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In terms of a single line of dialogue establishing the spine of a series, “You don’t give up on family” is the thread connecting “Bloodline,” a very good, extremely well-cast Netflix drama about a big brood — with the requisite hostility and festering wounds — centered in the Florida Keys. Created by the trio behind “Damages,” the show employs a similar device, periodically jumping ahead to foreshadow a violent outcome, then gradually filling in gaps. Kyle Chandler serves as guide and narrator as the straight-arrow son and local sheriff, in what feels like the kind of binge-worthy series Netflix’s dump-’em-all-at-once strategy warrants.
Tonally, “Bloodline’s” closest kin among current dramas would be Showtime’s “The Affair,” including the dichotomy of the acrimony and scheming playing out against a sun-drenched island setting.
The Rayburn family possesses an especially wide footprint in the Florida Keys. Not only is Chandler’s John the sheriff, »
- Brian Lowry
What will March bring to Netflix? Plenty of great TV shows, some killer recent and classic movies, and a slew of highly anticipated Netflix Originals.
First off, there's more amazing TV coming to Netflix in March than we've seen in the past six, with new seasons of "Mad Men," "Glee," and "Archer" coming to the streaming service. What's more? The complete series of "3rd Rock From the Sun" (Yes!) and "A Different World" are also being added. For the latter, I plan on queueing up some "very special episodes" that remind me of my childhood. Also, Marisa Tomei was on it. Remember?! In addition to the shows you know, some spankin' new Netflix Originals are being added: Tina Fey's half-hour comedy "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," starring "The Office's" Ellie Kemper, and "Bloodline," a dramatic thriller starring Oscar-winner Sissy Spacek.
In terms of movies, Netflix is not disappointing. Recent releases »
- Tim Hayne
One of the hardest bouts of growing pains experienced by adolescents is that rite of passage known as the high school experience. In high school one is subject to discovering their own sense of self-identity and purpose. In fact, sometimes the social factor is crucial because the cost of belonging in social-related circles is vital in a four-year commitment to belonging among your peers.
The tension is high to belong and get along as your search for excellence in good grades, social interaction and the overall learning experience is important. However, not every youngster can cope with what they are faced as the obstacles to excel are demanding in high school. Hence, the potential to become “an outsider” is inevitable and the unlikeliest label that no one can overcome no matter how much they try.
The movies have been instrumental in capturing such heavy-handed angst and frustration of the tortured »
- Frank Ochieng
Kristen Stewart has done what no other American actress has done before: She won France's equivalent of an Oscar, the César. (American acting greats who have not gotten the award include Jessica Lange and Sissy Spacek. Meryl Streep managed an honorary César, which we all know is not the same thing.) Stewart won Best Supporting Actress for Cloud of Sils Maria, directed by Olivier Assayas, alongside French legend Juliette Binoche and Chloë Grace Moretz. Variety reports that Stewart said, "The reasons why people make films here in France are very different from the reasons why people make movies in Hollywood and I prefer it here a little bit." I mean, we do give her a pretty hard time about that whole Twilight thing. As you might expect, Stewart's acceptance speech was awkward, off-putting, endearing, and fascinating all at once. »
- E. Alex Jung
Editor's Note: RogerEbert.com is proud to reprint Roger Ebert's 1978 entry from the Encyclopedia Britannica publication "The Great Ideas Today," part of "The Great Books of the Western World." Reprinted with permission from The Great Ideas Today ©1978 Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.
It's a measure of how completely the Internet has transformed communication that I need to explain, for the benefit of some younger readers, what encyclopedias were: bound editions summing up all available knowledge, delivered to one's home in handsome bound editions. The "Great Books" series zeroed in on books about history, poetry, natural science, math and other fields of study; the "Great Ideas" series was meant to tie all the ideas together, and that was the mission given to Roger when he undertook this piece about film.
Given the venue he was writing for, it's probably wisest to look at Roger's long, wide-ranging piece as a snapshot of the »
- Roger Ebert
By Anjelica Oswald
On any given year, the four acting winners are usually a mix of American and non-American actors, but this year could see all four acting awards go to American actors for the first time in 17 years.
If Michael Keaton beats Eddie Redmayne for lead actor and the current projected frontrunners — supporting actress nominee Patricia Arquette, supporting actor nominee J.K. Simmons and lead actress nominee Julianne Moore — also win, it will be the first time since 1998 that all of the acting awards were given to American actors. (It will also be the second time in 77 years that all of the winners have been 46 or older.)
Since 1980, there have been eight instances where American actors were awarded all four acting Oscars. »
- Anjelica Oswald
Netflix have found their digital feet in the TV Series side of things after huge success with House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, they’ve delving deep into their next project with Bloodline ready to go. There’s quite the impressive cast with the likes of Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, Norbert Leo Butz, Jacinda Barrett, Jamie McShane, Enrique Murciano, with Sam Shepard, and Sissy Spacek all involved.
