I was lucky enough to get advance screeners of the first 4 episodes of Marvel’s The Defenders and boy was I pissed. Not because that the those first four were bad but they left me hanging. I had really gotten into the show and then bam done. Depending on when you read this will have only a few days to see the episodes all at once. Marvel’s The Defenders drop this Friday and I will finish it this weekend.
Netflix posted a featurette to help get you into the mood. I don’t think it will take much if you have been waiting this long.
Marvel’s The Defenders which premieres globally on Netflix on August 18, 2017 at 12:01am PT follows Matt Murdock/Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Danny Rand/Iron Fist (Finn Jones), a quartet of singular heroes with one common goal – to save New York City. This is the story of four solitary figures, burdened with their own personal challenges, who realize they just might be stronger when teamed together.
While doing some research for the latest The Pop Culture Cafe podcast I came across the trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s new film, The Shape of Water. As with a del Toro movie you step into another world from Guillermo mind. But is it a totally original? I got trapped down the YouTube rabbit hole after watching the trailer. I came across a short film from Norway, The Space Between Us. The Space Between Us was a short film by the Netherlands Film Academy in 2015. Now after watching each trailer does it each have a similar feel and look.
The Shape of Water An other-worldly story, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.
We follow Juliette, a cleaning lady in a research institute called Beacon. The world of Beacon is a desolate place where the remainder of the human race is forced to use oxygen masks to survive because of severe air pollution.
In their search for finding a new way of living they manage to capture a sea creature, they name Adam that could prove vital in mankindâ€™s salvation. The short film explores the theme self-sacrifice in a fast paced action, sci – fi setting. The main selling point is the VFX done by a crew of 10 students at The Netherlands Film Academy
Now I am not shitting on Guillermo del Toro here. But I did find from these two trailers I find it hard to believe that del Toro did not come across film and a germ of a idea came about.
If you have listening to The Pop Culture Cafe podcast(if not shame on you) Scott and I talked about the “My Friend Dahmer”. Well if you have not seen it then here you go ladies and gents.
Before Jeffrey Dahmer became a notorious serial killer, he was a shy, alcoholic teen who never quite fit in. Based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Derf Backderf, this is the true, haunting story of Jeffrey Dahmer in high school.
Neill Blomkamp has been a very busy boy. Earlier Neill release to short film through Oats Studios, titled “Rakka.” Now this time an 26:52 short film called “Firebase”.
Neill Blomkamp along with independent production studio, Oats Studios are producing some great experimental filmed content. Then through various online platforms they will be able to raise additional funding by sale of more original digital content on Steam. Their hope is that they will be able to then give what the fans want by financial support and feed back. So in a small way each financial backer is a producer.
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Jennifer Jason Leigh and Keir Gilchrist are mother and son in Netflix’s new heartfelt comedy series, Atypical, a coming-of-age story from the point-of-view of Sam (played by Gilchrist), an 18-year-old on the autism spectrum. Atypicalpremieres worldwide August 11and today Netflix debuts this first look clip from the premiere episode — parents of teenagers will relate.
Sam decides it is time to go on a date, find a girlfriend and hopefully love, a journey that sets Sam’s mother, Elsa (played by Jason Leigh), on her own life-changing path as her son seeks more independence. Sam’s entire family must adjust to change, all while exploring the question: what does it really mean to be “normal”? Michael Rapaport plays Sam’s father, Doug, who wants to better connect with and understand his son. Brigette Lundy-Paine plays Sam’s scrappy sister, Casey, and Amy Okuda plays his therapist, Julia.
Atypical Premieres Friday, August 11 on Netflix
With eight, half-hour episodes filmed in Los Angeles, Atypicalwas created and written by Robia Rashid and Academy-Award winning producer Seth Gordon. Together, Rashid and Gordon serve as executive producers alongside Mary Rohlich, with Jennifer Jason Leigh as producer. The series is produced by Sony Pictures Television for Netflix.