Category Archives: Netflix Treasures
Picture this. You have a treasure map, but have no idea how to get to the “x.” That’s where Netflix Treasures comes in. We search Netflix for all the best content and deliver it to you, right here on AverageNobodies.com
Black Mirror, the Channel 4 turned Netflix series, is now streaming it’s 4th series on Netflix. We posted the teaser trailer back in August, but the time has come for the latest 6 episodes. If you’ve never seen the show, it’s basically a psychological thrill ride that will really fuck with your head. You can also watch the official trailer below.
Black Mirror – Season 4
The beauty of the show is that it’s an anthology series. Even if you don’t want to go back and watch series’ 1-3, you’ll still be able to enjoy series 4. I watched the previous 12 episodes of series 1-3 over the past few weeks, and they’re fantastic. Be warned, they’re very dark. If you’re looking for a happy, light show to bring you into 2018, this is not that show. If you’re looking to mind fuck yourself, you’ve come to the right place.
While I’ve avoided spoilers, the initial reviews are that this season is the darkest yet. That’s saying something for a show that previously featured politicians fucking pigs on live TV & psychological torture amusement parks. Another interesting part of series four is that all six episodes will feature female leads. Mentally prepare yourself and then watch series four over the long weekend. We’ll be chatting about episodes 1 and 2 next week on the Average Nobodies podcast.
Jim Carrey & Andy Kaufman: The Great Beyond
A little over a month ago we posted the trailer for Netflix’s latest documentary Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond. The doc chronicled Jim Carrey’s role as Andy Kaufman for the 1999 film Man on the Moon. I finally sat down to watch it last night, and I can not recommend it enough. The doc splices a present day interview of Carrey with behind the scenes footage from the film set as well as Carrey’s own career during his rise to stardom. If you’ve never seen Man on the Moon, you should see it as soon as possible, because Carrey is otherworldly in it. He won the Golden Globe for best actor in a comedy or musical and once you watch the movie you’ll know why.
Kaufman was one of Jim Carrey’s comedic inspirations and one of my favorite parts of the documentary is Carrey speaking honestly about the impact Kaufman has had on his life and career. Carrey has always been envious of Kaufman’s creativity and comedic freedom, and you can tell his experience making Man on the Moon still has a profound effect on him. All the backstage footage was shot by Kaufman’s real life girlfriend Lynne Margulies or Bob Zmuda, Kaufman’s partner in comedic crime. Because of this, the footage is as raw as can be. Simply put: while on set, Jim Carrey did not exist. There was either Andy Kaufman or his insane alter ego, Tony Clifton.
While method acting isn’t a new term, it’s rare that we get to see the process up close and personal. Carrey is so completely in character as Kaufman that members of Kaufman’s family that were on set react as if their brother or son had miraculously come back to life. It wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows though, and Carrey talks a little about how guilty he felt “being Kaufman” which in turn made everyone else’s job so difficult. It got to the point that Universal, the studio that made Man on the Moon, tried to bury the footage “so that people wouldn’t think Jim is an asshole”.
Things got extra tense on set when Jerry Lawler, Kaufman’s “nemesis”, showed up to film his parts. Carrey went full on Kaufman, to the point that Lawler tried to attack him and put him in the hospital. Was this real? We’ll never really know. That was the beauty of Kaufman in real life and of Carrey’s performance. Kaufman never seemed to care if you liked him or not, but he was always going to keep you guessing. Carrey did the same thing while on set, and the main takeaway I got from his present day interviews was that Carrey never the same after filming. He might have been on the top of the world in Hollywood, but he never felt as free as he did portraying Kaufman.
Take an hour and 40 minutes out of your day and watch this great documentary. Watch the brilliance of Andy Kaufman and the brilliance of Jim Carrey. You won’t be disappointed.
Memorial Day Weekend isn’t the ideal binge watching TV weekend, but that might change with the third and final season of Bloodline arriving today. While Netflix originals like Orange is the New Black & House of Cards might get more attention, Bloodline has been a great show over the past two seasons. It sports an incredibly consistent case and centers around an issue a lot of people can relate to: family drama. While the Rayburns family drama might be a little more intense than your normal family drama, it makes for riveting TV. I’ll be sad to see it go.
Norm Macdonald’s stand up style and delivery might not be for everyone, but he’s been one of my favorite comics on Planet Earth for years now. With Netflix throwing out boat loads of money to comedians, I’m so happy they included Norm in their plans. He has one of the driest sense of humor’s you’ll ever find, but he nails every punch line with a wonderful combination of wit and morbidity. Do yourself a favor and take an hour to watch this man perform comedy. If an hour is too long for your attention span, at least fast forward to the 40 minute mark and listen to his bit on Germany. You can thank me later.
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.