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What’s Streaming September 2016

 

It’s a big month for Netflix, with original premieres and lots of movies coming. Amazon Instant and HBO are both heavy on movie premieres, and Amazon will be streaming episodes of new seasons right after they premiere (quite possibly for a price, but episodes of Big Bang Theory Season 10 and Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD will be available for example). Let’s check out what’s streaming!

 

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Jaws, Jaws 2, Jaws 3, and Jaws: The Revenge

Feel like some John Williams and shark attacks? Netflix is bringing them straight to your home! You’ll maybe need a bigger boat for this marathon…And if you really feel like bingeing some shark movies, you can always do a comparison binge between these and the Sharknado movies, also on Netflix. I recommend some sort of strong beverage for the latter…

Practical Magic

I absolutely love this movie. It’s perfect for a girls’ night in, or a night when you miss family or friends. A romantic dramadey starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman, this movie follows two sisters who fumble their way through life and love, and make some witchy mistakes in the process. It’s fantastic. (Also worth a read is the novel of the same name by Alice Hoffman, a comparison of the two is fascinating.)

Sweeney Todd

A Tim Burton movie starring (who else?) Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, as well as Alan Rickman. If you’re a fan of the musical, this one is worth a watch, although as with most of Burton’s work, you’ll either love his take on it or not.

Top Gun

A classic film from the 80s, if you haven’t ever seen it, now’s your chance, because it’s flying into Netflix on the 1st. (Sorry, couldn’t resist…)

True Grit (1969)

If you love John Wayne or saw the remake from a few years ago and haven’t seen the original, this movie is for you. One of John Wayne’s best, and absolutely worth a viewing.

Galavant Seasons 1&2 (Coming Sept. 7th)

If you loved this show while it was airing or never got a chance to try it out, the complete series will be available to watch this coming month.

Supergirl Season 1 (Coming Sept. 10th)

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If you’re a fan of Arrow and The Flash, Supergirl will be worth watching, especially since it will be moving over to the CW for its upcoming season, which means…Let the insane crossovers begin! Also, this gives you plenty of time to catch up before the season 2 premiere October 10th.

Penny Dreadful, Season 3 (Coming Sept. 17th)

I recently discovered this show when the first two seasons began streaming on Netflix, and I’m incredibly excited that the third (and final) season will be available on Netflix so soon. The creators made the interesting choice to end the story after the third season, so even though it had quite the following, any petitions for Netflix to pick it back up will, unfortunately, not accomplish much. Instead, you can see how the entire show plays out in one weekend long binge. I recommend leaving some lights on.

Gotham, Season 2 (Coming Sept. 19th)

Are you a fan of Gotham? Just your luck then because season 2 will be coming out September 19th, the same day as the season 3 premiere.

New Girl, Season 5 (Coming Sept. 20th)

I absolutely love New Girl. If you’ve ever had roommates or incredibly awkward dates and jobs, you’ll definitely find something to relate to in this quirky and hilarious show.

Zootopia (Coming Sept. 20th)

Although September marks the beginning of the exclusive Disney/Marvel/Netflix contract, so far there has been little to show viewers what that will mean for content being carried. Zootopia however is joining Netflix this month, which definitely shows promise since it is one of their more recent releases.

Longmire, Season 5 (Coming Sept. 23rd)

Don’t worry, Longmire fans, Netflix is indeed continuing the show after that crazy cliffhanger at the end of last season, and you’ll be able to catch the entire 5th season September 23rd.

The Imitation Game (Coming Sept. 28th)

If you’re like me and missed this when it was in theatres, you’ll finally be able to see it at the end of the month on Netflix. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, it follows Alan Turing’s work with the UK government as a code breaker during WW2.

Marvel’s Luke Cage, Season 1 (Coming Sept. 30th)

The show that we’re all actually waiting for, Luke Cage is finally premiering at the end of September. If you watched Jessica Jones, you’ve been waiting for this since you figured out who Luke Cage is. If you haven’t watched Jessica Jones, you still have time before the Luke Cage premiere. And heck, watch Daredevil while you’re at it too!

Notables Leaving Netflix in September:

The Bridge on the River Kwai

Roman Holiday (Moving to Amazon)

Zoolander

Sept. 4th-11th:

Emperor’s New Groove

Lilo and Stitch

Fringe Seasons 1-5

How to Train Your Dragon 2

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Caddyshack

An absolute comedic classic, Caddyshack will be coming to Amazon streaming September 1st. If you’ve never seen it, definitely watch it.

Interview with a Vampire

Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst, and Christian Slater all star in this 90s classic film version of Anne Rice’s classic vampire novel. Check out an awesome vampire movie with a promise of no sparkly vampires!

Doctor Who, Season 9 (Coming Sept. 5th)

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If you also forgot that Doctor Who moved to Amazon Instant Video, here’s a reminder! Season 9 will finally be available to catch up on, so break out some tea and get ready to DO WE OOOOO!!!

