Rules of Engagement (Review)

Creator; Tom Hertz
Comedy
22 minutes
7 Seasons
From 2007

Hands down my absolute favorite sitcom! I have watched this several times over and over, every episode of every season, and I crack up every single time – just like the tv-show FRIENDS, it never fails to bring a smile on my face.
A series that is pure entertainment from beginning to end with a fantastic cast that will enter your heart and camp there for seven amazing seasons – and then, missing them like crazy once it comes to an end.

Patrick Warburton is hilarious, ”Jeff Bingham” must be one of the greatest characters ever created in a sitcom.
A wonderful role with brilliant lines that is a cocktail of sarcasm, dark humor, and ”dad jokes” with a monotone voice, never knowing when he’s being serious, excited, or even feeling low – a man I believe many in a marriage can relate to.
My second favorite is Adam played by none other than Kate Hudson’s brother, Oliver Hudson. A handsome yet charmingly dumb young guy that cracks me up with his innocence.

The show revolves around seven friends, all in different stages in life.
You got the older couple who has been married for years, the ”mentors”, the younger couple who just got engaged, the single (David Spade) rich one who never commits and his assistant, also a young single guy – all hanging out together navigating life in a fun way, bringing different issues and topics as they go along.

With smart one-liners, relatable moments no matter in what stage in life you are whether you are single, in a relationship, or married. The show shines throughout, a solid comedy worth your time! 8/10

Instead of pictures, I found a clip with some of Jeff best moments.
The first season with the cake had me laughing so hard, the ”No señor” made my life!

The war at home (Review)

Creator; Rob Lotterstein
Comedy/Romance
30 minutes
From 2005

So I decided to revisit some old sitcoms due to not being able to find anything new lately that seemed to capture my interest. So, I went back a few years, to 2005 to be exact and watched The War At Home, a show created and produced by Rob Lotterstein, also known as the producer behind Younger and writer on few episodes of Will And Grace.
The war at home was a household favorite, and I was saddened that they only got to season two before canceling it – a show with sarcasm and comedy, just right up my alley.

Dave Gold (Michael Rapaport) and Vicky Gold (Anita Barone) struggle with raising their three teenagers. A show that brings up different topics through each episode and how to face them as a family.

A fun sitcom worth your time, plus it’s not that long due to only being two seasons, something you can binge in less than a week. Take it with a pinch of salt, there’s a lot of offensive lines, dark humor, and tons of sarcasm – an entertaining show that you’ll either love or hate. 6/10



Dynasty (Review)

Creators; Sallie Patrick, Stephanie Savage, Josh Schwartz
Drama/Comedy
42 minutes
Season 3 is streaming now

If you enjoy drama, romance, crime, and incredible plot twists with a sprinkle of comedy, then Dynasty is for you. It is a superb tv-show that is almost impossible not to like, it has everything and a bit more plus an amazing cast that will enter your heart and you will love every minute and every scene, truly hooked on this, dare I say it? – Masterpiece…

First of all, lets credit the amazing costume designer on this show because the fashion here is stunning.
So is the interior design and architecture of the homes and the buildings are dream-like. The writing is close to perfection, so are the insane plots twists that keep dropping after almost every episode, you’re just sitting there shook on what just happened and how they managed to drop another bomb just like that, the suspense is wonderful, an astonishing show in other words.

The story follows two of the wealthiest families in America and all the good and bad that comes with it. You get to hope on this amazing roller coaster of fancy champagne, murders, and control.
+ Elizabeth Gillies is cut to perfection for this role, and truly shines throughout every season, the woman has become my muse, I aspire to be like Fallon Carrington!
Strongly recommended and cannot wait for season 4. 10/10




Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness (Review)

Director; Rebecca Chaiklin & Eric Goode
Mini serie / 5h 17 minutes complete
Streaming on Netflix

I hardly doubt one has missed the mega hype that is Tiger King, if you have not stumbled upon it on social media, you my friend, have lived under a rock.
The hit miniseries documentary that is streaming on Netflix has taken the globe by storm, and not only by us mundane souls but tons of familiar faces like Kim K, Orlando Bloom, and many others have posted about it on their Instagram.

I decided to watch it, well binge is the more accurate word for it since I pretty much devoured the seven episodes in one day, it is addictive, but not for reasons you might believe such as great story, phenomenal visual, etc.
But because the show steams pure hate, greed, abuse, and that kind of drama sells.

