Okja (Review)

Director; Joon-ho Bong
1h 58 minutes
Out on Netflix!

Powerful, grasping, and beautiful are just a few words to describe Okja, a soul warming script about a girl and her super pig. It’s bold, and it will crawl underneath your skin, into your heart, and stay there. It will even give you a whole new outlook on the livestock and meat industry.

The movie is an inspiration to the human population worldwide, and its unique boldness might even turn you vegan. It will open up your eyes to not only how farm animals are being treated, but also how much life these creatures possess.
They are living, breathing, and emotional beings that deserve to be alive, and not slaughter simply for pleasuring the human taste bud.

To bring life into existence for the sole purpose of killing them sounds like an act of psychopathy, yet it’s called ”farming.” The concept is absurd and cruel.
Animals are beautiful creatures with feelings, depth, and heart. Just because you might not understand their language does not mean you should accept the cruelty that is caused to these innocent lives.
By eating meat, you are contributing to leveling 80% of Amazonian rain forest, wasting of 15 trillion gallons of water, and killing 59 billion animals each year.
Farmers are responsible for 53% of water pollution incidents, by going vegan you’ll be saving the environment, it’ll be less water, fewer forests and landmarks getting torn down to create agricultural farms that are killing these innocent and voiceless beings.
Meat industries and farms are causing global warming, they’re the reasons to the Amazon and rain forests being destroyed, animals becoming extinct, and also damaging our oceans.

Strongly recommended, and though I hated the character that Jake Gyllenhaal portrayed, he was absolutely brilliant and phenomenal.  Kudos to the entire cast and crew for delivering this. 7.4/10

Split (review)

Director; M. Night Shyamalan
1h 57 minutes
Out on Bluray!

M. Night Shyamalan, the mastermind behind works such as The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and many others is back with one hell of a brilliant, deep, and intelligent script.
Here, he both directs and writes the perfection that is Split – a highly suspense thriller with a standout and phenomenal performance by James McAvoy.

Kevin (McAvoy), portrays the man that was diagnosed with twenty-three distinct personalities and creating a twenty-fourth one toward the end of his story.
We get to see as a few of them come to light as one of the personalities kidnaps three young girls and they must know figure out which one of the personalities will be willing to help them escape.

As much as I was completely in awe of the script, act, and intelligence of this film, there are few flaws here and there that caught my attention but still did not manage to ruin the entire movie.
I won’t get into details or spoil, but I will, however, share a small scene that you can see in the trailer.
During the moment the girls get kidnapped, I felt as they were too slow to react to what was happening. If someone that I didn’t know, gets in the car, I would’ve screamed my lungs out until they were fuming.
Or maybe they dragged out that particular scene, and it should’ve been much shorter than what it actually was. It’s not so much a flaw, but it did get me annoyed and wondered what kind of IQ they all possessed.

What I would’ve loved more was to hear more about this certain mental illness, what triggers it in a human, what causes such disease. There are small glimpse and pieces were we get to hear a psychologist share a little information, but not enough to quench my curiosity. I find these topics/subject interesting, and by the end of the movie I ended up researching for more facts regarding it.

Besides this, the movie is fantastic, a true and dark thriller with a lot of intense moments that will grab you and suck you in into its beauty and scintillating act by James McAvoy and Betty Buckley, that plays Dr. Fletcher.

I loved it, I was hooked, interested by the dialog between one of the personalities that was making itself present and Dr.Fletcher. McAvoy deserves an Oscar for his immense pure talent in this movie. 9/10

Thank you to Sony Home Entertainment Nordic, and Jesper Nordgren for the copy. Keep on delivering these babies! <3

The Great Wall (Review)

Director; Yimou Zhang
1h 43 minutes
Swedish premiere; February 17th

A visual blessing for sore eyes from beginning to end. With its stunning picture and strong performance, you might forget about its rather weak plot and story.  The effects were beautifully impressive, each picture looked like something taken out of a book of tales, and my eyes were chanting by the gorgeous vision of every scene at every moment.

William (Damon) and Tovar (Pascal) plays two European mercenaries searching for black powder, but instead end up at the Great Wall of China, helping to defend against some grotesque creatures.

If you want a cinematic experience with monsters, great acting, and a wonderful sight, then I suggest you watch The Great Wall. 6/10

Bluray Extras/Bonus Features;
Deleted and extended scenes.
Matt Damon in China.
Working with Director Zhang Yimou.
Visual effects.
Man vs Monsters.
Weapons of war.
Designing a spectacular world.

Felt it brought a lot of sweet goods as bonus material, enough to keep you interested in the production, but not too much that it became dull and unwatchable.
The vision was just as lovely as I remembered, however, of course watching it in the living room didn’t bring that fantastic cinematic experience that watching it on a larger screen on IMAX – 3D did, but still insanely entertaining.
I did enjoy the sound much better now the second time by being in the comfort of my own home, at the theaters it was so loud that my seat and butt kept on vibrating, making me ill and also providing a nasty headache.

