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Charlize Theron’s ‘The Old Guard,’ Netflix’s Most-Watched Movie, Is Another Franchise-Starter That’s Just Set-Up For The Sequel



Netflix’s The Old Guard is a $70 million prologue to a sequel that, even with strong initial viewership, may never actually get made

As expected by everyone paying attention, The Old Guard, directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood and written by Greg Rucka (and adapted from on his comic book), is this morning’s most-watched movie on Netflix NFLX -4.2%. It would be something of a calamity if the film wasn’t at least in the top ten, considering the media attention and star power (specifically Charlize Theron in the lead role) for this $70 million comic book/superhero movie, although the idea of it earning mostly positive reviews and still ending up behind the likes of Unsolved Mysteries and The Lorax would have qualified as an all-too-fitting metaphorical irony. Nonetheless, we’ll see if it has any more staying power than, offhand, Eurovision, or whether it’s a one-week wonder.

If it continues to stick around, then I’d argue that the film will be
an example of a rare movie that broke the cardinal rule of
franchise-building and got away with it. There’s plenty to admire about The Old Guard,
such as the strong performances (Chiwetel Ejiofor gets several lovely
moments), an emphasis on character interaction over spectacle and the
unapologetic LGBTQIA representation that plays like a dare to “old
Hollywood” to get its act together. However, I didn’t care for the film
as much as many of my (very smart)
peers because it played less like a movie and more like a TV pilot or
feature-length prequel to the next chapter. Yes, in a skewed way, it
played the same game that usually dooms franchise-starters.

To be fair, the film, which stars Theron as the unofficial leader of a
small group of seemingly immortal mercenaries, doesn’t quite err as
badly in this regard as Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four, Jon M. Chu’s Jem and the Holograms or Kenneth Branagh’s Artemis Fowl.
The 124-minute, R-rated actioner does give you enough of “what you came
to see,” namely Theron and her team (along with new recruit Kiki Layne)
killing bad guys and looking cool while doing it. Its sins in this
“glorified TV pilot” arena are more about how much of the film is spent
with past-tense exposition and world-building, as well as leading to a
conclusion that merely teases a more interesting status quo/more
interesting movie than the one we got.

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I didn’t think the action scenes were all that engaging, as there seemed to be a disconnect between the poignant conversations about morality and mortality and the deluge of faceless murdered goons who may be less “bad guy” and more “security personal just doing their job.” That’s always been a pet peeve with me (see also: The Matrix lobby massacre). Otherwise, the action sequences are indeed well-staged and well-edited by Terlyn Shropshire. But the core issue, to the extent that it matters, is the fact that The Old Guard didn’t feel like a singular feature. No spoilers, but it felt like set-up for the actual movie, with (like Elizabeth Banks’ Charlie’s Angels) that obnoxious “You’ll get to see this cool adventure… next time!” tease.

The question is whether that this film debuted on Netflix and not in
theaters merited the presumption that we’d get another one of these. You
can argue Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom acted as glorified set-up for Jurassic World: Dominion, but A) Fallen Kingdom felt like a stand-alone movie and B) Jurassic World earned
$1.671 billion worldwide so its sequel being successful enough to merit
a third film felt like a safe bet. And it’s entirely possible that
Netflix will announce on Monday that The Old Guard 2 is “in development.” Save for (offhand) To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You and The Kissing Booth 2 (debuting July 24), it’s not like Netflix’s library is filled with sequels to their successful originals.

It’s a little ironic that The Old Guard premiered just days before the 20th anniversary of Bryan Singer’s X-Men,
a film that felt like a new kind of franchise-starter, one that played
like a TV pilot that ended with a glorified “To be continued!” The whole
“first movie is set-up” gambit, inspired by comic books and episodic TV
which can spend the first issue/episode on table-setting, is now almost
a sub-genre unto itself. What was unusual in 1985 with Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (still waiting for that adventure to begin…) is now almost par for the course. But its application in cinema (Jem, Warcraft, Fantastic Four, Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) almost always results in a one-and-done franchise.

I like the folks involved with The Old Guard. Prince-Bythewood’s Beyond the Lights and Therons Atomic Blonde are modern genre classics and I loved Rucka’s run on Detective Comics in the early 2000s. I will express artistic disappointment and still cheer commercial success. If we do get The Old Guard 2 which gives us an adventure based on the notions teased out at the end of this movie, it will be a somewhat unprecedented victory. However, if The Old Guard is a hit but the sequel still ends up in the same development hell as Bright 2, then it’ll be just another feature-length tease for a franchise that never actually came to be. Considering Netflix’s self-proclaimed status as a Hollywood disruptor, that would be bitterly ironic.

