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I Have A Stream – February: Warming Up Your Heart

My February post is coming very late. I’m not sure if it’s the cold weather outside or my warm bed inside that has delayed my posting. I’m guessing both reasons are to blame. Because the end of the month is rapidly approaching I decided to suggest one documentary to watch this weekend. The documentary is called Waste Land and it depicts the lives of Brazilian garbage pickers working in the world’s largest landfill. Brazilian visual artist Vik Muniz travels to his home country with the purpose of helping the less fortunate employees of the Jardim Gramacho landfill. He wants to accomplish this by collaborating with them to create beautiful works of art. Also, if Muniz is able to sell the work he would donate all earnings to the workers. I love this documentary and highly recommending people watch it. You don’t have to be into art or politics to take away a lot from this film. I first saw it a few years ago and it has recently popped up on Netflix. As soon as I saw it on Netflix I knew I had to share it with others. So please check out Waste Land and have your heart warmed this February by this endearing documentary.

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I Have A Stream – January: New Year, New Shows Part Duex

It’s still very cold outside and that means more hours to marathon TV shows online. Here’s another short list of quality shows to stream on Hulu. And, yes they are all British shows.

1. Doctor Who

I was overly pleased to see that Hulu has recently added numerous classic episodes of Doctor Who. Now there is a total of 368 episodes of the original series you can watch anytime you want. Sure the special effects are crude and some acting is over the top. However, it’s still as amazing as it is now. The complex stories and sense of adventure are what make this show great. I admit that some of the earlier episodes might take a little time to get used to, but it is definitely worth it. I recommend watching Genesis of the Daleks, City of Death, and Remembrance of the Daleks.

2. Luther

I never really got into cop shows that much, but Luther is an exception. I’m a fan of Idris Elba so I gave this show a try a couple of years ago. I instantly became hooked. Luther is the flawless combination of exceptional writing and acting. The only downside of Luther is that you keep wanting more after you’ve gone through all the episodes.

3. Come Fly With Me

Do you like comedy that repeatedly crosses the line of  what’s inappropriate? If you said yes, then immediately click the link above. That’s really all I have to say about this hilarious show.

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I Have A Stream – January: New Year, New Shows

Happy New Year everybody. After a long absence of IHAS I’m back with brand new recommendations for your viewing pleasure. I’ve decided to change things up a little. In addition to writing about Netflix titles, I’ve decided to include titles available on Hulu.

This week I’ll be suggesting TV shows to watch. If you live in Chicago, like me, you’re going to be indoors for the next couple of months. What better way to spend your time by discovering new and exciting TV shows. Here are a few British shows that I have thoroughly enjoyed.

1. The Wrong Mans

If you enjoy action-thrillers and comedy look no further. The show starts off with a case of mistaken identity and turns into six episode ride full of comedy and violence. James Corden gives a great comedic performance as always. I promise you’ll laugh and be hooked on this great show.

2. Misfits

After watching the first episode of this show I realized that this is easily one of my favorite TV shows ever. It’s about teens doing mandatory community service getting zapped by a mysterious storm that gives them super powers. It’s not your typical show about super heroes. It’s more like an anti-super hero show. On the other hand, Misfits might the most realistic super hero show. It’s dark, funny, entertaining, and very smart. I highly recommend it.

3. The Thick of It

Before he was The Doctor, he was Malcolm Tucker. A political spin doctor for the British government. This show a mix between The Office and The West Wing, but better and with F-bombs.  Hands down The Thick of It has the best one liners and rants that have ever been put into half-hour show. Also, check out the spin-off movie In The Loop.

Enjoy the shows and comment if you can. For those of you who like Doctor Who you’ll see a ton of familiar faces in these shows. Not including the obvious.

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The Man of Steel Begins to Rise

I’m not sure if anyone has heard or not, apparently there is going to be a Batman vs. Superman (or Superman vs. Batman) movie in the next couple  of years. It’s about damn time. DC definitely taking a page out of the Marvel handbook. The closest thing we’ve had to a Batman/Superman crossover was George Clooney’s, “This is why Superman works alone.” Booooo. Hopefully DC and Warner Brothers will be able to pull off bringing the DC Universe to the big screen. Yes, it does kinda seem like a cash grab by the studio, but maybe they can turn the films into something much more than that. I’m very excited about the movie, and can’t wait to see Batman bunch Superman with a Kryptonite ring.

 

Bringing both of these iconic and polarizing figures to the big screen is going to be one hell of an undertaking. Because I’m a comic book fan with a computer and an opinion, here are five things I want to see in the upcoming Batman/Superman movie.

