Category Archives: Commentary

Coming and going to Netflix canada October 1 – 10, 2020

Coming Soon

ARASHI’s Diary -Voyage- ep 13 & 14  — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY 
ep13: Following a performance to celebrate the enthronement of the new emperor, ARASHI members head to Jakarta, where they kick off their “Jet Storm” tour to meet their fans in Asia.

ep14: The members express their appreciation to the fans as they prepare for the 50th and final performance of the 5×20 tour.

Brave Blue World

Start-Up — NETFLIX ORIGINAL 
Young entrepreneurs aspiring to launch virtual dreams into reality compete for success and love in the cutthroat world of Korea’s high-tech industry.

Avail. 10/1/20

Bom Dia, Verônica / Good Morning, Verônica — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
While hunting for a dating-site predator, an underused police clerk discovers an abused wife with a horrific secret — and a web of conspiracy hiding it.

Carmen Sandiego: Season 3 — NETFLIX FAMILY
Carmen and her crew touch down in Mexico City, New Orleans, Venice and more on their quest to stay one step ahead of V.I.L.E.

🎃 Oktoberfest: Beer & Blood — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
1900: A rich newcomer with a shady past arrives in Munich determined to crash the local Oktoberfest with his own brewery. But when his daughter falls in love with the heir to a rival brewery, a violent chain of events is unleashed that will threaten both families’ futures.

Pasal Kau / All Because of You — NETFLIX FILM
After falling for a guest, an unsuspecting hotel staff becomes embroiled in a hostage scheme and discovers true love in an unlikely place.

🎃 The Worst Witch: Season 4 — NETFLIX FAMILY
A series of challenges push Mildred and Ethel’s magical powers to the limit as they compete for the honor of being named Head Girl.

A.M.I.
BeirutBlacKkKlansman
Boogie Nights
Christine
Code Lyoko: Seasons 1-4
Creeped Out: Season 2
Easy Rider
Footloose(2011)
InsidiousInsidious: Chapter 2
Insidious: Chapter 3
Kick-Ass
Kim’s Convenience: Season 4
Never Back Down
Pacific Rim
PAW Patrol: Season 7
Riddick
Rudy
Scooby-Doo
Starship Troopers
Sword Art Online: Alicization
The 100: Season 7
The Silence of the Lambs
The Switch
The To Do List
The Wizard of Oz
Unfriended: Dark Web
V for Vendetta
Valkyrie

Avail. 10/2/20

🎃 A Go! Go! Cory Carson Halloween — NETFLIX FAMILY
Cory, Chrissy and Freddie are on the hunt for king-sized candy bars this Halloween! But are all the treats worth the trek to the spooky side of town?

Ahí te encargo / You’ve Got This — NETFLIX FILM
An ad creative and a successful executive have a great marriage – until he wants to be a dad just as her star is rising. Then he brings someone new home.

🎃 The Binding — NETFLIX FILM
While visiting her fiancé’s mother in southern Italy, a woman must fight the mysterious and malevolent curse intent on claiming her daughter.

Dick Johnson appears in Dick Johnson is Dead by Kirsten Johnson, an official selection of the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by John Wakayama Carey. All photos are copyrighted and may be used by press only for the purpose of news or editorial coverage of Sundance Institute programs. Photos must be accompanied by a credit to the photographer and/or ‘Courtesy of Sundance Institute.’ Unauthorized use, alteration, reproduction or sale of logos and/or photos is strictly prohibited.

Dick Johnson Is Dead — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY 
While a lifetime of making documentaries has convinced her of the power of true stories, Kirsten Johnson is ready to use every escapist movie-making trick in the book if it will help her 86-year-old psychiatrist father elude death.

EMILY IN PARIS (L to R) LILY COLLINS as EMILY and CAMILLE RAZAT as CAMILLE in episode 104 of EMILY IN PARIS. Cr. STEPHANIE BRANCHU/NETFLIX © 2020

Emily In Paris — NETFLIX ORIGINAL 
Emily, an ambitious twenty-something marketing executive from Chicago, unexpectedly lands her dream job in Paris. Her new life is filled with intoxicating adventures and surprising challenges as she juggles work, friendships, and romance. 

