Netflix http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/features en-GB 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?1409652353" /> </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?1409652353" /> </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?1409652353" /> </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?1409652353" /> </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 Fully Charged: Netflix’s VR browsing interface, Samsung’s tablet rainbow shines upon London, and Facebook is paying Oculus Rift bug bounties http://www.stuff.tv/facebook/fully-charged-netflix-s-vr-browsing-interface-samsung-s-tablet-rainbow-shines-upon-london-a <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Catch up on the fun and fantastic in our latest 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="Oculix" alt="Oculix" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/netflix-vr.jpg?1408602781" /> </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"> Netflix creates Oculus Rift VR browsing prototype </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>Yesterday, Netflix published the results of its latest Hack Day, in which developers have free reign to dream up new functionality based around the streaming video service. One of the prototypes really stands out: Oculix, a working virtual reality interface that uses the Oculus Rift headset and Leap Motion controller to let you use gestures to explore the service&rsquo;s offerings in 3D.</p> <p>Whether or not this will actually turn into something useful down the line remains to be seen, but it&rsquo;s an interesting vision for now. Check out Netflix&rsquo;s <a href="http://techblog.netflix.com/2014/08/netflix-hack-day-summer-2014.html">blog post</a> for other notable prototypes, including one that uses Philips Hue lightbulbs to match the colour of what you&rsquo;re watching.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://techblog.netflix.com/2014/08/netflix-hack-day-summer-2014.html">Netflix</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/future-netflix-scarily-accurate-suggestions-and-maybe-live-sport/news">The future of Netflix: scarily accurate suggestions and (maybe) live sport</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/wmbnjFYSpao" 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"> Samsung builds a rainbow out of 150 tablets </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>Tacking a vivid rainbow upon the London skyline with the help of 150 Galaxy Tab S tablets, Samsung on Tuesday evening unveiled the &ldquo;Midnight Rainbow,&rdquo; which measures 26x14 feet and chains together the devices to create the colourful effect.</p> <p>It was assembled at Observation Point on Southbank, and was designed to show off the sharp AMOLED display in grand fashion - but it only remained in place until yesterday afternoon. If you missed it, the Midnight Rainbow lives on in the photo above.</p> <p>Or you can do Samsung a solid and pick up 150 tablets for a makeshift recreation. Or maybe just buy one for yourself; as our review below espouses, it&rsquo;s a rather excellent Android option on the smaller end of the tablet pool.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review">Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 8.4 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="800" title="Midnight Rainbow" alt="Midnight Rainbow" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxytabs-rainbow.jpg?1408602781" /> </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"> Facebook paying Oculus Rift users to report bugs </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 tens of thousands of lucky Oculus Rift development kit owners probably feel pretty lucky to get in on the ground floor of something huge. We bet most of them didn&rsquo;t know that using the hardware extensively could make them a fair amount of money, as well.</p> <p>Facebook has just lumped Oculus in on its bug bounty program, which pays at least US$500 (&pound;300) per eligible reported bug from a independent security contractor - and there&rsquo;s no maximum on the amount paid.</p> <p>Facebook reportedly paid US$1.5 million (&pound;900,000) for such bug reports across its properties last year, so&hellip; get to work, Rift dev kit owners. It&#39;s likely to pay you sooner than whatever VR experience you&#39;re working on will.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/8/20/6004113/facebook-will-now-pay-you-money-to-find-bugs-in-the-oculus-rift">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/gamescom-2014/oculus-rift-dev-kit-2-eyes-preview-gamescom-2014/feature">Oculus Rift Dev Kit 2: eyes-on preview at Gamescom 2014</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="Oculus Rift" alt="Oculus Rift" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oculusrift_2.jpg?1408602781" /> </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/facebook/fully-charged-netflix-s-vr-browsing-interface-samsung-s-tablet-rainbow-shines-upon-london-a#comments Facebook Galaxy Tab S 8.4 Netflix Oculus Rift Samsung Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1445469 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 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 Watch movies all day and get paid for it – Netflix has the dream job for film buffs http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-wants-pay-you-watch-movies/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The streaming service is looking for British &quot;taggers&quot; to categorise films and TV shows </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="1202" height="900" title="Cinema Paradiso" alt="Cinema Paradiso" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/cinema-paradiso-home.jpg?1405092019" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Netflix has the perfect job for film buffs: watch movies for money.</p> <p>The streaming video service is recruiting its first British tagger &ndash; a job position that involves watching films and TV shows and filling out an in-depth survey on the plot, character beats, themes and visuals.</p> <p>It&#39;s all in aid of classifying Netflix&#39;s exhaustive library of content &ndash; those tags are the reason it&#39;s able to present you with 20th Century Period Pieces Based on a Book with a Strong Female Lead.</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"><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>You&#39;ll need a &quot;background and/or degree in film &amp; TV a strong knowledge of film and TV as well as an analytical mind,&quot; according to Netflix. And you can expect those analytical skills to be put to the test, too; as part of the recruitment process you&#39;ll be shown several seemingly-unconnected films and asked to work out what links them.</p> <p>&quot;Films such as Snatch, Shutter Island, Saving Private Ryan and Exit Through the Gift Shop &ndash; which is a documentary about the British street artist, Banksy,&quot; says Todd Yellin, Netflix&#39;s VP of Product Innovation. &quot;You could come up with your own answer that makes sense, but the answer that we&#39;re looking for is that they&#39;re all visually-striking films.&quot;</p> <p>But why is Netflix looking for a British (or Irish) tagger in particular? It&#39;s all to do with cultural nuances. Netflix wants to make sure that when it&#39;s serving up shows, it&#39;s using the right terminology. As Yellin points out, &#39;witty&#39; means something different to a British user than to an American user; Americans prefer active comedy, Brits prefer dialogue-based wit (because of our heritage of Shakespeare and Wilde, says Yellin. Flattery will get you everywhere).</p> <p>So, if you reckon you can pore over movies and pick them apart, head on over to <a href="http://jobs.netflix.com/jobs.php?id=NFX01466" target="_blank">Netflix&#39;s jobs site</a> to apply.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<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/F10RFx3h3WI" 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/netflix/netflix-wants-pay-you-watch-movies/news#comments Netflix Streaming Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:58:59 +0000 Stephen Graves 1441771 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Angry Birds Transformers out soon, BlackBerry debuts secure BBM Protected service, and Breaking Bad hits 4K on Netflix http://www.stuff.tv/blackberry/fully-charged-angry-birds-transformers-out-soon-blackberry-debuts-secure-bbm-protected-se <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s the morning smorgasbord of news from around the tech world, so dig in </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="Angry Birds Transformers" alt="Angry Birds Transformers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/angrybirds-transformers.jpg?1403053266" /> </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"> Angry Birds Transformers is a real thing, launching soon </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 tired of Angry Birds quite yet? You might be after Angry Birds Transformers rears its head on app storefronts in the near future. Nothing has been revealed beyond the teaser image above, which shows familiar series stars as cartoonish renditions of popular Autobots and Decepticons.</p> <p>If Angry Birds Star Wars is the likely model, we&rsquo;ll probably see a lightly tweaked version of the pull-to-fling formula with special abilities based on the various Transformers characters. It doesn&rsquo;t seem to be a direct tie-in with the upcoming fourth Michael Bay live-action adaptation, but the game will no doubt launch in time with its theatrical release.</p> <p>Assuming recent series entries like Angry Birds Go and Angry Birds Star Wars II are any indication, Angry Birds Transformers will probably be loaded with obnoxious advertising tie-ins and prompts to buy things physical and digital alike. After all, there&rsquo;s money to be made.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://transformers.angrybirds.com">Angry Birds</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/fully-charged-pono-takes-money-angry-birds-takes-epic-turn-and-new-contender-takes-youtube/news">Fully Charged: Pono takes the money, Angry Birds takes an Epic turn, and a new contender takes on YouTube</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"> BlackBerry launches secure messaging service </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>Soundly trounced by iOS and Android devices on the consumer side, BlackBerry is refocusing its efforts on business/enterprise customers&mdash;and this week&rsquo;s release of BBM Protected is a big step in that direction.