The Witch (Coming Sept. 17th)

An independent horror film that’s all about atmosphere and building up suspense, this film won quite a few independent film awards but received mixed reviews from audiences. If atmospheric suspense and supernatural happenings in colonial America sound good to you, though, give this film a shot.

Young Adult

A moody and thoroughly awkward struggling-through-life-in-your-thirties movie, Young Adult stars Charlize Theron and Patton Oswalt. Worth a watch, if anything because of how uncomfortably realistic and embarrassing it is throughout, as well as for some fantastic performances from the two leads.

 

 

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300

THIS IS SPARTA! And also this is a fantastically stylistic cinematic version of a graphic novel by Frank Miller, directed by Zack Snyder.

Children of Men

I still remember chancing on this movie late one night while flipping channels, and it definitely got underneath my skin. If you’ve read the book by P.D. James or if you’re just curious, give this movie a shot. It’s gripping and terrifying, mostly because its content is handled in such an amazing way.

Rushmore

Are you a fan of Wes Anderson? If so, one of his earliest movies is coming to HBO Now/Go, and I recommend checking it out.

The Great Muppet Caper

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Oh nostalgia! This classic Muppet film from 1981 will be coming to HBO this month, so get ready for some childhood flashbacks. Bring some popcorn!

The Princess Diaries

A classic teen movie, if you’re in the mood for something lighthearted and fun, give this movie a watch and see Anne Hathaway’s fantastic breakout role as a girl who gets to be told by Julie Andrews that she’s actually a princess. Awkward teen situations and quirky girl things ensue.

 

For the full list of what’s coming this month, check out the source: http://www.theverge.com/2016/8/27/12666744/netflix-amazon-prime-hbo-now-new-movies-tv-shows-september-2016

Batman Comic Hush

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Recently David and I finished reading the Batman Comic Hush. So part of both of us reading it we are going to each give our perspective on the comic. I having not read many other Batman comics will just have a perspective on the story that was told in this comic. First of all this story is fantastic and I would highly recommend it to anyone. I do think it is good to have a general idea of characters that are in the DC universe, but especially Batman and his various villains, because so many of them show up in one way or another. This story spans so many locations and characters it really is an epic struggle that is being told. The other interesting part is that they do a great job of keeping the mystery going throughout the story. We see all the clues that Batman sees so maybe we might guess the finale before him, but at the same time the story definitely kept me guessing throughout. Continue reading

Is Gotham Changing the Mythos of the Batman Universe?

Batman is one of those characters that keeps coming back, in new movies, in TV shows, in comics. Even as one series of Batman movies ended, another series is starting up to include him – the Dark Knight returns, indeed.

As such, the very idea of Gotham is kind of refreshing. With so many instances of Batman out there, it’s nice to sit back and take a look at the famous fictional city before the Bat. A city full of greed and crime and corruption. A city run by organized crime. A city with a frightening place called Arkham Asylum that always ran a little too full.

I’ve been working through reading many of the iconic Batman comics in recent months, like Year OneThe Long Halloween, and The Dark Knight Returns. In reading those, there is a strong point made that before Batman, crime in Gotham seemed pretty mundane – there was just a lot of it. Once Batman arrived on the scene, though, you started seeing super villains, and increasingly hear the psychological argument that it’s Batman who made this happen, made the crazies take over the crime business. You see this shift in the recent Dark Knight movie trilogy as well.

And it is this idea which I think Gotham is turning on its head, and I’m not sure what I think of that. So let me lay out the progression, but then you tell me what you think – is Gotham re-writing the script on Batman?

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Batman: The Long Halloween Review

I recently finished reading Batman: The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale. I was excited to read this, as Jeph Loeb is one of the main names in superhero television, working on shows like Heroes, Smallville, and Agents of SHIELD. I also heard this comic compared to The Dark Knight, so that piqued my interest.

The Long HalloweenThe Long Halloween was published over the course of a little over a year from 1996-1997, and follows the monthly, holiday-based serial killings of Gotham City mobsters. It gets Batman into his detective role, with a case that is incredibly hard to crack.

I don’t think I have too much to say about this comic, but I’ll try. More than anything, like other comics LitFlix I have read (comics with a film based on them), it is and it isn’t The Dark Knight. So many of the ideas are there, but at the same time, it is a different story. More than anything, they share one major thread: the origin story of Two Face. So read on for my review of this comic series, spoilers in tow!

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First Impression, Gotham

David and I sat down and watched Gotham the other night. I have seen a lot of reviews out and so far the reactions seemed to be mixed. From my perspective I was not quite sure what I was getting into with a prequel to the Batman era so I was definitely open to what they were going to show. Now initial impression is that I enjoyed the first episode and am definitely willing to watch more. I think there were some good and bad things about the setup in the pilot. One thing that I found odd was it felt like they were trying to introduce all of the characters that we would recognize in the first episode, which came across a little off to me in terms of the story. The part that I thought was good is that they started with the murder of Bruce Wayne’s parents, Thomas and Martha. That is such a well known case to start on that it makes sense and then we hopefully get to see the ripple effect from there. Continue reading