New on Netflix This Month and Next
This month and next will be interesting ones for Netflix. There is a host of original series and movies being added to the catalog, as well as older, well-known series and movies. Netflix seems to be moving more and more into original programming, while still focusing on acquiring fresh Intellectual Properties (IP) from the major companies.
The Punisher (2017)
No list of this sort would be complete without having some sort of Marvel superhero show on it. I would like to say that I hate Marvel movies and TV shows, but hate is too strong of a word, it’s more of a distaste. They aren’t bad enough to warrant a hate, but they just aren’t good. I, however, can see this series turning out good. All that I know about “The Punisher” comes from a PlayStation title called “Spider-Man,” wherein he tries to shoot Spider-Man once in it, that’s it. He seems pretty cool, though, his only superpower being super-senses, instead of something completely overpowered like every single other Marvel superhero, including that overarching power of procuring deus ex machinas out of thin air.
Chill with Bob Ross: Collection (1990)
Are those mistakes? Nope! They’re birds. Allow Bob Ross’ sweet tender voice to guide you through as you both paint something fabulous from nothing and wonder how you got there. Need a fun date idea? Both of you try to paint along and see who does it best. Bob Ross will never let you down. Everyone else in your life may leave, but Bob Ross will always be there to help you.
The Angry Birds Movie (2016)
How up are you in your memes? “The Angry Birds Movie” is probably the biggest meme out there. I remember back when it was only a fun iPod game. I haven’t seen it, but if you’re looking to waste a couple hours of your life, this is probably the place to go.
The Little Rascals (1994)
Ahhhh, here comes one from Memory Lane. My family had this one on VHS back in the day, it’s one of my favorite movies. A remake of an old classic, I’m sure some people will hate it, but it was my childhood, and I love it. The classic love story between a member of the “He-Man Woman Haters” club and Darla.
The Crucible (1996)
Becoming literate without reading has only become possible in these past few generations. “The Crucible” is one of the masterpieces of semi-modern theatre and is a must for any who wish to learn more about McCarthyism or the Red Scare of yesteryear. A great story, maybe not appropriate for all ages, but if you’re reading this it is definitely appropriate for you, about the Salem Witch Trials, and more widely about group hysteria.
I Am Not a Serial Killer (2016)
I have not seen this movie; however, I have read the book that this was based on, and I am amazed that they allowed this to become a movie. A grotesque, gore-filled adventure about, you guessed it, serial killers and morgues and sucking out organs with a sort of vacuum cleaner (no kidding, they really do this at morgues). The only surprising thing to me was the strange genre shift about halfway through, and I’m not sure how they handled it in the movie, but I would definitely give it a try if you’re looking for some horror.
Gabriel Iglesias: Sorry For What I Said When I Was Hungry (2017)
A Netflix original, you cannot go wrong with Gabriel and his stand-up routines. A bit on the crass side, his humor is impeccable, and will surely leave you with a stitch in your side. Pro tip: If you’re looking to work out your abs, watch this. It will leave your stomach in such a pain that you will feel as though you have done way too many sit-ups.
As Netflix forays once more into the live-action anime adaptations, fans will recall the absolute bastardization that called itself a “Death Note” live-action adaptation earlier this year. “Erased” was a runaway hit series among anime fans and non-fans alike. While some more picky fans found a distaste for the anime, it was generally well received and won the Villain of the Year award at the Crunchyroll Anime Awards. Likely going to be a show for both the hardcore fans and the more casual viewership, this is one to keep your eye on.
Mathew House for SUU News
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