10 items from 2015
Even though a large part of my job is guiding people to TV shows they might find interesting, I rarely find it easy to point my own kids to things I think they should watch — or, better, to things we can watch together. There's too much good adult TV for me to keep track of these days, so I'm virtually lost when it comes to children's programming. Every now and then I'll stumble into something current and fun, like "Phineas & Ferb," or I'll pick out a vintage show that seems kid-safe(*), but they often want to watch the things their friends are watching, or just rewatch the same episode or even scene a thousand times in a row. (I can't swear to it, but I'm pretty sure the two kids spent a week at home where the only words they said to each other were, "Is mayonnaise an instrument?") And »
- Alan Sepinwall
It has the look, the feel, and (perhaps most importantly) the music that we know and love... What’s more it also has some nascent signs of the character interplay and humour that made watching the Ot cast aboard the Millenium Falcon such good fun - but if that isn’t enough for you, then read on...
No, really, it’s Star Wars
While Rebels hasn’t yet shown the oft-sadistic streak and darker tone of The Clone Wars (and is unlikely to - I doubt you’ll see troopers gleefully releasing people to die in the vacuum of space while making jokes about it, as that show »
This is it, folks. After 400(!) episodes, Ricky and Simon decided to wrap up the Sound on Sight podcast. To send it off in style, they take a look back at the very best films of 2014, with some help from a variety of former guest- and co-hosts. Smack dab in the middle, with the help of special guests Kate Rennebohm and Adam Nayman, they go deep on Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, the biggest missing piece in their 2014 moviegoing. It’s a nearly three-hour blowout, because it didn’t seem right to go out small. Cheers!
It’s tricky to critique or even analyze a show like The Legend of Korra, the follow-up to the hugely successful Avatar: The Last Airbender which had a more tumultuous run than its predecessor, to say the least. The show’s behind the scenes issues are notorious, with episode leakages and a move to online distribution that was made worse by Nickelodeon’s continued slashing of the series’ budget. Given all of these issues, and probably many more, it would be a shock if the show was even passable. And The Legend of Korra is much more than passable.
The show’s end is still a recent memory and it goes without saying that its final moments are some of its most powerful and uplifting, considered by some a triumph for both the Lgbt and feminist communities. Korra’s social messages are not just evident as the series comes to a close, »
- Joseph Allen
2015 is here – but before the spring season begins, Randy Dankievitch and Sean Colletti sit back and reflect on the year that was 2014. Ok, no they don’t; instead, they talk about a buttload of television, beginning with the series finales of The Legend of Korra and Selfie. Also on the menu is BoJack Horseman‘s Christmas special, TBS’s little-watched sitcom My Boys, and the Benched finale and Empire premiere. Finally, the guys spend a healthy 25% of the podcast discussing Charlie Kaufman’s beautiful, heart wrenching, inspiring, utterly unique film Synecdoche, NY, capping off the podcast with a philosophic conversation about film, life, and the perfection of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s performance. Enjoy!
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- Randy Dankievitch
When School of Rock begins its first day on the small screen, might the original Dewey Finn make a cameo appearance?
Not so fast, says Jack Black, star of the 2003 film comedy.
In August, Nickelodeon ordered a 13-episode adaptation of the Paramount Pictures flick, which starred Black as a wannabe rock star who poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious private school.
But according to Black, there are no immediate plans for him to work on — let alone appear in — the small-screen adaptation.
Here at the podcast, we’re finally done with 2014, so what better time to look at what the beginning of 2015 has to offer TV fans? First we talk over our past few weeks in TV, starting with the comedies, including the finales of Selfie, Benched, The Colbert Report, the entire first season of Mozart in the Jungle, and the pilot of Galavant. Then we look at the genre and drama offerings of the past few weeks, including The Legend of Korra’s finale, the Doctor Who and Black Mirror Christmas specials, and the finale of The Affair, and we end the podcast with our preview of a very full winter season.
Our Week(s) in Genre and Drama (34:55-57:17): The Legend of Korra finale, »
- Kate Kulzick
His name is legendary, his adventures and swordsmanship are renowned - just don't distract him with a ball of yarn. He is Puss in Boots, and this January, he embarks on incredible new adventures in his unforgettably singular style in DreamWorks Animation's The Adventures of Puss in Boots, an all-new Netflix original TV series.  The first five 22-minute episodes will be available to Netflix members in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, UK, Ireland, the Nordics, Benelux and France to watch instantly beginning Friday, Jan. 16.
The Adventures of Puss in Boots finds the world's most famous feline fortune-hunter in the hidden city of San Lorenzo, a mythical land that is invisible to the outside world thanks to a magical spell that protects its quirky inhabitants - not to mention its wondrous treasure.  When Puss in Boots accidentally breaks the spell, he must do more than fight off an endless legion »
Beginning Jan. 16 the first five 22-minute episodes will be available to Netflix users in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, UK, Ireland, the Nordics, Benelux and France.
New episodes will debut throughout the year.
“The Adventures of Puss in Boots’ finds the feline in the hidden city of San Lorenzo, a mythical land invisible to the outside world thanks to a magical spell the protects its inhabitants, and its wonderous treasure. When Puss in Boots accidentally breaks the spell, the must do more than fight off an endless legion of invaders and marauders – he must become a legend.
“Action, comedy, adventure and heart combine with a dazzling visual style to make ‘The Adventures of Puss in Boots’ both unique and timeless, »
- Shelli Weinstein
Japanese Anime Kill La Kill kicked into a whole new gear in 2014. We salute a daring, daft series available now on Netflix...
Kill La Kill. Regardless of what it means - allegedly it’s a series of Japanese double-entendres - that title is a bomb-blast: two kills and a dose of French sophistication for good measure. It's a violently amusing name for the anime series, promising claret by the bucketload, a ticking brain (or just the right amount of snark) and the everlasting appeal of total nonsense. Logic may apply, be it worldly or otherwise, but you're already set for the rules to be broken.
Despite airing its first half of episodes last year, Klk kicked into a whole other gear in 2014, garnering a large international following as it barrelled towards its March finale. The entire series is currently bubbling away on Netflix for immediate watching, and it is something »
10 items from 2015
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