Set to start on March 20th, we’ll meet the Rayburns, one of those classic American families who are hard-working pillars of their Florida community. But when eldest son, Danny (Ben Mendelsohn) comes home for the 45th anniversary of his parents’ hotel, he threatens to expose the Rayburns dark secrets and shameful past, pushing his siblings to the limits of family loyalty. Drama!
This first trailer is nice and dark with that impressive cast, it could well be a good ‘un, »
- Dan Bullock
A trailer has been released for the new Netflix Original Series Bloodline, which stars Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, Sam Shepard and Sissy Spacek. Check it out below after the official synopsis…
On March 20th, Netflix audiences around the world will meet the Rayburns, a contemporary American family who are hard-working pillars of their Florida community. But when the black sheep and eldest son, Danny (Ben Mendelsohn) comes home for the 45th anniversary of his parents’ hotel, he threatens to expose the Rayburns dark secrets and shameful past, pushing his siblings to the limits of family loyalty.
- Gary Collinson
Though there have been a lot of eyes on Netflix’s returning shows such as House Of Cards and Orange Is The New Black, plus the offerings from Marvel including Daredevil and A.K.A. Jessica Jones, the streaming service also has another original series set to debut next month, with Kyle Chandler headlining family drama Bloodline. The full trailer for the series is online and demands your eyeballs’ attention below.Bloodline finds Chandler as John Rayburn, part of the wealthy, contemporary Rayburn family that owns property in the Florida Keys. All seems to be well among them until eldest son Danny (Ben Mendelsohn) returns home and starts to reveal some of the darker secrets the clan has kept buried for years. Soon the family is tearing itself apart as skeletons come rattling out of the closet.It’s perhaps not surprising that there’s drama afoot given that this comes from Glenn Kessler, »
Over the course of his career in high-profile films, Kyle Chandler’s involvement has been in the form of the supporting role more often than not, with Zero Dark Thirty, Argo or The Wolf of Wall Street being the most recent examples. For his next project, though, the actor is set to change tact to embody John Rayburn in Netflix’s upcoming family drama Bloodline.
In the series, Chandler’s character is one of four adult children of a wealthy family situated in Florida Keys. But their affluent livelihoods aren’t filled with sunshine and rainbows 24/7, as evidenced by the abrupt arrival of their estranged eldest brother, Danny (Exodus: Gods and Kings‘ Ben Mendelsohn), who flips the convention of the prodigal son on its head.
The trailer above does a solid job of ramping up the tension without revealing the core reason behind Danny’s sudden return, but given that it seeds gunfights, »
- Michael Briers
Netflix wants to get subscribers excited for one of its upcoming original series. The streaming service has dropped the trailer and poster for the family drama Bloodline.
The Bloodline trailer begins by introducing viewers to Florida’s well-respected Rayburn family, currently celebrating the 45th anniversary of the parents’ hotel. But the images get less cheerful when the shunned, oldest brother Danny (played by Ben Mendelsohn) shows up and starts dredging up hidden family secrets. The trailer ends with the foreboding words featured on the Bloodline poster: “We’re not bad people, but we did a bad thing.”
Bloodline was announced back in October 2014, and six images from the series were released a month later. The Netflix original series is the brainchild of Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler, and Daniel Zelman, the creators of FX’s Emmy-winning show Damages. Bloodline stars Kyle Chandler, Sissy Spacek, Linda Cardellini, Sam Shepard, Norbert Leo Butz, »
- Bree Brouwer
“We’re not bad people,” promises Kyle Chandler’s John Rayburn at the end of the first full trailer for Netflix’s new drama, Bloodline, “but we did a bad thing.” And since that sentence appears to be the dark and ominous slogan for the series, I’m guessing John is going to be a much different and, potentially, a much dangerous character than Coach Eric Taylor in Friday Night Lights. Although Chandler is the headlining star, the cast of Bloodline features many familiar names and faces, including Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises), Linda Cardellini (Freaks and Geeks, Mad Men), Sam Shepard (The Right Stuff), Sissy Spacek (Carrie), Norbert Leo Butz (Dan in Real Life), Jamie McShane (Sons of Anarchy), Jacinda Barrett (Suits) and Enrique Murciano (Without a Trace). The series was created and is executive produced by Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman, and Glenn Kessler (Damages) and takes place in the Florida Keys, »
- Chris King
If you're a fan of Friday Night Lights, you might be pleased to hear that Kyle Chandler is starring in a new series for Netflix, called Bloodline. However, this series doesn't look like it's going to have much else in common with the beloved football series. The first trailer introduces the Rayburn family, a prominent Florida Keys family headed by Robert (Sam Shepard) and Sally (Sissy Spacek). The show centers on the family's four adult siblings (Chandler, Linda Cardellini, and Norbert Leo Butz) whose lives get shaken up when their black-sheep brother (Ben Mendelsohn) returns home. The trailer is haunting, partially thanks to a slow cover of Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters." All 13 episodes of Bloodline will be available in March, so block off that whole month. Check out the first teaser, as well: »
