Aside from going to the movies as much as possible I do love a chill night in with good ol’ Netflix. With the ENDLESS amount of content on the streaming service, Netflix also loves putting out their own original movies and T.V. In between my trips to the theatre I just so happened to be able to catch a movie here and there throughout the year and like last year, here are the list of movies l watched with a brief review of how they turned out in no particular order.
If I had a dime for every Netflix original series and movie that pops up every month I would be a wealthy human being. The amount of original content on the streaming service just keeps growing and doesn’t plan to stop. While most of them are under the radar there are some that stand out featuring a unique story or involve actors and actresses that we are familiar with. While not all of them are gems, some of them turn out to be really good. What Happened To Monday is one of those gems.
Noomi Rapace stars as a woman who is a part of identical septuplets. The Settman siblings are in hiding from the rest of the world as they were born into a futuristic reality where a law has been passed to control the human population. One sibling per family is that law and any other siblings born will be cryogenically frozen and awaken when the population is under control.
Since 2011, a company named MoviePass provided a service to all its customers to bring them back to the movies. For a monthly charge, you had the opportunity to go to the movies once per day. For any movie watcher like myself that likes to go to the movies all the time benefits from this deal because ticket prices continue to rise and it doesn’t look like it’s going to stop anytime soon. Most theatres provide updated seating, hot foods other than simple concession snacks, and in some theatres, they are allowing alcohol that you can purchase before your movie or in some cases allows you to take it with you while you watch your movie.
Raise your hand if you even know what Death Note is? *raises hand. I am a late bloomer to this wonderful gem but among all the anime that I have seen in my years on this earth Death Note is one that captivates me. I am sure there are others that are just as good but this one caught my eye and I just enjoy everything about it. The characters, the story, the moral convictions, the atmosphere, the supernatural elements, the dark tone, and heavy drama all play a part as to why Death Note is so successful.
Originated from a popular Manga this story has been adapted to an animated series which then turned into a live action movie that spawned a sequel and a spin-off movie with one of their characters. There is only one thing left to do…adapt for the U.S. to make it more relatable to Americans.
So here we go, check out the trailer…
Now, I don’t have a problem with remakes and reboots. I think there are many successful ways to tell a story. Many people are attached to the ones they grew up with or have a connection with that has no room for different interpretation. However, it is a problem when you do take away the core value of what makes a story so great. Any movie or series that is loosely based on some other material should just be given a new name, character names, anything to tie it to the loosely used original material.
The trailer I am seeing above so far doesn’t really capture what makes Death Note so great. Sure, the plot is very similar but so far I’m looking at a trailer to something that could have just been made with a similar plot but a different title. If you want to take away the location, the ethnicity of the characters, and the tone of the movie just make your own movie. Start your own possible franchise. Death Note to me is good because of the character development. Most of the anime and movies are very dialogue driven. You learn so much about the people who are involved in this story and the psyche behind Light/Kira and his God complex, The obsession of Misa towards Light, and the strange and unusual methods of L one of the greatest detectives ever.
I haven’t seen the movie yet so I can’t make any final judgment call until I see the movie and I will be watching it. I just don’t see it in this trailer so I am a little skeptical. I do like the fact that his specific manga is being recognized as a story that should be noticed by more people. I would have liked it to be as authentic as the manga is. I don’t want the exact story to be told to us, but if you change a few things in your own artistic eye, just make sure to keep the identity of the original material or make your own movie and don’t take the title and the fans of the original content.
After watching the trailer, are you excited for this version of Death Note? Comment below and share your opinions, I’d love to hear from all of you. I am actually curious to hear from anyone who doesn’t know what Death Note is. Just from this trailer, are you interested in this movie based on what you have seen so far?
P.S. There is talk of white-washing the cast to make sure that this movie be seen by more Americans. It is unfortunate that this movie didn’t get the opportunity to showcase Asian actors and actress in the film. The diverse cast of putting a Caucasion and a African-American man as the two leads I don’t have a problem with. For the most part the explanation was that the two leads Nat Wolff (Light) and Lakeith Stanfield fit the setting of the movie. White and black actors are used because it takes place in Seattle. There are Asian people that do live in America. So you best believe I am going to watch those two like a hawk during the film and make sure I see some acting skilla that no Asian actor couldn’t perform for these roles.
Sang-ho Yeon brings us an exhilarating and probably one of the most high energy and entertaining zombie movies. Without watching the trailer for this movie I decided to watch this film knowing little to nothing about it except for the plot of a father who is traveling with his daughter to Busan by train which at the same time a zombie virus breaks out in South Korea, they must stay alive among the ones infected on the train.
I would advise not watching the trailer when you watch this because you will be surprised with how different these zombies are that I believe will enhance your viewing with the element of surprise. In case you are curious here is the trailer:
“Do I sound gay? No, seriously, do I sound gay?” This is not a quote from the movie but something that I have said once or twice in my life after coming out. I heard of this documentary last year. Not many opportunities to go to festivals to check movies like these but found out it was on Netflix and wanted to watch it right away.
David Thorpe, brings this question to light for millions of people to see and start the conversation. The subject: One of the MANY stereotypes gay men have to endure that apparently define us as a person and sexual preference. Our voice. Can our voice determine if someone is straight or gay? He decides to make a film interviewing celebrities, friends, family, and randoms on the street on the subject. He also decides to research and take speech classes to “man up” his voice and sound more “straight”.