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



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