Selena: The Series (Netflix review)

Creator; Moisés Zamora
Biography/Music
35 minutes
Season 1 streaming on Netflix

No masterpiece, but since Netflix released The Queen’s Gambit setting the bar pretty high, I feel like no show will ever be again.
A series, based on the life of the Latina/Tejano pop sensation Selena Quintanilla. We get to follow her through the early years as her father discovers the great talent his daughter has – making it his life mission that everyone knows about her voice as well – a long journey of sacrifices, hard work, and success.

Here we explore her legacy – though she may be long gone, her spirit lives on not only in fashion and beauty line products but also in music that has been inspired by her songs, tribute tracks, barbie dolls, movies, and so much more to celebrate her.
Mostly aimed at the Spanish market, Selena was just in the process of releasing her English album when she got tragically murdered at the age of 23.

The show dives deep into the life of the singer from day one.
It’s a medium-paced story that manages to capture your interest and have you hooked on knowing what’s about to come, fan or no fan of the singer. The show is to be enjoyed by everyone who takes the time to watch it, and I genuinely liked it.
In all its sorrow and her tragic faith, there is so much passion, love, and warmth from her family. The hard work from her parents was inspiring, acknowledging her potential, and doing their utmost for her to succeed.

It’s entertaining with an excelent look at the Quintanilla family. 6/10



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



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



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



The Hustle (Review)

Director; Chris Addison
Comedy/Crime
1h 35 minutes
From May 2019

I completely understand the negative comments, sure, this isn’t a movie for the bright one, one who is searching for something intellectual, something with depth, and something fresh and epic.
But, if you watch it with a drink in one hand, it ain’t that bad and you’ll actually find yourself enjoying what could be a dull afternoon.

Two female scam artist, two complete different opposite of one another meet and while thinking they’re the doing the con, they get what they deserve from a third party.

It’s not that shabby, it is quite entertaining, and one should not judge it too quickly nor get grabbed by the negativism, it’s a remake from the classic from 88 – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, but with a twist. However, nothing will live up to the two phenomenal Steve Martin and Michael Cane, but Hathaway and Wilson have chemistry, and though the acting wasn’t superb this time, they bring some smiles and that should sometimes be enough. 4/10



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.

Mindscape (Review)

mindscape-699284370-large_540db745ddf2b364a736da75Director;Jorge Dorado
99 min
Drama/Thriller
From 2014

Finally one hell of a ride of an slow paced yet interesting thriller. It’s intriguing and tense, a script that will confuse you and keep you wondering while trying to put every clue together and solve the mystery yourself, unfortunately you’ll fail completely because it won’t be what you’ll expect and THAT is the greatest part of the film, it’s unpredictable! It’s entertaining and has an amazing and talanted cast doing a wonderful job.

Mark Strong plays John, a man with the gift and ability to enter people’s memories. After the death of his wife his own memories taunts him causing difficulties when working on someone else’s thoughts that he has to stop working, that is until he runs out of money and needs a job. He meets the brilliant Anna (Taissa Farmiga) a girl who refuses to eat and his one and only task is to get the girl to eat, but when looking for the cause of her behaviour he enters her mind and has to figure out if she is a sociopath or a victim of trauma? Although, who’s entering who’s mind? 6/6

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