Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Bluray review)

Director; Quentin Tarantino
Drama/Comedy
2h 41 minutes
Out on bluray
Copy Provided by SONY ENTERTAINMENT

Watching paint dry would’ve been a much more entertaining Saturday than watching this! You truly have to be a lover of 60s retro because of the stunning cinematography to enjoy this, but oh lord what a dull script. It was the most boring motion picture I have seen in a long time, the acting was brilliant, Dicaprio never fails to deliver, and Pitt was great but the writing, the pace, the story, it was tiresome, life drainingly even – the almost 3 hours were not easy to watch thanks to the mundane dialogues!

Quintin Tarantino delivers his 9th film, this time set in old Hollywood in the late ’60s. Colliding Brad Pitt, Leonardo Dicaprio, and Margot Robbie, he creates little snippets stories parallel to each other as the star actor Dalton (DiCaprio) and his stuntman Booth (Pitt) tries to achieve fame in the city of angels.

Not something I’d ever recommend unless it’s an enemy of mine and I wish them nothing else but to waste 3 hours of their lives. 5/10 – and those 5 are sole based on the acting and visual.

Bluray extras;
The Fashion 1969
7 additional scenes
Restoring Hollywood
+ more



YOU (Netflix review)

Creators; Sera Gamble & Greg Berlanti
Drama/Romance
45 minute each episode
Season 2 now streaming

Finally binged the first two seasons that are now streaming on Netflix, and I totally get the hype. What a soul-grabbing show, completely locking you down and YOU become obsessed, unable to focus on anything else, wanting and craving more, devouring one episode after the other.
The dark and sexy essence, the thrilling suspense, and possessive love is just what we need after a long day, something to let our minds get addicted to in order to release everything else that we live and go through on a daily basis – at least for an intense 45 minute.

YOU is a cocktail of everything twisted and a splash of dark humor. Penn Badgley is phenomenal, a role created for him, making this character that is creepy, twisted yet smart, to even look alluring and attractive. The thrill is intense, captivating, and sexy.

YOU is narrated by Joe (Penn) a charming, intelligent man with obsessive tendencies, a man who also gets carried away and goes deep in when meeting a woman, going to extream measures to not only enter into their lives but also becomes sinister and grim when on the inside – a bad guy in disguise, convincing himself that what he does is because of love because he is trying to protect you.

You is addictive, though a little slow-paced at the beginning, it takes flight after just 2-3 episodes and you are hooked, and the second season is even better and darker.
Def. a must watch.8/10



Ad Astra (Bluray review by guest writer)

Director; James Gray
Adventure/Drama
2h 3 minutes
Out on Bluray
Thanks to 20th Century Fox for the copy

The seasoned astronaut Roy McBride has had his fair share of space travel and is now amazed to know that his father might be alive after considering him to be dead for a long time.
The space agency otherwise does not take lightly on interstellar warfare, they believe that Clifford McBride, Roy’s father, is behind the recent power surges that recently have created major damage on Earth infrastructure, let alone damaging humanities greatest accomplishment; The International Space Antenna, and nearly killing his own son.
Knowing that Roy would be loyal to the agency, they send him out to the moon to try to hitch a ride to Mars where he will try to communicate with his father and hopefully bring an end to the power surges.
First stop, the Dark Side of The Moon, where the broadcast will be sent to Neptune, Clifford’s recent location and it seems here that the Moon is no longer a scientific exploitation that strives to understand the planet and space overall but has become more of a tourist attraction, but I’m not shocked – somehow there’s always money to be made, even for fast-food franchises such as Applebee’s and space pirates.
I know, who would even think to allow space pirates on the Moon?
Coming to the launch pad, the Moon seems to be more rough than usual since space pirates are trying to kill you and steal your… I don’t know, metal, gold sheets, and technology?

With its dreadful script and dull visual, the movie was a sad attempt to maybe become the new Interstellar, but it became a tragic crash instead. It failed miserably, almost insulting the genre and it won’t be the next big ”space” film. 5/10

Bluray extras;
Deleted scenes
To the stars
The art of Ad Astra
Audio Commentary by James Gray
+ so much more




Review by Atlas Hawa.

