I didn’t expect to talk about Iron Fist so soon again. Yesterday I saw episode eight, and I was in total awe. I was the only Jackie Chan fan in the room who caught what the scene was all about. [SPOILER ALERT! Heavey spoilers of a scene of this episode!] Danny, Colleen and Claire end up in China to find the head of the Hand. At a certain point, he has to go through a door, but it’s guarded by a drunken Chinese. When I saw the beginning of the scene, I knew where this was going to end: with a fight. Not an ordinary fight, but a fight where the Drunken Master gets more power the more he drinks.
Jackie Chan’s movie, the Drunken Master, is very funny and awesomely performed. I saw it first in Chinese with English subtitles years ago, and I was hooked in Hong Kong movies. Jackie is a drunk who fights kick ass when he has alcohol in his veins.
I’m watching Iron Fist, and despite all the odds, I like it. I’ve been reading all the drama around the series. However, I must say that I don’t fully agree with all what’s been mentioned. Before you decide to kill me, consider the following: representation goes beyond stereotypes. It means that we all have patterns in our head and expectations with each other. Also, take into account that I haven’t finished the entire series and I might change my mind. However, this is what I got for you for the time being. When reading this also remember my personal experience, since it will help you understand why I feel so close to Danny. I lived during eight years in Tokyo, I learned a lot there, came back in Europe, and people saw me as a lunatic. Fortunately I didn’t end into a psychiatric ward, nor had to punch anyone with my fist.
[MILD SPOILERS AHEAD. If you don’t mind the mild spoilers, please be my guest and keep reading this review.]
Have you seen the new Wonder Woman’s new trailer? It points at a great movie coming up! That’s why I’m so happy with it. However, I keep being cautious. Why? Because I didn’t like what DC has done with their movies lately. I haven’t liked any single one of them, to be honest. So, Wonder Woman seems to come as a great relief for me.
It appears that Wonder Woman is a kick-ass Amazon who will help humanity during WWII. My only hope is that DC won’t mess her up since she is one of their pillars. Although I’m a Marvelite, I do like some DC Superheroes. And one of them happens to be Wonder Woman. So, if they mess her up, I won’t be hitting the cinemas for a DC movie ever again! (Yup, I’m that harsh)
This past week I’ve been watching Outlander (Amazon). Although I’m not into romance, the time traveling aspect of the show seems enough to give it a try. I found the show on Amazon Prime, and so far it’s a jewe. Claire travels back in time in Scotland when she is traveling with her husband after WWII. When she touches ancient stones, she is thrown back to the 18th century in middle of the concoction of a war: English against Scotts. She ends up saved and prisoner among the Scottish.
Claire is a woman of the 20th century: a nurse that served in the War, a smart and independent woman. When she sees Jamie wounded, she cures him making her valuable. Although the Scotts think that she’s an English spy at the beginning, she ends up earning their trust after a long time.
Although I’m not a huge fan of Archie, I have read some comics and quite enjoyed it. So, I decided to watch Riverdale on Netflix. This version of Riverdale is much darker than the ones I’ve read in the comics. In fact, I find it more interesting. We all know coming-of-age stories that thrill us, but this time this show has the potential to be something else. Based on the comics, it can showcase Riverdale from another angle. Plus, it can be a mirror for diversity.
Riverdale can become a huge hit. However, there is a little bit of polemics out there on the web. For example, the will for Jughead to be asexual. Whatever happens, the potential for greatness is there. You can feel it in the first episode: lovely made. And the colors are just perfect.
[SPOILERS ahead! There are spoilers about the first episode. So, if you want to be surprised by the show: stop reading right here. If you don’t mind spoilers, keep reading please.]
Yesterday I saw the Eagle Huntress in the cinema. The Eagle Huntress is a documentary about the quest of Aisholpan, a 13-year-old Kazakh girl from Mongolia who dreams of becoming an Eagle Hunter in her country. She lives with her nomadic family, goes to school and helps her family. Her mentor is her father, who believes all kids are equal. In fact, her quest is a memorable one taking into account that Eagle Hunting is mainly a male activity. She comes from a family with several generations of Eagle Hunters.
Her family could have quickly stopped her from such a dangerous endeavor. However, her father is determined to teach her if that’s what she wants. And her mother is willing to have a happy kid. If she intends to be an Eagle Huntress, so be it. This way of doing things shocks with the way of thinking of most elders: women are weaker, don’t know how to hunt, etc.
I found another jewel on Netflix again: a show called the OA. It’s a mystery drama with science fiction, fantasy, and supernatural elements. It has some similar features to Stranger Things. So, if you liked the show, like suspense and science fiction and fantasy, you might love this show.
The central star is a woman called Prairie who comes back home after being missing for more than seven years. She was blind for most of her life, but when she comes back, she can see again. No one can explain that, nor the strange scars she has on her back. To make things spicier, she calls herself the OA. At first, it looks like another case of abduction, and neighbors and other people treat her like a weirdo.
Yesterday I saw Moana, the new film from Disney that has a different female hero. I must say that I didn’t expect much from the movie, but it surprised me greatly. Since it’s an animation film, I went alone to the cinema. My sweetheart doesn’t like Disney or animation very much. But I don’t mind going alone to the cinema. I’ve done it since I was a teen. For some reason, there are always titles that I want to enjoy, and others find weird.
This movie is pure gold! Forget the other Disney princesses because Moana beats them all! She’s independent, resolute, stubborn and smart. She embarks herself in a hero’s journey, and she is successful. And, there’s no love involved whatsoever!
[SPOILERS: from here onwards there are massive spoilers from the movie. I can’t write a proper review without giving parts of the movie away, so stop reading from here if you haven’t seen it yet. If you’re okay with spoilers, please be my guest.]
Last week I found a great show on Netflix called Beyond. I was bored, and I ended up taking a look at new shows on Netflix. My eyes ended up on Beyond, a show that tells the story of Holden Matthews, a teen who has an accident and stays in a coma for 12 years. When he wakes up, it’s like a miracle. But he’s not a teen anymore: he’s an adult. What’s more, he also has superpowers. But, while he struggles to recover his previous life, he discovers that he is also in great danger.
Imagine that you’ve been sleeping for a long time, and when you wake up you have physically changed, and the world around you has gone wild. Computers were rare, but now people communicate using smartphones. Imagine the shock of Holden when everything he knew is gone.
I started the year hitting the cinema for Assassin’s Creed. This review is the start of a year of movies. It seems I will be going more to the cinema during 2017. But, let’s talk about the film now, and about the film plans on a later post. Assassin’s Creed had potential. However, the movie felt short. Yes, I expected much more from it. The cast is fantastic, the visuals are astonishing, but the script felt short.
It was amazing to travel through time back to Seville, Spain. The Assassins are working to keep free will while the Templars are trying to destroy it. Assassins keep safe an apple that can destroy free will forever, while the Templars are searching for it desperately.
[SPOILERS: this review contains spoilers of the film. If you haven’t seen it yet, stay away. If, however, have seen it or you’re still deciding, be my guest and keep reading.]