Point Blank review mediocre action thriller remake lands on Netflix

Anthony Mackie rises above a rickety remake of a French thriller about a nurse teaming up with a criminal after his wife is kidnapped In order to create the optimal viewing experience for rickety Netflix thriller Point Blank, a quickie remake of the acclaimed 2010 French film, expectations should either be lowered or, even better, eradicated completely. Its an easy-to-follow strategy given that a) Netflix original films are patchy at best and b) heres yet another one of them thats received no form of marketing push. The Adam Sandler/Jennifer Aniston comedy I Am Mother was a pleasant surprise given that no one really knew it existed until the day it dropped. In a different era and with a bit more …

In Season 3, Stranger Things Rediscovers Its Groove

For all the talk about New Coke being a "plot point" in the third season of Stranger Things, rest easy: The infamous 1985 reformulation doesn't prove toxic to creatures from the Upside Down, or anything else remotely pivotal to the story. It does, however, provide the new installment's most self-aware moment. Late in the season, during a rare moment of no one's life being in immediate peril, Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) cracks a can of the stuff, much to the gang's disgust. "How do you even drink that?" Mike (Finn Wolfhard) asks. "Because it's delicious," Lucas responds. "It's like Carpenter's The Thing. The original is a classic, no question about it. But the remake?"—and here he takes a comically loud gulp …

Toy Story 4 Just Crushed the Box Office

Good day! Welcome to another edition of The Monitor, WIRED's roundup of pop culture news. The big thing you missed over the weekend? Toy Story 4 giving Disney yet another massive opening following the successes of Avengers: Endgame, Captain Marvel, and Aladdin. And, as always, Netflix keeps making stuff. Let's get going. Toy Story 4 Tops Box Office With $100 Million-Plus Debut Another weekend, another chance for Disney to cobble together buckets of cash. The latest hit to come from the factory: Pixar's Toy Story 4, which nabbed $118 million at the box office in North America this weekend. That number is slightly below expectations, which were in the neighborhood of $140 million, but still enough to give Pixar's corporate …

What’s with all the wimpy, disappointing men on TV right now?

From Fleabag to Always Be My Maybe, the new wave of great female characters are getting such terrible love interests. Why? Theres a scene in the Netflix romcom Always Be My Maybe in which Sasha, Ali Wongs straight-talking, successful celebrity chef, watches her high school crush Marcus (Randall Park), a dope-smoking slacker who still lives with his dad in his mid-30s and plays in the same band he always did, bang out a song about tennis balls. Shes cheering wildly. A decade ago, this type of romantic setup would have contained all the chemistry of a bloated ShamWow. But this is 2019, and here the disappointing, underachieving male is not simply in a supporting role on TV, hes a proper …

Farewell, Jessica Jones: the last woman standing in the Marvel-Netflix era

With Marvels owner, Disney, preparing its own streaming service, Netflix is throwing in the towel. But Krysten Ritters street-level superhero always did know how to have the last word Marvels sprawling legion of big-screen heroes managed to bounce back from not been so lucky. Netflixs experiment with Marvel characters ends today with the launch of the third and final season of Jessica Jones, the hard-living private eye played by Krysten Ritter whose uncanny abilities include hugely enhanced strength and nuclear-level eye-rolling. It pulls the plug on a headlong universe-building exercise that, from a seemingly standing start, produced an impressive 12 seasons of TV in just four years, encompassing the overlapping adventures of blind butt-kicker Daredevil (three seasons), bulletproof charmer Luke …

Netflix’s Anything-Goes Philosophy Gets to Parody Rap

After surprising Super Bowl 2018 viewers with an ad announcing that sci-fi movie The Cloverfield Paradox would be arriving imminently, Netflix chose not to make a habit of similar ambushes. Instead, it left that practice to the musicians. Beyoncé, Frank Ocean, Eminem, Death Grips, Drake, and Beyoncé again (this time as half of The Carters) have all leveraged the factory-free nature of the streaming industry in recent years to unleash albums with little to no advance warning. Well, Netflix seems to be warming up again. In April, its partnership with horror studio Blumhouse Productions spawned two separate cinematic jump-scares, Mercy Black and Thriller. Earlier this month, Chinese sci-fi blockbuster The Wandering Earth snuck onto the platform with nary a US …