 

1. Cape and Cowl

One very minor issue I’ve had with Batman movies is the costume. I never found them very interesting. Lots of black on black with a touch of charcoal. I think they should go for a gray costume with a black cape and cowl. Hell, go for the Jim Lee gray and dark blue costume. Of course it has to look somewhat realistic on-screen. Aside from Adam West, no guy is just going to dress up in spandex. I would like to see a variation of Batman’s costume from the Batman: Noel graphic novel. It has the comic look with a real world tactical influences.

 

2. Where Does He Get Those Wonderful Toys?

The new Batman will be older and more seasoned than previous on-screen incarnations. He may not be as physical Nolan’s Batman because he’s older. He obviously won’t straight out punch Superman into submission, but maybe he’ll use his gadgets. Batman might be the most clever character in the DC Universe. So let’s see him make full use of his utility belt while dueling with Superman.

 

3. Brother Eye

One cool little cameo in Man of Steel was made by a Wayne Enterprises’ satellite. As a huge Batman fan, the first thing that popped in my mind was Brother Eye. Could it be possible that the destroyed satellite in the movie was actually a cover for one of Batman’s paranoid inventions? I think it would be an interesting tool to reveal more super powered beings in the DC movie universe. Also, it could work into the theme of the observer (Superman) becoming the observed.

 

4. Dynamic Duo

It would be pretty cool to see Robin or Nightwing in the film. Even if it’s just for a few seconds or a quick mention. It’s an older Batman so of course he would already have established his partners in crime fighting. Instead Batman grieving for his parents, have him grieve for Jason Todd. At least, have his costume hanging in the Batcave.

 

5. World’s Finest

I would like to see this movie borrow heavily from the Superman/Batman comics and cartoons. Maybe some of the best interactions between the two characters have been in the Superman/Batman animated movie in the 90s, The Dark Knight Returns, and Jeph Loeb’s run on Superman/Batman ten years ago. Hell they even made two very solid animated movies based on Jeph Loeb’s run.

Best cover ever.

 

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Blackfish: A Review & Five Questions

My favorite animal has always been the Orca, which is better known as the Killer Whale. As a kid I begged my mom to go see Free Willy and watched it on VHS a thousand times. My room was cluttered with plastic Killer Whales and books on marine mammals. Hell, I even knew that Killer Whales are in the Dolphin family. So when I heard about this documentary, I knew I had to see it.

Blackfish touches on various topics about Orcas in captivity. They include: trainer/whale relationships, capturing practices, history, SeaWorld lawsuits, etc. However, the main subject is Tilikum the whale. The movie tells the story of his life from the time he was captured to present day. SPOILER: His life is utterly horrible and SeaWorld is the worst. Blackfish has to be one of the most depressing documentaries that I’ve seen. You really feel bad for Tilikum and all the other in captivity. Especially, when trainers tell stories of a young Tilikum being terrorized by larger whales. You’ll also feel bad for the interviewed trainers because they really care for the whales. Throughout the film you’ll see accidents and attacks that involved the trainers. There are some pretty scary clips, but nothing gruesome.

Here are five questions I about the documentary:

 

  1. How pissed off is SeaWorld?

     

  2. Why didn’t they interview any trainers that survived killer whale attacks? Maybe SeaWorld paid them to keep their yaps shut. I thought it would’ve been interesting to see the man who was crushed between two whales.

  3. Who on Earth still goes to SeaWorld? The short answer is MidWestern yokels.

  4. Did anyone else know that there is a SeaWorld in San Antonio?

  5. Once again, how pissed off is SeaWorld?

Even though it might be a downer, I highly recommend watching this documentary. It’s very well made and steers away from being just another “big corporations are pure evil” documentary. You’ll be hit with a lot of emotions and have new respect for wildlife. I walked out the theater never wanting to go to SeaWorld or any place that houses captive animals.

Here’s an interesting tidbit: Free Willy was released 20 years ago! Yes, feel old.

 

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I Have A Stream: Summer Movie Companion

Hello good people of the interwebs! Summer is officially here and I’m sweating with exciting about all the big movies coming out. Good thing I searched the endless rows of movies on Netflix to find some good picks. These selections would be great to watch before or after you enjoy the summer movies that Hollywood has to offer. Think of these as little footnotes that you can watch.

1. All-Star Superman (2011)

 

I’ve never been the biggest Superman fan in the room, but this movie made me really like him. He’s not the all-powerful Superman that most people have grown to love. Instead he becomes the a vulnerable hero with only weeks to live.  It’s a wonderful animated movie based of the comic with the same name.

 

2. Confessions of a Superhero (2007)

 

This is a pretty interesting documentary about failed actors trying to achieve their dreams in Hollywood. Instead of playing superheroes on the big screen, they portray them on Hollywood Blvd. for monetary tips. Throughout the film you’ll be questioning if it’s better to never give up on your dreams or find something else.

 

3. Spaced (1999 – 2001)

 

This is one of the greatest shows ever made. I want to stop there, but I do have to relate it to a summer movie. Spaced is the show that spawned great movies like Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Edgar Wright are back to complete a trilogy of great movies with The World’s End. Go back and see how it all began with Spaced.

