Netflix, Amazon, Disney: Are there too many streaming services?

It's pretty much a given that nearly every household has a subscription to a streaming service nowadays. Whether that be Netflix, Amazon Prime Video or Now TV, many people are moving from Freeview and Sky to the affordable nature of one of these services. With the lowest amount being £6 a month you'd be paying for Netflix, its no wonder people are moving from costly networks and deciding to be given new original content every week, as well as classic favourites you've seen before for a low price. Whilst the age of streaming services is in full swing, there are many problems that are starting to arise from the influx in companies starting their own services, and the choice that subscribers have to make. The big question this week is: are there too many of them? Netflix, Amazon and Now TV are the biggest streaming services in the UK, and many would argue that these three are enough. Not everyone has all of them, but in order to get the best exclusives many people subscribe to multiple, to get a bit of everything. Yet, with the success of these services, many companies are looking to get their own slice of the action. Launching at the end of the year comes Disney +, an exclusive new streaming service that will be, you guessed it, Disney themed. This one sounds very exciting. With Disney being able to not only upload tons of their own backlog of content, but also having their [...]

Netflix, Amazon, Disney: Are there too many streaming services?2019-08-01T13:17:19+00:00

Netflix and Censorship: Should they censor their shows?

Stranger Things 3 landed on Netflix a couple of weeks ago, and we've been busy binging and discussing the cult 80's Sci-Fi/Horror for ages! It has definitely proven to once again be a hit with critics and audiences alike, but there are a lot of people out there who, whilst liking the show, have found a massive issue with it. Netflix confirmed that due to a lot of fan outrage, they would be cutting back cigarettes and smoking in the next season of the show, since many felt there was way too much smoking in Season 3. We wanted to raise the question, as why do people feel it should be censored, and why now? There are a lot of arguments for and against this case. Stranger Things has a very wide audience spanning from adults to kids. It's very much a family show, with a group of young teenagers being the main focus characters of the show, these characters are a lot easier for kids to latch onto. The show is very tame in the horror aspect, and its comedy side works as a family show. Of course, when characters such as Hopper smoke constantly throughout the show, there's no wonder parents would be annoyed, as it may have an influence on their kids. But there are plenty of other shows that kids watch where smoking is a thing, its something that happens all around kids in the real world too - so why single out Stranger Things? [...]

Netflix and Censorship: Should they censor their shows?2019-07-18T16:13:03+00:00

Not sure what to watch? Too much choice and can’t decide? Fear not, here are some of our favourite films and TV shows from June.

Stuck with deciding what to watch on TV or see at the cinema this month? As film and TV fanatics, we at Shot Blast Media have been discussing some of our favourite entertainment from last month and the beginning of July. We've decided to share some of our recommendations with you, so if you are planning a media binge or a cinema trip this month, here's some suggestions on what we feel is hot right now. Yesterday When a struggling musician wakes up after an accident and finds out the Beatles never existed and only he can remember them, he decides to write and perform all of their songs - passing himself off as the creator. From this he becomes a superstar, but he soon begins to realise that fame and fortune is not all its cracked up to be. From director Danny Boyle and screenwriter Richard Curtis, this romcom musical is a real delight, for Beatles fans and non-Beatles fans. It has a lot of heart and some superb comedy from the Love Actually writer, that you'll be talking about this for weeks.  What We Do In The Shadows Based on the 2014 mockumentary film from Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement, this show follows a group of Vampires living in modern day America and their daily lives. Written by original creators Waititi and Clement, the show is mad, ridiculous and absurdly funny. Whether its the vampires going out clubbing, turning into bats and being captured by Pest Control [...]

Not sure what to watch? Too much choice and can’t decide? Fear not, here are some of our favourite films and TV shows from June.2019-07-09T13:45:35+00:00

The Age of Remakes, Reboots and Long Awaited Sequels: Is Hollywood killing originality?

If you hear anything out of Hollywood nowadays, it is normally that another reboot, remake or sequel is coming for an already existing property. Cinemas at the moment are full to the brim with films that have already done before. Disney's 'Aladdin,' 'Godzilla: King of the Monsters,' and 'Child's Play' are just three franchises from the 90's that are being rebooted yet again, with no end in sight. Not only that, but plenty of sequels are arriving, for example 'Toy Story 4.' Other than the odd original idea such as Ari Aster's upcoming horror 'Midsommar,' it is mostly unoriginal concepts that flood our cinema screens. We're here to ask, is that always a bad thing? It's hard to say that seeing an influx of rehashed films is bad, as with most films, people do enjoy them. The idea of nostalgia is crucial here. Many would rather go see something safe such as a new Star Wars film as it is a recognisable brand and if they are already a fan, it's ideal. Yet seeing a new original film may be a risk to some. Paying money for something you're not familiar with? It sounds silly, but for many it seems the case. The problem here is nobody is familiar with it, and the only way that a film like this can get big is if enough people go to see it. Films such as 'The Terminator' were once original films, and now have become big blockbuster franchises. So where [...]

