Beyond Stranger Things (Review)

Host; Jim Rash
21 minutes
7 Episodes
Streaming on Netflix.

Since I reviewed the second season of what must be one of the most popular shows streaming on Netflix at the moment, I thought I would also check out Beyond Stranger Things and post a review of it as well.

Host, Jim Rash sits down through seven rounds with all of the cast members and not only interviews them, but also gets inside gossip on what went on behind the scenes, asks the creator themselves on specific moments and details, and asks the ensemble and main actors who plays the lead roles on their thoughts about the show and how it felt going into the second season and welcoming new actors.

Being a fan of the show I found it quite entertaining, you get glimpses of information and hints on what we can expect for the future of these beloved characters, more questions answered regarding the upside down, Eleven, and the new faces. With its 21 minutes long divided into seven parts it becomes just enough to keep you hooked and not doze off.  They keep it light and entertaining, and if you’re a fan, I strongly suggest you check it out. 5/5

Stranger Things 2 (Review)

Creator; Matt Duffer & Ross Duffer
Fantasy/Drama/Comedy
55 minutes
Season 2 streaming on Netflix.

Mike, Dustin, Lucas, and Will must legit be the coolest kids on the block, and if I got one wish, it’d be for my old ass to join their squad – because it is lit, and every one of them is too damn supreme in their own unique, enchanting, and beautiful way. I simply adore them, not only as talented actors but also as these characters that they were born to play.
And, I’m pretty certain that no one else would be able to flawlessly pull it off as they’ve done through season one and now season two.

On the sequel, things get bigger, scarier, and stranger. But that doesn’t stop any of them from teaming up and facing whatever creature that has now made itself present on planet earth and once again goes into war with forces that are beyond their world.

The visual is even more stunning the second time around, every detail of every scene is perfectly added, creating a pure blessing for the human sight and fans all around the globe.
The plot; equally entertaining, thrilling, and intriguing as the first season, with a lot of heart, warmth, and soul at the same time – making it a joyful journey no matter the darkness.
It’s hilarious from time to time, there’s an amazing balance between the drama and comedy, but the lightness never overshadows the dark parts and vice-versa.

We also welcome a few new faces and characters into the story, roles that I believe only made the show better, we needed a little bit of a love triangle beside the one we already had with Nancy, Steve, and Jonathan.
As the boys get older, it only seemed fitting that a girl would get thrown into the mix and new feelings would blossom.

I absolutely love the show, already hyped and looking forward to the next season and dying to know what new monsters the boys will face and have to fight, what will happen with all the romantic relationships, and is Will fully recovered from the upside down? 9/10


Cult of Chucky (Bluray review)

Director; Don Mancini
Horror/Thriller
1h 31 minutes
From October 24th 2017.

It’s been four years since The Curse of Chucky came out, and our beloved yet tormented doll terrorized Nina. This time he’s back to not only finish what he started back then but to also team up with his former wife, and to settle some scores with his enemies.

I’ve been a fan of Chucky for as long as I can remember, it reminds me so much of my childhood, and was one of the first horror films that I watched. It was a bittersweet sensation, the thrill of being afraid, wanting to look away or run and hide, but also sitting there almost by the edge thanks to the suspense that these films brought to me as a kid.
Today, several years later, and me being much older there’s still definitely some sort of thrill left floating in the air, yet not as exciting as when I was younger of course. Now, I found it idiotic even, wondering how through the years no one ever manages to overpower a damn doll?!
However, I do appreciate the storyline and plot better now due to actually understanding it rather than being a child and only focusing on the pictures and messy killing.

Of course, there’s a difference and upgrade of Chucky himself, and I must say that I found him rather strange in the latest version, not the classic look we’re used to even though the red hair was there and the known outfit. But equally entertaining with his evil laugh and sarcastic lines that ends up being humorous. I enjoyed it, besides him looking different there isn’t much negative I can say about it. 6/10

Bluray extras;
Deleted scenes with commentary by director.
Inside the insanity of Cult of Chucky.
Good guy gone bad.
The dollhouse.
Feature commentary with director puppeteer Tony Gardner.


The Mummy (Bluray review)

Director; Alex Kurtzman
Adventure/Fantasy
1h 50 minutes
Out on Bluray!

Though I was looking forward to experiencing something parallel and epic, I got mediocre and mellow. I wouldn’t call it a disappointment, it just simply didn’t make the cut.

Though the visual was stunning some scenes looked rather cheap, and certain characters were completely unnecessary, it just wasn’t enough to satisfy my movie-loving-soul that had been waiting to see the always handsome Tom Cruise in another adventurism story, this time involving mummies, and some other non-human creatures.

