Riverdale (Review)

Creator; Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Crime/Drama/Mystery
45 minutes
Season 2 on Netflix.

Archie and his friends with a darker twist. Based on the comics, Riverdale will grab ahold of you whether you like it or not. It’s highly addictive, and though entertaining and will every now and then crawl underneath your skin, don’t expect it to be like the comics from the 40’s.

Riverdale, a small town with darkness and one mystery after the other surfacing its ”normal” facade. We get to follow Archie and his friends as they together try to live life as teens but also solving murders, clues, and dealing with parents and school.

Riverdale was brought to my attention by a friend, and since I was in desperate need to find something to binge, I decided to give it a try and just like that, I had found a new guilty pleasure that I could enjoy while snuggled on my couch on these dark winter days.

There’s teen love, that is intoxicating, exciting, and filled with passion. Drama and rival between characters, the thrill of the crime and mystery, and the warmness of small towns. It’s Gossip Girl meets Pretty Little Liars meets Twin Peaks. 7/10



Atypical (Review)

Creator; Robia Rashid
Comedy/Drama
30 minutes
Season 1 on Netflix.

Heartfelt, beautifully warm, and funny. All wrapped into an entertaining, brilliant, and informative show that will besides have you go through an emotional roller coaster, also teach you more about autism.

Randomly I decided to check out the Netflix Original Atypical on a gloomy day with nothing else to watch, so I had no expectations, hadn’t heard about it, and thought I’d give it a chance. I was hooked and ended up binge-watching the entire first season in two sittings.
It captures your soul with not only the phenomenal performance by the whole cast but the storyline is relatable when watching it from different perspectives and aspects.

They managed to so greatly combine autism with heart, care, and humor into a perfect blend of a tv-show that will steal your interest from beginning to end, and you will love every single bit of every moment.

We get to follow Sam, who is on the autism spectrum and his journey of finding a girlfriend, dealing with his family, school and relationship to his therapist.

I absolutely loved it, strongly recommended. 8/10



The big sick (Bluray Review)

Director; Michael Showalter
Comedy/Drama/Romance
2h
Out on bluray
Copy by UIP

I am still trying to figure out what was so damn freaking-tastic about this film? I cannot be the only one who didn’t find this as amazing and hilarious as many others have stated on online reviews? It got 7,6 on IMDb, how is that even possible? I did not laugh out loud ONCE! Not even a half-crooked smile throughout the whole movie. I was sitting there wondering when it would end, I ended up picking my phone up and checking my Instagram feed instead. According to the reviews on the cover (by Rolling Stone and The Washington Post) it was the funniest romcom in ages. WHAT? HOW?

Pakistan-born stand-up comedian, Kumail, taunted by his family to get married with a woman from his land and culture, finds himself falling for an all American Girl.

I found it boring, and nothing I’d watch twice. 3/10

Bluray extras;
The making of The Big Sick
The real story
Film festival panel
8 Deleted scenes
The other stuff


Copy from SONY Home.

The Beguiled (Bluray review)

Director; Sofia Coppola
Drama/Thriller
1h 33 minutes
Out on Bluray.

Quite the disappointment to be honest, or maybe it was me who simply expected something completely different than what the trailer had me believing.
I wanted more thrill, more raw uncertainty on what would go down. It all felt pretty well predictable, I thought I’d be gasping for air, left in awe due to the shock, that I’d be spun around, but it was an hour and a half of dullness, thinking that something was about to happened but never did, the build-up was flat, and so was the story and plot.

However, the acting was what kept me going, I continued watching it toward the very end for the sole purpose that Kidman was phenomenal, a brilliant performance that had me admiring her entire being and character. There is an essence of elegance and peace around her, and that alone is enough to check this film out.

A wounded solider (Colin Farrell) arrives at girls school in Virginia, causing a havoc of the darkest in betrayal and jealousy.

Not something I’d strongly recommend to someone, but also not something to completely turn away from. If you have an hour and half to spare, it is a pretty decent film to kill time with, nothing more, nothing less. 5/10

Bluray extras;
A shift in perspective.
A southern style.

Copy from SONY.

IT (Bluray review)

Director; Andy Muschietti
Horror/Drama
2h 15 minutes
Swedish premiere; September 13th

Andy Muschietti has truly outdone himself in this remarkable remake, the horror classic from the 90’s based on one of Stephen King’s novels, It. A film for this, and future generations to enjoy and be a part of.

