Crazy Rich Asians (Review)

Director; Jon M. Chu
Comedy/Romance
2h
Out; September 21st

Though categorized under ”comedy”, I must say that personally, I’d mark it with a huge stamp that says ”drama” instead because I did not laugh nor cracked a smile once during the 120 minutes. To call this film a romance would be too much of a stretch as well since it was mostly a story that involved one dilemma, and nothing else.

Nick Young comes from a wealthy Asian family and meets a Chinese/American girl in New York and decides to take her to Singapore to a wedding and introduce her to his family, though thinking it’ll be a smooth and harmless act, his family and friends tries their utter best to show that she doesn’t fit in.

Tale old as time, nothing more, nothing less. It wasn’t fresh, it was something that we’ve heard and seen over a million times before.
The mother who believes that no woman is good enough for her son, especially one that doesn’t come from wealth yet the mother was in the exact same position years ago, her husbands’ mother not approving of her. That annoys me, you’d think that out of EVERYONE she’d be the most understanding then but no.

It speeds up rather fast, it doesn’t go slow yet it falls flat and dull when there’s no building up to the actual plot, alongside flashy cars, fancy dresses, and huge mansions the movie lacks depth and soul. It’s just a script about a group of people flashing their millions thinking that money makes them better than anyone else. 3/10



Young and hungry (Review)

Creator; David Holden
Comedy/Romance
22 minutes
On season 5

The writer behind The War At Home starting Michael Rapaport from 2005 deliveries a fresh, cute, and highly entertaining rom-com between a beautiful chef and a handsome tech guy, living in the charming city of San Fransisco.

I discovered this fun show when in New York, at night once I returned to my hotel room I was driving myself insane not knowing what I was in the mood for, and as most of you may know, in the USA they got a whole different and larger range of tv-shows and movies on Netflix (strongly considering of sending a mail to Netflix in Sweden, making sure they start adding the same titles here as well),
Throughout my endless searching, I found Young and Hungry, and thought why not? I then realized I wanted something light, not anything that I had to put all my focus and energy on, just something to keep in the background until I fell asleep, but that failed once I became addicted to it and had to binge watch all of the episodes.

Young and Hungry revolves around Gabi, a hungry for fun gal with spunk, and her roommate Sophia.
One day Gabby gets the gig of becoming Josh’s personal chef, a handsome, young, rich, and famous tech guy and it becomes a ride of laughter, drama, and delicious dishes. A show for everyone to enjoy during dull and cloudy days. 7/10



Love, Simon (Bluray review)

Director; Greg Berlanti
Comedy/Romance/Drama
1h 50 minutes
Out on Bluray/DVD on November 12th
Copy provided by Twentieth Century Fox Sweden

A movie that will not only move into your entire system and spread itself through every vein of yours like a sweet cocktail at Happy Hour, but also intoxicate you with its beautiful love story, overloaded cuteness, and meaningful message – having you completely and utterly floating on cloud nine by the ending with a smile from ear to ear.

Love, Simon is an important movie that should be seen by every soul out there, a story that will grab ahold of your heart and soul.
It is a script that is everything from intelligent, sincere, and lovely with a lot of depth. It never falls flat, doesn’t fail to make you smile, and is an all-around great film for everyone to enjoy.

Nick Robinson portrays Simon excellently in every aspect, besides a lovable face that the camera adores and delivering a fantastic act, there’s an essence all around him that simply makes it easy on the eye to watch him from beginning to end.
Here, we get to follow Simon, an ordinary teen in his all-around normal day like going to school and hanging with friends but carrying a huge secret within him.
Throughout, we get to be a part of him and his ride of revealing his true self to his family and the rest of his world that includes classmates and best friends.

Sweet, cute, and a splash romance. A film I strongly recommend for every generation to take the time and not only watch but to understand. To see that love exists in all different ways. To learn from his friends and family. To accept, to respect, and to be yourself. 8/10

Bluray extras;
Deleted scenes
The adaption
The squad
Audio commentary
+ more



Ocean’s 8 (Bluray review)

Director; Gary Ross
Action/Comedy/Crime
1h 50 minutes
Out on Bluray
Copy provided by Twentieth Century Fox Sweden

Stars in a clear blue sky, that is the definition of Ocean’s 8. Great actresses that don’t shine due to the lack of substance and depth, a lifeless script that delivers absolutely nothing besides a cool-attitude Rihanna, a preppy Sarah Paulson, and a greedy Sandra Bullock.

If you are familiar with the Ocean’s franchise, you’ll have a clue of what this film is all about. Masterminds doing crimes with style and some humorist lines to lighten up the atmosphere and give you that action thrill yet chill vibe all wrapped together with a bow and an ensemble of big actors and actresses, all gathered in one place.

Debbie Ocean is planning the biggest heist so far, and in order to pull it off during the most significant party of the year, the Met Gala – she needs a team of experts, and that is where every recognizable face from the entertainment industry waltzes in.
You got Rihanna, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham-Carter, and so many more. A ride of expensive jewelry, fancy dresses, and spy-mentality. 5.5/10

Bluray extras;
A heist in heels
Ocean’s team 3.0
Reimagining the Met Gala
Deleted scenes



I feel pretty (Blu-ray review)

Director; Abby Kohn & Marc Silverstein
Comedy
1h 50 minutes
Out on Bluray
Copy provided by UIP

I Feel Pretty is a romantic comedy that goes flat every now and then, a somewhat remake of the 2001 film with Jack Black and Gwyneth Paltrow, Shallow Hal. A story about seeing someone with a whole new perspective, in this case, yourself. Renee played by comedian Amy Schumer, an ordinary girl with a semi-confidence personality has a minor accident and starts seeing herself differently, the gorgeous woman she always dreamt of looking like with a brand new attitude.

