Original Features

'BoJack Horseman' is Netflix's Best Original Show

by Jacob Hall October 29, 2014 02:04 PM
'BoJack Horseman' isn't just a very funny, very clever and very smart comedy, it may be the best original program that Netflix has produced yet. Seriously. Go ahead and let the trashy soap opera antics of 'House of Cards' steal the glory at the Emmy nominations! 'BoJack Horseman' is the kind of show that's too good and too cool for awards.

Making Sense of 'Saw'’s Jumbled Jigsaw Mythology

by Nick Schager October 29, 2014 12:40 PM
'Saw' turns ten this year, and while the franchise’s “torture porn” legacy is clear, its serialized story – spanning seven squirm-inducing films – remains anything but. Few cinematic series have ever told a continuous tale with less grace, intelligibility and basic common sense than 'Saw' (as a quick, headache-inducing peek at its Wikipedia page confirms). Nonetheless, there is some sort of method to the maddening mythology surrounding puzzle-loving fiend Jigsaw (Tobin Bell), as we discovered upon revisiting James Wan and Leigh Whannell’s genre efforts. Concerned with cancer, revenge, and all sorts of righteous moralizing, the killer’s various machinations are a righteous mess that, on the original’s tenth anniversary, we finally try to clean up, via this rundown of what Jigsaw’s really up to – and why, and how – throughout his insanely elaborate deadly-trap saga.

Trophy Talk: Let's Talk About 'Interstellar'

by Mike Ryan October 29, 2014 10:43 AM
People love watching famous people accept trophies. So, every so often, The Huffington Post’s Chris Rosen and ScreenCrush’s Mike Ryan will speculate about these trophies and which famous person might win one. It will be fun. Let’s talk some trophies! Today, we discuss Christopher Nolan's new potential blockbuster, 'Interstellar.'

‘The Walking Dead’ Season 5 Comic-to-TV Comparison: "Four Walls and a Roof"

by Kevin Fitzpatrick October 28, 2014 03:58 PM
AMC / Image
‘The Walking Dead’ season 5 shambled out its 3rd entry with Sunday’s latest "Four Walls and a Roof” but how did it hold up to the comic book continuity? Rick tangles with Gareth and the Terminus survivors as Bob reveals a deadly secret and Abraham plans an evacuation to D.C., so what’s next for ‘The Walking Dead’ as the fifth season kicks into gear?

15 Moments That Made Us Unintentionally LOL During This Week’s ‘Gotham’

by Mike Ryan October 28, 2014 11:03 AM
Last night’s episode, ‘Spirit of the Goat,’ is, so far, the best episode of ‘Gotham’ this season. And, you know what, ‘Gotham’ has done a pretty good job of developing The Penguin’s story. Having said all of that, last night’s episode featured a hypnotist who tricked people into being a villain called The Goat. ‘Gotham’ is still hilarious and it really should embrace its campy side, because it’s already campy and just doesn’t realize it yet. (OK, Carol Kane realizes it and that’s why Carol Kane is great.) Here are 15 times I unintentionally laughed out loud during last night’s ‘Gotham.’

10 Halloween Movies for People Who Hate Scary Movies

by Stephie Grob Plante October 28, 2014 09:55 AM
Walt Disney Pictures/Warner Bros./Focus Features
It’s easy to find Halloween movies. A cursory Google-search yields a slew of time-honored terror, vetted by thousands of critics and fans. But for those weak-stomached folks who avoid horror flicks at all costs, this bounty of murder porn, slasher flicks, and Romero rip-offs are highway to bad dream city. There are, of course, plenty of happy Halloween movies that are safe for the squeamish. They just take a bit more effort than a Google search to uncover.

New Netflix Instant Releases -- November 2014

by Britt Hayes October 27, 2014 05:20 PM
The time has come once again -- the beginning of a new month brings lots of new streaming content to Netflix Instant, giving you plenty of options when you just feel like staying in. The service offers new favorites, old classics, and even a few under the radar gems for you to discover. Read on for our guide to the newest releases hitting Netflix Instant this November.

Monday Morning Critic: Why 'Last Week Tonight' is One of the Best Shows on TV

by Ryan McGee October 27, 2014 09:08 AM
Welcome back to another installment of the Monday Morning Critic. In this space each week, I’ll be looking at the week that was in addition to the week ahead in television. The format will shift each week, as the world of TV will dictate the form and content of each piece. In this week’s installment: a look at two current HBO shows and some Halloween-themed TV recommendations.

'SNL' Scorecard: Jim Carrey Does a Pretty Good Rendition of 'Chandelier'

by Mike Ryan October 26, 2014 10:25 AM
The first time Jim Carrey hosted ‘SNL,’ back in 1996, is still one of the most popular in the show’s history. His return in 2011 featured jokes about the upcoming 2012 apocalypse (that never happened). Carrey’s third time as host – with this heavily-themed Halloween episode -- will be most remembered for an impression of a music video that you may or may not have ever seen. Hey, here’s an ‘SNL’ Scorecard, just for you…