Today’s NETFLIX Rave : It is still the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen — DAREDEVIL!!

This weekend’s recommended NETFLIX hit is THE DEVIL OF HELL’S KITCHEN — DAREDEVIL!

I’m almost done with season 1 of DAREDEVIL, up to episode 9, and I am LOVING IT! Some fantastic acting and drama and the cast is stellar across the board.

I mean from Charlie Cox as the titular protagonist, to Vincent D’Onofrio giving a nuanced, and rounded, and haunted, and charismatic, and even sympathetic performance as the heavy, to Toby Leonard Moore as the Kingpin’s frontman and sole friend Wesley, to Ayelet Zurer as Vanessa to director/actor Vondie Curtis-Hall as Ben Urich; the casting, and the quality of writing is simply stunning.

All the actors rising to the level of the writing, which is surprisingly smart and riveting and nuanced, and I think award worthy.

And I can see it being offputting to some who expect something sillier or safer or more routine. The writing here isn’t that, it is dark and dire, and in many ways it is a story without a hero, Charlie Cox playing a damaged character, in many ways a sociopath perhaps more dangerous and delusional than those he pursues. And that tension, you’re watching a man trying to hold that line within himself, that tension runs the risk of making the title character unlikeable, but I find it perfectly counterpointed with the other stories and character arcs.

I find the story, the struggling for equilibrium and redemption, for many characters, in a dangerous world; something I would argue most among us can relate to that.

And the action in this series…. WoW! Some jaw-dropping sequences, kudos to fight cheoreographer Philip Silvera, all the stunt-men, and Charle Cox for doing a large portion of his own stunts, and of course show-runner Steven S. DeKnight (of SPARTACUS fame, who did episodes 3 through 12) and Drew Goddard (who did episodes 1 & 2).

NETFLIX continues to back home-runs. How good is DAREDEVIL? I can see it on Netflix all I want, but I can’t wait to own a Bluray full of special features and cast and director’s commentaries.

Highly Recommended!

Now Watching : ENDANGERED SPECIES and TUSK on NetFlix VOD and Amazon Prime!

ENDANGERED SPECIES- Slow Netflix Night, and despite the atrocious poster, the name Eric Roberts and the premise of a scifi/horror flick intrigues me enough to give this a try. The first thing that strikes you is how incredibly dated the film seems.

Indeed despite the film having a production date of 2003, it looks far more like a film from 1983, with dated special effects, and an anemic budget to match, and borrows from more well known scifi films of the 80s and 90s. But those negatives aside, it moves at a quick clip, and there is some originality here, an unexpected environmental twist that makes the movie keep till the end.
Grade: C-. Horrible and misleading poster, but worth a look.

TUSK- I remember when Kevin Smith did the on-air little joke on his pod-cast that would become this film. The joke on the pod-cast was hilarious, and having seen the film, it should have just remained that pod-cast joke. It’s hilarious as something Kevin Smith is describing on a pod-cast, but the film is ultimately just exceedingly distasteful as a finished product, and backs itself into a miserable and ugly corner. Grade: D-.

Now Watching : Netflix’s DAREDEVIL and WRONG TURN AT TAHOE!

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The Entire 1st season of Netflix’s first Marvel Studios series DAREDEVIL has  dropped, and one episode in and it feels like… it feels like faith rewarded. From the first frame to the last, the show is pitch perfect.

From the direction, to the writing, to the performances, to the action. Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock, the Man without Fear is revelatory.  Charlie Cox in that first scene, with the speech in the confessional about his father, and letting the Devil loose, he defines the damaged nature of the protagonists, and this world. The initial costume is perfectly fine, a work in progress. I really hope Netflix will offer this up on Blu-Ray with commentary and features. It clearly deserves it.

Episode 2 here I come.

 

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Cuba Gooding Jr, has made his share of questionable movies. That said, in the largely direct to video world that has become the domain of most actors, in the last decade or so he has made some gems. WRONG TURN AT TAHOE is one of those gems, and following my first episode of DAREDEVIL, I find the film a nice counterpoint to the Netflix series. Cube giving a wonderfully poised and understated performance… yet full of menace. A great film from beginning to end.

Strongly recommended. Grade: B+

Movie Poster of the Day! FURIOUS7

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This is a great image, and makes for a striking, if minimalist, poster. 

And while I’m no particular fan of the FAST AND FURIOUS franchise, I thought the 6th one by director justin lin was a lot of fun, and with James Wan (of INSIDIOUS, THE CONJURING, DEAD SILENCE, SAW fame) in the director’s chair for this latest film, I’m intrigued and enthused to see what he can bring to the table.

It’s been a busy 2015, and I haven’t been excited or interested enough to see much in the theaters.

FURIOUS7 I will see in the theaters. And if you intend to as well, shoot me a line with your thoughts on the film, and I’ll likewise post after seeing it.

AND FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE FANS OF THE SERIES, THERE IS A GREAT BLURAY DEAL ON ALL SIX MOVIES. STREAMING IS OKAY FOR SAMPLING THINGS, BUT FOR REWATCHING AND HAVING AND SEEING BELOVED FILMS IN THE BEST QUALITY, THERE’S NO REPLACEMENT FOR A GREAT BLURAY BOXSET. ESPECIALLY WHEN IT IS PRICED RIGHT.

CHECK OUT OUR AMAZON DEAL OF THE DAY HERE:Fast & Furious 6-Movie Collection (Blu-ray + DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet)

 

“Not many people realize this, but I’m a really squeamish guy. When I watch other horror films that are really over-the-top with their blood and guts, I cannot watch it. So if my threshold to something on-screen is at that level, you can imagine how my threshold is to all the pain and suffering that is happening in the real world.” – James Wan