Required Reading: Childish Blockbusters, Coen Ethics and Missing Netflix Features

By  · Published on January 9th, 2014

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“The five features Netflix needs to add” – Matt Singer at The Dissolve offers some humble suggestions that should be plastered in a petition to the company and signed by everyone. Number six should be “better movies.”

“Child’s Play: The Degeneration of Blockbusters” – Alexander Huls at RogerEbert.com makes the case that modern tentpoles amount to children slamming toys together.

“The Riskiest Box Office Bets of 2014” – Paul Young at Screen Rant profiles a baker’s baker’s dozen projects that aren’t exactly sure things.

“We Are All Walter Mitty: A Brief History of Movie Daydreamers” – Writing for Film.com, our own Kate Erbland uses one man’s visions as a pretext to combine Salvador Dali and Phoebe Cates emerging from a pool.

“James Schamus Reveals Secrets of the Oscar Voting System” – The former Focus Features CEO breaks down preferential voting just in time for us to brush up on Oscar oddities.

“In the Coen brothers’ punishing world, morals are everything” – Tasha Robinson explores the crime and punishment of the stories beyond Blood Simple.

“Why Indie Producer Ted Hope is Taking Over as Fandor CEO” – Anne Thompson has the full scoop on a potentially powerful partnership.

“Check Out the Big, Round, Hairy Cojones on Meryl Streep as She Rips Disney A New One” – Headline cool points aside, Joanna Robinson at Pajiba fist pumps her way through Streep’s bold comments on a Tom Hanks character.

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