The Netflix Files: April 20, 2011

The Netflix Files works to find the hidden gems of Netflix’s Watch Instantly feature, the films and TV series that have gone largely unnoticed by the streaming community. It’s also very possible that the writer of this column is slowly losing his mind.

This week, Brown is hosting its annual Ivy Film Festival, which promises a slew of student screenings, guest panels and sneak previews of Sundance faves. James Franco might even show up. The keynote speech of the festival will be delivered on Saturday afternoon by Aaron Sorkin.

Sorkin is one of our generation’s most revered screenwriters, having won an Academy Award earlier this year for The Social Network, an instant classic and a profound cultural commentary. The smart, quick-paced dialogue featured in the film’s opening sequence is a trademark of Sorkin’s, as any fan of The West Wing will tell you. He also scripted one of the best courtroom dramas ever made, A Few Good Men. Continue Reading

Alums who do cool things: Walton is 1/6 of NBC’s “Perfect Couples”

David Walton '01 in "Perfect Couples" — Courtesy of NBC Universal

David Walton ’01 plays Vance, one half of one of the three couples — probably the most volatile and crazy couple — featured in NBC’s new show “Perfect Couples.” He has had  a bumpy career so far, with roles on sitcoms that never got more than six episodes. And based on the first two episodes, starring in “Perfect Couples” may not be such a cool thing to do after all.

Walton said he first became interested in acting during his time at Brown, telling the HuffPo that he had to give up his spot on the crew team to pursue it. Well, that explains why Google suggests searches for “David Walton” be followed by the word “shirtless.”

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Brown called out on SNL

By the way, has anyone actually ever seen a drum circle at Brown?

What is NBC’s obsession with Rhode Island?

During the Weekend Update portion of SNL last night, Seth Myers made a joke about the motion to change Lil’ Rhody’s name.  He stated that the lack of name change would be irrelevant and that people would still refer to the state as “Connecticut’s foreskin.”  Zinger!

Oddly enough, SNL wasn’t the only NBC show to mock The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations this week. Continue Reading