Brahms: The Boy 2 (Review)

Director; William Brent Bell
Horror/Mystery
1h 26 minutes
Out in theaters now!

How on earth are people claiming this one ruined the original? When in fact, this one was way better?! Did we even watch the same movie?
The first one supposedly had a great plot twist? I, on the other hand was disappointed by it since I thought it was all about an entity when all along it was a man living behind the walls? I found it dull, slow, and un-interesting.
However, the sequel was rather fast-paced compared to the first one, more happened, and definitely more scares. The horror was not absent as many say, it was thrilling, and the doll finally came to live by being possessed, this time finally delivering some demonic essence to the story, I’m talking Anabelle vibes and I loved it.

After a traumatic experience, the child in the family stops talking, and the parents decide to take a little trip to the countryside, maybe by leaving the city, it’ll do them well.
But when Jude finds a doll, suddenly their vacation takes a dark and twisted turn into the uglier as the doll sets certain rules that needs to be followed, all while manipulating Jude into doing as he requires.

It was entertaining, enjoyable, and definitely worth a watch. Don’t listen to the negative reviews, because it was good. And, personally, I loved the plot more this second time around, the first one was a just a drag and bad, the writing here is more captivating. + seeing Katie Holmes just reminded me how much I missed seeing her on screen, she was fantastic. 6/10



Dirty John : Dirty Betty (Netflix Review)

Creator; Alexandra Cunningham
Crime/Drama/Based on true stories
44 minutes
Season 2 streaming on Netflix

I L O V E it! It’s thrilling, addictive, grasping, shocking, and beautifully insane. + knowing it is based on real crime stories makes it ten times juicer, and excited to watch. A tv-show worth every minute that it’s on, it’s alarming and quite spell-bounding to witness it. You’re in this trance of grimness and shock, unable to comprehend each action, each outcome, and emotion played by the brilliant and phenomenal Amanda Peet. I am in awe, of not only her but the entire production of this fantastic second season.

It gracefully bounces between the decades of ’60s and ’90s with gorgeous costumes and interior, soul grabbing writing with a script that keeps you on the edge of your seat, phenomenal character development and story, it’s fast-paced, to the point, informative and you get outstanding performances by the cast.

Dirty John is a anthology series in which each season is different and based on a true crime story; love tales taking a nasty turn.

Not being that familiar with the real-life background story, it becomes unpredictable, and that is what keeps you hooked and longing for more, unable to turn it off. But if you are familiar with the stories, it’s still a well-done tv-show worthy of your time, for sure a new Netflix hit!

Betty is in denial and won’t accept that her husband wants a divorce, leading her to act out in ugly and unhealthy ways and manners.

Watch it. Enjoy it. Love it. 8/10



Fantasy Island (Bluray review)

Director; Jeff Wadlow
Action/Fantasy
1h 49 minutes
Out on bluray

Jedd Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2, Truth or dare, Never back down) delivers this dull 2020 a quite an entertaining film that if you watch it with zero expectations, you’ll end up enjoying yourself and having a good time.
It’s no masterpiece, but it ain’t garbage.

Due to all the bad reviews, I must say, I was skeptical about watching it, however, that took a drastic turn to the better once I sat down and saw for myself that it wasn’t as bad as many had painted it to be. Decent actors and well-known faces come together with an entertaining story leading up to a not so shabby plot twist.

Five guests have won a contest to a luxurious resort to live their most elaborate fantasies or to relive a moment they’d wish to have acted differently on. Once the set up is made slowly it starts to take a more grim turn, going from a daydream fantasy to a nightmare.

With stunning visuals of beautiful landscapes and waters, mundane costumes, and good sound, you’re in for a movie worthy of your time.
It has a semi-great script and quite a developed plot that took my movie companion and myself by surprise. Enough character development, showcasing a light background story to each persona, it had some laughable moments and some gasping ones. Not something I’d watch twice but definitely a recommendation. 5/10

Bluray extras;
Deleted scenes
Original Rated Theatrical Version Included
Audio Commentary with Director Jeff Wadlow and Cast (Unrated Version Only)
+ more



Work It (Netflix review)

Director; Laura Terruso
Dance/Music
1h 33 minutes
Streaming on Netflix

Nothing original, it’s tamed, it lacks substance, and screams cliché throughout the entire 1 hour and 30 minutes. A film that desperately tries to be a ”feel-good” flick for the younger generation, Netflix making sure that more female teens turn to their streaming site for their Friday movie night.

