Posts tagged #Netflix

Stranger Things 3 Teaser and Titles!

Netflix decided to top off the weekend with a teaser trailer for season 3 of Stranger Things.

Much like the teaser for season 2, the titles of each chapter or episode are named and while they might not cause as much as excitement as "Halloween", they do set the scene of Summer '85 in Hawkins.

1)Suzie, Do You Copy?

2)The Mall Rats

3)The Case of the Missing Lifeguard

4)The Sauna Test

5)The Source

6)The Birthday

7)The Bite

8)The Battle of Starcourt

For me, personally, I'm excited for "The Mall Rats" being a ridiculous fan of some good vintage mall footage and teased earlier this year with the Starcourt Mall commercial below.

While we don't have a definite release date yet, we know it's coming soon and I'm holding out hope that we get a late spring/early summer release. Fingers crossed.

So what are you most looking forward to in Stranger Things 3? Let us know!

Posted on December 9, 2018 and filed under Trailer Park.

Henry Cavill Nabs New Netflix Series

Netflix announced this morning that Henry Cavill has signed on to play Geralt of Rivia in it's new series based on the popular fantasy book and video games series, "The Witcher".  The series of fantasy books was originally written by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski and was subsequently adapted to a popular and critically lauded  series of video games starting in 2007. 

There have been rumors of a film going back as far as 2012 but this incarnation is set to be a whole series for Netflix. Lauren Schmidt Hissrich  known for Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s The Defenders, Umbrella Academy is set as the writer, EP, and showrunner. Hissrich announced Cavill officially joining the project via twitter “He was my first meeting...I didn’t have writers or scripts yet – just a greenlight and a lot of passion. That was four months ago, and I’ve never forgotten the passion he brought. He IS Geralt. He always has been. I’m so thrilled to welcome HENRY CAVILL to the Witcher family.”

Cavill is undoubtedly most well-known for his most recent stint as Clark Kent/Superman in the new DC Universe films and also his mustache did great work in the newest Mission: Impossible. It should be noted that this isn't his first foray into the world of television. Cavill spent 4 seasons working on the critically acclaimed Showtime drama, "The Tudors".

Is there anyone you would rather see Geralt than Cavill? Put your hands together for good casting.

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Who’s the Josh?

The creator of USA Network’s quirky detective series Monk has something new in the works with Netflix. Two days ago Netflix released the trailer for it’s new comedy detective series entitled The Good Cop. From the looks of the trailer this show is quite different from the rest of their Netflix originals. 

 

Official Trailer for the Netflix Original The Good Cop

Oh, did I mention that Josh Groban is the straight and narrow detective acting opposite his ex-cop/ex-con father played by Tony frikkin’ Danza? At first glance I’ll admit this is a pretty strange pairing. Danza has been laying low for what seems like 2 decades or more now and Groban isn’t an actor, is he? I took a deep dive into his IMDB profile and quickly realized that Groban has been stretching his comedy chops for years. Most of the time he’s played embellished versions of himself in random TV episodes and movies but he’s been pretty funny. If you find yourself lost in Groban black hole on YouTube I think you’ll find he’s pretty damn funny in interviews too. After watching the trailer it seems like Danza has reached the point in his career where his contract states his character must be named Tony and he gets to say at least 3 stereotypical charming old Italian man things per episode. But I think that type of  character may work in this setting. Netflix could really use a good light hearted comedy show and I hope Andy Breckman hit the mark with this one. 

What do you think? Do we have to wait for season 3 before we get a Judith Light and Alyssa Milano special guest episode?

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Posted on July 31, 2018 and filed under News.

Big Mouth REVIEW

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I know I'm late to the party but after having a week to be to digest Big Mouth, a Netflix original and looking for a deeper meaning I've been forced to think about the tumultuous times of the spouting teenager. How it can be confusing and cause a crisis in oneself leading to the eventual understanding that your life has changed forever. An emerging butterfly breaking free
from your chrysalis of innocence but let's be honest it's shallower than a dirty street puddle after a bit of acid rain. In my opinion, therein lies the charm. We follow a few middle school children as they are visited by the Maurice Hormone Monster. In the opening, you can see the foreboding shadow of Maurice looming over Nick Birch (Nick Kroll )and Andrew Glouberman (John Mulaney) our main characters as Charles Bradley's "changes" plays in the background may he rest in peace. Maurice is the physical embodiment of all the freak nasty thoughts that can go through one's mindin' the nastiest of ways also played by Nick Kroll as he channels is best Diedrich Bader impersonation. At the ripe old age of 75,000,000 years old, he knows the
deepest darkest desires humanity can have and plays on those to coax them to act on them. Episode one "Ejaculation" starts as Andrew and Nick are in sex-ed learning about the  intricacies of the female body.