Òlòtūré — NETFLIX FILM 
A young, naïve female journalist goes undercover to expose the shady business of human trafficking in Nigeria and encounters a brutal underworld.

Serious Men — NETFLIX FILM
When a slum dweller spins a web of lies in the pursuit of the upward mobility he has long craved, his ruse could be especially dangerous for his young son.  

SONG EXPLODER (L to R) ALICIA KEYS in SONG EXPLODER Cr. MATT SAYLES/NETFLIX © 2020

Song Exploder — NETFLIX ORIGINAL 
Based on the acclaimed podcast of the same name, and from host Hrishikesh Hirway and Oscar®-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville, each episode of Song Exploder features some of the world’s greatest musicians as they reveal how they brought one of their songs to life. The series weaves together in-depth interviews, archival footage, and raw recordings as each artist breaks down their song, layer by layer, sharing intimate insight into the personal inspiration behind the music and lyrics. Featured artists include 15-time Grammy® Award-winning artist, songwriter, and producer Alicia Keys, who breaks down “3 Hour Drive” from her 2020 album, ALICIA; Pulitzer Prize, Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award-winning composer, lyricist, and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda, who delves into the creation of “Wait for It” from the musical phenomenon “Hamilton”; Rock & Roll Hall of Famers R.E.M. who open up about the influences behind the life-changing track “Losing My Religion”; and Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, and producer Ty Dolla $ign who discusses the inspiration behind “LA,” the deeply personal opening track from his gold-certified major label debut album, FREE TC.

🎃 Vampires vs. the Bronx — NETFLIX FILM 
A group of young friends from the Bronx fight to save their neighborhood from a band of vampires.

Avail. 10/3/20

Truth or Dare

Avail. 10/4/20

David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY 
A broadcaster recounts his life, and the evolutionary history of life on Earth, to grieve the loss of wild places and offer a vision for the future.

Avail. 10/5/20

Thor: The Dark World

Avail. 10/6/20

🎃 StarBeam: Halloween Hero — NETFLIX FAMILY 
Greedy Captain Fishbeard is stealing everybody’s Halloween treats for himself, but StarBeam and Boost have some tricks up their sleeves to save the day!

Avail. 10/7/20

Hubie Halloween, 2020 Julie Bowen as Violet Valentine and Adam Sandler as Hubie Dubois. Cr. Scott Yamano/NETFLIX © 2020

🎃 Hubie Halloween — NETFLIX FILM 
Hubie Dubois (Adam Sandler) thanklessly spends every Halloween making sure the residents of his hometown, Salem, celebrate safely and play by the rules. But this year, an escaped criminal and a mysterious new neighbor have Hubie on high alert. When people start disappearing, it’s up to Hubie to convince the police (Kevin James, Kenan Thompson) and townsfolk that the monsters are real, and only he can stop them. Hubie Halloween is a hilarious family film about an unlikely hero with an all-star cast including Julie Bowen, Ray Liotta, Noah Schnapp, Steve Buscemi and Maya Rudolph, produced by Happy Madison.

🎃 To the Lake — NETFLIX ORIGINAL 
Facing the end of civilization when a terrifying plague strikes, a group risks their lives, loves — and humanity — in a brutal struggle to survive. From 1-2-3 Production.

12 Monkeys
Billy Elliot
Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Funny People
Happy Gilmore
The Jackal
Kick-Ass 2
Kindergarten Cop
Knocked Up
Les Misérables
Schitt’s Creek: Season 6

Avail. 10/9/20

Deaf U — NETFLIX ORIGINAL 
In this docuseries, a tight-knit group of deaf students share their stories and explore the perks and pitfalls of life at Gallaudet University.

Fast & Furious Spy Racers: Season 2: Rio — NETFLIX FAMILY 
When one of their own goes missing, the Spy Racers must leave LA and head to Brazil to take down a crime organization in Rio.

THE FORTY-YEAR-OLD VERSION: RADHA BLANK (WRITER, DIRECTOR) as RADHA. Cr. JEONG PARK/NETFLIX ©2020

The Forty-Year-Old Version — NETFLIX FILM
Desperate for a breakthrough as she turns 40, down-on-her-luck New York playwright Radha reinvents herself as a rapper and searches for her true voice.

Ginny Weds Sunny — NETFLIX FILM
Eager to marry but constantly rejected by women, a bachelor hopes to win over a former crush by accepting help from an unlikely source: his mother.   

THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR (L to R) VICTORIA PEDRETTI as DANI and BENJAMIN EVAN AINSWORTH as MILES in episode, 203 of THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR. Cr. EIKE SCHROTER/NETFLIX © 2020

🎃 The Haunting of Bly Manor — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
From The Haunting of Hill House creator Mike Flanagan and producer Trevor Macy comes THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR, the next highly anticipated chapter of The Haunting anthology series, set in 1980s England. After an au pair’s tragic death, Henry Wingrave (Henry Thomas) hires a young American nanny (Victoria Pedretti) to care for his orphaned niece and nephew (Amelie Bea Smith, Benjamin Evan Ainsworth) who reside at Bly Manor with the estate’s chef Owen (Rahul Kohli), groundskeeper Jamie (Amelia Eve) and housekeeper, Mrs. Grose (T’Nia Miller). But all is not as it seems at the manor, and centuries of dark secrets of love and loss are waiting to be unearthed in this chilling gothic romance. At Bly Manor, dead doesn’t mean gone.

🎃 Super Monsters: Dia de los Monsters — NETFLIX FAMILY
Super Monsters visit Vida’s home town for a Dia De Los Muertos parade where they meet some new Super Monsters.

Coming And Going to Netflix Canada,Sept 1 -5

Coming Soon

ARASHI’s Diary -Voyage- ep 12NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
In the lead-up to their 20th anniversary, the guys open up about going digital and the challenges of launching their official social media accounts.

GIMS: On the RecordNETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
Go backstage with beloved rap superstar Gims in the year leading up to his major 2019 Stade de France performance in this up-close documentary.

Avail. 9/1/20

Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices NETFLIX FAMILY
Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices is a live-action collection of twelve five minute episodes featuring prominent Black celebrities and artists reading children’s books from Black authors that highlight the Black experience. Hosted by Marley Dias (author and founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign), the collection of books and conversations center around themes of identity, respect, justice, and action — providing families a toolset to start meaningful conversations with kids about difficult topics through short-form book-based content.

The Boss Baby: Get That Baby! NETFLIX FAMILY
In this interactive special, you’ll find your calling at Baby Corp by making choices and carrying out missions as part of a virtual aptitude test.

Felipe Esparza Comedy Special 2020

Felipe Esparza: Bad Decisions NETFLIX COMEDY SPECIAL
Stand-up comedian, actor, and “Last Comic Standing” winner Felipe Esparza digs deeper into his past in his first Netflix Original comedy specials, Felipe Esparza: Bad Decisions and Felipe Esparza: Malas Decisiones. Filmed in Santa Ana, California as two separate performances – one in English and one in Spanish – the specials showcase Esparza’s edgy style of humor as the perfect vehicle to weave through difficult anecdotes of his childhood and mistakes in his adult life with ease. Felipe Esparza: Bad Decisions and Felipe Esparza: Malas Decisiones launch globally on Netflix on September 1, 2020.

La Partita / The Match NETFLIX FILM
A single football match played on a dirt pitch in suburban Rome centers this story of a poor community struggling with ethical and moral dilemmas.

  • 3:10 to Yuma
  • American Psycho
  • Bewitched
  • Blade Runner: The Final Cut
  • Blades of Glory
  • Captain Phillips
  • Daddy’s Home
  • Dinner for Schmucks
  • Family Guy: Season 18
  • Fences
  • The First Purge
  • Four Brothers
  • The Godfather
  • The Godfather: Part II
  • Ghost in the Shell
  • Hairspray
  • How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
  • I Am Legend
  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  • Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
  • The Next Karate Kid
  • Old School
  • Saturday Night Fever
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • School of Rock
  • Selma
  • Skyscraper

Avail. 9/2/20

Bad Boy Billionaires: India NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
This investigative docuseries explores the greed, fraud and corruption that built up — and ultimately brought down — India’s most infamous tycoons.

