floats with the best of them
Film Review  September 8, 2017, by Marc Savlov
"...The story follows seven pre-internet teens as they play detective and discover – and then do battle with – the predatory, poisonous Pennywise, who feeds on childhood fears and is the presumable root cause of Derry’s disturbing history of unnatural deaths. Led by melancholy, stutter-afflicted Bill (Lieberher), who has lost his little brother Georgie to the rainswept unknown, the pint-sized posse (self-dubbed the “Losers’ Club”) includes bespectacled wisenheimer Richie (Wolfhard, of Netflix’s Kingsian homage Stranger Things), frail and asthmatic Eddie (Grazer), orphan-by-fire Mike (Jacobs), bar mitzvah-stressed Stanley (Oleff), chubby new kid Ben (Taylor), and lone girl Bev (Lillis), whose home life with her skeevy, leering father is a horror unto itself...."

What’cha Watchin’?
If you, like Production Manager Chris Linnen, love to get high and watch stand-up comedy on TV, then these recos are for you
Screens Column  August 31, 2017
"...You might also like Tom Segura. He has two specials on Netflix (2014's Completely Normal and Mostly Stories from 2016) and they're both ridiculous..."

What’cha Watchin’?
Gay Place/Assistant News Editor Sarah Marloff on the teen dramas she adores
Screens Column  August 24, 2017
"...Scream (Netflix):..."

The Dark Tower
Roland the Gunslinger hits the big screen
Film Review  August 11, 2017, by Marc Savlov
"...Blame screenwriters Akiva Goldsman, Jeff Pinkner, Anders Thomas Jensen, and Nikolaj Arcel (who also directed) for trying too hard to cram so much of King’s original into a film format, for one. The Dark Tower would have been far better served as a multi-season HBO or Netflix series not unlike George R.R..."

RTX: Austin Animation Update
New Rooster Teeth show, Castlevania, and more
DAILY Screens  July 17, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...[image-1] The weekend also saw a Paramount Theatre screening for the animated adaptation of long-running horror game franchise Castlevania by Austin-based Powerhouse Animation, which debuted on Netflix on July 7. Studio co-founder, CEO/COO, and show executive producer Brad Graeber said his team had been ferociously updating Twitter to follow the audience response on the #castlevania hashtag, and the biggest complaint was that it was only four episodes long...."

Stream Analysis
Summer is here, winter is coming, and some housekeeping
Screens Story  July 13, 2017, by Josh Kupecki
"...We'll also be using this space to highlight some streaming hidden gems, as well. Besides national news stories on the cosmic horror befalling all mortals, is there a more ubiquitous, aggregated online list than the ones about what is coming and going from Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon? Those press releases turn into clickbait faster than a Shia LaBeouf nosedive..."

The Best TV Shows of 2017 (So Far)
The return of Twin Peaks is cause for celebration
DAILY Screens  June 23, 2017, by Mark Fagan
"...So with half of 2017 almost in the books, I thought now would be a great time to do a roundup of my favorite shows of the year (so far) – the qualifying factor being that they released new episodes in 2017. It's worth noting all the quality shows that dropped on premium (HBO, Showtime) and streaming sites (Netflix, Amazon, Hulu) as opposed to network TV..."

Page Three: Summer Songs
Soundtracking the summer
Columns  May 18, 2017, by Kimberley Jones
"...Every day presents new opportunities to cram every could-be contemplative space with noise from morning to night. The news scroll you thumb through still in bed, podcasts for the commute, social media's endless feed to fill the lunch break, a Netflix binge to see you to bedtime, Words With Friends to wind you down into sleep...."

Moontower Review: Ali Wong
Has motherhood made the Baby Cobra star a cleaner comic? No.
DAILY Arts  April 24, 2017, by Ashley Moreno
"...When Wong’s comedy special Baby Cobra blew up on Netflix, it set her on a trajectory that she says “no one could have anticipated.” She said that she went from selling extra tickets to her shows on Groupon to out-earning her Harvard Business School-educated husband – seemingly overnight. But the explosive success of her special also seems so fitting..."

Making Tragedy Funny Again at Moontower Comedy
Stand-ups pull punch lines out of personal traumas
Arts Story  April 20, 2017, by Sean L. Malin
"...After some months, the comic began opening up about his family's tragedy onstage, infusing crippling grief with the pop-culture literacy and magical-realist pep for which he's become renowned. Rumors surfaced that he was reigniting his mythic Patton Oswalt & Friends show in Los Angeles; and in Sep­tember 2016, he received his first Primetime Emmy for writing his hourlong Netflix special, Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clap­ping..."

