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Peacock Review: Not Worth The Money

Today on Binge Kill Chill, TC updates his NBC’s Peacock review after almost a week of testing, and Swaggy-D says “I told you so.” 

Plus TC dumps YouTube TV. He really does hate all that bundling nonsense. 

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Peacock Review & I Told You So

Last week TC put down the big bucks to take NBC’s Peacock for a test run. It wasn’t the free edition either, it was the super-deluxe no-ads version. You’d expect it to come fully loaded, packed with goodies but from day one TC was disappointed.

During the podcast he pays the new kid on the streaming block a couple of compliments.

  1. TC called exclusive show Brave New World entertaining. Saying that after two episodes he planned to continue watching. Giving it a modest CHILL rating in the process. The audience on Rotten Tomatoes gives it 88-percent.
  2. TC also said the interface was nice, responsive, and clean.

Watch the trailer for Brave New World below:

Outside of a handful of movies and the above two compliments, TC loathed Peacock.

In a previous episode, Swaggy-D called the service a promotion tool for NBC products, and in this episode, he made the claim it’s a free service to go alongside Pluto TV and The Roku Channel.

When TC first got the service he had hopes. Yet, less than 7-days into his trial the host’s opinions were unanimous…

NBC’s Peacock streaming platform gets a KILL rating.

CHECK OUT: The Best Shows & Movies Streaming In July 2020 On NBC’s Peacock streaming service.

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Netflix Review: The Old Guard And Unsolved Mysteries

Today on Binge Kill Chill, TC and Swaggy-D look back on what they’ve been watching and review two from Netflix’s July 2020 line-up.

TC picks out Netflix’s Unsolved Mysteries and gives it the big BINGE-rating. While Swaggy-D goes on some weird middle-aged rant about The Old Guard.

TC concludes the podcast by reading out the hilarious episode descriptions from HBO’s recently canceled Run series. Asking, “how was it made in the first place?”

CHECK OUT: The best shows and movies streaming on Peacock on it’s July 15 launch.

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Netflix Review: The Old Guard

Be warned, don’t expect to see a Charlize Theron tour-de-force. It’s not Mad Max, it’s not Atomic Blonde, it’s Theron with her feet up.

Sadly, it doesn’t get any better than that.

Somehow Netflix has taken a good graphic novel and made it dull. It’s an impressive achievement considering the synopsis. Immortal soldiers struggling to keep their identity secret in the modern era, while big pharma chases. It has so much potential.

The problems come thick and fast, from a laughable villain who looks fresh from a college campus to a predictable double-cross you’ll see a mile off. Yet, the movie’s main issue is that it’s stuck in second-gear.

If you want to watch a Netflix action movie, check out Extraction. It’s ten times better than The Old Guard.

NETFLIX REVIEW: The Old Guard is not horrendous. Yet it plays out like it was made with a check-list rather than passion. It gets a disappointing CHILL rating from SNIPdaily.

CHECK OUT: HBO Max IS better than Netflix.

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Peacock: Best Shows & Movies Streaming In July 2020

Today on Binge Kill Chill, TC and Swaggy-D take a look at the new streaming platform Peacock and decide if it’s worth getting this July 2020.

The guys pick out Peacock Originals including David Schwimmer’s Intelligence and BBC’s The Capture for the BKC treatment.

The guys also dig through the back catalog coming to Peacock, from The Godfather Trilogy to Parks and Recreation.

CHECK OUT: TC ranks HBO Max above Netflix and explains why with the use of his (and his wives) watchlist.

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Originals On Peacock

If you’re looking for Originals on Peacock this July 2020 you’ll be disappointed. That’s unless you’re on the free, littered with ads version of the streaming service.

The three stand-out Originals include Brave New World, Intelligence, and The Capture. Ironically, two out of the three have already aired in full on UK television.

Brave New World

In terms of being a true big-budget Original on Peacock this July 2020, this is it.

Its cast includes young Han Solo, Alden Ehrenreich, and Jessica Brown Findlay who Downton Abbey fans may remember.

Its source material is described as: “Aldous Huxley’s profoundly important classic of world literature, Brave New World is a searching vision of an unequal, technologically-advanced future where humans are genetically bred, socially indoctrinated, and pharmaceutically anesthetized to passively uphold an authoritarian ruling order–all at the cost of our freedom, full humanity, and perhaps also our souls.”

CHILL RATING: Brave New World has the potential to be great. Yet, expect Equilibrium meets 1984, but slower paced.

CHECK OUT: Our Binge Kill Chill quick fire “Trial By Media” review.

Intelligence

This David Schwimmer led awkward comedy has already aired in full on UK cable TV. So it’s only Original on Peacock in the U.S. this July 2020. Having already seen the show, we’ll give it a begrudging CHILL RATING.

