Chris Brown: Welcome to my life (Review)

Director; Andrew Sandler
1h 20 minutes
Streaming on Netflix.

Not too shabby, for a documentary surrounding a celebrity it wasn’t that bad to be honest.
Usually, I can’t stand them because most times they open up with the crowd chanting the artist name while you hear news about them popping up in a flash, making it look epic and legendary. Here, it actually had some soul, you get a glimpse into his most difficult times during his career and how he handled it all when it felt like his life was falling apart thanks to his mistakes and poor decisions.

He talks about his pre-fame days, past, relationships, and you hear his side of the story of what happened with Rihanna.
I actually found it moving, I don’t know if he’s a good actor and is just pulling the right strings, but I felt bad for him, and everything that happened; all the hate he got at one point, him talking about his depressions, suicidal thoughts, and him being at his lowest.
We all face difficulties, but behind closed doors, he had to face it all while having the entire globe watching his every move and constantly judging every breath of air he ever inhaled.
Being at one end of a microscope can’t be easy no matter the situation, and none of us are God or Saints to be judging him or say what he deserves and doesn’t. It ain’t in our powers, and if someone is willing to admit his wrongs, shouldn’t they be entitled to be forgiven? They deserve redemption as much as the next person.

I’ve always enjoyed his music, and nothing will ever stop me from listening to it. If I like the song, sound, and lyrics, I don’t care who sings it, I won’t ever judge someone’s work of art based on the person they are or were. It is easy to judge when you’re not the one being the target, that says nothing about them but more about you.

If you already formed some sort of image about this man, then obviously it’s nothing for you to check out, if you’re a fan then it’s a must, or like me who enjoys his music, style, and creativity then you should also spend a little bit over an hour on him. 4.7/10

Jane The Virgin (Review)

Creator; Jennie Snyder Urman
From 2014

Sorry for the lack of updates/movie reviews, been having an affair, cheating on movies with Tv-shows.
Started watching Jane The Virgin, got hooked, and so I started binge-watching the episodes that have been released. I am sorry, but reviews will be up shortly. Upcoming ones are;
Smurfs: The Lost Village
– not in that particular order per say, but they will be up as soon as possible. Also, on the 23rd am I attending the screening to American Made, so that review will pop up here as well.

As mentioned, I started watching Jane The Virgin, and honestly, I had zero expectations. I had caught some episodes here and there on tv when zapping through during a dull day, but since I never followed it from the very beginning, I didn’t become interested or felt the slight of desire to look it up, I just kept it in the background and left it at that.

Now, years later since the premiere, I decided to give it a try and I am thrilled that I have because I am smitten by the characters, script, and fantastic plot.
The writers have successfully hidden few grenades here and there that goes nuclear and explodes throughout the story, keeping you on the edge, gasping for air by the end of every episode with its great suspense and brilliant cliffhangers.

Jane The Virgin, the title alone says a lot, but there’s so much more to it. Jane, a Catholic woman who gave a promise to not only God but her grandmother that she would wait until marriage to have sexual relationships, discovers that she was accidentally artificially inseminated with the sperm from her boss that she had a crush on several years back.

The characters are lovable from the get go, there are ones you want to hate due to their actions, yet you cannot find it in you to despise them.
Also, you become completely smitten by the main star that is Jane played by the immense talent and beauty, Gina Rodriguez. Another blast is the actor who plays Jane’s father, he literally beside shining through every moment he’s on camera, has the best lines and plays the role so perfectly that I doubt any other actor would’ve pulled it off as great as he does. I’ve had to pause several times because I was laughing so hard to whatever he has said, done, or expression he’s delivered – a true joy.

A wonderful show that I strongly recommend, haven’t had this fun watching one in a long time, truly have enjoyed it and cannot wait to see where it’ll take me. 7/10

Real Rob (Review)

Director; Rob Schneider
Comedy / ”Reality”
30 minutes
Out on Netflix.

Not too shabby, I actually enjoyed it despite the negative reviews and comments I found online, maybe being a fan of his could be the main reason why I liked it, had a fun time watching it, I don’t know, but I found it to be entertaining enough to continue watching it and write about it.

It’s a semi reality show in a way, not like your typical reality show nor like your typical average tv show.
It has a thin line and balance between a comedy show like any other yet with a twist, giving you that small dash of reality at the same time due to the actors having their real names, and it revolves around the actor Rob Schneider’s real life living in Hollywood.

If you have bad humor like I tend to have and laugh at silly almost stupid lines, then this is for you. You’ll have very few laugh out loud moments, but it’ll be worth it. 5/10

The Sinner (review)

Creator; Derek Simonds
Season 1 from 2017 – Episode 1 & 2 out now.

