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



Brightburn (Bluray review)

Director; David Yarovesky
Horror/Sci-fi
1h 30 minutes
Out on Bluray
Copy provided by SONY Home

Well, that was a waste of time.
A new story that had both potential and quite an interesting concept, yet it failed miserably.
I had some high hopes, I guess, one has in one way or another wondered ”what if?” – debating the thought if Superman was the opposite of good? What if he was part of the dark side, not wanting to save the world and instead of helping others, actually hurting them.
Well someone thought of it as well and created Brightburn – the same story but with a twist.

Tory and Kyle, a couple unable to conceive think they’ve had their prayers heard when a child from another planet crash-lands near their landscape. The only problem, as he grows, something more sinister starts to take over his within, and instead of becoming a hero, he grows into being someone everyone around him fears.

It starts dull, slow, and dragged out – and it doesn’t get any better nor even slightly entertaining as it goes on. It missed the high suspense, the true elements of a real horror flick. Not something I’d personally recommend nor watch twice. 4/10 And that is solely based on that I enjoyed seeing Elizabeth Banks on a more serious role rather than the fun-light-hearted character she tends to play.

Extras;
Filmmaker Commentary
Creating a New Supervillain
Quick Burns – Vignette Social Series
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The Protector (Review)

Director; Tosca Musk
Romance
2h 6 minutes
Now streaming on Passionflix.

Based on the novel by Jodi Ellen Malpas with the same name, Passionflix, an online streaming website that turns popular romance novels into movies and series decided to make the movie adaption of this book – as excited as I first was to finally see The Protector on the screen, and not just through the pages as I had done since I bought the novel, I must say, that excitement quickly faded away into thin air.

It was simply bad, gut-wrenching, and it hurt my eyes.
My soul was torn, my heart in pieces shattered on the floor, and in shock that the author even approved this – who in their right mind would sell out so easy on a work they’ve been working so hard on for someone else to ruin in 2 hours and 6 minutes?!

Everything was bad; the second-class acting, the poor script, the unpleasant visual, and worst? The painful sound that made my entire essence cringe. I pray to the every lord above that they don’t try to turn another of my favorite novels into movies or I will rip my eyeballs out, because one thing I cannot stand is directors, producers, and script creators slaughtering my lovable books that I read with passion, excitement, and so much enthusiasm – for them to crap all over it.

If you’ve read the novel, don’t dare watching the movie. 0/10



Ready or not (press screening review)

Director; Matt Bettinelli-Olpin & Tyler Gillett
Thriller/Mystery
1h 35 minutes
Swedish premiere; August 23rd

A mixture of good and bad, entertaining yet frustrating, annoying but somehow thrilling. The bad is based solely on certain characters and their acting plus some scenes. Regarding the characters, one in particular, who was a cokehead obviously didn’t do research or watch enough movies to be able to portray an addict, and some scenes were frustrating because bad moments could’ve been avoided.

The script itself was quite entertaining and refreshing, so was the monologues, there was a slight essence of humor which lighted up the dark, it delivers a few laughs that were well planned and put, and some part were a total nail-biter. The length was perfect, it didn’t become too long nor too dull, it was enough and they would’ve just ruined it if they dragged it out.

Grace’s wedding night takes a grim turn when following her inlaws traditions. What she believes might just be an innocent play of hide and seek turns out to be a total nightmare, and now she only has until dawn to come out alive.

Definitely worth a watch if you want a little laugh and some thrill wrapped into one mystery fest.6,5/10



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



The Hustle (Review)

Director; Chris Addison
Comedy/Crime
1h 35 minutes
From May 2019

I completely understand the negative comments, sure, this isn’t a movie for the bright one, one who is searching for something intellectual, something with depth, and something fresh and epic.
But, if you watch it with a drink in one hand, it ain’t that bad and you’ll actually find yourself enjoying what could be a dull afternoon.

Two female scam artist, two complete different opposite of one another meet and while thinking they’re the doing the con, they get what they deserve from a third party.

