Bridgerton (Netflix review)

Creator; Chris Van Dusen
Romance/Drama
1h
Season 1 streaming on Netflix

Stumbled on this delightful surprise that made my entire December, truly unaware on how much I would enjoy it – realizing it’s the shows you least expect to love that’ll have you hooked, grabbed, and obsessed. A beautiful, fun, and healthy addiction worthy of every minute of your time. It’s like Jane Austen, Jane Eyre, and Gossip Girl had a baby, and that bundle of joy is Bridgerton.

Played out in the Regency era- England, the show revolves around the Bridgerton family – a story on status, lust, and drama with some sex and gossip sprinkled on top. If you are like myself who loves shows on betrayal and passion played out in the 1800, then this show is for you.
It has a bit of everything and a little more, the lust throughout the show was exceptional laid out through the episodes, and once you’re introduced to the chemistry between Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) and the Duke (Regé-Jean Page), you’ll be yearning and longing for them to get together.
There is a fire burning inside of you every time those two are on screen together, it’s the closest to magic that I’ve ever witnessed on tv. The costumes are bright and colorful, the scenery is dreamlike, and so is the decor.

I won’t gush too much over it, there are some flaws. It’s not that authentic to history, the music alone will be the first thing that’ll have you react and look like a question mark, though classical sounds, they’ve taken modern music such as Maroon 5, Ariana Grande, and few others.
At first I was like, ”Maroon wasn’t even born back then?!” but then I enjoyed the different version of today’s music. Many will complain that it’s not historical correct and I respect that, but at the end of the day it’s just a fictional show for pure entertainment. Many hated the lack of accuracy such as there were no African American as Dukes back then, I didn’t care, I just loved seeing a gorgeous black man play a main role in a cute tv-show. So stop complaining, and just watch it for fun!

It’s sweet, steamy, and binge-worthy with a great cast. 7/10




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The Flight Attendant (HBO review)

Creator; Steve Yockey
Drama/Mystery
45 minutes
First season streaming on HBO

The pilot was slightly entertaining enough to keep me somewhat hooked – wanting to see and know more of it. Though it falls under the category of comedy as well as drama and mystery, I haven’t laughed at all so far, the jokes are kind of tamed and dull, I was mostly stunned by the main character who drank way too much.
Seems like the writers are too lazy or out of ideas on what special trade to add to the characters she plays, because in The big bang theory we see Penny practically holding a glass of wine on every episode, and here her vice of choice was the bottle of vodka, causing a lot of trouble yet she didn’t seem eager enough to put the drinking aside.

Some scenes becomes annoying, frustrating, and irritating because of the sorry to say imbecil flight attendant who gets wasted constantly and sleeps with the passangers. There’s no wow factor to the show, it’s purely stupidity that sadly will turn this show into a collosal fail.

Cassie Bowden (Kaley Cuoco) a flight attendant who wakes up in a hotell in Bangkok after a long night of partying, only to find a dead man sleeping right beside her, without any memory of what happened she’s now on a hunt to find answers.

Would I recommend it? Probably not. Will I continue watching it to see the outcome of the show? Yes. 4/10




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The Devil All the Time (Netflix review)

Director; Antonio Campos
Crime/Thriller
2h 18 minutes
Streaming on Netflix

Based on the book by Donald Ray Pollock (who also is the narrator in the movie), The Devil All The Time is a brilliant art-work on how religion speaks to the individual on different levels.
Here, the writer has managed to create a story on several characters and how they all have their own views on God, but also, how God himself ”speaks to them”, telling them what they should do, acts that were nowhere close to kindness – hence the title of the film, figuring it out that it wasn’t the holy spirit speaking to them.

A corrupted world where brutality is a known trade throughout the town, yet, all revolving one certain individual who goes to length to protect those he cares about, with a slight doubt regarding religion and God, even though being brought up in a household where prayers and visits to Sunday church were mandatory.

The cast was beyond fantastic, I saw Pattinson in a whole new light, he was cringy, uncomfortable, and simply a pure genius. Tom Holland is a diamond in the sky, this talented being was phenomenal and I cannot wait to see him in similar roles because he nailed it, if I could give you one sole purpose to watch this movie, it’d be because of him. He truly brought it all in his extraordinary performance, and I feel his itsy bitsy spider days are long behind him. Bill Skarsgård, was great, I cannot stress enough how these three actors are the main dish of this whole film.

