I actually turn 40 years old at the end of the month. That time when you flip the first number seems far more likely to cause a rush of nostalgia, or some might call a mid-life crisis, so I’m living mine out by taking to my YouTube channel (YouTube.com/macthemovieguy) and reviewing some of my favorite films of all time. Comfort films. Films I find rewatchable over and over. I’m not saying these films needed Oscars, or that they are cinematic masterpieces, but to me… they kind of are. It’s possible that on my initial review of these films I might … Continue reading 40 For 40: Part 1
As the year begins, you’ll see a lot of little lists from me, mostly celebrating the best I saw in film and television in 2022. I’m spreading it out, and in no way am I starting with major categories. I’m still catching up on a few titles, so by starting small, it gives me a little bit more time to get those lists done. if you’ve been following me, you’ll notice that i have reviewed titles from Netflix, Amazon, hulu, Apple Plus, Paramount Plus, HBO MAX, Disney Plus, and AMC Plus. I’m not rating FreeVee separately, and I barely use … Continue reading Year End Rankings: Which Streaming Service Is On Top?
Recently, I talked about the lack of audio description on Bardo, and my experience asking for English Audio Description for a title directed by an Academy Award Winning director that has a much larger budget than your typical Netflix release. Technically, the film has two audio tracks. Spanish, and Spanish Audio Description, and while it offers Subtitles and Closed Captioning in multiple languages, it has only one audio. A fellow AD enthusiast decided to be the dissenting opinion on this topic, by saying this is typical of Netflix. But is it? Just randomly selecting titles Netflix is trying to throw … Continue reading So What Is Netflix’s Audio Description Strategy?
Just like I did for Halloween titles, I’m trying to do for Christmas titles. I’m trying to select only titles with audio description, and I’m trying to get to 10. However, these are also recommendations, so I have to have actually seen the film, either with or without audio description (either before I lost my vision or after). I managed to get to 10 with Netflix, but not Paramount Plus or Hulu. Will Prime Video be different? They do have FreeVee. 1) Something From Tiffanys I actually haven’t even gotten a chance to review this yet (I’m a little behind), … Continue reading 10 Titles With Audio Description Included With prime To Make your Holidays Bright
often I feel like I’m stuck on a soapbox, having to consistently remind large multi-billion dollar corporations that accessibility isn’t a perk. It’s not something that I’m requesting, like going to a hairstylist and asking for highlights. I’m not upgrading to Uber XL for more comfort. When I or anyone else in the blind and visually impaired community talk to you about audio description, we are talking to you about accessibility. Audio Description, or Descriptive Audio (if you prefer), is an accessibility tool. It’s not something people just use for fun. It’s not like I’m calling you and asking for … Continue reading yes, Netflix, Accessibility Matters
I always start off with the optimism that the streaming service I’ve selected will have ten films with audio description that I’ve seen at some point in my life and can recommend. See, the thing is it’s like a Venn diagram from hell. you start with every movie ever made. Then, you have to reduce that list to only what’s on my selected streaming service. Then, it has to have audio description. Then, it has to have some relevance to the holidays. Then i have to have seen the damn thing in order to recommend it, and it has to … Continue reading 10 Movies With Audio Description On hulu To Bring You Holiday Joy
Of course, one wonders how this list would look if Paramount Plus and Showtime got their shit together and actually decided that accessibility matters, but just like how I did for Netflix, I will now try and recommend 10 titles on Paramount Plus. The usual rules apply. I’m using the list available on The Audio Description Project (ADP.ACB.org) and any title on this list I must have seen, either with audio description, or without (meaning, before I lost my vision). And then, it has to actually be worth recommending. I know, I set such a high bar to find ten … Continue reading 10 Titles On Paramount Plus With Audio Description To Bring you Holiday Cheer
Last week I ranked 20 supporting actresses based on the likelihood of their nomination, and this week I’m taking on Supporting actor. Those other Oscar betters be damned. I’ve got the real details. 1) Paul Dano (The Fablemans) Right now, I consider him the front runner. Playing essentially Spielbergs father, I think the supporting races are being lead by the actors playing his parents. I still believe Williams will get a Supporting nomination, and Dano, who has never been nominated, has been in several films where his name could have easily appeared on this list. He somehow feels like a … Continue reading Oscars 2022: Top 20 Power Rankings For Best Supporting Actor