It lacked excitement, barely any thrill as these genres are supposed to have, and the plot was quite dull.
Tom Cruise, a talented actor and though I am a fan of his, he didn’t quite fit in here as a treasure hunter, he seemed out of place.
And though the script is supposed to be all about Sofia Boutella, of course, it ends up being a movie where Cruise gets beaten up most parts yet as always comes out without a single scratch nor bruises – too unrealistic.
She, being the main character as the actual MUMMY, was barely showcased as she should’ve been or deserved. No interesting powers whatsoever, and don’t even get me started on Russell Crowe.

A character that was completely unnecessary to have along for the ride was actor Jake Johnson, and as much as I adored him in Let’s Be Cops, he was just awfully placed here.
The acting and expressions were bad, lines, and attempt to throw some humor in ended up being painful.
Brendan Fraser had some sort of charisma and a sparkling smile that he automatically became more charming on screen, and humor became a natural ingredient of the movie as well as for his role. But here, they failed.

As this being an introduction, welcoming characters for the Dark Universe that Universal has planned for the future, bringing us cinematic experiences with some classic monsters, then I’m saddened to say that after this, they’re off to a rocky beginning.

In overall, it’s not a bad movie, might seem like it after this review, but it just wasn’t what I wanted or expected to see. Some scenes were beautifully made, Sofia Boutella as the ancient Princess was great, and it was entertaining for a once time commitment, but that’s practically it. 5.6/10

Bluray extras;
Deleted and extended scenes.
Cruise & Kurtzman; a conversation.
Rooted in reality – Life in zero-G: creating the plane crash.
Meet Ahmanet – Cruise in action.
Becoming Jekhyll and Hyde.
Choreographed chaos.
Nick Morton: in search of a soul.
Ahmanet reborn animated.
Graphic novel – feature commentary.


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Happy Death Day (press-screening review)

Director; Christopher Landon
Thriller/Horror
1h 36 minutes
Swedish premiere; October 20th

Surprisingly good, director Christopher Landon, a writer and producer, known for several movies but he’s the brain behind one of my favorites, Disturbia. A fantastic thriller with the young talent, Shia Labeouf. Anyways, back to Happy Death Day.

Happy Death Day was better than I expected. The movie doesn’t take itself too seriously, and that is what made it entertaining. Plus not having any sort of expectations might’ve helped as well.
It kicks off rather quickly and never becomes dull and has zero unnecessary scenes, that is what I mostly enjoyed.
You don’t feel like dozing off somewhere along the way because the script becomes boring or movie too long, the length of an hour and a half was just enough for this genre.

College student Tree (Jessica Rothe), ends up on a never-ending nightmare of a loop on her birthday, getting killed only to wake up the next day and for it to happen all over again. She must now face the same day she’s stuck on until she figures out the identity of her killer.

It even becomes funny, you’ll share a laugh or two throughout the film, it will even charm you. The chemistry between Tree and Carter is adorable though it started off rocky, they being together grows on you, and you end up cheering for these two.
The script will have you constantly thinking you have figured out who the killer is but it will manage to surprise you, that is the brilliance of it and what makes it worth watching. 6/10

Chris Brown: Welcome to my life (Review)

Director; Andrew Sandler
1h 20 minutes
Documentary/Music
Streaming on Netflix.

Not too shabby, for a documentary surrounding a celebrity it wasn’t that bad to be honest.
Usually, I can’t stand them because most times they open up with the crowd chanting the artist name while you hear news about them popping up in a flash, making it look epic and legendary. Here, it actually had some soul, you get a glimpse into his most difficult times during his career and how he handled it all when it felt like his life was falling apart thanks to his mistakes and poor decisions.

He talks about his pre-fame days, past, relationships, and you hear his side of the story of what happened with Rihanna.
I actually found it moving, I don’t know if he’s a good actor and is just pulling the right strings, but I felt bad for him, and everything that happened; all the hate he got at one point, him talking about his depressions, suicidal thoughts, and him being at his lowest.
We all face difficulties, but behind closed doors, he had to face it all while having the entire globe watching his every move and constantly judging every breath of air he ever inhaled.
Being at one end of a microscope can’t be easy no matter the situation, and none of us are God or Saints to be judging him or say what he deserves and doesn’t. It ain’t in our powers, and if someone is willing to admit his wrongs, shouldn’t they be entitled to be forgiven? They deserve redemption as much as the next person.

I’ve always enjoyed his music, and nothing will ever stop me from listening to it. If I like the song, sound, and lyrics, I don’t care who sings it, I won’t ever judge someone’s work of art based on the person they are or were. It is easy to judge when you’re not the one being the target, that says nothing about them but more about you.

If you already formed some sort of image about this man, then obviously it’s nothing for you to check out, if you’re a fan then it’s a must, or like me who enjoys his music, style, and creativity then you should also spend a little bit over an hour on him. 4.7/10