This Month in Movies & TV
Netflix Reveals When Viewers Get 'Hooked'
The streaming video service provider Netflix has publishing the findings of a recent study that reveals when viewers get hooked on new TV shows. If you're one of the millions of Netflix subscribers, you've probably been guilty of binge-watching a series (or several). After all, that's one of the advantages of watching TV shoes on Netflix as opposed to cable: you can watch entire seasons rather than waiting an entire week for a new episode.
In its study, Netflix found that viewers were hooked by the second episode of Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead. For House of Cards, Bloodline, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, however, it took either three or four episodes. Once viewers has watched the “hooked” episode, however, 70% would proceed to watch the entire season.
“Given the precious nature of primetime slots on traditional TV, a series pilot is arguably the most important point in the life of the show," said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer for Netflix. "However, in our research of more than 20 shows across 16 markets, we found that no one was ever hooked on the pilot. This gives us confidence that giving our members all episodes at once is more aligned with how fans are made.”
Limitless Premiers on CBS
No, I'm not talking the 2001 Limitless movie starring Bradley Cooper. Limitless was actually turned into a TV show, with the pilot episode airing September 22 on CBS. The show follows a similar story arc as the thriller film from which it is named. A young man, Brian Finch (who is played by Jake McDorman), stumbles upon a drug called NZT-48 which boosts his reaction times, intelligence, memory, and other cognitive functions. FBI agents soon discover Finch and seek to recruit him for their own gains.
So, how did Limitless fare in the highly competitive world of prime-time television? It's received mix reviews thus far, with IMDB users giving it an 8.5/10-star rating. Limitless has been praised for its cinematography and acting, although critics say the story is predictable and unoriginal. I guess it's hard to produce a truly original show, however, when it's based off a movie.
You can check out Limitless Tuesdays at 10/9c on CBS.
Johnny Depp is Back
Although he never really took a break from acting, most of Depp's recent movies have been nothing short of box office bombs. From the Disney-backed film The Lone Ranger to Transcendence and the Rum Diaries, Depp has struggled to appease critics. So when news broke that Depp was going to portray the infamous mobster Whitey Bulger in Black Mass, many people assumed it would just be another box office bomb added to Depp's list. Now that Black Mass has been in theaters for a couple weeks, I think it's safe to say that Depp is back is in action.
Black Mass follows the story of James "Whitey" Bulger, leader of the Irish-American Winter Hill Gang throughout the 1970s. Bulger ends up controlling nearly all organized crime in South Boston, until the Angiulo Brothers begin to rise up and use their close ties to the mafia to threaten the Winter Hill Gang. But an FBI agent (played by Joel Edgerton) approaches Bulger, asking him to help the FBI take down the Angiulo Brothers. This leads to an unusual alliance, with more than its fair share of twists and turns. Black Mass is Johnny Depp at his best, so check it out!
The Minority Report Premiers
Notice a pattern here? CBS wasn't the only station to air a TV series based off of a movie. Fox has also joined the crowd this year with its new sci-fi show Minority Report. The show is an adaptation of the 2002 film of the same name, in which Tom Cruise plays Captain Anderson, leader of a special police division that captures criminals before they commit crimes. Minority Report the movie was nothing short of a commercial success, generating more than $358 million worldwide with a budget of $142 million. Being that it was directed by Steven Spielberg, though, what else could you expect?
Does Fox' new show live up to its predecessor? Well, it's hard to say since it's only been on air for a couple of weeks now. But if early reviews are anything to go by, you may want to cancel Minority Report on your DVR. The "Critics Consensus" on Rotten Tomatoes says the show lacks the action and imagination from its big-screen predecessor, giving it a 28% Rotten Tomato rating. The premise is pretty cool, but that's not enough to sustain production costs in today's dog-eat-dog world of TV entertainment.
If I asked you to name world's most challenging mountain for climbers, what would you say? Whether you're familiar with the hobby or not, Mount Everest is probably the first name to come to mind. Well, a film was released this month that tells the story of real-life events centering around the 1996 Everest disaster. With an all-star cast consisting of Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson, and Jake Gyllenhaal, Everest is one of the year's best action-adventure films.