V Wars (Netflix Review)

Creator; William Laurin and Glenn Davis
Horror/Sci-Fi
1h
Season 1 streaming on Netflix

The only reason I managed to binge it was because of Ian Smokeypants! Other than him, the show became physically painful to sit through due to the visual. I did enjoy the innovative concept of a vampire virus, but once certain characters transformed, they looked too-over-worked, nothing close to the image we know and recognize as ”vampires”.
Besides that, another thing that bothered me was the way Michael Fayne ran as a vampire, it was more close to a caveman than anything else, and I know, we’re so stuck with a particular way we’re used to seeing vampires that anything ”new” or even remotely ”different” just seems odd and wrong. So in a way, that’s on us!

There was potential, but it wasn’t used correctly. They could’ve done so much better with the story. It was dreadful, dull, slow-paced, and just plain boring, heartbreaking since Ian is a exceptionally talented actor, there is beauty, depth, and flair to this man that is hard to find and I’m saddened he wasn’t shining like a diamond in the damn sky here!
I can see him in action movies, horror, and even comedy.
Oooh I’d love to see him like Transformers, Jurassic Park, and if they make a movie adaption of the Crossfire series, he could easily be Gideon Cross! Something epic, because he deserves it, and I hope he sees the fire he has and how much the camera loves him and so he can take on greater roles. Or hey, since my first novel is finally being published, I’ll just wait until it turns into a movie and he can play the main character there! ;)

Anyways, getting off-topic, I’m having a hard time reviewing it since I didn’t like it, I had a hard time getting hooked and grabbed by the script and plot, I practically had to force myself to watch it in order to be able to write something, and even so, it was difficult. 1/10 If you, like myself, have missed seeing Ian on-screen after The Vampire Diaries, then check it out, if not, stay away.



Tell me a story (HBO review)

Creator; Kevin Williamson
Thriller
52 minutes
Seasons 1 & 2 are streaming on HBO (Sweden)

I am 100% certain that I’ve found a new favorite tv-show, slightly heartbroken though that only two seasons are streaming so far, two great seasons that I managed to binge in less than a week.
I. need. More. A little obsessed? Yes. But it is brilliantly made, I was devoured by the dark and twisted outcome of some of the beloved fairytales that I enjoyed as a child, such as The 3 little pigs, The little red riding hood, Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella – as I grew older, so did my desires to re-watch them in a darker, sinister, and dare I say a disturbing point of view, and my wishes were answered. Tell me a story takes known fairytales and delivers a modern and corrupted story based on the tales we already are so familiar with, and it was done so damn well.

It kind of reminded me of American Horror Story, where each season is a different story, however, bringing the same actors to play different roles in different seasons.
It is not exactly like the tales you remember but you will not miss the resemblance, they’ve just added pieces of the real world, real problems, with a dash of grief, love, and anger.
It is a thrilling, exciting, and close to phenomenal psychology thriller worth every minute of your time, even though it starts rather slow at the beginning.
I must point out though that the second season was my favorite, and way more fast-paced than the first one.

The acting is great, but I L O V E D seeing Paul Wesley in this darker role, and he played them both (season 1 & season 2) so beautifully. The vamp-stamp is gone, and as much as I loved him as Stefan Salvatore and was #TeamStefan, I’m overjoyed to see him shine in more diverse roles and new projects because he’s too talented to be stuck in a box!
And oh, how I’ve missed seeing Kim Catrall, no one can play a role such as ”Samantha Jones” as perfectly as that woman has done, but it was a joy and thrill to see her in something new & Billy Magnussen was superb.
Amazing cast, and cannot wait to see (hopefully) all of them return in season 3.
Compelling, entertaining, and dark. Don’t miss it! 8/10



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Bridgerton (Netflix review)

Creator; Chris Van Dusen
Romance/Drama
1h
Season 1 streaming on Netflix

Stumbled on this delightful surprise that made my entire December, truly unaware on how much I would enjoy it – realizing it’s the shows you least expect to love that’ll have you hooked, grabbed, and obsessed. A beautiful, fun, and healthy addiction worthy of every minute of your time. It’s like Jane Austen, Jane Eyre, and Gossip Girl had a baby, and that bundle of joy is Bridgerton.