 

4. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)


Star Trek is an amazing collection of films and television series. I do like the reboots, but let’s face it they are just big action movies in space.  The Wrath of Khan is the quintessential film in the series. It has everything you want from a great science fiction movie. KHAAAANNNNN!!!!

 

5. Astonishing X-Men (2011 – 2012)

 

So The Wolverine is coming out soon and I still have a bad taste in my mouth from the last Wolverine movie. It stunk to high heaven and made the character and other X-Men related character a big joke. Ironically, the Astonishing X-Men motion comic is a better than most superhero movies. It’s written by Joss Whedon and one of my favorite takes on the popular mutant team.

 

 

Man of Steel: A Short Review & Five Questions

I’m “him” from herampersandhim and I’m reblogging my post.

 

Plain Zero

 

I love movies and comics, but comic book movies are usually hit or miss for me. I never was the hugest fan of the Superman comics and movies in the world. In general I like Superman, but I always felt like he had too many powers and always seemed too unstoppable. I like the first two Superman man movies with Christopher Reeve and all the other ones stunk to high heaven. This includes the forgettable Superman Returns (I had to google the full title because I forgot).

Anyway, when I heard there was a new Superman movie I just shrugged. I knew I was going to see it and probably not like it that much. After seeing the movie I realized I was wrong. I actually enjoyed it alot. It was a pretty solid movie. This was a comic book movie for people who read comics. It had everything:…

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I Have A Stream: Independent Movies

Who needs a massive budget and fancy schmancy special effects to make a good movie? Yes. I was thinking George Lucas too. Well let’s take a trip away from Hollywood and head towards a place where movies are considered as art. These films show how much people can achieve with a small budget and creative vision. Enjoy!

 

1. Dead Man (1995)

This western stars Johnny Depp, and I’m not talking  about that ridiculous looking Lone Ranger crap. He plays William Blake, a man on the run after killing a man in self-defense. Soon this run turns into a vision quest and he encounters several interesting characters. There’s also a man in a dress played by Iggy Pop. That should be reason enough to watch this movie.

2. This Is England (2006)

I watched this movie a few years back and loved it. I usually recommend it to people when they want to see a good indie flick. It’s about a kid who joins a skinhead gang in England. For the most part they are non-violent, but that soon changes when the gang’s old leader comes back from prison. The acting and cinematography are very natural in this movie. This will make you completely forget that you’re even watching a movie.  A must watch.

3. Four Rooms (1995)

One movie with four very different stories. The movie is essentially four short films linked together by a bumbling bellhop named Ted. You’ll see him encounter witches, annoying kids, and even a dead hooker. Also, Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez direct two of the stories.

 

4. Clerks (1994)

Kevin Smith wrote and directed one of the best comedies ever with Clerks. I took me a long time to stop laughing after I first watched when I was 13. Not only is it funny, it also has a lot of charm and heart. If you haven’t seen it, you need to watch it ASAP.

5. Cashback (2006)

This is an amazing film about an artists that can use his mind to freeze time around him. He discovers this phenomenon during his late night job at a grocery store. This is the perfect movie to watch if you’re an artist or felt like you had no control over your life.

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I Have A Stream: British Comedies

Pip pip cheerio! This week’s theme is British comedies. I’ve listed five funny movies from our neighbors across the pond. Check them out on Netflix for a jolly good time!

 

1. The Inbetweeners Movie (2011)

 

Based off the popular sitcom (also on Netflix), we see the four boys embark on a life changing vacation. They’re out of high school and they need to celebrate becoming men.  Join them on an alcohol fueled Greek adventure filled with romance, lust, more alcohol, and male nudity. It’s a fun series of embarrassing situations that make you glad that you’re not a teenager anymore.

 

2. Four Lions (2010)

 

Terrorism isn’t a funny subject. However, this movie changes that. Imagine the Three Stooges attempting suicide bombings and you have Four Lions. The movie is much more than just bumbling wanna-be terrorists. At its core the movie is about people trying to be something they’re not. Look for a small cameo from Benedict Cumberbatch.

3. Severance (2006)

 

If you’re a fan of dark humor and horror, then this is the movie for you. There’s a lot of blood with subtle jokes sprinkled on top. The movie takes the stereotypical notion of teens trapped in the woods and replaces it with generally dysfunctional corporate employees on a weekend retreat. Needless to say, the weekend goes horribly wrong.

4. Bunny and the Bull (2009)

 

This is a very charming little movie that will constantly keep your attention. Not only is this a good comedy, it is also one of the most visually interesting movies that I’ve seen. The film’s fantastic cast includes actors from The Mighty Boosh and The IT Crowd.

5. Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life

 

Monty Python. Nothing more to say.