American Murder: The Family Next Door (Netflix Review)

Director; Jenny Popplewell
Documentary/Crime
1h 22 minutes
Streaming on Netflix

My stomach is turning just by watching the pictures, my soul was crushed when seeing this grim documentary, and my heart goes out to the families of the victims. The mother and those two little angels didn’t deserve such horrific faith, all because of a monster. To say it is gut-wrenching and soul-crushing is an understatement.

The documentary is based on the story that made massive headlines in 2018 – when Mrs. Watts and her two daughters were tragically murdered by the husband.

It is one hour and 22 minutes footage of details, facts, and personal home-videos leading up to the murder and reason behind it. It is thrilling and has you hooked within minutes of is beginning, and the tension rises as it moves forward to the finale of the story that will leave you heartbroken bawling your eyes out- unable to understand such outcome, action, and behavior from a person whom they loved so dearly.

It’s hard to watch, to see how someone can be capable of acting in such ways toward their own family, his own children. 7/10



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



Emily In Paris (Netflix Review)

Creator; Darren Star
Comedy/Romance/Drama
30 minutes
Season 1 streaming on Netflix

The genius behind Sex and the city, Younger, and Beverly Hills is back with another charming, fun, and stylish tv-show! One that will probably get some hate due to its stereotypes of the French, and a few clichés.
I, however, L O V E D it. I found the ensemble to be fantastic, and Lily Collins is a stunning, talented, young Aubrey Hepburn and Lucas Bravo is on the rise to be the new tv-boyfriend, a show to snuggle up to during these hard times and cold breeze of Autumn on its way.

Yes, it is painted as the French being mean and smoking too much. But, I’m sorry, I’ve been to Paris three times, and it was what I experienced. So, if they dislike being represented like that, then do something about it. Not once was I treated kindly, welcomed, or with a smile. I remember my wallet being stolen, and even the police were rude.
Plus, he got even more annoyed that I couldn’t speak the language.

The show revolves around Emily – an American expertise in marketing that is re-located to Paris to help them work on a new marketing perspective.
Her excitement is sadly greeted with a rude new boss and colleagues, ones who she tries to win over throughout the show, all while adapting to a new culture, friends, and boys.

I found it entertaining, lovable, and easy to watch. The fashion sense is a character itself just like it was on Sex and the city, the romantic and flirty aspect of it is represented as well, and so is the light drama.
I enjoyed it, and I deeply recommend it. 6/10



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



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



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



Project Power (Netflix review)

Director; Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman
Sci-fi/Action
1h 53 minutes
Streaming on Netflix

Mediocre at its best, Project Power doesn’t leave you in awe, nor will become a household favorite. With its tame script, semi great visual and sound, you’re in for almost two hours of people going after a little pill that gives you supernatural powers for five minutes. With its meh plot and okay acting, you get a somewhat half-decent and entertaining film.

It felt mainly like wasted potential, you got two great actors such as Jamie Fox and Joseph Gordon-Levitt whose talent is overshadowed by not only the writing of the story, but it’s like the cast wanted to aim the movie towards teens? They add an annoying character who goes to places she ain’t supposed to, thinks she’s super cool, etc.
+ They add a 3-minute rapping scene with this kid but shortened the action frequencies? It becomes a mess due to the bad editing.

You got an ex-soldier, a cop, and a kid who is a drug dealer teaming up on the streets of New Orleans to stop the creation of the magical pill that gives its users unpredictable superpowers for five minutes.

Not something I’d recommend, but if you’ve already practically seen most of what Netflix has to offer, then be my guest. 4/10



Down to earth with Zac Efron (Netflix review)

Documentary
Travel/Superfood/Health/Enviroment
8 Episodes
Sreaming on Netflix

Intelectual, informative, beautiful, and more – just a few words to describe the latest Netflix Original mini-series with Zac Efron and superfood guru Darin Olien. A documentary on sustainability, health, and food. A visually stunning journey as they travel to gorgeous cities and countries to find better ways to live the best life for ourselves and the planet.

As inspirational as it gets, it’s a documentary that is delivering both knowledge and entertainment at the same time due to its warm, light, and heartfelt vibes. Definitely, something one should take the time to enjoy and watch, not only to learn but also getting to see the world up close since we can’t travel much right now due to the circumstances.
But it was fantastic to see different places and see what truly happens behind closed doors, how energy works in other countries, water, food, and living. I love seeing creativity and culture all around the globe – especially about sustainability of our planet.

Besides the show itself, I have a newfound respect for Zac Efron.
Many of us may know him as the famous actor and singer, but here we get to see a glimpse of the person behind all of that, and it is beautiful inside, humble, helpful, and truly Down to earth.

It was a joy getting to once again experience Iceland, Puerto Rico, London, and France, places I have visited and loved. Puerto Rico and Iceland became a favorite and I cannot wait to go back once it’s safe to travel again – it warmed knowing they went to Puerto Rico after the tragedy that the country has endured, needing tourists to rebuild the economy.

In all, it’s a beautiful and lighthearted show to enjoy and learn from. 8/10



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