The show is set within an intelligence agency in the UK. It pokes fun at the big loud American, David Schwimmer, and it has all the usual goofball moments as it plods along with a fairly standard agency mole plot. It’s adequate background noise that gets a CHILL, not a KILL from us because Ross Can… Friends fans will know the reference.

The Capture

From the Peacock trailer, this was the show that stood out. A conspiracy thriller, complete with the burly oaf that is Ron Pearlman (said lovingly).

The ironic twist is that The Capture aired on the BBC back in 2019. The bigger twist is that I had already seen it, despite forgetting I had.

BINGE RATING: Forget the fact I couldn’t remember the show. If you liked The Bodyguard, BBC’s Sherlock, or Luther, then the same standard is here. Mix that quality with a bizarre conspiracy plot, complete with some fantastic cat and mouse chases, then you’ve got yourself a show worth picking Peacock up for this July 2020.

CHECK OUT: The best shows and movies streaming on Netflix this July.

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STREAMING WARS: HBO Max Is Better Than Netflix

Today on Binge Kill Chill, TC rides solo and digs into the streaming wars with a platform ranking that puts HBO Max above Netflix. Plus, TC shares his and his wife’s watchlist’s on HBO Max.

To find out what’s on their watchlists, and his streaming wars top platforms, listen to the show below.

CHECK OUT: The best shows and movies streaming on Netflix this July.

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Streaming Wars: Platform Rankings

Below are TC’s top three platforms, for his full streaming wars rankings listen to the podcast now.

#1. HBO Max

TC is a big fan of HBO shows, from The Wire to The Sopranos. So adding in the Warner Bros. movie collection was always going to make what was already a strong HBO line-up spectacular. The only two questions TC had about the platform were, would HBO cycle content, and is it worth the higher-than-usual $14.99 monthly cost?

The fact TC has put HBO Max #1 so soon after it’s May launch shows that those questions are no longer relevant. If you’re looking for mature content, a library of both modern and classic movies, HBO Max should be your streaming platform of choice.

CHECK OUT: Da 5 Bloods, Succession, and other reviews from June.

#2. YouTube

During the podcast, TC removed YouTube because it was mostly short clips, but he would have given it the number two rank otherwise. Therefore we’ve included it here because many people spend hours on YouTube, from finding out how to fix a washing machine to watching reviews of record players (both me).

The fantastic thing about YouTube is that it’s free, informative, funny, et al. Whatever you’re after, YouTube has you covered, unlike most streaming platforms.

#3. Netflix

Netflix is off the charts when it comes to new content, yet we’d take quality over quantity at this point, especially when their focus has been on angry teens for a few years now.

This focus hasn’t pushed SNIPdaily away from the platform but it has made it less interesting to check back and see what’s new on Netflix. We already know, it’ll be another angry teen show, complete with whiny boys and super-powered girls.

The one genre we still regularly return to Netflix for is its documentaries, as they remain BINGE worthy.

To find out TC’s complete streaming wars platform ranking listen to the podcast now.

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Netflix: The Best Shows and Movies Streaming in July 2020

Today on Binge Kill Chill, TC and Swaggy-D take a look at what’s new on Netflix this July 2020.

Picking out Originals including Warrior NunThe Old Guard, and Cursed for the BKC treatment.

The guys also dig through the classics coming to Netflix in July, from Airplane! to The Karate Kid

CHECK OUT: Da 5 Bloods, Succession, and other reviews from June now

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Originals on Netflix this July 2020

One of the better superhero show’s to emerge from the blur of capes over the last half-decade is Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy. Fans of the show will be delighted that season two hits the streaming giant on July 31.

Surprisingly, The Umbrella Academy Season 2 isn’t one of our three picks this month. Instead, we’ve gone for fresh content, picking out what we predict will be a BINGE, a CHILL, and a KILL (for our rating system see below).

The Old Guard (July 10)

The stand out this July 2020 on Netflix is the Charlie Theron led summer blockbuster The Old Guard. The movie is about immortal soldiers who have protected humanity for thousands of years, but who are now being hunted down by big bad corporations after their super-human secrets.

We predict The Old Guard will be an action romp and compared to other things streaming in July, it will end up a BINGE. Check out the trailer below:

Warrior Nun (July 2)

The next thing on our radar is Netflix’s new series Warrior Nun. Think super-powered coma chick meets secret religious groups that protect mankind. Yes, there’s a theme this July and it seems to be women kicking ass. Fingers crossed we get a fantastic show rather than some woke nightmare.

We predict Warrior Nun will be a CHILL. Check out the trailer below to make up your own mind.

Cursed, July 17

Finally, we have Cursed. We love King Arthur, Excalibur, and all those cool Knights of the Round Table stories, and Cursed is of that world. The difference, instead of King Arthur wielding Excalibur, it’s a woman.

