Happy Death Day (press-screening review)

Director; Christopher Landon
Thriller/Horror
1h 36 minutes
Swedish premiere; October 20th

Surprisingly good, director Christopher Landon, a writer and producer, known for several movies but he’s the brain behind one of my favorites, Disturbia. A fantastic thriller with the young talent, Shia Labeouf. Anyways, back to Happy Death Day.

Happy Death Day was better than I expected. The movie doesn’t take itself too seriously, and that is what made it entertaining. Plus not having any sort of expectations might’ve helped as well.
It kicks off rather quickly and never becomes dull and has zero unnecessary scenes, that is what I mostly enjoyed.
You don’t feel like dozing off somewhere along the way because the script becomes boring or movie too long, the length of an hour and a half was just enough for this genre.

College student Tree (Jessica Rothe), ends up on a never-ending nightmare of a loop on her birthday, getting killed only to wake up the next day and for it to happen all over again. She must now face the same day she’s stuck on until she figures out the identity of her killer.

It even becomes funny, you’ll share a laugh or two throughout the film, it will even charm you. The chemistry between Tree and Carter is adorable though it started off rocky, they being together grows on you, and you end up cheering for these two.
The script will have you constantly thinking you have figured out who the killer is but it will manage to surprise you, that is the brilliance of it and what makes it worth watching. 6/10

Chris Brown: Welcome to my life (Review)

Director; Andrew Sandler
1h 20 minutes
Documentary/Music
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


The Snowman (press-screening review)

Director; Tomas Alfredson
Crime/Drama
1h 59 minutes
Swedish premiere; October 13th.

A snoozing fest, that is what this film was from beginning to end. It was dull with zero building up toward a grand finale and me yawning until the credits started rolling. I’ve never checked my phone so many times as I did during this movie, literally counting down the seconds so I could leave.

Detective Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender), dives into an investigation alongside Katrine Bratt (Rebecca Ferguson) who’s trying to solve a mystery case involving a killer that only targets women and leaves the crime scene by building a snowman. Little does Harry know that the killer was inside his circle all along.

Since I haven’t read the book this film is based on I can’t do any comparing, however, judging the movie alone I must say that it was a disaster, not something I’d watch twice or even recommend.
There were too many dragged out scenes, almost two hours for a movie of this genre is too long, or maybe it was me who wasn’t in the greatest mood when watching it, I don’t know, but do yourself a favor and save your money and wait until you can stream it online.
3.7/10
The rating is just for the actors whose performance was great but sadly overshadowed by the boring script and mediocre vision.


Mother! (Press-screening review)

Director; Darren Aronofsky
2h 1 minute
Drama/Mystery/Horror
Swedish premiere; September 29th

Must’ve been the most frustrating movie of all times, I’ve never felt such intense raw rage crawling through my system, bursting every nerve of mine with pure anger during a movie. It’s a love it or hate it kind of script, and I still haven’t figured out what I’m feeling toward it.

Besides being frustrating, I felt as it tried too hard to come off as art, a masterpiece and failed miserably with its lack of heart, soul, and depth. It tried so hard to be intellectual, deep, and to leave you in awe but it became a complete mess instead – you leaving the theater with a migraine and all tense due to all the times you sat there praying you’d get sucked into the screen just so you could strangle to death every character and save her, (Jennifer Lawrence).

A married couple played by Lawrence and Bardem has their tranquil life turned upside down when some uninvited guest shows up at their doorstep one night…

It is quite biblical once you over-analyze every scene, line, moment, and character. It may take a while but once you realize it, everything falls into place. He becomes God; the creator, open his home to everyone, believes in forgiveness, and is imortal.
She becomes Mother Earth; the peaceful, sensual, and beautiful one.
The crystal becomes the forbidden apple, and the second couple that appears becomes Adam and Eve. Once you see that, it’s actually a quite interesting take on it, you suddenly change your first opinion about it, you see it in a whole new light, not hating it as much as you did right after the movie ended. You have to let it sink in. Though, I’d sure would not check it out twice, once was more than enough.