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“Poacher” Becomes The First Kenyan Movie To Stream On Netflix [WATCH TRAILER]



The ‘Poacher’; a movie which seeks to highlight the significant international issue of illegal ivory trade by addressing the plight of Africa’s endangered elephant population is set to premiere on global american movie streaming service – Netflix on September 30. The Kenyan/British short film tells the story of a desperate farmer who runs into trouble after stealing a stash of illicit blood ivory from a gang of international terrorists.

It was filmed over six days in the Tsavo West National Park to the South East of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. The production involved over 30 cast and crew members. Director Tom Whitworth teased the first official still of the film on April 10 2018,announcing that cinematography was by Nathan Prior and Ishmael Azeli. It seems the short film was originally envisioned as a TV drama.

Poacher was released in August 2018, having been screened at the Short To The Point (STTP) Festival, and been selected for a Best Editing Award. The film premiered in Kenya at the ANGA IMAX Theatre on 10 November 2018 at the Kalasha International Film Awards in Nairobi. The film has also screened at the 2018 Moscow Shorts International Short Film Festival in September 2018 in Moscow.

It won the award for Best Short Film at the 8th Kalasha TV & Film Awards held in Nairobi on November 24, 2018, and bagged nominations for the Best Director, Best Director of Photography, Best Supporting Actor in a Film and Best Actor in a Film.

Ivory trade, which is the film’s premise, is fuelling catastrophic declines in the elephant and rhino populations in Kenya, Tanzania and throughout Africa. According to a UN report, weak governance and corruption have exacerbated the poaching crisis. At the same time, poverty has helped organised criminal elements recruit, bribe, and threaten locals, underpaid police, military personnel, and wildlife rangers to participate in wildlife crime.

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Yvonne Nelson’s Love Tale Movie, “Sin City” Coming To Netflix – 5th August



Coming from the stables of YN Productions, Ghanaian Actor and Producer, Yvonne Nelson’s 2019 love tale movie, ‘Sin City” will be available for filmlovers to watch on American movie streaming Giant, Netflix from the 5th Of August, 2020.

This will be the second movie from Yvonne Nelson hitting the big streaming platform after “Fix Us” made it debut on 2nd August, 2020. The movie tackles some of the difficulties in marriage and relationships, covering the mysteries of love, mortality, loyalty, and human vows.

Sin City tells the story of Philip (Kunle Remi ) and Julia (Yvonne Nelson), a couple high up on the ladder of success and living their dream. Their marriage seems perfect except they can’t seem to get to spend time with each other owing to Philips’ frequent trips.

Directed by Pascal Amanfo, it stars the 2018 Ghana Movie Awards Beast Actress In Lead Role award winner; Yvonne Nelson, Adjetey Anang, Kweku Elliot, Kunle Remi, Regina Van Helvert, Gabriel Narh Addo, Rosaline Meurer, Michelle McKinney Hammond and Oscar Provencal among others.

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Yvonne Nelson’s ‘FIX US’ Movie Available To Stream On Netflix



Actress Yvonne Nelson’s movie Fix Us will start showing on streaming giant Netflix from Sunday, August 2. The movie, which premiered in December 2019 to positive reviews, joins a growing list of Ghanaian productions that have made it onto Netflix such as Peter Sedufia’s Keteke and Sidechic Gang and Shirley Frimpong-Manso’s Potato Potahto and The Perfect Picture – 10 Years Later.

Fix Us tells the story of three young ladies who go on a journey of faith and fate. When Naadie and Chioma played by Yvonne Nelson and Yvonne Okoro respectively and Jaya (Alexandra Amon) run into each other at a movie audition, they are bound by their common dream to be movie stars which encouraged them to build a strong friendship. When they eventually achieve their dreams of being movie stars, they realise they want more than what fame and money can acquire.

The cast include Yvonne Nelson, Yvonne Okoro, Prince David Osei, Michelle Attoh, Jessica Williams, Belinda Dzattah, Mona Montrage (Hajia4Real), musician Irene Logan; Nigeria’s Mofe Duncan and Tobi Bakre as well as Ivorian actress Alexandra Amon.

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Top 10 Movies To Watch This Week – (Rated 18+)



Trying to find the best movie to watch on Netflix can be a daunting challenge. We’ve all been there. You’ve decided you’re going to watch something. You have the entirety of Netflix at your disposal, including even a pared down list of films you’ve already bookmarked to watch at a future date. But then there’s the choosing. You’ve gotta find something that fits your mood, or something you and your friend/significant other/couch companion can agree on. You spend hours browsing, and by the time you stumble on something you think maybe is the one, it’s too late, you’re too tired, and indecision has won out.

