Coming to Netflix Canada July 14 – July 20, 2019

This week starts out with a bang and American History X.  Following that you can go for some David Harbour in a mockumentary of Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein. If you are a Captain Underpants or your kids are they will be happy for his return.

Avail. 7/15/19

Derek Vineyard is paroled after serving 3 years in prison for brutally killing two black men who tried to break into/steal his truck. Through his brother’s, Danny Vineyard, narration, we learn that before going to prison, Derek was a skinhead and the leader of a violent white supremacist gang that committed acts of racial crime throughout L.A. and his actions greatly influenced Danny. Reformed and fresh out of prison, Derek severs contact with the gang and becomes determined to keep Danny from going down the same violent path as he did.

Nitesh D.(nmxpa7@msn.com)

American History X
Hall Pass
RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season 1

 

Avail. 7/16/19

Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, FrankensteinNETFLIX ORIGINAL
In this new mockumentary, join “Stranger Things” actor David Harbour as he uncovers lost footage from his father’s televised stage play, Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein. Expect the unexpected in this over-the-top and often dramatic(ish) reimagined tale of mystery and suspense . With appearances by Alfred Molina, Kate Berlant, and more special guests, Harbour explores the depths of his family’s acting lineage to gain insight into his father’s legacy – all in 28-minutes. Directed by Daniel Gray Longino (“Kroll Show” and “PEN15”) and written by John Levenstein (“Arrested Development” and “Kroll Show”), Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein launches globally on Netflix on July 16, 2019.

Avail. 7/17/19

Pinky Malinky: Part 3 NETFLIX FAMILY
Pinky Malinky isn’t the type of hot dog boy who sits around on his buns, and with his BFFs Babs and JJ, he’s learning how to relish the little things.

Avail. 7/18/19

Secret Obsession — NETFLIX FILM
Recuperating from trauma, Jennifer (Brenda Song) remains in danger as she returns to a life she doesn’t remember.

Suits: Season 8

Avail. 7/19/19

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Season 11: Freshly Brewed

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee: New 2019: Freshly BrewedNETFLIX ORIGINAL
Jerry Seinfeld’s roving talk show combines coffee, laughs and vintage cars into quirky, caffeine-fueled adventures with the sharpest minds in comedy.

The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants: Season 3 NETFLIX FAMILY
Fourth-grade friends George and Harold have a shared love of pranks and comic books — and turning their principal into an undies-wearing superhero.

La casa de papel: Part 3NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Eight thieves take hostages and lock themselves in the Royal Mint of Spain as a criminal mastermind manipulates the police to carry out his plan.

Last Chance U: INDY: Part 2NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Netflix’s critically acclaimed, Emmy-nominated series Last Chance U returns to give viewers an intense, unfiltered look at the junior college football program at Independence Community College (ICC). Entering his third season with ICC and second season on Last Chance U, Coach Brown has assembled a team that looks sure to compete for a national championship, but a disastrous season on the field puts a spotlight on all of the ugliness of college football that winning tends to polish over. With some new and returning faces, this season captures the Pirates fall from grace that leaves the coaches and the town looking for change.

Queer Eye: Season 4NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Fab Five are back in Kansas City, Missouri! Join Antoni, Bobby, Jonathan, Karamo and Tan for a new group of inspirational heroes, jaw-dropping makeovers and tons of happy tears!

SAINT SEIYA: Knights of the ZodiacNETFLIX ANIME
Sworn to protect the reincarnation of the goddess Athena, Seiya and the Knights of the Zodiac aid her in battle against those who seek to end mankind.

TypewriterNETFLIX ORIGINAL
Typewriter is about a haunted house and a haunted book that stir the imagination of a group of young, wannabe ghost hunters, and a dog, determined to capture the ghost that plagues the notorious home in their neighbourhood in Goa. When a new family and their captivating daughter move into the haunted home, the crew finds it difficult to balance the demands of school and chores with the renewed urgency to capture the neighbourhood ghost before it is too late. (MC)

Comic Review – SECOND COMING #1 – AHOY COMICS

Writer :Mark Russell

Artist: Richard Pace

 

Well, I kind of understand why DC backed down on publishing this comic. It would have brought a tonne of heat down on them that really would not have helped their bottom line. In the same breathe, kudos to AHOY COMICS for having a brassy pair and going ahead with the publication. I’ve seen nothing but good titles and talent from this company so far.