The movie is an extraordinary tribute to not only the original, but also to the writer behind the story as well. The eye for every detail in every moment does not go unnoticed, from the vision, sound, to script – from beginning to end, it’s simply flawless.
You’ll have the creeps crawling through every nerve of yours just by seeing the credits, the melodic yet unpleasant soundtrack of children softly singing, the gray and rainy day, to the performance of every single actor involved.

I wouldn’t call it a hardcore-hands-down horror film, but the thrill and suspense is there, and it wasn’t so much ”jump-in-your-face” type of scenes, but tension, shadows, and sound building up and the atmosphere that delivered that great scary touch to it, along side with the amazing work from the makeup and costume department when it came to Pennywise (the clown), and the other ”monster” like characters.

The actors, who were mostly children, were brilliant, truly phenomenal in every aspect of their act.
One that is already such a talent, is Finn Wolfhard. You might recognize him from the amazing hit tv-show Stranger Things that is streaming on Netflix. Oh Lord, what a joy it is to observe and listen to him, I don’t care how young he is, I literally want to be friends with him, he’s definitely the coolest kid on the block!

Another one that blew me away, (well they all did), but especially, was Jack Dylan Grazer. I don’t know if it was his role, the outfit, but he literally reminded me of Steve Carell in a mini version. He was fantastic. They were all amazing, probably more talented than most grown up actors to be honest.
Superb job from the entire cast and crew. It was a perfect cocktail of drama, horror elements with a dash of comedy thanks to the epic comebacks the kids had for each other. 9/10 And applause to our Swedish actor for giving such classic character justice with his supreme act.

Bluray extras;
Deleted scenes.
The losers’ club.
Pennywise lives.
Author of fear.



Copy from Fox Movies.

Baby Driver (Bluray review)

Director; Edgar Wright
Action/Crime
1h 52 minutes
Out on Bluray!

Though running at a rather dull and slow pace, I couldn’t keep my eyes away from the screen, which says a lot considering nothing EPIC ever happened.
You hope, you pray, and it has you believe that something is about to completely turn your stomach upside down of the thrill and action, but it doesn’t, yet you sit there with your eyes glued due to the phenomenal performance, stylish vision, and the sensation of being a part of the team; screaming cliché and vanilla type of characters, it is still a film worth your time.

Baby (Ansel Elgort) a getaway driver who must pay off his debt to a crime boss by being a driver to the heists planned and covered by the boss’s team, until his final one goes wrong.

It has en essence of elegance and style wrapped around its weak story. 5/10

Bluray extras;
Over 20 minutes extended and deleted scenes.
Mozart in a go-cart.
Ansel drives.
Animatics.

+ more




Bluray copy from UIP.

American Made (Bluray review)

Director; Doug Liman
Action/Biography
1h 55 minutes
Out on bluray

From A few good men, Jerry Maguire, Collateral, Eyes Wide Shut, to Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles and I’m certain no one can get over the epic underpants scene in Risky Business from 83 – it is safe to say that I adore Cruise in every aspect of his being, from the talented actor that he is to the persona he appears to be on interviews, red carpet, and talk shows.
There is a charisma to him, glint in his green eyes and charming smile, though the movie did not end up on my top 3, it was definitely a come back from the mess that was The Mummy.

Doug Liman, the man who also directed Cruise in Edge Of Tomorrow brings us now American Made, a real life-based story about a pilot who besides ends up working for the CIA also becomes a drug smuggler in the south during the 80s.

Cruise portrayed the character in the only way he knows how to, light-hearted and delightful. The man simply oozes a certain attraction that many others lack, no matter plot, script, or vision he still manages to shine like a diamond in the darkened sky that he is.

Stunning vision and colors though I hated the camera switches from one picture to another, the cutting was simply bad, but I won’t be so hard on it considering that the movie is supposed to come off as a documentary as well and since Edge of Tomorrow was fantastic, I am pretty sure it was not something that was handled poorly or by mistake.
The length, however, was slightly long, almost two hours which becomes dragged out for this genre, yet its subtle humor here and there makes it rather enjoyable. 6.7/10

Bluray Extras;
Deleted scenes.
American storytellers.
Cruise and Liman.
Shooting American Made.
Flying high.
The real Barry Seal.




Bluray copy from UIP.

Transformers: The Last Knight (Bluray review)

Director; Michael Bay
Sci-Fi/Action
2h 35 minutes
Out on bluray!

