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Shows and films that mix different genres often produce engaging content that feels fresh and broadens the scope for storytelling. Here are some notable examples you can see today.

It seems that with all the new streaming platforms and networks, too much content is being published all the time. New shows have to be better than good to rise above the maelstrom of just okay content, which becomes more difficult. As a consumer, keeping up with the latest show or movie is stressful. It is not possible to see everything.

Recently, however, I've been more interested in series or films that reinvent or reinvent an established genre and breathe new life into it. I can't see any other cookie-cutter superhero movie or comedy about high school antics played by 30-year-olds. I want something new, fresh and ready against the grain. I don't think i'm alone Below is a list of shows and films that are taking an established genre and adding something new.

(Spoiler Warning: Slight spoilers may exist for the following shows and movies.)

The superhero: Thor: Ragnarok

Within a few years, Thor went from being one of the MCU's least exciting traits to being one of the best Avengers by turning the character and superhero genre on its head. It is not important to retell Thor's exploits from his first two films as they do not matter to the current Thor. Don't even look at the first two.

in the THOR: Ragnarokthe title character is changed. He's still the same cocky superhero / god, but he's also funny and uses his wit and sarcasm to fight friends and bad guys alike. The big, silly jock energy that Thor relied on in his first two films is gone and is being replaced by a more affable, confident hero.

After losing his father, confronting a sister he knew nothing about, losing Mjolnir, and being captured on an alien planet, Thor is a character forced to face his old identity. At the end of the film he reinvented himself out of necessity. The film makes a few obvious nods to its transformation in terms of how he looks, ditching the sleeves of his armor and signature golden locks for something more modern and edgy. And although he loses his familiar Mjolnir, he gains a power worthy of the god of thunder. But the ending really embodies a character who has undergone a significant change: in order to save his people from Ragnarok, he must sacrifice his home, which he must rule.

Taika Waititi, the film's director, is the master at turning weird, fancy concepts – his Jojo Rabbit is another movie that could easily be on this list – into mainstream favorites. While other Disney-produced Marvel films follow a similar formula, THOR: Ragnarok turns the superhero genre on its head by embedding a space-ready story in a world that revolves around Norse mythology. In this film, Thor is not an almighty god; He is a vanquished god forced to fight a despot and faced the insurmountable challenge of single-handedly defeating a sibling whose power is far beyond his own. This isn't your typical Marvel movie, and it finally gives such a great hero a proper introduction to the MCU. The movie is funny too – the scene at the top of this section takes place at the beginning of the movie and sets the tone.

The animated one: your name

Anime can be very formulaic that many do not see the medium as a serious vehicle for fantastic storytelling. However, her name is different from many of his contemporaries. tThere aren't any amazingly overwhelmed high school kids here defeating weirdly evil villains in overused fights. Your name is a love story that takes place across different timelines. It blends romance and fantasy with a time-traveling twist that pays immensely.

The film is set in Tokyo and follows two high school-age students. Mitsuha lives in a rural part of Japan and is bored in her quiet life. Taki lives a different lifestyle in Tokyo, juggles school, jobs and spends time with friends in nice cafes. It doesn't take long for the two unrelated teenagers to wake up at different times in each other's bodies. However, Taki lives three years in the future, both of which somehow know nothing about. Although the two only meet briefly, they end up developing feelings for each other, but their future is at stake when a disastrous event hits Mitsuha's city.

I don't want to spoil the ending, but the payoff is so high that you can't help but get emotional. When I say that people in the theater were sobbing uncontrollably, I'm not exaggerating. Those who don't take anime seriously should watch this movie before condemning the medium as childish. I know time travel always complicates a plot, but Makoto Shinkai – the film's writer and director – weaves elements of fantasy and time travel into a high school love story that will continue to inspire new fans for years to come.

