Netflix and Kill: May 2016

Friday 13th, May 2016 / 20:06
By Gareth Watkins

CALGARY — Two very depressing facts: one day you will die and in all likelihood that will be it; there’s no reward for being good or punishment for being bad, just an infinity of unimaginable nothingness. Also, Adam Sandler is halfway through his contract to produce four original films for Netflix, the second of which, The Do-Over, is released this month. It stars the person who least deserves to be rich, famous and happy and a bunch of his idiot friends as IT DOESN’T MATTER BECAUSE IT’S ANOTHER AWFUL ADAM SANDLER MOVIE.

Bloodline (Netflix) is returning for another season on the 27th, to the delight of the eight people who watched it. The first season received unanimous critical praise and audience indifference, a kind of reverse Batman vs. Superman. A similar fate likely awaits Marseille, the network’s first French original show. It stars heavyweight Gerard Depardieu and, for all I know, this may be the next Wire (or the brilliant Gallic crime show Spiral), but it’s going to be a hard sell.

Amazon Prime subscribers are getting not only a weird amount of James Bond films this month, but another U.K export: the sci-fi show Humans. Set in an alternate present where lifelike robot servants are as ubiquitous as iPhones, it actually managed to have both positive reviews and viewers. Like Spiral, it’s one of those foreign shows that your cool friends are going to tell you to watch, which is exactly what I’m doing now. Except that I’m not your friend and if we met I would hate you.

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