Peanut Butter Falcon (Stockholm Movie Days review)

A few days ago I attended the Stockholm Movie Days 2020, a day filled with several different movies that are premiering this year, though sadly I couldn’t attend both days and all the films, I managed to make (personal opinion) the most important one – one that I will remember for a long time, hoping that it’ll wake the interest of more directors and writers to create more pieces like these.

Director; Tyler Nilson & Michael Schwartz
1h 37 minutes
Drama/Comedy
Swedish premiere; March 20th

A film that captures your heart and never lets it go. You wrap your entire soul all around the story, writing, acting, and visual like a big bow and you feel truly blissfull throughout the entire movie – happy that movies like these are still being made, leaving the theater with a smile from ear to ear, thankful that stories with depth haven’t become a lost art.

Peanut Butter Falcon wins it all in every aspect, it was a fantastic movie that made me smile, laugh, and even feel chock at sudden moments that one wasn’t expecting.
It is interesting, intriguing, and you get hooked, unable to do anything else than getting lost in this heartfelt movie that will make it very far. Its sweetness will get inside the hearts of many, camp there and stay for a while – making you feel all warm and fuzzy.

Zack played by the incredible Zack Gottsagen, a young man with down syndrome with dreams to attend a wrestling school escapes the caring home he is staying and also leaving his caregiver, Eleanor (Dakota Johnsson) behind to fulfill his dreams, along his journey he meets Tyler (Shia Labeouf) who shows him the joys in life he thought he would never get to explore.

Strongly recommended, a movie that not only has your essence float on cloud 9, but it teaches you so much about bonding, acceptance, friendship, love, and following ones dreams no matter the circumstances. 8/10




It: Chapter two (Blu-ray review)

Director; Andy Muschietti
Fantasy/Horror
2h 49 minutes
Copy provided by 20th Century Fox Movies
and special thanks to Sara & Marianne

Following the highly anticipated film from 2017, chapter two is a new chapter with an old demon known as It, continuing the haunt and his mission to torment Beverly, Bill, Mike, Richie, Ben, Eddie & Stanley once again – several years later.

I wanted to genuinely love it, but my heart failed miserably to do so, my soul carefully trying its hardest to enjoy it since it so much enjoyed the first one, ecstatic to finally see it ever since an announcement for a sequel was released, and though it wasn’t terrible, it wasn’t what we fans deserved after the brilliance that was the first movie.

27 years later, the losers are all grown up, shattered around the land doing their own things until one phone call gatherers them all back to where it all once began, facing the one they terrify the most, It.

I am once again lost at where to place this film, genre-wise it is more of a comedy meets dark thriller than a horror. The horror essence is subtle, slowly making itself known throughout the movie, however, I felt it wasn’t enough to call it a horror film.
The acting, just as superb as the first, personally I am fully satisfied with not only the chosen actors to play the losers as adults but also how they managed to find actors who actually looked what one would’ve thought they would look like as older. The ”demons” tormenting them were okey but nothing that would keep you up at night, and I believe that the length for this genre was a tad to long.

Something that I think would be quite intriguing and entertaining to see would be an origin story of It – to explore more him and his roots. That is what I wanted more of, where it all began for him, the creation of this demon who has become a cult, history, and do I even dare to say the legend of nightmares? No offense to Freddy.

In conclusion, it’s a great film to keep you entertained on a rainy Saturday afternoon, do you need to buy it? No.
Can you wait until Netflix does? Yes.

Extras;
Behind the scenes
Commentary by director
+ more



Frozen 2 (press screening review)

Directors; Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee
Animation/Adventure
1h 40 minutes
Swedish premiere; December 25th

A cinematic experience at its finest – a film animation that’ll leave even the most skeptic in a trance, a nirvana state of mind with its polished to perfection visual and music that will make your ears want to chant in delight.

Frozen 2 delivers everything and a little bit more, a fantastic sequel for the entire family to enjoy from beginning to end. With its stunning scenery, beautiful costumes, entertaining storyline, and hilarious dialogues, the movie will invade your body and camp inside your heart. With its lovable characters returning for a second adventure, you are in for a ride of love, magic, and strength, all wrapped into a magnificent work – the best animation film of this year!

Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristof, and Sven embark on a quest to find answers about an enchanted Forrest, one that keeps calling for Elsa through a familiar song her mother used to sing to her, hoping to find the origin to Elsa’s power, they instead find something else.