Work It has gathered and checked off every annoying thing that one dislikes about these teenage movies. For example, the overly irritating ”thinks-he’s-better-than-everyone-else” dramatic gestures, and over the top movements and facial expressions ”villain”.
The tries-hard-to-be-cute-and-funny friend, the over-doer who wants to add every activity on her college application, and the guy who gave up on his dream, and then gets pulled back in.
Nothing was fresh and new, every character was a copy of roles you’ve seen before, so was the writing, script, plot, visual, and costumes.

In order to show Duke, a prestigious school that she (Quinn) stands out of the crowd, and isn’t your average just good grades on paper, she says she part of a known dance group, and must now learn how to dance and enter a dancing competition.

It ended being on the background once the predictability radiated through the screen, but if you’re 15 you’ll probably find it exciting and cool. Though, for us elderly cats who have been around the block regarding motion pictures, it’s not worth our time. 3/10 (the 3 is sole given to Sabrina Carpenter a quite fresh face and talented actress.)



The Kissing Booth 2 (Netflix review)

Director; Vince Marcello
Comedy/Romance
2h 14 minutes
Streaming on Netflix

I got to start by saying that this movie started as a guilty pleasure and now I’m not even ashamed to say that I’m looking forward to the 3rd movie. It’s sweet, warm, and funny! Though he won’t admit it, I caught my man laughing a few times, and that says a lot.

The sequel to the 2018 hit film brings us the great cast back together and an equally entertaining plot that is, however, more relatable than the previous one, something I truly enjoyed.
Yes, it is your typical-predictable-teenage romance, but you watch it anyways and you like it. I still found it charming, even though many complained that it lost its quirky comments and moments and yes it’s unrealistic as the movie moves toward the end as she gets into an Ivy League school like Harvard, never once giving the slight illusion that she’s even THAT great in school, in other words, she wasn’t a Rory Gilmore.

Trying to cope with school applications, a long-distance relationship with Noah, and her friendship with Lee, the school’s new hottie has his eyes locked on Elle, something that could change everything and stir her once-solid world.

The moments we get to see with Noah are relatable. The insecurity, the jealousy, and the missing, all those emotions create havoc inside of you and you feel at your wit’s ends. Plus, they also managed to have you hate on certain characters and scenes, having you question someone’s motive, loyalty, and truth – only to be proved wrong by the end.

It’s not a masterpiece nor trying to be, but it is entertaining. 6/10



Project Power (Netflix review)

Director; Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman
Sci-fi/Action
1h 53 minutes
Streaming on Netflix

Mediocre at its best, Project Power doesn’t leave you in awe, nor will become a household favorite. With its tame script, semi great visual and sound, you’re in for almost two hours of people going after a little pill that gives you supernatural powers for five minutes. With its meh plot and okay acting, you get a somewhat half-decent and entertaining film.

It felt mainly like wasted potential, you got two great actors such as Jamie Fox and Joseph Gordon-Levitt whose talent is overshadowed by not only the writing of the story, but it’s like the cast wanted to aim the movie towards teens? They add an annoying character who goes to places she ain’t supposed to, thinks she’s super cool, etc.
+ They add a 3-minute rapping scene with this kid but shortened the action frequencies? It becomes a mess due to the bad editing.

You got an ex-soldier, a cop, and a kid who is a drug dealer teaming up on the streets of New Orleans to stop the creation of the magical pill that gives its users unpredictable superpowers for five minutes.

Not something I’d recommend, but if you’ve already practically seen most of what Netflix has to offer, then be my guest. 4/10



Emma (Bluray review)

Director; Autumn de Wilde
Drama/Comedy
2h 4 minutes
Copy provided by Sony Pictures

Not my cup of tea, even though I enjoyed movies such as Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, or the book Duchess in Disguise by Caroline Courtney, I simply couldn’t quite enjoy this one.
Emma has had several adaptions through the years, one featuring Gwyneth Paltrow, and now we get to see Anya Taylor-Joy as the selfish Emma Woodhouse, a role she plays fantastically.

Played out in an 1800s England, the movie showcases some beautiful costumes, scenery, and dialogues, however, it was rather dull for my taste, knowing it is based on a novel, I understand that they had to add or squeeze in as much as possible into a two-hour film, but I still wanted some more character development. I get that many have seen the previous adaption and has read the book, not needing to know more about her, however, being a first-timer, I believe they needed to give a tad more information behind her persona.

If you enjoy this type of genre, then watch it and have a blast. If you find it rather difficult to watch and want something more modern and upbeat, watch Clueless, a more ”present-day” film based on the same story – a spoiled, rich, selfish girl who meddles in the love lives of those around her.4/10

Bluray extras;
Deleted scenes
Gag reel
Feature Commentary
+ more