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



Rules of Engagement (Review)

Creator; Tom Hertz
Comedy
22 minutes
7 Seasons
From 2007

Hands down my absolute favorite sitcom! I have watched this several times over and over, every episode of every season, and I crack up every single time – just like the tv-show FRIENDS, it never fails to bring a smile on my face.
A series that is pure entertainment from beginning to end with a fantastic cast that will enter your heart and camp there for seven amazing seasons – and then, missing them like crazy once it comes to an end.

Patrick Warburton is hilarious, ”Jeff Bingham” must be one of the greatest characters ever created in a sitcom.
A wonderful role with brilliant lines that is a cocktail of sarcasm, dark humor, and ”dad jokes” with a monotone voice, never knowing when he’s being serious, excited, or even feeling low – a man I believe many in a marriage can relate to.
My second favorite is Adam played by none other than Kate Hudson’s brother, Oliver Hudson. A handsome yet charmingly dumb young guy that cracks me up with his innocence.

The show revolves around seven friends, all in different stages in life.
You got the older couple who has been married for years, the ”mentors”, the younger couple who just got engaged, the single (David Spade) rich one who never commits and his assistant, also a young single guy – all hanging out together navigating life in a fun way, bringing different issues and topics as they go along.

With smart one-liners, relatable moments no matter in what stage in life you are whether you are single, in a relationship, or married. The show shines throughout, a solid comedy worth your time! 8/10

Instead of pictures, I found a clip with some of Jeff best moments.
The first season with the cake had me laughing so hard, the ”No señor” made my life!

Dolittle (Bluray review)

Director; Stephen Gaghan
Adventure/Family
1h 41minutes
Out on Bluray
Copy provided by SONY HOME ENTERTAINMENT

No, no, and more no’s! Stephen Gaghan, an Oscar-winning man for best writing on the movie Traffic (2000), also the director behind the movies Syriana and Abandon, directed the reboot/remake of the charming family script that is Dr. Dolittle, the man who can communicate with the animals – a favorite of mine as a child, that is when the role was played by Eddie Murphy.

I tried to keep my disappointment on a down low when it was announced that someone other than Murphy was going to play the part, however, being a fan of Downey Jr, I figured I’d still give it a chance, but it was a fail – all of it.
The dull writing, the overdue visual that looked like an almost desperate attempt to make it a cinematic experience for the whole family to enjoy, but I cannot even see myself as a child enjoying this – it reminded me of the movie BABE, a family/adventure film aimed at kids, yet, I found it more entertaining watching paint dry.

A well-known physician (Robert Downey Jr) with a talent only he has – he can speak to the animals must embark on a colorful journey to an Island – to find a medicine so he can help the dying Queen Victoria (Jessie Buckley).

It wasn’t for me, and it had nothing to do with Downey’s talent because I am a fan of his, this role just wasn’t made for him.
The script didn’t capture my attention, I wasn’t hooked on it once.
But I’m sure it’s a movie that can be put in the background for kids to probably enjoy. 4/10

Extras;
Talk to the animals
Becoming the good doctor
+ more



The war at home (Review)

Creator; Rob Lotterstein
Comedy/Romance
30 minutes
From 2005

So I decided to revisit some old sitcoms due to not being able to find anything new lately that seemed to capture my interest. So, I went back a few years, to 2005 to be exact and watched The War At Home, a show created and produced by Rob Lotterstein, also known as the producer behind Younger and writer on few episodes of Will And Grace.
The war at home was a household favorite, and I was saddened that they only got to season two before canceling it – a show with sarcasm and comedy, just right up my alley.

Dave Gold (Michael Rapaport) and Vicky Gold (Anita Barone) struggle with raising their three teenagers. A show that brings up different topics through each episode and how to face them as a family.