All Nighter
A father searches for his daughter with the help of her ex-boyfriend
Film Review  March 24, 2017, by Marc Savlov
"...Killam and Schaal are among the high points as a manically passive-aggressive couple who attempt to aid Frank and Martin, but as the story moves along and vegan Martin bonds with Frank over Bob Seger and blood-red rare steaks, nothing all that exciting, or even all that wacky, happens. It’s Netflix and chill fodder for sure, but even with its relatively short running time and Simmons’ rampant charisma, All Nighter feels way too much like its own title, a soporific exercise in style over substance...."

Austin's Most Famous Atheist
The life and death of Madalyn Murray O'Hair, The Most Hated Woman in America
Screens Story  March 16, 2017, by Marc Savlov
"...The Austin Chronicle spoke to O'Haver about his movie, Melissa Leo's performance as the cantankerous atheist, and O'Hair's place in cultural history by phone prior to the film's SXSW screening and Netflix debut (March 24)...."

Bitter Harvest
In 1930s Ukraine, young lovers fight Stalin and forced starvation
Film Review  February 24, 2017, by Marc Savlov
"...The great Terence Stamp (The Limey) gives a typically fine performance as Yuri’s grandfather, a legendary warrior who can still ride a stallion sidesaddle when called upon to battle it out with the Bolsheviks, but even he cannot save Bitter Harvest from its many inherent flaws, which include some ridiculously mawkish cinematography from the usually fantastic Douglas Milsome (of Kubrick’s The Shining and Full Metal Jacket fame) and the inescapable fact that the 90-plus-minute running time is simply too brief to allot enough time for character development, much less a comprehensive overview of the epic tragedy that surrounds the doomed love story. This would have been far more effective had it been an actual, binge-worthy Netflix/Amazon/Hulu series, although goofy acting kudos to Gary Oliver’s portrayal of Stalin as a mustache-twiddling villain straight out of the Snidely Whiplash zone...."

DVDanger: What to Watch This Halloween
Part I: Slugs, zombies, and one-night stands
DAILY Screens  October 30, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...Night of the Living Deb (MPI Video) is available on NetFlix, Blu-ray, DVD, VOD, and NetFlix now...."

I Like to Watch: Across Steven's Universe
The curious connection between programming and content
DAILY Screens  August 31, 2016, by Jacob Clifton
"...Where this coincides with the rise of streaming should be obvious, and while Hulu is sticking to the weekly rollout overall, versus Netflix and Amazon Studios’ more typical binge-drops, I think there will always be a place for weekly releases. It’s easier on production, allows headway and steam to build beyond that confounding first-week debut when nobody knows who else has had time to binge, but also because of the limitations and quirks of the human brain...."

Do You Accept The Invitation?
Director Karyn Kusama on cults and dinner parties
DAILY Screens  July 26, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...Over the last two years, the filmmaker has moved heavily into episodic drama, with episodes of The Man in the High Castle, Billions, Chicago Fire, Casual, and Halt and Catch Fire under her belt. But it's The Invitation (out today on Blu-ray/DVD combo from Drafthouse Films and currently streaming on Netflix) that has crawled deepest under the skin...."

David Cross Goes Cross Country
In "Making America Great Again!!," David Cross cracks up fans from sea to shining sea
Arts Story  April 21, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...With that many stops from coast to coast and a tour titled "Making America Great Again!!," is David Cross making an 11th-hour bid for the Oval Office, presenting himself as a shiny-domed alternative to the carrot-colored thatch roof of Donald Trump? Alas, no, says the actor and comedian. But as he was planning his first stand-up tour in six years – he's been kept off the road by a few little side projects such as the return of Arrested Development on Netflix, his reunion with Mr..."

I Like to Watch
Orphan Black, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and the appeal of the status quo
Screens Column  April 14, 2016, by Jacob Clifton
"...I would never go so far as to say Orphan Black (whose season 4 premieres on BBC America, Thu., April 14, 9pm) or Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (season 2 dropping on Netflix, April 15) present a fully developed sense of "what it is" to be a (white) woman – or at least, not in the same way that most prestige television presents us with this skewed sense of what it is to be a person – but I do know they carve out their ideas expertly, and without blinking...."

DVDanger: Kill or Be Killed
Western revenge, Texas style
DAILY Screens  March 25, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...Rattle the Cage (Netflix) caught headlines at Fantastic Fest last year for being the first genre film from the United Arab Emirates, but won rave reviews for being a slinky, ingenious, sealed bottle noir. Catch it now on Netflix, and read our interview with director Majid Al Ansari and producer Rami Yasin, "Fantastic Fest 2015: Zinzana," Sept..."