Massive thanks to Sony Home Entertainment Nordic, especially to the generous soul that is Jesper Nordgren for providing with these copies for me to review.

Chris D’Elia: Man on Fire (Review)

Director; Bill D’Elia
Writer; Chris D’Elia
Standup comedy
1h 5 minutes
Now streaming on Netflix.

Chris D’Elia oozes charm and charisma, whether it is on a tv show such as Whitney, where he literally outshined everyone, or on stage performing.
The voices, the expressions, the body language, everything blends together into one entertaining cocktail of pure humor.
He’ll have you smile, laugh, and agreeing with him on certain statements he has regarding marriage and children. Everything he said about people at the gym, birthday parties, he’s absolutley right!
The man is simply a pure delight to watch, especially now when the spotlight is on him alone during his second Netflix special.

Chris D’Elia: Man On Fire, definitely better than his first.
The man had me gasping for air as I cracked up laughing at what he was sharing with the audience and viewers, reminding me of Dane Cook and his days as a stand-up comedian due to his charm, personality, and being sort of raw. Loved it!

D’Elia owns the stage this time, he shines and will be the beam of light in a darkened room.
I look forward to seeing his future projects, especially more Netflix specials because he was born to deliver joy and be on stage.
What can I say? I found it hilarious, maybe it’s just my humor, but I enjoy dumb stuff, silliness, and he delivered exactly that! 8/10

I’d love to see him live, so hopefully a tour is in his agenda and he better add Sweden – Stockholm to the list.

Thank you ♡

Sony Home Entertainment Nordic, I adore you. I cannot express my gratitude enough for these copies that keeps on dropping in my mail for me to review. Thank you for the work and keeping my favorite occupation alive by letting me do what I love the most, combining stories, motion pictures, and writing. Reviews will be up soon as usual.

Hush (Review)

Director; Mike Flanagan
1h 21 minutes
From 2016

Mike Flanigan delivers once again another brilliant nail-biter that will have you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. Its thrillingly beautiful script with a fantastic twist is both highly entertaining and well done. First, he gave us Before I wake, and now, Hush.

Hush, though it may come off as any other home alone thriller, but due to the female lead being deaf it brings a whole other level of suspense and originality, making it ten times more horrific, providing with some intense moments that will crawl up your spine – leaving you completely paranoid, terrified, and in awe of its work and great premise.

Maddie, a deaf writer who lives by herself in a cabin in the woods finds herself trapped in a panicked terror game of mouse and cat, as one intruder tries to make her life a living hell.

Kate Siegal was pure delight and perfection portraying a deaf character, showing every emotion through her eyes and face gestures. Every movement and act were beautiful, believable, and simply one of the best I’ve seen in a long time. Strongly recommended if you want a smart thriller with massive suspense and great acting, I literally had a knot inside my stomach throughout most parts.

12 Feet Deep (Review)

Director; Matt Eskandari
From; June 2017

Inspired by true events, this film, though looking low budget has its thrilling moments, frustrations, and decent acting. It’s simple yet entertaining and definitely not a waste.
The premise isn’t awful and has you rather intrigued throughout the script. Some moments more intense than others, but in overall a good thriller to kill time with.

Two sisters who do not have the greatest relationship gets trapped under the fiberglass cover of an Olympic-sized public pool during closing hours.

Leading toward the plot, you learn bits and pieces about the characters, not a whole lot but enough to understand the story and relationship.
There are some frustrating moments, especially by one character, a woman who is some sort of ”janitor/cleaner”.
Besides being a jailbird and completely derailed, she made me several times want to get into the screen and strangle her to death.
She was the frustrating ingredient during the entire film, and as much as I would’ve skipped her – if the story is based on true events, I guess she must have been a crucial part to make the movie adaption.

I don’t know if I’d personally recommend it, I made it toward the end, so it did keep me quite entertained.
If you want something mellow, slow paced, with some intense thrill every now and then, don’t mind massive gaps and logic, then go for it. 4.9/10

Måste Gitt (Review)

Director; Ivica Zubak
1h 37 minutes
From 2017 – Out on Blueray.

Let us first begin this review with this, anyone who knows me very well is well aware that the last thing I’d probably ever watch, is a Swedish movie.
For years have I not been grasped by one, thrilled, or slightly moved, nor even entertained, to say the least.
I never found myself remotely fascinated by the production, vision, script, nothing ever caught my interest except for one, many years ago, Vingar Av Glas (Wings of glass) with Alexander Skarsgård.
It was the first time that I actually found myself enjoying a Swedish film, after that, it was simply American motion pictures that were my cup of tea.
My favorites include classics such as A ClockWork Orange by Stanley Kubrick (the man’s a genius), Goodfellas, Jane Eyre, Casablanca, A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints, and with time newer titles were created, and new ones made the list.

I never gave Swedish titles a chance, I stayed away from them… until now.
Thanks to Måste Gitt, I now have a new found admiration for not only Swedish films, but also Swedish production. I was surprised, and I’m not saying that in a negative way, I was pleased that besides enjoying the story and plot, I legitimately laughed, hard, several times throughout the movie.

