Marvel shows on Netflix

This is pretty interesting as the huge crossover miniseries The Defenders arrives on the streaming service. A Variety article from 18 August 2017, the day the show was released, highlights the success of the Marvel Shows (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist) as they have all been among the top five most-viewed recently released Netflix originals in the first 30 days after their premiere. Netflix does not share viewership data but  using these trends it seems likely that this show will also be among the most watched shows in its first 30 days. Now I am among the crowds of people who watched it the first weekend sure it is that late summer season wasteland on television so why not binge this show and the new season of shows doesn’t start for like a month still.

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Disney and Netflix

We all knew this was going to happen at some time but who would have thought it would have happened this way.  Yet another big studio is making it’s own streaming service so we are going to be eventually having to have a streaming service that collects other streaming services and let you watch them for a simple fee. This seems like it will eventually end with what happened with television and cable where we will have to pick and choose what service to watch and they are all going to cost about the same amount and offer a fragment of what we all want to watch. With Bob Iger at Disney in his current term until 2019 it seems like a smart move for Disney as they will be getting the money rather than paying Netflix to stream the films, this goes even further with an ESPN streaming service which would be cater content of the games and leagues that you really care about. With ESPN owning most of the rights for most leagues this has huge potential. Hopefully this won’t turn into everyone streaming their own content as that would be the worst case for all involved, unless Netflix or someone else turns into a service to access that accesses the other streaming services. It will be interesting to see what happens.

Star Wars Day 2017

This year it will be light in huge announcements for Star Wars today the trailer for Last Jedi came out at Celebration last month and I doubt that we’d have anything major from the Han Solo movie yet. Perhaps something about the post 2020 films or maybe the long gestating television series is going to be made. It seems like the right time for a live action series taking place in the Star Wars Universe, it is bound to be good and the timing is right. Look at the success that Marvel (The Defenders) has had on Netflix as well as all their other series and those other streaming services like Hulu who’s Handmaid’s Tale is getting great reviews and Amazon Prime with Transparent. There are a lot of way to explore the universe and it could be multiple shows, does it need a Jedi or Sith in it to work or could we just have the average people living in the Empire. Not sure what would make a great show, but it would be wonderful if there were something besides the animated shows that explored the world of Star Wars.

Bill Nye Saves the World

Netflix has recently added a new show with Bill Nye. It’s a talk show that has a base in science in general it came out just in time for Earth Day. It sort of like Star Talk I guess but more focused on a single topic like the old Bill Nye, the Science Guy show. It takes a look at topics ranging from Climate Change and alternative medicine to sex and GMOs. Now this show has gotten some bad reviews as people are saying that it is uninformative, dumbed down, glosses over topics, political and not sure who the key demographic is.

Yet, this is what people in America need, most of us aren’t that scientifically literate to understand a lot of things. I mean look at the numbers of climate change deniers out there. Not to mention the current head of the EPA and President aren’t big fan of science. Science needs to be an aspect of all of our lives and we should understand it. Sure the simplicity of Bill Nye might be not what some people need but it gets some basic ideas out to people about the world and how science is all around us. If the show gets a second season perhaps the kinks will be worked out and it will be a better show which will help bring more science to the masses. More science would be great like that commercial with Millie Dresselhaus, It would be wonderful if we could name more than a handful of living scientist (Hawkings, Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson).

Five Came Back (2017)

The latest documentary Five Came Back on Netflix focuses on five directors who went to and fought in World War II and came back from it alive. This documentary was interesting as when it comes to World War II we some 70 years out all know the broad strokes of it, there Hitler takes power, Pearl Harbor, D-Day, Holocaust, Bombings at Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Sure HBO’s two brilliant miniseries focusing on the Army (Band of Brothers) and the Marines (The Pacific) telling the stories of the two theaters of war and there are a bunch of great films on World War II but this documentary tells an interesting story of the people who went to war and how it changed them.

Five Came Back focuses on John Ford, William Wyler, John Huston, Frank Capra, and George Stevens all of whom are directors who joined the War effort Ford joined the Navy while Wyler, Huston, Capra and Stevens all were members of the Army Signal Corp. All of them were involved in filming World War II. The documentary features famous directors all talking about one individual Steven Spielberg talks about Wyler, Francis Ford Coppola talks about Huston, Guillermo del Toro talks about Capra, Paul Greengrass talks about Ford, and Lawrence Kasdan talks about Stevens. In the first hour we hear about how they made names for themselves before the war, the second hours is about their time at war and the third hours from D-Day to after the war and what became of them afterwards. If you are a fan of film history this is a very interesting film to watch.

One of the coolest things that I’ve discovered after watching is that you can watch the films that they made during WWII which were talked about in the documentary on Netflix as they have a handful available to watch. If you have some time I would recommend that everyone watch this.