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Suddenly Maurice rumbles Andrews desk a breaks free like a genie as he tells Andrew its show time. At the behest of Andrew, he eventually breaks down as innuendo are flying faster than the cars to the Fast and Furious series and fumbles to the restroom to "take care of the problem". Cut to the Birch house as the sit around the table. The father Eliot Birch (Fred
Armisen) mentions how much he loves his family and that his house was the place of death for Duke Ellington. Eventually the boys are getting ready for bed and Nick accidentally sees Andrews "dinger" a wave of awkwardness and tension divides the boys as Nick is perplexed by the size difference. Nick then introduces us to my favorite character in the series. The ghost of Duke Ellington (Jordan Peele) at this point I was like "WTF". The Duke is a zany and experienced character that takes us through a myriad of experiences that only he could have and drawing parallels to the situations of the boys. You may ask yourself what would a 119 year old ghost of a legend have in common with two 7th grade boys? The answer is sex drugs and rock and roll. The episode and the series take you down a rabbit hole that is interesting outlandish and all the while never forgetting to be raunchy. Some of the situations can be humanizing while others are just playing weird.
All in all, I'd recommend the show 2 "Dingers" up.

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Posted on June 23, 2018 .

Netflix's Image Issue

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While perusing Netflix I, like I am sure many others, took note of all the strange images from movies and TV shows they chose for certain selections. Often times they make no sense when taken out of context. Like the Friends image is Ross wearing a very small "Frankie Says Relax" shirt or for Face/Off it's just Nicolas Cage screaming in prison. If you have no exposure to either of those, you'd assume Ross body swapped with a woman or child and Nicolas Cage is... Well the picture really does sum us Cage in all his glory.

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But take certain lesser known project like The Gift or Inconceivable. They look as confused as the perspective viewer as to what the movie is about. Now sure, you have the description you can refer to but it's the initial image that piques your interest and in comparison Next looks like a cop film while the Departed looks like Marky-Mark is making eyes as some lady. It's bizarre.

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I thought that perhaps it was a copyright issue with whoever makes the posters maybe but no, Netflix themselves fall victim to the vagueness issue with their own properties. I have no idea why that girl is sitting on a football field but I suppose by the end of it I'll have 13 reasons. 

I reached out to Netflix to inquire as to how they pick the images they do for certain shows and by the time I'm writing this piece, I have not received a reply. In the event they do let me know, I will make sure to update with their response. In the meantime, why do you think they do this and what have you found while going through Nextlix that had you perplexed? Let me know. Until then, happy streaming!  

Posted on June 13, 2018 .

5 Shows You Should Be Streaming Right Now

We live in a diamond-encrusted golden age of Television right now. There are an abundance of quality choices when it comes how you spend 8+ hours staring at a screen. You probably already have a dozen or so shows that your friends say you need to watch. Well, let me make that Watchlist even longer and more intimidating. Here are 5 shows you should be streaming right now.  To make this list each show must meet two very simple criteria: is it good? yes. does it get talked about very often? no. Congratulations! you just made the list. The shows are in no particular order. 

Catastrophe is the story of an American business man that gets and Irish woman pregnant while on a business trip. The show is unique because it is written by it's two lead actors; Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney (everyone's favorite character from the new Deadpool film). The series is filled with big laughs but also poignant and heart-wrenching moments of introspective brilliance as you watch the couple struggle through decisions about their relationship and the future of their child. Catastrophe also has the distinct honor of being one of the late-great Carrie Fisher's final performances. There are 4 seasons and 24 episodes waiting for you on Amazon Prime. 

Fleabag is the story about a young woman living in London and trying to cope with a recent tragedy all while being kind of a trainwreck. This series stars the suddenly everywhere all of the time Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Waller-Bridge has recently become a critical acclaim magnet for her writing on the BBC series Killing Eve and her work on the new Star Wars Story Solo. Before her time in space she wrote and starred in both Fleabag and Crashing, two of my favorite shows from 2016. There are 8 episodes spanning 2 seasons waiting for you on Amazon Prime. You can also check out the one season of Crashing on Netflix, you won't be disappointed by that either. 