</p> <p>BBM Protected is the first entry in its new eBBM Suite, and it offers secure mobile messaging between BlackBerry devices, with three layers of encryption for end-to-end protection. It sounds like it has the same functionality as traditional BBM, but with all the added protection (and no OS update or new IT hardware needed).</p> <p>Engadget says that iOS and Android versions of the app are expected out later this year, offering current BlackBerry device users even more incentive to leave the ecosystem. Wait, what is BlackBerry&rsquo;s business model again?</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://ca.blackberry.com/business/products-services/e-bbm.html">BlackBerry</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/06/16/blackberry-launches-bbm-protected/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/blackberry/mwc-2014/blackberry-goes-back-its-roots-q20-smartphone/news">BlackBerry goes back to its roots with the Q20 smartphone</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="606" title="BBM Protected" alt="BBM Protected" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bbm-protected.png?1403053266" /> </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"> Breaking Bad bumped up to 4K on Netflix </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>Muddy as its antihero&rsquo;s morality may be, hit television series Breaking Bad is now clearer than ever thanks to its newfound 4K resolution via Netflix. Word came down yesterday via Netflix staffer Joris Evers&rsquo; Twitter account, who says it&rsquo;s available everywhere that the service is found.</p> <p>Granted, there is a big caveat here&mdash;only folks with Ultra HD 4K Smart TVs with the embedded Netflix app and an HEVC H.265 decoder will be able to see Breaking Bad running in such a gloriously high resolution. Sadly, those with 4K computer monitors will have to wait for now, and everyone else will simply see the show in HD (or less).</p> <p>Of course, if you haven&rsquo;t seen Breaking Bad, now&rsquo;s a pretty excellent time to soak in the brutal and brilliant series&mdash;especially if you have one of the compatible 4K sets and a Netflix account handy.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://twitter.com/jorisevers/status/478604722094751745">Twitter</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-time-broadcasters-are-doing-4k-we-ll-be-next-thing/news">Netflix: by the time broadcasters are doing 4K, we&rsquo;ll be on to the next thing</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="Breaking Bad" alt="Breaking Bad" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/breakingbad.jpg?1403053266" /> </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"> See how much better new-gen Grand Theft Auto 5 looks </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&rsquo;ve seen a handful of prominent games gussied up for re-release on new-gen consoles, but none are as widely anticipated as Grand Theft Auto 5, which was revealed at Sony&rsquo;s E3 press conference last week for launch this autumn on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.</p> <p>Ever with an eye on graphics and performance, Digital Foundry has broken down the first new-gen trailer for the game and compared the PlayStation 4 version against footage running on PlayStation 3. If you didn&rsquo;t see much of a difference at first, surely this clip will convince you otherwise.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBkCB1zRIx4">Digital Foundry</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/facebook/fully-charged-grand-theft-auto-5-ps4-xb1-and-pc-facebook-s-accidental-slingshot-launch-and-">Fully Charged: Grand Theft Auto 5 for PS4, XB1, and PC, Facebook&rsquo;s accidental Slingshot launch, and SteelSeries&rsquo; eye-tracking gaming device</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/pBkCB1zRIx4" 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/blackberry/fully-charged-angry-birds-transformers-out-soon-blackberry-debuts-secure-bbm-protected-se#comments 4K BlackBerry Console games Grand Theft Auto 5 iOS games Netflix Tue, 17 Jun 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1439336 at http://www.stuff.tv The future of Netflix: scarily accurate suggestions and (maybe) live sport http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/future-netflix-scarily-accurate-suggestions-and-maybe-live-sport/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Huzzah! The company’s chief product officer predicts an end to you mindlessly searching for something to watch </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 future of Netflix: scarily accurate suggestions and (maybe) live sport" alt="The future of Netflix: scarily accurate suggestions and (maybe) live sport" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/netflix-ipad.jpg?1400585349" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>What will Netflix &ndash; and TV in general &ndash; look like in ten years? Well, according to Neil Hunt, the company&rsquo;s chief product officer, it&rsquo;ll be a very different place.</p> <p>Speaking at New York&rsquo;s Internet Week conference, Hunt said that Netflix is developing its personalisation technology so quickly that, by 2025 (or possibly sooner), the days of you listlessly browsing its grid of shows and movies for something to watch will be long gone.</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>Hunt says that, as the recommendation engine improves, it will become easier for audiences to discover the smaller shows and films they might not otherwise try. And that means show- and movie-makers in turn will get more freedom to create material that falls outside the traditional TV broadcast model of 30 minute or hour-long instalments: &ldquo;The stories we watch today are not your parents&rsquo; TV, and the stories your kids watch in 2025 will blow your mind.&rdquo;</p> <p>He also hinted (albeit very vaguely) that Netflix would be moving into live broadcasting, saying we should &ldquo;stay tuned&rdquo; for future announcements along those lines. It&rsquo;s something that could shake up the way in which sport is shown, although he conceded that the way in which sport broadcasting rights are generally sold to the highest bidder meant that it was an area in which Netflix doesn&rsquo;t have any advantages over traditional media companies.</p> <p>Advertising, he said, is set for a big change. Netflix&rsquo;s subscription model, of course, means there are no ads at all, and the increasing popularity of internet TV will mean the death of the traditional ad break. But advertising will adapt, he believes: you might see fewer adverts, but the ones you see will be more relevant and more targeted.</p> <p>Interesting stuff. But what we really wanted to know is: when is Netflix going to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/10-cancelled-tv-shows-netflix-should-revive/news">bring back Firefly</a>?</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://www.wired.com/2014/05/neil-hunt/">Wired</a>]</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="Might we see Premier League football on Netflix one day?" alt="Might we see Premier League football on Netflix one day?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/premier-league.jpg?1400585349" /> </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/future-netflix-scarily-accurate-suggestions-and-maybe-live-sport/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Netflix Streaming Tue, 20 May 2014 11:28:38 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1437514 at http://www.stuff.tv The 25 best things to watch on Amazon Prime Instant Video http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/25-best-things-watch-amazon-instant-video-right-now/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Long-time LoveFilm lover? Netflix nay-sayer? Don&#039;t worry, Amazon&#039;s streaming service is teeming with good films, and there&#039;s even a bit of decent TV on it, too. </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="Don&#039;t you stick your tongue out at us, young lady" alt="Best things to watch on Amazon Prime" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/blingring.jpg?1399887762" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We know, we know, there&#39;s too much choice these days. You can&#39;t just sit down and watch a movie because there are too many to choose from, so you just spend hours scroling through potential films and then go to bed. Not now, you don&#39;t - everything on this list is worth watching.</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/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</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"> 25. The Walking Dead (S1-3) </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>The zombie apocalypse scenario has now been covered so many times that when the dead do eventually start clawing their way out of the ground in a shambling tide of brain-hungry violence, it&rsquo;ll hardly be worth mentioning. That&rsquo;s not to say that it doesn&rsquo;t make cracking TV, though, and if you&rsquo;re one of the few people who hasn&rsquo;t yet seen The Walking Dead, you owe it to yourself to do so now.</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/R1v0uFms68U" 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"> 24. Almost Famous </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 1973, a nerdy 15-year-old journalist gets commissioned by Rolling Stone magazine to go on tour with a &lsquo;70s stadium rock band in this fun coming-of-age story. It&rsquo;s the movie that made <em>Stuff</em> writer Sophie Charara <a href="http://www.howtoliveit.co.uk/2013/10/08/why-i-love-almost-famous/">want to be a journalist</a>, and it fairly accurately depicts the sort of things that happen in our office during a typical week. Well, minus the parties and the fame and the excitement, but sometimes we have music on, and bus travel is often involved.