If you want to get frustrated and imagine 404 different ways you can kill someone or several ones, then sure, check it out, if you want to leave the theater with actual peace inside of you then I would recommend you watch something else, something perhaps more vanilla. 5/10

Girls Trip (press-screening review)

Director; Malcolm D. Lee
2h 2minutes
Comedy
Swedish premiere; September 29th

One of the most lively, joyful, and heart-warming comedies I’ve seen in a long time, with one woman empowering message that will bring all the ladies all over the globe together, bonding over strength, self-love, and self-worth – recognizing their own value, beauty, and depth.

I went into the screening without any expectations, believing it would simply be another chick-flick and nothing more, nothing less.
Turned out to be exactly what we woman needed, it’s been ages since we got a brilliant feel-good film that will not only bring endless of laughter but also leave the theater with that wonderful warm-fuzzy feeling that we often strive after when watching a movie of this genre.

Four longtime friends from college who’s lost contact due to obligations such as work, family, etc, go on a trip to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival and once again bonds together over parties, drinks, and love.

It’s a laugh-out-loud movie, an amazing script that will make you smile from beginning to end, a beautiful balance of comedy and powerful message to all women out there. An amazing cast of gorgeous and talented actresses that I hope to see in a sequel. Strongly recommended.
7.5/10


Get Out (Bluray review)

Director; Jordan Peele
Mystery/Thriller
1h 44 minutes
From April 2017

Get Out left me gasping for air, the level of suspense and mystery was a perfectly blended cocktail of paranoia and dark thrill that will crawl underneath your skin and stay right there, taunting you with its dark and provocative script and premise long after the movies powerful ending.

Chris, played by the immensely talented actor Daniel Kaluuya is meeting his Caucasian girlfriend’s family for the first time, but once upon his arrival, he starts having a strange knot created inside of him, alarming him about the mystery that goes on behind closed doors.
As he only sees black people on the estate as the family’s servants, he starts wondering what in the world he has stepped into…

It’s a fantastic cinematic experience with some Purge meets 12 years of slave vibes, I’m not in any way comparing them due to them being completely different genres and stories, but the same feeling I got when watching The Purge was making itself present during Get Out.

It’s dark, it’s scary, it’s smart! With its brilliant acting and directing, it’s a movie that will stay with you for a long time.
Loving that Peele delivered some rationally thinking characters with a great sense of mind. Sometimes that along in thrillers have bothered me, the way certain roles were played out, thinking that I’ve met bread with a higher IQ. Here, Chris (Kaluuya) acted out and did what you would want someone in his situation to do. 7/10

Bluray extras;
Alternate ending & deleted scenes with commentary by writer/director Jordan Peele.
Unveiling the horror of Get out.
Q&A discussion with Jordan Peele and the cast.
Feature Commentary.



Kingsman: The Golden Circle (Press-screening review)

Director; Matthew Vaughn
Action/Adventure
2h 20 minutes
Swedish premiere; September 22th

A messy spy-movie that tries to live up to the class and eloquence of the iconic Bond films. Why people have put these two in the same sentence is beyond me, because Kingsman lacked a solid plot, script, and thought they could compensate it by having A-list actors and actresses star in it.

In the sequel to the movie that came out in 2014, we hop on once again on a speed full ride alongside Eggsy (Taron Egerton) as he tries to the save the world, though this time he teams up with another agent played by Channing Tatum.
When Kingsman headquarters are being destroyed by the evil and insane villain that is Poppy (Julianne Moore), elite agents from Kingsman must now strap up for a mission to defeat her and her plans.

First of all, though the vision was rather beautiful, great effects, it became too much. Certain action sequences were dragged out, ending up in the entire movie being two hours and twenty minutes long, you get impatient toward the end, not sitting comfortably on your seat and you end up twisting and turning, praying for the movie to come to an end.

I found the plot to be lame, almost idiotic as it tries so hard to come off as ”badass” but ends up being ridiculous. Don’t get me wrong, if you legit have nothing else to watch and enjoyed the first one, then sure, you might find this one entertaining but it’s not something I would personally recommend.
It’s mostly for kids, who will go home after seeing it and pretend they’re agents themselves as they run around their homes, jumping around, and imagining the floor is lava as they attempt to avoid it and save the world from whatever disaster they’ve made up. 4.9/10


It (press screening review)

Director; Andy Muschietti
Horror/Drama
2h 15 minutes
Swedish premiere; September 13th

Andy Muschietti has truly outdone himself in this remarkable remake, the horror classic from the 90’s based on one of Stephen King’s novels, It. A film for this, and future generations to enjoy and be a part of.