The songs are powerful, with depth in every melody, key, and word – making you feel invincible, capable of everything and anything. I had goosebumps through each of the tracks, truly realizing how brilliant the writers of Disney were when creating this piece.

The eye of detail is shown in every scene and second of the movie, in the wrinkles of the costumes, the lines in their faces, and so much more, nada goes unnoticed.

Truly a blast, I strongly recommend the whole family to enjoy this magical film, one that’ll bring a massive smile and laughter to your face. 8/10 Disney once again delivers – L O V E D it.

It would’ve gotten a full 10 if it weren’t for the fact that they showed the Swedish version at the press screening, which was a disappointment, Josh Gad as Olaf is EVERYTHING, so why ruin it? There are no kids at the screenings so they should stick to showing the original version.


The Irishman (Review)

Director; Martin Scorsese
3h 30 minutes
Biography/Crime
Streaming on Netflix

Cinematic art at its finest – Scorsese truly knows how to capture the viewer with the classic film format that he uses while gathering a few legends, all of them delivering one of the best performances this year. The Irishman is everything and little bit more, a superb film that must be experienced, with its brilliant script polished to perfection, magnetic and soul capturing acting, awe-inspired visual, sound, and costumes – the movie takes gangster films of this decade to a whole new level, making once again history alongside classics such as Good Fellas, Scarface, Godfather, Once Upon a Time in America, and so many others – with this film being released new generations get to finally experience the magic of radiant gangster stories.

Pesci is outstanding, Pacino mesmerizing, and De Niro – well, a fine master that never fails. The makeup department must take home the Oscar for their work on this movie, seeing these actors in different timelines of their lives and careers throughout the 3 hours and 30 minutes, not had they only aged gracefully like fine wine, but it was extremely well done, even up close, the details were incredible.

The movie, based on the memoir by Charles Brandt – Heard You Paint Houses from 2004, showcases the may or may not involvement of the mafia hitman Frank Sheeran (De Niro) revolving the death of Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino) – all wrapped into a roller coaster of drama, crime, money, depth, and questioning loyalty. With Frank Sheeran narrating his own story from beginning to end, beautiful scenery, and dialogue out of this world, it is a movie you cannot miss. It is going to make you think, wonder, and be in awe – almost in a nirvana state of mind. 9/10

Spider-Man: Far from Home (Bluray review)

Director; Jon Watts
Action/Adventure
2h 9 minutes
Copy provided by Sony Home

Yes! Yes! And YES! Tom Holland has truly made this Marvel character his own, with his boyish charm and radiant charisma, the actor has delivered besides a fantastic performance, an outstanding new take and fresh look on the spidey we all know so well by now thanks to the beloved comics.

Besides a grim villain and an entertaining plot, this story was exactly what we needed after Avengers – Endgame. It’s fun, fast-paced, and with its great visual, sound, and acting, the movie is definitely worth your time, especially if you’re a Marvel fan.

The witty writing overshadowed the somewhat small cliches moments that came up every now and then, you only notice them by paying attention, and not something that’ll ruin the script or effects – a brilliant installment to the franchise.

Following the tragic events after Endgame, Peter Park (Holland) must on his own face the new threats threating his world, all while balancing school and love. 7/10

Extras;
Deleted scenes
Cast bloopers
Suit up
+ much more



The Secret Life of Pets 2 (Bluray review)

Directors; Chris Renaud & Jonathan del Val
Animation
1h 26 minutes
Copy provided by Sony Home

Following the previous journey that came out in 2016, we get to once again bark on a roller coaster of meanings, fun, and heart – The Secret Life Of Pets 2 is a great sequel for everyone to enjoy no matter how old you are, it is an entertaining, laughable, and cute film, ready to steal your heart with its endearing moments – everything wrapped into a fantastic animation flick truly worthy of your time.

The story revolves around Max and his fluffy pet friends, following their secret lives and shenanigans throughout the hours the owners are at work. With its great voice over actors, beautiful colors, sound, and visuals with a well-written script and story, the movie truly captures your soul, especially if you are a pet-owner yourself. 5/10

Extras;
Deleted scenes
80 minutes of original content
Two mini-movies
+ more