Stories about Netflix

El Camino is nothing more than an extended Breaking Bad episode

In the days leading up to the release of El Camino, the Breaking Bad fandom eagerly dissected every single frame of the film’s trailer, making it glaringly obvious that there were high expectations from the movie. And why wouldn’t there be? After all, the movie is a follow-up to one of the most critically acclaimed television series ever made.  Drama creator Vince Gilligan once again taking the helm for the movie was another factor screaming that the cinematic continuation was bound to be a masterpiece. But high expectations are a slippery slope and perhaps, for this very reason, the thoroughly entertaining El Camino seemed just a tad bit ...

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Unbelievable treats a sensitive issue in a very believable way

Presenting a sensitive issue like rape without sensationalisation and while offering utmost respect to the victims has always been difficult for the popular media. In my opinion, the way that such issues were portrayed in 13 Reasons Why is an example of how these issues can be used to make money. The recent Netflix original titled Unbelievable, however, takes the road less travelled.  Instead of merely touching upon the topic of rape for enhancing numbers and revenue, this sensitive series examines the real life trauma felt by rape victims. Based on a 2015 news article “An unbelievable story of rape”, this Netflix miniseries portrays ...

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Will El Camino do justice to the Breaking Bad saga?

Being a Breaking Bad  fan has been a very rewarding experience throughout.  Not only was it an absolute thrill to witness the rise and fall of Walter White Heisenberg played by Bryan Cranston, in one of the most acclaimed series in television history. But on top of it, we were then blessed with a Saul Goodman prequel. The prequel meant another chance for fans to dig deeper into the pasts of some fascinating characters in a riveting spinoff. Now, 11 years after the original adventure began, and six years after its finale, the saga of Breaking Bad continues. The story of Heisenberg, a ...

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Can ‘Doctor Sleep’ be a worthy sequel to ‘The Shining’?

While Stephen King has never gone out of fashion, it seems like his work is enjoying a bit of a film renaissance. However, Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of The Shining for the big screen has always remained a bit of a sensitive matter as far King was concerned since the horror writer has made it clear that he is not a big fan of the 1980 film. Based on King’s 1977 novel of the same name, the story revolves around Jack Torrance, an aspiring writer who takes a job as the caretaker of the isolated Overlook Hotel during off-season. Jack brings his wife and son ...

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Blinded by the Light: the best non-Pakistani Pakistani movie ever

Every now and then, there comes a film in the cinemas that silently grabs you and pulls you into a seat with overpriced popcorn and a head full of questions. And when it does, you realise this is all you were looking for. That this is what you were waiting for; for a long, long time. Blinded by the Light is just that movie. Here’s a bit of context. I moved to Canada in 2012 from Karachi, Pakistan. Since as long as I can remember, I’ve had an obscure taste in music. By obscure I mean I liked unconventional pop ...

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13 Reasons Why season three will be yet another disappointment

It’s been a year since the second season of Netflix’s chaotic and traumatising 13 Reasons Why aired and they are back with another unneeded and unwanted third season. The last season ended with secrets finally coming out, a letdown of justice and an almost school shooting. Season three’s trailer was recently released and it has left people feeling confused, somewhat surprised and also overjoyed. The people behind the show realised that they can’t possibly keep milking Hannah Baker’s (Katherine Langford) suicide every season, hence they entered the realm of murder mystery. The trailer shows the death of a major character, Bryce Walker, who was last seen ...

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The Great Hack: The ‘great data robbery’ of our time

About a year ago, I wrote a piece about how data had been manipulated via Facebook to affect the US elections. I wrote about how our digital data was in our control and we can’t blame Facebook for targeted ads. Towards the end of it, I also predicted that Facebook would get away with a slap on the wrist while nothing would happen to Cambridge Analytica, because technically, they hadn’t done anything illegal and there was no evidence of any wrongdoing. Last month, Facebook got fined $5 billion for their role in misusing customer data. Last year, Facebook revenues were ...

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Boring and annoyingly predictable, Secret Obsession sinks into a puddle of tedium

Netflix has released a string of terrific web series over the last few years, but the streaming giant hasn’t been quite as impressive when it comes to its feature length offerings. Barring a few standout exceptions – the most prominent of which is last year’s acclaimed Roma – the original films produced by Netflix have mostly been underwhelming and paled in comparison to their big screen counterparts. It isn’t surprising then that its latest thriller, Secret Obsession, ranks among the worst additions to its online library. We meet the protagonist, Jennifer (Brenda Song), as she is fleeing an unidentified pursuer on a rainy ...

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Money Heist 3 retains the thrills and raises the stakes

Revolving around a group of robbers who take over the Royal Mint of Spain, La Casa De Papel, also known as Money Heist, originally aired on a Spanish network where it had a limited viewership. That was until Netflix acquired it in late 2017. By the time the second part was released on the streaming service, the series had already become a worldwide sensation. In its first quarterly report of 2018, Netflix announced that Money Heist was the most watched foreign language series ever for their service. Although originally conceived as a two-part limited series, Netflix, unsurprisingly, renewed the show for ...

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5 reasons why Strangers Things 3 is the best season so far

Netflix is bigger than it has ever been and it continues to grow every single day. This streaming service has not only been bringing in popular shows from various TV channels to our screens, but is also working extensively to provide its viewers with original content. One such example is Stranger Things, an immensely popular original series which debuted in 2016 and has been a roaring success ever since. The sci-fi show orbits around a group of children who get drawn into a world of top-secret government experiments, supernatural forces and creatures from other dimensions. Stranger Things was conceived as a love letter to ...

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