A fun sitcom worth your time, plus it’s not that long due to only being two seasons, something you can binge in less than a week. Take it with a pinch of salt, there’s a lot of offensive lines, dark humor, and tons of sarcasm – an entertaining show that you’ll either love or hate. 6/10



Bad Boys for Life (Bluray Review)

Directors; Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah
Action/Comedy
2h 4 minutes
Out on Bluray
COPY provided by SONY ENTERTAINMENT

Another action-comedy rollercoaster for you to hop on for the 3rd time – the latest installment to the Bad Boys films delivers laughter, emotional moments, and car rides. If you watch it without any expectations, you will end up loving it!

I wasn’t expecting much since movie sequels / third films hardly if ever deliver any good entertainment or the slight of enjoyment, but when I received the Bluray I decided to take the time to watch it so I would be able to write an honest review – and can I say that I LOVED it?! I was stunned, shook to how much I laughed, and that is the thing you have to keep in mind, never to expect something out of this world and you’ll end up being surprised instead.

The chemistry of these two radiates through the screen, no doubt about it, and that alone makes the movie worth watching.
It’s an easy watch with no over-developed plot or script, decent action frequencies, and a few heartfelt scenes – nothing more, nothing less.
The act of certain actors were questionable, wondering how they did not manage to hire other actors? But nothing that ruins the film.
The comedy is great, and it didn’t have to be so much a line but something small like a look or a movement and I cracked up, it is all about the build-up of the scene.

A pair of drug lords are raising havoc in the city of dazzling Miami because of old ghosts, a vengeance that leaves the detectives Mike and Marcus to go on an action-filled ride to face the villans but also finding out about some ties with loose ends – making this catch a little more difficult, and a little more personal.

As I said, don’t go into watching it and expecting something epic and you’ll enjoy it, I understand the negative reviews and comments, when people wait years for another film of what can be a series, they end up being disappointed, but give it a chance. 7,4/10

Extras;
Outtakes & Bloopers
Extended & Alternate Scenes
Partners in Crime: Behind-the-Scenes Series
Easter Eggs
+ so much more



Black and Blue (Bluray Review)

Director; Deon Taylor
1h 48 minutes
Action/Crime
Out on Bluray
COPY proivded by SONY Entertainment

Heyy, not too shabby, a quite decent action film that’ll surely keep you entertained during these dark times that we are facing and have upon us. The gripping suspense, crime, and intriguing monologues are there, great visuals with enough tension and action to keep you locked on the screen.

Alicia (Naomie Harris) a female rookie-cop in New Orleans must now be on the down-low, doing her utmost to stay safe and to reveal the truth after witnessing two corrupt cops committing murder.

For a low budget film it’s truly great, because how much can you truly expect? It delivers quite a bit and a tad more to the viewer, having us not lose all hope on film making these days and realizing that it hasn’t to be a big blockbuster film with endless sources to be good – providing us with exactly what we need, a satisfactory action flick with wonderful acting to keep us entertained while time being.
There won’t be a massive character developing, Oscar-worthy costumes, writing, or shocking plot, but it’s not bad. Definitely worth a watch. 5,5/10

Extras;
Deleted scenes
Line of fire
Be the change in the big easy



Black Christmas (Bluray review)

Director; Sophia Takal
1h 32 minutes
Horror/Thriller
Out on Bluray
COPY provided by SONY Entertainment

So what do the years 1974, 2006, 2016, all have in common? They all released a version of Black Christmas, a dark story of a killer returning to his childhood home only to find out that it has been turned into a sorority house and decides to take the girls down, one by one. Now several years later, a new version has dropped and it is a disgrace to the previous films, making you truly question today’s writers, directors, and producers.

It is dull, poorly written, the visual is quite painful, and I am not even going to get near on commenting the acting because that along will take all day. It was so bad that it became sad, a tragic mess, and quite frankly, an insult to the genre. Whoever gave this motion picture a green go should have their mental health re-evaluated. Simply awful and I want nothing more than to get my 1 hour and 30 minutes back.

Few females students are being stalked by a complete stranger on Christmas Break, as their break takes a grim turn, the sorority soon discovers there are much more layers to the person behind the mask than just a random killing spree.

Don’t. Waste. Your. Time. 0/10

Extras;
Deleted scenes
Extended scenes
Feature commentary
Welcome to Mu Kappa Epsilon
+ more