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



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



Chef (Netflix review)

Director; Jon Favreau
Drama/Comedy
1h 54 minutes
From 2014

A movie that took me years to watch, and if it weren’t for Netflix recommending it, I might’ve never had found my new favorite film – a script that took my soul by storm with its uplifting, warm, and heartfelt story.
Jon Favreau directed, wrote, and even started in this wonderful movie about a passionate chef who opens a food truck once he’s fired from his work-place.

The script is fantastic, there is nothing extraordinary about it yet it’s everything and more at the same time. It’s pure foodgasm for almost two hours, urging you to get up and cook something once the movie has come to an end. It inspires you, it moves you, and it leaves you in awe of the visual plus Latino vibes and atmosphere.

After one incident with a food critic, Chef Carl Casper leaves his job and in order to rediscover himself, he opens a food truck alongside his best friend and son as an assistant, making simple meals that catches the attentions of everyone’s taste pallet and stomach!

With stars like Scarlett Johansson, Sofia Vergara, Robert Downey Jr, and John Leguizamo, you’re in for a culinary masterpiece that everyone should take the time to enjoy. 7/10



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



Bad Boys for Life (Bluray Review)

Directors; Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah
Action/Comedy
2h 4 minutes
Out on Bluray
COPY provided by SONY ENTERTAINMENT

Another action-comedy rollercoaster for you to hop on for the 3rd time – the latest installment to the Bad Boys films delivers laughter, emotional moments, and car rides. If you watch it without any expectations, you will end up loving it!

I wasn’t expecting much since movie sequels / third films hardly if ever deliver any good entertainment or the slight of enjoyment, but when I received the Bluray I decided to take the time to watch it so I would be able to write an honest review – and can I say that I LOVED it?! I was stunned, shook to how much I laughed, and that is the thing you have to keep in mind, never to expect something out of this world and you’ll end up being surprised instead.

The chemistry of these two radiates through the screen, no doubt about it, and that alone makes the movie worth watching.
It’s an easy watch with no over-developed plot or script, decent action frequencies, and a few heartfelt scenes – nothing more, nothing less.
The act of certain actors were questionable, wondering how they did not manage to hire other actors? But nothing that ruins the film.
The comedy is great, and it didn’t have to be so much a line but something small like a look or a movement and I cracked up, it is all about the build-up of the scene.

A pair of drug lords are raising havoc in the city of dazzling Miami because of old ghosts, a vengeance that leaves the detectives Mike and Marcus to go on an action-filled ride to face the villans but also finding out about some ties with loose ends – making this catch a little more difficult, and a little more personal.

As I said, don’t go into watching it and expecting something epic and you’ll enjoy it, I understand the negative reviews and comments, when people wait years for another film of what can be a series, they end up being disappointed, but give it a chance. 7,4/10

Extras;
Outtakes & Bloopers
Extended & Alternate Scenes
Partners in Crime: Behind-the-Scenes Series
Easter Eggs
+ so much more



Black and Blue (Bluray Review)

Director; Deon Taylor
1h 48 minutes
Action/Crime
Out on Bluray
COPY proivded by SONY Entertainment

Heyy, not too shabby, a quite decent action film that’ll surely keep you entertained during these dark times that we are facing and have upon us. The gripping suspense, crime, and intriguing monologues are there, great visuals with enough tension and action to keep you locked on the screen.

Alicia (Naomie Harris) a female rookie-cop in New Orleans must now be on the down-low, doing her utmost to stay safe and to reveal the truth after witnessing two corrupt cops committing murder.

For a low budget film it’s truly great, because how much can you truly expect? It delivers quite a bit and a tad more to the viewer, having us not lose all hope on film making these days and realizing that it hasn’t to be a big blockbuster film with endless sources to be good – providing us with exactly what we need, a satisfactory action flick with wonderful acting to keep us entertained while time being.
There won’t be a massive character developing, Oscar-worthy costumes, writing, or shocking plot, but it’s not bad. Definitely worth a watch. 5,5/10

Extras;
Deleted scenes
Line of fire
Be the change in the big easy