Queue It Up: 19 of 2012's Best Films Now Available on Netflix
With our attention mainly placed on the current independent summer release calendar, it's hard to keep track of the countless films slipping under the radar throughout the past year, but thanks to the magic of online streaming, getting caught up on the releases that fell through the cracks is now easier than ever. We compiled a list of all of the films that made our 2012 Year-End Critic's Poll, and offer the 19 best films of 2012 currently available for Netflix streaming, including our pick for the best film of last year with Leos Carax's undefinable odyssey "Holy Motors," and many other great choices.
As graphic violence and high body counts have become more of a mainstay in popular television programming with its depictions in shows like "The Walking Dead" and "Game of Thrones," the process of differentiating a show's violent depictions from the onslaught available can be difficult, which is exactly what makes the disturbing brutality of NBC's "Hannibal standout so far in the first place. Throughout its first season, Bryan Fuller's "Silence of the Lambs" prequel has been applauded for the ingenuity seeping into the show's serial killer subject matter, and how its depiction of graphic violence may be the most imaginative on display during this year's television season.The 10 Films You Must See This June
Continuing the extension of our summer movie list, we presented our preview of the 10 top Indie alternatives coming out this month, including new films from Joss Whedon, Sofia Coppola, and Pedro Almodovar. With over 30 films listed on our June calendar, there is no shortage of indie options at the theater this month, with other highlights including Xavier Dolan's latest Laurence Anyways, Peter Strickland's psychological thriller "Berberian Sound Studio," and Neil Jordan's return to the bloodsucker genre with "Byzantium."
Telling the story of Tilikum, the performing killer whale who swallowed its trainer whole at SeaWorld, Magnolia Pictures' upcoming documentary "Blackfish" aims to dispel the notion that killer whales are largely peaceful creatures, something its heart-stopping new trailer accomplishes perfectly. Using never before seen footage, interviews, and information on the cruel treatment of the captivity facing orcas, the film sheds new light on the disillusionment currently facing the sea-park industry and what needs to be understood to put a stop to it.
As the critical and box office disappointments of M. Night Shyamalan's "After Earth" continue to suggest that the filmmaker has entirely lost the spark that first put him on the map, IW's Eric Kohn suggests an alternate route for the director to reinvigorate his stagnant career in the wake of another filmmaker's recent success within the indie space. Similar to Shyamalan, Joss Whedon's career has been often defined by the storytelling expectations surrounding his releases, and as his just-released "Much Ado About Nothing" suggests, there may be no better place to comfortably secure a once-held integrity than outside of the studio system. Now with Shyamalan speaking openly about his adoration for independent filmmaking, he may finally be giving his career the inspection it desperately needs before destroying itself entirely.
Here's Your First Look at Dominic West and Helena Bonham Carter as 'Burton & Taylor'
While the Lindsay Lohan-Grant Bowler starring disaster "Liz and Dick" still lingers in our minds, we have received our first look at Dominic West and Helena Bonham Carter's take on the famously volatile couple in BBC America's TV movie "Burton & Taylor," looking their parts perfectly and bringing a significantly larger amount of pedigree with it. Following their 1983 stage revival of Noel Coward's "Private Lives," the film depicts the late romance of the couple, and if the image of the two is any indication, we are in for one hell of a biopic when it premieres this fall.
Following his decision to record monologues chosen by the Reddit community in exchange for donations to the Alzheimer's Association, Samuel L Jackson has recorded his second video for the site, taking the opportunity to step away from the original speeches submitted on the site and instead accepting one Redditor's suggestion of Walter White's infamous speech from the fourth season of "Breaking Bad." Without the context of the show, Jackson is still able to bring the expected gravitas to the monologue in which White explains that he is in complete control of the situation around him, proving once again that few around can deliver an impassioned speech the same way he can, even through the confines of his living room webcam.
Watch: The Trailer for 'The Newsroom' Shows the Cast Standing Alone in a Desert of Inadequate TV Journalism
Choosing to eschew footage from the upcoming season in favor of a more symbolic portrayal, HBO finally gave viewers their first look at the upcoming second season of Aaron Sorkin's cable news drama "The Newsroom," before its premiere on July 14th. The clip portrays Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) and his team stranded in the desert and forced to reexamine their frustrations, relationships, and lives while watched by the omnipresent Leona Lansing (Jane Fonda). The clip features no footage of the many new faces joining the cast this season, including Patton Oswalt and Marcia Gay Harden, but provides ample set up before its return next month.