The Lovebirds originally to screen Valentine’s Day in theaters now streaming May 22, 2020 on Netflix + Other May releases

Remember Paramount bumping The Lovebirds from Valentine’s Day to April 3 and then to Netflix (see: Paramount sharing The Lovebirds on Netflix, skipping theatrical release)?

Netflix rebranded and edited the trailer showing their logo and has announced the new launch date of May 22, 2020:

Here’s other Netflix Originals movies and TV shows coming in May 2020:

  • May 1, 2020 – Friday
    • Hollywood – TV – Season 1 (6 episodes)
    • Medici (Italian) – TV – Season 3 (8 episodes)
    • Casi Feliz / Almost Happy – TV – Season 1
    • The Half of It – romantic comedy
    • All Day and a Night – drama
    • Mrs. Serial Killer (Hindi) – thriller
  • May 5, 2020 – Tuesday
    • Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours To Kill – Stand-up comedy special
  • May 8, 2020 – Friday
    • The Eddy – TV – Miniseries (8 episodes)
    • Dead To Me – TV – Season 2 (10 episodes?)
    • The Hollow – TV – Season 2 (10 episodes?) – animated
  • May 11 – Monday
    • Trial By Media – TV – Miniseries (6 episodes)
    • Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics – TV – Miniseries
  • May 12 – Tuesday
  • May 13 – Wednesday
    • The Wrong Missy – comedy
  • May 19 – Tuesday
    • Patton Oswalt: I Love Everything – Stand-up comedy special
  • May 22 – Friday
    • The Lovebirds
  • May 26 – Tuesday
    • Hannah Gadsby: Douglas
  • May 28 – Thursday
    • La Corazonada (Spanish) – thriller
  • May 29 – Friday
    • Space Force – TV – Season 1 (10 episodes) – animated

How many of these 10 cancelled Netflix TV shows have you watched?

According to Google as of April 18, 2020, Netflix has 165 TV shows. Assuming this number are Originals or series they have commissioned to be continued like Black Mirror and doesn’t include TV series they have licensed from others like Star Trek.

I’m more of a movie person — hence the name of our site — but enjoy watching a great TV show from time to time (will never tire rewatching The Twilight Zone!), because they have the ability to extend that entertainment experience much longer than a couple hours.

Sources: Wikipedia Netflix Original TV series, Reelgood A-Z Netflix TV show list

Back in 2017, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings made the surprising statement that, “Our hit ratio is too high right now. I’m almost pushing the content team, ‘We have to take more risk, you have to try more crazy things,’ because we should have a higher cancel rate overall.”

10 cancelled Netflix TV shows that are worth binge watching | TechRadar

The article linked above links and described the following 10 Netflix TV shows:

  • Bojack Horseman (2014-2019)
  • House of Cards (2013-2018)
  • Jessica Jones (2015-2019)
  • Mindhunter (2017-2019)
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 (2017-2018)
  • Orange is the New Black (2013-2019)
  • Santa Clarita Diet (2017-2019)
  • Sense8 (2015-2018)
  • She’s Gotta Have It (2017-2019)
  • The OA (2016-2019)

I’ve only watched (briefly) Orange is the New Black. Am familiar with a few others including House of Cards. Would be open to checking out others on the list, particularly Bojack Horseman, Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Santa Clarita Diet.

How many of these 10 cancelled Netflix TV shows have you seen? Recommended or not?

FIRST LOOK: Rising High – Netflix

“All humans have one thing in common. They’re greedy.” – Rising High trailer

Don’t completely agree with the quote above, but it’s that special kind of juicy dialogue nugget in a trailer that sucks me in. Tell me more about the avarice displayed in this film.

Rising High tells the story of the rise and fall of two real-estate fraudsters. Viktor Stein (David Kross), Gerry Falkland (Frederick Lau) and the banker Nicole Kleber (Janina Uhse) get incredibly rich within a short period of time. But soon they are sucked deeper and deeper into a maelstrom of lies, fraud and deceit – until at some point they completely lose sight of reality and have to decide what is really important to them.

Rising High (Betonrausch) (2020) – Rotten Tomatoes

The trailer:

Rising High official trailer

One of two Netflix Original films being released on the same day, the other is Sergio based on a true story. Am looking forward to this one. Maybe 4/10 anticipation. Without movies in theater, I’m very, very thankful and grateful that Netflix keeps bringing new movies out. You, too?

Rising High will be available for streaming on Netflix on Friday April 17, 2020.

Too Hot To Handle Cast Introduce Themselves on Social Media

Too Hot To Handle cast sharing their Instagram accounts

We’re just a few days away from How Horny Are You, er Too Hot To Handle [FIRST LOOK], the newest reality TV game show on Netflix and Men’s Health is rounding up all the participants, along with their Instagram.

These, obviously, are not your average regular looking folks as you can see from the photo above. These are all young, good-looking, muscle-bound and silicon-infused beauty being put to the test of ignoring their sexual tension.

