Dirty John : Dirty Betty (Netflix Review)

Creator; Alexandra Cunningham
Crime/Drama/Based on true stories
44 minutes
Season 2 streaming on Netflix

I L O V E it! It’s thrilling, addictive, grasping, shocking, and beautifully insane. + knowing it is based on real crime stories makes it ten times juicer, and excited to watch. A tv-show worth every minute that it’s on, it’s alarming and quite spell-bounding to witness it. You’re in this trance of grimness and shock, unable to comprehend each action, each outcome, and emotion played by the brilliant and phenomenal Amanda Peet. I am in awe, of not only her but the entire production of this fantastic second season.

It gracefully bounces between the decades of ’60s and ’90s with gorgeous costumes and interior, soul grabbing writing with a script that keeps you on the edge of your seat, phenomenal character development and story, it’s fast-paced, to the point, informative and you get outstanding performances by the cast.

Dirty John is a anthology series in which each season is different and based on a true crime story; love tales taking a nasty turn.

Not being that familiar with the real-life background story, it becomes unpredictable, and that is what keeps you hooked and longing for more, unable to turn it off. But if you are familiar with the stories, it’s still a well-done tv-show worthy of your time, for sure a new Netflix hit!

Betty is in denial and won’t accept that her husband wants a divorce, leading her to act out in ugly and unhealthy ways and manners.

Watch it. Enjoy it. Love it. 8/10



Fantasy Island (Bluray review)

Director; Jeff Wadlow
Action/Fantasy
1h 49 minutes
Out on bluray

Jedd Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2, Truth or dare, Never back down) delivers this dull 2020 a quite an entertaining film that if you watch it with zero expectations, you’ll end up enjoying yourself and having a good time.
It’s no masterpiece, but it ain’t garbage.

Due to all the bad reviews, I must say, I was skeptical about watching it, however, that took a drastic turn to the better once I sat down and saw for myself that it wasn’t as bad as many had painted it to be. Decent actors and well-known faces come together with an entertaining story leading up to a not so shabby plot twist.

Five guests have won a contest to a luxurious resort to live their most elaborate fantasies or to relive a moment they’d wish to have acted differently on. Once the set up is made slowly it starts to take a more grim turn, going from a daydream fantasy to a nightmare.

With stunning visuals of beautiful landscapes and waters, mundane costumes, and good sound, you’re in for a movie worthy of your time.
It has a semi-great script and quite a developed plot that took my movie companion and myself by surprise. Enough character development, showcasing a light background story to each persona, it had some laughable moments and some gasping ones. Not something I’d watch twice but definitely a recommendation. 5/10

Bluray extras;
Deleted scenes
Original Rated Theatrical Version Included
Audio Commentary with Director Jeff Wadlow and Cast (Unrated Version Only)
+ more



Work It (Netflix review)

Director; Laura Terruso
Dance/Music
1h 33 minutes
Streaming on Netflix

Nothing original, it’s tamed, it lacks substance, and screams cliché throughout the entire 1 hour and 30 minutes. A film that desperately tries to be a ”feel-good” flick for the younger generation, Netflix making sure that more female teens turn to their streaming site for their Friday movie night.

Work It has gathered and checked off every annoying thing that one dislikes about these teenage movies. For example, the overly irritating ”thinks-he’s-better-than-everyone-else” dramatic gestures, and over the top movements and facial expressions ”villain”.
The tries-hard-to-be-cute-and-funny friend, the over-doer who wants to add every activity on her college application, and the guy who gave up on his dream, and then gets pulled back in.
Nothing was fresh and new, every character was a copy of roles you’ve seen before, so was the writing, script, plot, visual, and costumes.

In order to show Duke, a prestigious school that she (Quinn) stands out of the crowd, and isn’t your average just good grades on paper, she says she part of a known dance group, and must now learn how to dance and enter a dancing competition.

It ended being on the background once the predictability radiated through the screen, but if you’re 15 you’ll probably find it exciting and cool. Though, for us elderly cats who have been around the block regarding motion pictures, it’s not worth our time. 3/10 (the 3 is sole given to Sabrina Carpenter a quite fresh face and talented actress.)



