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Netlfix’s: Midnight at the Pera Palace

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uT4InagwS-I Midnight at the Pera Palace Trailer from North American TEN – Closed Caption YouTube Channel Esra likes being a journalist in Istanbul, but she wants to write stories that reveal hidden secrets, not the puff pieces her editor prefers.  Yet she agrees to go to the Pera Palace, a historic hotel, and wrote a…

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The Witcher Series will Change: I can handle this I think.

The movie trailer for The Most Dangerous Game from One Media’s YouTube Channel

Dear Diary,

On Saturday, October 29th, sad news arrived on the Internet – Henry Cavill’s run as Geralt of Rivia in The Witcher will end after season three.  I wanted to send a text to videographer Wes who watches the program like I do, but I don’t have his cell phone number, but I do have the number of a mutual friend.  So I sent a text to Andrew instead.  You see, I felt I needed to process this event right away and the sites I usually visit are Cinemablend, ScreenRant and ComingSoon.Net did not have much to say yet.  I could have waited until Monday but I did not want to.So I sent a text to Andew. He replied back and I sent a reply. We sent a couple more texts back and forth, then I felt better.

​Since that day, numerous articles have appeared online and I have read a bunch of them.  Most speculate the writers of the show turned away from the Witcher books and this got under the actor’s skin, so when the end of his three-year contract came closer he chose not to renew it.  Others think The Rock aka Dwayne Johnson (they apparently have the same agent) insisted Cavill make a cameo in Black Adam. Combined with James Gunn and Peter Safren to jointly head DC meant Cavill’s Superman long awaited Superman Two could go into development.  

All of this is understandable.  Cavill has not hid his love of Superman and given all the drama around the Justice League and the treatment of Zach Snyder plus the wrong moves by Whedon, one could easily say Johnson, Gunn and Safren saved the day and the studio.

Another thought I have read about is Cavill’s schedule is filling up rapidly ( Squadrun 4,Highlander, The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare. The Rosie Project, and perhaps an Enola Holmes 3, is making its way on to his schedule; something must go.  It would make sense The Witcher got chosen given how quickly the fourth season is suspected to start filming and the time-consuming schedule.  

I have liked Cavill in The Witcher but I I did not particularly like how Season 2 ended.  Whatever the reason he left, one thing or a lot, I have to let the matter go.   I do admit I am not sure about Liam Hemsworth taking Cavill’s place. The way I know him is from publicity shots with his brothers Chris and Luke, his time dating Miley Cyrus, the Hunger Games Series trailers and the Most Wanted movie trailer. The last few trailers did not make much of an impression.  Maybe things will go well and the series goes on past season four or it ends.  The only way to tell is to give Liam a try and watch season four of The Witcher.  

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Netflix Four Episode Series: Inside Man

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cj_qFctViCc New Streaming Series Inside Man – Trailer from BBC YouTube Channel Inside man is no cozy mystery.  Local vicar Harry gets himself into a hot mess when he agrees to take a flash drive full of porn from  troubled church worker Edgar. The vicar hesitates to take the flash drive but chooses to do…

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Netflix’s The School of Good and Evil: Now Streaming

https://youtu.be/aftysDQ4hpI The School for Good and Evil Trailer from Netflix’s YouTube Channel I saw Netflix’s The School of Good and Evil and it is not the next Harry Potter by a long shot.  The premise is that Sofia, a beauty, wants to be treated like a princess, but no one wants to do that.  She…

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exception: Netflix Anime Series

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctUiQSAYOTo exception trailer from Netflix Anime ‘s YouTube Channel I have seen a few series where Humans have to go into outer space and find a new home after Earth suffers a terrible fate. In the anime series exception, there is a twist to this theme. A womb or 3D biological printer has the DNA…

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1st Season Thoughts on She Hulk Attorney at Law

Trailer from Marvel Entertainment YouTube Channel

There is a lot to like about She-Hulk Attorney at Law as it came to a close in its first season.   Seeing Charlie Cox back as Matt Murdock/ Daredevil was great! I got to hear some of the legalspeak I hoped to have heard more in this show.   I also like the chemistry between Tatiana Maslany’s and Charlie Cox’s  characters.  Mark Linn-Baker as Jennifer’s Dad – always a delight, especially when he talks about water pressure after squirting the news media outside his home.

I feel amused a few times in the show rather than laughing at the jokes.   Nor did I especially like Todd, but given the final first season episode and Jenn telling K.E.V.I.N. her demands, nicely of course,  in the end I hope Todd does not come back.  Nor did I especially like the appearance of Bruce/ Smart Hulk’s surprise guest at the family picnic gathering and the whole Wong/Blonsky relationship.   Perhaps Stephen Strange rubbed off on Wong  in a few of the wrong ways?

Still, I think the show really picked up for me the moment Matt Murdock appeared again.  If She-Hulk gets a second season, I hope he keeps popping up.   If not, I will be patient for the rebooted Dare Devil show. Oh, and no replay of the walk of shame that was not necessary.

