Codell Rodriguez is the night editor for The Southern Illinoisan, and he writes a movie column for Scene618.

If Les Winkeler gets to occasionally do a stream of consciousness column, then so do I. I just want to go over a few upcoming items on Netflix. While I really want to see "Get Out," I'm waiting until next weekend. Because of scheduling conflicts, I would've had to see it alone this past weekend and I'm not going to a scary movie unless my girlfriend is there to protect me.

Almost time for MST3K

I didn't realize that the revival of one of my favorite shows of all time, "Mystery Science Theater 3000," is less than two months away. For those who don't remember, the show featured a guy (Joel, then Mike) stranded in space with two wisecracking robots, who were forced to watch terrible movies. Basically, horrible movies, such as "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians" and "Gamera vs. Guiron," become hilarious comedies as Joel/Mike, Crow and Tom Servo add color commentary throughout.

The new series, which premieres April 14, features a new test subject in Jonah Heston (Jonah Ray) with Felicia Day and Patton Oswalt playing his tormentors. For those who want to see the classic series, which ran from 1988 to 1999, there is an official YouTube channel with a few full length features. I suggest the Japanese movie, "Time of the Apes" (a horrific "Planet of the Apes" ripoff) and the '70s crime drama "Mitchell."

Looking forward to covering my eyes during 'Iron Fist'

On March 17, we're getting our next entry in the fantastic series of Marvel adaptations, "Iron Fist." Telling the tale of Danny Rand, a rich kid who learns mystical martial arts after he survives a plane crash that kills his parents. This is also the final series before "Defenders," where Iron Fist will team up with Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage.

While I can't wait to see the series, I'll be wincing throughout the fight scenes because I have a low tolerance for broken bones, even fake ones. I know there will be a lot of arms and legs bending the wrong way, so I need to come up with a game plan on how to suffer through it. Right now, I haven't come up with anything past convincing my girlfriend to somehow protect me from those, too.

Will Smith plays a cop who — huh?

OK, have y'all seen the trailer for the Netflix original film "Bright" yet? Go watch it. Seriously.

It starts off really down-to-earth. Will Smith appears to play a police officer (I believe Joel Edgerton also stars in it) in what seems to be a crime drama. He's in a patrol car in Los Angeles. There seems to be a blockade set up and — wait, why is there some sort of demon/alien with a shotgun? Now Will Smith is holding a sword! When you show me something that weird, you've grabbed my interest. See you in December, "Bright."

More incoming!

Netflix seems to be taking this whole original film thing seriously and there are some very interesting ideas coming to fruition. "The Discovery," starring Jason Segel, Rooney Mara and Robert Redford shows what happens to humanity after the afterlife is scientifically proven to exist. It comes out at the end of the month.

I just watched a teaser for a German series or film called "Dark." It appears to be about missing children in a small town with some possibly supernatural explanations. Possibly time travel? It comes out in Winter and may be worth checking out.

Speaking of children in danger, Season 2 of a little show called "Stranger Things" will finally arrive in October. The teaser aired during the Super Bowl looked pretty intense.

Finally, there's a new adaptation of "Anne of Green Gables" coming out in May, simply titled "Anne." I remember my sister making me watch the original Canadian mini-series when we were kids, so I'll keep an open mind.

Though it's still tough to think about anything other than that weird trailer for the Will Smith movie right now, to be honest. Are those vampires? Seriously, what is going on there?

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CODELL RODRIGUEZ is the night editor at The Southern Illinoisan. He spends way too much of his off time watching movies or enjoying internet video streaming services. Contact him at codell.rodriguez@thesouthern.com.


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