Film and TV http://www.stuff.tv/film-and-tv/news en-GB 20 of the best movies to watch on Now TV http://www.stuff.tv/now-tv/20-best-movies-watch-now-tv-right-now/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We&#039;ve hand-picked some of the best flicks available on Sky&#039;s movie streaming service. Don&#039;t forget the popcorn. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="GIANT ROBOT FIGHT. WHAT&#039;S NOT TO LIKE?" alt="The 20 best movies to watch on Now TV right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/pacificrim_0.jpg?1410634531" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sky&#39;s &pound;9 a month Now TV pass is bringing the movie fight straight to Netflix&#39;s door, with up to 800 movies ready to beam themselves straight to your screens at the press of a &nbsp;button.</p> <p>We&#39;ve whittled down a list some of our favourites that are currently available, ranging from animated adventures to bullet-riddled explosion feasts.</p> <p>Snuggle down, and feast your eyes on these:</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ghostbusters (1984) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In what we&rsquo;re sure the typical academic would consider an entirely natural turn of events, Ghostbusters charts the story of three &lsquo;parapsychology&rsquo; professors being booted out of their easy life at university when their research is deemed spurious, whereupon they go into business as a ghost removal service.</p> <p>Really, though, this is a vehicle for Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray at the top of their game, crafting a surprisingly successful collision of special-effects, sci-fi and comedy.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Ng0olzfFzog" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Best In Show (2000) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>16 years after This Is Spinal Tap alerted us to the concept of the mockumentary, its director and star Christopher Guest returned with Best In Show, a movie that uses a similar format to explore &ndash; and of course, poke gentle fun at &ndash; the weird world of dog pageants. Focussing on several entrants to Philadelphia&rsquo;s prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show (which is a real thing!), much of the film&rsquo;s humour comes from improvised dialogue.</p> <p>Guest (who plays one of the competitors himself) realises that human behaviour is stranger than any animal&rsquo;s, and mines this seam ruthlessly. Hilarious and just a little bit heartwarming.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/gcKvMx2kPGQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wreck it Ralph (2012) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Mistake this for another cookie-cutter children&#39;s animation at your peril. John C Reily puts on his voiceover hat and steps into the huge clumpy shoes of Ralph, the villain in fictional video game Fix-It Felix. Tired of being the bad guy, he goes on a quest to become a hero, getting lost and ending up in a diabetically sweet candy world where he befriends an adorable little girl called Venellope (Sarah Silverman) in the process. Plenty of visual gags for the kids, with tonnes of funny videogame cameos and references for us.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/COC8W8uLdI8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dredd (2012) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Dredd eradicates the memory of Stallone&rsquo;s dire 1990s Judge Dredd with the subtlety of a high-ex bullet. Stripping everything back to basics, the film dumps you in the decaying urban sprawl of Mega-City One. There&rsquo;s no &lsquo;origins&rsquo; tale here, just a day in the life of a stoic, grim-faced judge, jury and executioner, as he puts a fresh-faced rookie through her paces and ends up in the crosshairs of a vicious crimelord.</p> <p>In a world of sanitised science-fiction, Dredd is a startlingly brutal affair &mdash; a modern-day dark, focussed, bloody John Carpenter-style production that pulls no punches and deserved to do far better at the box office.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/LiQoN1-Ks6Q" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Training Day (2001) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Denzel Washington&#39;s portrayal of a hard-as-nails LA narcotics detective with questionable motives and methods for catching drug peddlers is positively chilling. Ethan Hawke joins him as a new recruit who gradually begins to see the true colours of his rogue mentor, with violent consequences. Mr. Washington at his finest, with plenty of guns, violence and cameos by Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg thrown in for good measure. Warning: the clip above contains profanities.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/fgYBzlTqIHY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Boogie Nights (1997) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The film that established Mark Wahlberg (formerly rapper Marky Mark) as a credible actor and Paul Thomas Anderson as a exciting directorial talent, Boogie Nights is a thrilling, hilarious and ultimately touching look into the Los Angeles pornographic movie business of the 1970s and 80s: glamourous parties, cocaine, guns, Corvettes and broken, broken people who may have finally found a world that accepts them as they are. If Martin Scorsese had been 25 years younger and from the West Coast, he might have made this movie &ndash; it&rsquo;s Anderson&rsquo;s Goodfellas.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/pOk0fsMGyck" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Rocketeer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A racing pilot stumbles across an experimental jetpack, and becomes flying superhero The Rocketeer, in this rip-roaring comic-book adaptation.&nbsp;</p> <p>Director Joe Johnston (who helmed the similarly swashbuckling Captain America: The First Avenger) pays tribute to the old Republic serials and Indiana Jones, packing this 1930s-set adventure with hissable Nazi villains, gangsters and mom&#39;s-apple-pie heroics.&nbsp;</p> <p>Billy Campbell makes for a suitably square-jawed hero &ndash; with a young Jennifer Connelly as his wholesome best gal &ndash; while Timothy Dalton shines as a smarmy Hollywood matinee idol with a dark secret.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Gi0Et31E7s4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lawrence of Arabia (1962) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Clocking in at a bum-numbing 216 minutes, David Lean&rsquo;s biopic of mercurial British Army officer T.E. Lawrence is epic in every sense of the word (when first released, it had an actual intermission in the middle so cinema-goers could stretch their legs). Stunning desert vistas, grand battles, a cast of thousands and some of the best acting talent of the time all go towards making Lawrence of Arabia an unforgettable film about war, Empire, loyalty, individual brilliance and, yes, what happens when foreign powers meddle in the affairs of the Middle East.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s no better way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/zmr1iSG3RTA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Gravity </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Alfonso &nbsp;took seven years to make his follow up to Children of Men &ndash; and it was worth the wait. The bare bones of the plot make it sound like a standard race-against-time thriller; Sandra Bullock stars as a civilian astronaut who&#39;s stranded after a Space Shuttle mission goes disastrously wrong. But it&#39;s the execution that&#39;s particularly impressive; taking advantage of innovative CGI technology to render long, flowing shots in zero gravity.</p> <p>Although for much of the film the only real thing in the shot is Sandra Bullock&#39;s face, it&#39;s the most realistic cinematic depiction of outer space to date; it even has the <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/gravity-review-by-astronaut-buzz-639883" target="_blank">Buzz Aldrin seal of approval</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/OiTiKOy59o4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Aliens </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sigourney Weaver returns to duke it out with the Xenomorphs &ndash; with a platoon of marines &ndash; in this sequel to Ridley Scott&#39;s sci-fi chiller. Where the original film was a &nbsp;straightforward horror movie, Aliens director James Cameron plunges headlong into a completely different genre &ndash; the war movie.</p> <p>Despite its hordes of scuttling aliens, gunplay and action setpieces, the sequel is no less sophisticated than the original, thoguh; where Alien layered on the Freudian subtext with a trowel, Cameron&#39;s Aliens plays on the theme motherhood, as Ripley battles the Alien Queen to save her surrogate daughter. There are overtones of the Vietnam War in the mix, too, as the cocky marines and their military hardware prove useless in the face of their more capable, adaptable enemy.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/5Xg3B5m3YYk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> American Psycho </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Before he was Batman, Christian Bale was Bateman. Patrick Bateman, that is: investment banker, yuppie-about-town, and&hellip; serial killer?&nbsp;Bale&#39;s performance is the highlight of this blackly comic film, whether he&#39;s admiring his abs in the middle of a threesome, pontificating about the hidden depths of Hip to be Square, or attempting to feed a cat to an ATM. </p> <p>He reportedly based his performance on Tom Cruise; which probably hasn&#39;t won him any friends among the Scientologists.&nbsp;Director Mary Harron&#39;s blackly comic take on the Bret Easton Ellis novel retains the book&#39;s core ambiguity; is Bateman really a mass-murderer, or are his atrocities taking place in his head? As he eats nouvelle cuisine confections in identikit restaurants and trades banter with identikit colleagues, even he&#39;s uncertain. &quot;This confession,&quot; he notes, &quot;has meant nothing.&quot;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/5YnGhW4UEhc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Pink Panther (1963) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We love Steve Martin but he should never have attempted to play Inspector Clouseau. That role belongs to one man, Peter Sellers, and no-one will ever come close to his talent for bumbling.&nbsp;</p> <p>Sellers steals every scene but is ably accompanied by Mancini on music, the famous cartoon credits sequence, David Niven as a slick jewel thief and one of the oddest car chases ever captured on film. Half sophisticated, half slapstick but with Clouseau involved, all very, very silly.&nbsp;</p> <p>Start with this ensemble but watch them all for more of the Inspector - the only Pink Panther movie missing from Now TV&rsquo;s collection is the terrific A Shot in the Dark, the second installment.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/nistdsACs3E" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Full Metal Jacket </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Stanley Kubrick was never likely to make a gung-ho Vietnam flick, and Full Metal Jacket is relentless in its portrayal of the horrors of America&rsquo;s ill-fated war. It&rsquo;s really a movie in two parts, with the first following a group of green recruits as they undergo training and the second tracking one of those recruits as he experiences actual combat.</p> <p>Grim as it is throughout, it&rsquo;s actually the first section that shocks the most, with the sadistic Sgt Hartman proving as terrifying as anything you see in the jungles of South-east Asia. Critics were split over the film&rsquo;s worth, with some feeling the second half in particular lacked focus, but to our mind it&rsquo;s a beautifully shot, thoroughly gripping and intelligent statement on the pointlessness of war.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/x9f6JaaX7Wg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-13"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Blue Jasmine </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A modern day Streetcar Named Desire? A snipe at Mia Farrow? Blue Jasmine, the story of a New York socialite&rsquo;s fall from wealth and security, is so gripping that it makes up for Woody Allen&rsquo;s insipid London season. Uncomfortable viewing at times but as Cate Blanchett, playing the titular anti-heroine, sweats in Chanel jackets or sits on a park bench talking to herself, you won&rsquo;t be able to take your eyes off her. The support is perfectly cast, too. Alec Baldwin is the wealthy husband, Sally Hawkins the down-and-out sister and Louis C.K her nervous lover.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/FER3C394aI8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-14"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Untouchables </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&rsquo;s no shortage of great gangster movies, but The Untouchables deserves to sit alongside The Godfather and Goodfellas at the top table. It&rsquo;s set in prohibition-era Chicago and follows Federal agent Eliot Ness as he attempts to do what no-one else has managed and put Al Capone behind bars. Kevin Costner is superb as Ness, De Niro typically unhinged as Capone while Sean Connery won an Oscar for his performance as grizzled Irish-American cop Jim Malone, despite an accent so bad it should itself have been locked up.</p> <p>Brian De Palma&rsquo;s direction is tight and tense and it&rsquo;s worth a place in this list solely for the brilliance of its final scene on the steps of Chicago&rsquo;s Union Station.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/bCQiGWNscJo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-15"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Pixar can do anything. It can even make a movie for kids about a grumpy old man. Carl Fredricksen is old, a sad widower and, according to the creators, a cross between Spencer Tracey, Walter Matthau and their grandads. Carl made a pact with his wife to get to Paradise Falls in South America. But this is Pixar so he sets off in an airship - his house and 10,000 balloons.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not the most consistent Pixar movie but Up has moments of magic that put it up there with the greats - when Carl lifts off for the first time or when we see his and his wife Ellie&rsquo;s life together. If you&rsquo;re a grumpy cynic like Carl, Up is exactly what you need.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/N1NLzBGJavc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-16"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pacific Rim (2013) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A love letter to mecha anime and classic kaiju movies, with a peppering of Top Gun, Pacific Rim is the high-concept popcorn movie Michael Bay probably wished he&rsquo;d thought of first: massive human-piloted robots in huge fights with giant monsters from another dimension. As you&rsquo;d expect, Guillermo del Toro creates a smart, imaginative and visually stunning spectacle in a manner Bay never would, even if the relentless brawls and lack of character depth do get a touch trying towards the end.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/2FSKs5IGAZU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-17"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Django Unchained (2012) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Tarantino&#39;s most recent flick sees the excellent Chrisopher Waltz return as a German bounty hunter who requires the assistance of recently freed slave Django (Jamie Foxx) to track down his latest targets. Both men then pair up to free Django&#39;s slave wife from notoriously vile plantation owner Calvin Candle, who&#39;s brought to life by Leonardo DiCaprio in one of his best performances to date. Tense, gory, and often rather funny, its typical outrageous Tarantino, through and through.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/eUdM9vrCbow" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-18"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Team America: World Police </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In which Trey Parker and Matt Stone swap the smalltown Colorado of South Park for the global battlefield of the War On Terror, but with equally anarchic and hilarious results. It&rsquo;s basically Thunderbirds gone bad: potty-mouthed puppets doing things you never see puppets doing, liberal splashes of sex and violence, Hollywood stars parodied to within an inch of their lives, no-hold-barred offensive jokes at the expense of pretty much everyone in the world, ever. And it&rsquo;s every bit as brilliant as that sounds. Oh, yeah, one more thing: Matt Damon. Maaaatt Daaaamon.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/RPBX47zSktc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-19"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Children Of Men </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Labelled a sci-fi film due to laziness on the part of the people who make these decisions and who typically think anything set in the future must be sci-fi, Children Of Men is really just a dark thriller that happens to be set in 2027. And a damn good one, too. Directed and co-written by Alfonso Cuarón, the film depicts an Earth in which no new children are being born, with the human race slowly dying amid the war, famine and social unrest that follow.</p> <p>The world it portrays is close enough to ours to be recognisable, different enough to be interesting and horrific enough to be chilling, and the gripping plot is perfectly balanced between action and intrigue. A film to make you think.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/15-best-tv-box-sets-netflix/feature" target="_blank">The 15 best TV box-sets on Netflix</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/2VT2apoX90o" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The 20 best movies on Now TV </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/now-tv/20-best-movies-watch-now-tv-right-now/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/now-tv/20-best-movies-watch-now-tv-right-now/feature#comments Film and TV Now TV Sky Streaming Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:56:48 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1447437 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Acer makes tablet-toting Selfie-Hat, Channel 4 replacing 4oD, and Resident Evil Revelations 2 goes episodic http://www.stuff.tv/acer/fully-charged-acer-makes-tablet-toting-couture-selfie-hat-channel-4-replacing-4od-and-resident- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Start powering through to the weekend with our morning tech news roundup </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Acer x Christian Cowan-Sanluis Selfie-Hat" alt="Acer x Christian Cowan-Sanluis Selfie-Hat" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/acer-selfie-hat.jpg?1410503581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Acer’s selfie sombrero is a garish vision of techno-couture </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ready to prove your love of selfies? Acer has seemingly prepared a loyalty test in the form of the Acer x Christian Cowan-Sanluis Selfie-Hat, a device-housing pink nightmare of an accessory designed in collaboration with the 20-year-old fashion student who&rsquo;s worked with Lady Gaga and Rita Ora.