Dynasty (Review)

Creators; Sallie Patrick, Stephanie Savage, Josh Schwartz
Drama/Comedy
42 minutes
Season 3 is streaming now

If you enjoy drama, romance, crime, and incredible plot twists with a sprinkle of comedy, then Dynasty is for you. It is a superb tv-show that is almost impossible not to like, it has everything and a bit more plus an amazing cast that will enter your heart and you will love every minute and every scene, truly hooked on this, dare I say it? – Masterpiece…

First of all, lets credit the amazing costume designer on this show because the fashion here is stunning.
So is the interior design and architecture of the homes and the buildings are dream-like. The writing is close to perfection, so are the insane plots twists that keep dropping after almost every episode, you’re just sitting there shook on what just happened and how they managed to drop another bomb just like that, the suspense is wonderful, an astonishing show in other words.

The story follows two of the wealthiest families in America and all the good and bad that comes with it. You get to hope on this amazing roller coaster of fancy champagne, murders, and control.
+ Elizabeth Gillies is cut to perfection for this role, and truly shines throughout every season, the woman has become my muse, I aspire to be like Fallon Carrington!
Strongly recommended and cannot wait for season 4. 10/10




Jumanji: The Next Level (Bluray review)

Director; Jake Kasdan
Adventure/Comedy
2h 3 minutes
Out on Bluray
Copy provided by SONY ENTERTAINMENT

This pandemic is slowly taking a toll on us humans, but one thing we can still count on is Kevin Hart to make us laugh during such dark times.
Jumanji: The Next Level is a great sequel that delivers adventure, laughs, and warmth. From beginning to end its a fantastic ride to hop on for the second time, enjoying it as much as one did the first time back in 2017 – a film for the entire family to get lost in for 2 hours during this ”quarantine.”

Here we get to once again get inside the video game that is JUMANJI, modernizing it since the original was a board game, now it is a video game. As the gang returns to rescue one of their friends who went back in, a glitch in the game has managed to create a slight error causing this time one hell of a roller coaster for the old and new players.

I loved it, as much as I did the first one. It is an enjoyable movie that offers so much to the viewer, a fun adventure with stunning visuals of desserts, jungles, and snowy mountains + hilarious dialogues, great sound effects, friendship, love, and action. The cast is equally phenomenal this time, delivering amazing impressions of one another.
You’ll be satisfied, no doubt about it. 7/10

Bluray extras;
Gag Reel
Back together – reuniting the cast
Body swapping
+ much more



Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness (Review)

Director; Rebecca Chaiklin & Eric Goode
Mini serie / 5h 17 minutes complete
Streaming on Netflix

I hardly doubt one has missed the mega hype that is Tiger King, if you have not stumbled upon it on social media, you my friend, have lived under a rock.
The hit miniseries documentary that is streaming on Netflix has taken the globe by storm, and not only by us mundane souls but tons of familiar faces like Kim K, Orlando Bloom, and many others have posted about it on their Instagram.

I decided to watch it, well binge is the more accurate word for it since I pretty much devoured the seven episodes in one day, it is addictive, but not for reasons you might believe such as great story, phenomenal visual, etc.
But because the show steams pure hate, greed, abuse, and that kind of drama sells.

The documentary revolves around Joe Exotic aka Tiger King and his cats, here, we get to not only follow him but also two other cat lovers and their ”rescues” and King’s order to murder Carol Baskin, his biggest enemy.

It is quite entertaining, but nothing extraordinary, it’s gotten to much praise when really it just a bunch of dumb people doing dumb stuff, you might lose one brain cell or two, but it’s worth a watch. 5/10



The Invisible Man (Review)

Director; Leigh Whannell
Mystery/Thriller/”horror”
2h 4 minutes
From February

What can I say? I LOVED it. Yes, there are some holes here and there that should’ve been filled for the ”perfect” motion picture, however, not something that I was affected by.
Those few moments leaving you with a question mark doesn’t weigh for the entire film, it was a great flick to enjoy with terrific suspense from the very beginning even though it lacked logic at a certain point and small issues with the script and plot of the movie.

Personally, I found it to be fantastic, mainly because the massive tension was there, and your anxiety kicks in, you got your blood pumping, heart racing, and unable to look away, craving more of the story – there wasn’t so much development as one would’ve hoped for, but I found it to be enough to be entertained by the film – plus, the camera simply adores Elisabeth moss, she has a certain sensual and delicate beauty that I can’t really put my finger on, but I just become mesmerized whenever the focus is on her.