It’s quite too soon to actually write a review after sole seeing two episodes, but I am already hooked and deeply interested in the outcome and what lies ahead of this mystery, slowly waiting for the plot to unveil itself and characters to blossom throughout the storyline.

So far, it’s been intellectual and dark with a promising future, and I feel that the show can develop brutally as it goes on, they can go deeper, twist things up some more, and deliver some good tv with infinite suspense and thrill. It’s all up to the writers how they wanna play this out really, but if they continue this pace, they’ll have a fan base looking forward to season two before they know it.

Cora Tannetti, played by the immense talent and beautiful Jessica Biel, is a young mother and wife who out of the blue has some sort of meltdown and murders a young boy in cold blood. Now, they all must figure out what is causing and triggering these violent tendencies while giving you glimpses of her past in order to try to connect the dots and figure her out.

Definitely something to check out. 6.8/10

What the Health

What The Health, is a brilliant, sharp, eye-opening, and mind-blowing documentary about the truth behind animal products and dairy.
When will people realize that by consuming it you’re guiding your body through the path toward a slow death?
Research and studies show the damages this diet is causing the human health, diseases such as diabetes and cancer cards will be dealt if people don’t start changing their lifestyles and the way they eat.
Industries, government, pharmaceutical, and health organizations do not want you to get well, they don’t make anything by you being healthy and not needing them. A clean diet doesn’t mean organic MEAT OR CHICKEN.
95% of animal meat products contain fecal contamination and filled with infections, there’s NOTHING clean about it.
I’m getting sick of fitness/Insta models recommending it as part of a healthy lifestyle. STOP encouraging people to get ill by posting bs about chicken breast or meat. Open a book, watch a documentary, or go to a lecture rather than posting selfies at the gym!
You want your protein to come from plants because plant-based protein has a much more beneficial effect on our physiology.
Kip, and to everyone involved, thank you for delivering this, it was just as phenomenal as Cowspiracy! 10/10

The Arrangement (Review)

Creator; Jonathan Abrahams
Tv-series 2017
Season 1

The Arrangement is supposedly loosely based of TomKay (Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes) story.
For those who has no clue, Tom Cruise is part of the Scientology church, and it was rumored that in 2005 Cruise approached several young Hollywood actresses with an offer of a five-year marriage contract in look out for his new girlfriend and future wife.
The chosen actress not only got a bonus if giving him a child but would also have her own career boost. Now, I don’t know how much of this is actually true, but there must be some sincerity involved considering now there’s a whole tv-show lightly based on the story, either way, it’s quite entertaining.

Waitress/TV actress Megan Morrison is invited to audition for a role in Kyle West’s upcoming movie, and after one short encounter with the handsome Hollywood actor played by Josh Henderson, sparks fly, and she’s offered a $10 million marriage contract.

It’s an entertaining cocktail of love, lies, and twists. It starts off rather gentle, easing you into the story, the characters, and the dark side of Hollywood. Then, slowly by episode 5, you’ll be sitting on the edge wondering what will happen next. You think it’s going to be one way, predictable, dull, and completely obvious but it turns out to be the complete opposite.
Some scenes had me thinking, ”oh, he’s so not going to that,” and he ended up doing it, leaving me in utter shock and questioning his character.
Then as it evolves, we start peeling off layers of Megan’s (Christine Evangelista) persona and there are some secrets buried deep underneath there as well. The season finale left me gasping for air, yearning for more with its insane cliffhanger.
I want to know exactly what happens behind the closed doors at the Higher Mind Institute, how much of it all does Kyle know? Did Megan fake it all just to get out of there? And, will Shaun help her?

By the beginning it’s soft and some moments even unrealistic and somewhat lame, but don’t judge it too quickly, and you’ll have a new addiction before you know it.
+ Great ensemble and performances, especially by Josh Henderson.
I am thrilled at seeing him explore his full potential in these types of roles.
I feel like I’ve only seen him in bits and pieces like Step Up and Desperate Housewives, or maybe I’m just behind and have missed some of his recent works.
Here, Henderson brings a certain essence to his character that I doubt any other actor would’ve played it so well, his eyes radiate some sort of sadness when he knows he’s done something wrong that you can truly feel him actually regretting his mistakes, he makes it feel so real, and you forget about him just playing a role.
There’s an unlocked pain inside of him that we get to see glimpses of; making me extremely interested to know more about his past and dig deeper into his relationship with Terence.
A really talented actor, cannot wait to see more of him and how this show develops. Kudos to the entire cast and crew. 6.3/10

