June 2017 was another month full of surprises one digital streaming service Netflix, with a good selection of movies and TV shows.
One always has to be careful about hyped or critically-acclaimed movies, as Children of Men was a big (if expected) disappointment of boring self-importance and forced depression and social criticism, while The Book of Eli had great action scenes and a tense atmosphere, but not an interesting storyline or even characters for its rather long running time of almost 2 hours. Daredevil might not be the best comic adaptation with an actor like Ben Affleck not fitting the role, but it was at least fun. Gantz: 0 had some surprisingly horrific creatures, even if it remained anime nonsense, while Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn was another missed opportunity to transport the gaming series to the bigger screen, although it wasn’t a bad attempt compared to the animes or CGI movies. Wet Hot American Summer might have been a disaster at the box office, but it’s a brilliant piece of entertainment with one weird situation and character introduction after another, especially recommended for people who like 80ies movies and can laugh about their stereotypes and clichés.
The Book of Eli [7/10]
Children of Men [5/10]
Gantz: 0 [7/10]
Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn [7/10]
Wet Hot American Summer [9/10]
Since Netflix acquired the rights for Marvel comics adaptations, I tried out a few of these with some pleasant and not so pleasant surprises. The first season of Daredevil was okay, but rather boring, the second one was excellent, especially with the Punisher and many violent fights and shoot-outs. I can’t wait for his own show coming soon on Netflix! Then there was Luke Cage, a series that desperately tried to be against racism and praising the Harlem community, but ending up a bit lukewarm (no pun intended). Jessica Jones was surprisingly engaging, feeling less like a superhero movie and more like an investigative, supernatural thriller, with a very strong female lead and many great one-liners. Finally there was Iron Fist which despite a bad reputation due to criticism against the main actor, was much more fun than the first season of Daredevil with great fist fights, although why this was rated more mature than the much bloodier second season of Daredevil is beyond me. If you want to experience anarchic humor, then Trailer Park Boys is still the best indie production. Even if characters and stories don’t change much, each episode has so many laugh-out loud funny moments few other mockumentaries can boast of. Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp is another must-see series that builds on the (un)popular movie with the same characters and even the same actors/actresses, showing just how silly and crazy a TV show can be without imitating any other show or movie, although it’s mostly for those understanding cheesy 80ies comedies.
Daredevil (Complete Seasons 1+2) [6/10, 8/10]
Iron Fist (Complete Season 1) [7/10]
Jessica Jones (Complete Season 1) [8/10]
Luke Cage (Complete Season 1) [6/10]
Trailer Park Boys (Season 1, Episodes 2-6 + complete Season 2, Season 3, Episodes 1-3) [9/10, 9/10, 9/10]
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (Season 1, Episodes 1+2) [10/10]
Again Netflix showed that it’s possible to create great TV shows and that streaming movies is a good way to save money on over-rated titles or be surprised by other lesser-known or -praised ones. Can’t hardly wait to what July and other months have in store…
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