What If Adam Sandler’s Netflix Movies Don’t Suck?

sandlerToday Netflix announced a deal with Adam Sandler to produce four original films for the service. It’s an unprecedented and unexpected deal that will align a maverick digital streamer and content producer with a critically reviled movie star with waning box office credibility. It has not been met with applause.

Here’s the thing, though, maybe Sandler’s four movies won’t suck. Based on his recent track record, they probably will, but it’s not guaranteed and the uniqueness of the way that Netflix goes about their business may allow Adam Sandler: “Serious actor” to finally merge with Adam Sandler: “Filmmaker”.

With Netflix, there will be no weekend box office chase and there won’t likely be any publicly view-able viewership numbers either. Adam Sandler can fail with Netflix, but we may never know. As for public perception: the critics will matter to some, but the audience’s apprehension will surely be lessened since they won’t have to pay extra to sample one of Sandler’s films and the experience will be easily aborted with the press of a button.

Meanwhile, Sandler will either put out the same dreck that he’s been releasing like Blended, elevate his game, or go further downhill.

There are people who think that Sandler doesn’t care or that he doesn’t try, and maybe they see this as a retirement plan for the actor, but I think it’s important to note that Sandler does try. Grown Ups is elementary, but it still strives to say something about getting old and trying to recapture ones youth. Click is sophomoric at times, but there’s a valuable message about having ones priorities in order and refusing to let ones life pass them by. In that the film came out eight years ago, before the social media and smartphone boom, it might actually be worth revisiting in this era of ample distraction.

In Sandler’s new film (as an actor only), Men, Women and Children, it seems like those distractions take center stage and it’s another chance for Sandler to stretch people’s perception of him in a drama. Critics have also raved about his performance in The Cobbler and Sandler has clearly put his back into his work in Funny People, Reign Over Me, Spanglish and Punch-Drunk Love. If Sandler didn’t care, he’d stick with fluff or gravitate towards a shitty sitcom where he could trade on his name and rake in some easy money.

Sandler could have also chugged ahead with the studios as his benefactor since he’s still a bankable name abroad. Though his recent filmography looks abysmal, only That’s My Boy (which had an odd kind of ambition in that it was Sandler’s attempt to go R-rated and vulgar with his current audience) has been a complete failure.

There’s something here. It’s easy to see why Netflix essentially bought Sandler with this deal since they did the same thing when they started creating TV shows with Arrested Development and Kevin Spacey. They want to make a splash and Sandler and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 2 are that, but there has to be a reason why Sandler chose this deal beyond mere financial considerations and that gives me hope.

“When these fine people came to me with an offer to make four movies for them, I immediately said yes for one reason and one reason only… Netflix rhymes with Wet Chicks. Let the streaming begin!!!!” – Adam Sandler, 10/1/2014

Nevermind.

Source: The Verge

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This time on The BastardCast, Jason and Jeremy board the Botany Bay and find Matt Jackson, naked, alone, and full of evil intent. Together, they crash the serene quiet of the cosmos with a ghetto blaster, a crappy but lovable star cruiser, and a mission to punch at the heart of this week’s nerdy news with acid wits and embarrassing bitch tits.

WHAT WE TALKIN BOUT BRUCE WILLIS? We talkin bout nananana Batman! Is Wonder Woman going to crash DC’s upcomming spandex sausage fest and will anyone care about a Batman-less Jim Gordon/Gotham City TV show? We’re also talking about the upcoming Constantine TV show, and whether DC is building it’s own wide universe on the small screen.

More Batman? But of course, we’ve got EXCLUSIVE and surprising audio from casting sessions all throughout Batman’s long on-screen history. Eion Bailey ain’t got shit on the Godfather in spandex!

Alright, maybe you’re an acolyte of Marvel. Part of the Merry Marvel Marching Society. For you, we have our views on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and later, we discuss Avengers 2: Age of Ultron in TRAILERGASM (and also Need for Speed, bitch!)

We also realize that the name Michael Jordan is somewhat common, that Alan Moore is not a clown (sorry, Grant), why Dumb and Dumber makes us sad now, the Firefly comic, our Halloween plans, and what the world’s worst rap battle looks like.All that and MOAR (We’re contractually obligated to spell more like that. Please help.)  

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Versus #Sharknado, Fried Chicken, and Adam Sandler

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This week on The BastardCast, Jason and Jeremy are visited by internet Land Baron Matthew Jackson and a case of the sillies. What will they discuss? All of it.

Oh, you have a thirst for detail and a hunger for madness? Aren’t you the lucky bumble bee, cause this week, the boys and guest boy #1 discuss the persuasive charms of fried chicken, Vin Diesel‘s illuminating Facebook page, NERF‘s war against zombies and the children who have an appetite for squishy genocide, and the limited brilliance of Sharknado (needs more Nado and more Home Alone references!).

Also on the show: Bryan Singer tweets the back of maybe Michael Fassbender‘s head (and other parts), a porn company wants to work with Paula Deen (but not her pie), we ask Matt if robots knock-a-da-boots in PAC Rim, a couple of people take issue with the way Captain Kirk fancies cats.

Do you require more sustenance?! Suck on this, Pinky Tuscadero: we’ve got a full throated discussion on the critical roundhouse throat kick being delivered to Grown Ups 2, wonder about whether the possible X-Force movie could bring about Deadpool’s cinematic rebirth while also making Rob Liefeld‘s nipples hard, and a celebration of the brave cheetah who almost took out Adam Sandler on the Serengeti.

All that and the band, Coco Phunk and the Methhead Conquistadores (w/ special guest Slow Motion Jeez Rocket)

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Also on the show: The boys investigate the Christopher Reeve grilled chesus effect, reboot plans for the Terminator and the watery grave that awaits the franchise, and a Captain Planet movie that can sooth the festering wound that Iron Man left on the soul of good.

Will Pac Rim die screaming while Adam Sandler stands over its crashed body yelling “Whoopidie doo!” and David Spade un-cancels the apocalypse with his un-earned snark? Will Robert Loggia sign on to Independence Day 2: Rise of the Star Whackers next? Is Jeremy dead inside? Is Dabney Coleman alive? Shall we play a game?

These answers will be revealed! But we understand that you need more, so hows about a trip back to 1938 for a look back at one of the Great Moments in Misogyny (sssarcasm)? More? Alright, space lookers have discovered three planets that we may one day use up and toss aside like a spent Capri-Sun, so we’ll talk about that and gaze with confusion and love at our devices as Jason adorably describes his polite view of space exploration. 

Lastly, on Trailergasm, the boys act out an uncomfortable shower scene between Sly Stallone and Ahnold and discuss, The Escape Plan, aka that film where Jesus locks up Rambo and the guy from Kindergarden Cop, only to be saved by 50 Cent and his magic stick.
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