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"I have seen the future, and it is a bald-headed man from New York!" Has there even been a specially-produced commercial announcing that Netflix was adding the library of a specific writer/director? I think this might be the first, and it feels appropriate that it’s done in spectacular dry Albert Brooks fashion. Tomorrow, the streaming video service will add all seven of the feature films that were written and directed by Brooks, and that is reason to rejoice whether you’re intimately familiar with all of them or new to them completely. I would argue that he’s made three perfect comedies and four films that all feature work that is smart and personal and carefully-observed. Modern Romance is a terrific movie that flies in the face of everything we know about how romantic comedy works, charting the ups and (mostly) downs of a relationship between Brooks and Kathryn Harrold. »
- Drew McWeeny
Netflix is throwing a film festival for Albert Brooks: The service is making seven movies written and directed by the comedian available for the first time on a subscription-streaming service, starting Friday, July 1.
The films are: “Defending Your Life,” “Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World,” “Lost in America,” “Modern Romance,” “Mother,” “The Muse” and Brooks’ directorial debut “Real Life.” The titles will be available only to Netflix’s U.S. subscribers.
“Albert Brooks and his films have been a huge influence on American comedy,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer. “His innovative early short films and comedy albums lead to body of film work that thrives in the culture and keeps us laughing today. We are proud to have our U.S. Netflix members revisit these great works and to help introduce Brooks’ comedies to the next generation of fans.”
Brooks currently can be heard as »
- Todd Spangler
That’s right. Hulu.
I’m here to tell you that there’s a cinematic streaming goldmine available on Hulu that includes recent hits, older classics, domestic releases, and foreign imports. It’s even home to hundreds of Criterion titles. Sure there’s plenty of filler and seemingly thousands of titles that can’t possibly be real, but I’m here to recommend some good movies to watch this month on Hulu.
Pick of the Month — Hwayi: A Monster Boy (2013)
South Korean cinema features no shortage of brilliant and brutal action thrillers, but while everyone knows about the likes of I Saw the Devil and Memories of Murder there are more than a few gems that have slipped through the cracks. Jang Joon-hwan’s long overdue follow-up to Save the Green Planet is a fast-moving, creatively violent mix of dark deeds and beautifully choreographed fights and stunts. There’s a wicked sense of humor running through it »
- Rob Hunter
Back in September, Fox announced that their hit sitcom New Girl will be getting a new roommate, with Megan Fox signing on for a multi-episode guest starring arc in the show. We got our first brief glimpse at the actress in a trailer that surfaced in December, but Entertainment Weekly has debuted a new trailer and photos from next week's episode, Reagan, airing Tuesday, February 9, with even more footage of the guest star. This trailer reveals that the actress' character, Reagan, has a history with Cece (Hannah Simone), who both "hooked up" at the MTV Beach House.
The casting move was made after Zooey Deschanel had a baby in real life, causing her to be absent from the show, leading to Megan Fox being cast. Her character Reagan will debut in next week's episode, and is described as a straight-shooting pharmaceutical sales rep, who comes to town on business and rents out Jess' room, »
“What About Fred?” is certainly a funnier episode of New Girl than last week’s season opener, and how could it not be when you have Nick Miller attempting to act like a boss, Taran Killiam being ordered to almost break dance by Nasim Perdad, and Harry Winkler and Julie Hagerty as the most likable parents on the planet? Still though, it’s a slight step down after last week’s moving premiere, as New Girl tries to make up for the weightlessness of most of its stories with some fantastic humor. “What About Fred?” had so much potential to be more than what it was. While
New Girl Season 5 Episode 2 Review: “What About Fred?” »
- Chris King
A quick review of tonight's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I pretend that I'm about to breakdance... If the season premiere was on the sloppier (if still often funny and likable) end of the "New Girl" spectrum, "What About Fred?" was a reminder of just how effective the show can be when it keeps things even a little tighter. The title story in particular was a great showcase for guest stars Henry Winkler, Julie Hagerty, and Taran Killam (whose breakdance preparations were funny enough to get an expanded showcase over the closing credits), but also for the underrated Jess/Winston pairing, as both fell hard for Flip and Nancy and had to figure out how much they were willing to put up with Fred. The plotting was clear and simple enough that there was room to let Fred go on and on and on and on and on about his model trains, »
- Alan Sepinwall
When your blind date’s most scintillating conversation concludes with “I love all parts of pizzas,” you are in trouble indeed.
Jess learns that lesson the hard way in this Tuesday’s New Girl (Fox, 8/7c), and the fact that Saturday Night Live‘s Taran Killam plays her snoozy suitor is cold comfort — as you’ll see in the following exclusive sneak peek.
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7 items from 2016
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