The documentary revolves around Joe Exotic aka Tiger King and his cats, here, we get to not only follow him but also two other cat lovers and their ”rescues” and King’s order to murder Carol Baskin, his biggest enemy.

It is quite entertaining, but nothing extraordinary, it’s gotten to much praise when really it just a bunch of dumb people doing dumb stuff, you might lose one brain cell or two, but it’s worth a watch. 5/10



Locke & Key (Netflix review)

Creators; Meredith Averill, Carlton Cuse & Aron Eli Coleite
Fantasy/Drama
48 minutes
Season 1 streaming on Netflix

So I finally gave in to the social media hype that is Locke & Key.
After reading a few reviews online before actually sitting down to watch it, I got mixed and confounded feeling toward it, knowing that the only way to figure out if it was good or bad, was to watch it myself.

I now get the cocktail shake of reviews.
Some said it was brilliant, and som complained about the execution of the script, the lack of energy on the writers, and so on.
Sure the writing needed some polishing, and I do agree that some moments were frustrating, creating this massive madness and urge to rewrite it and some characters were simply annoyingly dumb.
However, that tends to be enough for me to absolutely dislike a show or movie, here I still managed to enjoy it.
I still found myself (even my fiance) hooked and grabbed by the storyline, though slightly lazy and dull at times, it never becomes unwatchable, and some people need to have a little more patience since it is based on a novel.
Adaptions hardly – if ever lives up to the actual book due to so many factors that one has to keep in mind before being such a hard judge.
That aside, it was a great, entertaining, and highly cozy tv show to watch.

Locke and Key lapses in logic, there is no common sense most of the time, they made certain characters ridiculously incapable of using their own brain, making one dumb decision after the other.
But what does holds the show throughout the episodes is the graphic and visual, stunning. In all its bad there is a slight essence of intrigue and thrill, and darkness that makes the viewer interested, I would replace the writers and add more depth to not only the storyline but also to the cast, but it has great potential.

The Locke family moves to the fathers’ childhood home after his death in an attempt to get closer to him and his past.
Little do they know that the house not only holds secrets and dark memories, but also magical keys that only if you are special enough – you’ll find but that could also be connected to the mysterious sudden murder of their father.

I doubt my review made it easier, you are just going to have to watch it for yourself and decide, I liked it, and I am somewhat excited to see what they’ll bring to the second season. 5.5/10



Raising Dion (Review)

Creators; Carol Barbee & Dennis Liu
Sci-Fi/Drama
50 minutes
Season 1 streaming on Netflix

I haven’t complained this much during a tv-show in ages.
First of all, let me start with that it ain’t all that bad, as much as I practically demolished it negatively episode by episode, I was still hooked on it – unable to stop myself from watching.
It is a kid-friendly-easy to watch and somewhat enjoyable show yet with the downsides of terrible acting and most of all, the creation of a certain character.

Dion, the kid who the show practically revolves around annoyed the living hell out of me – I’ve never experienced such dislike toward a child’s acting as I did when watching this show, he is obnoxious, annoying, irritating, and simply disturbing on a whole other level – his work of portraying this role is terrible and gut-wrenchingly bad.
I enjoyed the script, it had potential, it is the right story just with the wrong actors that sorts of ruin the good in the story and visual.
And the fact that kid NEVER listens to the mother just made me flip several times throughout, she never gets mad or puts him in place, always too emotional and pretty much lets him get away with everything.

The second character that annoyed me was Pat, Dions godfather. Toward the end, he becomes obsessed with Nicole (Dion’s mother) but in an annoying and ugly way – not the hot obsession like Ben Foster in Hostage, Mark Whalberg in Fear, or Michael Ealy in The Perfect Guy. Those roles had a slight essence of sexy in their possession behavior, here you just wanted to whoop his ass.

In conclusion, you love to hate on it! You want to continue watching it because in all its bad, it grabs you and doesn’t let you go and before you know it, you’ve binged the entire first season without realizing it. 4/10



The Handmaid’s Tale (Review)

Creator; Bruce Miller
Drama/Thriller
1h

Haunting, thrilling, exceptional, and brilliant – these are just a few words to describe the phenomenal show, The Handmaid’s Tale. A story that will crawl underneath your skin, move into your system and flow through every vein, leaving you gasping for air.
Based on Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel of a religious takeover of the USA that subjugates women, using them primarily for their fertility – to bear a child for couples who are unable to do so, by forced intercourse with the husband while the wife is present.