</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/qk0XnyrENrE" 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"> 23. Chronicle </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 haven&rsquo;t seen a decent found footage movie since Cloverfield (or the excellent Troll Hunter), don&rsquo;t write Chronicle off. It takes a smart look at the sort of things that would actually happen if a person - or in this case, three teenage boys - had superpowers.</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/i-M5Qx57_UU" 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"> 22. Another Earth </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 thoughtful indie sci-fi film is hardly a sci-fi film at all, although it does feature a duplicate Earth appears in the sky. The story is terrestrial, though, following about a brilliant young student who makes a single, life-changing mistake and her search for redemption. It stars Brit Marling, who also features in another exceptional indie sci-fi film, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W20Fl5m5FdM">Sound of My Voice</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/QlPfAYpnpuw" 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"> 21. Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa </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>Worth watching merely for the scene in which Alan lip-syncs to Andrew Roachford&rsquo;s Cuddly Toy, Alpha Papa is an unmitigated joy from start to finish. Lovely stuff.</p> <p>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/25-best-things-watch-netflix-right-now/feature">The 25 best things to watch on Netflix</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/9DZXOANUaNk" 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"> 20. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy </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>Are you one of those people who continually asks what&rsquo;s going on during a film? If so, please, please do your friends and family a favour: stay away from the TV while they&rsquo;re trying to enjoy this hugely stylish but occasionally confusing Cold War spy thriller. There&rsquo;s nothing that ruins the tense, quiet brilliance of John Hurt&rsquo;s performance like someone piping up with &ldquo;so is he the bad guy then?&rdquo; from the other end of the sofa.</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/Aco15ScXCwA" 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"> 19. Side Effects </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 is one of those films that feels a bit like a high-end German car: everything in it looks and feels expensive. The first half is a bit slow, but stay with it and there&rsquo;s a change of pace that will make you very glad you did.</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/5jQq6BiT-eI" 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"> 18. Rex the Runt (S1-2) </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 Aardman Animation&rsquo;s less well-known franchises, Rex follows four plasticine dogs on a series of surreal adventures. It&rsquo;s not as well-made as <em>Wallace and Grommit</em> but it&rsquo;s funnier, with most episodes featuring a well-chosen comedy guest star (Eddie Izzard and Bob Monkhouse are both particularly good).</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/svHao1SMdRc" 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"> 17. Win Win </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>Did you like Sideways? Of course you did, everyone liked <em>Sideways</em>, it&rsquo;s got Paul Giamatti in it, and he&rsquo;s great in everything. Well, <em>Win Win</em> is a bit like <em>Sideways</em> but with a completely different story, but there&rsquo;s Paul again and he&rsquo;s a great actor. Oh, and Amy Ryan, too - remember, the lady cop from series two of The Wire? She&rsquo;s great too. So relax, you know it&rsquo;s gonna be good.</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/ci_I6n2j5Uw" 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"> 16. Parks &amp; Recreation (S1-3) </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>You can catch clumps of<em> Parks &amp; Recreation</em> episodes on BBC iPlayer, but if you&rsquo;ve not seen it before it&rsquo;s well worth getting comfortable for a weekend and bingeing your way through the first three series.</p> <p>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/10-best-movie-homes/feature">10 Movie homes you wouldn&#39;t mind moving into</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/cNlL9FWs_KA" 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"> 15. Twin Peaks </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 the days before the Box Set Era, people had to wait a whole week between episodes. That seems unthinkable now, but in the case of David Lynch&rsquo;s darkly funny supernatural crime drama, it was a good thing, because it gave people a week to try to figure out what on earth was going on. As with a lot of Lynch&rsquo;s work, it&rsquo;s a completely different (and often more unsettling) experience to anything else on TV.</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/iSxNP-1VpjE" 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"> 14. The Machinist </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 got back in the gym for the role of Angry Batman, Christian Bale played the emaciated and mentally unstable Trevor Reznik in this intelligent, well-made psychological thriller.</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/H0fuHY4U1UA" 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"> 13. Searching for Sugar Man </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>Musician Sixto Rodriguez&rsquo;s career seemed unremarkable at first: he recorded two albums in the 1970s, toured Australia once and then disappeared back into his native Detroit, where he was rumoured to have committed suicide. In South Africa, however, his albums gradually built a huge cult following, to the point where he was thought to be more popular than Elvis. In this Oscar-winning documentary, which was partly shot on an iPhone when it ran out of budget, two South African fans try to find out what happened to their hero.</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/tDw7OqVBT-w" 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"> 12. Four Lions </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>Very dark and very funny, Chris Morris&rsquo;s farcical account of a group of British Muslims plotting a terrorist attack caused a series of cautious broadcasters to have nightmares with its controversial subject matter. In other hands it could have been a travesty, but Morris has a special talent for placing the unthinkable on screen and making it funny and heartfelt, in a weird sort of way.</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/Ew-SrlQ9tlI" 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"> 11. Looper </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>Joseph Gordon-Levitt doing a 90-minute impression of Bruce Willis doesn&rsquo;t sound like a brilliant premise for a film, but when you add Willis himself, some crazy guns, time travel and hoverbikes, it all makes sense. Doesn&rsquo;t it?</p> <p>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/25-best-space-movies-ever/news">The 25 best space movies ever</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/2iQuhsmtfHw" 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"> 10. Rashomon </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>Akira Kurosawa&rsquo;s hugely influential 1950 masterpiece is one of those DVDs that sits on your shelf for a few weeks, quietly disapproving of your <em>Kung-Fu Panda</em> collection, before you shamefacedly post it back to LoveFilm, unwatched. Stop taking the easy route, sit yourself down and watch it. You&rsquo;ll be glad you did.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re not saying <em>Kung-Fu Panda</em> isn&rsquo;t an excellent film, by the way; it is. The first one, anyway.</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/xCZ9TguVOIA" 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"> 9. The Devil’s Whore </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>Part of the hoard of excellent Channel 4 programmes available for streaming, this four-part historical drama has a cast that would probably now be out of its price range - Dominic West and Michael Fassbender appear alongside John Simm, Peter Capaldi and Andrea Riseborough - and a plot that makes the English Civil War a lot more exciting than it was at school.</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/LqETVk3Oq7g" 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"> 8. The Wrestler </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 a WWE fan looking for something glitzy, you&#39;ve got the wrong movie: Mickey Rourke is painfully believable as a washed-up wrestler facing the unbeatable tag-team of age and ill-health in what is perhaps the finest performance of his career. </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/61-GFxjTyV0" 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"> 7. 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>As horrendous political PR Malcolm Tucker, Peter Capaldi takes swearing to another level in Armando Iannucci&rsquo;s brilliant, all-too-believable political comedy about inept politicians bungling their way to war. Some of the best f***ing swearing on f***ing film.</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/dQrqMkCuHqA" 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"> 6. The Impossible </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 might star Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts, but this isn&rsquo;t your average Sunday-night blockbuster. Based on one Spanish family&rsquo;s real experience of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, this well-made and convincing film is a personal story told amid a huge natural disaster.</p> <p>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/clever-computers-top-25-artificial-intelligences-film/feature">The 24 greatest artificial intelligences in the movies</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/Bgw394ZKsis" 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"> 5. The Bling Ring </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>Emma Watson proves she can do more than just pretend to be a wizard in Sofia Coppola&#39;s most recent movie, based on the true story of a group of teens who used social media to figure out when celebrities would be out, then robbed their homes. Sharp, funny and very stylish.