Down to earth with Zac Efron (Netflix review)

Documentary
Travel/Superfood/Health/Enviroment
8 Episodes
Sreaming on Netflix

Intelectual, informative, beautiful, and more – just a few words to describe the latest Netflix Original mini-series with Zac Efron and superfood guru Darin Olien. A documentary on sustainability, health, and food. A visually stunning journey as they travel to gorgeous cities and countries to find better ways to live the best life for ourselves and the planet.

As inspirational as it gets, it’s a documentary that is delivering both knowledge and entertainment at the same time due to its warm, light, and heartfelt vibes. Definitely, something one should take the time to enjoy and watch, not only to learn but also getting to see the world up close since we can’t travel much right now due to the circumstances.
But it was fantastic to see different places and see what truly happens behind closed doors, how energy works in other countries, water, food, and living. I love seeing creativity and culture all around the globe – especially about sustainability of our planet.

Besides the show itself, I have a newfound respect for Zac Efron.
Many of us may know him as the famous actor and singer, but here we get to see a glimpse of the person behind all of that, and it is beautiful inside, humble, helpful, and truly Down to earth.

It was a joy getting to once again experience Iceland, Puerto Rico, London, and France, places I have visited and loved. Puerto Rico and Iceland became a favorite and I cannot wait to go back once it’s safe to travel again – it warmed knowing they went to Puerto Rico after the tragedy that the country has endured, needing tourists to rebuild the economy.

In all, it’s a beautiful and lighthearted show to enjoy and learn from. 8/10



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



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.

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



Blade Runner (Review)

Director; Ridley Scott
1h 57 minutes
Sci-fi/thriller
From 82.

A snoozing fest at its finest, a brilliant way to put people to sleep without any pharmaceutical.
To quote Janice, ”Oh. My. God.”
It was pure and utter torture to sit through this film that so many had the audacity to claim to be a masterpiece. Watching paint dry, would’ve been Disneyland compared to these 117 minutes that NEVER seemed to pass. It must’ve been the dullest, slowest, and most boring movie I have ever seen, literally.

I have never experienced such slow paced manuscript, from beginning to end it never, not even for the slightest of second speed or becomes in any way thrilling, and God forbid there was any sort of action, something to intrigue and wake you up from the coma.
I legit thought I had aged a hundred years once the credits started rolling.

A Blade Runner played by a very handsome Harrison Ford (keep in mind that this film was released in 82), must find four replicants who stole a ship and have now returned to Earth.

Sure, it sounds slightly interesting, and in that era, it must’ve been a quite fresh and unique idea for a film, but the pace people, it was a slow dying death at its best.
Blade Runner is a sleeping pill that takes you on a journey of boredom and nothing else! 2/10
And that 2 is for the sole performance and visual.


This was shown at the movie marathon by Film Sensation (Universal and SONY) and the rating and review have nothing to do with the actual event.
The people could not have been any more delightful, and I am extremely thankful for the invite and will continue going whenever invited.
Also, kudos to Hemma-Kväll for delivering snacks and beverage for the two films, it was highly appreciated by myself and my +1. So huge thank you to everyone who prepared and was involved.

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.