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Dan Barrett is an industry commentator & TV critic. He does radio - 4BC & ABC GC and co-hosts the Screen Watching podcast. He's a former Mediaweek deputy editor and content creator for SBS.
Netflix scores big with Oscars noms! ALSO: The health benefits of watching.
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Netflix scored more Oscar nominations than any other studio with 23 nominations. The Irishman, Marriage Story, and The Two Popes contributed to the tally, but only The Irishman and Marriage Story were nominated for Best Picture.
The nominated Best Picture films are:
Ford v Ferrari
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
I’m hoping for a Once Upon a Time in Hollywood win, but would also be pretty pleased to see Parasite get the trophy.
Animated reboots of Lassie, Mr Magoo, and George of The Jungle will debut on CBS All Access on 17 January.
For the past 10 years I have been meaning to watch more of Shameless. I mostly liked the first episode. It seems I had better get a move on - the show has just been picked up for its 11th and final season. Source: TV Guide
For the past 7 years I have been meaning to watch more of Ray Donovan. I mostly liked the first episode. It seems I had better get a move on - while no decision has been announced, it is expected that Showtime will soon announce the 8th and final season of the show. Source: Deadline
Going to the movies is good for your health - watching the same content on TV…not so much.
Scientists at University College London report that seeing a movie is the equivalent of doing light cardio activity. It also reduces depression and stimulates brain activity. 3D films are apparently the best for speeding up a person’s ability to process thoughts and their reaction time. There’s no word on whether a film natively shot in 3D is better than one upconverted, but I think it is safe to take away from this that Avatar is the most mentally stimulating film ever made.
Researchers at University College London monitored the heart rates of 51 cinema-goers, comparing them with a control group who were reading a novel, and found they reached their ‘healthy heart zone’ for approximately 45 minutes during the film. This is similar to the benefits to a light cardio exercise. Researchers also found that the cinema could improve your concentration and perhaps be good for your heart.
Bong Joon-Ho has spoken about his plans for a Parasite TV series on HBO in partnership with Adam McKay:
“I really liked Adam McKay’s The Big Short and I loved his sense of humour, and the sharp satire he conveyed about the current American politics,” Bong said today. “With Parasite, while I was writing the script I had so many more ideas I couldn’t convey into the two-hour running time of the film. I knew that if I had a longer running time, I would be able to tell these stories, and I that’s what I plan to talk about with Adam pretty soon.”
March 15 is when you can watch the s3 return of Westworld.
Morbius is the latest Marvel film from Sony Studios, which like the huge box office smash Venom, has the rights to the Spider-Man off-shoot characters and is going to squeeze value out of them as much as they can. This looks watchable and thoroughly dumb. It stars Jared Leto as the vampire guy lead character, along with Michael Keaton, Matt Smith, and Jared Harris.
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