As someone who used to avidly collect Daredevil back in the 80s and early 90s, I have to admit, I’ve never been a fan of Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix. It’s a solid show, but it is so relentlessly dour and one note that I just found it hard to get into. Season Three Daredevil is devoid of “humor” any kind of “lightness” and almost every character is just depressing to watch. Everyone on this show look like they need a psychiatrist as everyone is suffering from some form of PTSD. Netflix made the first 6 episodes available for review and honestly it was a struggle to get through the first three.
Rejoice DC Fans you finally have the Batman you’ve always wanted to see on television! Only it’s not Batman, it’s Robin and he is kicking so much ass that I was giggling like a schoolgirl. I didn’t talk about my reaction to the Comic-Con trailer in July because I was decidedly meh about it. My initial reaction was “Oh joy, a dark, grim, Robin…How original.” I brushed the show off as just going for the look at how edgy we are,“tee-hee, fuck Batman”. However, Titans is much more than that and I was blown away by how much I’m loving this show. The launch trailer did not do the series justice.
Anyone remember USA Network’s old show The 4400? It was a fun little mystery show about 4,400 missing people who mysteriously showed up out of the blue one day. As the series unfolded we find out that not only did these people return without having aged, but they had mysterious powers and other weird changes. NBC’s new series Manifest appears to follow this formula (with a splash of This is Us melodrama) to the letter.
In Manifest, 191 passengers board Flight 828 in 2013 and magically reappear in 2018. To the passengers the only thing that happened was a little bit of turbulence to everyone else they died 5 ½ years ago and life has moved on without them. Manifest premieres Monday, September 24, 2018.
The problem with Jack Black’s latest film, The House with a Clock in Its Walls is how derivative and unimaginative it is. It’s a blatant rip off of several recent and upcoming R.L. Stine movie adaptations. It tries really hard to distinguish itself but it doesn’t and Black’s constant winking at the camera doesn’t help matters. Beyond the really long and weird name, this is a movie that wants to be creepy, but can’t go all out because at the end of the day it is a kid’s horror film; so it settles for being weird.
You would think since I grew up in the 80s, Predator should have been one of those franchises that I was all over back in the day. However, shockingly enough, I never sat down and watched any of the Predator films from start to finish. That is until the recent 4K UHD release where I had a marathon and watched 5 hours of glorious carnage. Problem is the trailers ruined what few surprises The Predator had to offer.
Call of Duty Black Ops long awaited take on Fortnight’s Battle Royal mode is launching its private beta September 10th and ends September 14th. Why is Activision launching this anticipated beta on a Monday? Most normal folks have to work or go to school during the week, so who is going to have time to really delve into this? I have a lot of issues with this year’s installment of my favorite franchise, but Activision sucks me in every time with their continued support of everything I do. So, I’m back baby! The kind folks at Activision gave me 10 codes to give away. Check out my feeble Beta Gameplay and initial Impressions below.
Update – added full Beta Details Included after the break.
Apparently, I’m one of the few people in the entire world who liked the first season of Marvel’s Iron Fist – more than Daredevil and Jessica Jones. I recognize the main flaw of the series was the lead character himself Danny Rand (Iron Fist) played by a sort of vacant Finn Jones, but I’m not sure what people expected out this series. The character has never been a top tier Marvel hero and has always been pretty weird and introspective, so the show captured that aspect fairly well. What made Season One work for me were all the side stories and the family dynamic between Rand and his childhood friends Joy Meachum (Jessica Stroup) and her brother Harold Meachum (David Wenham).
Facebook is slowly but surely getting into the original content game. They launched their new video platform Facebook Watch earlier this year and now are slowly rolling out original programming. Their latest production is a weird, little mystery called Sacred Lies.
Its a refreshing 1/2 hour drama about a woman with no hands who is somehow involved with the murder of a Cult leader. It’s currently airing every Friday night and on episode 7 (at the time of this interview). I did an email interview with Producer Raelle Tucker, who also produced Jessica Jones, The Returned, True Blood, and wrote for Supernatural.
In many cases movies turn out to be profitable for the production companies but this is not always what happens. There were so many huge flops that could have needed some extra video production help or that simply were faced with some problems. Some that you might want to know more about include the following huge flops.
There’s too much TV! Hulu’s latest 10-episode original series Castle Rock is a supernatural, horror thriller that comes from the genre’s king, Stephen King (see what I did there?) and JJ Abrahams. With those two leading the charge one thing you are sure to get are high production values and this one doesn’t disappoint on that front. My only gripe is when is Hulu going to get with the times and deliver 4k/HDR quality streaming? The sweeping vistas of King’s small Maine town that this series takes place in would look even more glorious.
Comic-Con can be a mess and hard to follow. There have already been a ton of announcements, but you don’t know where to find all the good trailers. Don’t worry we have your back, here are the 10 best trailers from day 1 in one 20 minute video.