Binge On “Making a Murderer”

Have a little bit of extra downtime between now and the beginning of the year? Looking for a new show to binge on in the Netflix library? I highly recommend the documentary series “Making a Murderer.”

It’s the story of a man, Steven Avery, in rural Wisconsin who was wrongly convicted of rape, imprisoned for 18 years, and then released after DNA testing. He sued the county where he was arrested. There was a murder in his town and guess who was the first suspect. I’ll just leave it all there.

It’s a 10 part documentary series that’s very well done. It’s well paced. The end of each episode has something that makes you want to watch the next one.

The documentary shows where the criminal justice system can go terribly wrong, where justice isn’t done. It’s a true story. It’s crazy.

This series is definitely worth a watch. Here’s the trailer…


Netflix’s House of Cards

2075113For a while now Netflix streaming has been a staple of our movie & television content consumption. I’ve always been impressed with how Netflix has tried to get ahead of the digital revolution and not depend on its DVD distribution business.  So, I was extra impressed when I saw that Netflix was going to be producing their own content to be streamed exclusively via Netflix’s streaming service.

The series House of Cards debuted on Netflix on Friday. Instead of dripping out an episode a week, like normal television channels, Netflix is putting it out all at once so you can binge on all 13 episodes, as is normal with watching TV shows on Netflix.

House of Cards stars Kevin Spacey as ruthless Congressman Frank Underwood. You get to see as his character wheels and deals to get his agenda accomplished in Congress and throughout Washington, D.C.  If you aren’t completely cynical about the state of corruption and back room deal making in DC, you’ll be completely cynical after watching House of Cards. Everyone’s doing a favor for someone else. Everyone’s trying to manipulate someone else.

One of the interesting roles in the story is by actress Kate Mara who plays Zoe Barnes.  She’s a lowly reporter that meets Congressman Underwood.  He uses her as his mouth piece.  She uses him to advance her career.   What’s interesting is there depicting Zoe as the 20 something reporter who blogs and uses Twitter.  They try to hard to depict a reporter of the new era.

Net net, it’s an incredibly entertaining show.  It’s like West Wing meets Homeland.  It’s great to see Netflix really hit it out of the park with this next evolution of their model.   I’m excited to see what else they com up with for original programming.  If they put out enough of these shows, I think they’ll give the currently unsubscribed a reason to subscribe.

Here’s the trailer…

We Need a Facebook & Netflix Mashup

For the longest time, I was a Blockbuster Online user (I’m not sure why). I recently changed over to Netflix. I’m still not completely sure how the services are that much different but I’ll be reporting back soon.

Anywho… I was thinking that there should be an application on Facebook which takes what movies that I and my friends have seen through Netflix and shows them in my Facebook newsfeed. For example, I just got the movie The Queen. My friends would be “Oh, Justin got ‘The Queen’ on Netflix. He thought it was great Maybe I should get it?”

This would be even better then what Flixster is trying to do with their movies Facebook application because you already have a service (Netflix) which is recording a user’s movie viewing habits and their reviews.

Too many new applications ask me to do too much. They want me to add all kinds of information into their system. The thing is the information already exists in other places.

What’s the latest application you’ve used where you’ve had to review something or enter something that you’ve already entered in for the thousandth time?