Netflix Ratings

According to Netflix they are replacing the star rating system with a thumbs up/down model. This is a good idea as it makes it a whole lot easier in a general sense, instead of debating if it was a 3 star or 4 star movie you just have to decide if you liked it or not. I was one of those people hoping that Netflix would add like half star ratings to pinpoint exactually how I felt about a film. Yet a thumbs up or down seems like a much simpler solution.Netflix is saying that this will lead to better predictions about what shows/movie would be of interest to you. It sounds better as I hardly ever watched what Netflix recommends that I could like based on the show/movie. It’s a nice move but it’s taken them long enough to figure out a better way to rate things.

Last Orson Welles film to be released by Netflix

This is some pretty cool news as that the final film Orson Welles worked on, The Other Side of the Wind will soon be released. It has taken a while for this film to get finished as filming ended in 1976 and it’s now 2017. This a a bizarre story but hopefully it will have a happy ending with the latest Welles film being worth the wait. The film itself is sort of a mockumentary on Hollywood of the 70s with the ‘Classic Hollywood’ of the 20s-60s passing away and being replaced with the new wave of avant-garde young directors in ‘New Hollywood’. The film is about a 70th birthday party of an director who wants to make a comeback. It is said to use a mix of still photos, and 8mm, 16mm and 35mm color and black-and-white film shot at the party, along with scenes from his unfinished movie, and the film would be a collage of all these various types of film. It sounds like a unique film as I can’t think of a film that uses all these different types of film gauges.

Power Rangers

To be completely honest I’ve been a fan of this show since it came on, I watched it the first five iterations (MMPR to Lost Galaxy) and tuned in the Forever Red during Wild Force, but basically i didn’t watch it in high school, then in college Disney had the show and aired it at a great time so I watched the new series Ninja Storm-RPM and caught up on the older series I missed. When the show moved over to Nickelodeon I watched the first one Samurai but Megaforce and Dino Charge are a bit out there and never got sucked into these season. So with the new movie along with the new season Ninja Steel, and the comic book series It seems like a great time to be a fan of Power Rangers. However this news make it even more fun although it seems unlikely but remember that gritty violent Power/Rangers video from a couple of year ago, well it’s producer has said that he is working on an ‘R-rated’ Power Rangers. It sounds something like Akibaranger, the Unoffical Sentai series that was developed for adult who were fans of Super Sentai as children. This series was a parody of Super Sentai shows but the adult take on Power Rangers is something that seems reasonable. A couple of friends and I worked on a comic book version of this idea, Stronghold, it went through many iterations and never really did much but it was a unique idea and we all liked it.  So if Netflix would want to do some crazy adult version of Super Sentai, I would watch it and am sure that several others would as well.  Netflix already has a bunch of the older seasons that you can watch so there is that audience already there.

Netflix trailers

Holy Cow! Netflix US dropped a ton of trailers for upcoming shows check out their Youtube channel for all of them.

We’ve got our first look at Bill Nye the Science Guy’s new show about science and stuff, a first look at Iron Fist Netflix’s latest Marvel series, a trailer for season three of Chef’s Table which has an interesting grouping of chefs, a series based on the movie Dear White People and a series based on Anne of Green Gables. These on top of the Super Bowl Commercial for Stranger Things. Along with some more announcement date trailers for the new season of Orange is the New Black and Grace and Frankie. Netflix sure does have a bunch of show coming out soon and they’ve also got a whole bunch of movies coming soon as well. Some of this looks like it’s worth checking out.

 

Crackle and Movie Musicals

These are two separate points but both are in the same news cycle. To begin Jerry Seinfeld and his brilliant series Comedians in Cars getting Coffee will be moving from Crackle to Netflix in late 2017. Now the show is the biggest thing that Crackle has along with Sports Jeopardy. I’ve like Seinfeld’s series since it came out, as it is interesting to see the interactions between Jerry and his friends as well as other comedians and actors or related people (Lorne Michaels, Barack Obama). If you haven’t seen an episode yet, what’s taken you so long. Also involved with the deal is a couple of Jerry Seinfeld stand-up specials as well as series development deals. It seems Netflix is turning into the place for comedy as they continue to ink deals for stand-up specials, recently with Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle. With the loss of its biggest show will Crackle still exist come 2018 or will it find life with some other show or just have the Sony movies.

With the popularity of La La Land, Hollywood is once again hoping that the movie musical can make a comeback. However this story seem to always come out when there is a super popular musical out but the genre hasn’t really left. Now the films that are coming out are more biographical like Straight Outta Compton, Love and Music or they are like Pitch Perfect where they fit in some pop songs into the film or they are just animated. Sure this is nice to see something different at the movie theater but it really depends on the quality of the film that comes out. As The New York Times notes there are several major studios devoting major resources to musical for the first time since the 90s. Some of these films are going to be bringing hits like Wicked and Matilda to the screen, Playbill has a nice list of rumored film adaptions. Now it seems Disney is remaking all their animated films as live action so we’ve got those to look forward to as well. There will be more original films coming out and it would be great if these turned out to be good movies. With the revival of musicals on television it seems like we are going to continue in the time where the average individual we get multiple chance to see a musical. Yet once again I would rather have a few quality movie musical every year over a large quantity of movie musicals.