Selena: The Series (Netflix review)

Creator; Moisés Zamora
Biography/Music
35 minutes
Season 1 streaming on Netflix

No masterpiece, but since Netflix released The Queen’s Gambit setting the bar pretty high, I feel like no show will ever be again.
A series, based on the life of the Latina/Tejano pop sensation Selena Quintanilla. We get to follow her through the early years as her father discovers the great talent his daughter has – making it his life mission that everyone knows about her voice as well – a long journey of sacrifices, hard work, and success.

Here we explore her legacy – though she may be long gone, her spirit lives on not only in fashion and beauty line products but also in music that has been inspired by her songs, tribute tracks, barbie dolls, movies, and so much more to celebrate her.
Mostly aimed at the Spanish market, Selena was just in the process of releasing her English album when she got tragically murdered at the age of 23.

The show dives deep into the life of the singer from day one.
It’s a medium-paced story that manages to capture your interest and have you hooked on knowing what’s about to come, fan or no fan of the singer. The show is to be enjoyed by everyone who takes the time to watch it, and I genuinely liked it.
In all its sorrow and her tragic faith, there is so much passion, love, and warmth from her family. The hard work from her parents was inspiring, acknowledging her potential, and doing their utmost for her to succeed.

It’s entertaining with an excelent look at the Quintanilla family. 6/10



The Secret: Dare to Dream (Netflix review)

Director; Andy Tennant
Drama/Romance
1h 47 minutes
Streaming on Netflix

I want to start with an update. Due to Covid-19, there hasn’t been barely any press screenings, nor new movies have dropped, making my job of writing about them a tad harder, and if you follow me on Instagram, then you might know that I not too long ago signed a contract with a publisher in London. So, my time and prime focus have been the process of getting my first novel out in the world. So from now on, there will be fewer updates, mainly when I get the time to watch a movie or tv-show, and I will try my hardest to not let this blog run in the sand because writing about films is truly a passion of mine, one I don’t want to lose. With that said, last weekend I took some time off and decided to watch The Secret: Dare to dream, a new film on Netflix.

Not too shabby, finally a movie to spread some good vibes during times like these. Andy Tennant managed to capture the essence, belief, and depth of the concept that is ”The secret” – the power to attract what you desire, to manifest your thoughts – into a beautiful, sweet, warm, and inspiring movie.

The uplifting story worth every minute of your time will not only motivate you to change the way you see things but also how you think and respond to everything that happens in your day to day life.
Instead of focusing on everything bad that happens and getting upset that something doesn’t go your way at the moment, focus on what you want, and attract that. Don’t your waste your energy on the negative and put it to good use or you will attract that negative energy in your surrounding, instead, focus on a positive mindset, and soon, things will change.

They have successfully emerged the good and the bad into a beautiful romance flick. You got a mother of 3 who lives with a gut feeling that something bad is always around the corner – her being a quite negative person. That is until the day she meets Bray – a professor who follows the rules of The Secret, a positive man that helps her and ends up delivering her some pretty good news by the end of it.

It’s a fantastic, uplifting, and motivating movie to watch on a weekend, a rainy day, or why not snuggle up with a cup of tea and wind down once you get home from work. Entertaining and loving, just what we and the world needs right now. 7/10



The queen’s gambit (Netflix review)

Creator; Scott Frank & Allan Scott
Drama
59 minutes
Season 1 streaming on Netflix

A masterpiece at its finest, and nothing but the best writing, script, visual, costumes, acting, and plot – like nothing I’ve seen in years.
It’s been so long since I’ve been in awe, wrapped, and grabbed by the core of my being and unable to look away or turn it off. My recommendation? Don’t start watching it too late because I ended up binging the seven episodes throughout the night until late morning, and I loved every second of it, and I’m not even a fan of the game.

With its compelling story and outstanding performance, you’re in for a rollercoaster of chess, drama, thrill, with a soft hint of romance.
A tv-show that is worth every single minute of your time, a show that is not to be ignored.

Beth Harmon becomes an orphan at 9, though what first seemed like a dark and dull life on the horizon changes when she falls in love with the game of chess, and that becomes her ticket into stardom, and sadly, that comes with a price.

The story wouldn’t be as captivating if it weren’t for the superb Anya Taylor-Joy that truly nailed her performance.
Every scene that she was in was perfection and close to magical, leaving you in a trance with your eyes locked on the screen, truly a blessing to my sight.
Cannot wait to see how this marvelous show will continue, but the story and cast defiantly have a bright future if they continue on this path. 10/10



American Murder: The Family Next Door (Netflix Review)

Director; Jenny Popplewell
Documentary/Crime
1h 22 minutes
Streaming on Netflix

My stomach is turning just by watching the pictures, my soul was crushed when seeing this grim documentary, and my heart goes out to the families of the victims. The mother and those two little angels didn’t deserve such horrific faith, all because of a monster. To say it is gut-wrenching and soul-crushing is an understatement.

The documentary is based on the story that made massive headlines in 2018 – when Mrs. Watts and her two daughters were tragically murdered by the husband.

It is one hour and 22 minutes footage of details, facts, and personal home-videos leading up to the murder and reason behind it. It is thrilling and has you hooked within minutes of is beginning, and the tension rises as it moves forward to the finale of the story that will leave you heartbroken bawling your eyes out- unable to understand such outcome, action, and behavior from a person whom they loved so dearly.

It’s hard to watch, to see how someone can be capable of acting in such ways toward their own family, his own children. 7/10



The Possession of Hannah Grace (Netflix Review)

Director; Diederik Van Rooijen
Horror/Mystery
1h 26 minutes
Streaming on Netflix
Movie from 2018

A decent mystery flick with thriller splashes to entertain your dull and slow night. A movie that’ll somewhat semi-keep you hooked and interested throughout until the plot reveals itself. A horror that wasn’t too shabby, a dark script with good horror aspects, good acting by Shay Mitchell, and some great creep factors.