The Kissing Booth 2 (Netflix review)

Director; Vince Marcello
Comedy/Romance
2h 14 minutes
Streaming on Netflix

I got to start by saying that this movie started as a guilty pleasure and now I’m not even ashamed to say that I’m looking forward to the 3rd movie. It’s sweet, warm, and funny! Though he won’t admit it, I caught my man laughing a few times, and that says a lot.

The sequel to the 2018 hit film brings us the great cast back together and an equally entertaining plot that is, however, more relatable than the previous one, something I truly enjoyed.
Yes, it is your typical-predictable-teenage romance, but you watch it anyways and you like it. I still found it charming, even though many complained that it lost its quirky comments and moments and yes it’s unrealistic as the movie moves toward the end as she gets into an Ivy League school like Harvard, never once giving the slight illusion that she’s even THAT great in school, in other words, she wasn’t a Rory Gilmore.

Trying to cope with school applications, a long-distance relationship with Noah, and her friendship with Lee, the school’s new hottie has his eyes locked on Elle, something that could change everything and stir her once-solid world.

The moments we get to see with Noah are relatable. The insecurity, the jealousy, and the missing, all those emotions create havoc inside of you and you feel at your wit’s ends. Plus, they also managed to have you hate on certain characters and scenes, having you question someone’s motive, loyalty, and truth – only to be proved wrong by the end.

It’s not a masterpiece nor trying to be, but it is entertaining. 6/10



The Hunt (Bluray review)

Director; Craig Zobel
Thriller/Action
1h 30 minutes
Copy provided by Sony Pictures

It is practically a satire film more than anything else, a lot of killing combined with dark humor – an adult and more bloody version of Hunger Games in other words.
It was quite fun, delivering a splash of entertainment wrapped into a script that shouldn’t be taken seriously – no message, no point, just plain comedy with some action, some thrill, and the last condiment to make it a little more extra? Some political spices.

12 strangers wake up in the middle of nowhere, not knowing how they got there or whom brought them there. Now with the veapons they’ve ben handled they must defend for themselves while being on the hunt.

The Hunt is proving once again that people with money need to find an extraordinary type of sports to find themselves entertained, even by the cost of other people’s lives.
It’s quite fast-paced, it doesn’t become dull, or dragged out, the one hour and thirty minutes were more than enough for the viewer to catch up on the writing, trying to figure out the plot, and to enjoy some not so shabby acting and performances.
It isn’t a movie with meaning, so don’t look for one, nor expect one.
It is just mainly to pass the time. 5/10

Bluray extras;
Crafting The Hunt
Athena Vs Crystal: Hunter Or Hunted?
Death Scene Breakdowns



The Invisible Man (Bluray review)

Director; Leigh Whannell
Mystery/Thriller/”horror”
2h 4 minutes
Copy provided by SONY PICTURES

The Invisible man has hands down become one of my favorite thrillers, and I can even go as far as saying that it has also become my favorite of 2020. Yes, there are some plotholes here and there that should’ve been filled for the ”perfect” motion picture, however, not something that I was affected by, though certain many will point them out.

The massive tension devours you from beginning to end, and your anxiety kicks in, you got your blood pumping, heart racing, and unable to look away, craving more of the story – there wasn’t so much development as one would’ve hoped for, but I found it to be enough to be entertained by the film – plus, the camera simply adores Elisabeth moss, she has a certain sensual and delicate beauty about herself that I can’t really put my finger on, but I just become mesmerized whenever the focus is on her, plus her phenomenal acting makes it very easy to stay grabbed by the visual and story.

There has been a few remakes made of the classic, however, (personally), none that has captured my interest like this one has, with today’s modern technology and tomorrows writing and acting – you’re in for a suspenseful ride worth every minute of your time, don’t listen to the negative reviews, prepare yourself a warm cup of tea, snuggle underneath a blanket, and watch it – if not for the story, but for her because Miss Moss is superb.

