In light of the cast member release for Netflix’s “Shadow and Bone” series adapted from Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse novels, I found it only appropriate to address the growing trend of book adaptations moving from the silver screen to streaming platforms. Books have always provided a popular source for material in the film industry, but in recent years more books are being adapted to serial format, from HBO’s “Game of Thrones” to Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
In the wake of HBO’s cultural phenomenon “Game of Thrones,” a huge swath of new fantasy series have been announced. Major properties such as “The Lord of the Rings,” “The Chronicles of Narnia,” “The Witcher” and “The Wheel of Time” have all been announced as new productions attempting to fill the vacuum left by “Thrones.” Amongst all these titans, the most surprising contender comes from Netflix in association with the Jim Henson Company.
On March 8, Netflix released its latest drama, “Juanita,” based on Sheila Williams’ novel “Dancing on the Edge of the Roof,” starring four-time Emmy Award-winning actress Alfre Woodard. Woodard plays the main protagonist, Juanita, a single mother with an active imagination and a desire for adventure.
Foreign films, specifically in the action genre, have always had a hit-or-miss reputation with American audiences, but “The Night Comes For Us” really challenges exoectations. Although the Netflix original suffers from a lack of a well-written storyline, its brutal and over-the-top action sequences will keep fans of the genre on the edge of their seats until the very end.
A new month, a new influx of films and shows coming to Netflix! Of course that also means a slew of movies and shows leaving the streaming service. With a mix of Netflix Originals, classic movies and new seasons of TV shows coming and going, be sure to check these features out before they leave, or once they arrive.
The story about the rise and fall of drug lords is one that has been told time and time again.
Sadly, “The Drug King” doesn’t do much to set itself apart from other films in the genre. Although the film isn’t necessarily one of the worst that Netflix has to offer, it may leave audiences wondering why they even watched it in the first place.