Over all this book was a pretty good read. I have to confess(ironically) , I’ve never really read the bible, so I have no idea which parts of this comic is writers imagination, and which parts are scripture influenced. The world of God’s and superheroes, and the similarities of the two have crossed paths before, but I don’t think so literally. It’s a very interesting concept when you think about it .To some , both god and superheroes are works of fiction so it’s natural that at some point in time their paths would cross.Having said that, the folks who were upset with this book did have a point. No way would Allah ever get the same graphic novel treatment without death threats being leveled against the entire team involved with the project.Now on to the book itself.

It’s very well written story by Mark Russell.(Eisner nominated writer in 2018) There were a few bits of dialogue I found a bit “hokey”, but overall a fantastic engaging read. Russell put more then a few bits of social commentary and ripping humour in there, which brought the characters to life(again, ironically God and Jesus) in a very surreal, sarcastic and dry way. Most of the jokes(even the inside ones) landed. There was great  interaction between the characters and the moral stances between Jesus and our superhero mentor “Sunstar” made for some very interesting conversation. Loved the “humanity” Mark Russell brought Sunstar for what initially to me looked to be a bit generic looking superhero.

Artist Richard Pace did a great job with the art. Some great attention to detail that really got the emotions and nuances of the characters across nicely. Also I found pretty strong attention to background detail which to me really added to, what is partly, a historical tale to me. Colorist Andy Troy completed the scenes with some beautiful use of earth tones in shades of greens , blues and browns to give the story a biblical feel to it.

It may seem odd to people to see Jesus and God as such raw characters, but they really bring them down to earth with the dialogue and seemingly mortal situations that they present each of them with. I must admit, I would have  liked to have seen the first chapter to end with a bit of tension, but they have managed to nicely set up moral stances making for interesting storylines down the road. Bottom line, if you are deeply religious and can’t see the humour in everything then this book is probably not for you. If you are someone who enjoys satire and biting social commentary you might want to give this series a read.

Til next time

Scott

P.S There is some brief nudity involving Adam and Eve and what appears to be Adam’s fascination with his own cock………….which to those us who have not read the bible….makes a lot more sense now.

 

Comic Review:Invisible Woman #1 (of 5) – Marvel Comics

If someone had told me last month that I would be picking up the first issue of “Invisible Woman” this month, I probably would not have believed them. Make no mistake about it, the absolutely beautiful cover by Adam Hughes caught my eye when I was mulling through the titles at my local comic shop.

Let’s start first with the main reason I bought this book. Between the previously mentioned Adam Hughes cover, and the crisp , fleshed out, and intricately detailed backgrounds of artist Mattia De Iulis (Jessica Jones)I was sold pretty well just thumbing through the book at the store. Add to that the beautiful use in colours in the book in  different Blues, Whites, Browns and wonderful use of  inking shades to match the tone of the book and I was sold for this month

Writer Mark Waid  has written a pretty interesting re- introduction to one of Marvels oldest characters, and made her seem very fresh and new after 60 plus years. The first chapter was very well paced, and there are 4-5 scene transitions which makes for  a pretty good statement about where the character is going after the FF’s return. It sets her off on a storyline that I suspect very few would expect out of this character. Yet it makes perfect sense when you think about it.

Invisible Woman has always been a bit of a one dimensional character to me, but Mark Waid found some creative ways to  hi lite both her adaptable powers, and some overall weaknesses she has. The dialogue between the others characters in the story flowed smoothly, and gave you enough character development to make you want to come back for the second chapter.

It’s a 5 issue mini series and you don’t really need to be a regular reader of the Fantastic Four to appreciate the book, but I think long time readers will appreciate what they have done with Susan Richards. There’s no extra cost on this one either as many of their numbers #1’s have usually added a dollar to them. I’m going to put it in my pull list as it’s only 5 issues and go from there.

Til next time

Scott

 

 

 

 

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Coming to Netflix Canada July 7 – July 13, 2019

This week a majority of the release are intentional series and movies. Also the release of another family sitcom Family Reunion. This week part of the MCU family get together for the movie Point Blank. Anthony Mackie(Falcon) and Frank Grillo(Brock Rumlow, Crossbones)

Avail. 7/8/19

The Emoji Movie

Avail. 7/9/19

Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns

Avail. 7/10/19

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

Family Reunion NETFLIX FAMILY
When the McKellan family moves from Seattle to Georgia, life down South — and traditional grandparents — challenge their new-age ways.

Parchís: El documentalNETFLIX ORIGINAL
Get an in-depth look at Parchís, the 1980s kids’ band from Spain, through interviews with ex-members and other insiders, concert footage and more.

Avail. 7/11/19

Cities of Last ThingsNETFLIX FILM
In a dystopian tale unfolding in reverse chronology, a man with a complicated past takes revenge on the individuals who wronged him decades ago.

