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



Gabriel’s Inferno (PassionFlix review)

Tosca Musk
Romance
2h 2 minutes
Part 1 & 2 are streaming on PassionFlix

Based on the romantic and beautiful novels by Sylvain Reynard, a film adaption has finally been made by PassionFlix, and honestly? I was pleasantly surprised.

I decided to read the trilogy when finding out that Dante was practically a character itself in the stories. I fell in love with him and Beatrice when I was only six years old thanks to my grandmother who read his works for me instead of actual bedtimes stories that were more suitable for kids, something that I’m extremely thankful for.
I fell in love with his poetic writing and beautiful description of love, so reading a romantic novel where he was mention and quite a huge part of was simply a must for me.

After The Protector though, another movie adaption of the novel with the same title by Jodi Ellen Malpas, I had lost all my faith on the site. It was cringy, awkward to watch, and I couldn’t find myself to enjoy the film because of the bad writing, and I am not going to get into details on the visual, sound, and acting because it was all bad.
However, this one was fantastic, it was everything a fan of the books wished to see, they brought not only the story to life, but they also delivered the most memorable parts from the book and made it so damn good. Every scene brought back every amazing feeling that I had when reading the novel, I remember not being able to put the book away and here I couldn’t close my eyes for a second because I didn’t want to miss anything.

The setting was just how I imagined it in my head with the classical music and they couldn’t have found a more perfect actress to play Julia.
Melanie Zanetti was exactly how I visualized Julia – the Bambi eyes, the petit body figure, her long hair, even her gestures were soft and beautiful, her profile was gentle and delicate, it was great.
Him, look-wise yes, he is hands down the professor, however, I don’t recall from the books him having a thick Italian Accent? Though it bothered me, his acting made up for it – he had nailed the seriousness, the short-tempered, and dominance that the character holds. Brilliantly if I may say so, I could even see him as Gideon Cross if a movie of those books were made as well. He was like an Italian Henry Cavill, plain gorgeous.

The movie was great and I cannot wait for the 3rd part, I can even stretch it and go as far as saying that it was better than the first Fifty Shades adaption – considering that Fifty was made by a gigantic house like Universal, proving that a large budget means nothing without the talent. Kudos to everyone behind this, and thank you for creating it.

The actors here lived up to the description in the book, great script, visual, sound, and they truly stuck to the books.

If you’ve read the books, I am certain you will love it, if you haven’t, you will enjoy it as being a beautiful romance worthy of your time. 6,5/10



The Hunt (Bluray review)

Director; Craig Zobel
Thriller/Action
1h 30 minutes
Copy provided by Sony Pictures

It is practically a satire film more than anything else, a lot of killing combined with dark humor – an adult and more bloody version of Hunger Games in other words.
It was quite fun, delivering a splash of entertainment wrapped into a script that shouldn’t be taken seriously – no message, no point, just plain comedy with some action, some thrill, and the last condiment to make it a little more extra? Some political spices.

12 strangers wake up in the middle of nowhere, not knowing how they got there or whom brought them there. Now with the veapons they’ve ben handled they must defend for themselves while being on the hunt.

The Hunt is proving once again that people with money need to find an extraordinary type of sports to find themselves entertained, even by the cost of other people’s lives.
It’s quite fast-paced, it doesn’t become dull, or dragged out, the one hour and thirty minutes were more than enough for the viewer to catch up on the writing, trying to figure out the plot, and to enjoy some not so shabby acting and performances.
It isn’t a movie with meaning, so don’t look for one, nor expect one.
It is just mainly to pass the time. 5/10

Bluray extras;
Crafting The Hunt
Athena Vs Crystal: Hunter Or Hunted?
Death Scene Breakdowns



The Invisible Man (Bluray review)

Director; Leigh Whannell
Mystery/Thriller/”horror”
2h 4 minutes
Copy provided by SONY PICTURES

The Invisible man has hands down become one of my favorite thrillers, and I can even go as far as saying that it has also become my favorite of 2020. Yes, there are some plotholes here and there that should’ve been filled for the ”perfect” motion picture, however, not something that I was affected by, though certain many will point them out.