Black Mirror: post your questions for creators Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones

Fresh from the success of Bandersnatch, the minds behind the twisted series will be answering readers questions. What would you like to ask them? Keeping up with the frenetic pace of modern life is a tall order for any show, but one that Black Mirror has never struggled with. Since its launch in 2011, Charlie Brooker and Annabel Joness twisted anthology series has gained a reputation as TVs most timely programme, a Twilight Zone for our tech-addled age. From artificial intelligence to social media pile-ons and the rise of populist politicians, Black Mirror has predicted many of our thoroughly modern moral panics before they came to pass. It has pushed technological boundaries of its own too, with If youre having …

Someone Great review – another run-of-the-mill romcom from Netflix

Despite fine performances from Gina Rodriguez and Lakeith Stanfield, the debut film from Jennifer Kaytin Robinson never strays from the genres cliches Someone Great, a new Netflix original comedy written and directed by the first-time film-maker Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, is the kind of movie thats both undeniably of its time and still curiously rote. At times it plays like an uninterrupted torrent of memes and millennialisms, as though its attention to the parlance and particularities of contemporary urban life might disguise the fact that its otherwise a standard, paint-by-the-numbers buddy-romcom, in which three girlfriends two are on the heels of a breakup; the third has sworn off committed relationships ring in their sisterhood and their sorrows at a trendy music …

Netflix’s New Comedy Lunatics Is Dizzying, Tone-Deaf

Watching Netflix’s latest stab at edgy comedy, Lunatics, is like scrolling through Instagram at 3 am. Fragments of lives flicker by—self-aggrandizing, specific, bizarre, sometimes obscene. Pretty soon, they all start looking fundamentally, headspinningly the same. We are, the show seems to be suggesting, the many faces of Chris Lilley. The new Netflix comedy is strikingly similar to the Australian comedian’s previous work. Like the popular Summer Heights High (and its spinoffs, Ja’mie: Private School Girl and Jonah from Tonga, which was pulled from the air in 2017 for being racist), Lunatics is a mockumentary following a bevy of characters all played by Lilley. In place of unseemly students and teachers, the characters are a celebrity pet psychic, a boy Instagrammer, …

Netflix’s ‘The Perfect Date’ is a good rom-com but far from perfect

The Perfect Date RELEASE DATE: 4/12/2019 DIRECTOR: Chris Nelson STREAMING: Netflix After subbing for a friend on a date, high school senior Brooks Rattigan starts up a successful business as a stand-in date. The Perfect DateTo All the Boys Ive Loved BeforeThe Perfect DateThe Perfect DateBrooks Rattigan (Centineo) is the typical romcom lead: handsome, gets along with everybody, etc. In other words, hes a bit of a clich. The movie amplifies this by deploying the classic teen trope of the college application essayas if a teenager needs another reason to obsess over themselves. Those letters are like a blacklight for your soul. And, in the case, the essay reveals that Brooks is…a mostly bland guy. But that blandness becomes his …

Grantchester’s Emma Corrin to play Princess Diana in The Crown

Grantchester actor says she will strive to do justice to Diana in season four of Netflix show The Grantchester actor Emma Corrin has been cast as Diana, Princess of Wales in the fourth season of the critically acclaimed series Olivia Colman who replaces Princess Margaret. The series creator Morgan said: Emma is a brilliant talent who immediately captivated us all when she came in for the part of Diana Spencer. As well as having the innocence and beauty of a young Diana, she also has, in abundance, the range and complexity to portray an extraordinary woman who went from anonymous teenager to becoming the most iconic woman of her generation. The second series of The Crown took five Emmy awards, …

Juanita review Alfre Woodard anchors middling Netflix drama

The ever-dependable character actor brings vitality to the role of a woman in search of more in a film that cant quite match her Any diversion from the usual, even if it involves a 20-hour Greyhound ride, holds promise for Juanita, the titular character of a new Netflix drama tasked with the laudable goal of thrusting an often sidelined character into the spotlight. The film focuses on a nurse, played by the dependable character actor Alfre Woodard fresh from an acclaimed performance in Clemency, the first film by a woman of color, Chinonye Chukwu, to win the Grand Jury prize at Sundance, and a recurring role in Luke Cage who decides to flee the constraints that make up her existence …