The Irishman (Review)

Director; Martin Scorsese
3h 30 minutes
Biography/Crime
Streaming on Netflix

Cinematic art at its finest – Scorsese truly knows how to capture the viewer with the classic film format that he uses while gathering a few legends, all of them delivering one of the best performances this year. The Irishman is everything and little bit more, a superb film that must be experienced, with its brilliant script polished to perfection, magnetic and soul capturing acting, awe-inspired visual, sound, and costumes – the movie takes gangster films of this decade to a whole new level, making once again history alongside classics such as Good Fellas, Scarface, Godfather, Once Upon a Time in America, and so many others – with this film being released new generations get to finally experience the magic of radiant gangster stories.

Pesci is outstanding, Pacino mesmerizing, and De Niro – well, a fine master that never fails. The makeup department must take home the Oscar for their work on this movie, seeing these actors in different timelines of their lives and careers throughout the 3 hours and 30 minutes, not had they only aged gracefully like fine wine, but it was extremely well done, even up close, the details were incredible.

The movie, based on the memoir by Charles Brandt – Heard You Paint Houses from 2004, showcases the may or may not involvement of the mafia hitman Frank Sheeran (De Niro) revolving the death of Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino) – all wrapped into a roller coaster of drama, crime, money, depth, and questioning loyalty. With Frank Sheeran narrating his own story from beginning to end, beautiful scenery, and dialogue out of this world, it is a movie you cannot miss. It is going to make you think, wonder, and be in awe – almost in a nirvana state of mind. 9/10



Raising Dion (Review)

Creators; Carol Barbee & Dennis Liu
Sci-Fi/Drama
50 minutes
Season 1 streaming on Netflix

I haven’t complained this much during a tv-show in ages.
First of all, let me start with that it ain’t all that bad, as much as I practically demolished it negatively episode by episode, I was still hooked on it – unable to stop myself from watching.
It is a kid-friendly-easy to watch and somewhat enjoyable show yet with the downsides of terrible acting and most of all, the creation of a certain character.

Dion, the kid who the show practically revolves around annoyed the living hell out of me – I’ve never experienced such dislike toward a child’s acting as I did when watching this show, he is obnoxious, annoying, irritating, and simply disturbing on a whole other level – his work of portraying this role is terrible and gut-wrenchingly bad.
I enjoyed the script, it had potential, it is the right story just with the wrong actors that sorts of ruin the good in the story and visual.
And the fact that kid NEVER listens to the mother just made me flip several times throughout, she never gets mad or puts him in place, always too emotional and pretty much lets him get away with everything.

The second character that annoyed me was Pat, Dions godfather. Toward the end, he becomes obsessed with Nicole (Dion’s mother) but in an annoying and ugly way – not the hot obsession like Ben Foster in Hostage, Mark Whalberg in Fear, or Michael Ealy in The Perfect Guy. Those roles had a slight essence of sexy in their possession behavior, here you just wanted to whoop his ass.

In conclusion, you love to hate on it! You want to continue watching it because in all its bad, it grabs you and doesn’t let you go and before you know it, you’ve binged the entire first season without realizing it. 4/10



Sextuplets (review)

Director; Michael Tiddes
Comedy
1 37 minutes
Out on Netflix

Let’s start with that I truly enjoy Marlon Wayans on screen. He has charm, charisma, and is hilarious – when he wants to be. Lately, however, is like his main mission is to deliver the worst movies, portraying the most idiotic characters, and you sit there wondering who was the fool who gave this script a go.

Alan (Wayans) finds out he one of 6 siblings (sextuplets) and goes on a journey to find each and one of them but runs into few obstacles on the way.

Wayans, portraying all of the siblings is just plain clownish here, every character more annoying than the other, too exaggerating, and simply stupid. They’re overdoing it with these personas, and it comes off as a desperate attempt to be fun but flops.
It is a waste of talent (because we know he has it), waste of budget, and most importantly, waste of your time or energy.
Painful to watch and something I’d never recommend.1/10



Extremely wicked shockingly vile

Director; Joe Berlinger
Biography/Drama/Crime
1h 50 minutes
Out on Netflix.