It’s not for everyone, it’s over two hours of mostly drama than anything else, yet, you can’t turn it off, it was addictive even dull and somewhat boring at times, hard to explain, but give it a chance if you’re into people being ”brainwashed” by religion. Disturbed at most times since a lot of them thought they were doing good deeds under the guise of God, instead of carrying a cruel soul within them – using religion as a shield, an excuse. A sinister and dark tale worthy of 2 hours of your time. 6,5/10



Selena: The Series (Netflix review)

Creator; Moisés Zamora
Biography/Music
35 minutes
Season 1 streaming on Netflix

No masterpiece, but since Netflix released The Queen’s Gambit setting the bar pretty high, I feel like no show will ever be again.
A series, based on the life of the Latina/Tejano pop sensation Selena Quintanilla. We get to follow her through the early years as her father discovers the great talent his daughter has – making it his life mission that everyone knows about her voice as well – a long journey of sacrifices, hard work, and success.

Here we explore her legacy – though she may be long gone, her spirit lives on not only in fashion and beauty line products but also in music that has been inspired by her songs, tribute tracks, barbie dolls, movies, and so much more to celebrate her.
Mostly aimed at the Spanish market, Selena was just in the process of releasing her English album when she got tragically murdered at the age of 23.

The show dives deep into the life of the singer from day one.
It’s a medium-paced story that manages to capture your interest and have you hooked on knowing what’s about to come, fan or no fan of the singer. The show is to be enjoyed by everyone who takes the time to watch it, and I genuinely liked it.
In all its sorrow and her tragic faith, there is so much passion, love, and warmth from her family. The hard work from her parents was inspiring, acknowledging her potential, and doing their utmost for her to succeed.

It’s entertaining with an excelent look at the Quintanilla family. 6/10



The Secret: Dare to Dream (Netflix review)

Director; Andy Tennant
Drama/Romance
1h 47 minutes
Streaming on Netflix

I want to start with an update. Due to Covid-19, there hasn’t been barely any press screenings, nor new movies have dropped, making my job of writing about them a tad harder, and if you follow me on Instagram, then you might know that I not too long ago signed a contract with a publisher in London. So, my time and prime focus have been the process of getting my first novel out in the world. So from now on, there will be fewer updates, mainly when I get the time to watch a movie or tv-show, and I will try my hardest to not let this blog run in the sand because writing about films is truly a passion of mine, one I don’t want to lose. With that said, last weekend I took some time off and decided to watch The Secret: Dare to dream, a new film on Netflix.

Not too shabby, finally a movie to spread some good vibes during times like these. Andy Tennant managed to capture the essence, belief, and depth of the concept that is ”The secret” – the power to attract what you desire, to manifest your thoughts – into a beautiful, sweet, warm, and inspiring movie.

The uplifting story worth every minute of your time will not only motivate you to change the way you see things but also how you think and respond to everything that happens in your day to day life.
Instead of focusing on everything bad that happens and getting upset that something doesn’t go your way at the moment, focus on what you want, and attract that. Don’t your waste your energy on the negative and put it to good use or you will attract that negative energy in your surrounding, instead, focus on a positive mindset, and soon, things will change.

They have successfully emerged the good and the bad into a beautiful romance flick. You got a mother of 3 who lives with a gut feeling that something bad is always around the corner – her being a quite negative person. That is until the day she meets Bray – a professor who follows the rules of The Secret, a positive man that helps her and ends up delivering her some pretty good news by the end of it.

It’s a fantastic, uplifting, and motivating movie to watch on a weekend, a rainy day, or why not snuggle up with a cup of tea and wind down once you get home from work. Entertaining and loving, just what we and the world needs right now. 7/10



The queen’s gambit (Netflix review)

Creator; Scott Frank & Allan Scott
Drama
59 minutes
Season 1 streaming on Netflix

A masterpiece at its finest, and nothing but the best writing, script, visual, costumes, acting, and plot – like nothing I’ve seen in years.
It’s been so long since I’ve been in awe, wrapped, and grabbed by the core of my being and unable to look away or turn it off. My recommendation? Don’t start watching it too late because I ended up binging the seven episodes throughout the night until late morning, and I loved every second of it, and I’m not even a fan of the game.

