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Netflix has uploaded their Q1 2017 earnings review to YouTube, boasting that the streaming service will soon reach 100 million subscribers, but the most fascinating/disturbing news comes from content executive Ted Sarandos who said, “Netflix subscribers have spent half a billion hours watching Adam Sandler movies since The Ridiculous Six launched.”
If you’re a Sandler content aficionado, you’ll know that The Ridiculous Six premiered on December 11th, 2015. That means in just over 17 months, Adam Sandler has been one of the most streamed humans on the planet. – UPROXX
The next time someone bashes Adam Sandler or tells you that his movies suck show them this article and watch them wilt away like a piece of spinach in hot water. I’m a big Sandler fan, and I think it’s ridiculous that people hate on him for mailing in his performances and hiring all his friends. You’re telling me that if you busted your ass in your mid 20’s to get hired as a writer for SNL who then made you a feature performer which then catapulted you into Hollywood where you made a string of hysterical movies that are still great comedies today, you wouldn’t coast through life in your 40s? If you answered ‘no’ to that question, then you’re a dirty liar.
I’ll put Sandler’s stretch of movies from ’95-’99 (Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, The Wedding Singer, The Waterboy & Big Daddy) against any other actor’s best five year stretch any day of the week. Sandler used his success to form a production company, which now produces all of his movies and allows him to give his friends, some of whom are not well known actors, a consistent paying job. Sounds pretty smart and noble to me. I will admit 500 million hours in a little over a year is a little excessive, but I’ll take it as much needed ammo in the pro Sandler argument.
The essential question that Daryl Davis asks in the documentary Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America is “How can you hate me if you don’t even know me?”. That question drives the film, and is the basis for every conversation he has with KKK members, White Nationalist leaders, Black Lives Matter founders and everyone else he comes across. Like most powerful documentaries, Accidental Courtesy is equal parts fascinating and infuriating. Davis wholeheartedly believes in the power of communication, and rather than sitting down with people who share his world view, he’s made it his life’s mission to meet people who’s beliefs are the opposite of his. In order to fulfill that mission, he’s had to meet with some truly dangerous people, and most of those interviews are included in this documentary. This is an especially important film now that we live in the age of Trump, as racism and hatred have been thrust to the forefront of our society. Accidental Courtesy is currently streaming on Netflix, and it’s an absolute must watch.
Netflix is hell bent on taking over every entertainment medium this year, and that includes stand up comedy. They’ve recently released specials from Mike Birbiglia and Amy Schumer, and as of today, Dave Chappelle joins that list. His special showcases his sets from Los Angeles (The Age of Spin) and Austin (Deep in the Heart of Texas), and I’m glad he’s back doing mainstream comedy again. Netflix isn’t done yet though, as they have Louis C.K. and Tracy Morgan specials scheduled for April and May, plus Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld later in the year. 2017 is going to be a great year for stand up comedy.
If you’re a wrestling fan, you will love The Sheik. If you’re not a wrestling fan, and you’re just a fan of human think piece stories, then you will be also love The Sheik. The Iron Sheik, real name Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri, was a professional wrestler and one of the best villains in the history of the wrestling business. He was born in Iran, became an Olympic wrestler for his country and eventually moved to the United States to become a professional wrestler. While he started off as a baby face (good guy) he quickly turned heel as wrestling always liked to mimic real life situations. The Iran Hostage Crisis of 1979 turned Americans against the Iranians, and The Iron Sheik capitalized on that situation and became one of the greatest villains in wrestling. He was universally despised, and when he joined forces with Vince McMahon’s WWF, his career skyrocketed. He won the WWF title off of Bob Backlund after his six year reign and was the man who lost the title to Hulk Hogan. If a lesser heel had lost the belt to Hogan, Hulkamania would not have taken off as quick as it did, but Sheik was SO hated, that Hogan had everyone on this side, and when he finally won the belt, Hulkamania was the biggest thing in the world. The documentary also focuses on Sheik’s fallout with the WWF after he and Hacksaw Jim Duggan’s arrest in New Jersey, as well as the tragic death of his daughter, his drug use and eventual rise back to the top. The Iron Sheik is one of the most fascinating people on planet Earth, and this documentary is an absolute must see.
Chef is now on Netflix! For those of you who don’t know Chef is the story of Chef Casper, played by Jon Faverau. He is the Chef of his own restaurant until one misjudged tweet destroys that for him. It’s a story of rebuilding relationships and his career. It’s an amazing movie that is now on Netflix! Go watch it for the soundtrack alone! BEWARE…It will make you hungry.