Creator; William Laurin and Glenn Davis
Season 1 streaming on Netflix
The only reason I managed to binge it was because of Ian Smokeypants! Other than him, the show became physically painful to sit through due to the visual. I did enjoy the innovative concept of a vampire virus, but once certain characters transformed, they looked too-over-worked, nothing close to the image we know and recognize as ”vampires”.
Besides that, another thing that bothered me was the way Michael Fayne ran as a vampire, it was more close to a caveman than anything else, and I know, we’re so stuck with a particular way we’re used to seeing vampires that anything ”new” or even remotely ”different” just seems odd and wrong. So in a way, that’s on us!
There was potential, but it wasn’t used correctly. They could’ve done so much better with the story. It was dreadful, dull, slow-paced, and just plain boring, heartbreaking since Ian is a exceptionally talented actor, there is beauty, depth, and flair to this man that is hard to find and I’m saddened he wasn’t shining like a diamond in the damn sky here!
I can see him in action movies, horror, and even comedy.
Oooh I’d love to see him like Transformers, Jurassic Park, and if they make a movie adaption of the Crossfire series, he could easily be Gideon Cross! Something epic, because he deserves it, and I hope he sees the fire he has and how much the camera loves him and so he can take on greater roles. Or hey, since my first novel is finally being published, I’ll just wait until it turns into a movie and he can play the main character there! ;)
Anyways, getting off-topic, I’m having a hard time reviewing it since I didn’t like it, I had a hard time getting hooked and grabbed by the script and plot, I practically had to force myself to watch it in order to be able to write something, and even so, it was difficult. 1/10 If you, like myself, have missed seeing Ian on-screen after The Vampire Diaries, then check it out, if not, stay away.
Creator; Kevin Williamson
Seasons 1 & 2 are streaming on HBO (Sweden)
I am 100% certain that I’ve found a new favorite tv-show, slightly heartbroken though that only two seasons are streaming so far, two great seasons that I managed to binge in less than a week.
I. need. More. A little obsessed? Yes. But it is brilliantly made, I was devoured by the dark and twisted outcome of some of the beloved fairytales that I enjoyed as a child, such as The 3 little pigs, The little red riding hood, Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella – as I grew older, so did my desires to re-watch them in a darker, sinister, and dare I say a disturbing point of view, and my wishes were answered. Tell me a story takes known fairytales and delivers a modern and corrupted story based on the tales we already are so familiar with, and it was done so damn well.
It kind of reminded me of American Horror Story, where each season is a different story, however, bringing the same actors to play different roles in different seasons.
It is not exactly like the tales you remember but you will not miss the resemblance, they’ve just added pieces of the real world, real problems, with a dash of grief, love, and anger.
It is a thrilling, exciting, and close to phenomenal psychology thriller worth every minute of your time, even though it starts rather slow at the beginning.
I must point out though that the second season was my favorite, and way more fast-paced than the first one.
The acting is great, but I L O V E D seeing Paul Wesley in this darker role, and he played them both (season 1 & season 2) so beautifully. The vamp-stamp is gone, and as much as I loved him as Stefan Salvatore and was #TeamStefan, I’m overjoyed to see him shine in more diverse roles and new projects because he’s too talented to be stuck in a box!
And oh, how I’ve missed seeing Kim Catrall, no one can play a role such as ”Samantha Jones” as perfectly as that woman has done, but it was a joy and thrill to see her in something new & Billy Magnussen was superb.
Amazing cast, and cannot wait to see (hopefully) all of them return in season 3.
Compelling, entertaining, and dark. Don’t miss it! 8/10
Director; Doug Liman
1h 58 minutes
Streaming on HBO
A movie involving Covid-19 was bound to happen sooner or later, a quite big experiance that we’ve been through, and it was only a matter of time before writers would start creating stories and scripts regarding it – a way to work and stay active during our ”new normal”.
Locked down, played out in England with a couple who is going through a separation at the worst possible time, when London goes through a locked down, and due to some surprising opportunities gets to collaborate once again together – pulling a heist at a department store.
Though it was categorized under ”comedy” I might’ve laughed once, well, it was more of a slight smile at a comment or expression, but never a full on laugh. I found it slow, dull, and too long considering that nothing happens until the very end of the film.
It was innovative, a great idea, but it lacked the comedy aspect of a life in quarantine such as when you start walking on each others nerves perhaps, the mental breakdowns of being trapped inside the same four walls, I don’t know, I felt it was missing something, but considering there hasn’t come out a new movie in what feels like ages, it was quite okay. 5/10
Creator; Chris Van Dusen
Season 1 streaming on Netflix
Stumbled on this delightful surprise that made my entire December, truly unaware on how much I would enjoy it – realizing it’s the shows you least expect to love that’ll have you hooked, grabbed, and obsessed. A beautiful, fun, and healthy addiction worthy of every minute of your time. It’s like Jane Austen, Jane Eyre, and Gossip Girl had a baby, and that bundle of joy is Bridgerton.