With its compelling story and outstanding performance, you’re in for a rollercoaster of chess, drama, thrill, with a soft hint of romance.
A tv-show that is worth every single minute of your time, a show that is not to be ignored.

Beth Harmon becomes an orphan at 9, though what first seemed like a dark and dull life on the horizon changes when she falls in love with the game of chess, and that becomes her ticket into stardom, and sadly, that comes with a price.

The story wouldn’t be as captivating if it weren’t for the superb Anya Taylor-Joy that truly nailed her performance.
Every scene that she was in was perfection and close to magical, leaving you in a trance with your eyes locked on the screen, truly a blessing to my sight.
Cannot wait to see how this marvelous show will continue, but the story and cast defiantly have a bright future if they continue on this path. 10/10



After We Collided (Review)

Director; Roger Kumble
1h 45 minutes
Drama/Romance
From 2020

Fifty Shades for the youngsters! It legit felt like every other scene was a sex scene, and after quite some time it actually loses the build-up passion and becomes boring – they ended up feeling unnecessary, and a few of them could’ve been skipped completely so other more important moments could’ve been included. There were a few plot holes but it is confirmed that we are getting two more movies, so hopefully, we’ll get some answers later on. For the one who has read the book, then I’m certain you’ll enjoy it, knowing what’s to come and you probably have those gaps filled, for us who haven’t read the hit novels, ends up being a little lost.

There was one scene in particular that my man and I ended up looking like two question marks. It was irrational and nowhere logical, it simply didn’t make any sense. It is a scene with Tessa and her mother, it was a massive overreaction and exaggeration from both parts, and everyone just sat there looking at the screen not understanding the outcome to a simple question.

If you’ve seen After then you are familiar with the sequel, here we get to once again hop on the young love train of Tessa and Hardin as they navigate through life, friends, and emotions.

It’s no masterpiece, but these days which film is? It was entertaining for the time being, and the acting isn’t too shabby.

Is it worth your time? Yes
Is it worth the money? No. I’d say wait until you can watch it online. 5/10



The Sleepover (Netflix review)

Director; Trish Sie
Action/Comedy
1h 40 minutes
Streaming on Netflix

Maxwell Simkins is phenomenal and a kid on the rise to become massive! He lights up the screen and the few laughable moments the movie contributes with was all thanks to him, he was brilliant – his acting, his movements, gestures, facial expressions, all of it was a delight to enjoy on a rainy Saturday.

It’s a fun movie for the whole family to enjoy, though I am pretty certain mostly the kids will love it with its adventurous plot and kid-friendly script – a great way to keep the youngsters entertained and hooked for almost two hours. It’s never dull, it’s enlightening and sweet, warm, and fuzzy and something to enjoy with your kids during this horrific year.

When two siblings and their friends find out their mother is a former thief who has been kidnapped to pull one last gig, they all join forces to rescue her.

A delightful film and a talanted cast with a great story. Don’t miss it 6/10



Brahms: The Boy 2 (Review)

Director; William Brent Bell
Horror/Mystery
1h 26 minutes
Out in theaters now!

How on earth are people claiming this one ruined the original? When in fact, this one was way better?! Did we even watch the same movie?
The first one supposedly had a great plot twist? I, on the other hand was disappointed by it since I thought it was all about an entity when all along it was a man living behind the walls? I found it dull, slow, and un-interesting.
However, the sequel was rather fast-paced compared to the first one, more happened, and definitely more scares. The horror was not absent as many say, it was thrilling, and the doll finally came to live by being possessed, this time finally delivering some demonic essence to the story, I’m talking Anabelle vibes and I loved it.

After a traumatic experience, the child in the family stops talking, and the parents decide to take a little trip to the countryside, maybe by leaving the city, it’ll do them well.
But when Jude finds a doll, suddenly their vacation takes a dark and twisted turn into the uglier as the doll sets certain rules that needs to be followed, all while manipulating Jude into doing as he requires.

It was entertaining, enjoyable, and definitely worth a watch. Don’t listen to the negative reviews, because it was good. And, personally, I loved the plot more this second time around, the first one was a just a drag and bad, the writing here is more captivating. + seeing Katie Holmes just reminded me how much I missed seeing her on screen, she was fantastic. 6/10