Cameron Esposito
No joke, this queer comedian is at the forefront of the digital revolution
Arts Story  March 10, 2016, by Sean L. Malin
"...The democracy Esposito refers to is our post-Netflix world, in which Seeso – which has upcoming original series from Esposito friends Kulap Vilaysack, Jonah Ray, and Wyatt Cenac, as well as remastered-for-HD versions of Monty Python's Flying Circus, Kids in the Hall, and Saturday Night Live – hopes to carve its digital niche. To support the premiere, Butcher and Esposito will perform stand-up on March 12, too; and Marriage Material will be released March 24..."

Paging Mr. Herman
Paul Reubens' hard work results in Pee-wee's Big Holiday
Screens Story  March 10, 2016, by Joe O'Connell
"...He is both vintage, punk rock kitsch and smooth, white innocence. More importantly, he's back in Pee-wee's Big Holiday, an only somewhat unlikely collaboration with Judd Apatow that premieres at the South by Southwest Film Festival before airing on Netflix starting March 18...."

Cowboys and Indies
Texas Sundance roundup
Screens Story  February 4, 2016, by Michael Agresta
"...If this year's Sundance Film Festival had one marquee narrative, it was technology-driven upheaval in the film business. Massive acquisition bids by new-media distribution players drove up the prices of buzzworthy films like Kenneth Lonergan's Manchester by the Sea ($10 million to Amazon) and Nate Parker's Birth of a Nation ($17.5 million to Fox Searchlight after a reported $20 million bid from Netflix)..."

Ones to Watch
A new year, a new batch of filmmakers
Screens Story  January 7, 2016, by Sean L. Malin
"...Hard to watch but gorgeous from the first frame, it caught the eyes of Jay and Mark Duplass. They would executive-produce Fidell's second movie, the volatile romantic drama 6 Years, shepherding it to a world premiere at SXSW in 2015 and a distribution deal with Netflix..."

Rock the Kasbah
Bill Murray is a music promoter who finds his next client in Afghanistan
Film Review  October 23, 2015, by Marc Savlov
"...A major part of the problem with Rock the Kasbah lies with the script by Mitch Glazer (Scrooged and Netflix’s forthcoming A Very Murray Christmas). Very loosely based on the story of the first young woman in Afghanistan to sing publicly on Afghan Star, that country’s televised version of American Idol, Glazer’s story and dialogue feel overly scripted coming out of Murray’s, and everyone else’s, mouth..."

Beasts of No Nation
Idris Elba co-stars in this Netflix drama about child soldiers in Africa
Film Review  October 16, 2015, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Kurtz. Incidentally, the film opens in limited theatrical release this week, simultaneous with its debut on Netflix, which is testing the waters with this release pattern, that has been rejected by most of the major theatre chains..."

Q&A: Burnie Burns
Rooster Teeth founder on RTX, Fullscreen, and convergence
DAILY Screens  August 7, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...Suddenly, everyone woke up and everything was moving online. We've got Netflix making original series, CBS placing their network online, and suddenly everyone's announcing some kind of digital network for serving their content online...."

Dark Yet Light
Her D in Biology notwithstanding, Maria Bamford is a genius at making dark comedy funny
Arts Story  April 23, 2015, by Ashley Moreno
"...As far as current projects go, Bamford says she's not working on a new web series at the moment. But she did tease a "possible series in development at Netflix that's autobiographical." (Netflix: Do whatever it takes to make that happen!) A new series would fit in well in a body of work that already runs the gamut of live and recorded content..."

Adam Green is Digging Up the Marrow
Indie horror auteur road-trips his new film this week
DAILY Screens  February 17, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...In part, he admits it's a response to the shifting market for indie films. "You put out a trailer for your new show or your new movie, and the first question you get back is, 'When is it going to be on Netflix?' Because they're not going to buy a DVD, they're not going to go to the theatre, they're not even going to seek it out on television..."

Film Flam
Hollywood endings
DAILY Screens  May 7, 2014, by Kimberley Jones
"...• Tickets are still available for the Council on At-Risk Youth’s Distinguished Speaker Benefit Dinner tonight featuring Piper Kerman, author of the bestselling prison memoir Orange Is the New Black, which inspired the super-bingeable Netflix series of the same name. And on the subject of the latter: Netflix has ordered a third season of the show; the second season debuts June 6...."