</p> <p>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-free-apps-android/feature">no phone is complete without these 25 free Android apps</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/r4c6hmrwba0" 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"> 4. Rampart </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>Woody Harrelson coasts through a lot of movies, but occasionally he really pulls it out of the bag, and by &#39;it&#39; we mean an Oscar-worthy performance. He is absolutely brilliant in this Bad Lieutenant-esque story of a crooked cop; it might look like a standard dumb police movie but it is perhaps the biggest surprise of Amazon Instant Video&#39;s back catalogue.&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/SGHPD3IYnd0" 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"> 3. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb </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>Easily the best comedy film ever made.</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/6T2uBeiNXAo" 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"> 2. 30 Rock (S1-5) </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 the four people left on the planet who hasn&#39;t seen all of <em>30 Rock</em>, you need to change that immediately. Loosely based on Tina Fey&#39;s experiences as head writer on <em>Saturday Night Live</em>, its unrelentingly funny 20-minute episodes are pure TV-streaming joy, and once you start you&#39;ll be up until the small hours of the morning. You&#39;re welcome.&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/AQBgktGTUJk" 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"> 1. The Place Beyond the Pines </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&#39;s not often (or indeed ever) that you feel sorry for Bradley Cooper, but let&#39;s face it, if you&#39;re the other guy in a film with Ryan Gosling, you&#39;re basically scenery. You could be wearing a funny hat and barking and no-one would notice, because they&#39;d just be mooning over the Gosling, with his acting and his muscles. It&#39;s not as stylish as <em>Drive</em>, but <em>The Place Beyond the Pines</em> is more real, less cartoony, and all the more affecting for it. If we&#39;d bothered to watch this year&#39;s Oscars, we&#39;d have been really surprised to see it not winning any. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/top-20-games-you-can-play-free-your-browser/feature">30 Brilliant browser games you can play right now, for free</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/KepnbJT5nBw" 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"> 25 best films and TV on Amazon Prime </div> </div> </div> <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"> Hours and hours of exclusive, free-to-stream brilliance </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/looper_0.jpg?1399887762" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/25-best-things-watch-amazon-instant-video-right-now/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/25-best-things-watch-amazon-instant-video-right-now/feature#comments Amazon Film and TV Instant Video Netflix Sat, 10 May 2014 08:29:45 +0000 Will Dunn 1436827 at http://www.stuff.tv Netflix: by the time broadcasters are doing 4K, we’ll be on to the next thing http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-time-broadcasters-are-doing-4k-we-ll-be-next-thing/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stuff takes a tour of Netflix HQ and talks to its head honchos about the future of streaming </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="Netflix HQ in sunny Silicon Valley" alt="Netflix HQ" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Netflix-HQ-2.jpg?1399825598" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We&rsquo;ve just returned from a visit to Netflix&rsquo;s headquarters in Silicon Valley, and have brought with us the company&rsquo;s predictions for an even streamier future for TV shows and movies.</p> <p>Greg Peters, Chief Streaming and Partnerships Officer, points out that Netflix being the first proper way to get 4K (with <em>House of Cards</em>) means we&rsquo;re now at the point that &ldquo;if you want the best video quality out there, it&rsquo;s being delivered over the internet&rdquo;.</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/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</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"> But it&#039;s going to be a little while before 4K reaches the masses </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>That&rsquo;s not to say 4K viewing&rsquo;s going to go through the roof just yet &ndash; Peters reckons it&rsquo;ll be a year and a half or so before 4K even accounts for just 1% of what&rsquo;s streamed on Netflix. But from that point he thinks it will accelerate much more quickly as 4K TVs become cheaper and more widely available.</p> <p>He also thinks it&rsquo;ll be a year or two before adapter products in the vein of a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-streaming-stick/review" target="_blank">Roku</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromecast/review" target="_blank">Chromecast</a> come along, and that&rsquo;s quite a problem for projectors and TVs such as the just-launched <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bo/bang-olufsen-beovision-avant-4k-tv-follows-you-around-room/news" target="_blank">B&amp;O BeoVision Avant</a>, which lacks a built-in Netflix app and therefore currently has no way to actually access 4K content.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bo/bang-olufsen-beovision-avant-4k-tv-follows-you-around-room/news" target="_blank">Bang &amp; Olufsen BeoVision Avant 4K TV follows you around the room</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="It&#039;s fair to say Netflix is pretty proud of House of Cards" alt="Netflix HQ" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Netflix-HQ-5.jpg?1399825598" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="So many shows, very few so far in 4K" alt="Netflix HQ" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Netflix-HQ-6.jpg?1399825598" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Take that, live TV broadcasters!" alt="Netflix HQ" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Netflix-HQ-8.jpg?1399825598" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Breaking Bad will be the next show to get the Netflix 4K treatment" alt="Netflix HQ" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Netflix-HQ-13.jpg?1399825598" /> </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"> Sifting the Big Data </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 also had a chance to speak to Todd Yellin, VP of Product Innovation, who talked us through the way Netflix tests new features.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re fanatical, old-school scientists at Netflix&rdquo;, he says. &ldquo;We come up with something that we think is better and we push it out to 50,000 new users who&rsquo;ve got no idea they&rsquo;re in a test, 50,000 other new users could get something else, and another 50,000 get the existing design, and then we sit back and we watch. We watch how they behave, and the thing we watch for is do they stick with the service? They don&rsquo;t know they&rsquo;re voting with their wallet but they are&rdquo;.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s actually a huge board in the Netflix office that records each new little feature (codenamed, unfortunately for us) and tracks the percentage change this has on user retention. Yep, they take this stuff very seriously.</p> <p>But don&#39;t go thinking the company is all maths and no fun - new staff perform musical routines as part of their induction, there&#39;s a huge cinema room for showing off the latest Netflix Originals, and there&#39;s a fresh popcorn machine in the lobby. That last idea is definitely getting passed on to the money men at Stuff Towers.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/25-best-things-watch-netflix-right-now/feature" target="_blank">The 25 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="We&#039;re home" alt="Netflix HQ" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Netflix-HQ-12.jpg?1399825598" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="This is the board that tracks the progress of (sadly codenamed) new features" alt="Netflix HQ" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Netflix-HQ-10.jpg?1399825598" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="You knew there was going to be a massive cinema room somewhere" alt="Netflix HQ" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Netflix-HQ-14.jpg?1399825598" /> </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/netflix-time-broadcasters-are-doing-4k-we-ll-be-next-thing/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-time-broadcasters-are-doing-4k-we-ll-be-next-thing/news#comments 4K Netflix Streaming Thu, 08 May 2014 20:53:04 +0000 Tom Parsons 1436779 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Nintendo's figurine-shaped plan to save the Wii U, tech giants back net neutrality, and the web service that knows your photo's fake http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-tech-giants-advocate-net-neutrality-nintendo-makes-its-own-skylanders-and-izitr <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Get your morning fill with a look at the hottest tech stories around </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="NFC Nintendo Figurine Platform" alt="NFC Nintendo Figurine Platform" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nintendonfp.jpg?1399541370" /> </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"> Nintendo planning Skylanders-esque figurine platform </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 class="p1">It&rsquo;s been a rough 24 hours for Nintendo, considering its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/nintendo-s-financial-report-shows-wii-u-problem-isn-t-getting-better/news" target="_blank">dismal earnings report</a>, but the publisher is already hinting at its next moves to get back into the black. Most notably, the company plans to launch the Nintendo Figurine Platform for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.