I feel pretty is an OK feel-good movie with a touch of everything from humor, romance, friendship and learning to love yourself as you are. Though a rather dull script and not anywhere near being anything one hasn’t seen or heard before, it’s not a complete waste of your time, the movie isn’t great but you’ll get a few laughs and a smile throughout and the acting itself ain’t all that shabby. 4/10

Bluray extras;
Being Pretty – Featurette
Deleted scenes
Gag reels



Comic Con 2018 – Review by guest blogger.

Entry by; Jiyan Bagcivanci
Pictures by; Ayass Fatouhiy

The doors opened at 15 on Friday and we were welcomed to the biggest event for comics. There wasn’t as much people as I’d thought it would be, but I did although get informed that Saturday would be packed.
We were greeted by the latest Android from Starwars and an entire lego Star wars army. Beside them, R2D2 and his companions greeted the visitors with it’s signature sounds. When we stepped in I was a bit disappointed to the small size of such an event, yet there was enough stands and shops to go around.
From Fox to Playstation to Swedish Military, all of them were jammed in one place. Why the military was there? I dont know, maybe catch some Call of Duty players and recruit them? Either way, it seemed as if this years ComicCon was mainly focused on games, games, and more games.
All the major players were there; Playstation showing their VR, Nitendo demonstrating the latest Mario-games, Tomb Raider, Metro Exodus, Starlink and many many more were showcasing the newest games soon availible to the public.
In between you could catch cosplayers walking around. This year, Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad seemed seemed to be the character of choice and a couple of manga school girls. The day went by fast and soon enough Saturday came around.
It was packed. People from all corners of Sweden and it’s neighbouring countries flocked the mess hall. Today Mads Mikkelsen, known for Hannibal and Doctor Strange had an Q&A and people were bombarding him with personal and professional questions. After that we took a stroll around the hall and played the games and checked the shops. Mystery boxes seemed to be the talk of the day and everyone walked around with a orange box or a specifically themed box, from Dr.Who to Minecraft. All in all, this years ComicCon was exciting and fun but they should’ve had more focus on Comics like Marvel or DC and not so much on games.

– Jiyan Bagcivanci





Pacific Rim: Uprising (Bluray Review)

Director; Steven S. DeKnight
Sci-fi/Action
1h 51 minutes
Out on Bluray.
Copy by UIP/SONY Home.

Pacific Rim: Uprising is a blend of Transformers meets Alien with a splash of Enders Game from 2013.
A cocktail of cities getting destroyed, futuristic technology, giant robots, and kids. A new generation being recruited to become Jaeger pilots.

Jake Pentecost, son of Stacker Pentecost played by John Boyega, mostly known for his role as Finn in the latest Star Wars installment, reunites with Mako and join forces with his former rival Lambert, played by Scott Eastwood to dive into battle and save the world from a new Kaiju threat.

There was no depth nor soul, it felt flat throughout until it reaches the ending, and not even then does it deliver with an epic closing, besides the predictable and obvious end that was bound to happen and easy to figure out due to previous similar films.

It tried desperately to come off as lighthearted at times, and to make the audience laugh or at least smile but failed miserably.
It felt forced. Let’s take the first Transformers as an example, the humor came naturally to Sam Witwicky and Agent Simmons played by Shia Labeouf and John Turturro, even the second and third film delivered some really good laughing moments that you felt in your core, making the entire theater crack up and shed a tear of joy. Here, I practically cringed.

The vision wasn’t spectacular, the shades ended up being dull, grey, and slightly average. The cinematic experience felt almost jacked from a Michael Bay action flick, and the music was pretty much none-excisting.
Not my cup of tea and I highly doubt it’ll become a huge blockbuster, however, did you enjoy the first one, then I am certain you’ll have a good time during the sequel. 4,5/10

Bluray extras;
Deleted scenes with commentary.
Hall of heroes.
Bridge to uprising.
Becoming cadets.
Unexpected villain.
Next level jaegers
+ more.


In darkness (Bluray review)

Director; Anthony Byrne
Thriller/Mystery
1h 40 minutes
Out on Bluray.
Copy by UIP/SONY Home.

Natalie Dormer, the face you might recognize from not only The Forest but also the great TV hit show Games of Thrones is back in a questionable thriller with a twist that will leave you looking like a question mark throughout the film wondering what you’ve might’ve gotten yourself into when deciding to watch it.
In darkness follows the actress, this time portraying the role of a blind pianist, Sofia. When her hearing senses capture the murder of someone above her apartment, she enters a mysterious ride of London’s grim and criminalistic underworld.

Besides being a very confused script, In Darkness is also a film that will completely have you question your own intelligence, leaving you in wonder, uncertain if you’ve missed something or perhaps the director just wanted it to be impossible to make any sense of. It had the potential of becoming something great, a nail-biting thriller that would have the audience in awe, sadly, it became nothing but ashes after 30 minutes in and you’re left with unreasonable twists and no phoenix rising to the top with an impeccable finish as one would’ve hoped. 3.5/10

Bluray extra;
Interview with director and cast.