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Marvel Studio’s Werewolf by Night

Werewolf by Night Trailer from Marvel Entertainment’s YouTube Channel

The first foray by Marvel into horror with Werewolf by Night is good. It gives us a taste of Jack Russell and Elsa Bloodstone in the world they inhabit of monster hunters and monsters. The only catch is that Jack Russell is both a man and a werewolf. The choice to film the special in black and white with the toned-down bloody fights between hunters and hunters and monsters hit the right spot with me. I dislike horror with its dose of gross for the sake of it. I refer to John Carpenter’s Thing and David Cronenberg’s The Fly.

I do wish we got some background for those of us noncomic book readers on Jack Russell and his fellow monster hunters’ histories, but we don’t. The brief history we get is on the bloodstone and Ulysses Bloodstone’s ties to it, but not much else except Elsa’s father died, he remarried, and not only did her father come to despise her, but so did her stepmother.

Now, what about Hack Russell’s history? Here is the short version: Long ago, in 1795, Grigori Russoff refused to acknowledge Dracula is supreme and who could blame him? Dracula murdered his first wife. Eventually, Russoff kills Dracula but his former prisoner Lydia, a werewolf, forces her curse on Russoff in retaliation. Yet somehow, he manages to go on with his life, remarries, and has kids, none of whom share his curse. Fast forward many decades, and we get to Jack Russell, who gains a few enemies, including Moon Knight and Sabretooth, along with allies like Man-Thing, Mobius, Ghost Rider, Elsa Bloodstone, and Topaz. (If you would like to read a more detailed history click here for Marvel.com take on these characters.

Even with these exclusions, Werewolf by Night is still good, with plenty of action. I think the talent hired is the reason for this. They elevate an otherwise okay story in a nutshell; it is a giant brawl with plenty of blood and action.

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Junior Bake-Off : Streaming on Netflix

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDQB8WIlYq0 Junior Bake Off Trailer from Mensch Films Youtube Channel I am a fan of the British Bake Off, and recently, I chose to check out the Junior Bake-Off. I saw the first season and into the second.    Things I like include the hosts, former GBBO contestant Liam Charles and pastry chef Ravneet Gill. They exhibit…

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Netflix Series – The Imperfects: Warning Light Spoilers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTJfJoaZrCw Netflix Series The Imperfects – Trailer from Netflix’s YouTube Channel Imperfects me think of Being Human, which began as a BBC iPlayer series and got an American remake. The original series featured a ghost (Annie Sawyer, portrayed by Lenora Crichlow), a werewolf (George Sands, portrayed by Russell Tovey), and a vampire (John Mitchel, performed…

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The Streaming Movie Proposal: Is it a Go or a Fail?

Hollywood Cinema Movie Board courtesy of mohamed mahmoud hassan and publicdomainpictures.net

“So you want to do a 1980s version of the Nicholas Cage, and John Travolta movie Face Off as a T.V. movie with two military characters from two different shows?”

“Yes, I do, I say to my boss at Streaming Channel 123XYZ. “Many shows from my 1980s childhood are coming back in new reiterations or sequels. Look what happened with 21 Jump Street with Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. The comedy/drama made over $200 million, and the sequel 22 Jump Street earned over $300 million in theaters. Now I know we will not be getting this in theaters and, instead, be small-scale like the new gritty and dramatic Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. I am sure you know there are plans for a second season.

“I do. Okay, which two military characters are you thinking of?”

“Templeton “Faceman” Peck from A-Team and Michael Long, aka Michael Knight from Knight Rider. Both men are handsome, friendly with the ladies, like a specific car model, and enjoy the good things in life when not aiding good people who experience a great wrong. I think we can take this to a new level with a Face-Off twist.”

My boss closes his eyes, turns his head to one side, makes a cringy face for a couple of seconds, then faces me again. “Look, I understand your enthusiasm, but I do not see any situation where these two goody characters would go off the rails ala Face-Off unless it is Garthe Knight. However, I will have you know Michael Knight and Garthe Knight did square off in the Knight Rider series. Neither one needed to exchange faces with one another.

“Sir, it can work with new actors. We cannot use the original actors too old, not to mention Hasselhoff is 6’4 compared to Dirk Benedict at 5’11. Just thinking about their different strides and builds makes one dizzy. Hasselhoff has an athletic build, and Benedict is slender. The new actors will be close in height or the same. The time the two come to blows happens after Stephanie “Stevie” March Mason’s murder. Michael Knight goes off the rails seeking revenge. The Foundation for Law and Government, F.L.A.G., want to save Knight, and they contact the A-team to help. Knight takes out most of the team. We will get new actors to portray the rest of the members of the A-Team. Knight knocks off each member one by one. He poisons B.A. Baracus’s milk, and he poisons Hannibal’s cigars, and on it goes with the last man standing being Faceman.”

My boss sighs deeply and says, The Knight Rider series has seven iterations as either a T.V. show or movie. Michael Knight never went off the rails after Stevie’s death. He went on to head F.L.A.G., and his son joined him. In contrast, the A-Team got five seasons and ended with the A-Team working on getting pardoned, which is ironic since they did get framed. Unfortunately, the evidence to clear them got destroyed in a fire. The show’s ratings were not the greatest but not terrible. The film version with Bradley Cooper and Liam Neeson fell short of 78 million in its theater run, not making back its $110 million budget. I am sure Glen A Larson, the creator of Knight Rider, and Stephen J Cannel and Frank Lupo, who created A-Team, would agree if living now that your idea is going in the trash bin and staying there.”

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