Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Bluray review)

Director; Quentin Tarantino
Drama/Comedy
2h 41 minutes
Out on bluray
Copy Provided by SONY ENTERTAINMENT

Watching paint dry would’ve been a much more entertaining Saturday than watching this! You truly have to be a lover of 60s retro because of the stunning cinematography to enjoy this, but oh lord what a dull script. It was the most boring motion picture I have seen in a long time, the acting was brilliant, Dicaprio never fails to deliver, and Pitt was great but the writing, the pace, the story, it was tiresome, life drainingly even – the almost 3 hours were not easy to watch thanks to the mundane dialogues!

Quintin Tarantino delivers his 9th film, this time set in old Hollywood in the late ’60s. Colliding Brad Pitt, Leonardo Dicaprio, and Margot Robbie, he creates little snippets stories parallel to each other as the star actor Dalton (DiCaprio) and his stuntman Booth (Pitt) tries to achieve fame in the city of angels.

Not something I’d ever recommend unless it’s an enemy of mine and I wish them nothing else but to waste 3 hours of their lives. 5/10 – and those 5 are sole based on the acting and visual.

Bluray extras;
The Fashion 1969
7 additional scenes
Restoring Hollywood
+ more



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



Ad Astra (Bluray review by guest writer)

Director; James Gray
Adventure/Drama
2h 3 minutes
Out on Bluray
Thanks to 20th Century Fox for the copy

The seasoned astronaut Roy McBride has had his fair share of space travel and is now amazed to know that his father might be alive after considering him to be dead for a long time.
The space agency otherwise does not take lightly on interstellar warfare, they believe that Clifford McBride, Roy’s father, is behind the recent power surges that recently have created major damage on Earth infrastructure, let alone damaging humanities greatest accomplishment; The International Space Antenna, and nearly killing his own son.
Knowing that Roy would be loyal to the agency, they send him out to the moon to try to hitch a ride to Mars where he will try to communicate with his father and hopefully bring an end to the power surges.
First stop, the Dark Side of The Moon, where the broadcast will be sent to Neptune, Clifford’s recent location and it seems here that the Moon is no longer a scientific exploitation that strives to understand the planet and space overall but has become more of a tourist attraction, but I’m not shocked – somehow there’s always money to be made, even for fast-food franchises such as Applebee’s and space pirates.
I know, who would even think to allow space pirates on the Moon?
Coming to the launch pad, the Moon seems to be more rough than usual since space pirates are trying to kill you and steal your… I don’t know, metal, gold sheets, and technology?

With its dreadful script and dull visual, the movie was a sad attempt to maybe become the new Interstellar, but it became a tragic crash instead. It failed miserably, almost insulting the genre and it won’t be the next big ”space” film. 5/10

Bluray extras;
Deleted scenes
To the stars
The art of Ad Astra
Audio Commentary by James Gray
+ so much more




Review by Atlas Hawa.

Frozen 2 (press screening review)

Directors; Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee
Animation/Adventure
1h 40 minutes
Swedish premiere; December 25th

A cinematic experience at its finest – a film animation that’ll leave even the most skeptic in a trance, a nirvana state of mind with its polished to perfection visual and music that will make your ears want to chant in delight.

Frozen 2 delivers everything and a little bit more, a fantastic sequel for the entire family to enjoy from beginning to end. With its stunning scenery, beautiful costumes, entertaining storyline, and hilarious dialogues, the movie will invade your body and camp inside your heart. With its lovable characters returning for a second adventure, you are in for a ride of love, magic, and strength, all wrapped into a magnificent work – the best animation film of this year!

Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristof, and Sven embark on a quest to find answers about an enchanted Forrest, one that keeps calling for Elsa through a familiar song her mother used to sing to her, hoping to find the origin to Elsa’s power, they instead find something else.

The songs are powerful, with depth in every melody, key, and word – making you feel invincible, capable of everything and anything. I had goosebumps through each of the tracks, truly realizing how brilliant the writers of Disney were when creating this piece.

The eye of detail is shown in every scene and second of the movie, in the wrinkles of the costumes, the lines in their faces, and so much more, nada goes unnoticed.

Truly a blast, I strongly recommend the whole family to enjoy this magical film, one that’ll bring a massive smile and laughter to your face. 8/10 Disney once again delivers – L O V E D it.

It would’ve gotten a full 10 if it weren’t for the fact that they showed the Swedish version at the press screening, which was a disappointment, Josh Gad as Olaf is EVERYTHING, so why ruin it? There are no kids at the screenings so they should stick to showing the original version.


The Secret Life of Pets 2 (Bluray review)

Directors; Chris Renaud & Jonathan del Val
Animation
1h 26 minutes
Copy provided by Sony Home

Following the previous journey that came out in 2016, we get to once again bark on a roller coaster of meanings, fun, and heart – The Secret Life Of Pets 2 is a great sequel for everyone to enjoy no matter how old you are, it is an entertaining, laughable, and cute film, ready to steal your heart with its endearing moments – everything wrapped into a fantastic animation flick truly worthy of your time.

The story revolves around Max and his fluffy pet friends, following their secret lives and shenanigans throughout the hours the owners are at work. With its great voice over actors, beautiful colors, sound, and visuals with a well-written script and story, the movie truly captures your soul, especially if you are a pet-owner yourself. 5/10

Extras;
Deleted scenes
80 minutes of original content
Two mini-movies
+ more



Good boys (review)

Director; Good Boys
Comedy
1h 30 minutes
From 2019

The Goonies, Stranger Things, and It. – These movies and many others have through the years created this charismatic and charming setting revolving a group of kids, feeding off each other and their endlessly energy-hype that normally only little boys can radiate.

Good Boys was entertaining, yet, somehow it wasn’t as brilliant as the movies I mentioned above. It was rather dull at times, the script seemed forced almost like a desperate attempt to come off as fun and it failed.
It’s dumb, it is 90 minutes of pure stupidity as it goes along and nothing more, it is not a movie that should be taken seriously – because having little kids dropping the F-word, playing with adult toys, or talking about sex isn’t comedy. But you will get a few smiles in, not a full-on laugh out loud moments unless you are equally dumb, but it’s worth a watch. 4/10



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



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
+ more



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