</p> <p class="p1">Like Skylanders and Disney Infinity, the platform will utilize plastic toys with embedded NFC chips, which can communicate with compatible games. Nintendo intends to offer numerous titles that utilize the same figures, which can be read with the Wii U GamePad or a new infrared reader for 3DS. The platform is expected to launch on Wii U later this year and 3DS in 2015.</p> <p class="p1">Expect more details on the Nintendo Figurine Platform at the E3 conference next month. Nintendo also announced&nbsp;Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and&nbsp;Pokemon Omega Ruby for 3DS yesterday, with both Game Boy Advance remakes due out in November. Who needs innovation when you&#39;ve got tried and true monkeymaking concepts?</p> <p class="p1">[Source: <a href="http://www.polygon.com/2014/5/7/5693376/wii-u-nfc-mario-figurines-nintendo" target="_blank">Polygon</a>]</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/disney-infinity-20-introduces-marvel-super-heroes-toy-based-game/news" target="_blank">Disney Infinity 2.0 introduces Marvel Super Heroes to toy-based game</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"> Google, Facebook, and more form coalition against FCC’s proposed net neutrality changes </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>Ever since Netflix cut a check to Comcast to ensure speedy streaming, net neutrality advocates have been extra vocal about the threats against an open Internet.&nbsp;Unfortunately, the Federal Communications Commission in the United States hasn&rsquo;t been listening, as it&rsquo;s considering a proposal that will essentially clear the way for future such deals for preferential traffic treatment.</p> <p>Top tech companies are urging the FCC to reconsider, however, as a letter drafted yesterday by the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Netflix, Yahoo, and more than 100 others asks the Commission to continue protecting net neutrality without compromise.</p> <p>Whether or not it will sway the Commission&rsquo;s decision is to be determined, but it&rsquo;s certainly heartening to see so many giants (many of them competitors) working as one. Oh, and no Comcast on that list? Total shocker.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/5/7/5692578/tech-coalition-challenges-fcc" target="_blank">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-netflix-raise-prices-leo-play-jobs-and-apple-promises-recycle-your-old-ipod/news" target="_blank">Fully Charged: Netflix to raise prices, Leo to play Jobs, and Apple promises to recycle your old iPod</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="FCC vs the whole sensible world" alt="FCC Net neutrality" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fcc.jpg?1399541370" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Why you should care about net neutrality </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The fundamental principle of net neutrality is that all data should be treated the same by the government and by ISPs, no matter where it&#39;s from or what device you&#39;re using to access it. The reason it&#39;s under scrutiny right now is that proposals under review by the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) threaten to jeopardise net neutrality by allowing ISPs to throttle or block access to certain sites and services and speed up access to others, effectively creating walled gardens for their users or forcing them to pay extra for access they currently take for granted.&nbsp;</p> <p>An example might be an ISP with a commercial tie-up with Amazon that has a vested interest in slowing Netflix speeds to a crawl, thus dissuading you from using the service. Apply such a principle to other sites and services - Spotify, Sky Now, Stuff.tv - and you have a web that seems a much worse place to be. It would be a jump back to the bad old days of WAP and 3G, whee you could only access movie news if it was Orange-branded movie news (for example).</p> <p>Granted, these proposals are a US concern, and a greater issue for US citizens as their choice of braodband providers is heavily restricted compared to the UK&#39;s (for many, it&#39;s Comcast or naught). But the last thing we need is a precedent to be set whereby we&#39;re forced to choose our own broadband providers based on whether they&#39;ll let us watch HD videos on Youtube or not.</p> </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"> 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"> Izitru helps detect doctored photos </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 class="p1">If a photo on the Internet seems too good to be true, then it most likely is&mdash;thanks to the incredible proliferation and ease of use of programs like Photoshop. However, if something seems amiss but you can&rsquo;t quite tell, simply enlist <a href="http://www.izitru.com/" target="_blank">Izitru</a> to do a little detective work.</p> <p class="p1">The new web service lets you upload any photo, which is then vetted to alert you as to whether it&rsquo;s been modified or remains in its original state. Izitru also then hosts the image and provides a trust rating, so you can share it while imparting a little bit of extra confidence in any viewers.</p> <p class="p1">[Source: <a href="http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/05/07/photos-trusted-but-verified/" target="_blank">The New York Times</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/10-worst-tech-lifestyle-photos/feature" target="_blank">10 of the worst tech lifestyle photos</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="794" title="Cheer up, Sad Keanu" alt="Izitru" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/izitru.png?1399541370" /> </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/amazon/fully-charged-tech-giants-advocate-net-neutrality-nintendo-makes-its-own-skylanders-and-izitr#comments Amazon Facebook Google Netflix Nintendo Twitter Thu, 08 May 2014 04:52:45 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1436738 at http://www.stuff.tv Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick http://www.stuff.tv/chromecast/google-chromecast-vs-roku-streaming-stick/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> These dirt-cheap dongles will give your TV new streaming smarts. But which would we buy? </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="And in the purple corner..." alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Roku_Streaming_Stick_vs_Chromecast_1.jpg?1399043774" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ah, life - it giveth and it taketh away. While it&#39;s never been easier to add online services such as Netflix and BBC iPlayer to your TV, it&#39;s never been harder to decide how to do it.</p> <p>Smart TV? Network-connected Blu-ray player or home cinema system? Games console? Apple TV, Now TV, Roku 1, 2 or 3...</p> <p>All will work, and all will do a great job in most situations. But for our money the new Google Chromecast and Roku Streaming Stick strike the best balance between cost, content and ease of use.</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"> Design </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&#39;s not much to choose between the two sticks here, and given that they&#39;ll be stuck round the back of your TV it doesn&#39;t really matter much what they look like anyway.&nbsp;</p> <p>But for what it&#39;s worth, the Chromecast is short with a bulbous back end, the Roku a little longer and slimmer. The Roku is proudly purple, the Chromecast casual in black.</p> <p>Both plug into your telly via HDMI, and both also have a microUSB socket at the other end from which they draw their power. For this task you can either use the bundled wall plug or hook them straight up to a USB socket on your TV.</p> <p>But crucially, the Roku comes with a dedicated remote, whereas the Chromecast can only be operated via smartphone app. And as the remote doesn&rsquo;t need line of sight, it&#39;s no less flexible to operate than an app either. It&#39;s well built, the buttons work with a satisfying click and using it is often more simple than switching on your phone, navigating to an app etc etc. And if you really must have an app, Roku has one of those too.</p> <p><strong><em>Winner:</em> Roku Streaming Stick</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-our-job-get-directors-cut-and-not-bother-all-rest-it/feature">Netflix: &quot;There really isn&#39;t a case for different versions of a film&quot;</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="You&#039;re not really buying them for their looks" alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku_Streaming_Stick_vs_Chromecast_3.jpg?1399043774" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The Roku&#039;s remote is a bonus" alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku_Streaming_Stick_Remote_0.jpg?1399043774" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Both devices plug into an HDMI port..." alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku_Streaming_Stick_3_0.jpg?1399043774" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="...and both are powered by microUSB" alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chromecast-in-hand-back_0.jpg?1399043774" /> </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"> CONTENT </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 media streamer is only ever as good as the media it has to stream. Obviously. And here the Roku Streaming Stick has an advantage.</p> <p>You&#39;ll find more than 500 apps on the Roku store, including the aforementioned BBC iPlayer and Netflix, Sky Store and Now TV, 4oD, Demand 5, Spotify, TuneIn, and YouTube. There are hundreds more specialist channels, catering for every interest. Personally we&#39;re quite partial to Visitation, a live stream of services from the Our Lady of the Visitation chuch in Cincinnatti, Ohio. We kid you not. Well OK, we&#39;ve never really watched it. But it does exist.