Melissa Chadburn Wants “Hybridity All the Time”

Melissa Chadburn Wants “Hybridity All the Time”

Melissa Chadburn’s debut novel, The Tiny Upward Shove, is narrated by a foul-mouthed, all-knowing mythical creature—an aswang. The shape-shifting Filipino spirit, in this telling, is tied to a family for six generations and activated when “someone dies with unfinished business.” We meet her when 18-year-old Marina Salles, the novel’s protagonist, is killed on a pig … Read more

The Sandman, Prey, Black Bird finale

Eleanor Fanyinka and Jenna Coleman in The Sandman; Amber Midthunder in pricephoto: Liam Daniels/Netflix; David Bukach/20th Century Studios/Hulu Welcome to the weekend edition of What’s On. Here are the big things happening on TV from Friday, August 5 to Sunday, August 7. All times are Eastern. [Note: The weekly What’s On will publish on Sundays.] … Read more

Netflix’s ‘The Sandman’ Is One Terribly Boring Fantasy Series

Plans for a screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s celebrated DC/Vertigo graphic novel series The Sandman have been around for almost as long as the three-decades-old title itself. Following numerous starts and stops, Netflix has finally delivered with The Sandmana ten-part venture (Aug. 5) starring Tom Sturridge as the title character, who’s also known as Dream … Read more

The Art of Prophecy Brings Martial War Artists to Their Knees

Ling Taishi, my beloved murder momma.Image: Penguin Random House The legendary war artist Ling Taishi watches the teenaged prophesied hero of her nation, Wen Jian, perform in an over-decorated gladiatorial arena, she quickly realizes that the boy is the worst of all possible outcomes. A deluded, over-indulged, under-trained teenage dirtbag. So much for being the … Read more

What’s on TV, July 31-Aug 4: Industry, Reservation Dogs

Myha’la Herrold in Industry; Devery Jacobs in Reservation Dogs photo: Simon Ridgeway/HBO; Shane Brown/FX Welcome to What’s On, our weekly picks of must-watch shows. Here’s what you need to watch from Sunday, July 31 to Thursday, August 4. All times are Eastern. [Note: The weekend edition of What’s On drops on Fridays.] the biggies Industry … Read more

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie Review

Image: Netflix When Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles began airing in 2018longtime shellheads were wary—it was a show that at first largely traded goofy, short-form teen antics for serious stories, a bold design aesthetic, and a radical re-interpretation of the franchise’s usual lore, and it shook up the series in a big way. … Read more

Clusterf*ck: Woodstock ’99 Review: Netflix’s Prescient Doc

Netflix recently released Clusterf*ck: Woodstock ’99, their three-episode documentary series directed by Jamie Crawford exploring the titular music festival. Even though it’s been barely a year since HBO released its own Woodstock ’99 documentary, which you’d think would’ve already scratched this itch, I immediately binged all three episodes of the new version the second they … Read more

‘The Gray Man’ and Netflix’s Big Action-Movie Problem

Netflix has had a rough go of it lately, dropping $50 billion in market value in April when it disclosed that it had lost 200,000 subscribers in the first quarter of 2022, and then announcing this week that it had bled an additional 970,000 subscribers in the second quarter—a hit that was actually cast in … Read more

Should I Watch Netflix’s ‘Persuasion’? Yes, You Should!

If there is one thing Dakota Johnson is known for, it is unleashing absolute chaos everywhere she goes, including The Ellen DeGeneres Show and her own kitchen which at one point contained a bowl of limes, which she later revealed she is allergic to. So it makes sense that Netflix’s adaptation of the beloved Jane … Read more

Do Revenge Maya Hawke Movie Release Date, Cast News, and More

You heard it here first: Netflix’s From Revenge may just be the Gen Z movie of the century. Directed by Jennifer Kaytin Robinson (who brought us the cultural reset rom-com, Someone Great, FYI), the dark comedy follows Drea and Eleanor, two teenage girls who are itching to get revenge on their tormentors and abusers. The … Read more