</p> <p>However, the handheld device mounted to this garish hat isn&rsquo;t a standard smartphone or even a phablet, but rather a full-on tablet: an 8in Acer Iconia A-1 840, in fact. If folks snapping photos in public with tablets wasn&rsquo;t nauseating enough, just wait until they&rsquo;re wearing a neon sequined hat with the thing permanently affixed.</p> <p>The hat spins 360 degrees, letting you get the best angle - or just look utterly crazed on the street. And if you don&rsquo;t want a hat for yourself, but simply one for your tablet to wear, well you&rsquo;re in luck: Acer and Cowan-Sanluis made 10 matching cases with little tablet hats. Really.</p> <p>Much as this might all seem like a gag, it&rsquo;s apparently a real thing - but you can only purchase it via an appointment and consultation with Cowan-Sanluis in central London. It&rsquo;ll also be available today at the designer&rsquo;s London Fashion Week showing.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-gina-smartphone-s-front-flash-makes-it-ultimate-selfie-taker/news">Sony Gina smartphone&rsquo;s front flash makes it the ultimate selfie taker</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Channel 4 replacing 4oD with All 4 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Channel 4 pioneered the on-demand catch-up service several years ago, and now it&rsquo;s high time for a significant refresh and update. That&rsquo;ll come in the first quarter of 2015, as the network has announced plans to scrap the current 4oD service in favor of a new unified option called All 4.</p> <p>All 4 will bring together all of Channel 4&rsquo;s brands in one app for various platforms (launching on iOS and PC first), letting you pick between On Demand, Now (live TV streams), and On Soon (trailers and other previews) menus to sort through the content. Additional bonus content for shows will also be bundled into the app experience, and those with Channel 4 accounts will have videos personally targetted to boot.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.channel4.com/info/press/news/channel-4-to-launch-new-digital-service-all-4">Channel 4</a> via <a href="http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/130895-4od-expires-in-2015-channel-4-to-change-catch-up-platform-to-all-4/gallery">Pocket-lint</a> and <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/09/11/channel-4-replace-4od-next-year/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-streaming-stick/review">Roku Streaming Stick review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="750" title="Channel 4&#039;s All 4 app" alt="Channel 4&#039;s All 4 app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/channel4-all4app.jpg?1410503581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Resident Evil Revelations 2 takes episodic approach </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>So here&rsquo;s a surprising new tactic for the <em>Resident Evil</em> horror gaming franchise: weekly downloadable episodes that combine to create one larger storyline. That&rsquo;s the plan with the upcoming <em>Resident Evil Revelations 2</em>, which was announced last week for Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.</p> <p>Due out early next year, the game features different lead characters than the original 3DS and console entry, with past heroine Claire Redfield joined by newly playable Moira Burton, the daughter of the infamous Barry Burton from earlier games. You can get a first look at in-game action in the above trailer.</p> <p>The game will be split into four weekly episodes for US$5.99 (about &pound;3.69) apiece, or you can pay US$24.99 (just over &pound;15) for the whole package. Or simply wait until it all hits retail in a single bundle and potentially play a more expansive version of the game.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.capcom-unity.com/brelston/blog/2014/09/11/resident-evil-revelations-2---first-trailer">Capcom Unity</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/fully-charged-new-resident-evil-and-dragon-quest-games-announced-nasa-s-air-traffic-co">Fully Charged: New Resident Evil and Dragon Quest games announced, NASA&rsquo;s air traffic control system for drones, and themes finally coming to PS4 and Vita</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/PeAnjk1q4XU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/acer/fully-charged-acer-makes-tablet-toting-couture-selfie-hat-channel-4-replacing-4od-and-resident-#comments Acer Fashion Film and TV Gaming Tablets Fri, 12 Sep 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1447398 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Free new-gen upgrade for Destiny, Apple increasing iCloud security alerts, and Netflix to entice mobile viewers with quick clips http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-free-new-gen-upgrade-destiny-apple-increasing-icloud-security-alerts-and-netflix <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> IFA is over, but there’s still plenty of tech news to begin the week with </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Destiny" alt="Destiny" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/destiny-beta2_0.jpg?1410177508" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Destiny digital upgrade free ’til January </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Thinking about picking up <em>Destiny</em> on Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 when it launches this week, but worried because you might wind up with an Xbox One or PlayStation 4 in the next few months?</p> <p>No need for concern. Bungie has announced that if you buy a last-gen downloadable version, you&rsquo;ll be able to upgrade to the new-gen release in the same console family (Xbox 360/Xbox One, PS3/PS4) for free between tomorrow&rsquo;s launch and 15 January 2015. It&rsquo;s only for digital copies of the game, so if you&rsquo;re set on buying a physical copy, it sounds like you&rsquo;re out of luck in terms of getting an upgrade.</p> <p>With this promotion, you&rsquo;ll get a downloadable copy on the newer console, and all progress and DLC will transfer over as well, so why wait? Perhaps the biggest game of the holiday season drops in a matter of hours, and you don&rsquo;t want to be months behind your friends in an online-centric experience like this.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.destinythegame.com/digital-upgrade">Destiny</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review">Destiny Beta review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple adding more iCloud security alerts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While Apple remains adamant that its servers were not hacked in the iCloud celebrity nude photo leaks that took the Internet by storm last weekend, the company plans to give users more alerts when their accounts are being accessed - particularly when a backup is being restored to an unfamiliar device.</p> <p>In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Apple CEO Tim Cook says, &ldquo;I think we have a responsibility to ratchet [awareness] up,&rdquo; in regards to making sure users are better informed of potential security hazards and as protected as they can be. Apple will also reportedly &ldquo;broaden its use&rdquo; of two-step authentication for accounts, to prevent intruders from gaining access by guessing security questions or obtaining passwords via phishing.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/tim-cook-says-apple-to-add-security-alerts-for-icloud-users-1409880977">Wall Street Journal</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-apple-denies-icloud-breach-celebrity-photo-leak-radiohead-s-new-music-weird-app-">Fully Charged: Apple denies iCloud celebrity photo breach, Radiohead&rsquo;s new music is in a weird app, and Land Rover contest could send you to space</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iPhone 5s running iOS 8" alt="iPhone 5s running iOS 8" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ios8-preview.jpg?1410177508" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Netflix targeting mobile users with short clips </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>According to a report from Gigaom, Netflix is testing making short clips of longer content - movies, TV shows, comedy specials, and the like - available to those using its mobile apps in an effort to target users with only a few minutes to spare at a time.</p> <p>Mobile is Netflix&rsquo;s biggest growth area of late, and the company has been experimenting with a row of content labeled, &ldquo;Have five minutes?&rdquo; Rather than create short-form webisode-like content to fill this space, the company is simply curating quick bits of entertainment from its existing lineup. If it catches on, expect to see it in your apps before long.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://gigaom.com/2014/09/05/netflix-short-clips/">Gigaom</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/25-best-things-watch-netflix-right-now/feature">The 30 best things to watch on Netflix right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Netflix" alt="Netflix" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/netflix-mobile.jpg?1410177508" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New Terminator trilogy out within next four years </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Paramount Pictures is in a big hurry to profit off of the <em>Terminator</em> franchise before the rights revert back to creator James Cameron in 2019, so beyond the previously announced <em>Terminator: Genisys</em> out on 1 July 2015 - featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger once again - abnother two films will debut in the following three years.</p> <p>The second film in the trilogy will hit cinemas on 19 May 2017, while the last film will follow on 29 June 2018. Big fan of the sci-fi franchise? Lucky you, there&rsquo;s loads more coming down the pipeline very quickly. Hope those tough deadlines don&#39;t diminish the results.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.thewrap.com/terminator-reboot-sequels-get-release-dates/">The Wrap</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/9/5/6112665/terminator-genisys-trilogy-release-dates-set-2017-and-2018">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.howtoliveit.co.uk/2013/09/05/the-terminator/#.UioCgGTXhsQ">Why I love&hellip; The Terminator</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="844" title="Terminator" alt="Terminator" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/terminator_1.jpg?1410177508" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-free-new-gen-upgrade-destiny-apple-increasing-icloud-security-alerts-and-netflix#comments Apple Destiny Film and TV Gaming iCloud Netflix Mon, 08 Sep 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1446904 at http://www.stuff.tv The 20 best things to watch on Netflix US right now http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/20-best-things-watch-netflix-us-right-now/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Looking for something to watch? We&#039;ve rounded up the finest films and shows on the streaming video service. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The 20 best things to watch on Netflix US right now" alt="The 20 best things to watch on Netflix US right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sherlock_0.jpg?1409400181" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Streaming video has turned our living rooms into an endless video store, with a vast array of titles to choose from.</p> <p>Netflix has around 10,000 titles, taking in everything from rom-coms to action movies, TV shows and documentaries; and that can be a problem. It&#39;s called the paradox of choice; faced with an endless array of options, people freeze up. Before you know it, you&#39;ve spent an hour scrolling through the possible choices, and you&#39;ve run out of time to watch a movie.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Oldboy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>To describe Oldboy as intense would be like saying Piers Morgan is unpalatable - ie an enormous understatement. To watch it is to be visually assaulted for 120 mins, your emotions squeezed and stamped on and flung around the room until you&#39;re left thinking that maybe you ought to go for a bit of a lie down.</p> <p>A South Korean thriller about a man who&#39;s locked in a room for 15 years with no idea why &ndash; before being released to seek vengeance on his captors &ndash; it&#39;s never exactly fun viewing, but it is absolutely essential nonetheless. Story-wise it&#39;s sharp and packed with action, some of the acting is outstanding and at the end you&#39;ll be left battered and bruised but still wanting more. Brilliant.<br /><em>&ndash; Marc McLaren</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/tphnn5EPj2w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dredd </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Thankfully a darn sight better than the Sly Stallone-led Judge Dredd of 1995, this 2012 movie stars Karl Urban as the eponymous anti-hero with a permanent scowl, an ever-present helmet and a whole lot of bad guys and gals to deal with. Wisely, Alex Garland&#39;s screenplay majors on set pieces over talkie bits - and what set-pieces they are, as Dredd and his partner are trapped in a tower block full of criminals intent on shooting them to pieces.</p> <p>Urban&#39;s performance is all snarls and scowls; in a nod to the comics, he doesn&#39;t take his helmet off once,&nbsp;a conceit that the Stallone film merrily ignored&nbsp;&ndash; while Game of Thrones&#39; Lena Headey excels as the psychotic criminal mastermind Ma-Ma. Really, though,&nbsp;the stars here are the brilliantly realised dystopia of Mega-City One and the super-slo-mo action sequences.&nbsp;<br /><em>&ndash; Marc McLaren</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/DLmnJvK0DjI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Trip </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On paper, The Trip shouldn&#39;t work. It stars Brit comics Steve &#39;Alan Partridge&#39; Coogan and Rob &#39;him out of Gavin &amp; Stacey&#39; Brydon as themselves, taking a culinary tour around some of northern England&#39;s finest restaurants.</p> <p>There&#39;s no real plot beyond that, but if you think that sounds dull you&#39;re reckoning without the pair&#39;s natural charm and repartee; whether goading each other into Michael Caine impersonations or riffing on one another&#39;s foibles, the laughs just keep coming. A word of warning though: don&#39;t watch it on an empty stomach.<br /><em>&ndash; Marc McLaren</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Xxq-I_e_KXg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Barton Fink </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the Coen Brothers&#39; earliest films, Barton Fink is a dark comedy with the emphasis on dark. It stars John Turturro as the title character - a critically acclaimed playwright battling writer&#39;s block as he tries to turn his hand to Hollywood fluff. Holed up in a California motel, he encounters enthusiastic Everyman Charlie Meadows (the brilliant John Goodman) and things soon get very weird indeed.</p> <p>Like all early Coen Brothers films it&#39;s superbly realised; 1940s period detail jells perfectly with an eerie soundtrack to create a world you can truly get lost in. No, you may not always know what&#39;s going on - but you won&#39;t care a jot about that while it lasts.<br /><em>&ndash; Marc McLaren</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/WK0WjWlVO9w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> American Psycho </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Christian Bale&rsquo;s breakout role sees him don the Hugo Boss suit and Gucci oxfords of Patrick Bateman: financial trader in 1980s Manhattan; Phil Collins aficionado; handsome; wealthy; and also a sadistic, sociopathic murderer. Or is he?</p> <p>Based on Bret Easton Ellis&rsquo; seminal novel, this film is shockingly violent, intensely disquieting &ndash; and very, very funny. It is, after all, more a satire than it is a psychological thriller, and as a critique of the emptiness of the capitalist American dream it hits the mark like an axe to the back of the head.<br />-&nbsp;<em>Sam Kieldsen</em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-free-apps-android/feature" target="_blank">30 best free apps for Android</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/5YnGhW4UEhc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ken Burns: Prohibition </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ken Burns&#39; documentaries for PBS are amongst the finest factual programming out there, and this three-part series on Prohibition is one of his best efforts.</p> <p>Kicking off with an examination of the rise of the temperance movement in the 19th century, the show explores how the draconian Eighteenth Amendment and Volstead Act came into being &ndash; and its unintended consequences. It turned ordinary Americans into criminals, and fuelled the growth of organised crime in the country. A hopelessly outnumbered force of Prohibition Agents struggled to enforce laws that were vastly more far-reaching than even the politicians drafting them had imagined.</p> <p>Burns uses a familiar set of tools to tell the story; his characteristic panning shots over photographs appear in full force, supplemented with film footage from the period and voiceovers from the likes of John Lithgow and Samuel L Jackson. It&#39;s a fascinating look at a period of history that still has lessons for us in the present day.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/e-eSS0uKRIo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Master </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>So slow it&rsquo;d lose a 50-metre sprint to a sloth riding a glacier, don&rsquo;t sit down to The Master expecting a whizz-bang chuckle riot. Its narrative ebbs and flows, propelled by incredible, force-of-nature performances from Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman as the leader of a religious cult in post-war America.