You can see elements of other science fiction classics in Altered Carbon – protagonist wakes up after hundreds of year (Samurai Jack); those who can afford it can live forever via imprinting their souls on ‘stacks,’ which then be inserted into the body (called a sleeve) of one’s choosing (Ghost in the Shell) and a setting very similar to Blade Runner – but even when a series wears its influences on its (ahem) sleeves, it can still be something bigger, smaller or equal to those influences.
Altered Carbon is mostly equal – and a lot of fun.
Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code, Warcraft) returns to sci-fi with Mute – the story of a mute bartender named Leo, whose girlfriend goes missing in a Berlin that exists on ‘a world of strange currencies in which echoes of love and humanity are still worth listening to.’
A Stupid and Futile Gesture is the story of Doug Kenney, the creator of National Lampoon.
The new trailer features Martin Mull – as Modern Doug – noting that the actors playing several key roles don’t look much like the originals – in that dry, slightly nasty manner that Mull has perfected over decades of comedy genius.
A Stupid and Futile Gesture premieres on Netflix on Friday, January 26th.
The world of Netflix’s Bright is one where Elven, Human and Orcish cultures collide in a nasty urban environment (well, except for the Elves who have taken over a part of downtown Los Angeles and made it pretty spiffy).
The World of Netflix is a new video showing what went into the making of the film. Fascinating stuff…