What makes us worry about this new Netflix series is that the trailer wants us to believe having a woman as the lead is a big deal. In 2020 a woman lead isn’t even close to being a surprise. Check out the trailer below to see what we mean.

We predict Cursed will be a KILL. If the big thing in your trailer is that the lead is a woman, we’re guessing the rest isn’t going to get much more surprising or exciting.

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Netflix & HBO Max Reviews: Da 5 Bloods, Succession, and More

Today on Binge Kill Chill, TC and Swaggy-D look back on what they’ve been watching throughout the month of June and review some of the latest Netflix and HBO Max shows available right now.

TC finishes his Succession binge and gives his verdict. Plus he admits to being a Goonies virgin. 

Swaggy-D gives gets confused by Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods, and questions Netflix’s latest documentary Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich

There’s also a peek at what’s next on Netflix, including Warrior Nun and a Charlie Theron big-budget action romp.

CHECK OUT: The best Hulu movies and shows streaming in June 2020.

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Netflix Review: Da 5 Bloods

Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods is a confusing mess, lost somewhere between a political statement and a heist movie. It does nothing well unless you count the retro-style trailer, which had our excitement levels amped up to a ten.

The fact it sucks is a tragedy, especially as the movie includes fantastic acting talent, including Delroy Lindo (Get Shorty), Clarke Peters (Jessica Jones), and Norm Lewis (Scandal). Yet, none of them can save the awful script which is plagued with ridiculous coincidences that play out as if a seven-year-old had written it.

Underneath the script issues, bizarre directorial decisions, and the ridiculousness of the heist portion of the movie is a political message that would have been a better movie. If only Spike Lee had focused on that side of the story, we could have seen four war heroes returning to Vietnam and uncovering how life moved on. Instead, we get 150-minutes of nonsense that’s bordering on unwatchable.

VERDICT: Kill.

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Hulu: The Best Show and Movies Streaming in June 2020

Today on Binge Kill Chill, TC rides solo and digs into what’s hot on Hulu this June 2020

As far as originals go, there’s not much from Hulu this month. The only show of note is Love, Victor and that definitely should not be on the top of your list. In fact it’s TC’s “KILL” for the month.

There is some good stuff though, including some classic movies like Awakenings with Robin Williams and LIl’ Bobby De Niro, plus CliffhangerJoyride, and Kingpin.

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Hulu’s Binge & Kill List This June

TC’s Top Binge Picks from Hulu, June 2020:

  • Joyride: A college freshman goes on a cross-country road trip to pick up the girl of his dreams.
  • Grown Ups: A group of men reunites at their former basketball coach’s funeral.
  • Awakenings: A doctor’s work with a group of catatonic patients in a Bronx hospital.

Swaggy-D’s Top Binge Picks from Hulu, June 2020:

  • Cliffhanger: A former mountain rescuer is pitted against criminals who lose $100 million during a plane crash.
  • Charlie Wilson’s War: Government, donors, and the CIA form an alliance to boost funding for Afghan freedom fighters in their war against Russia.
  • Equilibrium: A futuristic world, where emotions are suppressed and feeling is a crime punishable by death.

All of these movies are available now on Hulu.

TC picked out the Hulu Original Love, Victor as his Kill this month (see below for the meaning). Check out the trailer below:

Swaggy-D’s Kill pick is the 1997 Bean movie. A character he’s loathed since childhood. Mr. Bean mimes everything, and considering no one has ever said: “hey, let’s go watch that mime” in human history, he remains confused by its popularity.

CHECK OUT: The Best Show and Movies Streaming on Netflix in June 2020

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Netflix: The Best Shows and Movies Streaming in June 2020

Today on Binge Kill Chill, TC and Swaggy-D take a look at what’s new on Netflix this June 2020

Picking out Originals including Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods and The Last Days of American Crime for the BKC treatment.

The guys also dig into what else is on Netflix this month including Garth Brooks: The Road I’m OnV for Vendetta, and give quick reviews for Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich and Steve Carrell’s Space Force.

CHECK OUT: Our Binge Kill Chill quick fire “Trial By Media” review

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Originals In June

Swaggy-D picked out two Netflix Originals in the podcast. The first was Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods, a movie about a squad of soldiers returning to Vietnam to find the body of their squad leader and hidden treasure. If the movie is as eclectic as the trailer, it’s going to be one wild ride. Check out the trailer below:

The second Original picked out by Swaggy-D was Olivier Megaton’s The Last Days of American Crime. A Netflix movie set in a future where the U.S. government is about to broadcast a signal that paralyzes people from committing criminal acts. As it has Sharlto Copley (District 9, Elysium), consider us intrigued.

The Last Days of American Crime is available from June 5, and Da 5 Bloods launches June 12.

