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The Punisher Season One Trailer #3 (Netflix – 2017) “The Only Person You’re Punishing Is Yourself”

I’m not sure why they’re calling this the second trailer when it’s actually the third (I can never tell what’s a teaser and what’s a trailer any more).  The Punisher looks like it’s locked and ready to rock on the FINALLY revealed release date of November 17, 2017, all 13 episodes posting at midnight on Netflix.  The third trailer gives a better idea of how they’re going to continue his story past the initial revenge for his family (because Frank’s crusade is never going to be done; in a lot of ways he’s Batman if he let himself just completely loose of his code).  Metallica is apparently The Punisher’s official band, and I can’t see anything wrong with that.  This looks like it’s going to kick off the next era of MCU on Netflix with (wait for it) a bang. Read Coming Soon’s plot synopsis below.

After exacting revenge on those responsible for the death of his wife and children, Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) uncovers a conspiracy that runs far deeper than New York’s criminal underworld. Now known throughout the city as The Punisher, he must discover the truth about injustices that affect more than his family alone.

The series is executive produced by showrunner Steve Lightfoot (Hannibal), Jim Chory (Marvel’s The Defenders) and Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s The Defenders), who also serves as Marvel’s Head of Television. Marvel’s The Punisher is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.

The cast also features Ebon Moss-Bachrach (Girls, The Lake House), Deborah Ann Woll (Marvel’s Daredevil, True Blood), Ben Barnes (Westworld, The Chronicles of Narnia), Amber Rose Revah (Emerald City, Indian Summers), Michael Nathanson (The Knick, The Wolf of Wall Street), Jaime Ray Newman (Bates Motel), Jason R Moore (A Lonely Place for Dying), Daniel Webber (11.22.63) and Paul Schulze (Nurse Jackie).

The Punisher Season One Poster

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Movie Review: Wind River (2017) *A Modern Crime Western Triumph*

Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner in Wind River

Wind River was released at the tail end of a dismal August right before a dismal September set in, and thankfully delivers the kind of quality you expect from films during awards season.  The directorial debut of screenwriter Taylor Sheridan (Sicario, Hell or High Water), Wind River cements Sheridans status as one of the best writers working for the screen today and shows him as a promising talent behind the camera.  Wind River is a tense, beautifully-filmed modern crime western (a genre Sheridan has invented that we didn’t know we badly needed). Continue reading Movie Review: Wind River (2017) *A Modern Crime Western Triumph*

The Punisher Season One Trailer #2 (Netflix – 2017) “The Truth Must Be Taken”

The second trailer for Netflix’s fifth Marvel series: The Punisher is out and, fittingly set to some Metallica, Frank Castle is back.  I’ve been reading a lot of interesting things about the take they’re going with on Frank; that they’ll be looking into the effects of his family’s killing and his crusade, but also getting into the head of a man who, while he has a code, is a mass murderer; walking capital punishment.  But what his crusade becomes beyond revenge for his family and his mental status overall, we got to see a little of in Daredevil Season Two, and I think this is going to be the best exploration of the character yet.  Netflix is still being coy about the exact release date, but Den of Geek is reporting it as November 2017.  Read Coming Soon’s plot synopsis below.

After exacting revenge on those responsible for the death of his wife and children, Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) uncovers a conspiracy that runs far deeper than New York’s criminal underworld. Now known throughout the city as The Punisher, he must discover the truth about injustices that affect more than his family alone.

The series is executive produced by showrunner Steve Lightfoot (Hannibal), Jim Chory (Marvel’s The Defenders) and Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s The Defenders), who also serves as Marvel’s Head of Television. Marvel’s The Punisher is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.

The cast also features Ebon Moss-Bachrach (Girls, The Lake House), Deborah Ann Woll (Marvel’s Daredevil, True Blood), Ben Barnes (Westworld, The Chronicles of Narnia), Amber Rose Revah (Emerald City, Indian Summers), Michael Nathanson (The Knick, The Wolf of Wall Street), Jaime Ray Newman (Bates Motel), Jason R Moore (A Lonely Place for Dying), Daniel Webber (11.22.63) and Paul Schulze (Nurse Jackie).

The Punisher Season One Poster

The Punisher Season 1 Trailer #1 (Netflix – 2017) “Coming to Collect”

Now that The Defenders is over and the original plan for the Marvel Cinematic Universe on Netflix has run its course (awesomely), what’s next?  Well, all four original series are getting new seasons; the third for Daredevil and second for Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist (who was much better in The Defenders than his own series).  In addition, a fifth show is joining the rotation in The Punisher, likely to debut on the streaming service this November.  Personally, I would have combined Luke Cage and Iron Fist into a Heroes for Hire show.  They’d have had a much deeper supporting cast and story possibilities than isolating them.  However, now that all of New York’s street-level crime fighters know each other, crossovers between the shows may become more frequent. Continue reading The Punisher Season 1 Trailer #1 (Netflix – 2017) “Coming to Collect”

My Favorite Scene: The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) “Quaalude Acrobatics”

The Wolf of Wall Street is a fascinating film, but I don’t know that I would exactly recommend it to anyone because it’s also kind of reprehensible.  THIS IS A RED BAND CLIP, in other words.  Not only is Scorcese in his full “F-bomb-as-a-substitute-for-writing-dialogue” mode, but pretty much everyone in the film is on drugs for most of the film.  Drugs are BAD!  However…..this is too hilarious to not recognize, so that’s my moral equivocation opening.  Physical comedy is something that’s not chic right now, but masters of it (ex. Dick Van Dyke) have proven that it can be just as funny and witty as the cleverest retort.  When you think “physical comedy”, Leonardo DiCaprio is not a name that springs to the fore.  However, DiCaprio’s acrobatics trying to reach and operate his car when a metric ton of quaaludes hit his system is, by far, the film’s best scene.  His inchworm contortions are amazing, and this is really only half the performance, because he only degrades when he reaches home and gets in a fight with an equally quaaluded Jonah Hill.  Whatever you may think of the film as a whole, this part is brilliant.  DRUGS ARE BAD!  Ok, think I covered myself there.

Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street