1211 – The Toys That Made Us (TV Series 2017– )

timespace coordinates: (S01) Star Wars” 1977 – / “Barbie” 1959 – / “He-Man” 1982 – / “G.I. Joe” 1964 – // (S02)Star Trek” 1966 – / “Transformers” 1983 – / “LEGO” 1949 – / “Hello Kitty” 1960 – //  USA – Japan – Denmark

MV5BYWNjOTY3MzYtNjZhMi00N2Q5LTgzZWUtOTVmNjkyNDEyY2FhXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNzI3NzgzMw@@._V1_SY1000_SX1000_AL_The Toys That Made Us is an American documentary web television series created by Brian Volk-Weiss. The first four episodes of the series began streaming on Netflix on December 22, 2017, and the next four were released in May 25, 2018.

“The minds behind history’s most iconic toy franchises discuss the rise — and sometimes fall — of their billion-dollar creations.” rottentomatoes

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1135 – Us (2019)

timespace coordinates: 1986 – 2019 Santa CruzCalifornia

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themes and interpretations

Critic Jim Vejvoda related the Tethered to “urban legends” and “xenophobic paranoia about the Other”, (…) Journalist Noel Ransome viewed the film as being about “the effects of classism and marginalization”, writing “the Tethered are effigies of this same situational classism. They’re trapped—mentally and physically—and ignored”. Joel Meares of Rotten Tomatoes also noted that the Tethered, referencing the “we’re Americans” line, are representatives of the duality of American society, how some citizens can afford to live on top of the class system, while others are stuck in illiterate poverty. He also noted the title Us could mean “U.S.”, or United States.

The Tethered’s red jump suits and single glove were an allusion to Michael Jackson along with the “Thriller” shirt seen on young Adelaide, and Peele has stated that Jackson was “the patron saint of duality”. Peele referenced many other instances of 1980s culture, including allusions to The Lost Boys and Hands Across America, stating “Everything in this movie was deliberate, that is one thing I can guarantee you. Unless you didn’t like something and that was a complete accident”.

The film contains numerous references to Jeremiah 11:11, which reads: “Therefore this is what the Lord says: ‘I will bring on them a disaster they cannot escape. Although they cry out to me, I will not listen to them'” (NIV). Critic Rosie Fletcher commented on the context, with Jeremiah warning Jerusalem was facing destruction due to false idols, and expressed the opinion that the film’s characters also “worshiped the wrong things”…  (wiki)

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1131 – Game Night (2018)

timespace coordinates: 2010’s Atlanta

MV5BMjQ2MzM4NzM2NF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMjk5OTg4NDM@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,674,1000_AL_Game Night is a 2018 American black comedy thriller film directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein and written by Mark Perez. It stars Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams, and follows a group of friends whose game night turns into a real-life mystery after one of them is kidnapped by apparent burglars. The film’s supporting cast includes Billy MagnussenSharon HorganLamorne MorrisKylie BunburyJesse PlemonsMichael C. Hall, and Kyle Chandler. (wiki)

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1071 – Unbreakable (2000 – 2019 film series)

DvhNGtvUwAEPh7LThe Unbreakable trilogy, also known as the Eastrail 177 Trilogy, is an American superhero thriller and psychological horror film series. The films were written, produced, and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The trilogy consists of Unbreakable (2000), Split (2016), and Glass (2019).

All of the films feature the character David Dunn. The series has been noted for its differences to more traditional superhero movies, with Shyamalan’s work referred to as “the first auteur shared superhero universe”. It is the first superhero franchise that is written and directed by one person, in comparison to other popular films in the genre.  Shyamalan has noted that while it is based on comic book superheroes, and refers to comic books, it is not actually derived from comic book material itself. In contrast to most superhero films, the series is also generally grounded in reality, and is seen as a deconstruction of the superhero genre. The series is thus considered to be a unique take on the superhero genre. 

The filmmaker has stated that the films are origin stories, of people with unique gifts, with the intent being to acknowledge that every person has something special about them. Unbreakable has been labeled the first grounded superhero film, while Split has been called the first solo supervillain origin story, and Hollywood’s first stealth sequel. Although the series is slated as a trilogy, Shyamalan mentioned that he would be open to a continuation if the inspiration came to him. (wiki)

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imdb:  UnbreakableSplitGlass