</p> <p>It peters out a little rather than exploding like There Will Be Blood, and an online stream is pretty much the antithesis of a film shot largely on rarely used 65mm film, but as one of the best film-makers of the last 20 years PT Anderson&rsquo;s latest is a must-watch for any cinema fan.<br /><em>&ndash; Tom Wiggins</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/5ZgT75ZnpYM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Doctor Who </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Netflix has &ndash; at last &ndash; filled in all the gaps in its Doctor Who collection, so now&#39;s the time to start watching.</p> <p>The venerable sci-fi series was revived in 2005, shedding the wobbly sets and rubber monsters of the 1970s. In their place were slick visuals and more character-driven drama &ndash; clearly inspired by US shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer.</p> <p>The genius of the show lies in its ability to periodically renew itself; the time travelling Doctor can regenerate into a new body when the lead actor moves on to pastures new. As the lead actor changes, the tone of the show changes too &ndash; and if viewers fall out of favour with its new direction, it&#39;ll cheerfully pick up new ones.</p> <p>Since the show&#39;s revival, there have been four new Doctors; Christopher Eccleston&#39;s stripped-back, understated take on the character gave way to David Tennant&#39;s more emotional Doctor. Matt Smith added eccentric flourishes, even as the show&#39;s plots grew more intricate and layered &ndash; and John Hurt delivered a star turn as a short-lived guest Doctor for the recent 50th anniversary special.</p> <p>Hop aboard the TARDIS &ndash; who knows where it&#39;ll take you next?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/7z6FMCqYrBo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> House of Cards </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Despite being inspired by the 1990s BBC series of the same name, House of Cards feels every bit the American megabucks TV show: it has the big name stars and executive producers; the superb writing, direction and cinematography; not to mention the necessary amount of scheming and backstabbery.</p> <p>What&rsquo;s all the more interesting is that it&rsquo;s not technically a TV show at all, since it was made by Netflix for Netflix and rather than being broadcast over a couple of months each season is released in its entirety, allowing viewers to binge on it like a DVD box set. And believe us, you will binge, because once this tale of Capitol Hill intrigue and the lust for power gets its hooks into you. That&rsquo;ll generally happen about three episodes in.<br /><em>&ndash; Sam Kieldsen</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ULwUzF1q5w4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Senna </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A stylish documentary about Brazil&rsquo;s best known sportsman, Senna weaves a compelling, inspiring and moving tale of a mercurial driver whose untimely death &ndash; seen by 300 million people live on television &ndash; shocked the world. Focussing on Ayrton Senna&rsquo;s rivalry with fellow Formula One driver Alain Prost was a smart move on the part of director Asif Kapadia and writer Manish Pandey, as it means you don&rsquo;t have to be interested in motor racing to be drawn straight into the story.</p> <p>Made mainly with archival footage, watching it is guaranteed to convert you into a Senna fan &ndash; and it might leave you feeling very emotional indeed.<br />&ndash;&nbsp;<em>Sam Kieldsen</em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;</strong><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/mclaren-p1-gtr-concept-ultimate-track-day-toy/news" target="_blank">McLaren P1 GTR concept is the ultimate track-day toy</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/gyhKXyatgi0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mad Men </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Not since The Sopranos has there been a mainstream television show where so much goes on behind the surface, and so much is left for the viewer to interpret.</p> <p>Mad Men is, on the face of it, a drama series about people who work in advertising in 1960s New York, and it succeeds on that level thanks to a fantastic cast of characters, an intriguing plot and an almost absurd amount of attention to period detail. But really &ndash; like The Sopranos &ndash; it&rsquo;s a show about capitalist America, a show about family, a show about what it is to be human.</p> <p>You could probably call it existentialist if you were feeling fancy, and you&rsquo;d be well within your rights &ndash; but it&rsquo;s devilishly witty, moving and entertaining with it. It may be the most painstakingly crafted television show of all time, and it&rsquo;s certainly among the finest.<br /><em>&ndash; Sam Kieldsen</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/EIa-fG2rkbw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Battered Bastards of Baseball </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When organised baseball decided to move its AAA club out of Portland, actor and baseball fan Bing Russell decided to fill the void with a totally independent team &ndash; the aptly-named Mavericks. This Netflix-produced documentary charts the Mavericks&#39; fortunes over their short-lived career. Although they only lasted from 1973 to 1977, they shook up the game with their antics; a ball-dog that ran onto the field, broom-waving spectators &ndash; and a string of victories that shook up the baseball establishment.</p> <p>&quot;I wanted it to go back to the straw hat and beer days when 250 towns had minor league teams and most of them were not supported by a major franchise,&rdquo; explains Russell; and from the outset, it&#39;s clear where the documentary&#39;s sympathies lie. The Mavericks are the scrappy underdogs, made up of outcasts from professional baseball and amateurs who never got the big break they were hoping for. The baseball establishment are the villains, humiliated on the field and resorting to dirty tricks in search of victory.</p> <p>The truth is probably more nuanced, but it&#39;s a rousing story, told with panache by Russell&#39;s grandsons &ndash; and his son, actor Kurt Russell, who took to the field with the Mavericks.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/RA76b5Hhvxg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sherlock </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The BBC&#39;s Sherlock Holmes series brings the Victorian consulting detective bang up to date, setting the action in the present day; telegrams are replaced by texts, while Dr Watson&#39;s reminisces take the form of a blog. The core of Conan Doyle&#39;s stories is intact, though; the relationship between the prickly sleuthing savant and his faithful companion, played to perfection by Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.</p> <p>The scripts &ndash; mostly written by Doctor Who alumni Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss &ndash; are packed with plot twists and witty one-liners; and the 90-minute episodes wouldn&#39;t look out of place in the cinema (particularly since Cumberbatch and Freeman are both fronting blockbuster movies these days).</p> <p>Netflix has an extra treat for US viewers, too &ndash; the behind-the-scenes documentary series Sherlock Uncovered, and the hourlong special Unlocking Sherlock.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/uCPwZYkulF8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-13"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Skyfall </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The latest James Bond film sees Daniel Craig&#39;s 007 hunting down a cyberterrorist with a very personal vendetta against the head of the Secret Service.</p> <p>The producers pulled out all the stops for this one, enlisting Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes and legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins to shoot the film, and casting Javier Bardem (another Oscar-winner) as Bond&#39;s nemesis Silva. It paid off; Deakins&#39; gorgeous visuals are a highlight, and Bardem&#39;s clearly having a whale of at time as the screamingly camp Silva &ndash; even if the villain&#39;s plots and schemes stretch credulity.</p> <p>Released to coincide with the film series&#39; 50th anniversary, Skyfall has one eye on the past; as well as taking Bond himself back to his roots, Mendes riffs on iconic moments from previous movies. Bond has never looked better.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/24mTIE4D9JM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-14"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Berberian Sound Studio </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Toby Jones stars as meek British sound engineer Gilderoy, who thinks he&#39;s been hired by an Italian director to work on a film about horses. In fact, The Equestrian Vortex is a giallo film &ndash; an Italian exploitation horror pic with intellectual overtones &ndash; and as it weaves its spell on Gilderoy, his tenuous grip on reality starts to break down.</p> <p>Appropriately enough, director Peter Strickland makes sound the focus of the film. We never get to see the events of the giallo film playing out on-screen; instead, as Gilderoy&#39;s foley team smash fruit with hammers in the recording booth, the soundtrack of The Equestrian Vortex syncs with the action to unsettling effect. Eerie and oblique, it doesn&#39;t offer any easy answers.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/icheapskate-25-best-free-apps-iphone-and-ipad/feature" target="_blank">iCheapskate: the 38 best free apps for iPhone and iPad</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/SKOPh5ZEciQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-15"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Fifth Element </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Luc Besson crafts a singular vision of the future with this action-adventure film, in which Bruce Willis&#39; New York cabbie is caught up in a scheme to battle an ancient evil.</p> <p>Besson wrote the outline for The Fifth Element when he was a teenager, and it shows &ndash; the universe can only be saved by our hero copping off with Milla Jovovich&#39;s babbling alien Messiah. But the plot&#39;s really just a vehicle on which to hang the spectacular visuals. Drawing from French sci-fi comic books, it takes in sweeping cityscapes, ancient monoliths and starliners populated by extras swanning around in Jean-Paul Gaultier&#39;s finest finery.</p> <p>Plus you get to see Gary Oldman wearing a bit of plastic on his head and waving a massive sci-fi gun around. What&#39;s not to like?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/VkX7dHjL-aY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-16"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mean Girls </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Really. Do not adjust your monitors. And don&rsquo;t be put off by the &lsquo;You go Glen Coco!&rsquo; quotes you&rsquo;ve been ignoring for a decade. This 2004 high school satire, penned by Tina Fey, might be populated by annoying stereotypes, cliques and caricatures, sure. But they&rsquo;re annoying stereotypes who say deliciously witty, occasionally heartfelt but mostly, well, mean things to each other for 97 minutes.</p> <p>Sure, LiLo can grate &ndash;&nbsp;and we wish Tina Fey was delivering most of these lines. But it&rsquo;s supremely quotable, the cattiness stands up well and ultimately it&rsquo;s a movie that asks the important questions - I mean, is butter a carb?<br /><em>&ndash; Sophie Charara</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/KAOmTMCtGkI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-17"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Terminator 2: Judgment Day </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As Arnie dons the leather jacket and shades for another turn as the T-800, it&#39;s worth looking back at what many consider to be the highlight of the sci-fi franchise.</p> <p>A decade after the original movie, Sarah Connor is no longer the target for rogue AI Skynet; it&#39;s her delinquent son John who&#39;s marked for termination. Skynet sends an assassin back in time &ndash; but the human resistance of the future have sent back their own protector for the young John Connor. With a huge increase in budget over its predecessor, T-2 abandons the original movie&#39;s grindhouse/slasher film feel in favour of slick action setpieces.</p> <p>James Cameron&#39;s script moves like a well-oiled machine; his ability to craft an action movie that weaves together spectacle, emotion and character is vastly underrated. It&#39;s a shame that all the promotional material gave away the film&#39;s big twist &ndash; which of the two time-travellers is the villain &ndash; because it&#39;s handled masterfully.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/mKtWhBtvHQU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-18"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Breaking Bad </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The best TV show ever? That&rsquo;s arguable, but Breaking Bad certainly belongs in the top ten: it&rsquo;s an utterly, utterly compelling six-season masterpiece that&rsquo;ll shock you again and again with its twists, its turns and its fantastically drawn characters.</p> <p>Walter White, played to perfection by Bryan Cranston, is without a doubt one of television&rsquo;s greatest characters, by turns vulnerable and menacing, pathetic and triumphant. As a cancer-stricken chemistry teacher who turns to methamphetamine production in order to pay his medical bills and safeguard his family&rsquo;s future, you&rsquo;ll be cheering him every step of the way&hellip; until suddenly you&rsquo;re not anymore.<br /><em>&ndash; Sam Kieldsen</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/_b8SQ3H1BO4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-19"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In The Loop </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Before he was the twelfth Doctor Who, Peter Capaldi was the fantasically foul-mouthed Malcolm Tucker, government spin-doctor extraordinaire. In this feature film &ndash; spun off from the BBC series The Thick of It&nbsp;&ndash; Tucker is part of a delegation sent to Washington to deal with rising tensions in the Middle East.</p> <p>Writer Armando Iannucci&#39;s take on the build-up to the Iraq War is at once farcical and bleak, as backstabbing politicos massage the evidence to create a case for intervention, and scrabble to exclude each other from committees and action groups. Capaldi&#39;s baroque swearing is the undoubted highlight; James Gandolfini&#39;s turn as an Army general is a close second.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/25-best-space-movies-ever/news" target="_blank">The 25 best space movies ever</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/NUB7Lhx_0ao" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/20-best-things-watch-netflix-us-right-now/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/20-best-things-watch-netflix-us-right-now/feature#comments Film and TV Netflix Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:20:45 +0000 Stephen Graves 1445958 at http://www.stuff.tv The 30 best things to watch on Netflix right now http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/25-best-things-watch-netflix-right-now/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> At a loose end this evening? Here are the best films, TV shows and documentaries Netflix can put on a screen near you </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Homeland " alt="Homeland " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/homeland.jpg?1410261826" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Video-streaming service Netflix gives you a vast number of films, TV shows and documentaries to choose from &ndash; and that can be a problem.</p> <p>More often than not, you find yourself spending your entire evening shuffling through the selection trying to pick something to watch &ndash; before realising that you no longer have time to actually watch a film.</p> <p>Never fear; we&#39;ve rifled through the Netflix catalogue to bring you our top picks, from rom-coms to superhero movies to obscure documentaries. Let Stuff be your guide on your cinematic odyssey.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> House of Cards </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Netflix has amassed an impressive library of TV shows, but HBO &ndash; home of top-tier drama like Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones &ndash; has always spurned its advances.</p> <p>Netflix&#39;s solution? Level the playing field by throwing money at its own prestige series. House of Cards is the jewel in its crown, with David Fincher behind the camera and Kevin Spacey in front of it as scheming Democratic Majority Whip Frank Underwood. Its depiction of the White House as a cesspool of self-interested career politicians is light years away from The West Wing &ndash; and seeing Spacey&#39;s Machiavellian plots unfold is a delight.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ULwUzF1q5w4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The House of Cards Trilogy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>No, that&#39;s not a typo. Once you&#39;ve finished motoring through the Netflix series, you&#39;re ready to tackle the 1990s BBC drama that it&#39;s (loosely) based on. Where Kevin Spacey&#39;s Frank Underwood is all smooth Southern charm, Ian Richardson&#39;s Francis Urquhart is positively reptilian &ndash; a Shakespearian villain in a post-Thatcher Britain.</p> <p>Yes, it doesn&#39;t have the polish of the multi-million dollar US show, but it&#39;s packed with character &ndash; and Urquhart is one of the great screen villains.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ylu3x72WHTs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Priceless </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Audrey Tautou stars in this charming French rom-com, playing a gold-digger who mistakes a barman for a multi-millionaire. He&#39;s only too happy to play along &ndash; and when he&#39;s found out, she offers to teach him how to become a gigolo.</p> <p>Inspired by Breakfast at Tiffany&#39;s, it has something of the feel of 1960s Blake Edwards about it, with its whirl of parties on the Côte d&#39;Azur. Gad Elmaleh&#39;s Jean makes for an excellent foil to Tautou&#39;s Irène; their comic timing transcends the language barrier. Watch with a glass of wine, or several.