Throughout 2016, all I heard when discussing movies was "Hollywood only makes superhero movies" and while I understand six different superhero movies were made in the year alone, I frankly don't care. I loved all the superhero movies that came out in 2016, some more than others (don't try to convince me the Martha thing wasn't stupid.) I'm super excited for the upcoming year, so here's your complete guide to all the superhero movies coming out in 2017, better known as, the only reason I ever go to a theater anymore.
It’s difficult to declare one show the absolute best Netflix original series of 2016. The innovative streaming platform has put their focus on quality shows and the effort makes them stand out, not only for originality but for a diversity of programming that traditional television and cable lack. While it might be hard to pick just one, here are some of the best Netflix original series of 2016.
It may be the fact that six months have gone by since I graduated from Cornell. It may be the fact that Animal House is now on Netflix and I've watched it every other day. Or, maybe, it's the fact that college is cinematic in nature in so many ways.
An often divisive superhero television series, Gotham is a show to be binged on. It is a fantastic voyage into the setting of the stage for what would be one of the most iconic superheroes ever, from comic book to TV to movies. Batman is a legendary hero. A hall of famer. And so is the city that created him. Gotham the series is less superhero TV than it is cops chasing bad guys. But the bad guys are not your common criminals. The bad guys are the stars of the show, and they are ruthless sociopaths who bask in the violent drama of gang warfare. Gotham is the story of a few good men just beginning a battle that will take many lives and last many years until a boy becomes a man and a city can take no more bloodshed.
There are missions, and then there are adventures. The levels that defy expectation, and take you into unfamiliar territory. These are the moments that shock and enthrall us. They give us a glimpse of who we are and why we play. We crave the unknown. Send us to environments we were not prepared for so our skills may be tested, and our conventions challenged. In an ever-expanding medium of entertainment, it's these moments that keep us expanding with it. When we look back on years spent facing impossible odds and plunging into certain doom, its these levels that keep us charging onward.
Binge watching is America's new favorite pastime. You can binge watch on your phone, your tablet, laptop and TV. You get to gorge on your favorite snacks and watch hours and hours of television via On Demand, DVR, Netflix, Amazon Video, Hulu, Crackle, CBS All Access. The list can go on and on. Many channels have their own app now. So much readily available content, it is hard not to binge watch.
Grimm is a show that on paper, should never have worked. Throughout its six season run, Grimm has aired on 4 different days of the week but has stayed primarily in the Friday time slot where very few shows survive, and its main character is a former reality star on MTV's Road Rules: South Pacific. Despite the seeming limitations, Grimm turned out to be a perfect combination for a TV network. It is a procedural, so that means it has valuable syndication rights, but it also has a strong plot that runs through the season and that keeps viewers tuning in week to week. Grimm was originally optioned by CBS, but was cancelled due to the writers strike. In 2011, NBC announced they had ordered a series titled Grimm which premiered right before Halloween. Season 6 will wrap up the Grimm saga, so here's what you need to know about the last 110 episodes and what to expect from the final 13.
With over 50 million downloads in the first week, and almost doubling Pokémon Go in-app purchases on its first day, Nintendo can say they've won, once again. This time, with Super Mario Run. Pokémon Go did its job by reuniting the Nintendo community, but they needed a strong follow up. On September 7, 2016, Nintendo announced the arrival of Super Mario Run, a Mario revamp, and the next mobile game to take over the world for a week or so. I, like every millennial growing up in the late 90s/early 2000s, could not wait for a full blown Super Mario mobile game, you know, to kill time playing in the bathroom and what not. I waited the 3 and a half months until it’s December 15th release.
Black-ish season one is like getting an MBA in Black-ish ideology. More than just Black culture, the issues of assimilation that Andre's family deal with are a part of every foreign culture's struggle to adapt to an ever changing society that tends to stereotype our differences. Ironically the battle to maintain identity, for Andre, is more often an individual and inward focused endeavor, than something that those around him see or feel.