Avail. 7/12/19

3Below: Tales of Arcadia: Part 2 NETFLIX FAMILY
Still stranded in Arcadia, royal alien siblings Aja and Krel continue their quest to return home as General Morando plots a course to invade Earth.

4 latasNETFLIX FILM
In hopes of visiting a dying friend, longtime pals reunite for a desert road trip from Spain to Mali, while bringing along his estranged daughter.

Blown Away

Bonus Family: Season 3 NETFLIX ORIGINAL
As Martin adjusts to life with a new partner and a baby, Lisa and Patrik grapple with difficult news, and Katja reconnects with an old flame.

Extreme EngagementNETFLIX ORIGINAL
An engaged twosome take their love on the road and test their commitment as they explore eight cultures’ marriage traditions in the span of one year.

Kidnapping StellaNETFLIX FILM
Snatched off the street and held for ransom, a bound and gagged woman uses her limited powers to derail her two masked abductors’ carefully laid plans.

Luis Miguel – The Series: Season 1

Anthony Mackie as Paul and Frank Grillo as Abe in POINT BLANK

Point BlankNETFLIX FILM
An ER nurse and a career criminal are forced into an unlikely partnership in taking down a ring of corrupt cops threatening the lives of both of their families.

Taco ChroniclesNETFLIX ORIGINAL
A tribute to the mighty taco: its history, significance in Mexico, global appeal and varieties: pastor, carnitas, canasta, asada, barbacoa and guisados.

Non Spoiler Review.Spider-man:Far from Home

Hello Folks. I enjoyed the trailer for this movie more than the previous installment because this one seemed like it had a bit more fun associated with it. Seeing Jake Gyllenhaal as “Mysterio”, and the groove of that “old school” spider man theme absolutely sealed it for me as a must see.

Overall, I enjoyed the movie quite a bit. It did have it’s faults but nothing that took away from the storyline too, too much. This movie did blow out of the water some major theories floating around on the internet of exactly where the MCU may be going in the next ten years or so, and also served as a stark example of “life going on’ and featured some of the “real world” examples of this after “Avengers: End Game”. Let’s take a look at a few issues that I had with the movie first off.

A small one, but it was first, so I noticed it. The intro theme was different .The film gave a decent reason for it ,but I do hope it’s a “one off” as I enjoy the theme they had in place. It had become kind of iconic to me. Another small one, but understandable was the lack of Spider-Man costume. If you saw Iron Man 3 you may know what I mean a bit. This movie was a great Peter Parker story unfortunately, in places, that meant less iconic Spider-Man costume.

Although I thought there was some great character development with Peter Parker, I can’t say the same of his supporting cast of high school life. Marvel has begun moving towards a more culturally diverse cast of characters, as promised, but many of them seemed 2 dimensional to me and no effort was really made to flesh them out during the film. What was done seemed…..”hokey”. ESPECIALLY the teachers featured in the film. They were basically there for comic relief and not enough of that humour “landed” for me.  Probably the thing I liked least about this high school cast was the lack of chemistry between Tom Holland and “MJ” cast member Zendaya. I wasn’t expecting Toby Macguire /Kirsten Dunst level chemistry ,but it was pretty awkward and childish. It didn’t help that her character dripped with sarcasm and put downs at practically every turn. She doesn’t need to smile, but her character seemed permanently sad most of the movie.

There was much good in this movie though. The CGI action scenes looked fantastic, and were IMHO better than the ones in the previous installment. The movie purred along quite well thanks to some globe trotting scene transitions and a pretty well written script minus the items mentioned above. Jake Gyllenhaal has some really good chemistry with Tom Holland and I’d say the intensity of their  scenes  really shined, particularly in the last half of the film.

(l to r) Numan Acar, Tom Holland and Jacky Gyllenhaal in Columbia Pictures’ SPIDER-MAN: ™ FAR FROM HOME

Jake G, played an excellent Mysterio. Heroic when needing to be and vicious when not.If you have seen any of Jake’s previously roles, particularly Nightcrawler or Southpaw ,you’ll know what I mean. they needed a cerebral actor to play this role, and he filled the character quite nicely. Not sure what the future holds for the character but would like to see him don the globe again.

The mid and after credit scenes were there, and gave a fairly strong idea where the franchise was headed and set up a classic time in Spider-mans career. Excited to see where the MCU is headed after the reveal of what looks to be a major comic book storyline. Few other notes, include a cool cameo by a character from the spider universe of years past, and the fact that Aunt May can still rock a pair of jeans.

Spider-Man: Far from home was a solid, fun, exciting B+ outing to me that had a nice hook for the next installment and set up the next phase of the MCU relatively well. What more can you ask for in a movie?

Until next time

Scott