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/E9RmzeK3g5U" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Thin Blue Line </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Errol Morris&#39; seminal documentary follows the story of one man&#39;s wrongful imprisonment for the murder of a Texas police officer in 1976.</p> <p>Although it&#39;s best remembered as the film that saved a man from Death Row, it also pioneered many documentary techniques that are now commonplace, including reconstructions of the events leading up to the murder (recounted several times, from contradictory viewpoints) and avoiding narration. One key shot, in which an interviewee reaches up to scratch his nose and reveals that he&#39;s wearing handcuffs, brilliantly demonstrates how editing can be used to manipulate the viewer.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/dNL5A4D0G4g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Toy Story 3 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Has there ever been a trilogy as consistently superb as Toy Story? We can&#39;t think of one. The third instalment follows Woody, Buzz and the gang as they cope with Andy&#39;s departure for college and find themselves discarded in a daycare centre with a dark secret. Somehow, it manages to surpass the first two movies, adding genuinely moving moments alongside all of the funny, clever and thrilling bits. Kids will love it, but really, it&#39;s wasted on them - only an adult could truly appreciate its message about the horrible inevitability of growing up.<br /><em>-&nbsp;Marc McLaren</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/JcpWXaA2qeg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sherlock </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss bring Sherlock Holmes into the present day, in slick, stylish fashion. Benedict Cumberbatch shot to fame on the strength of the title role &ndash; but Martin Freeman&#39;s performance as the down-to-earth John Watson is just as important to the show&#39;s success, with a thousand Tumblrs now dedicated to capturing their interplay in GIF form.</p> <p>Netflix has the first two series available to view &ndash; they may be short at just three episodes each, but those episodes are just as long (and packed with twisty-turny plotting) as any movie. Pace yourself and space them out for maximum enjoyment.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/GhXgs5z45gk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Homeland </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A terrorism and spy thriller with a cracking twist (at least in the first season): we don&rsquo;t know if the terrorist really is a terrorist &ndash; or if he even knows whether or not he&rsquo;s one.</p> <p><em>Homeland</em> gets its hooks into you very quickly, and while the premise and plot have a tendency to stretch the bounds of believability at times, there&rsquo;s always something that&rsquo;ll keep you watching. At first it&rsquo;s that is-he-or-isn&rsquo;t-he hook, but soon it&rsquo;s the performances from a great cast, with Claire Danes&rsquo; portrayal of bipolar CIA officer the clear standout. Currently, the first two seasons are available to stream on Netflix.<br /><em>&ndash; Sam Kieldsen</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/W18ZHrU3XYQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hard Candy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This taut psychological thriller gave Ellen Page her breakout role; as a teenager who turns the tables on a child molester who&#39;s grooming her, she makes for a brilliantly intense vengeful crusader. Director David Slade starts with a simple premise &ndash; what if the hunted was suddenly revealed as the hunter? &ndash; and piles twist upon twist.</p> <p>If the plotting gets a little bit hokey, the film&#39;s rescued by Page and her co-star Patrick Wilson &ndash; it&#39;s essentially a two-hander, and could play out equally well on the stage.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/hvx0m2SeOSk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Super 8 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As JJ Abrams gears up to direct the new Star Wars film, it&#39;s worth revisiting his homage to the 1970s cinema that was defined by film-makers like Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. A love letter to the era &ndash; and to the director&#39;s youthful exploits as a film-maker &ndash; it follows a gang of kids who inadvertently catch an alien monster on film while they&#39;re making a creature feature movie.</p> <p>Mashing up the wonder of The Goonies, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and E.T. with the scares of Jaws, it&#39;s no mere pastiche &ndash; this is an exciting adventure story in its own right, and is compelling proof that Abrams is the best choice to take the helm of the Millennium Falcon.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/bqt9L4fIExA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Captain America: The First Avenger </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With Captain America: The Winter Soldier hitting cinemas, it&#39;s a good opportunity to revisit the original film &ndash; a WW2 action-adventure that has more in common with Indiana Jones than Saving Private Ryan. Weedy Steve Rogers is determined to make the grade and fight the Nazi menace &ndash; but he&#39;s hamstrung by his 4F physique. When he&#39;s given the chance of enlisting in the US Army&#39;s Super Soldier program, he becomes Captain America &ndash; the Star-Spangled Man, taking the fight to the German deep science division, HYDRA.</p> <p>Director Joe Johnston has a flair for comic-book adventure, having previously directed The Rocketeer &ndash; and here, he pays tribute to the derring-do of wartime serials. Hugo Weaving camps it up as hissable villain the Red Skull (complete with Werner Herzog accent), while Chris Evans brings layers to Captain America, making him more than just a flag-waving steroidal freak. This is a more nuanced portrait of heroism than you&#39;d expect, playing on themes of self-sacrifice; in wartime, there are no happy endings.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/JerVrbLldXw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Primer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This mind-bending sci-fi film was made on a budget of just US$7,000; without the luxury of shiny spaceships or robot dinosaurs, director Shane Carruth crafted an intricate time travel tale shot in humdrum suburban locations. A group of engineers working on a project to reduce the weight of an object inadvertently discover a means of time travel, and fall out over the possible uses of their invention.</p> <p>To say more would be to spoil it &ndash; but be warned, you&#39;ll need to watch the film at least twice to get your head around its twisty-turny plot.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/4CC60HJvZRE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Avengers Assemble </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon takes the reins for this superhero extravaganza, which brings together the heroes from four different Marvel films to fight an alien menace. When Marvel Studios embarked on its ambitious plan to cram Captain America, Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk and Thor into one film, many wondered whether it was even possible.</p> <p>Fortunately, Whedon&#39;s experience with marshalling TV ensemble casts serves him well here; even Robert Downey Jr&#39;s Tony Stark doesn&#39;t threaten to unbalance the film. If the plot&#39;s a bit slight &ndash; aliens attack Earth while the heroes team up, fall out and team up again &ndash; the film makes up for it with some spectacular action sequences and a sparky, witty script. Surprisingly, it&#39;s one of the funniest films of the year, too, with each hero (and Tom Hiddleston&#39;s villainous Loki) getting a few zingers in.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/eOrNdBpGMv8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sons of Anarchy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With its fifth season having just arrived on Netflix and the seventh due towards the end of the year, now is the perfect time to give this biker gang series a go. It&rsquo;s got action, violence and debauchery, but at heart it&rsquo;s essentially a soap opera with more leather and tattoos.</p> <p>Ron Perlman excels as the grizzled leader of the Sons of Anarchy, but this is also where you&rsquo;ll see Pacific Rim&rsquo;s Charlie Hunnam before Guillermo del Toro spotted him, sporting the best Californian accent you&rsquo;ll ever hear a Geordie perform. It&rsquo;s a brilliant show, but don&rsquo;t be tempted to jump in at the most recent series &ndash; you need to start at the start and let the characters and setting get under your skin if you&rsquo;re going to go with some of the more unlikely events of later episodes.<br /><em>- Tom Parsons</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sons of Anarchy" alt="Sons of Anarchy" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sons-of-anarchy.jpg?1410261826" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-13"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Black Mirror </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Putting aside his comedic roots for something altogether darker, Charlie Brooker created this disturbing drama series examining the effect of technology on our lives. In six hour-long episodes, each a separate, self-contained story with a different cast and setting, <em>Black Mirror</em> (the name refers to the screens of our HDTVs, tablets and smartphones) turns its penetrating gaze on subjects like social media, the gamification of life and artificial intelligence. Unsettling and at times downright shocking, it&#39;s something every paranoid technology user should consume with glee &ndash; and maybe just a little bit of self-reflection.&nbsp;<br /><em>- Sam Kieldsen</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/CWN9WEU2NP8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-14"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of Netflix&#39;s early coups was bagging the first-run rights to Peter Jackson&#39;s first Hobbit film. While it doesn&#39;t quite measure up to the heady heights of his Lord of the Rings trilogy, it successfully bridges the gap between the merry children&#39;s tale that was the original book, and the grittier feel of Jackson&#39;s previous films. Martin Freeman shines as the titular reluctant hero, dragged from the comfortable surroundings of his hobbit hole on an adventure with a band of rambunctious dwarves (characterised by Jackson as &quot;a rugby team on tour&quot;).</p> <p>It&#39;s slightly over-indulgent, cramming in references to the previous (later) films and fleshing out the rather slight story from the original book with diversions from Tolkein&#39;s other works &ndash; you&#39;ll certainly feel your backside getting numb as you sit through its three-hour running time. But once the camera starts sweeping over that New Zealand scenery, and Howard Shore&#39;s familiar score kicks in, you&#39;ll feel the pull of Jackson&#39;s Middle-Earth.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/visual-effects-secrets-hobbit-unexpected-journey/news" target="_blank">The visual effects secrets of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/SDnYMbYB-nU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-15"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fringe </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>JJ Abrams is a Marmite kind of writer, and Fringe is very much a Marmite kind of show. You could lazily call it an X-Files for the 21st century - and you&rsquo;d be on the right track - but it&rsquo;s grounded more in true science fiction than its forerunner, which was always liable to veer off into fantasy territory whenever it fancied a werewolf or vampire yarn.</p> <p>Fringe, in contrast, attempts to justify all of its mysteries with hard science. It tells the story of an FBI team investigating unusual and unexplained cases - alright, so the X-Files comparison isn&rsquo;t that lazy after all - but it soon becomes a proper sci-fi series dealing with alternate universes, time travel and some of the more fanciful frontiers of modern science. The Abrams-isms may grate (lens flare and overly funky titles ahoy!) but the cast, including Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson and the superb John Noble do a fine job and as sci-fi box-sets go, it&rsquo;s well worth 100 hours of your time.<br /><em>- Marc McLaren</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/z_rG4tIJsck" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-16"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Chuck </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The kind of show that could only ever come from the United States, Chuck has the brains and style of an indie flick but the cast and budget of a blockbuster. The set-up - affable, underachieving geek accidentally has a CIA computer program downloaded into his brain - may not make much sense, but once you&rsquo;ve set aside your cynicism, there&rsquo;s bags of enjoyment to be had here.</p> <p>Much of that is thanks to the cast, including Zachary Levi in the lead role, Yvonne Strahovsky as his all-action CIA handler and Adam Baldwin - a revelation as the single-minded John Casey; who knew a Baldwin could be so likeable? It&rsquo;s sharp, funny and best of all, gives hope to geeks everywhere that they one day might be secret agents. Well, we&rsquo;re still clinging on to that dream at least.<br /><em>- Marc McLaren</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/sX_FV_GhQqI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-17"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> I’m Alan Partridge </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are two types of people in the world. 1) Those who have seen I&rsquo;m Alan Partridge and love it 2) Those who haven&rsquo;t seen I&rsquo;m Alan Partridge. Logically, we suppose, there could be a third type - those who have seen it but didn&rsquo;t like it - but frankly, it seems too far-fetched to waste time on.</p> <p>So, if you&rsquo;re a type 2 person - maybe you&rsquo;re too young, or were in some kind of coma throughout the late &rsquo;90s and early &rsquo;00s - here&rsquo;s your chance to catch up on The Greatest British Comedy Of All Time. And if you&rsquo;re a type 1 person, watch it again anyway - seeing the faux-pas-prone chat-show host attempt to navigate such real-world situations as a romantic meal and a trip to the garage for some tungsten-tipped screws will never grow old.<br /><em>- Marc McLaren</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/VokAbAfTfCc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-18"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Killing </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The big Scandi-crime-drama craze started here, with cold, analytical detective Sarah Lund and her amazing knitwear collection attempting to solve the mystery of a student&rsquo;s disappearance. Unlike most crime dramas, it turns a forensic eye on the human side of the story, continuing to follow the missing girl&rsquo;s family and friends long after most shows would&rsquo;ve moved on to the hunt for suspects.</p> <p>As a result, it&rsquo;s often a bleak, difficult watch, in which you feel as if you&rsquo;re genuinely intruding on private grief (it&rsquo;s OK, you&rsquo;re not; it&rsquo;s a TV show). So, not one to watch on a sunny Sunday afternoon with the kids, but as dark, gripping dramas go, there are few better.<br /><em>- Marc McLaren</em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/15-best-sci-fi-movies-netflix/feature" target="_blank">The 15 best sci-fi movies on Netflix</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/93zg79PWqoM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-19"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Bridge </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The big Scandi-crime-drama craze continues here, with cold, analytical detective Saga Noren and her amazing collection of outrageously misjudged one-liners. The Bridge isn&rsquo;t quite so dark as The Killing, but only in the way that being blindfolded and left in a cellar isn&rsquo;t quite so dark as having no eyes.</p> <p>That said, it does contain moments of genuine hilarity, mostly stemming from the odd-couple pairing of Noren&rsquo;s by-the-book Swedish cop with affable Danish detective Martin Rohde. But also lots of murder and anguish and heartbreak and knitwear.<br /><em>- Marc McLaren</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/YX1y5kGZcHc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-20"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Orange Is the New Black </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Netflix&rsquo;s second-best original series after House of Cards, this is a prison show that goes its own way: less brutal than Oz, less daft than Prison Break and more compelling than Prisoner Cell Block H, it&rsquo;s a fish-out-of-water drama (based on a true story) in which a white, middle-class Brooklynite ends up in a low-security women&rsquo;s jail for a crime committed almost a decade previous.</p> <p>A character-driven show that uses Lost-style flashbacks to explore the pre-prison lives of the cast, Orange Is the New Black has proved such a hit that a second season is due to arrive in June.<br /><em>&ndash; Sam Kieldsen</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/nryWkAaWjKg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-21"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Indie Game: The Movie </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If game development doesn&rsquo;t strike you as a compelling subject for a feature-length documentary, allow Indie Game: The Movie to prove otherwise. The film concerns itself with the troubles and tribulations besetting the makers of two quirky, low-budget titles &ndash; Fez and Super Meat Boy &ndash; as well as spending time with proven indie success Jonathan Blow, whose Braid had already grabbed and armful of awards and made Blow a rich man.</p> <p>The business aspects of indie game development themselves make this a worthy tale to tell, but it&rsquo;s the personal moments, driven by Fez&rsquo;s neurotic creator Phil Fish and the likeable, struggling Super Meat Boy developers Tommy Refenes and Edmund McMillen. A true underdog story.<br /><em>&ndash; Sam Kieldsen</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/GhaT78i1x2M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-22"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fargo </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The movie that cemented Joel and Ethan Coen&rsquo;s reputations as two of the world&rsquo;s finest filmmakers (it won a brace of Oscars), Fargo is a crime-thriller concerning a botched kidnapping and its ramifications. But it&rsquo;s not so much the plot as the characters, the dialogue and the classic Coen-esque pitch-black comedy that make this film so enjoyable.