It was one of the hottest dumpster fires of 2017.If "Fyre Festival" means nothing to you, maybe you had better things to do than roll around in the online schadenfreude of a luxury music festival supposedly infested with models and social media influencers partying in Bahamian villas and endorsed by rapper Ja Rule. To put it lightly, the event did not go as planned. Those of us not stranded in the Bahamas got to watch a lot of obnoxious influencer types face the cold hard reality of portable toilets and sad cheese sandwiches. Now, Netflix and Hulu have competing documentaries chronicling organizer Billy McFarland's wunderkind scammer skills and just how, exactly, he and his associates managed to separate so many people from their money on the basis of a slick marketing campaign. But here's the thing: While the Fyre Festival disaster is fun to watch, maybe you don't want to watch two documentaries about it. (Or maybe you do. I don't know you.) That's why I watched both, so you … [Read more...] about Netflix or Hulu: Which Fyre Festival documentary you should watch
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Buying a subscription service for someone has never been easier. There are more services now for more things than ever before. However, choosing which service to gift, well that's where the difficulty lies. Which is why we've simplified your subscription service choices into top threes, over three different categories: video streaming, music streaming and console gaming. CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.Video streaming servicesTop pick: Amazon PrimeAn Amazon Prime membership not only gets you free two-day shipping on certain items, but also access to Amazon's vast library of video content, including movies, TV shows and a growing host of original content. And that's just where the Prime benefits start. Price: $119 per year.See it at AmazonAlso consider:NetflixNetflix is the de facto video streaming service. Its greatest strength is its original shows you can't watch anywhere else, like Stranger Things, the current Marvel Netflix … [Read more...] about From Netflix to Spotify, Game Pass and beyond: Give the gift of a subscription this year
Last night, Netflix released a special interactive episode of Black Mirror. From a technical perspective, it’s impressive. The story, on the other hand, blows. “Bandersnatch” is a Black Mirror special about a young man, Stefan Butler, who is making a video game based on a fictional book of the same name in 1984. It’s an early adventure game, with many branching paths and a complex narrative. The episode also has branching paths—just like Stefan’s game, it’s a Choose Your Own Adventure story. It’s essentially a FMV game like Phantasmagoria, but on Netflix. Throughout the episode, you’re given the option to make choices, which you can do via clicking the screen, if you’re watching on a computer like I was, though each platform has its own control scheme. Early on it’s little stuff, like what cereal Stefan eats or what music he listens to. As the narrative goes on, the choices becomes more extreme. As a technical … [Read more...] about ’s New Interactive Netflix Movie Is A Letdown
After one very powerful, very bejeweled finger snap, the fate of many of Earth’s mightiest heroes—along with about half of all living things, human and otherwise—remains uncertain (though the outlook is not good). But the future of the street-level crimefighters who comprise the Netflix corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has already been settled, thanks to the end of a licensing deal between the streaming platform and comics-entertainment giant. Don’t worry, there’s still time to stream the shows on Netflix; and of course, we can also look forward to new seasons Marvel’s Jessica Jones and The Punisher. But with the small-screen MCU about to wink out of existence after four individual Defenders series—Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist—one stellar spin-off, and one not-quite-super showdown, The A.V. Club ordered one of everything off the Royal Dragon menu and rounded up its resident Marvel fans to rank the shows by … [Read more...] about The Netflix Marvel series, ranked by season
This piece was originally published October 18, 2018 and is part of The A.V. Club’s favorite features of 2018 Romantic comedies were once the realm of homogenous blockbusters: You’d have a stacked deck of Sandra Bullocks, Reese Witherspoons, Julia Robertses, and Jennifer Garners on one side, and some Hugh Grants, Mark Ruffalos, Matthew McConaugheys, and Vince Vaughns on the other. Shuffle and deal. The star quality—specifically the star chemistry—was the big draw, even while there were often as many misses (Witherspoon and Vaughn in Four Christmases) as hits (Roberts and Grant in Notting Hill). And they were almost uniformly straight and white. As Caroline Siede noted in her A.V. Club column When Romance Met Comedy, the traditional rom-com took a downturn with 2003’s How To Lose Guy In 10 Days, when even the combined star power of McConaughey and Kate Hudson couldn’t overcome the film’s outlandish plot acrobatics. Katherine Heigl came along a … [Read more...] about Why did millions of Netflix subscribers watch rom-coms this summer?