Socially Gaming's Best Things On Netflix Right Now
Updated: Apr 6
Getting stuck and can't beat the last boss? Are you bored of the monotonous grind of getting to max level? Then I am so glad you are here! Why not take a break and check out one of this "epicly" nerdy (and bad ass) movies?!
A second ice age has taken over the Earth. Life as we know it is over. The last survivors of the human race live on a high speed train that can never stop or all will parish. This is the premise of 2013's "Snowpiercer" based on the graphic novel from French authors Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette. Directed by Bong Joon Ho, who recently won a ton of Academy Awards for "Parasite", the action packed movie keeps the you on the edge of your seat. Chris Evans ("Captain America") and Tilda Swinton ("Dr. Strange") lead this amazing cast.
This movie is packed with action sequences of visually triumphant proportions. Story and acting wise this movie is amazing. Tilda Swinton shows her versatility here. She truly encompasses the character and her quirks. One thing touched upon in the movie is the disparity between the rich and poor and how bad it could possibly get should something like the events in "Snowpiercer" happen. The creativity and originality of how this message is given without viewers even realizing it at first is masterful. It is a movie of epic standards. Bong Joon Ho's craftsmanship really shines here. A series based on the movie and the graphic novel is set to begin its freshman season May 17th on TNT.
"Umbrella Academy" while fun and exciting to watch is an epic work of television art. Ellen Page (who has probably never made a bad movie) leads the cast. Based on the graphic novels by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba, the series starts on October 1st, 1988 when 43 women who were not pregnant before suddenly go into labor miraculously. Seven of these 43 babies are taken in by billion Sir Reginald Hargreeves. Once it is realized all of the seven children minus one have super powers the eccentric billionaire begins to raise the children as superheroes. Together the children become The Umbrella Academy and begin to fight crime. Cut to when they are adults and this is where the series begins. The children are adults and no longer members of the Umbrella Academy each having moved on to other things. Sir Reginald Hargreeves dies and once again the siblings of Christ-like proportions are together once again while the end of the world draws near.
"Umbrella Academy" is visually stunning first of all. Each episode looks like a movie. The acting is remarkable. The entire cast brings the graphic novel characters to reality with dynamic force. A master course on the subtleties of creating a character for film could be taught by Aidan Gallagher who plays Number 5 and Robert Sheehan who plays Klaus. They are both at once hard, eccentric at times, yet "heartbreakingly" real. It really is masterful. Everything comes together to make this a complete viewing experience that invigorates the heart of anyone watching. Plus the action sequences are amazing. Definitely binge worthy Netflix has green-lit this for a second season although as of this publishing it still remains without a release date.
"Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus"
If you were around in the early 2000's you may remember Nickelodeon's "Invader Zim" created by Jhonen Vasquez. Invader Zim comes from the planet Irk. His mission: to destroy planet Earth and enslave all of humanity. His nemesis and our Earthly savior is Dib, a paranormal investigator. This new film takes place right after the series ended if that can be said. "Invader Zim" the serious was cancelled before it could even finish its second season.
"Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus" begins with Zim coming back to Earth after vanishing for months. Dib has been sitting and eating everything in site awaiting Zim's return so he can stop his evil plan. Zim seeing how obese Dib has gotten says it was all apart of his plan. Dib is too large and out of shape to be able to stop him according to Zim and off we go. The film captures everything that was loved about the original series. It is at once, nostalgic and completely fresh. Zim feels like a legit threat this time around. There is a chance that he actually may become Earth's alien overlord. Dib is actually given something to fight against. The humor still abounds. I laughed out loud too many times to count. Animation was superb. A true work of art. Check this out even if you haven't seen the original series.
"Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse"
If you're thinking Peter Parker, think again. Well the version of Peter Park we have all come to love. In his place we have Miles Morales, a no nonsense, Brooklyn teen who gets into a little more trouble than the more well known Peter Parker Spider-Man. Sent to boarding school by his police officer father who detests "Spidey", Miles ends up sneaking out and heads to his cool uncle Aaron's place. They go tagging a subway and Miles is bitten by a radioactive spider. The real kicker here though is that an inter-dimensional rift is opened in New York City bringing Spider-men and women together to fight and eventually to send everyone to their friendly neighborhood dimensions.
Stylistically it is different from many of the other Spider-Man movies and other budget animated films out there. It has it's own unique style that gives it personality and a voice we have not seen before. Its a visual kaleidoscope for your movie viewing eyes. The story is superb and with the "Lego's Movie" producer Phil Lord at the helm and co-writing the script it can't go wrong. The concept of not only introducing a new Spider-Man of color is amazing and then to bring yet another aspect with Spider Gwen and the like, there is a Spider person for everyone to relate to. Not only is it endearing, action packed and true to story it's well crafted. Having won the Best Feature Academy Award (the first non-Disney and non-Pixar animated film to do so) and a Golden Globe, among many others. This is definitely worth watching and worthy of introducing anyone to Spider-Man that for one reason or another needs an introduction.
"Rim of the World"
Slithering, slobbery, lethal alien species are taking over the world and destroying man kind as we know it. Earth's survival is left in the hands of four teens at the Rim of the World summer camp. While this may not be based on a comic of some sort it is still a great sci-fi movie that takes us back to those classic films of the 80's such as "The Goonies" and "Stand by Me". It is hilarious. "Rim of the World" may be about younger teens but the humor stays intact for the adults watching as well. Aliens, explosions and traveling through a burned down Los Angeles is all in this movie.
"Rim of the World" is directed by McG ("Terminator Salvation")The actors do a great job. The nuances of each character are slowly revealed throughout the film. These kids bring heart to their roles. Serious moments never dampen the movie or slow down the action. The alien in the film that chases (the scene where the kids drive the car is funny and brings about that feeling of bliss being a child), the children is menacing and like those good old fashioned horror movie monsters never seems to die. Never. Or does it. I don't want to spoil it for you. Watch it and find out!
Happy viewing. Watch them and let us know what you think or if we left any out in the comments below!