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Comparative Opinions: Luke Cage – Episode 17

Welcome to the Comparative Opinions podcast! Holly and David finally finished watching Luke Cage, and it seemed like time to talk about it! Discussions of the show, some comparative talk to the previous NetFlix/Marvel shows, and some looking ahead to next year’s upcoming shows. Also: does anyone remember Daredevil season 2?

Comparative Opinions is a weekly half-hour-ish podcast hosted on ComparativeGeeks.com. Subscribe for new episodes every Sunday!

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Music is by Scott Gratton: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Scott_Gratton/Intros_and_Outros

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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

What I’m watching on Netflix

It’s almost the end of the month, and everyone is talking about what’s coming and going on Netflix (catch up on Doctor Who if you’re behind, even though they struck a deal it’s still apparently leaving Netflix for the time being). But personally I’ve finally had time to try out some new shows and I have some recommendations.

Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23

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Back in college, I actually had one of the cinematographers from this show come and talk to a film class about his work, and he mentioned working on the pilot for this and selling the show to the network. I wanted to watch it when it was on TV, but I’ve gotten into this awful habit of not watching shows live anymore, mostly out of laziness. Both seasons of it are on Netflix now, and especially after the wonder that was Jessica Jones I had to check it out.

I’m really happy that I did! If you appreciate weird, hilarious scenarios, James Van Der Beek being ridiculous (he plays himself and can’t seem to get away from his Dawson’s Creek fame), and dry humor, you’ll love this show. Krysten Ritter shines in a role apparently inspired by Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, although portrayed here as a scam artist in New York who does whatever she pleases at everyone else’s expense. It’s well worth checking out, especially if you need to just veg on the couch for a bit after a long day at work.

Broadchurch

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I absolutely love this show. I’m already on a second viewing (once through on my own, and now I’m making P watch it so I have someone to talk about it with). The first season was filmed essentially using the process of “dailies” with the script; every actor took their roles knowing they could be the killer, and no one knew who it was until the last episode was being filmed. The show is moody, it’s dark, it’s slow paced in the best sense, and so well acted that I often found myself sitting on the edge of my seat.

There are plenty of familiar faces (just look at the promotional poster!) and now that the creator, Chris Chibnall, is taking over Doctor Who starting with season 10, I highly recommend checking this out to see what’s in store, and also because it’s an amazing drama.

New Girl

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Being a 20/30 something who has had roommates and even just incredibly close friends, I think this show is amazingly relatable. As with any sitcom, the characters and situations are hilariously unrealistic at times, but that’s definitely part of the appeal. The acting and writing are incredibly well done, and it’s another fantastic show to take your mind off how much work and life can suck.

Maybe now P and I will finally find time to watch some super hero shows together, like Arrow and Daredevil.

What are you currently watching on Netflix?

What Julia is Excited for in 2016

David and Holly have both shared their lists to get 2016 started, so now it’s my turn! I’ll do my best for no repeats, but for movies and shows that may be difficult…there’s so much coming out! In general I’m hoping for a more relaxed year than last year, I had way too much going on (yay I’m not planning a wedding this year!) I actually am a huge New Year’s Resolutions person, so I’m really hoping that this year will be a year of change for me.

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Julia’s Best of 2015

This is a Comp Geek tradition, but it’s my first year partaking! David and Holly have already done theirs, so now it’s my turn. 2015 went by so fast that I had to Google which movies and video games came out this year because most of the ones I was thinking of came out last year (Interstellar, Dragon Age: Inquisition) and I was incredibly confused…It was a busy, hectic kind of year, but it definitely had some awesome geekness hiding in its folds Continue reading