As Cecilia manages to escape her abusive boyfriend she soon enough finds out that he’s taken his own life and left her his fortune.
Although, with very slight belief that she’s finally out of his hands for good, lethal occurrences start taking places, ones she has no idea how are happening but by someone she cannot see…

I loved it, I truly couldn’t keep my eyes away from the screen the entire time, though flawed, it was still a film with few twists, thrill, and the horror essence makes itself present throughout the story keeping the viewer on its toes and interested throughout. 9/10

Bluray extras;
Deleted scenes
Moss Manifested
Feature Commentary with Writer/Director Leigh Whannell
Timeless Terror
+ more



The Old Guard (Netflix review)

Director; Gina Prince-Bythewood
Action/Fantasy
2h 5 minutes
Streaming on Netflix

Not too shabby, pretty quickly it catches a glimpse of your interest and you end up sort of hooked and semi grabbed by the beginning, wondering what the story might be about.
Early on you discover the plot, and it almost becomes a new Netflix hit, sadly as the script continues, it slowly loses potential as it goes along.

With a simple dialogue and clichés floating in the air, it becomes a basic film with a good concept because the story is there, the screenwriting however isn’t – so it becomes watchable but not a masterpiece.

A team of immortals from practically the beginning of time has their identity exposed, they must now fight not only to stay away from people who want to investigate their powers but also to manage the discovery of a new member.

Not bad, but also not great. It has somewhat a good character development, good acting, and a sequel is already on its way. 4,5/10



Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (Netflix review)

Director; David Dobkin
Music/Comedy
2h 3 minutes
Streaming on Netflix

A pleasant surprise, so cringy and bad that it is actually good and entertaining – a musical love letter with Iceland as the main chorus, ready to be tuned up and danced to. What seemed to be an average, dull, and mundane film turned up to be a lovely distraction during this darkened times, with a brilliant Will Ferrell you will laugh, you will smile, and you will look away in awkwardness and embarrassment as well.

For someone (me) who isn’t a fan of Eurovision Song Contest, I found myself shook on how much I enjoyed a movie based off of it, appreciating the song numbers, and the musical aspect of the story.
A script that was fun, in some way inspiring due to Lars’s (Ferrell) urge, passion, and will-power to follow his dream – for him and Sigrit (McAdams) to be on Eurovision.

From a little town in Iceland, Lars and Sigrit have their world sparked with joy when they get the chance to represent their country in the biggest song competition, proving to family and friends that their dreams aren’t dumb and juvenile as others believed.

I definitely recommend it, don’t take it seriously and you’ll have a great time! 5,5/10



Dolittle (Bluray review)

Director; Stephen Gaghan
Adventure/Family
1h 41minutes
Out on Bluray
Copy provided by SONY HOME ENTERTAINMENT

No, no, and more no’s! Stephen Gaghan, an Oscar-winning man for best writing on the movie Traffic (2000), also the director behind the movies Syriana and Abandon, directed the reboot/remake of the charming family script that is Dr. Dolittle, the man who can communicate with the animals – a favorite of mine as a child, that is when the role was played by Eddie Murphy.

I tried to keep my disappointment on a down low when it was announced that someone other than Murphy was going to play the part, however, being a fan of Downey Jr, I figured I’d still give it a chance, but it was a fail – all of it.
The dull writing, the overdue visual that looked like an almost desperate attempt to make it a cinematic experience for the whole family to enjoy, but I cannot even see myself as a child enjoying this – it reminded me of the movie BABE, a family/adventure film aimed at kids, yet, I found it more entertaining watching paint dry.

A well-known physician (Robert Downey Jr) with a talent only he has – he can speak to the animals must embark on a colorful journey to an Island – to find a medicine so he can help the dying Queen Victoria (Jessie Buckley).

It wasn’t for me, and it had nothing to do with Downey’s talent because I am a fan of his, this role just wasn’t made for him.
The script didn’t capture my attention, I wasn’t hooked on it once.
But I’m sure it’s a movie that can be put in the background for kids to probably enjoy. 4/10

Extras;
Talk to the animals
Becoming the good doctor
+ more