</p> <p>We have watched the excellent Sky Now TV though: splash out &pound;6.99 on a month&#39;s Entertainment Pass, immerse yourself in <em>Game Of Thrones </em>and <em>The Walking Dead</em> and you&#39;ll be glad you had it.</p> <p>Adding apps is a piece of cake and new services join the line-up regularly. Hopefully we&#39;ll see ITV Player soon, so we can get our fix of <em>Loose Women</em>.</p> <p>Rather than have its own apps, Chromecast relies on iOS or Android apps with a &#39;Cast&#39; button. Netflix has one, as has iPlayer, but not much else; hopefully more will arrive soon. You do of course also get YouTube, and there&#39;s an excellent selection of films to buy on Google Play Movies.</p> <p>Streaming your own content is also easier on Roku than on Chromecast. On Google&#39;s device you&#39;ll need to use the Plex service - which is fine, but a little fiddly - whereas on the Streaming Stick you have access to the Roku Media Player app, among others. It&#39;s slick to use and will play just about anything.</p> <p>Ultimately, there&#39;s only one winner in this category. While both devices have the big two of Netflix and iPlayer, the fact that the Roku has so many more channels overall gives it a clear lead over its rival.</p> <p><strong><em>Winner:</em> Roku Streaming Stick</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-1/review">Roku 1 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="900" title="Casting, 1-2-3" alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chromecast-tv-ready-to-cast_0.jpg?1399043774" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="BBC iPlayer now has a Cast button" alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iplayer-chromecast-htc_0.JPG?1399043774" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="There are many, many channels available on Roku" alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku_Streaming_Stick_homescreen_0.jpg?1399043774" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Netflix: a winner on any device" alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku_Streaming_Stick_Netflix_app_0.jpg?1399043774" /> </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"> PERFORMANCE </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>Casting from a compatible app to Google Chromecast works quickly enough, and given the right content it looks great too.</p> <p>Netflix&rsquo;s Super HD streams will delight you with their 1080p, high-bitrate, Dolby Digital+ surround loveliness, and if you purchase a HD flick from Google Play Movies they&#39;ll look great too. BBC iPlayer maxes out at 720p and a YouTube clip will only ever be as good as the quality it&#39;s transmitted in, but that&#39;s the same for the Roku too.</p> <p>To our eyes, the Roku&#39;s picture is a tad softer than that of the Chromecast, but not enough to make a huge difference. Navigation is snappy, particularly if using the remote, and you can also Cast to the Streaming Stick from some apps, including Netflix, if it takes your fancy. Like the Chromecast it&#39;s compatible with Super HD and Dolby Digital+ and ultimately there&#39;s nothing much between them in this round.</p> <p><strong><em>Winner:</em> Draw</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sky/project-ethan-revamp-will-transform-sky-s-set-top-box-service/news">Sky&#39;s supercharged Project Ethan box will support 4K, cloud recording and more</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="Pebbles not included" alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chromecast-stones_3.jpg?1399043774" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="House Of Cards = ace" alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku_Streaming_Stick_Netflix_app_1.jpg?1399043774" /> </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"> Verdict </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>At &pound;30 for the Chromecast and &pound;50 for the Streaming Stick, these devices are both absolute bargains. If you&#39;ve yet to bring your viewing setup kicking and screaming into the 2010s, either will do a great job.&nbsp;</p> <p>But this test is all about picking a winner, and for our money it&#39;s got to be the Roku Streaming Stick. It&#39;s slick, simple and stuffed with content; team it with Netflix and you&#39;ll never leave the house again.</p> <p><strong><em>Winner:</em> Roku Streaming Stick</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/25-best-things-watch-netflix-right-now/feature">The 25 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-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="And the winner is... the Roku Streaming Stick!" alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku_Streaming_Stick_7.jpg?1399043774" /> </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/chromecast/google-chromecast-vs-roku-streaming-stick/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/chromecast/google-chromecast-vs-roku-streaming-stick/feature#comments Chromecast Connected home Geek accessories Google iPlayer Netflix Roku Streaming Streaming Stick Fri, 02 May 2014 13:29:26 +0000 Marc McLaren 1436510 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Netflix to raise prices, Leo to play Jobs, and Apple promises to recycle your old iPod http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-netflix-raise-prices-leo-play-jobs-and-apple-promises-recycle-your-old-ipod/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kick off the day with our speedy round-up of all the new tech news </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="Would you buy an iPhone from this man?" alt="Would you buy an iPhone from this man?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/leonardo-dicaprio.jpg?1398234781" /> </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/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-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> DiCaprio to play Jobs in Boyle-directed biopic? </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 that Aaron Sorkin-penned Steve Jobs biopic that we&rsquo;ve been hearing about for so long? The one that was rumoured to have attracted David Fincher as director and Christian Bale as leading man? Well, now it appears that a different director and star are keen to get involved: Danny Boyle and Leonardo DiCaprio.</p> <p>Leo doesn&rsquo;t have much of Jobs about him physically, but that&rsquo;s not too big a deal (Ashton Kutcher&rsquo;s resemblance to a young Jobs is uncanny &ndash; and look how that movie turned out) and DiCaprio has proven talent when it comes to playing obsessive, mercurial types &ndash; while Boyle commands just as much respect in Hollywood and critical circles as Fincher. The two have history too, having worked together on <em>The Beach</em> back in 2000.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.hitfix.com/motion-captured/danny-boyle-may-direct-leonardo-dicaprio-as-steve-jobs">HitFix</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"> Netflix pricing to rise – but only for new members </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>TV and movie streaming service Netflix has announced that it is to raise the price of its monthly subscription fee, but only for new customers &ndash; at least at first. While the company hasn&rsquo;t announced when and by how much the current UK monthly fee of &pound;5.99 will rise, it&rsquo;s likely to be at some point in the next couple of months and of no more than a pound. Existing members will remain paying the current fee &ldquo;for a generous time period&rdquo;.</p> <p>So why the increase? Netflix has just announced that it has generated over US$1 billion in revenue in the first quarter of 2014 and has grown its membership by 1.75 percent since January, so it seems to be in rude health finance-wise. According to Netflix, the extra cash will be used to improve the streaming experience and &ldquo;to acquire more content&rdquo; &ndash; and perhaps to make even more original shows like <em>House of Cards</em>, too?</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/tv-on-demand/10779024/Netflix-subscription-to-rise-after-making-1-billion-in-streaming.html">Telegraph</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="1500" height="1000" title="Would you pay an extra quid a month for Netflix?" alt="Would you pay an extra quid a month for Netflix?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/netflix-lifestyle.jpg?1398234781" /> </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"> Apple Stores to accept all old products for recycling – and may even give you money for them </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>Apple has announced that, from today, all of its stores will accept any used Apple product for recycling at no charge. And it gets even better: if the product looks re-sellable, you may even get some store credit in return.</p> <p>The announcement comes as CEO Tim Cook reiterates his desire to make Apple into a company that will &ldquo;leave the world better than we found it&rdquo;. The company is already one of the few in tech that gets a thumbs-up from Greenpeace, as it strives to use renewable power for its facilities and stores and recycled materials and less packaging in its products.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.apple.com/environment/">Apple</a>]</strong></p> <p><iframe src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" frameborder="0" 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/EdeVaT-zZt4" 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> Apple Film and TV Netflix Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:20:29 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1435935 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Netflix kicks off 4K service, Raspberry Pi shrinks and Hotline Miami 2 gets a trailer http://www.stuff.tv/htc/fully-charged-netflix-kicks-4k-service-raspberry-pi-shrinks-and-hotline-miami-2-gets-trailer/new <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Let our round up of the best gadget and tech news be your perfect segue into the day </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="House of Cards: now in 4K" alt="House of Cards: now in 4K" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/house-of-cards_0.jpg?1397025181" /> </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/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-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Netflix starts streaming in 4K </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 kicked off its long-promised 4K streaming service, with selected material (including the second season of <em>House of Cards</em>) available in Ultra HD format. Of course, you&rsquo;ll need a 4K TV or projector to watch, as well as a decent broadband connection. Netflix&rsquo;s 4K bitrate is around 15Mbps, which isn&rsquo;t up there with the richest Ultra HD sources available &ndash; but given that it&rsquo;s available at no extra cost, we doubt many 4K telly owners will be too nit-picky about it.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2014/04/08/netflix-is-now-streaming-in-4k">TechCrunch</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"> 
