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



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



Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness (Review)

Director; Rebecca Chaiklin & Eric Goode
Mini serie / 5h 17 minutes complete
Streaming on Netflix

I hardly doubt one has missed the mega hype that is Tiger King, if you have not stumbled upon it on social media, you my friend, have lived under a rock.
The hit miniseries documentary that is streaming on Netflix has taken the globe by storm, and not only by us mundane souls but tons of familiar faces like Kim K, Orlando Bloom, and many others have posted about it on their Instagram.

I decided to watch it, well binge is the more accurate word for it since I pretty much devoured the seven episodes in one day, it is addictive, but not for reasons you might believe such as great story, phenomenal visual, etc.
But because the show steams pure hate, greed, abuse, and that kind of drama sells.

The documentary revolves around Joe Exotic aka Tiger King and his cats, here, we get to not only follow him but also two other cat lovers and their ”rescues” and King’s order to murder Carol Baskin, his biggest enemy.

It is quite entertaining, but nothing extraordinary, it’s gotten to much praise when really it just a bunch of dumb people doing dumb stuff, you might lose one brain cell or two, but it’s worth a watch. 5/10



Locke & Key (Netflix review)

Creators; Meredith Averill, Carlton Cuse & Aron Eli Coleite
Fantasy/Drama
48 minutes
Season 1 streaming on Netflix

So I finally gave in to the social media hype that is Locke & Key.
After reading a few reviews online before actually sitting down to watch it, I got mixed and confounded feeling toward it, knowing that the only way to figure out if it was good or bad, was to watch it myself.

I now get the cocktail shake of reviews.
Some said it was brilliant, and som complained about the execution of the script, the lack of energy on the writers, and so on.
Sure the writing needed some polishing, and I do agree that some moments were frustrating, creating this massive madness and urge to rewrite it and some characters were simply annoyingly dumb.
However, that tends to be enough for me to absolutely dislike a show or movie, here I still managed to enjoy it.
I still found myself (even my fiance) hooked and grabbed by the storyline, though slightly lazy and dull at times, it never becomes unwatchable, and some people need to have a little more patience since it is based on a novel.
Adaptions hardly – if ever lives up to the actual book due to so many factors that one has to keep in mind before being such a hard judge.
That aside, it was a great, entertaining, and highly cozy tv show to watch.

Locke and Key lapses in logic, there is no common sense most of the time, they made certain characters ridiculously incapable of using their own brain, making one dumb decision after the other.
But what does holds the show throughout the episodes is the graphic and visual, stunning. In all its bad there is a slight essence of intrigue and thrill, and darkness that makes the viewer interested, I would replace the writers and add more depth to not only the storyline but also to the cast, but it has great potential.

The Locke family moves to the fathers’ childhood home after his death in an attempt to get closer to him and his past.
Little do they know that the house not only holds secrets and dark memories, but also magical keys that only if you are special enough – you’ll find but that could also be connected to the mysterious sudden murder of their father.

I doubt my review made it easier, you are just going to have to watch it for yourself and decide, I liked it, and I am somewhat excited to see what they’ll bring to the second season. 5.5/10



YOU (Netflix review)

Creators; Sera Gamble & Greg Berlanti
Drama/Romance
45 minute each episode
Season 2 now streaming

Finally binged the first two seasons that are now streaming on Netflix, and I totally get the hype. What a soul-grabbing show, completely locking you down and YOU become obsessed, unable to focus on anything else, wanting and craving more, devouring one episode after the other.
The dark and sexy essence, the thrilling suspense, and possessive love is just what we need after a long day, something to let our minds get addicted to in order to release everything else that we live and go through on a daily basis – at least for an intense 45 minute.

YOU is a cocktail of everything twisted and a splash of dark humor. Penn Badgley is phenomenal, a role created for him, making this character that is creepy, twisted yet smart, to even look alluring and attractive. The thrill is intense, captivating, and sexy.

YOU is narrated by Joe (Penn) a charming, intelligent man with obsessive tendencies, a man who also gets carried away and goes deep in when meeting a woman, going to extream measures to not only enter into their lives but also becomes sinister and grim when on the inside – a bad guy in disguise, convincing himself that what he does is because of love because he is trying to protect you.

You is addictive, though a little slow-paced at the beginning, it takes flight after just 2-3 episodes and you are hooked, and the second season is even better and darker.
Def. a must watch.8/10



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