Glass (Review)

Director; M. Night Shyamalan
Thriller/Sci-fi
2h 9 minutes
From January 2019

He introduced Unbreakable, left us in awe with Split and ended with Glass. From the year 2000 has M. Night Shyamalan given us three psychological thrillers that makes you think and use your brain to the very core. It’s not your typical thriller/Sci-fi, it is a script that with its depth, intrigued and heavy dialogue, and supreme acting, will leave you gasping for air, moments after the credits, leaving you stunned with question marks because you don’t feel like you’ve had enough.

Glass is the third film in the trilogy, Unbreakable that came out in 2000, Split from 2016, and now Glass. There is a red thread, so you must obviously watch all 3 to comprehend the complexity of the story and plot. James Mcavoy plays, well, he’s split. A man diagnosed with 24 personalities, one more diffuse than the other, a multiplex persona who switches from one personality/character to another in a matter of minutes, seconds even. His story is brought up in the 2016 release, and we get to meet just a few of the names, here we get introduced to a few others while bringing back Mr. Glass and David Dunn from Unbreakable.

I loved Split, I found it intriguing, dark, fascinating, and brilliant. Glass, however, was duller to my taste. The slow pace had me snoozing off every now and then that I quickly lost interest. It’s a good movie, it just isn’t great nor as near as phenomenal as Split.
And though I thought I would get some answers, I was left with more questions instead.

David Dunn (Willis), uses his supernatural powers to track down Kevin (McAvoy), the man from Split. Once he thinks he finally has him, Dr. Ellie Staple (Paulson) takes them both and locks them in, trying to solve the case once and for all, wondering what causes these men to believe they are supernatural.

I wouldn’t say that if you enjoyed the first two you’ll automatically enjoy this one, at least that wasn’t my case, but it’s worth a watch. 6/10



Johnny English Strikes Again (Bluray Review)

Director; David Kerr
Action/Comedy
1h 29 minutes
Out on Bluray
Copy provided by Sony Home

Not too shabby, not being such a big fan of the first one I didn’t quite know what to expect of the sequel, well, to be completely honest, I didn’t have any expectations at all.
I kept stalling and dragging out the time to sit down and watch it, I just wasn’t in the mood for it, but yesterday decided to once and for all to sit down and watch it, just so I could post this reviews for you guys,sooo,you’re welcome.

It took me by surprise on how much I actually enjoyed it, I don’t recall laughing this much during the first one, hence the uncertainty to watch this one.
Atkinson is a legend, the man oozes humor and is the embodiment of pure comedy. All you have to do is to look at him and you will laugh, your face will light up, and I mean that in the sweetest and most genuine possible way ever.
Truly one of a kind, a fine actor who should always stick to this genre because he does it so effortlessly and perfect, nailing it every time.

Johnny English Strikes Again, the title itself says it all. He is back and equally raw and clumsy. After a massive cyber attack in Britain, English must come back after his retirement and track down the hacker.
Bough and Johnny himself partners up and hop on an adventurous ride filled with old school gadgets, cool cars, and loads of shenanigans. A joyful ride for the entire family. 6.5/10

Extras;
The comedy genius Rowan Atkinson
The cars
The gadgets
Location and design
+ much more



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



Second Act (review)

Director; Peter Segal
Comedy/Drama
1h 43 minutes
From; January 4th

Peter Segal gives us a sweet, charming, and a quite lovely film, nothing more, and nothing less.
I wouldn’t call it ”comedy” per-say, I don’t recall laughing once nor even so much as cracking half a smile, yet, it was heartwarming.
A semi-predictable script with a fantastic cast.

I cannot help but become completely smitten by Jennifer Lopez whenever I see her, she is most certainly a girl crush of mine. I simply adore her, she has an essence of charm and beauty that radiates through the screen that is quite impossible to ignore. However, I feel like she isn’t reaching her full potential with scripts and movies like this one. She can do so much more, yet here we are.