I absolutely adore the Transformers franchise and Mark Wahlberg himself. He was my second celebrity crush after seeing him in Fear (first was DiCaprio in Titanic), then his work as both an actor and producer has always been something that I’ve enjoyed watching through the years.
Whether it is a thrillingly speedful action flick like Shooter or comedy like Ted and Daddy’s Home, I simply love the roles he has taken on since his days as Marky Mark, sadly, I just feel that he doesn’t belong in here.
These movies just keep getting worse, lacking the soul and heart the first film had, I cannot wrap my head around how on earth they have become so bad when once, being a massive blockbuster that I would look forward seeing.

I kind of lost interest when the fourth movie came out, when welcoming a whole new cast and introducing a brand new story, yet the plot in a way always remains the same.
Suddenly, we had to say goodbye to Shia LaBeouf as Sam, and get familiar with the new faces that were taking over; a father (Mark Wahlberg) and his daughter.
Shia was like a shooting star, definitely one a kind, and any other actor after would only be compared him. So, I think it was rather clever from Bay to start from the beginning, it just didn’t work out, and I believe it is time for us fans all around the globe to send a final farewell to the films we’ve come to love.

With Prime gone and the good and bad at war, Cade is in-between a battle of both trying to protect the Autobots while finding out more about the Transformer’s history alongside Vivian (Laura Haddock).

A messy disaster that won’t capture your attention, just pure agony, knowing that the Transformers you once adored so much, is gone. 3,9/10

Bluray Extras;
Merging Mythologies – The secret of Transformers history.
Climbing the ranks.
The royal treatment.
Alien landscape.

+ more.



Bluray copy from 20th century Fox.

The greatest showman (press-screening review)

Director; Michael Gracey
Biography/Musical
1h 45 minutes
Swedish premiere; December 25th

I’m not a fan of musicals, the only one that I find tolerable and actually find myself enjoy watching is, Mamma Mia. Other than that, I simply find it annoying and close to ridiculous, but that took a whole new turn after watching The Greatest Showman.

I cannot find the correct words to express the exclusivity of it.
It wasn’t simply your typical average looking musical, it was pure magic, from beginning to end.
It is so extraordinary that it will transport you into a dreamful world of flawless image, stunning movements, and brilliant performances; a motion picture that is just the finest of pure perfection, down to every single scene.
It reminded me why I loved movies so much, that is what this film does to you – suddenly, you’re a child again. Your heart and soul chanting with glory, every bone and muscle wants to burst out and dance right there on the spot.
For a brief moment, you will find yourself in this enchanting atmosphere, praying that it’ll never come to end.
You won’t even know how to continue with your life after it, how to even cope when coming back to reality.

The details were perfect, there is no doubt about it. Every scene was the essence of beauty and wonder, a cocktail that left me drunk swimming in bliss and joy. Once the film ended, besides one glistening tear escaping my eye, (truly a vision for sore eyes), I just couldn’t wait for the actual premiere so I could go see it once again. Like a drug, I got addicted to it, craving for even a crumb of more that is everything this film holds.

I loved it. I worshiped it. I bow to it. 10/10


Also, I’d like to thank 20th Century Fox Movies for besides delivering breakfast, they also delivered lunch due to the technical issues that dragged out the time. It was definitely not necessary, or something they had to do, but it was very kind and highly appreciated.

The shape of water (press-screening review)

Director; Guillermo del Toro
Fantasy/Drama
2h 3 minutes
Swedish premiere; February 14th 2018

It definitely won’t be for everyone, and that is the beauty of it.
Its uniqueness, oddness, and authenticity of the script; the thrillingly-strange romance between a human and an aquatic creature.
We’ve all seen movies through history where the ”monster” captures our heart. We see the beauty in their darkness, and suddenly we see them in a whole new light, and just like that? We’re cheering for them, yet, they never get their happy ending.
King Kong, Frankenstein, etc. There are several movies where the ”monster” never gets the girl, and finally, Del Toro changed that.

In a research facility in the 1960’s, a mute cleaning lady develops a relationship with an aquatic creature.

I genuinely enjoyed it, though again, I’ve always been into scripts out of the ordinary. The combination of the time era, the ”forbidden” romance between two completely different species, the weirdness of the plot, and rareness of it all captures your interest. I did ask myself several times, ”what the hell did I just see?”, ”are they for real?” and that was the humor and freshness of it.

In all its strange and close to even an uncomfortable story, there is a delightful tale that will grab ahold of your soul. 7.7/10