Just see what one of them has to say about the “emotional rollercoaster” that is the show:

Chloe is a model from Essex who once took home a top prize in a major model search competition. Here’s what Chloe wrote on Instagram when she announced she’d be on the show: “The secret is out! I have been filming with Netflix, catch me on the new dating show on the 17th of April⚡️⚡️ I am so nervous and exited to be able to share something that I went through with you all, It was an emotional rollercoaster.. you will see my highs and lows. But I hope you love it as much as I enjoyed filming it.

See the Cast of Netflix’s Too Hot to Handle—and Their Instagrams

Chloe is a model, and she’s one of several in the cast that fit that description. Sharron Townsend, a ripped dude, held the title of Mr. Pennsylvania (source) and so … on. Read the article if you are interested in following their Instagrams.

Am interested in the entertainment angle of what happens on the show — maybe, it all looks like a pretty shallow concept — but not really interested myself in any of these people beyond the show.

Must admit, I’m not much of a fan follower for reality TV participants, and follow only a very small number of actors/actresses on social media (Twitter, none on Insta or Facebook). I do follow movie studios, business accounts and a very small number of famous people. I don’t even follow the President. That’s just me, am curious what your social media following practices are like? Feel free to share in the comments below.

As mentioned in the FIRST LOOK, the most interesting, intriguing aspect of the show to me is the robot. How will Nana deduct $$$ from these people.

Clearly in the trailer, there is physical contact shown, so some penalty deductions by Nana the robot are coming. Do they just get the group together and Nana goes off? That, to me, could be a lot of fun to watch. Nana delivering the admonishment, “You stuck your tongue down ___ throat, I’m deducting $1,000!”

Now, whether or not this is how it all plays out, we’ll have to wait and see. If the show is just a bunch of vapid youngsters wanting to get it on, that’s likely not going to hold my interest.

The other curiosity is whether or not the entire first season will drop to binge at once this Friday or if they will spread out the episodes like they did with Love Is Blind? I’ll know after watching the first episode if I’m going to review the first season, but that’s the plan.

Too Hot To Handle will be available streaming April 17, 2020 at Netflix.

10+ The Platform Reviews – Don’t Watch While Eating

The Platform ⭐️⭐️⭐️½

If someone tells you that Netflix doesn’t have much worth watching these days, then they are missing out on some truly great movies and TV shows. It’s an entertainment bargain for fifteen odd bones a month.

This one is one of the darker offerings and it is one of those rare films that actually stands up as entertainment and strong message without being overly preachy or stupid.

“I went into watching ‘the platform’ on netflix thinking it was just a thriller movie, but i was not expecting to be educated on how scary capitalism and classicism can be (at this point it’s common sense, but the way they presented the idea was interesting).”

Netflix’s eye-opening horror The Platform leaves fans too scared to sleep – Mirror Online

… you’ve been warned, SPOILERS ahead …

Dude, you’re standing in the food!

I think the standing in the food that other levels would be eating was just one of several cringe moments. Imagine someone walking around in the food you’re about to eat. You’re hungry, but hey, somebody just walked through it. Do you? Don’t you?

It’s that sort of viewer anxiety this causes involving food tampering by many prisoners in levels above you … and yet you’re hungry.

Reviews by Others

How do others feel about The Platform? Let’s find out.

Recommended

  1. CameronHall: “…is simple, but manages to be a nearly perfect example of taking a concept and exploring in the most interesting, jarring ways.”
  2. Cinema from the Spectrum: “While the film doesn’t quite make the most that it could with the creative concept it’s without any hesitation an entertaining enough ride for a little over an hour and a half.”
  3. Eddie / Jordan & Eddie The Movie Guys (3.5/5): “….will make you look at food and humanity in a different light and there are times where this Spanish offering is downright brilliant but after a strong opening,”
  4. From The Mind Of Victor Lovecraft Anderson: “It didn’t really “make me think” the way a Tarkovsky film might (I checked off Stalker from my watchlist a few days prior to seeing this), although it did make me a bit hungry.”
  5. Jade / The U: “In its visually compelling analogy, The Platform carries with it an unsettling critique on the flaws of modern society.”
  6. The Critic / The Critic’s Sanctum (9.2/10): “The story is nuanced, brutal, and more pertinent now than ever. If you’re looking for clear answers you might find yourself frustrated. This is a cerebral horror that delivers on its themes and its scares in equal part.”
  7. WRITE DRUNK, EDIT DRUNK: “It’s an 80 minute movie, so take less than an hour and a half out of your day and give this a shot. Delightfully wicked, soberingly blunt, and fearless in its execution,”
  8. Zach’s Zany Movie Reviews: “Just like the prison, this film has many layers, and its story will stick with me for quite some time.”

