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

Stranger Things 2 (Review)

Creator; Matt Duffer & Ross Duffer
Fantasy/Drama/Comedy
55 minutes
Season 2 streaming on Netflix.

Mike, Dustin, Lucas, and Will must legit be the coolest kids on the block, and if I got one wish, it’d be for my old ass to join their squad – because it is lit, and every one of them is too damn supreme in their own unique, enchanting, and beautiful way. I simply adore them, not only as talented actors but also as these characters that they were born to play.
And, I’m pretty certain that no one else would be able to flawlessly pull it off as they’ve done through season one and now season two.

On the sequel, things get bigger, scarier, and stranger. But that doesn’t stop any of them from teaming up and facing whatever creature that has now made itself present on planet earth and once again goes into war with forces that are beyond their world.

The visual is even more stunning the second time around, every detail of every scene is perfectly added, creating a pure blessing for the human sight and fans all around the globe.
The plot; equally entertaining, thrilling, and intriguing as the first season, with a lot of heart, warmth, and soul at the same time – making it a joyful journey no matter the darkness.
It’s hilarious from time to time, there’s an amazing balance between the drama and comedy, but the lightness never overshadows the dark parts and vice-versa.

We also welcome a few new faces and characters into the story, roles that I believe only made the show better, we needed a little bit of a love triangle beside the one we already had with Nancy, Steve, and Jonathan.
As the boys get older, it only seemed fitting that a girl would get thrown into the mix and new feelings would blossom.

I absolutely love the show, already hyped and looking forward to the next season and dying to know what new monsters the boys will face and have to fight, what will happen with all the romantic relationships, and is Will fully recovered from the upside down? 9/10


Chris Brown: Welcome to my life (Review)

Director; Andrew Sandler
1h 20 minutes
Documentary/Music
Streaming on Netflix.

Not too shabby, for a documentary surrounding a celebrity it wasn’t that bad to be honest.
Usually, I can’t stand them because most times they open up with the crowd chanting the artist name while you hear news about them popping up in a flash, making it look epic and legendary. Here, it actually had some soul, you get a glimpse into his most difficult times during his career and how he handled it all when it felt like his life was falling apart thanks to his mistakes and poor decisions.

He talks about his pre-fame days, past, relationships, and you hear his side of the story of what happened with Rihanna.
I actually found it moving, I don’t know if he’s a good actor and is just pulling the right strings, but I felt bad for him, and everything that happened; all the hate he got at one point, him talking about his depressions, suicidal thoughts, and him being at his lowest.
We all face difficulties, but behind closed doors, he had to face it all while having the entire globe watching his every move and constantly judging every breath of air he ever inhaled.
Being at one end of a microscope can’t be easy no matter the situation, and none of us are God or Saints to be judging him or say what he deserves and doesn’t. It ain’t in our powers, and if someone is willing to admit his wrongs, shouldn’t they be entitled to be forgiven? They deserve redemption as much as the next person.

I’ve always enjoyed his music, and nothing will ever stop me from listening to it. If I like the song, sound, and lyrics, I don’t care who sings it, I won’t ever judge someone’s work of art based on the person they are or were. It is easy to judge when you’re not the one being the target, that says nothing about them but more about you.

If you already formed some sort of image about this man, then obviously it’s nothing for you to check out, if you’re a fan then it’s a must, or like me who enjoys his music, style, and creativity then you should also spend a little bit over an hour on him. 4.7/10


Real Rob (Review)

Director; Rob Schneider
Comedy / ”Reality”
30 minutes
Out on Netflix.

Not too shabby, I actually enjoyed it despite the negative reviews and comments I found online, maybe being a fan of his could be the main reason why I liked it, had a fun time watching it, I don’t know, but I found it to be entertaining enough to continue watching it and write about it.

It’s a semi reality show in a way, not like your typical reality show nor like your typical average tv show.
It has a thin line and balance between a comedy show like any other yet with a twist, giving you that small dash of reality at the same time due to the actors having their real names, and it revolves around the actor Rob Schneider’s real life living in Hollywood.

If you have bad humor like I tend to have and laugh at silly almost stupid lines, then this is for you. You’ll have very few laugh out loud moments, but it’ll be worth it. 5/10


Okja (Review)

Director; Joon-ho Bong
Adventure/Drama
1h 58 minutes
Out on Netflix!

Powerful, grasping, and beautiful are just a few words to describe Okja, a soul warming script about a girl and her super pig. It’s bold, and it will crawl underneath your skin, into your heart, and stay there. It will even give you a whole new outlook on the livestock and meat industry.

The movie is an inspiration to the human population worldwide, and its unique boldness might even turn you vegan. It will open up your eyes to not only how farm animals are being treated, but also how much life these creatures possess.
They are living, breathing, and emotional beings that deserve to be alive, and not slaughter simply for pleasuring the human taste bud.

To bring life into existence for the sole purpose of killing them sounds like an act of psychopathy, yet it’s called ”farming.” The concept is absurd and cruel.
Animals are beautiful creatures with feelings, depth, and heart. Just because you might not understand their language does not mean you should accept the cruelty that is caused to these innocent lives.
By eating meat, you are contributing to leveling 80% of Amazonian rain forest, wasting of 15 trillion gallons of water, and killing 59 billion animals each year.
Farmers are responsible for 53% of water pollution incidents, by going vegan you’ll be saving the environment, it’ll be less water, fewer forests and landmarks getting torn down to create agricultural farms that are killing these innocent and voiceless beings.
Meat industries and farms are causing global warming, they’re the reasons to the Amazon and rain forests being destroyed, animals becoming extinct, and also damaging our oceans.

Strongly recommended, and though I hated the character that Jake Gyllenhaal portrayed, he was absolutely brilliant and phenomenal.  Kudos to the entire cast and crew for delivering this. 7.4/10