First Look at Key Characters in New ‘Unfortunate Events’ Trailer

Young readers growing  up in the early 2000’s spent many days and nights pouring over Lemony Snicket’s  A Series of Unfortunate Events stories, usually after picking up the latest installment at their school’s book fair. The story of the Baudelaire orphans is grim, to be sure, but the books were a great way to introduce middle schoolers to certain writing techniques like breaking the fourth wall, irony, … Continue reading First Look at Key Characters in New ‘Unfortunate Events’ Trailer

What to Expect from PBS’ ‘Hamilton’s America’ Documentary

The wait is almost over for tonight’s premiere of Hamilton’s America, a look at the history and work behind Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway phenomenon. Hamilton began as a brilliant idea, and grew into what many would call a masterpiece musical. Alexander Hamilton’s story, adapted by Miranda, has inspired countless fans to keep their eye on the prize, and do whatever it takes to get into the room where it happens. … Continue reading What to Expect from PBS’ ‘Hamilton’s America’ Documentary

We love Netflix, how about you?

At Fanspeak Files, we have a deep and abiding love for all things Netflix. So much programming, so little time! I have personally marked my calendar with the premiere dates of all of my favorite shows, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. Which new or returning show are you most looking forward to in 2016? Is it a gripping thriller, a family-friendly sitcom, … Continue reading We love Netflix, how about you?

Heroes Resurrected

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows there are three objects that, when gathered together, will give mastery over death. One item in particular is the resurrection stone. Three turns and the holder can bring back their dearly departed from the veil of death. But, as with all magic, there is a cost. They come back little more than a ghost, shadows of their former … Continue reading Heroes Resurrected

Dreaming of a Netflix Christmas

December is finally here, but the 2015 holiday season is a far cry from what it was when I was a youngling. We went from Christmas cards to PicMonkey collages, from 30 minute cooking shows to 60 second Facebook how-to videos, and from “Reindeer of the North Pole” calendars to this dashing fellow.   Yup, that’s a Netflix Holiday calendar, and you know what? I love … Continue reading Dreaming of a Netflix Christmas

Sherlock Holmes and the Abominable Bride

PBS’ Sherlock has amassed a hefty following of viewers since the show’s premiere in 2010.  In a contemporary version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s popular detective series, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, along with an amazingly talented cast and creative team, have ushered into the 21st century the mysteries and complexities of Sherlock Holmes and his grand adventures. But fans have had a hard time of it … Continue reading Sherlock Holmes and the Abominable Bride

Beware the Purple Man in Full Length ‘Jessica Jones’ Trailer

Killgrave gets into everyone’s heads in the first full length trailer for Netflix’s Jessica Jones. Jones looks like a great alternative to CBS’s Supergirl, another superheroine series premiering this Fall. Both look like quality shows, but Netflix has presented us with a darker look at the life of the superpowered female, something that fans have long been asking for. Jessica Jones is the second in Marvel’s Netflix series, … Continue reading Beware the Purple Man in Full Length ‘Jessica Jones’ Trailer

Oy with the Poodles Already: 15 years of Gilmore

I am not the first person to write about their love and appreciation for the majesty that is Gilmore Girls, and nor will I be the last. This time last year the entire series was added to Netflix, and it’s once cult-like viewership has boomed into a full on fandom ever since. For us Stars Hollow regulars it’s been both a thrill and a shock … Continue reading Oy with the Poodles Already: 15 years of Gilmore

YA ‘Doctor Who’ Spinoff Announced

HUGE news, Whovians! BBC Three announced today that author Patrick Ness and Doctor Who show-runner Steven Moffat have teamed up to produce an exciting Whoniverse spinoff series. Class The show will focus on the life of London teenagers as they find themselves thrust into heroism against all new alien foes, alongside the usual dramas of school and puberty. Steven Moffat says, “No one has documented the dark and … Continue reading YA ‘Doctor Who’ Spinoff Announced

Headcanon Hits: Captain James T. Kirk

Oh, Captain Kirk! What is there to say about the amazing James Tiberius Kirk that hasn’t been said before? From my very first foray into the Star Trek universe, his wonderfully over-the-top persona has taught me so much about strong leadership, following my sense of adventure, and of course, celebrating a little theatricality! To me, these songs reflect different aspects of Jim Kirk’s character: a … Continue reading Headcanon Hits: Captain James T. Kirk