What Happened To Monday Is A Smart And Futuristic Thrill Ride

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.

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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.

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Death Note: Not As Bad As I Thought But Still A Miss

I am sure that for those who pay attention to the latest in movie news you heard of the adaptation that premiered today on Netflix. I am referring to the Netflix original movie Death Note which is adapted by the popular manga/anime. This is one of those anime that I have had the pleasure of viewing and I really fell for the cat & mouse battle of wits that the two lead characters Light and L play on one another while the entire world are caught in the middle as possible collateral damage.
This premiere comes with a bit of publicity leading up to its release due to the fact that the anime/manga features Asian characters and the U.S. adaptation on Netflix takes it out of Japan and puts it in Seattle with a dominant Caucasian cast. In other words, the term “whitewashing” has been thrown around. While I am a little bias writing this review, I will review this title based on the content of the movie from my entertainment parameters I use on all my reviews.

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To All Moviegeeks, If This Doesn’t Get You Back Into The Movies, I Don’t Know What Will

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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.

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Death Note Trailer Removes Some Hope For A Successful 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. 

Movie Review: Train To Busan Gives Us a New Kind Of Zombie.

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:

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Movie Review: Do I sound gay?

“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.

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Director David Thorpe

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”.

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Are people watching movies for the movie or something else?

 

Let me set the scene for you that inspired this question.

Location: At work
Players: My boss and I
Time: Tuesday, Dec. 1st 7:30p

Boss: I can’t wait to get out of here. I’ll be happy if we finish early.
Me: You and me both. It will be good to get home earlier.
Boss: I have a HOT date tonight.
Me: HOT? Really?
Boss: Yes, we are doing Netflix tonight. *wink

Now when I heard this I had this immediate reaction of When did Netflix become a “hot” date? Having a movie night with a date or that special someone was nice because I was watching a movie with someone. It was less about what it led to. Yes, it could lead to other things after or sometimes during but actually watching the movie was the good part of the date. Call me a little old fashion but I actually don’t mind a “netflix” night without a little nookie afterwards. It was just the way my boss said it and gave me a look I got the impression that when Netflix is involved it means Bow chicka WOW WOW.

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So I ask, are movies being watched for the movie or something else? Who out there still enjoy watching movies for the sake of watching movies? I still enjoy watching movies with friends whether at the movies or inside of a home. Now, it could just be with the people I associate with but I can’t remember when I had an authentic movie night where sex wasn’t expected in the same night.

Now its not all about sex. Sometimes movies are watched just for the reason of just being close with someone. I’ve had my single friends tell me they don’t watch movies that much anymore because they are too busy or there is nothing good out. However, when on a date, its movie time. My friends who have partners do nothing but watch movies all the time while being at home together. I am getting the vibe that the joy of just going to a movie for the sake of the movie is not good enough anymore. Given a chance to be with your boo, bae, or honey you will put in the effort.

Movie prices are definitely high these days. Most movies are not as good as they use to be as far as original stories vs remakes and sequels all the time. Is that the reason for such a disinterest?

Related: 17 of the funniest “Netflix and Chill” memes

Now I am not applying this to everyone. Of course there are still plenty of people who enjoy going. Once in a while, I will go to a movie with friends. I would even witness a group of friends at the movies watching it together. So they are out there but you have to admit its not that much as it use to be in the past. I remember back when midnight shows were a special event and you gather your friends to go and have a good time. Staying up that late, paying the money, that was enough for a good time.

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The first time I heard of “Netflix and Chill” I thought it was clever and definitely made sense for the millennials. However, the literal definition of the phrase is something I never agreed with. Now I am no prude, don’t get me wrong. I just wonder if its used as a ploy to get your partner into bed without really enjoying the movie together at all. A game move if you will or is it a role playing scenario. I don’t know. What I do know is if someone told me they wanted to “Netflix and chill” you better pick a movie I have already seen before. I am a moviegeek. You ask me over for a movie, we are going to watch a movie. Hitting on me during it is a turn off. Just speaking the truth. #moviegeekrealness

So I will give the floor to you. Moviegeeks, do you still enjoy a movie for the movie? Is using your free time to watch a movie only worth it if its with a significant other or a gateway to sex?

Let me know folks. What do you think?