Raspberry Pi gets even smaller </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 Raspberry Pi was already one of the smallest computers around &ndash; and now it&rsquo;s even more tiny. The company just unveiled the Raspberry Pi compute module, which contains the processor and RAM of a Pi as well as 4GB of flash memory, yet measures just 67.6 x 30mm &ndash; the size of a piece of laptop RAM, in other words.</p> <p>You can read all the technical details over at Raspberry&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.raspberrypi.org/raspberry-pi-compute-module-new-product/">blog</a>.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/04/07/raspberry-pi-compute-module/">Engadget</a>]</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/raspberry-pi-model-b/review">Raspberry Pi Model B 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="900" title="The Raspberry Pi (right) and compute module (left)" alt="The Raspberry Pi (right) and compute module (left)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/raspberry-pi-compute-module.jpg?1397025181" /> </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"> Robert Downey Jr does another HTC promo </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>Well, HTC is really trying to get its money&rsquo;s worth out of Robert Downey Jr. The <em>Iron Man</em> actor has already done his bit as &ldquo;official spokesman&rdquo; or whatever in an ad for the HTC One Max, and now he&rsquo;s back to talk about the HTC One (M8) and why it&rsquo;s so amazing. Except he doesn&rsquo;t really say why, he just acts like RDJ and says he thinks the phone is great. We think the ad is lazy but barely acceptable due to Downey&rsquo;s immense charm, but surely HTC has better ways to use him than this? Still, at least it means we get to hear Tony Stark uttering the words &ldquo;Mobile World Congress&rdquo;.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8) 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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/bPNCzkTBEEs" 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"> Bloody heaven! It’s a Hotline Miami 2 trailer </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>Time to don your animal mask, sit back and feast your eyes on the first &ldquo;proper&rdquo; trailer for <em>Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number</em>. The sequel to one of our favourite games ever made, it looks just as blood-soaked &ndash; if not more so, thanks to the addition of chainsaws and dual-wielded submachine guns &ndash; than the original, while promising the same incredibly difficult but addictive-as-Pringles gameplay. It&rsquo;s due out in the third quarter of 2014.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/best-games-ever-20-greatest-games-all-time/feature">Best Games Ever: the 20 greatest games of all time</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/exg_OxsaHyY" 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> Gaming HTC Netflix One (M8) Raspberry Pi Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:32:25 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1435072 at http://www.stuff.tv Google Chromecast http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromecast/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can this tiny, cheap streaming dongle vanquish the Apple TV? Not quite yet… UPDATE: UK version with BBC iPlayer tested </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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/chromecast-stones.jpg?1395767087" /> </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/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A new generation of &ldquo;cord-cutters&rdquo; has abandoned the traditional concept of TV, instead using web streaming, catch-up services and devices such as&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-tv-video-review/video" target="_blank">Apple TV</a> to watch shows whenever it&rsquo;s convenient for them &ndash; rather than when the broadcaster says so.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £30.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tiny, forget-about-me design </div> <div class="field-item even"> Idiot-proof setup and use </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Strong audio and video quality </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Few compatible apps </div> <div class="field-item even"> Slightly untidy USB power </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Can&#039;t cast local videos on smartphones, tablets </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review 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"> Small and simple </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 thought the puck-sized Apple TV was small, wait until you see the Chromecast, which more than anything resembles a USB memory stick. A mere 35g in weight and possessing a single button, this dinky dongle plugs into a spare HDMI socket on your TV.</p> <p>It can&rsquo;t draw power via HDMI, however, so you&rsquo;ll also need to hook it up to a USB port or wall socket. It&rsquo;s not the most elegant of solutions, adding as it does to the cable spaghetti behind your telly, but if your TV&#39;s got a spare USB socket (and many do) you could replace the fairly long USB-to-micro-USB cable that&#39;s bundled with the Chromecast for one that&#39;s shorter and a little neater for just a couple of quid.</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chromecast-plugged-in_0.jpg?1395767087" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chromecast-in-hand-back.jpg?1395767087" /> </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"> Getting started </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>Setup couldn&rsquo;t be much simpler. Once plugged in, the Chromecast displays a setup screen on your TV and opens up its own Wi-Fi network. Connect to that on your computer, phone or tablet, change the Chromecast&rsquo;s settings so that it&rsquo;s hooked up to your main home Wi-Fi network and you&rsquo;re ready to go.</p> <p>As well as &ldquo;casting&rdquo; iPlayer, YouTube, Netflix and Google Play videos, you can also use Chromecast to beam tabs from the Chrome browser (desktop version only) onto your TV screen. To do so, you&rsquo;ll need to install an extension in Chrome. Again, very easy.</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chromecast-tv-ready-to-cast.jpg?1395767087" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Compatible devices </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Chromecast has no dedicated remote so relies entirely on you having a companion device for control. You&#39;ll need something running at least Android 2.3, iOS 6, Windows 7, Mac OS 10.7 or Chrome OS - the only officially supported Chromebook is the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromebook-pixel/review">Pixel</a>.</p> <p>Left out in the cold are Windows Phone devices, BlackBerry devices and Kindle Fire tablets.</p> </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"> Video casting </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 cast video to your TV you simply tap the icon that appears in both the mobile app and desktop versions of Netflix, BBC iPlayer and YouTube. After a few seconds, the video will begin playing on your TV, in quality up to 1080p if its available. 5.1-channel surround sound is also supported (with no dedicated audio output on the Chromecast itself, you&rsquo;ll have to connect your TV&rsquo;s audio output, if it has one, to an external speaker setup).</p> <p>Video quality depends on the source material to a large degree. Old, low-res YouTube videos look decidedly ropey on the big screen, while newer HD clips and Netflix material fares much better. In fact, with up to Full HD Netflix and 720p or 1080p YouTube videos, the crisp detail and colour reproduction is on a par with HD broadcast services such as Sky HD, or even better if you&#39;ve got an internet connection that&#39;s compatible with <a href="https://signup.netflix.com/superhd" target="_blank">Netflix&#39;s Super HD</a> streams, with which Chromecast is compatible.</p> <p>You control playback and volume using the device from which you&rsquo;re casting. There&rsquo;s a momentary delay from the time you press the button, but it&rsquo;s not long enough to become an annoyance.</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chromecast-netflix-phone-remote.jpg?1395767087" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chromecast-netflix-on-tv.jpg?1395767087" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chromecast-youtube-cast-button.jpg?1395767087" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chromecast-youtube-on-tv.jpg?1395767087" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The truth about casting </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One thing to note: despite the phrasing, video isn&rsquo;t actually travelling from your laptop, phone or tablet to the Chromecast. The dongle is streaming it direct from the web &ndash; the casting device simply kicks off and controls that process, so even if you&rsquo;re watching downloaded Google Play movies, you&rsquo;ll still need a working broadband connection to use the Chromecast.