This ‘n’ That – Barnes, Noble, & Hulu

Hulu

 

* Hulu would really like to keep my interest through the summer. In addition to their heavily publicized acquisition of the entire run of Seinfeld (echoing Netflix’ wonderful success with Friends in January), they have also added Dr. Dimension Pants to their growing kids lineup of SpongeBob SquarePants, Adventure Time, Ben 10, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Little did they know that it is actually their substantial Noir offerings that I’m savoring.

Barnes & Noble

 

Barnes & Noble is running a series of pop culture events in July. All Thursdays are throwback Thursdays. The 9th is the 60s, the 16th is the 70s, the 23rd is the 80s, and the 30th is the 90s. There are Minions, Star Wars, and DC comics days as well. There will be events, sales, and giveaways. I hope this works out for them as I’d love to see more events like this.

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Hulu

Hulu has really been upping their game lately. Obviously they have to work overtime to keep customers over the summer. Once all of the fall shows have had their finales and before they come back, what is there to watch on Hulu?

Adventure Time

In addition to 23 series from Adult Swim (I’m still looking forward to trying out Black Dynamite), Hulu added 10 for kids (Adventure Time, Samurai Jack, Ben 10, Regular Show, Dexter’s Laboratory, Ben 10 Omniverse, Flapjack, Foster, Gumball, and Steven Universe) from Cartoon Network.

They also have quite a few exclusives, such as Murder in the First. When the Mindy Kaling show was canceled by the network, Hulu snatched it up. I love the idea of streaming services rescuing worthy (and not-so-worthy) shows from oblivion.

Seinfeld

Taking a page out the Netflix playbook, Hulu has snagged the rights to the entire series of Seinfeld. They are obviously hoping that people will binge watch it as they did when Netflix acquired Friends early this year. Seinfeld starts June 24th.

As far as movies go, while they are not Hulu’s strong suit, Hulu still has an exclusive deal with Criterion to show almost their entire catalog. If you are interested in film history or the best of foreign cinema, definitely check them out.

A Movie Room Birthday

My wife is celebrating my 50th birthday all month. She has alphabetized her gifts, giving me one each day. Here are the first five editions – some pictured before my beloved granddaughter shredded the boxes.

Alien

 

A is for Alien

Cornelius

 

C is for Cornelius

F is for Finn

 

F is for Finn

Gru

 

G is for Gru

Hulk

 

H is for Hulk.

New Netflix Releases for the Week of 4/1/14

Another week, another slew of viewing choices on streaming Netflix (no lame April Fool’s Pranks here)

King of Fighters

Action & Adventure: The King of Fighters

Anime: Madoka Magica

Comedy: High School Record, The Perfect Wedding, Towheads, The Big Wedding, Bill Burr: Let It Go, Louis C.K.: Chewed Up, White Reindeer, Jim Norton: Please Be Offended

Documentary: Dark Legacy II, Dear Mandela, The Light in Her Eyes, The Punk Singer, Red Obsession, Narco Cultura

Jobs

Drama: Breakfast with Curtis, Elena Undone, The Happy Sad, K-11, L.I.E., My Brother the Devil, Otelo Burning, Jobs

Faith: Surrendered

Family: All Stars, Pup

Fantasy & Science Fiction: Mr. Nobody, Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark

Grandmaster

Foreign: Camille Claudel 1915, Girl on a Bicycle, The Grandmaster, My Engine’s Fragile Sound, The Pool, The Silent Army, Tall as the Baobab Tree, The Berlin File

Horror: Zombie Apocalypse: Redemption

Television: Secret Princes, She is Wow, Codename: Kids Next Door, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Green Lantern: The Animated Series, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, MAD, Young Justice, and new seasons of Adventure Time, Batman: Brave and the Bold, Generator Rex, Regular Show, Scooby-Doo Mystery Incorporated, and Mad Men

Who Framed Roger, the Adventure Time Rabbit?

Sometimes I have my granddaughter with me and that puts things like Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan and The Bay on hold. What have I watched with her recently on Netflix?

Who Framed Roger Rabbit?tWho Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988) – Rated PG

Director Robert Zemeckis seamlessly mixes live action with animation wizardry in this cinematic groundbreaker featuring Bob Hoskins as gruff gumshoe Eddie Valiant, who agrees to take the case of Roger Rabbit, a zany cartoon star framed for murder.

I love Netflix’ deal with Disney. It was not that long ago where the only thing Miss D wanted to watch with me on Netflix was Rango. It was quite cute and filled with the usual Depp quirkiness but I watched it too many times. Who Framed Roger Rabbit? shows a little wear at the seems (the groundbreaking effects look quaint and clunky now) but still holds up quite well.

Bob Hoskins gives an excellent performance and the film would not have worked without him. Christopher Lloyd is suitably manic here. He gradually pushes the dial to 11 but it works.

The real stars are of course the toons. Not only do we get original toons such as Jessica and Roger Rabbit but classic Disney characters (Mickey Mouse, Goofy) AND classic Looney Tunes characters (Bugs Bunny, Yosemite Sam) AND Betty Boop. Where else are you going to see Daffy and Donald Duck perform a combative duet?

Adventure TimeAdventure Time (2010) – TV-PG

Young Finn and his shape-shifting dog buddy, Jake, have a series of surreal adventures as they journey through the postapocalyptic Land of Ooo, encountering odd situations that involve even odder characters in this quirky animated series.”

Look at the above description: surreal, odd, odder, quirky. That certainly sums up Adventure Time. From the very first episode, where an experiment gone wrong causes zombies to crawl from the grave in search of sugar in the Candy Kingdom, the surrealism is delightful. I have watched this series from beginning to end twice with Miss D and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Listen for George Takei in a cool cameo as Ricardio! Other guest voices include Neil Patrick Harris, Miguel Ferrer, Erik Estrada, Henry Rollins, Ming Na-Wen, Cloris Leachman, Mark Hamill, and so on. I am very much looking forward to future seasons when Netflix gets the rights.