7. Amy Schumer: The Leather Special (2017)
This stand-up special was recorded at Denver’s Belko Theatre and was confirmed as a trainwreck by numerous media outlets. Amy Schumer’s crude brand of humor evidently didn’t connect with many viewers, most notably: the alt-right that enticed plenty of bad press. Neither her satire nor self-humiliation could save her from snide remarks.
People felt violated even having to give it a rating of half a star on Rotten Tomatoes. It was an hour-long torment where all she does is talk about her private parts and recounts other experiences that were majorly repulsive. It’s true that Amy was once entertaining but gradually her comedy got unwatchable.
This special, in particular, was disturbing and very substandard paralleled to her earlier specials. Some people were of the opinion that it was awfully controversial and never should have aired in the first place. Truly abysmal, Ms. Schumer. Maybe it’s time that she stopped using her sexuality as a tool to inspire.
6. Between (2015-)
Created in Canada, this Netflix original amalgams science fiction with teenage angst. There might be an audience for a series like Between but the Netflix distribution deal didn’t turn out to be a success with critics or subscribers and it ruined a perfect premise.
Some even said that no amount of prescription painkillers or alcohol could make them enjoy this series. Not to mention that there was nothing imaginative or even believable about the mysterious fatal disease spreading in town. There are good performances, particularly from lead Jennette McCurdy, former Nickelodeon actress, who adds a certain amount of star power, and because it’s a Canadian production, a handful of Degrassi graduates (and corpses) but the story of Pretty Lake feels bland.
It doesn’t know how to properly express the deep psychological weight and logistical complexity of young people taking on decidedly adult roles without resorting to ferocious extremes. Truly a tragedy of epic proportions.
5. Chelsea (2016-)
This Netflix original broke new ground, what with being the streaming service’s first talk show. A former TV network executive, who wished to remain anonymous, said the program just isn’t resonating with viewers. With 3 episodes airing each week and featuring interviews between host Chelsea Handler and various celebrities, none of it had any spark.
The star power is there, yet many fans and critics have cited the bland conversation as a major weakness. What makes it even duller is the redundancy in the back and forth encouragement the host and guests offer to each other which many would find cringe-worthy. The New York Post once published an article titled “Why is Chelsea Handler’s new show so awful?” Pretty much explains why it couldn’t get past season 2. Unfortunately, Netflix couldn’t even beat its own TV game.
4. Marco Polo (2014-2016)
Netflix seemed extremely and pointlessly zealous about bringing this historical drama to life. They reportedly spent 90 million dollars on the first 10 episodes alone. Despite the classic production strategy, Season 1 of Marco Polo didn’t amaze critics. The main character Marco is so boring here that you rather wish he was a supporting character in his own show.
No really, this show is just so dramatically inert with not a single story within. Just armors and horses. Netflix reportedly lost 200 million dollars: a shortfall from which the series could not conceivably recoil. Hence, Marco Polo became the first Netflix original series not to be renewed for its Season 3. That is how off-putting the sequence was. Can we interest you in …. let’s say Game of Thrones?
3. True Memoirs of an International Assassin (2016)
True Memoirs of an International Assassin holds a zero percent Rotten Tomatoes rating as of September 2017, which some would argue is still the film’s utmost accomplishment. Critics were mostly brutal in their reviews. They said that this lifeless and lazy action-comedy only deepens our concerns about Netflix’s feature-length comedy output.
James’ bumbling writer-turned-agent overstays his welcome, wasting some decent laughs on predictability and an ending that never seems to come. Moreover, the original offended many native Venezuelans for the negative depiction of their country, making it a classic international failure. A couple of hours of your life that you’re never getting back. If you like mindless entertainment coupled with some spurting blood and exaggerated violence, this is the movie for you.
2. Hemlock Grove (2013-2015)
The graphics and Hemlock Grove theme music was commendable but critics otherwise picked show apart because of its slow pace and lack of focus. This original is abundantly dreadful and an unwatchable disorder of horror tropes and painfully creaky dialogue even with noted horror director “Eli Roth” serving as co-executive producer and certainly does not feel like a step in the right direction.
Nobody wants to see fingernails being pulled off in plain sight for no good reason, abnormally huge kids with missing eyes, not-so-convincing werewolf gypsies, or people that believe they were impregnated by angels (you’ve got to be kidding me) on top of violence that isn’t remotely scary but rather leaves you uncomfortable, wishing that you had had pineapple on pizza instead if you were looking for a punishment. Netflix put the final nail in the coffin after 3 seasons after it was declared laughably bad.
1. The Ridiculous 6 (2015)
When Adam Sandler signed a 4-movie-deal with Netflix in 2014, the viewers were considerably excited. The Ridiculous 6 succeeded to disappoint in unanticipated ways with its absence of cultural compassion and provision of laughs.
The movie was supposed to be a parody of westerns, but it was downright not funny. Racism was a big part of the script and numerous native actors were so offended that they reportedly marched off set during the early production. Despite subsequent flops like “The Do-Over” and “Sandy Wexler,” Netflix extended Sandler’s deal in 2017.
The amount of cringe at times was too overwhelming and no part of the plot of this film was worth following in the slightest. It just didn’t matter. It all just kind of blurred into one dragging, continuous moment from hell and you don’t quite get the gist of the characters’ emotions. Regardless of having an all-star cast, this original had nothing redeemable about it.
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