"Daddy, why do you always watch movies late at night?" That was a question posited by oldest daughter a few days ago. "I can hear the noise from them coming from your office." She's got me there, and just solidified why I should be wearing headphones after hours. See, lately I've been streaming movies to my laptop while I do work from the desktop... including right now, this very second as Adele sings the theme song to James Bond's SKYFALL to my right, while I type these words and see them appear on the screen to my left. While my days have been spent largely preparing for the start of school this week, my nights are filled with work... and lately, action. Explosive action, the kind that just seems right for the end of summer, and in the time-honored tradition of action flicks finding their audience on home video, Netflix is keeping that torch raised high. For my August column as a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam, here's some of what I've been watching this month... and these picks are #ForGrownups only.
Ahhh yes, the end of July. As many of you know, the annual Comic-Con International just wrapped-up in San Diego this past weekend, bringing together the best in pop culture fandom under one roof. While I was not there, I still covered some of the news here on THE ROCK FATHER, all while intently keeping an eye on all things super - because, at the end of the day, it's still Comic-Con, and while it's everything entertainment at this point, the event has a history rooted in the panels of comic books. With that in mind, I'm putting a post-SDCC spin on my Netflix #StreamTeam column this month, highlighting some comic-based, heroic content for you to enjoy with the family on nearly any device.
I was around eight years old when TRANSFORMERS (aka "Generation One" or G1) first hit the scene in 1984. I can't recall which came first for me - the cartoon or the Hasbro Toys, but they went hand-in-hand, and I have vivid memories of watching the show and then bringing the adventure into my home with the action figures and vehicles, many of which have special stories of their own, like when I recalled getting JetFire back in this feature from last year. They were truly "More Than Meets the Eye," and it's been a joy to share their stories with my own kids. One of the unique things about TRANSFORMERS is how it's evolved to reach children of all ages, starting with the preschool-aimed TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS, which airs regularly on the Hub Network, and into the realm of TRANSFORMERS PRIME, BEAST HUNTERS and, of course, the live-action films from Michael Bay. One place to catch a lot of those shows at any time is Netflix (yes, I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team - "disclosure" and all, plus I'm actually their June Member of the Month!), so for my June Stream Team Spotlight, I'm highlighting all the Autobot Vs. Decepticon action that Netflix currently has to offer!
Varèse Sarabande Records will release HOUSE OF CARDS: SEASON 2 – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack as a 2 disc set digitally and on CD June 17th. The soundtrack features original score composed by Jeff Beal (MONK, BLACKFISH).
Award-winning composer Jeff Beal scores HOUSE OF CARDS, the Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning original series, starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. The show debuted in February of 2013 as Netflix’s first original series, unprecedentedly releasing all 13 episodes of Season One at the same time, generating worldwide attention for the bold new approach to the television model. The second season debuted in February of this year, and it was picked up for a third season
On June 6, Netflix will release the second season of their original series, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK. Getting the hype train rolling, a series of new character posters have arrived online, and they should be popping up on bus shelters throughout the country very soon. You can check them out below, right here in the "For Grownups" section of THE ROCK FATHER, and be on the lookout for another batch to be issued later this week...
There's that meme that always floats around - you know the one, with Fry from FUTURAMA, eagerly waving a stack of bills with the caption, "SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!" That's sort of where I am with this - a longtime CALL OF DUTY and XBOX loyalist, taking a peek at the press release for CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE, that landed in my inbox from Activision yesterday. Available on November 4, and developed for "next gen" consoles (Xbox One, Playstation 4) and PC, the next installment of the storied CALL OF DUTY franchise looks like nothing that's come before it. And it's got Kevin Spacey playing the lead. Take a look at the reveal trailer below, and then I'll talk some more...