Played out in the Regency era- England, the show revolves around the Bridgerton family – a story on status, lust, and drama with some sex and gossip sprinkled on top. If you are like myself who loves shows on betrayal and passion played out in the 1800, then this show is for you.
It has a bit of everything and a little more, the lust throughout the show was exceptional laid out through the episodes, and once you’re introduced to the chemistry between Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) and the Duke (Regé-Jean Page), you’ll be yearning and longing for them to get together.
There is a fire burning inside of you every time those two are on screen together, it’s the closest to magic that I’ve ever witnessed on tv. The costumes are bright and colorful, the scenery is dreamlike, and so is the decor.
I won’t gush too much over it, there are some flaws. It’s not that authentic to history, the music alone will be the first thing that’ll have you react and look like a question mark, though classical sounds, they’ve taken modern music such as Maroon 5, Ariana Grande, and few others.
At first I was like, ”Maroon wasn’t even born back then?!” but then I enjoyed the different version of today’s music. Many will complain that it’s not historical correct and I respect that, but at the end of the day it’s just a fictional show for pure entertainment. Many hated the lack of accuracy such as there were no African American as Dukes back then, I didn’t care, I just loved seeing a gorgeous black man play a main role in a cute tv-show. So stop complaining, and just watch it for fun!
It’s sweet, steamy, and binge-worthy with a great cast. 7/10
Director; Derrick Borte
1h 30 minutes
No, no, no, and several more noes. Russell Crow has a few masterpieces up his sleve, sadly, this won’t be joining the rest of them. Not only was it bad, it was irritating, annoying, frustrating, exaggerating, and so on. I mean, I can get road raged sometimes, but this was on a whole other level. It become too much, too ”that would never happen” type of story – and it could’ve been all avoided by just a simple ”I’m sorry”, but then, they wouldn’t have a movie.
A stressed woman, worried she’ll be late gets confronted by an unstable man at an intersection, and when she refuses to apologize, certain she’s done nothing wrong, the man makes it his mission to create the worst day of her life.
I didn’t enjoy it, far from it. It became strange, disturbing, and over the top. It bothered me that she never went to the police, that he drove like a maniac in braod daylight, the people at the resturant/diner didn’t do much, I mean it was all just a big mess. 1/10 her stupidty will tick you off, his anger will frustrate you, and the script will annoy you.
Creator; Steve Yockey
First season streaming on HBO
The pilot was slightly entertaining enough to keep me somewhat hooked – wanting to see and know more of it. Though it falls under the category of comedy as well as drama and mystery, I haven’t laughed at all so far, the jokes are kind of tamed and dull, I was mostly stunned by the main character who drank way too much.
Seems like the writers are too lazy or out of ideas on what special trade to add to the characters she plays, because in The big bang theory we see Penny practically holding a glass of wine on every episode, and here her vice of choice was the bottle of vodka, causing a lot of trouble yet she didn’t seem eager enough to put the drinking aside.
Some scenes becomes annoying, frustrating, and irritating because of the sorry to say imbecil flight attendant who gets wasted constantly and sleeps with the passangers. There’s no wow factor to the show, it’s purely stupidity that sadly will turn this show into a collosal fail.
Cassie Bowden (Kaley Cuoco) a flight attendant who wakes up in a hotell in Bangkok after a long night of partying, only to find a dead man sleeping right beside her, without any memory of what happened she’s now on a hunt to find answers.
Would I recommend it? Probably not. Will I continue watching it to see the outcome of the show? Yes. 4/10
Director; Antonio Campos
2h 18 minutes
Streaming on Netflix
Based on the book by Donald Ray Pollock (who also is the narrator in the movie), The Devil All The Time is a brilliant art-work on how religion speaks to the individual on different levels.
Here, the writer has managed to create a story on several characters and how they all have their own views on God, but also, how God himself ”speaks to them”, telling them what they should do, acts that were nowhere close to kindness – hence the title of the film, figuring it out that it wasn’t the holy spirit speaking to them.
A corrupted world where brutality is a known trade throughout the town, yet, all revolving one certain individual who goes to length to protect those he cares about, with a slight doubt regarding religion and God, even though being brought up in a household where prayers and visits to Sunday church were mandatory.
The cast was beyond fantastic, I saw Pattinson in a whole new light, he was cringy, uncomfortable, and simply a pure genius. Tom Holland is a diamond in the sky, this talented being was phenomenal and I cannot wait to see him in similar roles because he nailed it, if I could give you one sole purpose to watch this movie, it’d be because of him. He truly brought it all in his extraordinary performance, and I feel his itsy bitsy spider days are long behind him. Bill Skarsgård, was great, I cannot stress enough how these three actors are the main dish of this whole film.