You can keep "Better Call Saul," and let's hope "House Of Cards" returns to first season form when it drops later this month, but the drama series I'm most looking forward to at the moment is Netflix's "Bloodline." Why? Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, Sam Shepard, and Sissy Spacek — there's five reasons. And oh yeah, this first full length trailer is pretty great. From the folks who brought you "Damages," this new series follows a respectable, beautiful family who seem to have everything figured out on the surface, only for the dark sheep of the brood to return and bring trouble with him. And that black sheep? Played by the always fantastic Ben Mendelsohn. Frankly, Mendelsohn and Chandler alone in a show would have me watching, but they've got a great ensemble around them in what looks like a swampy, potent drama. "Bloodline" arrives on on Netflix on March 20th. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
"Bloodline" has all the qualities you need for a great drama series. Kyle Chandler stars...and, well, really that's the end of the list. Sure, it's also from Netflix's originals department, which has so far churned out plenty of Emmy-winning live action series like "House of Cards" and "Orange is the New Black." It's also created by the Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated producers of "Damages," and features a cast made up of one Oscar winner (Sissy Spacek), an Oscar nominee (Sam Shephard), an Emmy nominee/everyone's favorite "Freaks and Geek" star (Linda Cardellini) and a hot up-and-comer who's starred in films like "Killing Them Softly" and "The Place Behind the Pines" (Ben Mendelsohn). But really, the draw here is Coach Chandler, as "Friday Night Lights" fans like to call him. Take a look at the new trailer below — and the series' official poster ("key art") — for what looks like a moody, »
- Ben Travers
“Sometimes, you know something’s coming…”
In this case, that “something” is a new trailer for Netflix’s Bloodline, a drama about the dark secrets of the Florida-based Rayburn family.
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The trailer introduces potential viewers to each member of the family, including John (Friday Night Lights‘ Kyle Chandler), his sister Meg (Mad Men‘s Linda Cardellini), mom Sally (Big Love‘s Sissy Spacek) and black sheep Danny (Ben Mendelsohn).
Additionally, Netflix released the series’ official poster, touting its ominous slogan: “We’re not bad people, but we did a bad thing. »
Netflix's latest series may be set at a sun-drenched resort, but it sure does look dark. Kyle Chandler stars as John Rayburn, who is a detective with the Monroe County Sheriff's office in the Florida Keys when his older brother Danny (Ben Mendelsohn) returns and throws the Rayburns' lives into disarray. "Sometimes you know something's coming," John says over the increasingly uneasy trailer. "You feel it in the air. You don't sleep at night. The voice in your head's telling you that something's going to go terribly wrong, and there's nothing you can do to stop it." For his part, »
- Lanford Beard, @lanfordbeard
The latest Netflix original drama series to premiere is the upcoming dark family tale "Bloodline" with the show's full trailer going online today. All thirteen episodes are set to debut on the service on March 20th.
Set around the Florida Keys, Ben Mendelsohn plays the eldest son and black sheep of an upstanding family - his return threatens to expose their dark secrets and shameful past. Kyle Chandler, Linda Cardellini, Sam Shepard and Sissy Spacek also star.
- Garth Franklin
Netflix's latest series may be set at a sun-drenched resort, but it sure does look dark. Kyle Chandler stars as John Rayburn, who's running his family's Florida hotel when his older brother Danny (Ben Mendelsohn) returns and throws the Rayburns' lives into disarray. "Sometimes you know something's coming," John says over the increasingly uneasy trailer. "You feel it in the air. You don't sleep at night. The voice in your head's telling you that something's going to go terribly wrong, and there's nothing you can do to stop it." For his part, prodigal son Ben seems bent on reminding his »
- Lanford Beard, @lanfordbeard
You've probably seen "Night Moves," "Meek's Cutoff," "Wendy and Lucy" or "Old Joy," director Reichardt's quartet of hushed, spare and formally impeccable features set in or around the American Northwest. The Oregon-based filmmaker's singularly restrained approach began with 1994's "River of Grass," a 16mm-shot, sort-of love letter to Godard's "Breathless," Malick's "Badlands" and Arthur Penn's "Bonnie and Clyde." Narrated with relaxed poetry a la Sissy Spacek in "Badlands" or Linda Manz in "Days of Heaven," the film centers on a couple of young drifters who go rogue in South Florida outside the Everglades. With under 30 days to go, Oscilloscope's newly launched Kickstarter campaign asks for $20,000 to digitally restore the road movie. Lots of cool prizes include swag, vintage laser discs, a trip to the premiere screening and more. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
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