The Hollywood Read ep. 13

THR LogoLast year, romantic comedies came back in a big way, fueled by the success of Crazy Rich Asians and Netflix’s “summer of love”. This week, we take a look at the rom-com revival and how this once-great staple of the cineplex is now fodder for streaming platforms. We dig into how Netflix fueled the revival by releasing several rom-coms within a few months, the landmark success of Crazy Rich Asians, and how streaming rom-coms are propping up a new generation of young stars. But we also get into the limits of the genre and wonder how long Netflix can really keep it up before they kill rom-coms just like traditional studios once did. Roll into Oscar weekend with a comparatively light-hearted episode about the one genre of film dedicated solely to making you feel good.

Here is Lana Condor in Cosmopolitan talking about how she’s too busy to be thirsty:

Marvel’s quickly learned lesson

Marvels-logoWhen Marvel and ABC teamed up (herded along by their mutual chaperone, Disney Studios) to produce a television show based on Clark Gregg’s popular character “Agent Coulson”, first introduced in Iron Man and then killed off in The Avengers, people were excited. Coulson is a fan favorite, revived because no one wanted to let him go after The Avengers, and coming off the bananas success of The Avengers, it seemed like Marvel could do anything. Why not try a TV show? And so Agents of SHIELD was born, but after a decent, if uninspired, pilot, it’s become clear that SHIELD has a serious problem: Network television. Continue reading “Marvel’s quickly learned lesson”

The upside and downside of being wrong

I don’t mind being wrong. I really don’t. It probably comes from having a really good memory for facts and a super shit memory for numbers. I was recently talking to a friend about an historical event and she asked me when it happened and I said, “I don’t know, either 1147 or 1471.” That’s my problem. I mix up numbers constantly and I’m a terrible judge of relativity. Ask me how far away something is and you’ll get, “It’s either five or fifty miles away.” I remember childhood events but have no frame of reference for when anything happened beyond, “That happened when we lived in Texas, this was when I lived in California,” et cetera. This means I’m wrong a lot. So it doesn’t bug me when I make a prediction and it doesn’t come true. Sometimes, I actually really like it. Continue reading “The upside and downside of being wrong”

Netflix is not the enemy

Last night while at dinner with my friend T, she told me she was dropping Netflix’s Instant streaming service because they didn’t have new release titles available when she wanted them. My response was to beg, “Oh no, don’t do that.” It’s been a hot topic lately, as Netflix has announced their intention to separate their Instant service and DVD by mail and raise their subscription rates (to have both streaming and mail service will cost $23/month instead of $18/month) and the September 1 deadline for the hike is rapidly approaching. Netflix has some questionable business practices—throttling sucks—but raising their rates isn’t one of them. There’s a thorough and interesting look at this situation on The AV Club that’s worth your time. Continue reading “Netflix is not the enemy”