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Sense8, Season 1, Episodes 7 to 12
Created by The Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski
Premiered June 5th, 2015 on Netflix
In the first half of its season, Sense8 benefited greatly from the simplicity of the stories that comprised its universe. Most of the arcs weren’t deeply fleshed out and their weaknesses may have been glaring without the show’s complex architecture to keep viewers engaged. That being said, the power of the eight-part narrative structure helped hold everything together, and the Wachowskis’ virtuosity as action filmmakers made the climactic actions scenes instantly gripping, even if there wasn’t much exposition around the characters affected by them.
In the second half of the season, the potency of the action choreography hasn’t dissipated, but the structure around it has grown even more complicated, lessening its effect. The idea of law enforcement making sure Nomi gets a lobotomy is hard to believe, but the »
- Max Bledstein
"Roots" is an American family origin story based around the life and descendants of Kunta Kinte, an 18th-century African captured as an adolescent and sold into slavery in the United States. The new version will incorporate material from Haley's novel along with carefully researched new scholarship of the time.
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- Garth Franklin
Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »
- Anna Robinson
★★★★☆ Both of the following are true: Jupiter Ascending (2015) is a giddy, sweeping adventure filled with interesting characters and stunning visuals; Jupiter Ascending is a frustrating experience, filled with dead ends, vanishing subplots and too much exposition. Perhaps, coming from the perennially ambitious brother and sister duo Andy and Lana Wachowski, writer-directors of The Matrix (1999) and the divisive Cloud Atlas (2012) - co-written & directed with Tom Tykwer - this is to be expected. Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) is an undocumented Russian immigrant living in Chicago, cleaning houses with her mother and aunt.
- CineVue UK
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.
“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”
“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »
- Michelle McCue
Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning. For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing. Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women. And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.
Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.
Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically »
- Tim Gray
Turns out The Wachowskis have still got it, whatever “it” is exactly. The directors of The Matrix trilogy are back on form – after disappointing with pretty much everything they did ever since the first Matrix, including anime adaptation Speed Racer and the racially troubling Cloud Atlas adaptation – thanks to their Netflix series Sense8. You may not have heard.
Unfortunately, a lot of the hype behind their sci-fi show has been swept aside in favour of the streaming service’s other blockbuster original series, Orange Is The New Black, which returned for its third season. There’s likely plenty more surprising plot twists and developments in that prison dramedy, but nothing that compares to the madness of Sense8.
In collaboration with Babylon 5 writer J Michael Straczynski and directors Tom Tykwer and James McTeigue, the Wachowskis’ latest project is even more out there than 2015’s Jupiter Ascending. And that’s »
- Tom Baker
Written by Derek Kolstad
As the film opens, John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is breathing what appear to be his dying breaths. Battered and bruised, he stumbles out of the van he just crashed at the docks on Manhattan’s outskirts. In an instant viewers are taken back to a more pleasant time for John, back when he lived a happier life with his lovely wife, the latter eventually succumbing to an unnamed disease. A broken man without his soulmate, a glimmer of positivity arrives at his door in the shape of a puppy his wife seemingly purchased for him in anticipation of the mourning that was looming on the horizon. The bitter sweetness is short loved, shifting over the sheer bitterness when Iosef (Alife Allen), the overly cocky son of Russian mafia lord Viggo (Michael Nyqvist), kills the pup. »
- Edgar Chaput
Read More: Review: Keanu Reeves Kicks Ass to Avenge His Dead Dog in Satisfying 'John Wick' To some, the name Keanu Reeves conjures up images from "The Matrix," "Speed" or even "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure," but for true cineastes, Reeves' most significant role yet may be as the producer of "Side by Side," the 2012 documentary about the transition from photochemical film to digital production. Now, Reeves has produced the follow-up, "Side by Side Extra," Volumes 1-5, a five-volume DVD collection of some of the most fascinating extended interviews captured during the making of "Side by Side." Directed by Christopher Kenneally, director of the original documentary and produced by Reeves and Justin Szlasa, "Side by Side Extra" is a comprehensive exploration of how digital technology has transformed the way films are made. In an interview with Indiewire, Reeves conjectured why we feel so sentimental »
- Paula Bernstein
On June 5, Netflix released a new series called Sense8, which focuses on eight people who suddenly find themselves mentally connected. Despite this strange mental connection, these individuals are completely unrelated to one another, and the first season explores these eight people and their respective journeys to understand what this link between them means, whether it’s destiny, dangerous, or something else entirely. I recently finished binge-watching all 12 episodes of Sense8‘s first season, and if you haven’t already started watching this fantastic show, I’m going to tell you exactly why Sense8 should be next on your summer watch list. These are eight reasons to start watching Sense8 right now. The Wachowskis directed it The Wachowskis’ previous work includes The Matrix series, Cloud Atlas, and Jupiter Ascending, which are all visually stunning films. I personally loved how dynamic the visuals were in Jupiter Ascending, and Sense8 definitely has that same style of cinematography. »
- Dara Driscoll
Set to be released before the end of the year, the title of the next Netflix show based on a Marvel character has gone through a bit of a re-branding. Thanks to a very keen eyed fan over at TennantNews.com, it looks as though A.K.A Jessica Jones was dropping the first part of its title to simply be called Marvel’s Jessica Jones. Check out the screenshot below:
The good fellows over at ComicBook.com reached out to Marvel who confirmed that this is in fact the new title of the show. “Ever since her short-lived stint as a Super Hero ended in tragedy, Jessica Jones has been rebuilding her personal life and career as a hot-tempered, sardonic, badass private detective in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City. Plagued by self-loathing, and a wicked case of Ptsd, Jessica battles demons from within and without, using her extraordinary »
- Luke Owen
The latest prestige project to debut exclusively on Netflix is Sense8. The Wachowskis’ sci-fi thriller spent more than two years in development, and March 5th, 2015, it finally arrived for Us Netflix subscribers. A few days after its release, it has been greeted by both mixed reviews from critics and, according to Variety, more than 500,000 illegal downloads.