The movie is an extraordinary tribute to not only the original, but also to the writer behind the story as well. The eye for every detail in every moment does not go unnoticed, from the vision, sound, to script – from beginning to end, it’s simply flawless.
You’ll have the creeps crawling through every nerve of yours just by seeing the credits, the melodic yet unpleasant soundtrack of children softly singing, the gray and rainy day, to the performance of every single actor involved.

I wouldn’t call it a hardcore-hands-down horror film, but the thrill and suspense is there, and it wasn’t so much ”jump-in-your-face” type of scenes, but tension, shadows, and sound building up and the atmosphere that delivered that great scary touch to it, along side with the amazing work from the makeup and costume department when it came to Pennywise (the clown), and the other ”monster” like characters.

The actors, who were mostly children, were brilliant, truly phenomenal in every aspect of their act.
One that is already such a talent, is Finn Wolfhard. You might recognize him from the amazing hit tv-show Stranger Things that is streaming on Netflix. Oh Lord, what a joy it is to observe and listen to him, I don’t care how young he is, I literally want to be friends with him, he’s definitely the coolest kid on the block!

Another one that blew me away, (well they all did), but especially, was Jack Dylan Grazer. I don’t know if it was his role, the outfit, but he literally reminded me of Steve Carell in a mini version. He was fantastic. They were all amazing, probably more talented than most grown up actors to be honest.
Superb job from the entire cast and crew. It was a perfect cocktail of drama, horror elements with a dash of comedy thanks to the epic comebacks the kids had for each other. 9/10 And applause to our Swedish actor for giving such classic character justice with his supreme act.


Fast 8 (Bluray review)

Director; F. Gary Gray
Action/Crime
2h 16 minutes

The action-packed franchise never fails to bring some highly entertaining visions filled with stunning views over gorgeous countries and cities, beautiful cars, great effects and on top of the cherry add some humor and a fantastic ensemble.
Though amazing, you could still feel one missing piece of the puzzle, one soul that was taken away far too soon, Paul Walker.
You definitely miss the bond and connection that Dom and Brian had, the one that radiated through each scene they had together in all the previous films. And even though he wasn’t there, he was in spirit.
They still managed to beautifully remember him by naming a special little new member after him.

One thing I truly adore about these films is the powerful loyalty that is practically a character itself, a massive depth between all of them, there is so much heart and emotions that you usually don’t expect nor see in movies in this genre.
It brings something extra to not only the plot but to the entire movie in general. If you’re not a fan of high-speed-action-packed movies, you can still enjoy the other amazing qualities and message it delivers. Such as love, family, and to fully enjoy life. The music alone is also such importance, it makes the movie ten times better. They keep bringing these epic tracks that I continue to listen to even after the movie.

Though great films, and you can see how it keeps becoming better and better, you do get kind of fed up, especially now by the 8th installment.
Because in the end, it’s some weak story and the cast gets a super bad-ass car and you see them in a high-speed racing through some city with some cool music in the background to make it seem and have you believe it’s the dopest sh*t ever.
However, this time, they put the Fast and Furious family into some serious test of loyalty and trust, a game of betrayal that will shake the solid ground they’ve built through each film.

Though they spiced it up this time, surely to keep the audience interested after so many years, it’s still predictable. I won’t get into specifics (due to not spoiling it completely) but I would’ve loved some insane massive turn of events, something so far off that no one saw it coming.
Though again, it wouldn’t be the strong loving effect that it has now if something truly ugly happened. Because it’s the very ending that sums up everything and gives that warm fuzzy feeling and smile on your face. Because who doesn’t love a happy ending?
No matter what, I still enjoyed it, I still loved it, and I’m still hyped to see the next one.

6.5/10 If you’ve seen the previous ones, obviously you must continue and strap up and enjoy the ride of epic explosions, dope cars, and awesome fight scenes!

Kudos to the entire cast and crew! Plus, to see Dwayne, Vin, and Statham in one movie doesn’t get any better! L.O.V.E.
– Now, hurry up and bring me Fast 9! The future of the furious? :D and end it with Fast 10; The ending of the Furious! You’re welcome.

Bluray extras;
The Cuban Spirit.
In the family.
Car culture.
All about the stunts.
Extended fight scenes.
Feature commentary with Director F. Gary Gray