13 Reasons Why (review)

Director; Brian Yorkey
Drama / 1h

For several years I refused to truly be honest about my feelings and every emotion that haunted me through the night.
I became a liar to everyone around me, but worst, I became my own biggest betrayal. I wasn’t true to my heart, spirit, nor soul. Though every part shattered, aching, and screaming, I kept those cries at bay. I still forced myself to smile and pretend that I was alright. Some days it got so easy to fool everyone and myself that I was almost scared of  what I was capable of doing.
Some days got harder, and that is when I locked myself in; not responding to any texts or calls.
I have this talent of so easily shutting people off that it pains me but at the same time I don’t see any other way of dealing with what I am feeling.
Sometimes it feels easier to keep it to myself, but a few days ago, fours years later I finally admitted to not only myself but to someone else that I was broken. I felt revealed, I realized that I wasn’t alone, that I never was, and now I am taking baby-steps to a brighter future, one where my soul is free and there’s peace within me.
It might have been too late to have a full on meltdown swirled with a panic-attack when I finally said to myself ”this is it,” but it was better late than never to call someone and say, ”hey, I feel like shit!”
Maybe if I had told someone sooner I wouldn’t have carried this pain with me for so long, but back then it felt like the right thing to do.

13 Reasons Why shows what happens when you feel everything but don’t tell anyone, and how far some people tends to go to get away from the nightmares they’re living. Words cannot describe how insanely important this serie is, how every single person should take the time to watch the story of one girl. One that happens to so many all around the globe. This is just one of many.
Every pain is different but none less important than the next. They’re all equal and must be taken to the light. We all deal with trauma, depression, and pain in different ways. I faked it for years, everything I was feeling on the inside was never shown on the outside. I continued to go to work, do my daily duties, and hang with friends, even though I spent every night of every month for four years crying myself to sleep.
I did have several moments and chances to confess but never did. I lied, said that I was great, and I had this smile on my face to sell it with my lie.

Clay played by the talented Dylan Minnette comes home to find a package with 13 tapes inside. 13 tapes that will slowly reveal the 13 reasons to why his classmate, Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford) ended her life.

It’s powerful, emotional, and a total eye-opener. Topics some of us may know but don’t often talk about. Anything that brings a person shame tends to be treated as a taboo, they don’t speak up, and it’s heart-wrenching. 13 Reasons Why is disturbing yet moving and brilliant. I bow to the entire cast and crew for delivering this and putting it out there, especially the author Jay Asher for writing this. Schools all around the world should play this, kids, teenagers, and adults should watch this! 10/10

Phenomenal ensemble. <3 Love to every single one of you for your work and dedication. ( if you live in Sweden) provides with crisis information.

Don’t make the same mistake that I did of waiting too long before reaching out, but most importantly, don’t make the decision Hannah made. Suicide should never be an option, it’s just a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Everything can be solved, it might not seem like it at the moment and that the pain might be there forever, but with a little patience and time, you’ll get there, and soon, you’ll be free to fly.

If you’re in need of talking to someone, about anything, you are more than welcome to write/DM me through Instagram @beautymartinez.

Stay strong, think positive, and remember that you are loved.

The Odd Couple (Review)

Creator/s; Danny Jacobson, Joe Keenan & Matthew Perry
21 minutes – Comedy
3 seasons

Based on the tv-show with the same name from 1970’s written by Neil Simon and created by Garry Marshall, Perry and Lennon brings one of the classics back to life in the new CBS tv show, not only a modern version for newer generations but also something warm and funny with a lot of heart for everyone to enjoy.

Oscar Madison, played by the always charmingly great Matthew Perry, a sports journalist who opens the doors to his home to his college friend Felix Unger (Thomas Lennon) after being kicked out of his place by his wife. Two completely polar opposite personalities have to now share an apartment together, though their lifestyles are as different as black and white.

These two actors go way back, remember Joey’s hand twin in one of the episodes of FRIENDS? Well, that twin was played by Thomas Lennon. They later worked together in the comedy 17 Again and that friendship and chemistry radiates through each episode and scene today.
I cannot think of a better duo to play these characters better than these two, and I’ve fallen in love with their relationship and journey through each season.
I also find myself being able to relate to both characters, mostly Felix since I spend most my time during my days off cleaning, I can’t sleep if my kitchen is a mess, my closet is 99% of the time organized unless I’m traveling and I tend to leave a slight mess when packing.
I constantly think of hygiene, my health, and I love taking pictures. But I also have Oscar days, when I’m leaning toward the lazy side, don’t feel like picking something up, being a little grumpy, and as I am writing this am I working in my underwear. So it’s a little bit of both worlds and I love it. So in one way or another, everyone can relate to them and the show, making it a whole lot more entertaining to watch because you sometimes see yourself in it.