Måste Gitt, vision wise was fantastic, the camera shots and flow from one scene to another was beautifully done, even better than Alpha Dog from 2006 by Nick Cassavetes, and ten times better than Fifty Shades of Grey and that says a lot due to 50 Shades having probably a much larger budget and being a Universal Studio production, yet they managed to slaughter the entire movie adaption.
Here, they worked brilliantly with what they had and made it so well, very Straight Outta Compton vibes meets 8 Mile (2002) with a touch of Menace II Society (1993) due to the drama and how life on the street goes down.
The script was intriguing and thrilling with a lot of depth, soul, and faith mixed with great humour, lightness, and wonderful acting by everyone involved. I’m not one to gush over Swedish titles, so this says a whole lot about this movie.

Metin, played by Can Demirtas is a suburb guy living in Stockholm. Though playing with fire due to his lifestyle on the street, he still aspires to be an actor and during his audition for theater school, he accidentally without knowing drops his journal in which one of the teachers/judges finds and sends it to a publisher.
Little do they know, that everything written in that diary is real life stories that he’s been part of and been through.
Can he publish it? A journal filled with crime, drama, and people from the underworld? It’s a struggle that will eat Metin from the inside out.

A gigantic bow to the entire cast and crew for this phenomenal film they delivered. 8.8/10

+ Can Demirtas is on a great path to become Sweden’s Ben Foster.
– Due to not giving away any spoilers, however, I didn’t enjoy the ending. I felt as they should’ve wrapped it up five minutes earlier before they actually did. They left it kind of open, maybe for a sequel, which I strongly hope they don’t.
The movie was so good but sequels barely, ever are.
Look at Taken, the first one was fantastic and the second and third was a mess. Step Up, the first one was great, and then it went downhill from there.

Anyways, strongly recommended, if you, like myself isn’t a fan of Swedish titles, this will change your entire outlook.

An epic thank you from the core of my being to the beautiful souls at Sony Home Entertainment Nordic, especially to Jesper Nordgren for the copy, looking forward to review the next title.
Xo, Beauty

The Mummy (press-screening review)

Director; Alex Kurtzman
1h 50 minutes
Swedish premiere; TODAY, June 9th!

Yesterday, was the Swedish press screening of The Mummy at the beautiful theater Rigoletto in the heart of the city. And, 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

Brain on fire (Review)

Director; Gerard Barrett
1h 35 minutes
From February 2017

An incredible story about a young woman and her family’s struggle and fight with the medical department, trying to figure out their daughter’s almost invisible disease.
Based on a true life event, turned to a biography, Brain On Fire should be watched by every human walking the face of the Earth. It’s scary, painful, yet uplifting and a tremendous eye-opener.

Brain On Fire is about Susannah Cahalan, (Chloë Grace Moretz) a 21-year-old writer at the Post who out of the blue starts showing unreasonable behavior.
From seizures, chronic, to psychotic and schizophrenic symptoms, unable to work, sleep, and think, she goes to a doctor who says she’s completely healthy and there’s nothing wrong with her.
That is until everything escalates and her parents have her hospitalized, fighting every doctor that tells them their daughter is doing just fine, until, Dr. Najjar turned professor is brought into the investigation, and finally, after almost a month, he finally figures out her disease.

Miss Cahalan, had been caught with a rare autoimmune disease called Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis that makes your body target your brain.
The right side of her brain that regulates her left side of her body had gotten an inflammation, that besides just attacking her brain, her body became a target as well, unable to move toward the end.
As she recovered she had to start all over again, from learning to talk, smile, and walk.

Her journey should be heard and watched by the entire human population, it’ll bring you great knowledge, besides learning about a new illness, it inspires you to never take one persons or doctors word for it.
If you don’t feel like yourself, have strange symptoms, then talk to someone, and if he or she says you’re alright, then go to the next one.
NEVER settle. Cahalan’s parents fought to the very last until they finally got results. It’s your health and life that’s at stake, or even a close family member or friend.

It reminded me a great deal of my mother and myself.
Around four years ago, I suddenly couldn’t get out of my bed, as the days went by I turned into a vegetable. I felt constantly drained, beyond exhaustion, massive migraines, and my body was colder than ice. I felt pure ice running through my veins as if I were freezing to death, yet it was hotter than ever on the outside.
My brain started exploring places it had never gone to before, everything became dark, and I was tired, sleeping for days, only getting up for a glass of water or visit to the bathroom.
One day, my mother with her supernatural motherly strength managed to get me to the doctor, had them take some tests, (and to keep this short) the third time they all said I was fine, until she fought and forced them to take more tests, and on the 4th time she asked for the results to look over them herself and noticed that my blood values were low, on the 5th test the doctor apologized for having missed it and it was a miracle that I was alive due my blood being so thin that it was practically water, on the risk zone to cancer.
The rage steaming through my mother’s pore as I sat there as a Zombie is an image I’ll never forget.
The day I have kids, I want to be exactly like my mother.

Great performance by Moretz. It was inspiring, important, and a job well done. 6/10