What I’ve watched this week, January 3-9th 2015.

So instead of making a bunch of little posts about the different shit I watched the last couple days, I decided to make post summing up my last few days of what I’ve been watching.

Firstly, Netflix (canadian Netflix specifically) is pretty sweet. A deal at 9.99$ per month. The much more limited library of movies/documentaries/stand up specials/anime/tv shows is somewhat disappointing but that is the fault of a bad system in place by the CRTC and the way big cable/satellite providers operate here. It is definitely worth it however, just for the access to netflix shows like Daredevil and Jessica Jones (the only shows I wanted to watch going in) but I’ve also been introduced (or reacquainted) to a couple of others:

  • The Last Kingdom – I’ve only watched the first episode so far but holy fucking shit is it good. Definitely hooked after the first episode. I’ve also added the books to my audible wish list.
  • Sherlock – I never got around to watching this but was definitely interested, I’m a huge sucker for a good crime drama on tv. IF Canadian Netflix had Law and Order: Criminal Intent I’d be watching the fuck outta that.
  • Hannibal – I watched the first season but eventually stopped watching because it seemed like it would’ve been a better show on hbo. Now that I can watch it at my leisure though, it’s definitely on my watch list.
  • Sense8 – I’ve heard a lot of good things and want to check it out.
  • Narcos – again, heard a lot of good things and want to check it out.
  • The X-Files – I was going to pick up the series on Blu Ray or Dvd, and it being on netflix is icing on the cake for me.

Now that is out-of-the-way, lemme tell you about my impression of the Daredevil series so far, I’m definitely hooked and it delivered on the hype. I’ve watched the first 6 episodes and I gotta say Vincent D’Onofrio is, in my opinion, stealing the show. His portrayal of The Kingpin Wilson Fisk is great and I’m starting to agree with a tweet by Joe Abercrombie here.

Even though I haven’t watched Jessica Jones yet, saving that for after I finish up Daredevil, I’m in definite agreement with LordGrimdark here. It’s like that for the X-men as well with Magneto/Mystique/Apocalypse/Sabretooth.

I’m also liking the roles of Rosario Dawson, Deborah Ann Woll, and Elden Henson as well. Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock/Dardevil is also quite good and convincingly plays a blind man. I also enjoyed the small role Gideon Emery had as Anatoly Ranskahov. So far the show is quite impressive and I think on par with other critically acclaimed shows like Hannibal, Game of Thrones, and True Detective. I’m hoping the show continues to deliver and will eventually have characters like Black Widow show up, as they do work together in Black Widow: The Things They Say About Her.

The most impressive 1st episode I’ve ever seen is definitely The Last Kingdom, I’m hooked completely after 1 episode and gonna start watching one episode a day just like I’m doing with Daredevil now. I’ve also put the books on my audible wishlist for future pick up as I love checking out how well adapted it was or wasn’t and getting into the details that sometimes escapes the adaptation to a visual medium. Either way, it was most impressive and extremely well done.

As I said in a previous post, I checked out Batman: Assault on Arkham which lead me to check out Batman: Year One. I enjoyed it and especially liked the voicework by Bryan Cranston and Eliza Dushku. I never read the graphic novel it was based on and I may add it when I’m done with the Fables series.

I checked out 2 comedy specials so far both by Tom Segura aka T-nutz aka Tommy Bunz aka White Mahogany. Both were really funny and also worth the subscription for Netflix. I’m also looking forward to watching Tony Hinchcliffe’s special coming out on the 15th. It’s also important realize that humor is the most subjective of things, so your mileage may vary here.

Over the last week I picked up a couple new blu rays, Sicario and Mission Impossible 5 movie collection. I’ll start with Sicario first.

Sicario was quite worth the wait, I also had no choice in waiting as my trip to vancouver a few months back was to watch Sicario in theatres but that changed when it went into limited release and by that time everything for the trip was locked in, so I had to wait til it was on blu ray to watch it. I’ll repeat, it was worth the wait. It was well paced, had a good story, and compelling characters. Benicio del Toro was great in it and I also liked the character portrayed by Emily Blunt and Josh Brolin. I really enjoy any movie that is a realistic crime drama and Sicario delivered on that.

Mission Impossible Rogue Nation, as I said in a previous post a couple of months back, surpassed my low expectations and grew on me as the movie progressed. I really liked Rebecca Ferguson’s character a lot, as it showed me that I could definitely see a Black Widow movie work if only Marvel would take a chance on it.

I’ll also get around to watching Mission Impossible 1-4 this weekend some time in between WoW and Netflix.

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