Category Archives: Netflix

Anne- Episode 1 – CBC

 

I wasn’t sure I going to review this and then I thought “What the hell, it’s Friday, and this was a great episode”. For those of you who don’t know, I am originally from the Maritime on the east coast of Canada. Many of you may only know Pop culture and the Maritimes in one specific context……..The Trailer Park Boys. Now this is a fine , classy show, but there is one other icon of that particular geographical location that also has a rich history in TV and cinema. Her name is Anne……of Green Gables.

I’m not going to delve too much into the 107 year history of Anne of Green Gables which has included, first, world renowned and beloved books, and later much loved TV series and movies which made a star(In Canadian terms  anyway) of Megan Follows.

This review will focus on the new Show which premiered last Sunday night called “Anne”. To me, it’s a re-imagining of “Anne of Green Gables”. Showing a much more realistic look at life in those days and how life as a child in an orphanage was sometimes very dark. The actress who plays Anne(played brilliantly by young actress Amybeth McNulty) brings both a sense of innocence and intense personal pain to the character .I realized 20 minutes in she was going to be one of the main reasons this show was going to be a success.

The brother and sister who Anne is placed with (through an unfortunate series of errors that turned out to be a blessing in disguise) are played by actors Geraldine James(Marilla Cuthbert) and R.H Thomson(Matthew Cuthbert).These decorated actors of screen and stage(R.H Thomson received the Governor Generals Performing Arts Award for Lifetime artistic Achievement in 2015)played these characters wonderfully.

Matthew Cuthbert, the soft spoken , quiet, wise farmer within minutes endears you (My wife said the character reminded her of her dad, which is high praise in of itself)and brings a strong sense of warmth and country living to the show. Marilla Cuthbert is the stern head of the household who has no time for sentiment but I think sees a bit of Anne in herself and slowly begins to see the potential of the child if someone will simply care for her.

I suppose I am a bit biased on this show. The scenery and cinematography showcases Prince Edward Island beautifully even though due to cost logistics a bulk of the show was in fact shot in Ontario. HOWEVER, much of footage of the coastline and of Anne and Matthews horse buggy ride is in fact P.E.I. Some things you cannot replicate. If a continued success, I suspect this will be a boon for P.E.I tourism.

I’ll be watching the second episode to see where this story goes next. It airs Sundays on the CBC. Starts May 12th on NETFLIX.Trailer Below.

 

 

 

Netflix`s 13 Reasons Why: Featurette

Based on the best-selling books by Jay Asher, 13 Reasons Why follows teenager Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette) as he returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker—his classmate and crush—who tragically committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Will Clay be one of them? If he listens, he’ll find out how he made the list. Through Hannah and Clay’s dual narratives, 13 Reasons Why weaves an intricate and heart wrenching story of teenage life that will deeply affect viewers. The series is created by Pulitzer Prize winner Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal) with episodes directed by Academy Award winner Tom McCarthy

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Master Of None S2 Coming In May On Netflix

If you are a fan of Aziz Ansari and his Netflix series Master Of None. You will be happy to hear that the show will be returning May 12, 2017.

Aziz Ansari made the his Instagram and Twitter accounts.

After traveling abroad, Dev (Aziz Ansari) returns to New York to take on challenges in his personal and family life, a new career opportunity, and a complex, developing relationship with someone very meaningful to him.

Master of None was created by Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang who also serve as executive producers along with Michael Schur, Dave Becky, David Miner and Igor Srubshchik. Master of None is a Universal Television production for Netflix.

Source: Netflix, Environics Communications

 

Dave Chappelle Is Back

In his first concert specials in 12 years, Dave Chappelle is back — with two highly anticipated stand-up comedy specials premiering only on Netflix.

The specials are from Chappelle’s personal vault: Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin, was filmed at The Palladium in Los Angeles in March 2016, and Dave Chappelle: Deep in the Heart of Texas, was filmed at Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater in Austin, TX in April 2015.

Both specials will premiere on the same night — Tuesday, March 21, exclusively on Netflix.

Within each of the two hour-long specials, self-financed by Chappelle and directed by Stan Lathan, the Emmy®-nominated comedian brings his unflinching comedic style, tackling race, class, politics, pop culture, and more.

Chappelle is currently on the road doing concert dates in preparation for a third Netflix special.

Source: Netflix, Environics Communications

Trailer for Netflix “Grace and Frankie” Season 3

Grace and Frankie will bring good vibrations to new heights in Season 3!

Season 3 sees Grace, Jane Fonda and Frankie, Lily Tomlin struggling with trying to get their vibrator business up and going.  Their ex’s, Martin Sheen as Robert Hanson and Sam Waterston as Sol Bergstein getting ready to settle in together in their new home. Also things are not going smoothly between Grace and Frankie on a personal level.

Grace and Frankie Season 3 launches Friday, March 24th, everywhere that Netflix is available.

 

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Dave Chappelle Coming To Netflix

If you have not heard that Dave Chappelle is coming back with 2 stand up specials. After seeing him on SNL November 12, 2016 I am looking foreword to seeing him perform. Dave Chappelle comedy specials will be appearing on March 21, only on Netflix.

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