</p> <p>A rich, character actor-filled movie that playfully lampoons the Minnesota in which the Coens grew up, Fargo proved a welcome relief from the scores of sub-par Tarantino rip-offs doing the rounds in the wake of Pulp Fiction.<br /><em>&ndash; Sam Kieldsen</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/h2tY82z3xXU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-23"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Archer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A James Bond-esque secret agent with the womanising, drinking and love of casual violence turned right up to 11, Archer is one of the greatest anti-heroes we&rsquo;ve seen in an animated show. He&#39;s in good company at private spy agency ISIS, staffed as it is with a collection of selfish, bungling agents and perverts. &nbsp;</p> <p>Perfect for Netflix binge-watching, thanks to its 20-minute episodes, it&#39;s generously packed with snappy one-liners and Arrested Development-esque in-jokes. It&rsquo;s just as good as it sounds. The fifth season has just dropped on Netflix, taking the characters in an unexpected new direction...<br /><em>&ndash; Sam Kieldsen</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ccKsjIUWVuI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-24"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Breaking Bad </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What, did you think we&#39;d forgotten? Breaking Bad has been praised to the heavens by critics and those members of the public who clap their hands over their ears and shriek &quot;spoilers!&quot; when you start talking about it. Of course we were going to put it in this list.</p> <p>Bryan Cranston&#39;s Walter White is one of the great characters of modern fiction; a mild-mannered chemistry teacher whose cancer diagnosis prompts him to turn his skills to creating crystal meth &ndash; with the help of his former student Jesse. Series creator Vince Gilligan claims that he pitched the show as being the story of &quot;a man who transforms himself from Mr Chips into Scarface.&quot; And where the early episodes play up White&#39;s hilariously incompetent attempts to enter the drugs trade, as the series progresses he develops into a genuinely chilling character.&nbsp;</p> <p>Watch it. Now. If only so that you don&#39;t have to keep clapping your hands over your ears and shrieking &quot;spoilers!&quot; whenever anyone mentiones it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/10-awesome-movies-you-have-see-2014/feature" target="_blank">The 10 movies you need to see in 2014</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Breaking Bad" alt="Breaking Bad" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/breaking-bad_3.jpg?1410261826" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-25"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Much Ado About Nothing </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Director Joss Whedon had his fill of explosions and big-budget action with his superhero film Avengers Assemble &ndash; so by way of a palate cleanser, he turned to Shakespeare. Filmed in two weeks at Whedon&#39;s own house, with a gaggle of actors from his previous productions, it&#39;s very much a personal project.</p> <p>Relocating Shakespeare&#39;s romantic comedy to the present day, the director dials up the sexuality and infuses the film with his own charm; although he&#39;s known for his dialogue and wordplay, Whedon proves that when working from another writer&#39;s script, he&#39;s equally adept at subtle visual comedy.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/AAMsDP_DMHE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-26"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lawless </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Most gangster films feature sharp-suited Chicago hoodlums wielding tommy guns &ndash; not so John Hillcoat&#39;s crime drama, which follows a family of rural bootleggers attempting to profit off Prohibition. Tom Hardy and Shia LeBeouf star as the Bondurant brothers, hillbilly moonshine producers looking to make a fast buck; Guy Pearce is the ruthless lawman trying to bring them down. Hardy&#39;s performance anchors the film; a mumbling, lumbering anti-hero clad &ndash; improbably &ndash; in comfortable knitwear.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/b2pjH_dQQDg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-27"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Bay </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Barry Levinson&#39;s made some fine films in his time - Rain Man, Sleepers, Wag The Dog - but The Bay is his best in years. It&#39;s best described as an environmental horror but it&#39;s more &#39;tons of gore&#39; than &#39;Al Gore&#39;, and all the better for it. The film is shot in the found-footage style, but that doesn&#39;t grate as much as you might expect - although Levinson&#39;s insistence on proving that he knows about FaceTime, Skype and mobile video can get a bit tiresome. Overall, though, it&#39;s a timely warning about what we&#39;re doing to the planet, without ever being preachy about it.<br /><em>-&nbsp;Marc McLaren</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/XcaQQZVjXQs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-28"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Doctor Who </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With Peter Capaldi stepping into the TARDIS as the newly-minted Twelfth Doctor, what better time to take a look at his Time Lord predecessors? Revived in 2005, the sci-fi show finally had the budget to realise its potential; rubber monsters and wobbly sets were consigned to history, and in their place were CGI vistas and armies of Daleks. And the writers of the show &ndash; fans like Russell T Davies, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss &ndash; had long nursed ambitions of bringing it back to the small screen; their affection for the material is evident in every line.</p> <p>But it&#39;s no mere nostalgic throwback; the new <em>Doctor Who&nbsp;</em>is thoroughly modern in its approach, with rich characters and intricately-plotted story arcs. Watch an episode like Russell T Davies&#39; Midnight, with its character-driven drama and wildly imaginative writing, and it&#39;s clear that it deserves every one of the awards it&#39;s scooped up.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/bRBQZdBqoOU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-29"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Death Proof </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Something of an oddity in Quentin Tarantino&#39;s back catalogue, Death Proof was originally released as a double bill with Robert Rodriguez&#39;s Planet Terror. The Grindhouse double-bill flopped, but Tarantino&#39;s half &ndash; bumped up to full feature-length in an extended cut &ndash; is a gleeful homage to the heyday of the exploitation movie. Mashing together slasher flick conventions with the muscle cars from 70s road movies, it culminates in a breathtakingly tense setpiece: stuntwoman Zoë Bell clings to the bonnet of a speeding Dodge Challenger while Kurt Russell&#39;s Stuntman Mike tries to run her off the road.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/25-best-things-watch-amazon-instant-video-right-now/feature" target="_blank">The 25 best things to watch on Amazon Prime Instant Video</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/7mICGcg5-pM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The 30 best things to watch on Netflix </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Black-Mirror-Ep-2-17.jpg?1410261826" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/25-best-things-watch-netflix-right-now/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/25-best-things-watch-netflix-right-now/feature#comments Film and TV Netflix Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:27:09 +0000 Stephen Graves 1434854 at http://www.stuff.tv Sky+ gets Netflix-style recommendations and multi-season series link http://www.stuff.tv/sky/sky-gets-netflix-style-recommendations-and-multi-season-series-link/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sky’s box of tricks gets a raft of new features in an update rolling out from today </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sky+ gets Netflix-style recommendations and multi-season series link " alt="Sky+ gets Netflix-style recommendations and multi-season series link " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sky-suggestions.jpg?1408617568" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sky has given its Sky+ TV Guide a wash and brush up, adding a handful of new and potentially useful features to the EPG.</p> <p>First and foremost is a Netflix-style recommendation engine that will suggest programmes based on your taste &ndash; or at least what it thinks is your taste. It&rsquo;s based on your recent activity: Sky&rsquo;s example is that a customer who has recently recorded The Following may receive recommendations to watch Hannibal, Luther or Criminal Minds. Recommendations will be picked from both broadcast and on-demand content.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Also new is Smart Series Link. It&rsquo;s like Series Link, only&hellip; smarter. Basically, when you Series Link a show now, your Sky box will continue recording episodes when it returns for a new season. Previously, Series Link would end after the current season.</p> <p>The update also adds DVD cover art to selections in the Sky Store and Sky Movies sections; a new Sports tile on the EPG homepage that takes you directly to all channels showing live sport; it&rsquo;s now easier to choose between HD and SD quality when setting a recording; and HDMI One Touch, which &ndash; assuming you have a compatible television &ndash; will turn on both your Sky+ box and your TV with a single button press from the Sky remote.</p> <p>The update will begin rolling out to Sky+ boxes today.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sky/search-sky-just-got-lot-smarter/news">Now this is smart TV: Sky+HD brings intelligent search to the idiot box</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Smart Series Link. It’s like Series Link, only… smarter" alt="Smart Series Link. It’s like Series Link, only… smarter" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sky-smart-series-link.jpg?1408617568" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sky/sky-gets-netflix-style-recommendations-and-multi-season-series-link/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Film and TV PVRs and Set-top Boxes Sky Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:39:29 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1445510 at http://www.stuff.tv Rumour: Activision might open its own movie studio http://www.stuff.tv/activision/rumour-activision-may-open-its-own-movie-studio/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> That big screen Call of Duty adaptation you’ve always dreamed of? It&#039;s one step closer to reality </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Call of Duty could be moving to the silver screen" alt="Call of Duty could be moving to the silver screen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/cod-aw.jpg?1408497599" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Video game movies, eh? They might rarely be satisfying from an artistic point of view, but Activision apparently senses they&rsquo;re capable of making a lot of money.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One advantage (for us punters) of a games company making its own movies and TV shows would be an ability to avoid the sort of outsider Hollywood meddling that results in many either being cancelled in development (see Neill Blomkamp&rsquo;s ill-fated <em>Halo</em> adaptation) or turned into films that retain almost none of the spirit of the games on which they were based (<em>Super Mario Bros.</em>, <em>Doom</em>, <em>Lara Croft: Tomb Raider</em>, <em>Wing Commander</em>, etc.).</p> <p>Of course, that&rsquo;s just wishful thinking at this point: there are no guarantees that an Activision-made movie would be any good, and in any case the company is, according to The Information&rsquo;s report, merely in the exploratory phase of setting up the studio. In other words, it might not ever come to fruition. But we can hope.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.theinformation.com/Video-Game-Leader-Plots-Foray-into-Movies?token=a7fa43dc35d9c3ac7b82f00a9d6e4965" target="_blank">The Information</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/08/19/activision-movie-studio-leak/" target="_blank">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/call-duty-advanced-warfare/review">Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare hands-on preview</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="418" title="A Destiny movie? Could happen" alt="A Destiny movie? Could happen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/destiny.jpg?1408497599" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/activision/rumour-activision-may-open-its-own-movie-studio/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Activision Film and TV Gaming Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:48:21 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1445287 at http://www.stuff.tv The 15 best sci-fi movies on Netflix http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/15-best-sci-fi-movies-netflix/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> To infinity and beyond! We&#039;ve rounded up the best science fiction films on the streaming service, from space adventures to mind-expanding drama </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Tron: Legacy" alt="Tron: Legacy" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/tron-legacy.jpg?1408710211" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Look at the sci-fi films of years gone by, and among all the shiny rocketships and teleporters, there&#39;s one thing that they didn&#39;t predict: streaming movies at the touch of a button.</p> <p>Fortunately, we live in Space Year 2014, where we have such things as Netflix; no longer are we bound by the tyranny of the DVD shelf. But with so many films available on the service, how do you whittle them down? We&#39;ve picked out the best sci-fi on Netflix, from mind-bending time travel flicks to big-budget action.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Close Encounters of the Third Kind </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Following the box-office success of Jaws, Steven Spielberg used his Hollywood influence to make his passion project &ndash; a sci-fi fable in which a blue-collar worker finds his life turned upside down by an encounter with extraterrestrial beings.</p> <p>It&#39;s perhaps the defining Spielberg film; a story about a down-to-Earth family whose relationship is strained by the arrival of something otherworldly. The early sequences in which Richard Dreyfuss&#39; Roy Neary first encounters the aliens are shot through with the impending threat that characterised Jaws &ndash; giving way to a finale which displays the same sense of childlike wonder as E.T. the Extra Terrestrial.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/iHN1RIK8Tkg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cowboys &amp; Aliens </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This adventure film commits wholeheartedly to its outlandish premise, treating it with far more seriousness than it deserves: there are cowboys, and there are aliens. Deal with it.</p> <p>Winks to the camera are kept to a minimum; when alien invaders attack a frontier settlement with vastly superior weapons, there&#39;s a very real sense of threat. Harrison Ford turns in his most heartfelt performance in years as acerbic Colonel Dolarhyde, while a steely-eyed Daniel Craig riffs on Clint Eastwood as a Man with No Name &ndash; and no past.</p> <p>Like Super 8 &ndash; also released in 2011 and produced by Steven Spielberg &ndash; it&#39;s an homage to Spielberg&#39;s early work. Where Super 8 paid tribute to the family dynamic of Jaws and Close Encounters, Cowboys &amp; Aliens director Jon Favreau riffs on the rip-roaring adventure of Raiders of the Lost Ark. The early scenes building up to the eventual reveal of the aliens, are a highlight &ndash; recalling the menace of Jaws.</p> <p>Rather unfairly overlooked on its release, Cowboys &amp; Aliens is overdue for a reappraisal.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Az3z1Ih6VSI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Starship Troopers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When Starship Troopers first hit cinemas, audiences and critics alike were baffled. It was directed by the man behind Showgirls. It featured a cast of vapidly pretty, chiseled pin-ups drawn from soaps and B-movies. And its take on its source material &ndash; a gung-ho war novel by Robert Heinlein &ndash; seemed to glorify militarism and fascism.</p> <p>With the benefit of hindsight, it&#39;s clear that the opposite is true; Starship Troopers is a scathing anti-war polemic that uses the language of propaganda to undermine the message of its source material. Verhoeven&#39;s childhood in Nazi-occupied Holland had given him a keen sense of the dangers of unchecked militarism, and he&#39;d honed his satirical edge on 1987&#39;s Robocop.</p> <p>The result is an action film with brains &ndash; one that leaves you questioning how wars are sold to the public.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Y07I_KER5fE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The War of the Worlds </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>No, not the Tom Cruise version&nbsp;&ndash; though that&#39;s also available on Netflix. This is the 1950s film, which relocates the action of HG Wells&#39; novel from Victorian England to Southern California. The effects have dated a little &ndash; tellingly, it makes no attempt to recreate Wells&#39; alien tripods, with the Martians instead jetting about in what look like oversized desk lamps.</p> <p>Despite that, there&#39;s a visceral quality to the action, as the armies of the world are beaten back by the invaders; not surprising, considering that the Second World War was still fresh in the minds of the film-makers and the audience.</p> <p>Even the departures from the novel make sense; in the atomic age, the USA occupied the dominating position that Britain had when Wells&#39; novel was published, so shifting to a contemporary American setting recreates the impact that the novel had on audiences reading it for the first time.