Sense8’s first season, which unfolds across 12 episodes, comes from a trio of acclaimed sci-fi minds. The Wachowskis, who are best known as the co-directors of The Matrix, teamed up with Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski to tell the story of eight people who are connected by a telepathic bond.
In execution, though, most reviewers seem to agree that Sense8 is closer to the zanier, polarizing nature of the films that make up The Wachowski’s recent filmography--namely Cloud Atlas and Jupiter Ascending. A positive review in The Philadelphia Enquirer, for example, termed Sense8 “slightly mad, »
- Sam Gutelle
We take a look at the Wachowski's latest outing, the Netflix sci-fi drama Sense8. Spoilers lie ahead...
This is a spoiler-y review.
A collaboration between the Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski sounded almost too good to be true, but Netflix delivered last Friday with the release of the entire first season of Sense8. If Daredevil gave genre fans an incentive to subscribe to Netflix, Sense8 gave them a reason to stick around.
The first season of Sense8 may not pack the same entertainment power as Daredevil, but Sense8’s long drawn – some might even say overdrawn – character-driven moments and slowly unfolding plot make the series almost as worthy of binge watching.
The premise of the series sounds like rehash of material that has already been seen countless times in genre fiction over the past three decades. Who has any interest left for yet another psychic powers story? Yet, from its first moment, »
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From the streets of Chicago to far flung galaxies whirling through space, Jupiter Ascending is a science fiction epic adventure that follows the downtrodden Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis), who's destined for greatness. »
Ever since "The Matrix," I’ve been hoping the Wachowskis (formerly the Wachowski brothers) would do something else really worthwhile. I’m not sure if the directing duo's "Sense8" (on which they teamed up with "Babylon 5" creator J. Michael Straczynski) is it, but I think it comes closer than any of their recent films, and definitely supports the idea that the small screen is where a lot of the most adventurous storytelling is happening right now. I'm also not sure I can entirely explain what their new Netflix series is about, but I'll try: Eight strangers around the globe are psychically linked after experiencing violent visions involving a woman (Daryl Hannah) unknown to any of them. ("Sense8" will be available for streaming on Netflix starting June 5.) The eight characters are about as diverse as you can get in terms of location, culture, race, economic situation, sexual orientation and occupation. »
- Sara Stewart
Now would be a great time for a really ambitious, sprawling TV series with far-flung characters who are subtly intertwined, a show with obscure clues in its episodes visible only to superfans. A show that requires and rewards rewatching. One that speaks to our search for meaning, and our perverse aversion to embracing it once we've found it. How can people so far away be so connected? And how can people so connected still seem so far away? That would be a good show. I'd watch that show. Netflix's Sense8, from Andy and Lana Wachowski (The Matrix, V for Vendetta, Cloud Atlas) and J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5), is really trying to be that show. It comes up short.Everything the Wachowskis make must of course be compared to The Matrix, so let's start there: Sense8 is much worse than The Matrix, though maybe it's on par with, oh, The Matrix »
- Margaret Lyons
Coming to Netflix from tomorrow (Friday 5th June), pretty much everywhere we believe, is the new 12-episode season of the Wachowski‘s Sense8, which revolves around the lives of eight people from all over the planet.
We have a final minute-long arty trailer for the show, which you’ll be able to watch in our player below. First though, here’s the official blurb about the show.
From the unparalleled creative minds of The Wachowskis (“The Matrix” trilogy,?“Cloud Atlas”) and J. Michael Straczynski (Clint Eastwood’s “Changeling,” “World War Z”), as well as executive producer Grant Hill (“The Matrix” trilogy, “Cloud Atlas”), Sense8 is a gripping story of eight people from around the world whose lives are suddenly and inexplicably connected in a fight for their own survival. »
- Paul Heath
"Sense8" is a show that could only exist on Netflix (or another streaming service like it), because no human would have the patience to watch it weekly. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. Among its originals, Netflix has some great shows ("Orange Is the New Black" and "BoJack Horseman," to name two) and some lesser ones, but good or bad, the Netflix series only occasionally seem made with the Netflix distribution model in mind. Though they have serialized elements, most of them are structured in the exact same way as their counterparts that air in a traditional pattern on cable or broadcast TV. (Ditto most of Amazon's originals.) Previous attempts to design shows explicitly for the streaming/binge world — like Mitch Hurwitz's aborted plan to make "Arrested Development" season 4 viewable in any order — haven't worked out, and I'm still waiting for someone to find a way to explicitly »
- Alan Sepinwall
As the Wachowskis’ Sense8 arrives on Netflix, Ryan checks out the first three episodes of this complex sci-fi drama...
Ever since they first beseiged the box-office in 1999, the Wachowskis have specialised in larger-than-life, bombastic images: Keanu Reeves ducking a bullet in beautiful slow-motion in The Matrix, the high-octane psychedelia of Speed Racer and the weird sight of a wolf-eared Channing Tatum flying through the air on jet boots in this year’s Jupiter Ascending.
Yet Sense8 begins not with a bang but with the image of Daryl Hannah writhing about on a fusty mattress. It’s the first in a collection of incongruous sequences which, like a mosaic, gradually come together to form a more intelligible image.
Sense8 is another coup for Netflix after the success of such envelope-pushing shows as Orange Is The New Black and Daredevil. It pairs the Wachowski siblings with J Michael Straczynski, the veteran of »
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