CHEF’S TABLE – BBQ, VOLUME 1 – TOOTSIE TOMANETZ in episode 3 of CHEF’S TABLE – BBQ.
CR. Courtesy of Netflix/NETFLIX © 2020

Chef’s Table: BBQ NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
The critically-acclaimed and Emmy-nominated series returns for its latest iteration, delving into the smoky, juicy world of barbecue. Featured chefs and pitmasters include Tootsie Tomantez, an 85-year-old grandmother who still shovels the coals at her Texas restaurant; Lennox Hastie, a remarkable Australian chef who sources all of his ingredients from the Outback;  Rodney Scott of South Carolina, who is known for his whole hog barbecue; and Rosalia Chay Chuc, a traditional Mayan chef who serves Cochinita Pibil out of her Mexico home.

Freaks – You’re One of Us NETFLIX FILM
A working mom discovers she has superhero powers, suppressed by years of medication, and joins forces with two others like her to better the world.

  • Captain Fantastic
  • Dumb and Dumber To
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  • The Bourne Identity
  • The Bourne Legacy
  • The Bourne Supremacy
  • The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Jaws 1, 2 and 3
  • Jaws: The Revenge
  • Lucy
  • Murdoch Mysteries: Season 13
  • Venom

Avail. 9/3/20

Afonso Padilha: Alma de Pobre NETFLIX COMEDY SPECIAL
Brazilian comedian Afonso Padilha dives into his humble beginnings and digs out hilarious stories about his childhood in this very personal set.

Love, Guaranteed

Love, Guaranteed NETFLIX FILM
To save her small law firm, earnest lawyer Susan (Rachael Leigh Cook) takes a high-paying case from Nick (Damon Wayans Jr.), a charming new client who wants to sue a dating website that guarantees love. But as the case heats up, so do Susan and Nick’s feelings for each other.

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Young WallanderNETFLIX ORIGINAL
An incendiary hate-crime stirs civil unrest, fast-tracking rookie cop Kurt Wallander to detective in this origin story for the popular character.

Avail. 9/4/20

AwayNETFLIX ORIGINAL
As she embarks on a treacherous mission to Mars commanding an international crew, Emma Green must leave her husband and teen daughter behind.

The Blacklist: Season 7

I’m Thinking of Ending Things. Jessie Buckley as Young Woman in I’m Thinking of Ending Things. Cr. Mary Cybulski/NETFLIX © 2020

I’m Thinking of Ending Things NETFLIX FILM
Nothing is as it seems when a woman experiencing misgivings about her new boyfriend joins him on a road trip to meet his parents at their remote farm.

Spirit Riding Free: Riding Academy: Part 2 NETFLIX FAMILY
The PALs return to the Palomino Bluffs Riding Academy, where a new term brings big mysteries, fresh friendships, and a chance to save the school!

Avail. 9/5/20

Step Up: All In

 

LAST CALL

Leaving 9/2/20
Ready Player One

Leaving 9/5/20
Once Upon a Time: Seasons 1-7

Coming and Going to Netflix Canada in April 5-11

Avail. 4/6/20

The Big Show Show NETFLIX FAMILY
Former WWE wrestler The Big Show is out of the ring and ready for an even tougher challenge: raising three daughters with his wife in Florida.

Avail. 4/7/20

TERRACE HOUSE: TOKYO 2019-2020: Part 3 NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Life in Tokyo continues: doors open and close in the house, bonds are born and tested. As Ruka takes his next step, Hana meets new rivals.

Avail. 4/9/20

Hi-Score Girl: Season 2 NETFLIX ANIME
They’ve leveled up to high school, training at arcade fighting games along the way. Now Haruo, Akira, and their friends face their final level.

Avail. 4/10/20

Brews Brothers

Brews Brothers NETFLIX ORIGINAL
These two estranged brothers know everything there is to know about brewing beer. If only they knew something about being a family.

LA Originals NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
Known for their ties to Chicano street life and hip hop, Estevan Oriol and Mister Cartoon trace their journey from gifted artists to cultural pioneers.

La vie scolaire NETFLIX FILM
In one of the poorest areas of Paris, a school counselor devotes herself to working with disadvantaged students, while facing challenges of her own.