The massive tension devours you from beginning to end, and your anxiety kicks in, you got your blood pumping, heart racing, and unable to look away, craving more of the story – there wasn’t so much development as one would’ve hoped for, but I found it to be enough to be entertained by the film – plus, the camera simply adores Elisabeth moss, she has a certain sensual and delicate beauty about herself that I can’t really put my finger on, but I just become mesmerized whenever the focus is on her, plus her phenomenal acting makes it very easy to stay grabbed by the visual and story.

There has been a few remakes made of the classic, however, (personally), none that has captured my interest like this one has, with today’s modern technology and tomorrows writing and acting – you’re in for a suspenseful ride worth every minute of your time, don’t listen to the negative reviews, prepare yourself a warm cup of tea, snuggle underneath a blanket, and watch it – if not for the story, but for her because Miss Moss is superb.

As Cecilia manages to escape her abusive boyfriend she soon enough finds out that he’s taken his own life and left her his fortune.
Although, with very slight belief that she’s finally out of his hands for good, lethal occurrences start taking places, ones she has no idea how are happening but by someone she cannot see…

I loved it, I truly couldn’t keep my eyes away from the screen the entire time, though flawed, it was still a film with few twists, thrill, and the horror essence makes itself present throughout the story keeping the viewer on its toes and interested throughout. 9/10

Bluray extras;
Deleted scenes
Moss Manifested
Feature Commentary with Writer/Director Leigh Whannell
Timeless Terror
+ more



The Old Guard (Netflix review)

Director; Gina Prince-Bythewood
Action/Fantasy
2h 5 minutes
Streaming on Netflix

Not too shabby, pretty quickly it catches a glimpse of your interest and you end up sort of hooked and semi grabbed by the beginning, wondering what the story might be about.
Early on you discover the plot, and it almost becomes a new Netflix hit, sadly as the script continues, it slowly loses potential as it goes along.

With a simple dialogue and clichés floating in the air, it becomes a basic film with a good concept because the story is there, the screenwriting however isn’t – so it becomes watchable but not a masterpiece.

A team of immortals from practically the beginning of time has their identity exposed, they must now fight not only to stay away from people who want to investigate their powers but also to manage the discovery of a new member.

Not bad, but also not great. It has somewhat a good character development, good acting, and a sequel is already on its way. 4,5/10



Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (Netflix review)

Director; David Dobkin
Music/Comedy
2h 3 minutes
Streaming on Netflix

A pleasant surprise, so cringy and bad that it is actually good and entertaining – a musical love letter with Iceland as the main chorus, ready to be tuned up and danced to. What seemed to be an average, dull, and mundane film turned up to be a lovely distraction during this darkened times, with a brilliant Will Ferrell you will laugh, you will smile, and you will look away in awkwardness and embarrassment as well.

For someone (me) who isn’t a fan of Eurovision Song Contest, I found myself shook on how much I enjoyed a movie based off of it, appreciating the song numbers, and the musical aspect of the story.
A script that was fun, in some way inspiring due to Lars’s (Ferrell) urge, passion, and will-power to follow his dream – for him and Sigrit (McAdams) to be on Eurovision.

From a little town in Iceland, Lars and Sigrit have their world sparked with joy when they get the chance to represent their country in the biggest song competition, proving to family and friends that their dreams aren’t dumb and juvenile as others believed.

I definitely recommend it, don’t take it seriously and you’ll have a great time! 5,5/10



Chef (Netflix review)

Director; Jon Favreau
Drama/Comedy
1h 54 minutes
From 2014

A movie that took me years to watch, and if it weren’t for Netflix recommending it, I might’ve never had found my new favorite film – a script that took my soul by storm with its uplifting, warm, and heartfelt story.
Jon Favreau directed, wrote, and even started in this wonderful movie about a passionate chef who opens a food truck once he’s fired from his work-place.

The script is fantastic, there is nothing extraordinary about it yet it’s everything and more at the same time. It’s pure foodgasm for almost two hours, urging you to get up and cook something once the movie has come to an end. It inspires you, it moves you, and it leaves you in awe of the visual plus Latino vibes and atmosphere.

After one incident with a food critic, Chef Carl Casper leaves his job and in order to rediscover himself, he opens a food truck alongside his best friend and son as an assistant, making simple meals that catches the attentions of everyone’s taste pallet and stomach!

With stars like Scarlett Johansson, Sofia Vergara, Robert Downey Jr, and John Leguizamo, you’re in for a culinary masterpiece that everyone should take the time to enjoy. 7/10