As Cecilia manages to escape her abusive boyfriend she soon enough finds out that he’s taken his own life and left her his fortune.
Although, with very slight belief that she’s finally out of his hands for good, lethal occurrences start taking places, ones she has no idea how are they are happening but by someone she cannot see…

I loved it, I truly couldn’t keep my eyes away from the screen the entire time, though flawed, it was still a film with few twists, thrill, and the horror essence makes itself present throughout the story keeping the viewer on its toes and interested.
Def. a recomendation 8.5/10



Underwater (Review)

Director; William Eubank
Action/Drama/Sci-fi
1h 35 minutes
Premieres; January 10th

Eh, que? First of all, if you suffer from any kind of anxiety then this isn’t a movie for you, besides that, it was mostly noise and no development of character or plot whatsoever.
The thrill made a very short appearance at the very beginning, greeting us with its wallop presence, but fails shortly afterward by leaving us, and never coming back – leaving it to Mrs. Stewart to practically carry the whole film alongside Sir ”dull” and Sir ”cliche” – because we’ve seen this, we’ve heard it, and we’re done with it.

I wanted more of everything, more thrill, more action, more development and information on everyone on board, on the project, and most importantly on the core of the film, the actual sea monster / alien or whatever that ugly creature was. The movie lacks dialogue, creativity, and shock value, only plus was the cinematography.

After a massive ”earthquake-like” devastates their deepwater drilling facility located at the bottom of the Mariana Trench, a group of researches must now try to find a way to not only survive on the inside but also on the outside in the deep blue waters, realizing they’re not alone out there.

Quite disappointed since I like many others, I believed the hype of the trailer and got excited.
Not something I’d recommend. 3/10



Onward (review)

Director; Dan Scanlon
Animation
1h 42 minutes
Swedish premiere; March 6th

What a bloody cry fest! I mean, the bursting out in tears at the end, I was bawling my eyes out, no clue why I have become so sensitive these past weeks, or I am just suddenly paying more attention to the writing, the story, and truly connecting to it, either that or I am slowly becoming the puss of all puss!

Onward deliveries that warm fuzzy feeling from beginning to end, it was emotional on so many levels because it is relatable to so many, that is what made the movie so beautiful because it pulls the strings of your heart and touches your soul.
It is an adventurous animation with wonderful colors that’ll burst through the screen, moments that’ll make you smile, and appreciate so many great things that sometimes, one takes for granted.

Two elven brothers receive a gift from their mother once they both are over 16 – a magical item that can bring their father back for one day, and they embark on a roller coaster of a journey to make it happen.

It’s cute, and to some it will sadly hit a little too close to home toward the ending, and my heart was a raisin throughout, just by the thought.
With its great and detailed graphic, some laughs and a lot of crying, it is a moving film for the whole family to enjoy. 7/10



Locke & Key (Netflix review)

Creators; Meredith Averill, Carlton Cuse & Aron Eli Coleite
Fantasy/Drama
48 minutes
Season 1 streaming on Netflix

So I finally gave in to the social media hype that is Locke & Key.
After reading a few reviews online before actually sitting down to watch it, I got mixed and confounded feeling toward it, knowing that the only way to figure out if it was good or bad, was to watch it myself.

I now get the cocktail shake of reviews.
Some said it was brilliant, and som complained about the execution of the script, the lack of energy on the writers, and so on.
Sure the writing needed some polishing, and I do agree that some moments were frustrating, creating this massive madness and urge to rewrite it and some characters were simply annoyingly dumb.
However, that tends to be enough for me to absolutely dislike a show or movie, here I still managed to enjoy it.
I still found myself (even my fiance) hooked and grabbed by the storyline, though slightly lazy and dull at times, it never becomes unwatchable, and some people need to have a little more patience since it is based on a novel.
Adaptions hardly – if ever lives up to the actual book due to so many factors that one has to keep in mind before being such a hard judge.
That aside, it was a great, entertaining, and highly cozy tv show to watch.

Locke and Key lapses in logic, there is no common sense most of the time, they made certain characters ridiculously incapable of using their own brain, making one dumb decision after the other.
But what does holds the show throughout the episodes is the graphic and visual, stunning. In all its bad there is a slight essence of intrigue and thrill, and darkness that makes the viewer interested, I would replace the writers and add more depth to not only the storyline but also to the cast, but it has great potential.

The Locke family moves to the fathers’ childhood home after his death in an attempt to get closer to him and his past.
Little do they know that the house not only holds secrets and dark memories, but also magical keys that only if you are special enough – you’ll find but that could also be connected to the mysterious sudden murder of their father.

I doubt my review made it easier, you are just going to have to watch it for yourself and decide, I liked it, and I am somewhat excited to see what they’ll bring to the second season. 5.5/10



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.