The Possession of Hannah Grace (Netflix Review)

Director; Diederik Van Rooijen
Horror/Mystery
1h 26 minutes
Streaming on Netflix
Movie from 2018

A decent mystery flick with thriller splashes to entertain your dull and slow night. A movie that’ll somewhat semi-keep you hooked and interested throughout until the plot reveals itself. A horror that wasn’t too shabby, a dark script with good horror aspects, good acting by Shay Mitchell, and some great creep factors.

Megan (Mitchell) a former cop out of rehab due to PTSD lands a job as a graveyard shift-assistant in a city hospital morgue. After several bizarre moments caused by an evil entity stuck in one of the corpses, she must now face the horror of dealing with the evil supernaturals.

The Possession of Hannah Grace is no masterpiece, nor memorable, but it was worth a watch if you’re in the mood of some cringy, crawl-creeping, and uncomfortableness for an hour and a half. With a not-so-bad writing and story and great visual, atmosphere, and sound.
However, what I disliked about it was the little slow build-up to the reveal of the plot, because not much happened at first, so for almost one hour and 15 minutes, you are just cringing, holding your breath, thinking something big will go down and nada. I would’ve loved more creep scenes in the beginning, but there is character development + great creation of scenes such as isolation and closed spaces.

Strongly recommended. 5.5/10



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



Papi Chulo (Review)

Directior; John Butler
Drama/Comedy
1h 38 minutes
From 2018

A sweet, warm, and heartfelt movie that truly hits home. A film worth watching with a soulful story on grief, loneliness, and friendship.
It is genuine and relatable on so many levels, there are several layers to be discovered throughout, and you’ll enjoy every moment of it – you’ll smile, you’ll laugh, and also be sad as the script unfolds and the pieces of the puzzle fall together, finally understanding him and his character.

After a slight meltdown at work, a known weatherman strikes up an unsual friendship with a middle-aged Latino labor worker on his absense from work.

Even though it starts somewhat slow at the beginning before taking off, it ends up being a fantastic ride of 1 hour and a half. The acting was brilliant, especially from Alejandro Patiño the actor who plays Ernesto – he’s the home run and highlight of the film because man, we cracked up because of him. Matt Bomer, looking beautiful as always, he truly enters your soul when he’s on-screen. It doesn’t matter what role he plays, there is an essence of brilliancy around him that is impossible to miss. I remember seeing him on The Normal Heart and just being in awe of that human.

Worth every minute, don’t miss it! 6,5/10


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



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



Emma (Bluray review)

Director; Autumn de Wilde
Drama/Comedy
2h 4 minutes
Copy provided by Sony Pictures

Not my cup of tea, even though I enjoyed movies such as Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, or the book Duchess in Disguise by Caroline Courtney, I simply couldn’t quite enjoy this one.
Emma has had several adaptions through the years, one featuring Gwyneth Paltrow, and now we get to see Anya Taylor-Joy as the selfish Emma Woodhouse, a role she plays fantastically.

Played out in an 1800s England, the movie showcases some beautiful costumes, scenery, and dialogues, however, it was rather dull for my taste, knowing it is based on a novel, I understand that they had to add or squeeze in as much as possible into a two-hour film, but I still wanted some more character development. I get that many have seen the previous adaption and has read the book, not needing to know more about her, however, being a first-timer, I believe they needed to give a tad more information behind her persona.

If you enjoy this type of genre, then watch it and have a blast. If you find it rather difficult to watch and want something more modern and upbeat, watch Clueless, a more ”present-day” film based on the same story – a spoiled, rich, selfish girl who meddles in the love lives of those around her.4/10

Bluray extras;
Deleted scenes
Gag reel
Feature Commentary
+ more



Gabriel’s Inferno (PassionFlix review)

Tosca Musk
Romance
2h 2 minutes
Part 1 & 2 are streaming on PassionFlix

Based on the romantic and beautiful novels by Sylvain Reynard, a film adaption has finally been made by PassionFlix, and honestly? I was pleasantly surprised.

I decided to read the trilogy when finding out that Dante was practically a character itself in the stories. I fell in love with him and Beatrice when I was only six years old thanks to my grandmother who read his works for me instead of actual bedtimes stories that were more suitable for kids, something that I’m extremely thankful for.
I fell in love with his poetic writing and beautiful description of love, so reading a romantic novel where he was mention and quite a huge part of was simply a must for me.

After The Protector though, another movie adaption of the novel with the same title by Jodi Ellen Malpas, I had lost all my faith on the site. It was cringy, awkward to watch, and I couldn’t find myself to enjoy the film because of the bad writing, and I am not going to get into details on the visual, sound, and acting because it was all bad.
However, this one was fantastic, it was everything a fan of the books wished to see, they brought not only the story to life, but they also delivered the most memorable parts from the book and made it so damn good. Every scene brought back every amazing feeling that I had when reading the novel, I remember not being able to put the book away and here I couldn’t close my eyes for a second because I didn’t want to miss anything.

The setting was just how I imagined it in my head with the classical music and they couldn’t have found a more perfect actress to play Julia.
Melanie Zanetti was exactly how I visualized Julia – the Bambi eyes, the petit body figure, her long hair, even her gestures were soft and beautiful, her profile was gentle and delicate, it was great.
Him, look-wise yes, he is hands down the professor, however, I don’t recall from the books him having a thick Italian Accent? Though it bothered me, his acting made up for it – he had nailed the seriousness, the short-tempered, and dominance that the character holds. Brilliantly if I may say so, I could even see him as Gideon Cross if a movie of those books were made as well. He was like an Italian Henry Cavill, plain gorgeous.

The movie was great and I cannot wait for the 3rd part, I can even stretch it and go as far as saying that it was better than the first Fifty Shades adaption – considering that Fifty was made by a gigantic house like Universal, proving that a large budget means nothing without the talent. Kudos to everyone behind this, and thank you for creating it.

The actors here lived up to the description in the book, great script, visual, sound, and they truly stuck to the books.

If you’ve read the books, I am certain you will love it, if you haven’t, you will enjoy it as being a beautiful romance worthy of your time. 6,5/10



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