Not Recommended (undecided or undeclared)

  1. After Misery (3/5): “…doesn’t really have the finishing touch that the story requires so it gets fairly vague with the resolution. Its theme obviously has a lot to say about the wealthy versus poor and treating those who are less fortunate than you.”
  2. filmreviews12 / The Reviews (2/4): “Though the movie delivers many effective and startling moments against the backdrop of self-evident but brilliantly vivid messaging, there’s so much going on throughout that it’s all the more disappointing when the film can’t really piece it all together in the end.”
  3. Movie Metropolis: “…is highly watchable depending on how much you hate life right now. This film doesn’t show many forms of kindness in the human condition and therefore makes this a pretty unbelievable platform to want to witness and take too serious.”
  4. The Game of Nerds: “….is too simplistic in its conclusion, and it upends the entire film. For most of the runtime, the film is incredibly bleak and violent, then there’s a pivot to wish-fulfillment that feels jarring. There’s plenty of smart and effective social commentary here, but it leads to solutions that feel divorced from that intelligence.”
  5. themidnightshowingblog: “Sadly where our hero ends up and the lack of resolution for the faceless Administration prompts me to deem The Platform on the lower end of the spectrum in regards to dystopian thrillers.”

Linked above and wondering what would be the cool thing to do next? Commenting once in awhile is always good (I like reader and other blogger interaction). If you have the trackback/pingback come to your site then just approve it because after people read your review then they can come here and follow links and read someone else’s review. What comes around goes around and sharing is the ultimate “thank you!” on the internet.

Did I miss your review? Use the comments to tell me about your movie-related/review blog and I’ll follow. I like following movie-related blogs and pull quoting from my reading list as well as other new blogs shared, liked and discovered.

Happy movie watching!

FIRST LOOK: Too Hot To Handle – Netflix TV

While we don’t usually FIRST LOOK reality TV shows, after the strength Netflix’s of Love Is Blind and all the attention that Tiger King — still #1 after 20+ days — is getting (although I tried, and couldn’t get into that one), this next one, entitled Too Hot To Handle, could become the next big thing at the red N.

The premise is pretty straightforward. A bunch of good-looking people are going to get sent off to an island together to meet and have a good time. The prize is $100,000, and the way you obtain it is … by avoiding hanky-panky. These are going to be commitment-phobes, according to Netflix, who are pretty accustomed to flings, but there is to be nothing like that of any kind. Not even any kissing, let alone anything beyond that.

If you obsessed over Netflix’s ‘Love is Blind,’ put its next reality series on your radar – BGR

Sounds like Celibacy Island. As of this writing, a mere week away and the trailer just dropped.

“All we’ve got to do is just keep our pants on” — doesn’t sound like the most encouraging tagline lol

This trailer is full of sexy moments: grinding, and my favorite: the little Alexa-like blue-pink robot thing that calls itself, Nana, and discusses the “conditions here” (on the island).

No, it’s not I Dream of Jeannie, it’s I Deduct for Weenie.

What?!?! LOL.

We just have to riff off the description and the trailer which sounds and looks like a game show where most are getting very horny and don’t even care if the cash prize dwindles.

If you look at the cast pictures, it’s a lot of fake tans, boobs, muscles, smiles and six pack abs. There are both white and black contestants, but the diversity appears to end there. Just another show about good looking young people are getting wasted and stupid to win some cash. $100,000. That’s the same amount the winner of The Circle received (I haven’t reviewed that, but watched the entire first season). The Circle was geared to geeks and internet addicts, this seems more geared to frat houses and reality TV junkies.

Clearly, this isn’t serious love, it’s lust for dollars and just the kind of trashy reality TV that permeates the genre. Will it provide for some memorable comedic moments or just be a bunch of idiots flexing for the camera trying to gain some sort of real world celebrity through a reality show? If it’s the former, I’ll hang, but if it’s the latter I’ll be out.

Not sure it’s apt to compare this to Love Is Blind which seemed like the producers and participants cared about the experiment of testing if singles that were strangers could meet, fall in love and propose without seeing each other physically. That experiment was more successful than even they thought was possible and money wasn’t a motivating factor.

Once a cash prize is involved, it’s nothing more than a game show. Nothing wrong with game shows, for those who enjoy them, but this seems like a very strangely motivated one. Sounds like it could go seriously off the rails crazy train. I wonder if they licensed music from Ozzy? Should have!

I’ll give this one a look, but not sure if I can get any further with this than Tiger King. At least Tiger King involved real people with real consequences, this just sounds like all kinds of not that real game show contestants getting really horny on an island and trying to outwit the rules to win cash … but I’ll be there to check out at least as much of the first episode as I can handle.

Too Hot To Handle will be available on Friday April 17, 2020 exclusively on Netflix.

FIRST LOOK: Extraction (2020) – Netflix

Thank you Netflix, for keeping the original movies coming. This one oozes action and is right in line with our Spring 2020 Viewing Challenge.

Set in an underworld of weapon dealers and traffickers where a young boy becomes a pawn in a war between notorious drug lords. As kidnappers trap the boy inside one of the world’s most impenetrable cities, his plight attracts a skilled mercenary named Tyler Rake (Hemsworth). Rake is a broken man with nothing to lose, harboring a death wish that makes an already deadly mission even more appealing to him.

Everything You Need to Know About Extraction Movie (2020)

The trailer:

Extraction is available for streaming on Netflix starting Friday April 24, 2020.