View Finder: Netflix plays the confidence card

Brodie Fogg 7 January 2018

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Blockbuster Bright has performed considerably well according to Netflix.

Despite getting a harsh critical noogie from just about every outlet, Netflix claims Will Smith and Joel Edgerton's beat cop fantasy Bright is lighting up the world of streaming. A recent release from Netflix claims that not only is Bright currently the number 1 movie on Netflix in every country it's available but also the most viewed Netflix film ever on the service in its first week alone. The wording there is important – the most viewed Netflix film – we assume that means films originally produced for the streaming service and not films available on Netflix.

Netflix is putting on a brave face in light of the critical thrashing and was happy enough with Bright's performance to greenlight a sequel. Bright 2 was announced this week via a "leaked" video of orcs auditioning for the sequel.

Even the movie's Director David Ayer has kept a stiff upper lip, responding to some of Bright's most biting criticisms with respect and awe.

So there you have it. Bright may not be the critical darling it was honestly never destined to be but Netflix knows what its users want. And so it bloody well should. With the trove of user analytics it has at its fingertips (data that it likes to shout from the rooftops), Netflix is in an unprecedented position to produce and serve up content that best reflects its subscriber's interests. To the rest of us, that sounds like a dark future for the art of filmmaking, but for Netflix at least, the future is looking bright.

Amazon Prime Video's first year in Australia

You only have to look at our monthly streaming release roundup to know Amazon Prime Video is dragging its feet when it comes to releasing new content in Australia. Its streaming library currently pales in comparison to rivals Netflix and Stan but with that said, there's still some value to be found in its streaming exclusives like the incredibly popular The Grand Tour, or Neil Gaiman's modern fantasy epic American Gods.

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Amazon Prime Video has celebrated the new year by revealing the most streamed TV series and movies and most downloaded programs for offline viewing.

The most streamed series on Amazon Prime Video in Australia
  • The Grand Tour Season 1
  • The Grand Tour Season 2
  • American Gods Season 1
  • The Man in the High Castle Season 1
  • The Tick Season 1
The most streamed movies on Amazon Prime Video in Australia
  • Jack Reacher
  • Paul
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands: War Within The Cartel
  • Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol
  • The Adjustment Bureau
The most downloaded series (offline viewing)
  • The Grand Tour Season 1
  • The Man In the High Castle Season 1
  • The Man in the High Castle Season 2
  • Goliath Season 1
  • Mr. Robot Season 1
The most downloaded movies (offline viewing)
  • The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water
  • The LEGO Movie
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2
  • Interstellar
  • Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

That's a fairly predictable list when it comes to TV series. The Grand Tour had millions of fervent Top Gear fans with their credit cards at the ready when the return of Clarkson, Hammond and May was first teased. American Gods promised a dose of beautifully shot gore in the wake of Game of Thrones' seventh season and The Tick was bound to land with fans of the big blue arachnid's absurd brand of justice.

However, the most streamed movies offer up a more accurate reflection of Prime Video's current offering. On the film side of things we've got three middling flicks from 2011, Matt Damon and Emily Blunt's The Adjustment Bureau, Tom Cruise's fourth turn as Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol and sci-fi stoner comedy Paul. The action-heavy lineup was also joined by the Ubisoft/Twitch/Amazon production and total mouthful Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands: War Within the Cartel but the less said about that the better.

To be fair to the world's largest online retailer, it had a very busy tail-end of 2017 with its official launch Down Under. Here's hoping Amazon increases releasing quality TV in 2018, like the true-to-its-name The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel).

Trailer park

Here are the most notable trailers from the week of streaming.

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman

Netflix has teased the return of the recently-bearded night owl David Letterman in a trailer for the upcoming TV show My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman. The short tease includes a short roster of guests, most notably President Barack Obama. While Letterman isn't looking to go back to his old daily late-night gig, this Netflix stint will become a monthly event and presumably a wrap up of the preceding month's events.


The End of the F**king World

This wonderfully twisted TV series looks to follow two tortured youths on a road trip/coming of age adventure. James (Black Mirror's Alex Lawther) and Alyssa (Penny Dreadful's Jessica Barden) are two high-schoolers in love who decide to run away together. Sound like a fairly straight-forward teen-romance? Well, James also believes he is a psychopath and is planning to murder Alyssa. Despite that bloody grim setup, The End of the F**king World looks like it has the potential to be one of the most uplifting movies on Netflix.


Looking for something to stream this week? Check out what's new on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Stan in January.

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