It’s not for everyone, it’s over two hours of mostly drama than anything else, yet, you can’t turn it off, it was addictive even dull and somewhat boring at times, hard to explain, but give it a chance if you’re into people being ”brainwashed” by religion. Disturbed at most times since a lot of them thought they were doing good deeds under the guise of God, instead of carrying a cruel soul within them – using religion as a shield, an excuse. A sinister and dark tale worthy of 2 hours of your time. 6,5/10
Creator; Moisés Zamora
Season 1 streaming on Netflix
No masterpiece, but since Netflix released The Queen’s Gambit setting the bar pretty high, I feel like no show will ever be again.
A series, based on the life of the Latina/Tejano pop sensation Selena Quintanilla. We get to follow her through the early years as her father discovers the great talent his daughter has – making it his life mission that everyone knows about her voice as well – a long journey of sacrifices, hard work, and success.
Here we explore her legacy – though she may be long gone, her spirit lives on not only in fashion and beauty line products but also in music that has been inspired by her songs, tribute tracks, barbie dolls, movies, and so much more to celebrate her.
Mostly aimed at the Spanish market, Selena was just in the process of releasing her English album when she got tragically murdered at the age of 23.
The show dives deep into the life of the singer from day one.
It’s a medium-paced story that manages to capture your interest and have you hooked on knowing what’s about to come, fan or no fan of the singer. The show is to be enjoyed by everyone who takes the time to watch it, and I genuinely liked it.
In all its sorrow and her tragic faith, there is so much passion, love, and warmth from her family. The hard work from her parents was inspiring, acknowledging her potential, and doing their utmost for her to succeed.
It’s entertaining with an excelent look at the Quintanilla family. 6/10
Director; Andy Tennant
1h 47 minutes
Streaming on Netflix
I want to start with an update. Due to Covid-19, there hasn’t been barely any press screenings, nor new movies have dropped, making my job of writing about them a tad harder, and if you follow me on Instagram, then you might know that I not too long ago signed a contract with a publisher in London. So, my time and prime focus have been the process of getting my first novel out in the world. So from now on, there will be fewer updates, mainly when I get the time to watch a movie or tv-show, and I will try my hardest to not let this blog run in the sand because writing about films is truly a passion of mine, one I don’t want to lose. With that said, last weekend I took some time off and decided to watch The Secret: Dare to dream, a new film on Netflix.
Not too shabby, finally a movie to spread some good vibes during times like these. Andy Tennant managed to capture the essence, belief, and depth of the concept that is ”The secret” – the power to attract what you desire, to manifest your thoughts – into a beautiful, sweet, warm, and inspiring movie.
The uplifting story worth every minute of your time will not only motivate you to change the way you see things but also how you think and respond to everything that happens in your day to day life.
Instead of focusing on everything bad that happens and getting upset that something doesn’t go your way at the moment, focus on what you want, and attract that. Don’t your waste your energy on the negative and put it to good use or you will attract that negative energy in your surrounding, instead, focus on a positive mindset, and soon, things will change.
They have successfully emerged the good and the bad into a beautiful romance flick. You got a mother of 3 who lives with a gut feeling that something bad is always around the corner – her being a quite negative person. That is until the day she meets Bray – a professor who follows the rules of The Secret, a positive man that helps her and ends up delivering her some pretty good news by the end of it.
It’s a fantastic, uplifting, and motivating movie to watch on a weekend, a rainy day, or why not snuggle up with a cup of tea and wind down once you get home from work. Entertaining and loving, just what we and the world needs right now. 7/10
Director; Diederik Van Rooijen
1h 26 minutes
Streaming on Netflix
Movie from 2018
A decent mystery flick with thriller splashes to entertain your dull and slow night. A movie that’ll somewhat semi-keep you hooked and interested throughout until the plot reveals itself. A horror that wasn’t too shabby, a dark script with good horror aspects, good acting by Shay Mitchell, and some great creep factors.
Megan (Mitchell) a former cop out of rehab due to PTSD lands a job as a graveyard shift-assistant in a city hospital morgue. After several bizarre moments caused by an evil entity stuck in one of the corpses, she must now face the horror of dealing with the evil supernaturals.
The Possession of Hannah Grace is no masterpiece, nor memorable, but it was worth a watch if you’re in the mood of some cringy, crawl-creeping, and uncomfortableness for an hour and a half. With a not-so-bad writing and story and great visual, atmosphere, and sound.
However, what I disliked about it was the little slow build-up to the reveal of the plot, because not much happened at first, so for almost one hour and 15 minutes, you are just cringing, holding your breath, thinking something big will go down and nada. I would’ve loved more creep scenes in the beginning, but there is character development + great creation of scenes such as isolation and closed spaces.