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/P9T9f3UbGuo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Serenity </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Joss Whedon&#39;s sequel to his short&shy;lived sci&shy;fi series Firefly had a thankless task; winning over new viewers while keeping the fans happy &ndash; and wrapping up seven seasons&#39; worth of plotlines in two hours. And Whedon pulls it off, pretty much: Serenity appeals to newbies almost as seasoned Firefly veterans.</p> <p>Its scuzzy, lived&shy;-in sci&shy;fi world where good and bad is far from cut&shy;-and&shy;-dried is more believable and more appealing than the clean, black-&shy;and-&shy;white settings more common to space operas, there&rsquo;s action aplenty, and its cast of flawed characters makes for an enjoyable emotional ride. But it couldn&rsquo;t serve to satiate Firefly fans, of course, leading to frequent calls for the series to be brought back, Arrested Development&shy;-style, for a true final season. If anyone&#39;s going to do it, it&#39;s Netflix.<br /><em>Sam Kieldsen</em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/10-cancelled-tv-shows-netflix-should-revive/news" target="_blank">10 cancelled TV shows Netflix should revive</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/JY3u7bB7dZk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Super 8 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The influence of Steven Spielberg lays heavily on J.J. Abrams&rsquo; alien&shy;-on-&shy;the-loose story: it doesn&rsquo;t take a film buff to spot Super 8&rsquo;s similarities with Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. and the Spielberg&shy;-produced Goonies. Heck, it&rsquo;s even set during the 1970s, arguably Spielberg&rsquo;s richest period.</p> <p>Anyway, Abrams&rsquo; nods are the best kind of tribute, because this film feels brand new and familiar at the same time. Despite being high on action and tension, it also finds time for the same kind of emotional richness you&rsquo;d find in, well, a Steven Spielberg movie. Wonderful stuff.<br /><em>Sam Kieldsen</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/bqt9L4fIExA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Europa Report </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are definite hints of Gravity in this low-budget flick about six astronauts on a mission to one of Jupiter&rsquo;s moons, from the oppressive and ever-present claustrophobia to the vertigo-inducing space walks. Also like its big-budget cousin, it focuses on the interplay between the characters and their psychological well-being rather than blinding you with gaudy SFX or getting too fanciful about the future.</p> <p>With an intelligent script, well-defined characters and some genuinely thrilling moments, Europa Report deserves a wider audience.<br /><em>Marc McLaren</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/cbw9hlBnG74" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pandorum </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&rsquo;s no getting away from it, Pandorum is a B-movie version of Alien. The fact that it stars Dennis Quaid should make that clear, even if the derivative plot hasn&rsquo;t already given the game away. But but but&hellip; don&rsquo;t dismiss it just yet. It tells the tale of two astronauts awakening from interstellar hibernation to find their ship seemingly deserted - or is it? The rest you can probably guess.</p> <p>Still, while it may be formulaic it looks nice, there are some genuinely terrifying moments and you&rsquo;ll just about care who lives and who dies. Plus, Alien isn&rsquo;t on Netflix yet. Until it is, Pandorum will do.<br /><em>Marc McLaren</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/yMEhkTxs3_E" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Equilibrium </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A film in the grand tradition of sci-fi dystopia, Equilibrium was unfairly panned by many critics for a lack of originality. But that misses the point; even in sci-fi there are few truly original concepts. What&rsquo;s more important is how you tell the story. And Equilibrium tells it very well.</p> <p>Christian Bale stars as a high-ranking official in the totalitarian tate of Libria, a county in which emotion has been outlawed and all citizens are required to take drugs which suppress their feelings. And, of course, everything changes when he stops taking the drugs. It&rsquo;s Brave New World meets The Matrix, basically - but the story is intelligent, the action relentless and the acting often excellent. What more do you really need?<br /><em>Marc McLaren</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/raleKODYeg0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Robocop </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On the face of it, Robocop&rsquo;s nothing more than an ultraviolent &lsquo;80s action movie that spills more claret than a wine-tasting on a waltzer. But that&rsquo;s just one reason to love it.</p> <p>Beneath the blood-spattered, bullet-holed exterior is a brilliantly smart satire about privatisation, corporate power, technology and free will. And it&rsquo;s one with giant gun-toting robots that spill more claret than a wine-tasting on a waltzer. Ignore the recent sterile remake and skip straight to the original. You have 20 seconds to comply&hellip;<br /><em>Tom Wiggins</em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/15-best-tv-box-sets-netflix/feature" target="_blank">The 15 best TV box-sets on Netflix</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/KN9I25kMevM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Upstream Color </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A young woman struggles to rebuild her life after she&#39;s drugged and compelled to empty her bank account through hypnotic suggestion &ndash; and when she connects with a man who&#39;s had a similar experience, they start to realise that they&#39;ve both played host to a parasitic organism.</p> <p>Primer director Shane Carruth takes what could be a b-movie concept and renders it sensitively; this is as much a relationship drama as a sci-fi movie. Shot with an appropriately hazy, dreamlike feel and packed with oblique imagery, it&#39;s the sort of film that invites a second viewing.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/5U9KmAlrEXU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Event Horizon </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This blood-drenched space shocker could easily be titled Dead Space: The Movie if not for the fact that it came out 10 years before the horror-gaming classic. The plot&#39;s much the same though, with Sam Neill&#39;s motley crew of space jockeys investigating a seemingly deserted spacecraft on the outer reaches of the solar system and finding all manner of hell aboard it.</p> <p>So, just another unoriginal B-movie clinging on to Alien&#39;s coat-tails? Not exactly. The terrors on board the starship Event Horizon are grotesque enough to life it above the many inferior rivals and make it more of a horror set in space than a sci-fi with a horror theme. So don&#39;t watch it on your own. Or just before boarding a deserted starship.<br /><em>Marc McLaren</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/pugTKXUUlGk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Primer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Make sure you read the blurb before you watch Primer, that way you&rsquo;ll just be largely baffled by it, rather than completely. Made for next to nothing and without dumbing down the complex engineering language just so mere mortals can understand it, Primer messes with your brain like a film about time travel should.</p> <p>If you understand it all you&rsquo;re probably only a Delorean away from mastering inter-dimensional commuting yourself, but just grasping the main ideas can be considered a success. Fortunately it&rsquo;s only just over an hour long, so you can go back in time and watch it again to make sure you got it all.<br /><em>Tom Wiggins</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/4CC60HJvZRE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-13"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Donnie Darko </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The independent time travel film that kickstarted Jake Gyllenhaal&rsquo;s career, Donnie Darko owes as much to John Hughes as it does H.G. Wells. Set in 1980s American suburbia, its story of a troubled teenager&rsquo;s struggles with his family and school life is just as compelling as the mind&shy;bending, apparently supernatural series of events in which he becomes embroiled.</p> <p>The superb supporting cast includes Maggie Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore and Patrick Swayze. Interestingly, there are actually two versions of Donnie Darko on Netflix: the original release and the director&rsquo;s cut &ndash; and in this case many feel that the former is the superior of the two.<br /><em>Sam Kieldsen</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/UqKoU8tDNTQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-14"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tron: Legacy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The CGI flies thick and fast in this belated sequel to the 1982 Disney film. And with good reason; like the original, it&#39;s set in a computer, with young Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund) venturing into the mainframe in search of his father Kevin (Jeff Bridges).</p> <p>The plot&#39;s formulaic, but the film&#39;s visuals are undeniably impressive, with the computer world painted in shades of clinical black and white, and glowing neon &ndash; all set to a thumping soundtrack by Daft Punk.</p> <p>The highlight is undoubtedly Jeff Bridges, who&#39;s clearly having a whale of a time playing both the mentor and the film&#39;s black-clad antagonist. As Flynn, he&#39;s a sort of stoner Obi-Wan; as the film&#39;s antagonist, Clu, he&#39;s acting through a CGI mask that depicts his younger self. If it slips into the uncanny valley at times, that hardly matters; he&#39;s playing a computer program, after all.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/25-best-things-watch-netflix-right-now/feature" target="_blank">The 30 best things to watch on Netflix right now</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/L9szn1QQfas" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We&#039;ve rounded up the best science fiction on the streaming service </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/15-best-sci-fi-movies-netflix/feature#comments Film and TV Netflix Sun, 17 Aug 2014 11:24:37 +0000 Stephen Graves 1444937 at http://www.stuff.tv Digital TV Tuner brings Xbox One media functionality to over-the-air channels http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/digital-tv-tuner-brings-xbox-one-media-functionality-over-air-channels/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Finally, those without cable or satellite set-top boxes can utilize the TV features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Xbox One Digital TV Tuner" alt="Xbox One Digital TV Tuner" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/xboxone-digitaltvtuner.png?1407437079" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Microsoft has scaled back some features of the Xbox One to refocus on core gaming, but it remains a pretty neat companion for live TV - and soon owners without set-top boxes will be able to utilize that functionality.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/digital-tv-tuner-brings-xbox-one-media-functionality-over-air-channels/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/digital-tv-tuner-brings-xbox-one-media-functionality-over-air-channels/news#comments Film and TV Microsoft Xbox One Thu, 07 Aug 2014 18:42:05 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1444286 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Sony sued because Killzone isn’t 1080p enough, new NOOK GlowLight launches for £89, and Batman v Superman moved up http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-sony-sued-because-killzone-isn-t-1080p-enough-new-nook-glowlight-launches-89-a <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Catch up on all of the little tech tidbits you might’ve missed in our roundup </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Killzone Shadow Fall" alt="Killzone Shadow Fall" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/killzone-shadow.jpg?1407405040" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lawsuit filed over Killzone Shadow Fall’s resolution </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In case you needed a reminder of how absurdly litigious our culture has become, Sony Computer Entertainment America has become a target for a lawsuit by a disgruntled customer who claims that PlayStation 4 launch showcase <em>Killzone Shadow Fall</em> doesn&rsquo;t run in as high of a resolution as promised.</p> <p>California resident Douglas Ladore is reportedly seeking more than US$5,000,000 (almost &pound;3,000,000) Sony because the first-person shooter&rsquo;s multiplayer mode doesn&rsquo;t run in native 1080p - it uses a temporal upscaling technique to mimic the actual resolution - despite marketing claims that were interpreted otherwise.</p> <p>We can thank law firm Edelson PC for this nauseating test of the American justice system&rsquo;s limits; the same firm has gone after Sony and Electronic Arts in a previous suit, and more recently Sega and Gearbox in another, but this really takes the cake for turning message board griping into something even more wasteful.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.polygon.com/2014/8/6/5975983/sony-sued-killzone-shadow-fall-1080p">Polygon</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/killzone-shadow-fall/review">Killzone Shadow Fall review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New NOOK GlowLight debuts for £89 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Barnes &amp; Noble has finally returned with a new version of its NOOK eReader, and the GlowLight comes in at just &pound;89 - surely its biggest selling point in a market now utterly dominated by Amazon.</p> <p>The E Ink device features uniform front-lit illumination and is 15% lighter than the Kindle Paperwhite, holding up to 2,000 books for on-the-go reading. It boasts a much sharper screen than the previous model, and axes the distracting full-page flashing seen prior. The new NOOK GlowLight is available today from the likes of Argos, ASDA, Blackwells, Foyles, John Lewis, Sainsburys, and Very.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazons-kindle-unlimited-service-all-you-can-read-buffet-your-eyes/news">Amazon&rsquo;s Kindle Unlimited service is an all-you-can-read buffet for your eyes</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1951" height="1463" title="Nook GlowLight" alt="Nook GlowLight" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nook-glow-light-night.png?1407405040" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Batman v Superman moved up to March 2016 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It was slated to be the big showdown: Warner Bros. and DC&rsquo;s terribly-titled Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice would hit cinemas on the same date as Marvel&rsquo;s Captain America 3 on 6 May 2016. Certainly, in terms of superhero caliber, DC has the upper hand here - but Man of Steel was a misfire, and Marvel Studios&rsquo; own movies have been unstoppable the past few years.</p> <p>So Warner Bros. made the move. According to The Wrap, Dawn of Justice will now premiere a few weeks early on 25 March 2016 - out of the usual summer blockbuster window, but seeing how well Captain America: The Winter Soldier did this spring, Warner must have felt confident banking more on the brand than summer-helped success. Fingers crossed for a decent flick there.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.thewrap.com/warner-bros-blinks-in-marvel-showdown-batman-v-superman-avoids-captain-america-3/">The Wrap</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/batman-arkham-knight/review">Batman: Arkham Knight preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="Batman v Superman" alt="Batman v Superman" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/batman-v-superman.jpg?1407405040" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PlayStation Mobile for Android ending </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Remember when Sony made a big deal of certain Android phones and tablets being &ldquo;PlayStation Certified,&rdquo; but then most of those very same games ended up in Google Play and the iOS App Store all the same? That&rsquo;s probably why the company revealed this week that its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-mobile/gamescom-2012-sony-lifts-lid-playstation-mobile/news">PlayStation Mobile initiative</a> won&rsquo;t be going forward anymore.</p> <p>It&rsquo;ll still function on existing devices running Android 4.4.2 and under, but Sony makes no promises once a device is updated to 4.4.3, and future devices won&rsquo;t bother with PlayStation certification. Furthermore, the PlayStation Mobile store won&rsquo;t be accessible via Android L. It&rsquo;s unclear if the PS Mobile tag will continue on the PlayStation Vita side of things, but indie games are thriving there all the same, so it&rsquo;s probably not a huge deal either way.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.theverge.com/tech/2014/8/6/5974159/sony-gives-up-on-playstation-for-android">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/sony-xperia-z-ultra/review">Sony Xperia Z Ultra review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="804" title="Sony Xperia Play" alt="Sony Xperia Play" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/playstation-certified.png?1407405040" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-sony-sued-because-killzone-isn-t-1080p-enough-new-nook-glowlight-launches-89-a#comments Android Barnes & Noble Film and TV Gaming PlayStation Mobile Sony Thu, 07 Aug 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1444234 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: LG G Watch software update addresses burns and corrosion, Flappy Bird is back, and FIFA 15 drops Brazilian league http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-15/fully-charged-lg-g-watch-software-update-addresses-burns-and-corrosion-flappy-bird-back-and- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Start the week off strong by filling your brain with the latest tech news </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G Watch" alt="LG G Watch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lg-g-watch-back.jpg?1407207057" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG G Watch updated to prevent discomfort, corrosion </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Some LG G Watch wearers have complained of discomfort or even burns since the wearable device launched last month, and such issues have been attributed to the charging pins on the back of the unit - which have also corroded in some instances. Over the weekend, LG started rolling out an over-the-air software update to address the issue.