Ripper Street is much different from the first two picks. This is the story of Detective Inspector Edmund Reid and his team policing the streets of Whitechapel while they are terrorized by Jack the Ripper and other baddies. This series stars Matthew Macfayden who you may know from MI-5 or Russel Crowe's Robin Hood movie and Jerome Flynn, Bronn from Game of Thrones. Ripper Street is just a fun detective show that grabs you as soon as you see the first Ripper victim. The story isn't just about Jack the Ripper though Edmund Reid's team investigates a new strange murder every episode. The characters are well written and the mysteries are exciting. It's not quite Sherlock but it will help fill that void until you Cumberbatch and Freeman make their way back to Baker Street. There are 36 episodes in 5 seasons on both Amazon Prime and Netflix

Sneaky Pete is special. The show was created by Bryan Cranston (he also guest stars) and David Shore. Giovanni Ribisi plays a talented con man that decides to take over his cell-mate Pete's life after he gets out of prison. It's been so long since the family has seen cousin Pete that they immediately take him in and welcome him back to the family bail bond business. The show is episode after episode of shit hitting different fans as Ribisi struggles to keep up with all his lies and keep track of his ever-growing list of enemies. So far there are 20 episodes in 2 seasons on Amazon Prime

Ugly Delicious is Chef's Table's little brother. It's less refined, less artistic, but probably more likely to make your mouth water. I love food shows even if they are just used as a background noise. David Chang travels the world eating good food that may not be pretty but it's definitely tasty. This is the newest show on the list by a long shot, it hit Netflix a few weeks ago very quietly. This should hold you over until Anthony Bourdain makes some new content for one of his 5 million shows. 1season with 8 episodes on Netflix streaming right now.

 

What would you put on the list? Tell us all about your favorite under the radar shows that are available to stream now. 

 

 

Review: Cloverfield Paradox

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So since first finding out about Cloverfield Paradox being on Netflix all on five hours ago, I've been jittery with excitement. If you read the celebration piece I did on the tenth anniversary of the original you know that the series has developed a special place in my heart. That is why I am so overjoyed to not only find out it would be available mere hours after the trailers premiere but that I am now here writing this review moments after watching it in all it's glory.

You'll excuse any over gushing as I am still on my Cloverfield high. Since this review is coming out so soon after it's release I will do you the kindness of leaving any spoilers out (less the one Netflix pulled with the snapshot from the film).
Paradox is incredible. There, I said it. It hearkens back memories of films like Paul W. S. Anderson's Event Horizon, Danny Boyle's Sunshine and to a certain extent the Barry Levinson's Sphere. It contains all the magic of extreme isolation with suspense at the hand of a mysterious outsider who's choices are as suspect as the isolation itself. Unlike those films Paradox mixes in corresponding events on Earth which parallel the fear happening on board the space/ocean vessel where our heroes are trapped.
As far as the franchise goes, this installment seems to be the one that is most closely related to the original Cloverfield. One could look at this film and believe that it's the direct cause of the events that took place in New York. Not only is this movie from the same family but also the same genus as well. Though I do like 10 Cloverfield Lane, Paradox is what I was hoping it would have been. 
The cast is comprised of stars like Miss Sloane's Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Selma's David Oyelowo, Captain America: Civil War's sad dad Daniel Brühl and, my personal favorite, IT Crowd's Chris O'Dowd. O'Dowd of course steals the show whenever he is on screen with his very understated comedic relief and Mbatha-Raw does an amazing job leading the film with so much intensity and compassion your heart aches for her. 
The film is the feature length directorial debut of Julius Onah who, I don't think I am to bold to declare, has a very bright future ahead of him. What better film than this for him to wet his feet with? A huge experiment in film distribution that, based on social media reaction, is an absolute hit and we have not the last of. A move so bold and that could have potentially backfired in the faces of Netflix and JJ Abrams. Imagine if they had pulled a stunt like this with a movie like Bright? My God...

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My only criticism of this and the entire Cloverfield franchise is that it leaves you wanting a direct sequel. I promised to be spoiler free and I will uphold my end of the deal here but when the movie ends, your mouth will be agape. You will more than likely do as I did and rewind the last 30 seconds to watch it again in all it's glory only to see the end credits roll while acknowledging to yourself that you will never get an answer for what the hell you just laid eyes on. Then rewind it again. 
Do yourself a favor and watch the movie now. Even if you already have. I know I will but for now, sleep (it's past midnight and I have work in the morning).

Posted on February 5, 2018 and filed under Movie Reviews.