Efron is brilliantly convincing as Ted Bundy, portraying someone who is a savage, manipulative and one expectational liar. From beginning to end, the movie truly captures your soul and never lets it go, grabs ahold of you entirely and you’re trapped under this spell of fantastic acting, great visual, and a gruesome story – one based on real events.

Personally, look wise they didn’t match at all – if you compare both Bundy and Efron. Based sole on Bundy’s description as a handsome man and a charming character that had it easy with the ladies, then I totally get casting Efron. And though the look wasn’t there, Efron made up with one exceptional performance among side one great ensemble.

The script is quite fast paced which is what I enjoyed the most, it doesn’t start off dull nor does it become it either – they get right to the point, and there wasn’t any unnecessary dragged out scenes, which made the movie a whole lot more enjoyable.
The visuals of the late ’70s were beautifully shown and so was the costumes, sets, and locations.

If you’ve heard the story you already know the plot, about a serial-killer who practically lived two lives – having everyone around him convinced he wasn’t this dark, twisted, and insane monster capable of the horrid things he was being accused of, though he later admitted to 30 murders and the youngest victim was only 12, Kimberly Leach.

It’s despicable, reading it and not being able to wrap your head around how someone can be this mentally ill, and then seeing it being played in front of you on the screen, yet, you can’t help but to watch and be fascinated at the same time how the brain of a psychopath is wired. Doing this on one side, and living as a loving husband and father on the other.

Overall, an entertaining movie for the interested one. 6/10



Nicky Jam: El Ganador (Review)

Biography/Music
45 minutes
Season 1 out on Netflix.

I haven’t been this obsessed, addicted, intrigued, and hooked on a show in a very long time. I binged the entire season in less than a week, it became a drug and just like a junkie I started to get withdrawals the second I couldn’t continue watching due to obligations like going to work, taking care of my puppies, or dumb shit like spending time with my man (Just kidding – no but seriously, I asked him to watch it with me, not my fault he wasn’t as into it as I was.)

It was highly entertaining, suspenseful yet interesting finding out how it all began, but most importantly how insanely motivating and inspiring it was, seeing from where he came to where he is today, and I couldn’t be prouder of him. Such motivational strength to struggle and fight for his goal, I’ve never seen anything like it, even though there were obstacles that kept on coming at him.

The show revolves around Nicky Jam starting off the first episode sitting down to do an interview, a raw and completely unfiltered tell on his life and everything behind the name that is NICKY JAM, then it develops into a tv-show based on his life with him being the narrator and explaining how and why every moment happened. His ups and downs, his darkness, and addictions that almost cost him his life.

The show is not only entertaining but phenomenal in all aspects of a tv-show. The cast is fantastic, from a young Nicky played by Darkiel to the actual Nicky Jam playing himself as he gets older and goes further both his personal life and career.
The beautiful visions of stunning Puerto Rico (a place I loved after visiting last year, San Juan is definitely a place I must go back to), and the great music. Altogether a brilliant show that I strongly recommend, I’ve definitely become a bigger fan and played his music much more now than I ever did before. 10/10


Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Review)

Creator: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Fantasy/Horror
1h
Out on Netflix

Riverdale meets Charmed with a splash of Harry Potter. The chilling adventures of Sabrina is a cozy mystery that came out just in time to watch during the Halloween weekend. Spread some pumpkins, light up some candles, and snuggle down with the perfect tv show that includes witches, magic spells, a puzzling town, and drama.

Though a remake from the Archie Comics classic, it is nothing like the Sabrina Teenage Witch series as we might remember.
Though most characters like Salem the cat, Sabrina’s aunts Hilda and Zelda, and Harvey are in it, it’s not as silly as the version from 96, this one is slightly more satanic, darker, and definitely more twisted.

