Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Press-screening review)

Director; Rian Johnson
2h 32 minutes
Adventure/Fantasy
Swedish premiere; December 13th

Due to having signed an embargo stating that I couldn’t post a review until after a certain date and time, I had to wait before writing and sharing my thoughts on the latest installment of one of the history’s most beloved films, Star Wars.

I simply adore them, maybe not all of them equally, but the love and excitement to see every single one is always there. My heart simply chants songs of joy at just the mere thought of once again seeing the beautiful galaxies, the action-filled lightsaber battles, the troops, the wise words and life lesson by the precious Yoda, the cute-yet-impossible-to-understand Chewie, the cuteness of R2D2 and C3PO, the slight essence of romance, and the powerful hope and faith these movies possess.

In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we welcome Rey, and here we once again get to follow her through the journey of finding more about herself and the powers within her, while also being part of the emotional roller coaster that is fighting the dark side, unlocking forces, and discovering more secrets from the past.

The vision still manages to blow me away, several years later. It still holds the beauty that the previous films had, if not even better thanks to today’s technology. The details are close to flawless, a blessing for sore eyes, reaching in and touching your very soul and inner child. An amazing cinematic experience that has to be seen in IMAX 3D. 6,8/10



Comic Con 2017








Sadly, this year’s Comic-Con, though a huge improvement since the last one, I couldn’t appreciate it since my head and soul was somewhere far away, completely distracted, unable to enjoy the moment.
I was too distracted to pay attention to everything that was going on around me which was heart-shattering. I’ve been feeling somewhat under the weather lately, and I couldn’t let it go, making me almost mad that it was taking over – making me unable to have fun during what tends to be a joy for me.

Though as mentioned, not being a gamer, I simply love being in the atmosphere of those who do. The vibe is as close to blissful as one can get, seeing souls wandering around in costumes, expressing themselves beautifully, talented artist showcasing their work, cool items, to Q&A with stars such as Pamela Anderson. Cobie Smulders, and Ian Glen.

I will continue to attend, and hopefully, I’ll be in a better mood during the next one.
Props to everyone involved, until next year, much love.

P.S. On my Instagram @beautymartinez, you’ll find short snippets of Pamela Andersson, and I only posted videos of Cobie on my story.

Måste Gitt (Review)

Director; Ivica Zubak
Comedy/Drama
1h 37 minutes
From 2017 – Out on Blueray.

Let us first begin this review with this, anyone who knows me very well is well aware that the last thing I’d probably ever watch, is a Swedish movie.
For years have I not been grasped by one, thrilled, or slightly moved, nor even entertained, to say the least.
I never found myself remotely fascinated by the production, vision, script, nothing ever caught my interest except for one, many years ago, Vingar Av Glas (Wings of glass) with Alexander Skarsgård.
It was the first time that I actually found myself enjoying a Swedish film, after that, it was simply American motion pictures that were my cup of tea.
My favorites include classics such as A ClockWork Orange by Stanley Kubrick (the man’s a genius), Goodfellas, Jane Eyre, Casablanca, A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints, and with time newer titles were created, and new ones made the list.

I never gave Swedish titles a chance, I stayed away from them… until now.
Thanks to Måste Gitt, I now have a new found admiration for not only Swedish films, but also Swedish production. I was surprised, and I’m not saying that in a negative way, I was pleased that besides enjoying the story and plot, I legitimately laughed, hard, several times throughout the movie.

Måste Gitt, vision wise was fantastic, the camera shots and flow from one scene to another was beautifully done, even better than Alpha Dog from 2006 by Nick Cassavetes, and ten times better than Fifty Shades of Grey and that says a lot due to 50 Shades having probably a much larger budget and being a Universal Studio production, yet they managed to slaughter the entire movie adaption.
Here, they worked brilliantly with what they had and made it so well, very Straight Outta Compton vibes meets 8 Mile (2002) with a touch of Menace II Society (1993) due to the drama and how life on the street goes down.
The script was intriguing and thrilling with a lot of depth, soul, and faith mixed with great humour, lightness, and wonderful acting by everyone involved. I’m not one to gush over Swedish titles, so this says a whole lot about this movie.

Metin, played by Can Demirtas is a suburb guy living in Stockholm. Though playing with fire due to his lifestyle on the street, he still aspires to be an actor and during his audition for theater school, he accidentally without knowing drops his journal in which one of the teachers/judges finds and sends it to a publisher.
Little do they know, that everything written in that diary is real life stories that he’s been part of and been through.
Can he publish it? A journal filled with crime, drama, and people from the underworld? It’s a struggle that will eat Metin from the inside out.

A gigantic bow to the entire cast and crew for this phenomenal film they delivered. 8.8/10

+ Can Demirtas is on a great path to become Sweden’s Ben Foster.
– Due to not giving away any spoilers, however, I didn’t enjoy the ending. I felt as they should’ve wrapped it up five minutes earlier before they actually did. They left it kind of open, maybe for a sequel, which I strongly hope they don’t.
The movie was so good but sequels barely, ever are.
Look at Taken, the first one was fantastic and the second and third was a mess. Step Up, the first one was great, and then it went downhill from there.

Anyways, strongly recommended, if you, like myself isn’t a fan of Swedish titles, this will change your entire outlook.



An epic thank you from the core of my being to the beautiful souls at Sony Home Entertainment Nordic, especially to Jesper Nordgren for the copy, looking forward to review the next title.
Xo, Beauty

Thank you, Norstedts


I cannot find the correct words to express my gratitude toward Norstedts, a publisher located in the beautiful Stockholm for this amazing opportunity.
Thank you doesn’t feel enough, but I am thankful for the Swedish translated copy of Grey. I cannot wait to dive right into it once again and to let my inner goddess bask in the thrilling world of Mr.Grey one more time because the first was simply not enough.

As you all can tell, I already owned the original version which is in English but I simply love comparing the storytelling, translation, vocabulary, and flow from one language to another. The review will be up once I’m done.

Note: the handcuffs, body lotion, and tea, is in no way associated with Norstedts, it was simply accessory for the picture.

GREY by Erica L James – 2016
Copy for review from Norstedts

Previous books by James;
Fifty Shades Of Grey
Fifty Shades Darker
Fifty Shades Of Freed

Vegan expo in Stockholm






Went to the Vegan Expo in Stockholm and had a blast, surrounded by beautiful like-minded people, volunteers, and helpful workers who delivered information, and delicious vegan treats for everyone to taste and enjoy.

I brought a little bit of everything with me back home, from food, snacks, cookies, to books, and tons of flyers for me to read and update my knowledge regarding the animals, environment, and vegan lifestyle.

I was there for around two hours, and it felt like time literally flew by as I was floating around on a fluffy green cloud, completely blissfully at all the amazing food that was vegan, cruelty-free, and organic. Some stands even had makeup, skincare, and clothes.
Big thank you to everyone involved, I’m looking forward to next years event. Xo, Beauty

Vegan love

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Delivores (bought at Goodstores) Swedish Skagen mixture is life-changing. I decided to try it with oven baked potatoes, a typical Swedish dish, but you can add it on toast, or whatever your heart pleases.

Stick some holes in the potatoes/s to avoid chances of it exploding, wrap it up in foil, and shove it in the oven for around 1h, in 225 degrees. Once it’s done, fill it with the mixture, and decorate it with lemon slices and dill! ;)
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