</p> <p>This needs to change if Chromecast is adapted for playing games in the future - if controls have to be sent from your casting device to the great wide internet before heading back to the Chromecast it&#39;s likely to cause car-crashing, shot-missing delays. Perhaps Google has no gaming plans for Chromecast, but that would be a shame given that Amazon&#39;s rumoured to be working on a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-set-top-box-tiny-chromecast-and-offering-game-streaming/news">gaming-ready dongle</a> and the fact that Apple TV supports just such a feature via Airplay.</p> <p>Back to the here and now and we found that video streamed in HD very smoothly on our fairly &quot;normal&quot; 16Mbps broadband connection, but those still making do with just a couple of megs should expect Netflix&#39;s adaptive streams to deliver softer, lower-res videos, while ambitiously selecting 1080p from YouTube will necessitate a fair bit of buffering if you want an uninterrupted video.</p> </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"> 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"> UPDATE: BBC iPlayer is Ready To Cast </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>Google knows the way to British hearts. Casting BBC iPlayer is now just as simple as doing so with Netflix and YouTube. With smartphones and tablets on your home network, it&#39;s just a case of making sure the iPlayer app is up to date before hitting the new in-app Cast button.</p> <p>BBC iPlayer on desktop hasn&#39;t been treated to a Cast button just yet, but if you&#39;re happy to settle for lower quality streams, you can as ever cast a tab from Chrome. Stick to Casting from mobile devices and streams max out at 720p, which makes for a perfectly crisp picture - as with Netflix, iPlayer automatically adjusts the quality depending on the connection but as long as you&#39;ve got fairly solid broadband you should be up to 720p very shortly after starting the stream.</p> <p>As with any Chromecast-friendly app, you can still navigate around your smartphone or tablet as <em>The Great British Sewing Bee</em> is playing on your TV screen.</p> <p>There&#39;s no support for BBC Radio or BBC Sport just yet, but we&#39;re sure both are just a matter of time. Somewhat surprisingly you can even cast live BBC TV - we&#39;d recommend you check your TV license is in order if you&#39;re going to make use of that feature.</p> <p>And it&#39;s good news for those eager streamers who imported a Chromecast from the US - the BBC iPlayer app works fine with those, too.</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="BBC iPlayer on Chromecast " alt="BBC iPlayer on Chromecast " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iplayer-chromecast-top-gear.JPG?1395767087" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Cast button in BBC iPlayer app " alt="Cast button in BBC iPlayer app " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iplayer-chromecast-htc.JPG?1395767087" /> </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"> UPDATE: New Chromecast apps are niche or not ready </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>Anyone who picked up a Chromecast as a cheap way of getting Netflix on the telly probably adores it. But that won&#39;t stop &#39;Casters getting excited at the prospect of ten - yes ten! - new apps. There&#39;s no update to the Chromecast itself, just download the compatible apps and look for the Chromecast symbol at the top. Just keep your expectation in check - these are not the apps you&#39;re looking for.</p> <p>In the first batch of Google dongle-friendly apps comes Plex, Avia and RealPlayer Cloud, all hell bent on becoming your go-to media server and cloud storage buddy. But RealPlayer Cloud, for Android, iOS, Kindle Fire and desktop, isn&#39;t available outside the US yet (we pre-registered for updates here in the UK) and the popular but sometimes messy Plex requires a US$3.99 per month PlexPass.</p> <p>That&#39;s not a huge amount but considering the Chromecast itself is only &pound;30 and everything else is free (bar the Netflix sub), it seems unncessary. Plex is rolling out Chromecast compatibility to free users in the near future, but for now we&#39;d give <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.videon.android.mediaplayer&amp;hl=en">Avia Media Player</a> a go. It&#39;s far from perfect itself and enabling Chromecast compatibility requires a one-off payment of &pound;1.86 (US$2.99), but it does the job.</p> <p>If you can forgive connection and buffering stutters, you can now play your own local videos plus media dragged in from Dropbox, Facebook and Picasa. Videos have a video reel icon rather than a thumbnail, which is very annoying if you shoot a lot of untitled smartphone footage, but making playlists is easy and it&#39;ll do until Google introduces a better integrated alternative.</p> <p>Still, there&#39;s nothing here to rival <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-takes-google-chromecast-streaming-stick/news">Roku&#39;s incoming &pound;50 Streaming Stick</a>, which promises easy playback of locally stored videos on smartphones and tablets with the Roku app.</p> <p>Elsewhere in the new Chromecast apps are VEVO for ad-laden music videos, Red Bull TV for skateboarding and motorsports, PostTV for news footage from The Washington Post and the confusing but useful BeyondPod Podcast Manager for blasting out Brian Cox in audio-only form. There&#39;s also the international video app Viki for fans of Korean or Venezuelan TV, and playlist app Songza, which had dropped off the Google Play store at the time of writing but will probably be back on soon.</p> <p>So the best Chromecast apps are still the ones that have been there all along - Netflix, YouTube, Google Play Movies. Here&#39;s hoping this is the first wave in Google&#39;s long game to catch up to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/opinion-every-apple-fan-should-own-apple-tv/feature">&pound;99 Apple TV</a>, which still has the upper hand in terms of simple AirPlay mirroring as well as extra apps such as Sky News and Vimeo.&nbsp;</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="New Chromecast apps - Avia Media Player (left) and Red Bull. TV (right) " alt="New Chromecast apps - Avia Media Player (left) and Red Bull. TV (right) " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chromecast-apps-avia-red-bull.jpg?1395767087" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="New Chromecast app BeyondPod for playing podcasts through the TV " alt="New Chromecast app BeyondPod for playing podcasts through the TV " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/new-chromecast-apps-beyondpod.png?1395767087" /> </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"> 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"> Casting web pages </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>Chromecast&rsquo;s other ability is tab-casting from computers running the Chrome web browser: just click on the cast icon and whatever tab you&rsquo;re currently on will appear on your TV screen. This feature is still in beta, and it&rsquo;s not nearly as rock-solid as video casting. You can&rsquo;t see an on-screen pointer, so there&rsquo;s no way to use your TV as a proper monitor, and while embedded videos (from Vimeo, say) work, they do so with stuttering playback and choppy sound.</p> <p>As a little bonus feature, it&rsquo;s fine, but it really needs to be viewed as such, at least until Google can perfect it and bring it out of beta. We&#39;re hoping that happens sooner rather than later, as it could open up almost all of the streaming services on the web and make Chromecast a far more flexible video-on-demand device.</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chromecast-browser-cast-button.jpg?1395767087" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chromecast-browser-on-tv.jpg?1395767087" /> </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"> Verdict </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 Chromecast is cheap, easy to use and works well for Netflix, YouTube and now BBC iPlayer, but it&rsquo;s not really bringing anything truly essential to the video streaming table just yet. If you have an Apple TV, PS3, Xbox 360, smart TV or smart set-top box, chances are the Chromecast just isn&rsquo;t necessary, because these are all able to get YouTube, Netflix and more onto your telly already (and they don&rsquo;t require a companion device to do so).</p> <p>The addition of more essential apps (rather than filler we&#39;ve never heard of) and a more robust web-casting experience could make Chromecast a far more appealing prospect for tech-heads in the future, though. Plex, Avia and RealPlayer Cloud fill a gap but we hope Google is working on its own AirPlay-rivalling solution for mirroring locally stored videos and photos. If not, there&#39;s always the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-takes-google-chromecast-streaming-stick/news">&pound;50 Roku Streaming Stick</a>, which lands in Blighty in May.</p> <p>But if you&#39;re on a budget and want to re-awesomise your dumb TV or you&#39;re just fed up of squinting at videos on your laptop then this dongle is still your cheapest route to Netflix nirvana.</p> <p>Original review by <a href="https://twitter.com/samkieldsen" target="_blank">Sam Kieldsen</a>, additional words and testing by <a href="https://twitter.com/sophiecharara" target="_blank">Sophie Charara</a></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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chromecast-in-hand-front.jpg?1395767087" /> </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-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> picture </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> sound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Tiny and costing a pittance, Chromecast does exactly what it claims to &ndash; just make sure you actually need one before you buy</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><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"> UK Chromecast tested </div> </div> </div> <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"> Google&#039;s ace smart TV dongle, now with iPlayer </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromecast/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chromecast Connected home Google iPlayer Netflix Streaming YouTube Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:26:39 +0000 Tom Parsons 1425542 at http://www.stuff.tv