It’s not that shabby, it is quite entertaining, and one should not judge it too quickly nor get grabbed by the negativism, it’s a remake from the classic from 88 – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, but with a twist. However, nothing will live up to the two phenomenal Steve Martin and Michael Cane, but Hathaway and Wilson have chemistry, and though the acting wasn’t superb this time, they bring some smiles and that should sometimes be enough. 4/10



The Secret Life of Pets 2 (Review)

Directors; Chris Renaud & Jonathan del Val
Animation
1h 26 minutes
From June 2019

Following the previous journey that came out in 2016, we get to once again bark on a roller coaster of meanings, fun, and heart – especially being a pet owner myself. So many scenes had me smiling from ear to ear, glancing over at my two pups and then bursting out in laughter, truly hoping they’re like that when I’m gone. It’d be something.

The Secret Life Of Pets 2 was an amazing sequel for everyone to enjoy no matter how old you are, it’s entertaining, laughable, and cute – everything wrapped into a fantastic animation flick truly worthy of your time.
Just like the first one, it is about the pets, and what they are up to when their owner leaves them to go to work.

Great voice over actors, beautiful colors and visuals with a well written script and story. 5/10



A dog’s way home (Bluray review)

Director; Charles Martin Smith
Drama/Family
1h 36 minutes
Out on Bluray
Copy provided by Sony HOME

Heartwarming, feel-good, and warm. Just a few words and ways to describe this film. It practically hugs your soul, and you love every minute of it. I won’t compare it to similar dog movies that have been out such as A dogs purpose and A dogs journey because those two were beside the best dog movies, but a total cry-fest. I hadn’t bawled my eyes in such a long time, but those brought it out of me – and though this film wasn’t close to those two, it was still a joy to watch and something I’d recommend if you, like myself love dogs.

Bella, a beautiful dog gets lost from her family and home, as she goes through highs and lows facing obstacles and strangers, trying to get back to the ones she loves the most she also discovers a whole new world.

You will laugh, you will smile, but mostly, you’ll be wiping away tears. It is an adventure for the whole family to enjoy, to get inspired, experience goosebumps, and simply not knowing you could love dogs more than you already do.

Though great and entertaining, I was quite disappointed with the visual at certain points, it screamed computerized, I mean, I completely understand that you cannot add a mountain lion and a dog and expect them to act together and be friends, but the mountain lion looked way too fake, so a little more work on the details would have made this movie a nice 10.
6/10

Extras;
Deleted scenes
An unforgettable journey
DIY doggie treats with Shelby
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Destroyer (Bluray review)

Director; Karyn Kusama
Crime/Drama
2h 1 minute
Copy provided by SONY Home

Destroyer brought me mixed emotions, caught between dark and light, good and bad – struggling to comprehend what I was truly experiencing and feeling throughout this piece of work.
The bad, its awful pace, it quickly becomes dull and you sit there, on the edge to falling asleep, unable to keep your eyes open and your head starts to get heavy and before you know it everything goes black.
The good, it is like nothing you’ve ever seen Kidman in before, brilliantly as she is she delivers such dark role with only the elegance and essence only she could.

Without revealing too much of the plot, a detective reconnects with some bad people from her past. The script is well written and so is the dialogue, yet the scenery becomes rather simple and then boring because they feel too long.
This movie will either destroy your will to live or reboot you with pure passion and love for film making.

Not something I’d personally recommend unless you are out of titles to check out on a rainy day. 5/10 and that is sole for the phenomanal perfomance of Nicole Kidman – her best act yet.



The Lion King (Review)

Director; Jon Favreau
Live Action/Adventure
1h 58 minutes
From July 2019

In awe of this beautiful live-action remake, brought to you from the classic that came out in 94. My eyes started watering up at the very beginning before the title even showed up, the sound and image alone brought me back to my childhood, and that was worth every single penny. Every shot is stunning, and just seeing these lovable characters all over again brought joy to my soul – from the hilarious Timon and Pumbaa, to Zazu and the greatest of it all, that it stayed true to the original and for that, I’m so thankful.

If you’ve seen the Disney version from 94 then you are more than familiar with the story and plot, that does not change besides a few minor changes here and there. The heart and soul of this story radiates through every moment, and your entire being chants with the glory of enthusiasm when the songs comes on. The ache and sorrow this movie posses is also there, and so is the beauty, love, and friendship. It is a fantastic movie to relive the amazing roller coaster of emotions, strongly recommended for the whole family to enjoy. Kudos to the entire cast behind this gorgeous work of motion picture. 9/10