It’s that time of the year, when pop culture websites and critics publish their annual Best Of lists and we heap praise on the best and most beloved movies and TV shows of the year. But what about the average moviegoer and TV-viewer? That’s where Facebook comes in. The social media site has released their top 10 movies and top 10 TV shows of the year, based on the most discussed titled of 2014. While some are fairly obvious, the lists might surprise you and inspire you to contemplate the overlap between what’s popular and what’s actually good.
Orange Is the New Black
The most vital piece of television criticism this past week came from The Huffington Post’s Maureen Ryan. In writing about the recent string of ‘Outlander’ episodes, she noted something revolutionary in its storytelling, primarily centered around its catering to the female gaze. It’s an important piece not only for what it uncovers, but also in how both Ryan’s article (and ‘Outlander’ itself) are another piece of the ever-evolving viewpoints that TV can sustain and foster.
Fan appreciation for season 2 of Netflix's Emmy-nominated 'Orange is the New Black' became somewhat divided, though most were particularly disappointed to see '90s icon Lori Petty only appearing in a solitary episode of the season. Now, the 'League of Their Own' actress may have a larger presence in season 3, with at least one return episode officially confirmed.
The cast of 'Orange Is the New Black' -- including Taylor Schilling, Jason Biggs, Kate Mulgrew, Natasha Lyonne, Laverne Cox and Uzo Aduba -- took over 'Conan' last night, and when they weren't busy making everyone laugh, they were caught up in terrifying Conan O'Brien and sort of beating him into submission.
The 2014 Emmy Nominations are in, and expectedly outraging everyone across the internet. It takes a 'True Detective' to figure out this 'American Horror Story,' but did the right nominations go to the right people? Will Tatiana Maslany ever get her due? Can dogs really write blogs? We weigh in on the upsets, upchucks and underdogs of today's TV snubs.
Over the course of two seasons, 'Orange Is the New Black' has guided us through the lives of women whose stories are not often told, giving us a vibrant, complex look at vibrant, complex people of all colors, shapes and sizes. Creator Jenji Kohan has...
Those who have finished binging their way through 'Orange is the New Black' season 2 by now (and if you haven't, get on it) were dismayed to find that some of their favorite characters only put in limited appearances. And while we've overwhelmingly heard of Litchfield ladies upped to series regular, it seems at least one cast member present from the beginning may only put in a minor appearance, if any.
What is TV these days? Is it that big hulking flat screen in your living room where you watch awards shows live with commercials? Is it the things that you download from iTunes or stream on Hulu and watch on your phone during your long commute? Is it the latest season of 'Game of Thrones' which you stole from a torrent site and consume in one long evening while eating pie with birds flying out of it? TV is all of these, but TV is certainly not Netflix. Still Netflix is dying to be TV, and that is a huge mistake.
Some 'Orange is the New Black' fans have yet to finish binging the entirety of season 2, yet already season 3 has been buzzing about with new additions and promotions. Following Mary Steenburgen's addition to the cast, the 'Justified' actress' matronly role has been revealed, while yet another star has been upgraded to series regular, and a major villain might not be so departed as we thought!
Most 'Orange is the New Black' fans have barely had time to finish screening the second season of Netflix's breakout original series, but already the streaming service is making season 3 seem like an eternity away. Not only has recent 'Justified' addition Mary Steenburgen signed up for a mysterious new role, but yet another from the existing cast has ascended to series regular.