Stream Police: The "Watch It Again" Edition
was browsing Netflix the other day and came to the realization that I have watched quite a lot of films and television shows on Netflix, many of which have never been covered here on the Stream Police. With that in mind, I decided to take a break from my "journey around the internet" and take a look at some great features and shows that are available on Netflix.
Back to the Future Trilogy
I can admit that I'm cheating a little with this one, but these movies are so damn fun that I just can't help but include all three of them. When Marty McFly helps his friend Doctor Emmet Brown with an experiment in their local mall's parking lot, Marty learns that Doc Brown has created a time machine. This time machine, a modified AMC Delorean, is the catalyst that drives the films and causes Marty and "Doc" all kinds of problems when they use it to travel back in time. The story by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale holds up surprisingly well even more than thirty years later. This is thanks, in large part, to the film's cast. Led by Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, the cast of the film work together well and their fantastic chemistry leads to some great moments, some funny and others dramatic.
I Know That Voice
I have always been fascinated by the voice over industry ever since I was young. I was always curious to know who was performing the voices of some of my favorite television and video game characters. So, imagine my surprise when I see that John DiMaggio (Futurama, Adventure Time) would be producing and narrating a documentary featuring voice over talent both past and present. With an all-star lineup featuring the likes of June Foray, Billy West, the late Janet Waldo, and so many more, this film is a love letter to an industry that seemingly gets so little recognition. I Know That Voice was a fascinating watch and an excellent look inside of an industry that I love.
Currently airing alongside Family Guy and The Simpsons on Fox, Bob's Burgers is cut from a different cloth than its Animation Domination brethren. The writing style for Bob's Burgers tends to be much more subdued than it's counterparts and relies much more on dry or situational humor to amuse its audience. Because of this, the show is a little more divisive than either The Simpsons or Family Guy, but this difference is part of what gives the show its charm. The Belcher family and everyone else in the show are an eclectic cast played by some incredible comedic talent. The show takes a little while to get going, but the payoff is worth the wait.
It's so strange to think that Friends is 22 years old and even more so that the series has been off the air for twelve years now. I still remember watching the series in its entirety during my high school years and growing attached to the show's main cast. Rewatching the show all these years later showed me just how well the series has held up, from both a presentation and a writing standpoint. On the presentation side, the show benefited from creators who thought to shoot the entire show in widescreen, allowing it to receive a fantastic HD makeover, complete with a 16:9 aspect ratio, giving it a much nicer HD makeover than other shows from the mid-nineties.
I could go on about Friends, but due to its regular rotation in syndication for the last two decades, I'm sure almost everyone is familiar with the many of the show's tropes and storylines. The series has fantastic writing, and the characters are incredibly endearing. The show is worth watching whether you've seen it before or you're experiencing it for the first time.
Pokémon: Indigo League
Unless you've lived under a rock for the last couple of weeks, then you already know that the Pokémon Go has taken over the world. With this in mind, what better time to refamiliarize yourself with the anime series that started it all? The Indigo League season of Pokémon covers the beginning of Ash and Pikachu's Pokémon journey along with Brock and Misty. Despite its age and the show being skewed toward a younger audience, there are still some fun episodes here, and it's always a great show to watch with the kids.