When the 50 shades trilogy wrapped up I was glad that finally the erotic, melodramatic genre of films was finally retired. I was sadly, sadly mistaken as "365 Days" took the baton and ran with it. There are no words to describe the shame I felt to see this as the #2 most popular movie in America on Netflix.
Ever since streaming services jumped onto the scene, discussions about the longevity of theaters arose. Similar to how pervasive iPhones have become over a short period of time, it is hard to believe that streaming services have been around under a decade. It becomes difficult to recall a time when they were not on every device. The days when Netflix delivered discs via mail, or before that the local family video reigned supreme are a fleeting memory of a simpler time.
There was a big launch today, and no I am not talking about SpaceX’s first manned mission to outer space. Today, HBO launches their new streaming service—HBO MAX. This is the newest service in an ever-growing list of media giants introducing streaming services. In the past year Disney and Apple made their foray into the booming streaming industry, forcing me to decide from even more services on my Roku home screen. Instead of spending thirty minutes on Netflix deciding what to watch, now I spend an eternity choosing between which streaming service to dive into—a first world problem—I know.
Steve Carell and Greg Daniels join forces once again in their followup collaboration to "The Office." Their first foray into the workplace comedy has become one of the most popular shows of all time and certainly a longtime favorite among Netflix subscribers. While "Space Force" has its moments, it does not have the heart, characters, and story to compete with "The Office."
This is one of only a handful of original shows that Apple has released on their new streaming service thus far. Shows like "The Morning Show" and "Servant" have exceeded my expectations as the other shows to join the platform's list of original content. "Defending Jacob" starring a retired Captain America continues Apple TV's trend of watchable shows, but is not flawless.
Mark Ruffalo stars alongside Mark Ruffalo in HBO’s newest series, “I Know This Much is True.” Ruffalo goes to a new depth in this show, departing from his well-known true crime roles. Such films like David Fincher’s masterpiece, “Zodiac” where he plays a do-good detective, the 2016 best picture winner “Spotlight,” and his latest foray into the genre in “Dark Waters.”
What do you get when you cross the “Good Place” with “Black Mirror?” The answer: Greg Daniels’s newest comedy series “Upload.” While you may not be familiar with his name, his work is a different story. Daniels started writing in the early nineties for “The Simpsons” and “King of the Hill.” He then adapted “The Office” for American audiences—the show Netflix subscribers around the world are praying does not get removed. Daniel later went on to start the “Parks and Recreation,” led by Amy Poehler as an overly optimistic small-town politician. The show includes a stellar ensemble cast and made Chris Pratt a household name before the blockbusters.
Among the “non-essential” businesses affected by the Coronavirus is the film industry. Although Hollywood is just about the last thing on anyone’s mind, productions are at a stand still and hardworking employees are losing their jobs. While the “above-the-line” workers come to mind first—screenwriters, directors, actors—the majority of employees are “below-the-line” such as electricians, boom operators, assistants, dental prosthetics, caterers, the list goes on. Like in every industry, these people cannot afford the shutdown that A-list, Oscar-attendees can.