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Original Content podcast: Netflix’s ‘Bright’ offers dumb fun with orcs and elves in modern LA

Netflix’s original film Bright has been decimated by critics, but Darrell Etherington and Anthony Ha, the hosts of TechCrunch’s Original Content podcast enjoyed it — kind of? Maybe? As Darrell put it: “I don’t regret watching it.” To be clear, it’s a very silly movie, combining Lord of the Rings high fantasy with the kind of morally ambiguous police drama that director David Ayer (Training Day) is known for. Will Smith stars as Daryl Ward, a human police officer, who’s unwillingly paired up with Nick Jacoby (played by Joel Edgerton), the LAPD’s first orc. In this episode, we talk...

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Original Content podcast: Confronting the light and dark side of ‘The Last Jedi’

Original Content podcast: Confronting the light and dark side of ‘The Last Jedi’ 20 minutes ago by Anthony Ha, Darrell Etherington CNN is killing its Snapchat news show only four months after its debut 24 minutes ago by Sarah Perez Amazon acquires connected camera and doorbell startup Blink 56 minutes ago by Darrell Etherington Watch SpaceX’s last Falcon 9 rocket launch for 2017 1 hour ago by Darrell Etherington Equity podcast: Stitch Fix tumbles, stocks go crypto and VCs still love unicorns 2 hours ago by Alex Wilhelm Bitcoin and almost every other cryptocurrency crashed hard today 6 hours ago by Jon Russell Mumbrella, a...

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Original Content podcast: Netflix’s ‘Mudbound’ offers a somber look at Mississippi in the 1940s

Mudbound, a Dee Rees-directed film currently streaming on Netflix, is both epic and intimate, telling the intertwined stories of two families (one black, one white) farming on the Mississippi delta. That description might make the movie sound like a home work assignment, or perhaps a too-neat dissection of race relations in the American South. On the latest episode of the Original Content podcast, TechCrunch’s Darrell Etherginton and Anthony Ha discuss how we struggled with the movie — both its seriousness and its early reliance on nearly constant voiceover. But once we got past our early hesitations, we were rewarded...

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Original Content podcast: We ride with the outlaws of ‘Godless’

Some big names — including Jeff Daniels, Michelle Dockery and Scoot McNairy — donned cowboy hats and mounted horses for Godless, a seven-episode Western on Netflix. Each episode was written and directed by Scott Frank (A Walk Among the Tombstones), while Steven Soderbergh (Ocean’s Eleven) serves an executive producer. But does all that talent add up to a compelling show? That’s what TechCrunch’s Darrell Etherington and Anthony Ha discuss on the latest episode of the Original Content podcast. Godless centers on La Belle, a mining town where almost all of the men were killed an accident, leaving the women to carry on. And at least in Darrell’s view, the limited series might be the very best thing Netflix has produced. As usual, we also cover the week’s streaming and entertainment news, including uncertain production plans for House of Cards, new projections for Apple’s content spending and the first trailer for Avengers: Infinity War. You can listen to the episode in the player above, subscribe using Apple Podcasts or find us in your podcast player of choice. If you like the show, please let us know by leaving a review on Apple. You also can send us feedback directly. Featured Image:...

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Original Content podcast: ‘The Punisher’ arrives with a bang

Marvel and Netflix’s latest show The Punisher stars Jon Bernthal as the bloodthirsty superhero. Bernthal first took on the role in the second season of Daredevil, but now he’s the headliner in a story exploring the aftermath of war and a broader government conspiracy. In the latest episode of TechCrunch’s Original Content podcast, hosts Darrell Etherington and Anthony Ha debate the politics and quality of the new show. Since it’s a kinda slow holiday week in the United States, we kept our discussion shorter than usual. But we did take the time to catch up on one big piece...

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Original Content podcast: We have mixed feelings about ‘Stranger Things 2’

 Stranger Things 2 (as Netflix and the Duffer Brothers are calling the second season of their hit show) has been out for a full week, so some serious fans have already watched all nine episodes. That includes TechCrunch’s Darrell Etherington and Anthony Ha, who have been bingeing the show all week. On the latest episode of the Original Content podcast, we discuss our feelings about the… Read...

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Original Content turns a ‘Little Evil’

It’s a familiar story: Woman joins satanic cult, woman becomes mysteriously pregnant, child kills one boyfriend after another, child is probably the Antichrist. For the latest episode of TechCrunch’s Original Content podcast, we take a break from superheroes and review Little Evil, a Netflix film offering a comedic twist on Rosemary’s Baby and The Omen. It’s partly an outright parody of the Satanic baby formula, partly a tongue-in-cheek portrait of the pains of being a stepfather. Adam Scott plays the hapless new dad, Evangeline Lilly is the overprotective mother and the movie was written and directed by Eli Craig,...

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TechCrunch’s Original Content battles evil alongside Amazon’s new version of ‘The Tick’

For the latest episode of Original Content, TechCrunch’s podcast covering the latest streaming shows and movies, we checked out Amazon’s new take on The Tick. You may remember the animated show that ran in the ’90s, or the live action version starring Patrick Warburton that Fox broadcast a few years later. Did we really need another version of the comically oblivious superhero, paired with his hapless sidekick Arthur? Turns out the answer is yes. To hear why, listen to our in-depth review. And if, after three weeks of The Defenders and The Tick, you’re ready for some non-superheroic reviews,...

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