Though many moments goes at a very tortuously slow pace, probably to drag it out through several seasons, it’s still beautifully produced. However, it does come a point where you wonder when it’ll all end, will it get solved? Will these women be free?
The first and second season is close to being a masterpiece, though the third one is more of a snooze fest yet you cannot stop yourself from watching, knowing something epic will soon burst through the screen, leaving you mouth-dropping-eyes-wide.

The acting is close to perfection, every single character brings such powerful performance that you’re left in awe, such depth radiating through from the story, visual, and act. 9/10



The Act (Review)

Creators; Nick Antosca & Michelle Dean
Crime/Drama/Biography
1h
Season 1

A must see. A tv show based on a true story, a story so twisted, monstrous, and ill that you won’t be able to let it go once its finished, you are going to crave for more, every bit and piece of one of the most horrendous stories in criminal history. It almost becomes an obsession, because you cannot figure out how someone can go to such length to control someone, when loving someone so strongly, reaching unhealthy levels.

The Act is based on the nightmare story about Gypsy Blanchard and her overprotective mother, Dee Dee Blanchard. Following the story for quite some time now, by both documentaries and news articles it is said that Gypsy is guilty of second-degree murder and her boyfriend of first-degree murder because of the killing of her mother, Dee Dee. Killing someone is always wrong, you aren’t the one to decide over someone else life, but watching and following this, I can’t help but stand by Gypsy’s side, completely understanding her and what drove her to such extreme.
Dee Dee had her daughter believe that she needed a feeding-tube, had her teeth removed, that she had Leukemia, MS, an allergy toward sugar, and that she had the mentality of a 7-year-old. Controlling every aspect and angle of Gypsy’s life, watching her every move and counting every breath, she kept her sick in order that Gypsy would always need her and never leave.

The show is brilliantly made, thrilling to watch, and both Patricia Arquette and Joey King are PHENOMENAL. I strongly recommend everyone to watch it and get hooked on the heart-wrenching and soul-shattering story of Gypsy Rose Blanchard. 10/10



Nicky Jam: El Ganador (Review)

Biography/Music
45 minutes
Season 1 out on Netflix.

I haven’t been this obsessed, addicted, intrigued, and hooked on a show in a very long time. I binged the entire season in less than a week, it became a drug and just like a junkie I started to get withdrawals the second I couldn’t continue watching due to obligations like going to work, taking care of my puppies, or dumb shit like spending time with my man (Just kidding – no but seriously, I asked him to watch it with me, not my fault he wasn’t as into it as I was.)

It was highly entertaining, suspenseful yet interesting finding out how it all began, but most importantly how insanely motivating and inspiring it was, seeing from where he came to where he is today, and I couldn’t be prouder of him. Such motivational strength to struggle and fight for his goal, I’ve never seen anything like it, even though there were obstacles that kept on coming at him.

The show revolves around Nicky Jam starting off the first episode sitting down to do an interview, a raw and completely unfiltered tell on his life and everything behind the name that is NICKY JAM, then it develops into a tv-show based on his life with him being the narrator and explaining how and why every moment happened. His ups and downs, his darkness, and addictions that almost cost him his life.

The show is not only entertaining but phenomenal in all aspects of a tv-show. The cast is fantastic, from a young Nicky played by Darkiel to the actual Nicky Jam playing himself as he gets older and goes further both his personal life and career.
The beautiful visions of stunning Puerto Rico (a place I loved after visiting last year, San Juan is definitely a place I must go back to), and the great music. Altogether a brilliant show that I strongly recommend, I’ve definitely become a bigger fan and played his music much more now than I ever did before. 10/10


The Neighborhood (Review)

Creator; Jim Reynolds
30 minutes
Comedy
Season 1

The Neighborhood is a sit-com that is somewhat half-charming and semi-enjoyable but nothing else. It’s your typical comedy show with the laughters in the background and all-ages-friendly punchlines. However, you got great talent and potential and it’s all lost and wasted here. The plot is somewhat close to racist, a script about mocking white people and their stereotypes.

A friendly and social family moves into a tougher community in L.A and tries their outmost to fit in.

It’s lighthearted, stale, and lacks originality. It’s not even close to good nor entertaining.
Highly doubt it’ll last long or get renewed, could barely watch the entire episode.
You’ll get a smile in with luck but not a full on laugh out loud moment. I wouldn’t recommend this. 2/10