The show revolves around Sabrina and her huge decision that lies upon her shoulders, on the night of her 16th birthday she must decide whether to follow the dark or light path.
With school and mortal friends and a mortal boyfriend, Sabrina has created a world she doesn’t feel comfortable leaving just yet nor is she ready to sign her soul over to the dark lord and praise Lucifer.
Secrets, romance, and two parallel worlds, you’re in a for a ride of magic and fantasy. 7.5/10



Riverdale (Review)

Creator; Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Crime/Drama/Mystery
45 minutes
Season 2 on Netflix.

Archie and his friends with a darker twist. Based on the comics, Riverdale will grab ahold of you whether you like it or not. It’s highly addictive, and though entertaining and will every now and then crawl underneath your skin, don’t expect it to be like the comics from the 40’s.

Riverdale, a small town with darkness and one mystery after the other surfacing its ”normal” facade. We get to follow Archie and his friends as they together try to live life as teens but also solving murders, clues, and dealing with parents and school.

Riverdale was brought to my attention by a friend, and since I was in desperate need to find something to binge, I decided to give it a try and just like that, I had found a new guilty pleasure that I could enjoy while snuggled on my couch on these dark winter days.

There’s teen love, that is intoxicating, exciting, and filled with passion. Drama and rival between characters, the thrill of the crime and mystery, and the warmness of small towns. It’s Gossip Girl meets Pretty Little Liars meets Twin Peaks. 7/10



Atypical (Review)

Creator; Robia Rashid
Comedy/Drama
30 minutes
Season 1 on Netflix.

Heartfelt, beautifully warm, and funny. All wrapped into an entertaining, brilliant, and informative show that will besides have you go through an emotional roller coaster, also teach you more about autism.

Randomly I decided to check out the Netflix Original Atypical on a gloomy day with nothing else to watch, so I had no expectations, hadn’t heard about it, and thought I’d give it a chance. I was hooked and ended up binge-watching the entire first season in two sittings.
It captures your soul with not only the phenomenal performance by the whole cast but the storyline is relatable when watching it from different perspectives and aspects.

They managed to so greatly combine autism with heart, care, and humor into a perfect blend of a tv-show that will steal your interest from beginning to end, and you will love every single bit of every moment.

We get to follow Sam, who is on the autism spectrum and his journey of finding a girlfriend, dealing with his family, school and relationship to his therapist.

I absolutely loved it, strongly recommended. 8/10



Within (Crawlspace) (Review)

Director; Phil Claydon
Thriller
1h 28 minutes
From 2016 (Out on Netflix)

It started off good, that is until it turned into something that has already been done.
Within must’ve gotten the idea and inspiration from The Boy, another movie that is also streaming on Netflix with a very similar plot. They could’ve at least given it a different twist besides just small changes in the story itself, but no, so once you realize that you’ve already seen it, it becomes dull and a complete waste of your time.

Within aka Crawlspace, begins rather gentle with zero thrill about a widower moving into a new house with his daughter and new wife, and though it might seem like a whole new beginning to the family, it turns into a nightmare that comes from inside the house, a presence from behind the walls.

It’s un-scary mess that tries to be way more but fails epicly, there’s nothing new or fresh about it. 4/10


Beyond Stranger Things (Review)

Host; Jim Rash
21 minutes
7 Episodes
Streaming on Netflix.

Since I reviewed the second season of what must be one of the most popular shows streaming on Netflix at the moment, I thought I would also check out Beyond Stranger Things and post a review of it as well.

Host, Jim Rash sits down through seven rounds with all of the cast members and not only interviews them, but also gets inside gossip on what went on behind the scenes, asks the creator themselves on specific moments and details, and asks the ensemble and main actors who plays the lead roles on their thoughts about the show and how it felt going into the second season and welcoming new actors.

Being a fan of the show I found it quite entertaining, you get glimpses of information and hints on what we can expect for the future of these beloved characters, more questions answered regarding the upside down, Eleven, and the new faces. With its 21 minutes long divided into seven parts it becomes just enough to keep you hooked and not doze off.  They keep it light and entertaining, and if you’re a fan, I strongly suggest you check it out. 5/5