Like 670,000 other people (or 2 percent of all Netflix subscribers), my wife and I spent the majority of the weekend binge-watching House of Cards -- completing all 13 episodes in just two days. #noshame. But why is the show so addictive?
Frank Underwood is known for deceiving people into acting against their own best interests. (We'll miss you, President Walker.) Now we learn that this trait may extend to the series which features him.
Let me suggest trying some of Netflix's selection of Bollywood movies. I've recently watched a bunch of these, and at the very least, they're more compelling than some Nicholas Cage-paying-off-his-debt-to-the-IRS medieval action flick.
While I realize that Frank and Claire Underwood -- the scheming, ruthless, and fairly amoral couple at the center of the series -- hardly seem paragons of biblical virtue, hear me out.
Haul your lazy butt off the couch and visit some of the show's filming locations, from the show's setting in D.C. to Baltimore (where a majority of the show is actually shot) to Frank's hometown and congressional district in South Carolina.
When House of Cards returns February 27 for Season 3, I won't be in it. Not that I didn't try. My big chance came last summer, when I spied an ad for extras and day players, who might have a tiny role just for a day.
Millennial dismissal of politics as a means to make change ignores the simple truth that government, unlike the private and non-profit sectors, is the legislative and financial center of power in the United States.
At first glance, House of Cards appears to only be a show about the political ascension of a ruthless couple, Frank and Claire Underwood. But there's more to this David Fincher-directed and Beau Willimon-scripted show than meets the eye.
At a time of extreme animus directed against Washington, D.C., Madam Secretary, a new series on CBS, casts these hated bureaucrats -- and the cabinet secretaries they work for -- as the people of serious and constructive purpose that they actually are.
YouTube is where new shows and obsessions are being spawned. No longer does mainstream television control the market. So if you're in the need for a fix, and you don't want to have to wait weeks for new episodes, YouTube is at your fingertips, and so is a whole new world of web series.
Entrepreneurs offer some of the best examples of risk-taking that resulted in fabulous success stories. Their victories are usually achieved only after significant rounds of trial and error, however, which can involve having to put everything on the line.
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Stuart Woods: "I gave up outlining a long time ago. It seems to me that going by the seat of my pants is a more interesting way to write a novel. If I can't figure out what's happening, then I don't think the reader can, and that's very important to me."
"House of Cards" and Netflix's other original formats have an important role to play in reshaping consumers and consumption patterns in ways that enable the successful shift from Netflix, the streaming service to Netflix, the content provider.
With all of the gun violence and drug-related deaths in this country and our TV habits, I am wondering if it is a case of art imitating life or life imitating art? Either way, this nation is in trouble. TV used to be an escape to forget the world's problems. Now TV is something we need to escape from.