The final streamer. I was pleasantly surprised to see that Amazon’s list at The Audio Description project (ADp.ACB.org) was included slightly under 600 titles free to prime subscribers. Since the master Amazon list has over 3,000 (we need to have a talk about that disparity, Amazon) I’m glad I didn’t have to search through over 3,000 titles. however, Amazon does have multiple genres which shortened the list, they have films I have seen and can’t recommend without having seen, and they have films I have seen but wouldn’t recommend. They’ve also prioritized a lot of D-list titles, which doesn’t help … Continue reading 10 Titles On Amazon With Audio Description To Frighten Prime Subscribers
So, the year is shaping up. Pretty much everyone has seen every major release minus a few like Babylon, Black Panther Wakanda Forever, and Avatar: The Way Of Water. But taht’s not stopping the Oscar talk, and the 20 actresses most likely to be one of five nominations announced. If I haven’t listed them, lets just be honest and say 15 of these actresses already won’t be nominated, and these aren’t my personal choices based on who I would vote for. This is pure buzz and industry talk. 1) Michelle Williams (The Fablemans) Despite the baffling decision to run a … Continue reading Oscars: Top 20 Contenders For Best Supporting Actress
If you have been following these lists, as Halloween approaches, I’ve already covered 10 Titles With Audio Description on HBo MAX, Paramount Plus, Disney Plus, Hulu, and Peacock. Now it’s time to tackle the behemoth of them all. Netflix. Per the usual rules, if it is on this list, it is a recommendation by me. I may have seen the film before losing my vision, and not have seen it with audio description yet, but all titles are listed as having audio description on our trusted Audio Description Project (ADP.ACB.org). 1) Birdbox Back just a few years ago, this Sandra … Continue reading 10 Movies On Netflix With Audio Description To Scare you Silly This Halloween
Let’s be honest. It’s Disney Plus, which is not necessarily synonymous with scary. however, the service has a surprising amount of family friendly titles to get you in the mood. However, like my previous lists, I must have seen the film for it to make the list. So titles like Zombies 3 and Don’t look under The bed sound promising, but I missed those. The ones on my list are films I’ve seen and recommend, although I might not have seen the film yet with audio description. Based on the list of titles I hadn’t seen, I’m hoping this will … Continue reading 10 Movies On Disney Plus With Audio Description To Make Your Halloween Not-So Scary
You know the drill by now. I’ve already listed 10 Titles on HBO MAX, Hulu, and peacock. Now It’s time for the streamer formerly known as CBS All Access to get the spooky treatment. Personally, I’m not sure they deserve it. We’ve been going back and forth about how they failed to bring the existing audio description for Showtime titles along when they decided to put it as an add on. They think they can be cute, and I’m going to let them know they can’t be. That being said, they do have quite a library. Paramount as a studio … Continue reading 10 Titles On Paramount Plus With Audio Description To Make Your Halloween Scarier
I’ve already covered HBo MAX and hulu. Time to see if i can muster up ten titles worth watching that are on Peacock and have audio description. As before, every film on this list I recommend on some level, but I may not have seen the film with audio description, and my recommendation comes from having seen the film years ago. As usual, my list was pulled from The Audio Description Project, which you can always access: (Http:\\adp.acb.org) 1) Beast Soon, I’ll be posting a full review, but this film which dropped on the service two days ago was in … Continue reading 10 Titles With Audio Description On Peacock To Make Your Halloween Spooky
Just like the HBo MAX list I made last week, this list is pulled from the current list on the audio description project (ADp.acb.org), and are titles I have seen. I may not have seen all of these titles yet with audio description, but I am not recommending anything I haven’t seen. I figured since Hellraiser drops today, hulu seems like a logical choice. It is not on this list, because I have not watched it yet. 1) Fresh Sebastian Stan gives a rather delicious performance in this film that revolves around a topic that sometimes we don’t like to … Continue reading 10 Titles With Audio Description On hulu To Make Your Halloween Spooky