Streaming: Scorsese’s freewheeling Dylan doc

Martin Scorsese is in playful mode with Rolling Thunder Revue, an intimate portrait of a 1970s Bob Dylan tour In a year that has seen Steven Spielberg become the Bob Dylan documentary. I say another, but if youre expecting a direct follow-up to Scorseses 2005 opus The Last Waltz, youll be surprised. Allen Ginsberg bewildering polite midwestern audiences with ornately woolly poetry readings, or Joni Mitchell riffing on her then newborn song Coyote in a backstage jam session alongside the perfectly selected Dylan stage performances youd expect, from a transfixing version of One More Cup of Coffee to electrified renditions of his folkier 1960s standards to a duet with Sam Shepard and some very funny running commentary from Dylan himself, …

Always Be My Maybe review another middling Netflix romantic comedy

Ali Wong and Randall Park cant spin enough charm from a flat-looking regurgitation of a formula we know all too well Our collective thirst for the release of a genuinely great romantic comedy has led to us looking back as well as forward, rewatching the classics ad nauseam, waiting impatiently for a worthy new addition. Those canny folks over at Netflix have been making note and as a result, they have been algorithmically constructing a string of lab-cooked, box-ticking impostors that sit creepily alongside the films theyre desperately trying to emulate. Last years summer of transformed Set It Up, To All the Boys Ive Loved Before and The Kissing Booth into global hits, with more than Baby Cobra remains one …

Too many choices: should Netflix make more interactive stories?

After the success of Black Mirrors Bandersnatch, the streaming platform has revealed ambitions to use the decision-making dynamic for future projects Bandersnatch was many things. It was a Black Mirror episode. It was the first seamless, mainstream choose-your-own-adventure TV show. Its possibly how Benedict Cumberbatch pronounces his own surname after a heavy blow to the head. One thing it was not, however, was a one-off. True, Charlie Brooker might have ruled out making any more branching episodes of Black Mirror, Mumbai Bantams Choose Your Own Adventure books of the 80s and 90s, sci-fi overwhelms the list: theres Space and Beyond, Inside UFO 54-40, Prisoner of the Ant People, War With the Evil Power Master, War With the Mutant Spider Ants. …