The Age of Remakes, Reboots and Long Awaited Sequels: Is Hollywood killing originality?2019-07-03T15:01:52+00:00

Rocketman and the Music Biopic: Fact or Fiction?

Have you seen 'Rocketman,' the musical biopic about the life of Elton John that people have been going crazy for? We've seen the film here at Shot Blast, and we loved it. Taron Egerton is fantastic as the 'Tiny Dancer' singer, with a lot of Oscar buzz surrounding his performance and the movie itself. Perhaps you've maybe caught up with a few other musical biopics recently, with last years Queen film 'Bohemian Rhapsody' and Netflix's Mötley Crüe biopic 'The Dirt' being huge as-well. These movies have such a big following, and a lot of this is undoubtedly due to their emphasis on telling real life stories of these icons. However just recently, Elton John's half brother spoke out on how 'Rocketman' chose to portray their father. In the film, Elton's father is shown to be unloving and un-supporting towards Elton. His half-brother deemed that this was not the case, and that their father loved them all equally and was always so supportive of Elton's career. This got us thinking about other occurrences of information that has been fabricated or over-exaggerated in these films. It begs the question, is it wrong to change history, or should it be allowed to make a more enjoyable experience for the audience? Another example comes from 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' and how in the film Freddie Mercury is diagnosed with aids before Live Aid, which didn't happen. He was diagnosed afterwards. It is thought that the filmmakers and the remaining members of Queen did this to [...]

Rocketman and the Music Biopic: Fact or Fiction?2019-06-27T15:10:10+00:00

From The Exorcist to Black Mirror: Are we becoming desensitised to modern media?

In 1973, William Friedkin released 'The Exorcist,' a film that terrified the world. Upon it's theatrical release, audiences left cinemas in disgust. Some were outraged with the film's take on religion, with child actress Linda Blair receiving death threats for her role in the film. However, most cinema-goers were horrified by the film, with so many reports of people leaving the cinema vomiting. It's safe to say that this film was one of the most shocking of its time, yet watching it now it seems like quite the breeze, sometimes even unintentionally funny. In comparison to this, modern day film and TV are always trying to find new ways to try and shock their audiences. With that, this posits the question we've been mulling over in the office for a few weeks. Are we becoming desensitised to modern media? One TV show in particular seems to shock and leave people reeling more than anything else that is running today. Charlie Brooker's 'Black Mirror' looks at the horrors and wonders of modern technology, and how its evolution can spell certain circumstances for the human race. What many say about this show is how a lot of the things that happen in it could happen in reality. For example, the episode 'Arkangel' tells the story of a mother who has a chip implanted in her young daughters head, that allows her to see everything her daughter does, so she can keep tabs on her life. Whilst this might sound very absurd, [...]

From The Exorcist to Black Mirror: Are we becoming desensitised to modern media?2019-06-19T15:00:49+00:00

Netflix v Cinema? And the Oscar goes to…

A recent conversation has become the topic of conversation in the Shot Blast Media office. Famed blockbuster filmmaker Steven Spielberg revealed that he doesn't believe that Netflix films should be considered for academy awards. He told ITV news: “Once you commit to a television format, you’re a TV movie. You certainly, if it’s a good show, deserve an Emmy, but not an Oscar. I don’t believe films that are just given token qualifications in a couple of theatres for less than a week should qualify for the Academy Award nomination.” Netflix came back at Spielberg with a tweet: We love cinema. Here are some things we also love: -Access for people who can't always afford, or live in towns without, theatres -Letting everyone, everywhere enjoy releases at the same time -Giving filmmakers more ways to share art These things are not mutually exclusive. Does Spielberg have a point? Should we treat these movies as just television? Or does Netflix make a better argument? Let's have a look. It is fair to say that in regards to Netflix's tweet, Spielberg is missing a lot here. There are many people who cannot afford or access a cinema, and with Netflix's upsurge in new content people are more likely to stay in and watch a movie instead. Does that mean that because we watch these movies in the comfort of our own homes, they shouldn't get the recognition they deserve? Absolutely not. Alfonso Cuarón's 'Roma' [...]

Netflix v Cinema? And the Oscar goes to…2019-06-12T15:30:18+00:00