HBO Gets in Bed With Amazon Prime
Hey, no more stealing your parents' HBO GO password!
DAILY Screens  April 23, 2014, by Kimberley Jones
"...“This is the first time that HBO programming has been licensed to an online-only subscription streaming service,” this morning’s press release states. (Subtext: Major burn, Netflix.)..."

The Best and Worst of TV in 2013
From 'Breaking Bad' to 'Bunheads,' this list has it all
DAILY Screens  January 3, 2014, by Aleksander Chan
"...8) Orange Is the New Black (Netflix) Is it possible to love (and loathe and laugh at in elliptical, sympathetically human turns) every single character in a cast? Yes...."

Stan the Man
The legendary name behind Marvel Comics comes to town for Wizard World
Screens Story  November 22, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...The lights of the Big Apple still illuminate the company they call the House of Ideas. Last week, Disney and Netflix announced their latest project: four interlocking miniseries centering on a quartet of street-level heroes – Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage..."

One-time scourge of mom and pop video stores goes under
DAILY Screens  November 6, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...The once-mighty chain was founded in 1985 in Dallas, and opened its first warehouse in Garland. It became an international brand, but, decimated by a combination of Netflix and Redbox, the chain has been in constant retreat for years..."

Talking Shop With Curran Nault
The Polari artistic director on programming to bridge divides
DAILY Screens  October 10, 2013, by Kate X Messer
"...AC: We're in a time where everyone thinks their iPod proves they are the best DJ in the world. People brag about Netflix views like notches on a bedpost..."

Pilot Light
Previously doomed shows finally air at ATX TV Fest
Screens Story  June 7, 2013, by Leah Churner
"...Netflix, which debuted its original series House of Cards to great fanfare this year, has sophisticated user data to help design a hit, while Amazon Prime recently rolled out a crowdsourcing model for its pilots. With Spotify reportedly planning to unveil its own programming, new development models are sure to supplant the networks' kitchen-sink technique..."

The Hangover: Part III
The hard-R comedy trilogy concludes with more mortal peril and questionable taste.
Film Review  May 24, 2013, by Kimberley Jones
"...The Hangover Part III calls to order another meeting of the “Wolf Pack” – as dubbed by Alan (Galifianakis), the idiot glue in the series’ quartet of friends forever finding themselves in mortal peril – but it also makes it clear from the get-go that this is the last outing. I suspect the “this is the end” messaging is a hedged bet: The first sequel put a sour taste in everyone’s mouth, but the dangle of finality bumps the second sequel from “save-to-Netflix” status to “might as well see this thing through to the finish greased with movie theatre popcorn.”..."

Breaking out of the Film Fest Box
After a festival run, indie movies used to die on the vine. Video-on-demand is changing that.
Screens Story  February 1, 2013, by Dan Solomon
"...VOD is a marketplace for their work that has never existed before. It includes subscription-based services like Netflix, ad-supported sites like Hulu, and pay-per-rental/purchase models like iTunes, as well as the on-demand services offered by cable and satellite providers...."

Why I Binge Watch Bad TV
Who else has watched 174 hours of 'One Tree Hill.' Anyone?
DAILY Screens  September 6, 2012, by James Renovitch
"...That’s right, I’ve watched eight seasons of One Tree Hill. One hundred seventy-four episodes (all that was available to me via Netflix streaming)..."

A Luv Supreme
I Luv Video celebrates 30 years with a 'Blade Runner'-themed bash
Screens Story  July 20, 2012, by Marc Savlov
"...Remember the death of the great American independent video store? That bleak yet hi-rez moment a few years back when even rental behemoth Blockbuster looked poised to crumple under the combined online assault of Netflix, Hulu, iTunes, and hordes of then-unknown streaming start-ups? Yeah, well, in Austin at least, it never happened. The good guys won, mostly..."

