Netflix-ing Tomatoes

I stopped taking the scores on Rotten Tomatoes seriously, especially after shows like Arrow, Flash have > 96% freshness rating but I still visit the site regularly to catch up on movies/shows. Also I never saw a series or a move get an absolute score on either end of the spectrum. At least not until a few days ago.

First it was the show ‘Master of None’. It is 100% fresh on this site. I did not hear about it before, but the rating got me curious, and I had Greeshma tell me it was very good. Add to that it was a Netflix presentation. So I watched it and was not disappointed at all. Aziz Ansari was super funny, and adding to that the writing and the supporting cast was pretty hilarious as well.

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Fast forward a few days later, I saw the trailer for a new Adam Sandler movie releasing directly on Netflix – ‘The Ridiculous Six’. Sure Adam Sandler did not star in any hit movies lately, but I enjoyed watching his movies ’50 First Dates’ and ‘Click’ and since this was a Netlfix presentation I thought this might be a good outing for him. So on the day of the release in the evening I check this movies vibe on Rotten Tomatoes, and damn! This movie gets an absolute 0% rating. While I could not brave myself to watch the movie,  reading a few comments from the critics made me think the movie should have been named ‘The ridonculous six’, you know for the extra emphasis on the ridiculousness.

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Plata O Plomo

Plata O Plomo… does that ring any bells? It means Silver or Lead. I first heard this quote in a show that I watched a few days ago. I am not giving you any context for the quote, but I am going to tell you something… this is easily the finest show made since Breaking Bad in the crime drama genre. Shows like these are what make binge watching TV or in this case Netflix worth it. And I am confident Wagner Moura is going to win an Emmy next year because of his role in this masterpiece.

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Daredevil

I have always liked Matt Murdock aka Daredevil. The first time I saw the Daredevil character was in the 90’s Spiderman cartoon (this is one of the best superhero cartoons ever made), and later I read a few of his comic books. People who are well versed with the Spidey universe would know about Daredevil, as this crime fighting superhero is from New York too. And to those don’t who know him from there, you would probably have heard about the Ben Affleck movie with the same name (this movie is painfully bad). Nevertheless when I got to know that Netflix was doing Daredevil, I was skeptical (while I like House of Cards, season 3 was a drag and I do not like Orange is the new black. I find the latter unsettling).

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Last night I read some good things about this show, so today I caught up with the pilot episode. In one word the episode is brilliant. Like the other TV shows in the Marvel world (Agents of Shield and Agent Carter), Daredevil starts from where The Avengers ends (half of New York is in ruins, and the city is rebuilding itself) and is connected to the Marvel cinematic universe. Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock/Daredevil fits well, and Elden Henson as his trusted associate/friend is likable. The pilot is centered around Deborah Ann Woll, who is excellent as Karen Page. The costume was slick and very contemporary, and so were the action sequences.

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Daredevil is a complex character with a multitude of dimensions. Unlike most known superheroes from the Marvel universe he has a dark background, and no obvious super powers, thus making his story lines very interesting. It is high time Marvel did something right by this character, and from just watching the pilot it looks like its partnership with Netflix has done just that. This makes me very excited to see the rest of the show, and thanks to the Netflix way of producing shows, the reminder of season 1 is waiting to be watched.