Love Wedding Repeat NETFLIX FILM
In this innovative romantic comedy about the power of chance, alternate versions of the same wedding unfold as Jack (Sam Claflin) tries to make sure his little sister has the perfect wedding day. But he’ll have to juggle an angry ex-girlfriend, an uninvited guest with a secret, a misplaced sleep sedative, and unexpectedly reuniting with the girl of his dreams who got away, Dina (Olivia Munn). If he succeeds, Jack might find a happy ending of his own. LOVE WEDDING REPEAT is written and directed by Dean Craig and stars Sam Claflin, Olivia Munn, Eleanor Tomlinson, Joel Fry, Tim Key, Aisling Bea, Jack Farthing, Allan Mustafa, and Freida Pinto.

The Main Event – Seth Carr – Photo Credit: Netflix / Bettina Strauss

The Main Event NETFLIX FILM
When 11-year-old Leo Thompson (Seth Carr) discovers a magical wrestling mask that grants him super strength, he uses it to enter a WWE competition. With the support of his grandmother (Tichina Arnold), Leo will do whatever it takes to achieve his dream of becoming a WWE Superstar. Can one kid win it all, in the face of epic challengers in the ring? Directed by Jay Karas, THE MAIN EVENT co-stars Adam Pally, Ken Marino, and features WWE superstars Kofi Kingston, Mike “The Miz” Mizanin, Sheamus, and Babatunde Aiyegbusi as Leo’s ultimate opponent, a gigantic wrestler named Samson.

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Tigertail NETFLIX FILM
In New York, Pin-Jui (Tzi Ma) reflects on the love of his past and his departure from Taiwan, which he revisits years later with his daughter Angela.

LAST CALL

Leaving 4/6/20

Justice League

VALKYRIE #1 – MARVEL COMICS

Writers – Jason Aaron & Al Ewing
Artist- Cafu
Colorist – Matt Wilson
Letterer- Joe Sabino.

I’m very fresh to this Asgardian comic universe after many years of being away. I figured with Jane Foster being announced for the new movie “THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER” I should catch up with the goings on in her universe. There’s a nice write up at the beginning of the book, briefly outlining her life up to this point and throughout the story there are more then a few references to the past to give you a good sense of where she is at. On to the review.

Other than curiousity, the art was a strong factor in me picking up this book. From the detailed, magnetic, youthful, looking cover by artist Mahmud Asrar to the strong, angelic inside art of artist Cafu(The first panel is worthy of being a portrait on any wall. Beautiful crafting),I thought the art was on par with the writing in this book, and that is a rarity for me. Facial features, background landscapes, costume renderings, Realm stylings, you name it. All of it really worked for me. Was pleasantly surprised by this. Though in retrospect I shouldn’t be, as Jane Foster is going to be playing a big part in the MCU so it would make sense she is getting” A” talent treatment here.

Jason Aaron & Al Ewing’s writing was also pretty strong in this premiere issue. I love dialogue driven books and this one held up nicely. The first person Jane Foster dialogue gave us some insight as to what came before, so the reader never really had a large amount of questions about why certain things were the way they were. The story some very interesting secondary character introductions(new to me anyway)that I suspect will make for some interesting conversation and storylines down the road. A large key to me for this book will be keeping a balance between the God and the girl(I know she’s not a girl but it’s rhymed and it’s my review).Strong secondary earth bound characters will help with that.

Other then the strong art , the other unexpected surprise of this book was the down to earth feel it had to it. If you liked the Don Blake/ Thor “balance” trials and tribulations of the original series you might feel a bit of nostalgia for this first issue. That and just a pinch of Peter Parker/ Spider-Man life balancing is in there also. For a “Goddess” book I found this ingredient very well done and dispensed through the book. Every good first issue needs a hook to bring you back. This one ended with a page turner, and brought in a villain I would not have associated with this title, and that’s a good thing. Far too many times the arch nemesis is trotted out to pop a first issue and I feel many times that is done too soon. Add to the fact that this villain is now “amplified ” and it’s going to make for an interesting second issue.

I did have a few issues with the overall story. There seems to be a bit of a clique’ to send the hero up against (insert D level villain here) to get the issue started off with a bang. There was more to the story this time, and it recovered nicely, but would have been cool if it could have been avoided completely. Also I found the scene transitions with a few of the characters a little too cut and dry. Overall , I enjoyed the story a lot more then I thought I would. If your looking to try something new, I’d recommend giving it a read. Between the art and writing I don’t think you will be disappointed.

Til Next time

Scott

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

 

 

 

 

I’m glad to see such a talented team and what many would call a