With April here, it means new arrivals heading to Netflix. The popular streaming service is known for delivering some classics for its viewers. It also mesmerizing them with some engaging original content. With so much coming, these three programs are worth your time social-isolating.
Yours Sincerely, Kanan Gill
Hailing from India, comedian Kanan Gill has been turning heads with his YouTube series “Pretentious Movie Reviews.” With over 75 million YouTube views, he’s appeared on several Amazon Video programs, including “The Improvisers: Something From Nothing.”
On April 24, he’ll release his first Netflix stand-up special titled “Yours Sincerely, Kanan Gill.” The program was filmed at the Soho Theatre in London. This special is part of Netflix’s deal to deliver programming for eight talented Indian comedians. “Comedy has always been a big part of Indian storytelling, integral to its films, TV shows, and live theatre. As we continue to invest in Indian stories and storytellers, we are thrilled to work with an immensely talented group of comics and create a wide range of entertaining content that is reflective of both the situations that surround us and the exciting comedy landscape in the country,” Netflix’s Original Standup Comedy Programming director Robbie Praw said in a press statement.
2010’s Despicable Me kickstarted an entire franchise with its marvelous screenplay and stunning animation. From Felonious Gru hopping on Last Comic Standing to a special Minion translator, the film’s promotion was extraordinary. The movie follows Gru and his sudden transformation upon adopting three orphan girls. When it came to crafting the Minions’ language, co-director Pierre Coffin took inspiration from various languages. “Their language sounds silly, but when you believe that they’re actually communicating, that’s what makes it funnier,” co-director Chris Renaud said in the production notes for Despicable Me 2. “What’s great about the Minion language, while it is gibberish, it sounds real because Pierre puts in words from many languages and does the lion’s share of the Minion recordings. There are a lot of food references. For example, ‘poulet tiki masala’ is French for the Indian chicken dish.”
The movie earned Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Critics Choice Awards nomination for Best Animated Picture. With a $69 million budget, the film earned $546 million at the box office. Despicable Me, which stars Steve Carell and Jason Segel, will be available on the streaming service starting April 16.
Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained pays homage to Spaghetti Westerns of the past. “One of the things that’s interesting about Westerns in particular is [that] there’s no other genre that reflects the decade that they were made or the morals and the feelings of Americans during that decade [more] than Westerns. Westerns are always a magnifying glass as far as that’s concerned,” Tarantino told NPR. While Django Unchained isn’t connected to 1966’s Django, film star Franco Nero has a cameo. The film also features frequent Tarantino collaborators Samuel L. Jackson, James Parks, and Zoë Bell.
Jamie Foxx, who plays Django Freeman, respected Tarantino’s ability to shake things up.”On the spur of the moment, he rewrote the end of the film. He blew up the house and said, ‘My ending doesn’t work.’ We were like, ‘What do you wanna do?’ He said, ‘Give me a second,’ and he was walking on the rubble, and then said, ‘Okay, I’ve got it!’ He went to his trailer, and then came back with the end of the movie,” Foxx told Collider. Django Unchained earned three Oscars, including Best Screenplay for Tarantino. This gave the director his first Oscar win since 1994’s Pulp Fiction. The film will make its way to Netflix on April 25.
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