CHECK OUT: Our Binge Kill Chill quick fire “White Lines” review

Top Picks In June

During the podcast, TC picks out the Garth Brooks‘ documentary called The Road I’m On as the show he’s most looking forward to watching this month. If you’re a big fan of Garth Brooks (or know nothing about him like Swaggy-D), check out the trailer below:

Swaggy-D’s top pick was Da 5 Bloods but as that’s covered above, we’ve added the movie he was most gushing about, and that was V For Vendetta. During the podcast, he calls it an all-time great, with exceptional dialogue, acting, and action.

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The Best HBO Max TV shows Streaming At Launch

Today on Binge Kill Chill, TC and Swaggy-D take a look at the best HBO Max TV shows available at launch, May 27.

Picking out all-time greats including The SopranosDeadwood, and Friends for the BKC treatment.

The guys also dig into the entire TV show collection, highlighting what’s a binge, and what’s a kill in the process. Some of the best include The Office (UK), Top Gear, and Game of Thrones.

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A Strange Launch

There’s something you need to know about HBO Max at launch and that’s unless you’re subscribing for something specific like Friends, or The Big Bang Theory, it’s underwhelming.

The Max Originals at launch are weak. There’s an Anna Kendrick series called Love Life that has a Sex and the City vibe, just for a younger audience. Plus, a documentary about a music producer coming forward about sexual misconduct in the music industry called On The Record.

That’s it, unless you want kid shows or Craftopia? It’s a strange launch for sure.

CHECK OUT: The best and worst of Pluto TV and what it has streaming right now.

BBC Off-Cuts

Another oddity about the HBO Max TV launch line-up is that there’s a weird BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) vibe to it.

Some of what they’ve picked up makes sense. The Office (UK) is fantastic, plus Luther and Top Gear are great shows. However, many of the others are oddball and less well-known.

Perhaps they’re for a younger audience?

However, we can’t help but think it was to hit five digits in their marketing stats. For example, HBO Max has 10,000 hours of TV content. Around 500 of those must be from the BBC.

In a report, HBO signed 700-BBC-episodes under a non-exclusivity deal, and that’s not even including the 11-years of Dr. Who episodes they snapped up.

CHECK OUT: The BKC “Upload” review, plus an argument over Tarantino’s ninth movie.

HBO’s Best TV Shows

Despite the underwhelming amount of Max Originals at launch and the weird BBC vibe, Max still has all the great shows made by HBO.

If you’ve never had an HBO platform and you’ve never seen some of their best shows, including Boardwalk Empire, Chernobyl, The Wire, Succession, et al. Now is the time to subscribe, especially as there’s a huge movie library and much more incoming on June 1.

However, if you’ve had a HBO platform before, prepare to feel exactly as we do, and that’s a little underwhelmed at launch.

CHECK OUT: The best shows and movies streaming on Netflix right now.

The Best HBO Max Movies Streaming At Launch

Today on Binge Kill Chill, TC and Swaggy-D take a look at the best HBO Max movies available at launch, May 27.

Picking out all-time greats including The Wizard of OzAliens, and the Lethal Weapon trilogy (not the fourth) for the BKC treatment.

The guys also dig into the entire 600-movie collection, highlighting what’s a binge, and what’s a kill in the process. Some of the best include Casablanca, Glengarry Glen Ross, and Bridesmaids.

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Killing Wonder Woman

During the podcast TC picks Wonder Woman as his Kill from HBO Max’s launch line-up. It’s a bold pick, but one indicative of TC’s dislike of new superhero movies, with the exception of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.

Regardless of the fact Wonder Woman is one of the better DC superhero movies available, and SNIPdaily’s excitement over the Zack Snyder cut of Justice League coming to HBO Max in 2021, TC has a point.

It’s time to cut-back on superhero movies.

CHECK OUT: The BKC “Upload” review, plus an argument over Tarantino’s ninth movie.

Too Much Of The Same

Regardless of whether someone is a superhero fan or not, everyone can agree that the Marvel movies, starting with Iron Man right to the final Avengers movie, have great production quality. They’re popcorn fodder and that’s perfect for the genre.

Even DC upped the quality with their latest popcorn superhero blockbusters, including Wonder Woman and Aquaman specifically.

The issue is that, too many spoil the broth. They’ve become predictable, and with the exception of Joker, and Tony Stark’s death, there are no surprises, just big explosions.

So, despite being a massive nerd, whose office is full of miniatures from Marvel, DC, and more obscure graphic novels and niches, TC is right. We need a period of no new superhero movies.

However, over-saturation isn’t going to stop the superhero-fest, in 2020 there’s Wonder Woman 1984, The New Mutants, Black Widow, Samaritan, and much more coming.

CHECK OUT: The best shows and movies streaming on Netflix right now.