Thomas Lennon’s acting is phenomenal, and there isn’t a single scene with him in it that is dull. Everything from his mannerism, face expression, body language to when he speaks is brilliant and a joy to watch every single time.
He’s a little bit like Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory, you don’t want to like him but end up loving him to the core instead. I’ve grown so fondly of the show that I truly pray it’ll continue to several more seasons, filling my home with laughter caused by these two together.

Matthew Perry has never failed on bringing a smile to my face, from FRIENDS to The whole nine and ten yards, Fools rush in, 17 Again, and so many others. It always feels like his real persona burst through each one of his characters that he plays in some way. He seems genuine like an amazing person, and you dying to be part of his circle.

Another actor in the show who is a blast to watch, and who I personally think should have more scenes is ”Murph”, played by Geoff Stults. His character is hilarious, and I adore his over-the-top confident yet charming-slightly dumb personality. You can’t hate him. And I enjoy seeing Wendell Pierce in a more light-hearted character than the one he plays in Suits (another favorite show)

They’ve gathered a delightful ensemble of great people, compared to the original that mostly revolved around ”Oscar” and ”Felix. Personally, I feel there’s more soul in this newer version, and they have modernized it beautifully as well.

In overall, The Odd Couple is a soul-warming show that gives you that delightful fuzzy feeling spreading through your system. It’s light, it’s funny, and it will end up entering your heart whether you want it or not. Don’t fight it, and you’ll have a great show to fill your days off with. 5,5/10 

Kudos to the entire cast and crew, and keep on delivering these amazing episodes. Plus, I’ll probably never get enough of Lennon’s adorable persona, and Perry’s almost Caribbean colored eyes!
& shout out to Dave Foley, who we should see more of.

Santa Clarita Diet (Review)

Creator; Victor Fresco
Season 1 on Netflix.

Dark, bloody, and fresh. Netflix’s new series Santa Clarita Diet is entertaining for those who wants a cocktail of Desperate Housewives with a splash of Dexter, a blend of twisted humor and death. I wouldn’t call it straight down original, yet it’s something we might haven’t seen before.

Sheila played by the always charismatic Drew Barrymore finds herself in a slight dilemma one day; craving blood and human flesh.
Without any explanation regarding her condition, she and her husband are now on the hunt to quench her sudden desires and deep hunger.

I found myself sticking through the entire first season, highly entertained by its dark humor, vision, and wonderful acting from Timothy Olyphant who plays the husband.
It has a lightness despite the blood craving and killing, it’s funny, caring, and heartfelt at the same time. 5.5/10

Black Mirror (Review)

Creator; Charlie Brooker
Sci-Fi/Thriller/Drama from 2011
Season 3 on Netflix.

There is something about following a TV-show. Having something to look forward seeing, waiting patiently for the story to develop, tell you more about each persona, and simply falling in love with the script, plot, and characters.

After reading some great comments regarding Black Mirror, I thought I’d give it a try. I wasn’t at all impressed during the first episode and season, I wasn’t as hooked as I’d thought I’d be, nor slightly interested. But I ignored the feeling about turning it off and continued watching, hoping I’d have a change of heart. And I did, because season tree was a masterpiece (personal opinion) it was by far the greatest one I had seen yet and episode two had me on the edge of my seat due to its beautiful suspense that got under my skin.

Every episode is different and unique, yet all have one thing in common; the horrors of technology.
Each episode introduces new characters and cases, and when you think it cannot get any worse, it completely does. It’s horrific and brilliantly fantastic at the same time. Between this, the movies Eagle Eye and Ratter, I have a new found respect and fear when it comes technology. You become paranoid whenever a phone is near, or when you’re sitting by your laptop and wondering if someone has hacked into your system and is watching you through the camera lens. It’s a disturbing feeling that gets inside your head, and you can’t let it go. Finding yourself constantly worrying about it afterward. And that is what I love about this show and writing, that once the episode ends, it stays with you.

Episode one – Season 3 was insane, unpleasant, and almost alarming. Knowing that in some strange ways we’re heading in that direction with social media. Imagine if we got our statuses based on likes. In a way, we’re half way there. If you have a certain amount of followers and likes on Instagram (example) you’re considered an ”Instagram Celebrity”, what if instead of liking pictures, we liked/rated the person behind the profile instead?  And if he/she had more than a certain number, she’s a ”star” in her society IRL? And for those ranked with let’s say 200 or fewer followers, that person wouldn’t be able to enter certain places, get a certain type of discount?
Today if you have a lot of followers you get offers, sponsors, etc. It’s insane if you think about it, Black Mirror is in a twisted way showing us a glimpse into our future. Praying it won’t turn out like that.

Black Mirror is as dark and scary as it can be. Beautifully made script and a wonderful cast; 7/10. Charlie Brooker, thanks to season 3, I’m in awe of your work. #Genius.