The Alien Sci-Fi One: Arrival

In the style of other Aliens Visit Earth films, a college professor is dragged out of the dark and placed at the center of the government's efforts to understand what is going on. Louise Banks is this professor, a linguist whose job it is to find a way to communicate with the aliens who have just arrived. Where other films might portray humanity at war with aliens Arrival focuses on the complex task of deciphering what the aliens want, what they cannot do until they learn to communicate with each other. The task is not an easy one and the film moves slowly, mostly focusing on Louise's attempts to communicate with the aliens they call heptapods because of their seven limbs.

The mood is tense for most of the film, accented with moody blue-gray skies, muted tones and unsettling, synth-heavy science fiction music. The Scenes in which Louise's team communicates with the heptapods They are particularly tense and cool in their ship. Cave-black walls lead to a bright white rectangular window pane, behind which the heptapods hide. Although it feels like things can turn any moment, they never do. While the aliens' massive size and creepy tentacles are gross, the most disturbing part comes later when miscommunication puts world governments in danger and brings humanity one step closer to war with the heptapods. Only when Louise finally understands the complex circular language of the Heptapod does she begin to see past, present and future as a unit. Her new found gift is helping her de-escalate the situation, but it's a darker truth when she can see her future.

The film's director, Denis Villeneuve, is one of the best directors to surface in the past five years, and among all of his recent films – Prisoners, Sicario, Blade Runner 2049 – this is his most cerebral. The film is based on Ted Chiang & # 39; s excellent short story "Story of Your Life", but the film extends the short story to perfection. It has all the right elements of sci-fi, but none of the weird science and space marines. It's a slow burning, intelligent movie that isn't afraid to introduce complicated subjects. It shows that when humanity is scared and confused, it will resort to violence as a last defense, but that there is also hope when cooler minds can prevail and reason. The best compliment I can give is that after leaving the theater I couldn't stop thinking and talking about this movie and it surprises me every time I watch it.

The Space Sci-Fi One: The Expanse

As humanity colonizes the outer realms of our solar system, The Expanse offers a glimpse into a society not too distant where the inner planets – Earth and Mars – benefit primarily from the hard work of Belters, the people who live in the millions live miles away from space stations. The Expanse, which debuted for the first time on Syfy, is based on the books by James S. A. Corey, a pseudonym of the two authors Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck.

The first season of Expanse slowly introduces viewers to a space society that lives on a feeble peace between Earth, Mars and the Belt. The earth is overpopulated and most people live in poverty because there are not enough jobs to get around. Mars is a Spartan society with an impressive military and the most advanced weapons and ships in the system. The belt is made up of impoverished workers who live on various space stations, moons, and asteroids on the system's edges. All three groups hate each other, but the exciting incident in season one gets everyone on their nerves. It will soon be a show with great, realistic space battles, political theater, and crime thrillers. It has a little bit of everything for everyone, but it gets more fascinating when some strange alien substance emerges that puts humanity at risk. The show follows the crew of the Rocinante, a detective on the Ceres space station, and United Nations politicians on Earth.

The Expanse differs from other space shows in that it feels more true to real life. Ships are practically manufactured and do not use plasma cannons. Passengers must wear magnetic boots in space; Those who were not born on earth suffer from gravity sickness, which leads to death. The show pays great attention to detail, such as the way Belters speaks a patois that is based on English and borrows heavily from other languages.

The Expanse is a special show for many reasons, but it cannot be put in a box. While his later seasons are deeply exploring the alien substance, The wide shows humanity on the verge of a full space war; It's a commentary on corporate greed, political ambition, and our desire to explore the unknown. There's neither the Star Wars lore nor the science of Star Trek, but The Expanse is a show that defies expectations even after being demolished and returned by Amazon.

The Horror of the 1950s: Lovecraft Country

Lovecraft Country is supposed to be a horror show. There is jump scares, creepy monsters, and tense scenes in the first episode, but the new HBO show, which takes place in the US in the 1950s, features a horror show with a thick layer of racism from the Jim Crow era that is more terrible than the actual monsters.