Megan (Mitchell) a former cop out of rehab due to PTSD lands a job as a graveyard shift-assistant in a city hospital morgue. After several bizarre moments caused by an evil entity stuck in one of the corpses, she must now face the horror of dealing with the evil supernaturals.

The Possession of Hannah Grace is no masterpiece, nor memorable, but it was worth a watch if you’re in the mood of some cringy, crawl-creeping, and uncomfortableness for an hour and a half. With a not-so-bad writing and story and great visual, atmosphere, and sound.
However, what I disliked about it was the little slow build-up to the reveal of the plot, because not much happened at first, so for almost one hour and 15 minutes, you are just cringing, holding your breath, thinking something big will go down and nada. I would’ve loved more creep scenes in the beginning, but there is character development + great creation of scenes such as isolation and closed spaces.

Strongly recommended. 5.5/10



Emily In Paris (Netflix Review)

Creator; Darren Star
Comedy/Romance/Drama
30 minutes
Season 1 streaming on Netflix

The genius behind Sex and the city, Younger, and Beverly Hills is back with another charming, fun, and stylish tv-show! One that will probably get some hate due to its stereotypes of the French, and a few clichés.
I, however, L O V E D it. I found the ensemble to be fantastic, and Lily Collins is a stunning, talented, young Aubrey Hepburn and Lucas Bravo is on the rise to be the new tv-boyfriend, a show to snuggle up to during these hard times and cold breeze of Autumn on its way.

Yes, it is painted as the French being mean and smoking too much. But, I’m sorry, I’ve been to Paris three times, and it was what I experienced. So, if they dislike being represented like that, then do something about it. Not once was I treated kindly, welcomed, or with a smile. I remember my wallet being stolen, and even the police were rude.
Plus, he got even more annoyed that I couldn’t speak the language.

The show revolves around Emily – an American expertise in marketing that is re-located to Paris to help them work on a new marketing perspective.
Her excitement is sadly greeted with a rude new boss and colleagues, ones who she tries to win over throughout the show, all while adapting to a new culture, friends, and boys.

I found it entertaining, lovable, and easy to watch. The fashion sense is a character itself just like it was on Sex and the city, the romantic and flirty aspect of it is represented as well, and so is the light drama.
I enjoyed it, and I deeply recommend it. 6/10



After We Collided (Review)

Director; Roger Kumble
1h 45 minutes
Drama/Romance
From 2020

Fifty Shades for the youngsters! It legit felt like every other scene was a sex scene, and after quite some time it actually loses the build-up passion and becomes boring – they ended up feeling unnecessary, and a few of them could’ve been skipped completely so other more important moments could’ve been included. There were a few plot holes but it is confirmed that we are getting two more movies, so hopefully, we’ll get some answers later on. For the one who has read the book, then I’m certain you’ll enjoy it, knowing what’s to come and you probably have those gaps filled, for us who haven’t read the hit novels, ends up being a little lost.

There was one scene in particular that my man and I ended up looking like two question marks. It was irrational and nowhere logical, it simply didn’t make any sense. It is a scene with Tessa and her mother, it was a massive overreaction and exaggeration from both parts, and everyone just sat there looking at the screen not understanding the outcome to a simple question.

If you’ve seen After then you are familiar with the sequel, here we get to once again hop on the young love train of Tessa and Hardin as they navigate through life, friends, and emotions.

It’s no masterpiece, but these days which film is? It was entertaining for the time being, and the acting isn’t too shabby.

Is it worth your time? Yes
Is it worth the money? No. I’d say wait until you can watch it online. 5/10



Papi Chulo (Review)

Directior; John Butler
Drama/Comedy
1h 38 minutes
From 2018

A sweet, warm, and heartfelt movie that truly hits home. A film worth watching with a soulful story on grief, loneliness, and friendship.
It is genuine and relatable on so many levels, there are several layers to be discovered throughout, and you’ll enjoy every moment of it – you’ll smile, you’ll laugh, and also be sad as the script unfolds and the pieces of the puzzle fall together, finally understanding him and his character.

After a slight meltdown at work, a known weatherman strikes up an unsual friendship with a middle-aged Latino labor worker on his absense from work.

Even though it starts somewhat slow at the beginning before taking off, it ends up being a fantastic ride of 1 hour and a half. The acting was brilliant, especially from Alejandro Patiño the actor who plays Ernesto – he’s the home run and highlight of the film because man, we cracked up because of him. Matt Bomer, looking beautiful as always, he truly enters your soul when he’s on-screen. It doesn’t matter what role he plays, there is an essence of brilliancy around him that is impossible to miss. I remember seeing him on The Normal Heart and just being in awe of that human.

Worth every minute, don’t miss it! 6,5/10


The Sleepover (Netflix review)

Director; Trish Sie
Action/Comedy
1h 40 minutes
Streaming on Netflix

Maxwell Simkins is phenomenal and a kid on the rise to become massive! He lights up the screen and the few laughable moments the movie contributes with was all thanks to him, he was brilliant – his acting, his movements, gestures, facial expressions, all of it was a delight to enjoy on a rainy Saturday.

It’s a fun movie for the whole family to enjoy, though I am pretty certain mostly the kids will love it with its adventurous plot and kid-friendly script – a great way to keep the youngsters entertained and hooked for almost two hours. It’s never dull, it’s enlightening and sweet, warm, and fuzzy and something to enjoy with your kids during this horrific year.

When two siblings and their friends find out their mother is a former thief who has been kidnapped to pull one last gig, they all join forces to rescue her.

A delightful film and a talanted cast with a great story. Don’t miss it 6/10