</p> <p>&ldquo;While completely safe and unlikely to affect charging,&rdquo; said an LG rep to Android Police in relation to the pin discoloration and residue buildup, &ldquo;LG will be rolling out a maintenance release over the next few days that will disable the current when the G Watch is not in the charging dock.&rdquo;</p> <p>As one of the two initial Android Wear devices, the G Watch is understandably a very important showcase for both LG and Google, so hopefully this fix addresses the issues reported by users. And we quite liked the watch, which most users don&#39;t seem to be having such issues with, so don&rsquo;t miss our review from last month if you&rsquo;re at all curious.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/08/02/lg-issues-g-watch-maintenance-update-fix-charging-pin-corrosion/">Android Police</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch/review">LG G Watch review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Flappy Bird returns, but only on Amazon Fire TV </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The original <em>Flappy Bird</em> was pulled by its creator after many millions of downloads due to its overwhelming success - but now it&rsquo;s back (as promised), and it brought some friends along The new <em>Flappy Birds Family</em> is available now, however it&rsquo;s currently only on Amazon Fire TV.</p> <p>Dodging pipes as a pixelated bird remains the objective, however now you can do it in a split-screen two-player mode on the television, and with a button instead of tapping a touch screen. Due to its platform of choice, UK players don&rsquo;t currently have a way to check it out, but perhaps creator Dong Nguyen will see fit to spread the love to phones once more.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00MA6FBMY/15-24-20/">Amazon</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/fully-charged-flappy-bird-back-august-multiplayer-superhot-burning-kickstarter-and-xbox-li">Flappy Bird back in August with multiplayer, Superhot burning up on Kickstarter, and Xbox Live refunds after app restrictions dropped</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="Flappy Birds Family" alt="Flappy Birds Family" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/flappybirdsfamily.png?1407207057" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Brazil pro league out of FIFA 15 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Due to what EA Sports cites as changes in the way Brazil&rsquo;s professional football league licenses its players, the entire league will be left out of this autumn&rsquo;s <em>FIFA 15</em>. EA announced the news late last week, and clarified to Polygon over the weekend that the teams won&rsquo;t simply be populated with fake players - the teams won&rsquo;t even be in there at all.</p> <p>Last year, EA licensed 19 of the 21 Brazilian teams for <em>FIFA 14</em>, and it proved a big addition - but a short-lived one, it seems. The Brazilian national team will be included with its real players, plus any Brazilian stars on licensed squads elsewhere will still be featured, but the Brazilian pro teams themselves are out.</p> <p>Still, that&rsquo;s but one small chunk of the overall <em>FIFA 15</em> experience, and it&rsquo;s shaping up quite well otherwise. We just named it one of the 20 most exciting games still due out this year, and you can catch EA&rsquo;s latest gameplay feature trailer - focusing on agility and control - above.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.polygon.com/2014/8/2/5962341/fifa-15-brazil-teams">Polygon</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/20-most-exciting-games-left-2014/feature">The 20 most exciting games still to come in 2014</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/TWDDBx-mNzI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Latest Interstellar trailer shows its sci-fi side </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Released late last week (and running with <em>Guardians of the Galaxy</em> in cinemas), the third trailer for <em>Interstellar</em> - the latest original film from <em>Inception</em> and <em>The Dark Knight</em> trilogy director Christopher Nolan - is here, and it&rsquo;s the most revealing look yet at the space travel epic. Bump the above embed into HD and full-screen and soak in the out-there sights and supremely cool ship design.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePbKGoIGAXY">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/10-awesome-movies-you-have-see-2014/feature">The 10 movies you need to see in 2014</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ePbKGoIGAXY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-15/fully-charged-lg-g-watch-software-update-addresses-burns-and-corrosion-flappy-bird-back-and-#comments FIFA 15 Film and TV Gaming LG Smartwatches Mon, 04 Aug 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1443974 at http://www.stuff.tv The 15 best TV box-sets on Netflix http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/15-best-tv-box-sets-netflix/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> From glossy US space operas to gritty British dramas, Netflix is stuffed with great TV shows. We&#039;ve rounded up our 15 favourite box-sets - so settle back and enjoy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Battlestar Galactica" alt="The 15 best TV box-sets on Netflix" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Battlestar-Galactica.jpg?1408119871" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The&nbsp;scheduling&nbsp;straightjacket&nbsp;has been thrown off, replaced by a loose, comfortable gown we call Netflix.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Homeland </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If there were a graph that showed the tension levels of the tensest moment in the tensest thrillers in history, <em>Homeland</em>&rsquo;s producers would have taken it, twisted it into an infinitesimally thin rope and used it to whip Stressed Eric&rsquo;s pulsing temple vein until it popped.</p> <p><em>Homeland</em> is tense. It&rsquo;s the story of the relationship between a CIA operative and a long-imprisoned ex-Marine, finally liberated from al-Qaeda and returned to America as a war hero &ndash; a hero with an abundance of devastating secrets.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s packed with award-winning performances, believably flawed characters, just enough politics and more twists that a box of Curly-Wurlys. It loses its way in the middle seasons, occasionally skirting utter daftness, but it&rsquo;s always compulsive and entertaining &ndash; and the finale is breathtaking. To watch it is to learn to trust no-one, question everything and definitely not pursue a career as a spy. No fun at all, as it turns out.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/KyFmS3wRPCQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This Is England </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With <em>This Is England &rsquo;90</em> currently in production after being delayed by director Shane Meadows&rsquo; involvement in <em>Made Of Stone</em>, now&rsquo;s the time to get up to speed with his excellent spin-off series from the equally excellent 2006 film.</p> <p>Netflix has packaged both 3-part &rsquo;86 and &rsquo;88 series as one, which might be a bit intense for one sitting but its incredible performances, particularly from Vicky McLure and Joseph Gilgun, stonking soundtrack and the odd laugh-out-loud moment make it unmissable.</p> <p>TV spin-offs of movies are normally rubbish but if <em>This Is England</em>&rsquo;s concluding part is even half as good as the first two it could arguably eclipse its big-screen equivalent.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/iet7W9gFwE8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Firefly </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Cowboys in space! The premise sounds sublimely daft, but Joss Whedon&#39;s short-lived series is packed with character.</p> <p>Nathan Fillion heads a rag-tag crew of ne&#39;er-do-wells as they struggle to stay one step ahead of the law &ndash; and keep their spaceship flying. In its 14-episode run, it doesn&#39;t put a foot wrong; witty scripts, tension, memorable characters &ndash; <em>Firefly</em>&#39;s got them all. The Fox network didn&#39;t think so, though, and axed the series before it got off the ground.</p> <p>A one-off film, <em>Serenity</em> &ndash; also available on Netflix &ndash; wraps up the dangling plotlines and provides a satisfying coda to the show.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/NPRlHwwVIug" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Orange Is The New Black </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Like <em>House Of Cards</em>, <em>Orange Is the New Black </em>is Netflix&rsquo;s own series, and like <em>House Of Cards</em> it&rsquo;s also raunchy, compelling and strongly plotted. And really funny too.</p> <p>Based on actual events, it tells the story of a middle-class New Yorker who ends up in women&rsquo;s prison for a crime committed ten years previously &ndash; and through flashbacks explores her life (and the colourful lives of her fellow inmates) before incarceration.</p> <p>The second season has just landed, so newbies have no fewer than 26 episodes to get stuck into.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/e99SkdcB2UU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battlestar Galactica </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">As epic small-screen sci-fi goes, <em>Battlestar Galactica </em>is light-years ahead of the competition. It&#39;s vast in every sense, spanning years in the lives of the titular ship&#39;s crew, leaping about from planet to planet and star system to star system and lasting for a whopping 75 episodes, of which two are feature-length standalone movies.</p> <p dir="ltr">It&#39;s also expansive in its content, majoring in such themes as religion, trust, self-worth, addiction, love, death and what it means to be human. But if that sounds a little serious, don&#39;t worry - there&#39;s plenty of action too, as the few thousand human survivors of a system-wide catastrophe attempt to elude robotic bad guys and gals the Cylons.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">It drags a little at times - as you&#39;d expect in a series lasting this long - but it&#39;s required viewing for fans of a good old rip-roaring space opera.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/25-best-things-watch-amazon-instant-video-right-now/feature">The 25 best things to watch on Amazon Prime Instant Video</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/q2x14ZhEc9k" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> House of Cards </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Even if you know very little about the convoluted workings of US politics you&#39;ll find lots to love about&nbsp;<em>House Of Cards</em>.</p> <p>Kevin Spacey&#39;s portrayal of a ruthless congressman&#39;s scrap to the top of the VIP pile is mesmerising, and the cold, clinical manner in which he partners up with his on-screen wife (Robin Wright), is brilliantly chilling.</p> <p>Powerful acting, a gripping plot and, well, Kevin Spacey. It&#39;s worth getting a Netflix subscription for this alone.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ULwUzF1q5w4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jericho </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A classic apocalypse tale, Jericho tells the story of a small American town in the days and months after a nuclear war. The themes will be familiar to anyone who&#39;s played the <em>Fallout</em> games or watched <em>The Walking Dead</em> (minus the zombies) - What do we do for power? Who&#39;s in charge? Do the normal rules of civilisation still apply? - but the engaging script and some fine performances are enough to make it well worth checking out.</p> <p>Like <em>Firefly</em> and the superb <em>Deadwood</em> (which sadly isn&#39;t on Netflix), <em>Jericho</em> was cut down in its prime by those dasterdly TV commissioners. It continues to this day in comic form, though, and that&#39;s as good an endorsement of its appeal as you could need.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/9Jd4GBiKgIE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Doctor Who </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Back in 2005, it was by no means certain that the revival of <em>Doctor Who </em>was going to be a success &ndash; pundits even wondered whether it&#39;d hold its own against <em>Celebrity Wrestling</em>.</p> <p>Nearly a decade later, the sci-fi show is a global powerhouse, and with Peter Capaldi set to take control of the TARDIS, what better time to reacquaint yourself with the Doctor?</p> <p>Netflix has six seasons of the show, kicking off with Christopher Eccleston&#39;s brief turn as the Time Lord. David Tennant&#39;s tenure in the TARDIS is the highlight, with the show reaching new levels of popularity under showrunner Russell T Davies; the arrival of Matt Smith and writer Steven Moffat brought twisty-turny plotting and manic energy to the series.</p> <p>Whether you like sci-fi action, emotional storylines or intricate plots, there&#39;s something for you here.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/uD__LyLpymY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dexter </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Just what is it about Dexter? What, within an apparently straightforward contemporary drama - police department employee with dark secret - that let it get green lights all the way through to eight seasons? Its sunny Miami setting, perhaps?</p> <p>It&#39;s certainly not hampered by its charming titular protagonist and his goodly mix of attractive and/or amusing cohorts. Nor its slick production. So it must be those moments when Dexter - character and creation - hovers, knife already bloodied, unsure of itself... And then does what you thought it wouldn&#39;t.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/1UJz0O2NjOo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fringe </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Written and created by JJ Abrams and friends, <em>Fringe</em> is a curious beast: part FBI procedural, part&nbsp;dystopian sci-fi thriller, part character-based family drama. If you only watched the first couple of episodes, though, you&#39;d probably just label it a full-on rip-off of <em>The X-Files </em>for its depiction of an FBI agent solving supernatural and science-based crimes while grappling with an underlying conspiracy.</p> <p>That&#39;d be fair comment, but trust us, it gets a lot more interesting than that. There&#39;s plenty of proper hard science to get your teeth into, from parallel universes to germ warfare to quantum physics, but also a rather touching study in father-son relations and some truly fantastic acting.</p> <p>Things get a lot more complicated as it goes on, to the extent that if you tried to watch a random episode from season 4 you&#39;d probably think it was in Swahili. But put in the effort and you&#39;ll be rewarded with an excellent modern sci-fi show.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/100-best-gadgets-ever/feature">The 100 best gadgets ever</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/z_rG4tIJsck" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Luther </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It gets more preposterous as it goes on and makes the council estates of London look more dangerous than trying to put lipstick on a crocodile but Idris Elba&rsquo;s gritty cop show is one of the better things he&rsquo;s done post Stringer Bell.</p> <p>Elba&rsquo;s he- doesn&rsquo;t-play-by-the-rules-but-god-damn-he-gets-results schtick is a little clichéd but with an excellent parade of nutters to apprehend over the course of three series it&rsquo;s that little bit cleverer than most British police procedurals churned out these days. Just don&rsquo;t watch it when you&rsquo;re home alone.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/bmy62bTeakg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Killing </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Scandinavian crime noir is a bit old hat these days - and that&#39;s a sentence we never thought we&#39;d write - but <em>The Killing</em> remains the best example of the genre.</p> <p>Both seasons (the third is unfortunately not on Netflix) follow implaccable detective inspector Sarah Lund of the Copenhagen police force as she attempts, in painstaking detail, to solve some rather grisly crimes. And it&#39;s the detail that really sets it apart - not in terms of the investigative work, which we&#39;re all now so familiar with from a thousand US police dramas, but in the way it enters the life of the victim&#39;s family, watching them as they cope with loss and bringing a new dimension to a tired old TV category.</p> <p>As a result it can be hard viewing at times, but it&#39;s never less than engaging and always totally gripping. Nice jumpers, too.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/93zg79PWqoM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sons of Anarchy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It turns into a bit of a soap opera and jumps the shark more than a handful of times over its six seasons (five of which are currently available on Netflix), but you&rsquo;ll forgive almost anything once the grizzly biker gang gets under your skin.</p> <p>Ron Perlman is an absolute legend (as if you didn&rsquo;t already know that), Katey Sagal&rsquo;s matriarchal &ldquo;old lady&rdquo; is a force to be reckoned with, and Newcastle&rsquo;s very own Charlie Hunnam does a brilliant job of sounding like he&rsquo;s never even heard of Brown Ale. Cracking TV, even with the silly bits.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sons Of Anarchy" alt="The 15 best TV box-sets on Netflix" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sons-of-anarchy_0.jpg?1408119871" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-13"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 24 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If life leaves you wanting more tension, there&rsquo;s plenty here as Jack Bauer races against the clock to thwart various terrorist plots. The split screens are a particular delight, enabling you to simultaneously watch four people looking distressed.