The show's opening scene is a grandiose panorama that spans tropes from science fiction to horror to fantasy. The protagonist with the eyes of a deer wanders through a hellish battlefield. While this scene, in which a famous tentacle-faced Lovecraft monster appears to be a sight to behold, the main character Atticus Freeman is instantly drawn into the real world where blacks have to sit in the back of the bus. A place where racism is alive and well.

The show is based on a book of the same name by Matt Ruff and explores horror-themed themes written by H.P. Lovecraft, a great racist. It is no coincidence that a show named after the infamous author name has a majority black cast, or that the show is set at a violently racist time in American history. Since this is a horror show there are monster chase scenes, but it is the racism that is really scary.

In the first episode, the three main characters are on a mission to find Atticus' father who mysteriously escaped to Lovecraft Country. On the way there, when they stop at a diner for lunch, the trio is chased out of town by a group of racists at gunpoint. They are later approached by a white police officer who immediately escalates the situation and threatens them to leave his city at sunset. Followed by the policeman, they stay within the speed limit and barely make it out of town, but they are hit by other policemen blocking the street. Then the show takes a turn. The police take the group into the forest, but they are attacked by a huge, horrible animal with eyes all over its body. Though the monsters are scary, my heart rate was racing a lot more than the trio raced out of town before sunset.

There are more monsters, magic, and other weird fantasies in later episodes, but similar to Get Out – Jordan Peele is also involved in this show – racism plays a crucial role in the horror. For blacks living in America, the real boogeyman isn't the one hiding in the woods. It's the one hiding in sight.

The anti-superhero: the boys

(Warning: The following trailer features expletive and graphic scenes with blood and blood.)

Based on the comics by Garth Ennis, The Boys follows a team of people – mostly men – who have one thing in common: their hatred of superheroes. After losing his girlfriend in a crazy superhero accident, Hughie is recruited for a mission by Billy Butcher. After his life changes, Hughie joins Butchers team after the mission and seeks to defeat the most famous superheroes funded by the evil Vought, a giant superhero corporation.

in the The young & # 39; World, superheroes aren't the benefactors on the Marvel or DC Comics pages. They are greedy, narcissistic people with superhuman abilities who don't feel sorry for normal people. While their skills make them unique, superheroes are included The young spend most of their time as celebrities, appearing in films, on food packaging, and in merch. They are staged in every way. They are not heroes; They are the products of a huge corporation, which makes them extremely terrible. We learn early on that A-Train, the hero responsible for killing Hughie's girlfriend, has no remorse at all for his actions. It becomes clear that A-Train is no exception – all of the heroes in The Boys are anything but.

Now, in season two, the Eric Kripke-led show has gone even further, with bloody over-the-top scenes that are unique to popular television. That's not how a superhero show should be, which is why it's so popular. While the comics inspire the graphic violence of the show, The young TV series take a different direction in executing the bigger story. The overall tone of the comic is still there, especially the dark humor, but the plot has been redesigned to fit into eight one-hour episodes per season. The result is a crushing indictment of the superhero genre and a somber look at what our world would like if superheroes were real and owned by companies. The irony, however, is that the guys are the hero foil and the real heroes of the story. They may be unorthodox and prone to excessive violence, but with the inherent impunity of superheroes, boys are the only deterrent.

What to stream

Narrowing down these shows and movies wasn't easy, but it's nice to know that there is still a lot of great content out there. As exhausting as it can be to find something new on Netflix, there are plenty of gems out there if you know where to look.

As someone who's always in the mood to watch The Office or Brooklyn 99, I like to find new shows that tackle tough topics, highlight marginalized creators, or incorporate different genre aspects to create a melting pot of binge-worthy content . So don't be afraid to try something new. Sometimes it's the most unexpected mashup of ideas and genres that's the most fun.

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