Maya, a 40-something woman without any fancy educations decides to reinvent her life and wants to show what street-smarts can do.
After 15-years at the same place as a store worker, she gets a call from a big brand wanting to take her in as a consult, little does she know that the reason behind that position is because of a decision she made when she was 16 and is now coming face to face with a special someone she never thought she would ever see again.

It’s a cute movie, definitely worth your time. 5/10



Instant Family (press screening review)

Director; Sean Anders
Comedy
1h 58 minutes
Swedish premiere; February 27th

A delightful, heartwarming, and soul-touching film based on a true story.
A well-written script with its sharp, entertaining, and reasonable dialogue to phenomenal acting, truly a movie worth your time.

I was pleasantly surprised at this unexpectedly great family movie for everyone to enjoy, it grabs a sweet and gentle hold of you and doesn’t let go until the very end, it was an emotional roller coaster and I was ready to hop on a second time around once the credits started rolling because I had a blast, like one I haven’t had in a long time.
I laughed, I smiled, and I shed a tear and loved every second of it.

Based on directors Sean Anders life, a couple decides to open their home and hearts to become foster parents. And what first seems like the perfect set of siblings turns slowly into a living nightmare for Pete and Ellie when nothing goes as hoped.

It’s the perfect feel-good movie, a story that will have you smiling from ear-to-ear, and have a great time and be in the best mood when leaving the theater. Strongly recommended. 8/10



How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Premiere review)

Director; Dean DeBlois
Animation/Adventure
1h 44 minutes
Swedish release; February 22end

A heartfelt goodbye to a magical adventure and colorful journey. In the final installment, we get to say our farewell to Hiccup, Astrid, and our favorite dragon, Toothless. In the last thrilling battle, we get to join the team in hopes to take down Grimmel and save the remaining dragons under his grim care.

It is an adorable film for the entire family to enjoy and get a kick out of, I even shared a few laughs and plenty of smiles during what must be this years cutest movie, a story that warms your heart and touches your soul with its loving bond between a human and his pet, no matter what kind of creature.

When discovering that Toothless isn’t the only Night Fury, Hiccup must lead his family and friends into a courageous path in search of ”The Hidden World”, a magical dragon paradise before his enemy finds it first.

With its beautiful scenery and animation plus unique story, it’s a film that must be seen, especially if you’re a fan of the previous ones. 6/10



For pictures of the premiere go to Instagram @beautymartinez, and they should be under the highlight ”Movies” if they haven’t ran out of time on my story. Enjoy ;)

Wreck it Ralph 2 (Ralph breaks the internet) press screening review

Director/s; Phil Johnston & Rich Moore
Animation
1h 52 minutes
Swedish premiere; February 1st.

Yesterday I attended one of the screenings during the Stockholm Movie Days (Film Festival), unfortunately, I had a lot of work so sadly I could only attend one the movies, Ralph Breaks The Internet AKA Wreck It Ralph 2.
Though to my huge disappointment, it was the Swedish version, why would one even consider showing that I don’t know, but I was already there so I figured I’d just embrace it and see the dubbed version of this animated comedy.

The duo Ralph and Vanellope are back, this time they discover WiFi and enter the world of internet to save Vanellopes game or she might end up without one, meaning no home nor knowing who she actually is if she doesn’t has her game to go to. It all goes well until V finds a new game and starts questioning her fate, does she want to go back to her old predictable game, or stay in this new one? Something that completely shatters Ralphs heart.

What seems to be an innocent friendship turns out to be rather creepy, at least from where I was sitting. Ralph is close to obsessed with V and her friendship, his own insecurity broke down the entire internet world, it just came to this point where it became creepy, even the lines V gave him to calm him down, ”I’ll go with you and I’ll be your only friend, it’ll just be you and I. Just how you want it.” I don’t know if that should be a message one would like to send out to mini adults, the ones this movie is mostly aimed for. It got weird and uncomfortable, besides that it’s a cute and charming film. 5.5/10