</p> <p>The law of diminishing returns is most definitely in operation here: season 1 is superb, 2 and 3 almost as good, but by 6 and 7 it&#39;s becoming a tad formulaic. But don&#39;t let that put you off: the first few series are as good as TV gets.&nbsp;</p> <p>Challenge: watch one season in a day, which without adverts, is approximately 17 hours. That leaves just 7 hours to sleep, eat and relieve yourself: activities that the characters seem far too busy to concern themselves with here.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/kyWafhzs6zw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-14"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Breaking Bad </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&#39;re one of those people that gets put off by TV shows just because everyone else in the world is watching and raving about them, then put aside your cynacism and grow up. Because where <em>Breaking Bad</em> is concerned, you&#39;d be missing out.</p> <p>Bryan Cranston&#39;s transformation from a mild-mannered chemistry teacher to a dangerous, meth-making super-criminal is one of the greatest examples of character acting we&#39;ve ever witnessed, and he&#39;s got a stonking cast surrounding him to boot.</p> <p>Gripping, edge-of-your seat television at its finest.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/best-new-albums-spotify-so-far-year/feature">The 25 best new albums on Spotify so far this year</a></strong></p> <p><em>Reviews by Marc McLaren, Stephen Graves, Esat Dedezade, Tom Wiggins, Sam Kieldsen, Will Findlater, Emily May, Tom Parsons, Fraser Macdonald</em></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Walter White, minus his trousers" alt="The 15 best TV box-sets on Netflix" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/breaking-bad_3_0.jpg?1408119871" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stuck for what to watch? We&#039;ve got you covered </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/15-best-tv-box-sets-netflix/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/15-best-tv-box-sets-netflix/feature#comments Film and TV Netflix Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:31:44 +0000 Marc McLaren 1443834 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Walking Dead game series renewed, the first Mad Max: Fury Road trailer is stunning, and Doom played on an ATM http://www.stuff.tv/fully-charged-walking-dead-game-series-renewed-first-mad-max-trailer-stunning-and-doom-played-atm/ne <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kick off the week with a smattering of interesting tech world tidbits </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Walking Dead" alt="The Walking Dead" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/walkingdead-game.jpg?1406546131" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Walking Dead game returning for third season </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Licensed games rarely shine, but Telltale Games&rsquo; episodic adaptation of The Walking Dead comic series has been one of the most amazing gaming experiences of the last couple years. And it will continue on, as the studio and comic creator Robert Kirkman confirmed at San Diego Comic-Con that a third season of the game is planned.</p> <p>No details for now, however, since season two is still underway&mdash;the fourth episode just released, and one more is still on its way. But it&rsquo;s excellent news for a series that we just called one of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/15-best-mac-games-right-now/feature">best games available on Mac</a>. Of course, it&rsquo;s on many other platforms, including PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Vita, iOS, and Android.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://twitter.com/telltalegames/status/493162389341093888">Twitter</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/20-amazing-indie-games-you-can-download-right-now/feature">20 amazing indie games you can download right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mad Max: Fury Road trailer shows explosive return </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>After a full 30 years away, the post-apocalyptic Mad Max film series will return to cinemas in 2015 with Mad Max: Fury Road. Out is original star Mel Gibson, replaced by Tom Hardy, but despite the huge gap in time, original creator and director George Miller is back to helm this latest entry.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not entirely clear whether this is a proper reboot or if it somehow falls within canon, but the first trailer&mdash;revealed at Comic-Con this weekend&mdash;is one hell of a riotous return for the cult favorite franchise, and makes this look like one of the most exciting flicks of next year.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/25-best-apocalypse-movies/news">25 best apocalypse movies</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/iO0jUAzOsV8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Watch Doom played on an ATM </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Falling squarely under the &ldquo;because they could&rdquo; label, a group of Australians modified an ATM to not spit out currency, but rather play id Software&rsquo;s seminal first-person shooter, Doom. You can catch some of the footage above, and they&rsquo;ve since configured the side buttons for weapon selection. Nice work! But will it run <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-legend-zelda-wii-u-vast-and-beautiful-new-doom-game-teased-and-google-s-big-sat">the new Doom</a>?</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PW5ELKTivbE">YouTube</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/07/27/doom-on-an-atm/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/happy-birthday-doom/feature">Doom&rsquo;s legacy: 20 years of brutal FPS action</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/PW5ELKTivbE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Original cast of Alien discusses Alien: Isolation </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sega&rsquo;s upcoming Alien: Isolation already looks like the most promising game adaptation of the classic film franchise in ages, but the publisher dropped a bomb a couple weeks back revealing that the original core cast of Alien&mdash;including Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Harry Dean Stanton, and more&mdash;will reprise their roles in a downloadable add-on mission.</p> <p>Riding the wave of Comic-Con buzz, Sega released this trailer to show the actors returning to the studio to lay down some voice work and discuss the process of revisiting the iconic world. Alien: Isolation launches on 7 October for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWKcBVc6PTQ">YouTube</a> via <a href="http://www.superherohype.com/news/309981-comic-con-original-alien-cast-on-the-films-legacy-taking-part-in-alien-isolation">SuperHeroHype</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazing-alien-isolation-dlc-reunite-1979-movie-cast/news"> Amazing Alien: Isolation DLC to reunite 1979 movie cast</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/MWKcBVc6PTQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/fully-charged-walking-dead-game-series-renewed-first-mad-max-trailer-stunning-and-doom-played-atm/ne#comments Film and TV Gaming Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1443406 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Live-action Halo digital feature trailer, NASA drops 3D-printable models, and Comixology adds (some) DRM-free backups http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/fully-charged-live-action-halo-feature-trailer-nasa-drops-3d-printable-models-and-comixolo <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ring in the end of the week with our latest quick-hit news roundup </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Halo: Nightfall" alt="Halo: Nightfall" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/halo-nightfall.jpg?1406356495" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> First Halo: Nightfall trailer released </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>San Diego Comic-Con is happening right now, which means we&rsquo;re getting our first look at a lot of the cool, geeky stuff coming down the pipeline later this year and beyond. One of the first is Halo: Nightfall, the live-action, five-part digital feature that ties into Microsoft&rsquo;s massive first-person shooter franchise.</p> <p>Produced by Ridley Scott, Nightfall stars a new character, Jameson Locke, who will be playable in next year&rsquo;s Halo 5: Guardians on Xbox One, and thus the show serves as an essential stepping stone for series aficionados. From the trailer, Nightfall can&rsquo;t help but look like the Scott-directed Prometheus, albeit with the budget of something like the modern Battlestar Galactica.</p> <p>Nightfall was luckily spared in <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/microsoft-kills-nokia-android-and-feature-phones-xbox-entertainment-studios-amidst-mass-job-">last week&rsquo;s brutal Microsoft cuts</a> that extinguished most of the rest of the now-former Xbox Entertainment Studios&rsquo; <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/what-s-tv-halo-series-and-other-content-planned-xbox-originals-slate/news">future plans</a>. It will be released free to Xbox Live Gold members come November, as well as bundled along with Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which collects and enhances Halo 1-4 for Xbox One.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iw2oqtZoc8s">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/halo-5-guardians-confirmed-autumn-2015/news">Halo 5: Guardians is coming to Xbox One in Autumn 2015</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Iw2oqtZoc8s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> NASA releases 3D-printable asteroid and probe models </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>NASA&rsquo;s really getting into 3D printing, huh? Just last month, we heard about how the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/first-3d-printer-espresso-machine-headed-international-space-station/news">first space-ready 3D printer</a> was cleared for installation on the International Space Station, and now the North American space agency is supporting terrestrial printing enthusiasts by releasing various miniature models.</p> <p>As spotted by CNET, the organization has released a total of 21 files ready for 3D printing, which are based on the like of the Mars Odyssey, Voyager, and Kepler spacecrafts, as well as a pair of asteroids and segments of the surfaces of the Moon and Mars, respectively.</p> <p>They&rsquo;re tiny little things, with the largest dimension reported to be 10cm, and NASA says that the files may need to be tweaked to work with the average consumer 3D printer. And if you think that you&rsquo;ve improved on the original file, you can send it back their way. Who needs to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-nasa-aims-capture-asteroid-2019-nest-acquires-dropcam-and-watch-crazy-gopro-fil">catch an asteroid</a>&nbsp;when we can just print model ships and swap emails with astrophysicists?</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://nasa3d.arc.nasa.gov/models/printable">NASA </a>via <a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/3d-print-space-probes-asteroids-courtesy-of-nasa/">CNET</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/first-3d-printer-espresso-machine-headed-international-space-station/news">International Space Station is getting its first 3D printer &mdash; and also an espresso machine</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Made in Space 3D printer" alt="Made in Space 3D printer" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/space-3dprinter.jpg?1406356495" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Comixology adds DRM-free backups—for some books </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Digital comics leader Comixology took a beating in the public perception when&mdash;after <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-grabs-digital-comic-app-comixology/news">being acquired by Amazon</a> earlier this year&mdash;it <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-comixology-hobbles-its-ios-app-hp-s-android-notebook-ambitions-and-atari-s-buri">removed the in-app store</a> from its mobile apps and forced users to purchase all comics from the website. Luckily, the company might earn a little goodwill back with this move.</p> <p>At San Diego Comic-Con, the company announced that it now allows users to download DRM-free backups of any purchased comics from participating publishers, which are available in PDF and CBZ formats. However, only a handful of publishers are actually onboard right now, including Image and Top Shelf; Marvel and DC don&rsquo;t seem all that keen on it, at least for now.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://comixology.tumblr.com/post/92763758163/drm-free-backups-now-available">Comixology</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/six-best-comic-reader-apps/feature">Six of the best comic reader apps</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Comixology" alt="Comixology" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/comixology.jpg?1406356495" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/fully-charged-live-action-halo-feature-trailer-nasa-drops-3d-printable-models-and-comixolo#comments 3D Printing Film and TV Microsoft Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1443244 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Uncharted live-action film in 2016, the Steam Controller goes analog, and the official X-Men VR experience http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/fully-charged-uncharted-live-action-film-2016-steam-controller-goes-analog-and-official-x-men <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Catch up on the news you might’ve missed in our morning roundup </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Uncharted 3" alt="Uncharted 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/uncharted3.jpg?1406258780" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Uncharted film slated for June 2016 release </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sony is serious about turning the fantastic Uncharted action-adventure video game franchise into a live-action film, as evidenced by yesterday&rsquo;s news that it will be released in cinemas on 10 June 2016. That prime bit of summer real estate was vacated by the delay of The Amazing Spider-Man 3, and comes despite the lack of an actor to play the role of Nathan Drake.</p> <p>Deadline reports that Sony is trying to wrangle Mark Wahlberg again after previous failed attempts. Frankly, we can&rsquo;t imagine hearing a voice other than Nolan North&rsquo;s coming out of a Drake, but the video game voice actor doesn&rsquo;t have the big-name star quality a movie studio probably seeks. The King of Kong director Seth Gordon is set to helm the flick.</p> <p>The Amazing Spider-Man 3 will launch in 2018 instead, putting a surprising four-year gap between sequels, but it won&rsquo;t be the next time we see the Spider-Man movie universe in action: Sinister Six, which spotlights the web-head&rsquo;s most notable villains, is set to debut on 11 November 2016.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.deadline.com/2014/07/sony-spider-man-sinister-six-playstation-uncharted/">Deadline</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/e3-2014-six-things-sony-s-ps4-event-you-need-see/feature">PlayStation at E3 2014: Six things from Sony&rsquo;s PS4 event that you need to see</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Steam Controller adds an analog stick </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Valve aims to shake up the PC gaming market with its TV-centric Steam Machines initiative&mdash;and shake it up even further with the Steam Controller, which features large touch panels that dominate the face of the peripheral. But as potential buyers have bristled against its unconventional design, Valve has seemed willing to rethink the approach a bit with each revision.</p> <p>Case in point: a new image has surfaced from the latest Steam client beta that shows an analog stick added near the face buttons. Those large touch trackpads are still the biggest focus, but players (and developers) who seek a more traditional experience may well be able to have it.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://facepunch.com/showthread.php?t=1238036&amp;p=45477260&amp;viewfull=1">Facepunch</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/07/23/valves-steam-controller-thumbstick/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/valve-s-steam-machine-army-every-angle-covered/feature">EXCLUSIVE: 12 Steam Machines detailed, fondled and photographed from every angle</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="585" title="Steam Controller" alt="Steam Controller" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/steam-controller.png?1406258780" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Oculus Rift tapped for X-Men VR experience </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>All of the excitement and geeky shenanigans of Comic-Con are starting up, and comic fans attending this year&rsquo;s show are sure to be inundated with cool things to see and do. Here&rsquo;s another: 20th Century Fox has created a VR experience based on the Cerebro computer helmet from the X-Men series, and you can try it out on the Oculus Rift at the show.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll have to use the VR helmet to track down blue-skinned Mystique, all while sitting in Professor X&rsquo;s iconic wheelchair. It&rsquo;s only 90 seconds in length, but Fox is recording each attempt for attendees to share online thereafter. Let&rsquo;s hope it&rsquo;s a trial run that&rsquo;ll eventually lead to a full-blown Cerebro simulator when the Rift finally hits stores.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/x-men-vr-experience-coming-comic-con-125147219.html">Yahoo News</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/oculus-vr-developers-working-own-motion-controllers/news">Oculus VR developers working on own motion controllers</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="621" title="X-Men" alt="X-Men" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oculusrift-xmen.jpg?1406258780" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/fully-charged-uncharted-live-action-film-2016-steam-controller-goes-analog-and-official-x-men#comments Film and TV Gaming Oculus Rift Sony Steam Box Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1443115 at http://www.stuff.tv