Played out in the Regency era- England, the show revolves around the Bridgerton family – a story on status, lust, and drama with some sex and gossip sprinkled on top. If you are like myself who loves shows on betrayal and passion played out in the 1800, then this show is for you.
It has a bit of everything and a little more, the lust throughout the show was exceptional laid out through the episodes, and once you’re introduced to the chemistry between Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) and the Duke (Regé-Jean Page), you’ll be yearning and longing for them to get together.
There is a fire burning inside of you every time those two are on screen together, it’s the closest to magic that I’ve ever witnessed on tv. The costumes are bright and colorful, the scenery is dreamlike, and so is the decor.

I won’t gush too much over it, there are some flaws. It’s not that authentic to history, the music alone will be the first thing that’ll have you react and look like a question mark, though classical sounds, they’ve taken modern music such as Maroon 5, Ariana Grande, and few others.
At first I was like, ”Maroon wasn’t even born back then?!” but then I enjoyed the different version of today’s music. Many will complain that it’s not historical correct and I respect that, but at the end of the day it’s just a fictional show for pure entertainment. Many hated the lack of accuracy such as there were no African American as Dukes back then, I didn’t care, I just loved seeing a gorgeous black man play a main role in a cute tv-show. So stop complaining, and just watch it for fun!

It’s sweet, steamy, and binge-worthy with a great cast. 7/10




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The Flight Attendant (HBO review)

Creator; Steve Yockey
Drama/Mystery
45 minutes
First season streaming on HBO

The pilot was slightly entertaining enough to keep me somewhat hooked – wanting to see and know more of it. Though it falls under the category of comedy as well as drama and mystery, I haven’t laughed at all so far, the jokes are kind of tamed and dull, I was mostly stunned by the main character who drank way too much.
Seems like the writers are too lazy or out of ideas on what special trade to add to the characters she plays, because in The big bang theory we see Penny practically holding a glass of wine on every episode, and here her vice of choice was the bottle of vodka, causing a lot of trouble yet she didn’t seem eager enough to put the drinking aside.

Some scenes becomes annoying, frustrating, and irritating because of the sorry to say imbecil flight attendant who gets wasted constantly and sleeps with the passangers. There’s no wow factor to the show, it’s purely stupidity that sadly will turn this show into a collosal fail.

Cassie Bowden (Kaley Cuoco) a flight attendant who wakes up in a hotell in Bangkok after a long night of partying, only to find a dead man sleeping right beside her, without any memory of what happened she’s now on a hunt to find answers.

Would I recommend it? Probably not. Will I continue watching it to see the outcome of the show? Yes. 4/10




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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 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



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



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



Down to earth with Zac Efron (Netflix review)

Documentary
Travel/Superfood/Health/Enviroment
8 Episodes
Sreaming on Netflix

Intelectual, informative, beautiful, and more – just a few words to describe the latest Netflix Original mini-series with Zac Efron and superfood guru Darin Olien. A documentary on sustainability, health, and food. A visually stunning journey as they travel to gorgeous cities and countries to find better ways to live the best life for ourselves and the planet.

As inspirational as it gets, it’s a documentary that is delivering both knowledge and entertainment at the same time due to its warm, light, and heartfelt vibes. Definitely, something one should take the time to enjoy and watch, not only to learn but also getting to see the world up close since we can’t travel much right now due to the circumstances.
But it was fantastic to see different places and see what truly happens behind closed doors, how energy works in other countries, water, food, and living. I love seeing creativity and culture all around the globe – especially about sustainability of our planet.

Besides the show itself, I have a newfound respect for Zac Efron.
Many of us may know him as the famous actor and singer, but here we get to see a glimpse of the person behind all of that, and it is beautiful inside, humble, helpful, and truly Down to earth.

It was a joy getting to once again experience Iceland, Puerto Rico, London, and France, places I have visited and loved. Puerto Rico and Iceland became a favorite and I cannot wait to go back once it’s safe to travel again – it warmed knowing they went to Puerto Rico after the tragedy that the country has endured, needing tourists to rebuild the economy.

In all, it’s a beautiful and lighthearted show to enjoy and learn from. 8/10