Women in Washington And The Female Characters of “House of Cards”

robin-wright-house-of-cards-season-2ATTENTION: The following contains major plot spoilers for Netflix’s House of Cards Season 3. Proceed at your own risk. You have been warned.Some people choose to stream one or two episodes of a television show per day, savoring every little plot nuance. Others binge watch, inhaling an entire season at an inhuman rate. For those who fall into the latter category, let’s discuss House of Cards season 3, particularly the show’s female …

The Importance Of The FCC’s Net Neutrality Decision

491651817ATTENTION millennials: this has everything to do with your daily life and your undoubtedly large dependency on the internet.On February 26, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) made the decision to uphold a free and open internet. Don’t take this for granted because the decision is a huge deal, as it determines how easily you can access just about any of your favorite web-based destinations.Net Neutrality can actually be defined as prohibiting online discrimination and giving any …

The Duplass Brothers Bring Brotherly Love to Hollywood

duplass-brothersMove over Coens and Wachowskis, there’s a new sibling duo finally breaking into the Hollywood mainstream: the Duplass brothers. You might not recognize the name now, but odds are you will soon. In the past month Jay and Mark Duplass premiered their new half-hour dramedy, Togetherness, on HBO to critical success, and signed an unprecedented four-picture deal with Netflix.But the Duplass brothers didn’t just come out of nowhere. It was a decade …

Why Your Friends Won’t Shut Up About “Black Mirror,” The New Best TV Show Ever

Black-Mirror-In-Memoriam-1It is impossible to talk about what makes Black Mirror, the British series that has found new life on Netflix, so damn good. The show has drawn many comparisons to The Twilight Zone, another anthology horror series known for its downer endings. But while Rod Serling was concerned with using traditional sci-fi tropes like aliens and gremlins to tell his allegories, Black Mirror is more concerned with the technology we already have …

Everyone Deserves A Second Chance And TV Is Making It Happen

movie_3It may seem hard to remember now, but there was once a time not too long ago when online television streaming didn’t exist. Even just a decade ago, if you missed an episode of your favorite TV show catching up was not quite as simple as a couple clicks on the Internet: You could tape the program on the ancient relic known as a VCR, or you could be rich enough to …

6 Easy Movies To Watch On Netflix After An Exam Burnout

hitchWhile some will spend the days following midterms at parties, with lovers or just asleep in bed, many of us will decompress by watching a series of mindless movies on the Internet. Nevertheless, a movie doesn’t have to be a cerebral drama or an intense art house feature in order to be considered “quality.” Therefore, we decided to put together a list of films we’ve recently watched that are easy, light, and — most …

Netflix Coming To Cable Companies Near You

In the very near future, the next generation of children may grow up watching Netflix on cable. The Internet TV-show-streaming company announced late last week that they will be partnering with three small cable companies to bring their content into homes via the “old fashioned way.”According to WIRED, the three companies getting a chunk of the Netflix success are RCN, Grande Communications, and Atlantic Broadband. The content will be accessible through their …

New Net Neutrality Rule Doesn’t Seem So Neutral

This week, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission inadvertently ignited massive controversy when their new net neutrality rules were leaked.  At their core, these rules would let cable providers, like Comcast or Time Warner Cable, charge companies, like Netflix, a premium for access to faster lanes.If you’re not familiar with net neutrality, it’s intended to create exactly what it sounds like—a neutral playing field for providers, and equal access to programming and high-speed …

Holiday Netflixing For The Whole Family (Creepy Uncles Included)

‘Tis the season to overindulge! Soon we’ll be gorging ourselves on food, our parents’ alcohol, and, of course, Netflix.Breaks are the perfect time to binge-watch shows as you binge-eat leftovers, but unlike the teenage years you spent locked in your room ignoring your family, Netflixing can be a social activity. Check out our list of recommended shows and movies for the family members you’re likely to run into over the holidays:Teenage …

Hemlock Grove Is Netflix’s Twin Peaks Lite

Last Friday Netflix released 13 episodes of its newest and highly-anticipated series, Hemlock Grove, and the response thus far has been, well, interesting. The series is produced by NYU alumnus Eli Roth—of Cabin Fever and Hostel fame—and set in a quaint fictional Pennsylvania town that is rocked by the death of a high school cheerleader.Hemlock Grove borders on camp with its brooding characterizations, teenybopper dialogue, inclusion of werewolves and magic, and, oh …

Which Upcoming Netflix Series Are Worth The Binge?

Last time we checked, spending eight or twelve straight days in bed to marathon your new favorite TV show is very definition of paradise. In the past, binge-watching has been reserved only for catching up on already-aired seasons, but now Netflix is changing the game.The video streaming service tested the first season of Lilyhammer last year—Steven Van Zandt stars as a New York gangster starting life over in Norway—with lukewarm results, but hit …

What Does House of Cards Mean for the Future of Binge-Watching?

As college students, we may watch a fair amount of TV. Typically, just not when it airs.We watch Girls on HBO Go when we get the chance, but who even has HBO to catch it when it first comes on anyway? We hit Netflix and binge-watch shows we’ve been meaning to get into, blowing through them over a weekend, because once you get into Breaking Bad, why stop? The …

Procrastination Via Nostalgia

Finals season comes with its share of Bobst boyfriends and procrastibaking, but sometimes the drain is so strong that we are left empty shells of human, with no feelings or even memory of said feelings.It comes as a total coincidence, then, that Judd Apatow guest-edited this January’s “comedy issue” of Vanity Fair. His position means something for both comedy and Vanity Fair but mostly just means that we …

A Guide To The Last Of The New York Video Stores

It is no new news that the age of the brick-and-mortar video store is long past, but if you’re nostalgic for the days before Redbox in any way, it’s a shame all the same. Sure, VOD is incredibly convenient, but there’s something to be said about going into a store where you can actually browse for movies, talk to clerks for recommendations, and explore a generally more expansive selection. After all, …

Netflix vs. Hulu Plus: The Showdown

To legally view those 90s/early-2000s movies we’ve been meaning to watch, or the latest episode of “30 Rock,” paying a fairly small fee seems worth it. And since it’s gotten nearly impossible to find those notoriously reliable-yet-sketchy illegal websites to stream videos for free, paying $7.99 for Netflix or Hulu Plus seems like the next best alternative.Although neither website’s library is close to being satisfactory, there are some crucial factors to help decide which …