Never fear, though, because we here have a guide to help you find the perfect Netflix movies available in the U.S. We’ve thumbed through the library and assembled a list of some of the best films currently available for streaming, from classics to hidden gems to new releases and beyond.

Extraction – 2020

A black-market mercenary who has nothing to lose is hired to rescue the kidnapped son of an imprisoned international crime lord. But in the murky underworld of weapons dealers and drug traffickers, an already deadly mission approaches the impossible.

The Old Guard – 2020

Andromache “Andy” of Scythia, Booker, Joe, and Nicky are centuries old warriors with regenerative healing abilities who use their vast experience to help people. Former CIA operative Copley hires them to rescue a group of kidnapped children in South Sudan. However, they are ambushed by a squad of highly trained mercenaries. After healing their wounds and killing their attackers, they realize that Copley set them up. Now they must fight to protect their freedom.

Triple Frontier – 2019

Former Special Forces operatives reunite to plan a heist in a sparsely populated multi-border zone of South America. For the first time in their prestigious careers, these unsung heroes undertake this dangerous mission for themselves instead of the country. But when events take an unexpected turn and threaten to spiral out of control, their skills, their loyalties, and their morals are pushed to a breaking point in an epic battle for survival.

Mechanic: Resurrection 2016

Since faking his own death (at the end of the previous film), Arthur Bishop has been living quietly in Rio de Janeiro under the name Santos. He is approached by a courier, Renee Tran, who knows his true identity and explains that her employer wishes Bishop to kill three targets and stage their deaths as accidents. Bishop escapes, eluding her and her mercenaries and fleeing to Thailand. He takes shelter at the resort island beach house of his friend, Mei, and learns that Tran is working for Riah Crain.

Den of Thieves – 2018

Nick O’Brien is the hard-drinking leader of the Regulators, an elite unit of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Ray Merrimen is the recently paroled leader of the Outlaws, a gang of ex-military men who use their expertise and tactical skills to evade the law. O’Brien, Merrimen and their crews soon find themselves on a direct collision course as the criminals hatch an elaborate plan for a seemingly impossible heist — the city’s Federal Reserve Bank.

Bloodshot – 2020

Based on the bestselling comic book, Vin Diesel stars as Ray Garrison, a soldier recently killed in action and brought back to life as the superhero Bloodshot by the RST corporation. With an army of nanotechnology in his veins, he’s an unstoppable force -stronger than ever and able to heal instantly. But in controlling his body, the company has sway over his mind and memories, too. Now, Ray doesn’t know what’s real and what’s not – but he’s on a mission to find out.

Bad Boys for Life – 2020

Detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett join the Miami Police Department’s special team AMMO to bring down the ruthless Armando, who is on a mission to kill Mike at his mother Isabel’s orders.

Angel Has Fallen – 2019

Mike Banning, a secret service agent, is assigned to protect the US president. Things take a turn when Mike is falsely accused of carrying an attack on the president while on a fishing trip.

Alita: Battle Angel – 2019

In 2563, 300 years after Earth was devastated by a catastrophic war known as “The Fall”, scientist Dr. Dyson Ido discovers a disembodied female cyborg with an intact human brain while scavenging for parts in the massive scrapyard of Iron City. Ido attaches a new cyborg body to the brain and names her “Alita” after his deceased daughter. Alita awakens with no memory of her past and quickly befriends Hugo, a young man who dreams of moving to the wealthy sky city of Zalem. She also meets Dr. Chiren, Ido’s estranged ex-wife. Hugo later introduces Alita to Motorball, a racing sport played by cyborg gladiators. Secretly, Hugo robs cyborgs of their parts for Vector, owner of the Motorball tournament and the ‘de facto’ ruler of the Factory, Iron City’s governing authority.

Jumanji: The Next Level – 2019

Three years after their adventure in Jumanji, Spencer Gilpin, Anthony “Fridge” Johnson, Martha Kaply, and Bethany Walker lead different lives, but plan a reunion brunch in Brantford, New Hampshire, that year. Spencer, apprehensive of the meeting due to his comparatively dull life, contemplates returning to Jumanji where he had purpose, and spends his first night looking over the broken video-game system he held onto. The following day, his friends visit his home, meeting with Spencer’s grandfather Eddie, who is recovering from hip surgery, and Eddie’s former friend and business partner Milo Walker, who is visiting for an unknown reason. Learning that they have no idea where Spencer is, the group searches the house and finds the Jumanji game partially repaired in the basement. Realizing Spencer returned to the game, his friends decide to follow him.

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