Full-Gore Press
Mind the viscera: Austin's horror filmmaking scene is exploding
Screens Story  December 23, 2011, by Marc Savlov
"...While Zack Carlson and Bryan Connolly's much-discussed seriocomic vampire opus Destroy continues to wait on financing (Michael Stephenson, of Best Worst Movie, is slated to helm), other current or forthcoming Austin horror productions include Lindsey Alloway's Postmodern Undead, now in preproduction; Ain't It Cool News alum and screenwriter C. Robert Cargill's already-wrapped Sinister, starring Ethan Hawke and Vincent D'Onofrio and slated for an August 2012 release from Summit Entertainment; Jesse Dayton's directorial debut, Zombex, featuring Malcolm McDowell and Sid Haig; a big-screen adaptation of author/Masters of Horror screenwriter Stephen Romano's new novel, Black Light, to be produced and/or directed by co-writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan of Saw infamy, as well as producer Michael De Luna; the locally shot comic-book adaptation Bad Kids Go to Hell from Matthew Spradlin and Barry Wernick; a potential 13-episode series based on Brian McGreevy's buzzed-about forthcoming genre novel Hemlock Grove, to be adapted by McGreevy and longtime writing partner Lee Shipman for Netflix and Gaumont International Television (with Eli Roth set to direct and produce, no less); and a series of horror scripts from Richard Garriott: Man on a Mission producer Brady Dial, progenitor of Were-Bot Productions..."

What Are You Looking At?
Thanksgiving viewing guide
Screens Story  November 25, 2011, by Kimberley Jones
"...Midafternoon nostalgia block: Various channels will be running marathons, including Roseanne (Oxygen, 6am-6pm), The Andy Griffith Show (TV Land, 7am-5:49pm), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Chiller, 5am-2pm), Martin (MTV2, 2-7:30pm), and Arrested Development (IFC, 5am-11:30pm). Netflix streaming also has options: We recommend Thanksgiving-specific episodes of Sports Night (108: "Thespis"), The Cosby Show (609: "Cliff's Wet Adventure"), and Cheers (509: "Thanksgiving Orphans")...."

In Praise of Binge-Watching
TV we consumed in dangerously large quantities
Screens Story  January 1, 2010
"...Netflix, I Luv Video, Hulu, TiVo, BitTorrent, black-market – so many ways to watch so many TV shows. And by watch, we mean consume in large quantities over long weekends, aka binge..."

I Can Watch What Where?
Finding films for cheap on the Internet
Screens Story  October 16, 2009, by Kimberley Jones
"...Other free digital content providers include Crackle (owned by Sony Pictures) and Sling. Netflix began streaming last year a huge chunk of its library to subscribers; the cheapest unlimited plan runs $8.99 a month, but when you consider that almost any video store you walk into today will have had its VHS copy of Trust jacked years ago, nine bucks doesn't sound too expensive to instantly stream Hal Hartley's love-and-an-unpinned-grenade charmer..."

Occupational Hazards
Close encounters of the clerking kind at Vulcan and I Luv Video
Screens Story  August 7, 2009, by Marc Savlov
"...But still. I want to hear it from those whose daily job is sticking metaphorical thorns in the sides of such scaly, corporate cultural vacuums as Blockbuster and Netflix..."

Sloppy Kisses to BBC, Vulcan Video
Singing the praises of State of Play and Vulcan Video
DAILY Screens  May 22, 2008, by Kimberley Jones
"...But back to the original BBC 2003 series, which was only just released on DVD in the States at the end of February, at which point it wallowed on "long wait" at the top of my Netflix queue. From director David Yates (who made the first truly kickass Harry Potter adaptation, The Order of the Phoenix), State of Play splits time between a Parliament scandal and the newspaper team assigned to investigate (led by Bill Nighy at the top of his craggy-bastard game)..."

Film News
Casting news for Terrence Malick's new film, meet the new AFS communications manager, and more
Screens Column  November 16, 2007, by Joe O'Connell
"...Allen Danziger (Jerry the van driver in the original film) and Bill Johnson (the sequel's Leatherface) will be there to creep you out thoroughly... Paul Bright wants you to add his film Theft to your Netflix queue..."

New Joy
David Hudson on cyber cinephilia
Screens Story  March 9, 2007, by Spencer Parsons
"...AC: Online rental services like GreenCine and Netflix are making it possible for films that would never get theatrical distribution in certain parts to be seen, and online resources like yours are helping get the word out about them. This is genuinely a positive change, but can it also damage theatrical distribution for these "harder-to-see" films?..."

Son, You Got a Baggie on Your Head
An almost-exclusive report from the set of the Duplass Brothers' follow-up to 'The Puffy Chair'
Screens Story  November 10, 2006, by Bryan Poyser
"...The brothers' star has been rising with the success of their debut feature, The Puffy Chair. The charming and rough-hewn romantic comedy premiered at Sundance in 2005 and was released to near-universal critical acclaim this summer by Roadside Attractions and Netflix...."

Stand-up's Best Medicine Show
The Comedians of Comedy provide stand-up's best medicine show
Arts Story  March 11, 2005, by Steve Birmingham
"...AC: Is it true that Netflix funded the film?..."

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