Great cast and dialogue. Intriguing cases. At times the cases are simple and from the getgo you can guess who the culprit is but the gem of the show comes from not a whodunit but the dialogue and chemistry between cast. I do find Bailey slightly annoying and clueless as to how this character can hold a job while juggling with self made misconceptions of people around her. She's basically a hot mess. Besides this, it's a very likeable show. Give it a try past episode 1.
Father Brown (2013– )excellent series from BBC ...again!
7 February 2020
I almost turned the series off aftering attempting to watch it....episode 1 seems ok but seemed rather dull and i was unsure whether to proceed on. But if you keep at it for a few eps, you will slowly grow into loving the cast who does a fantastic job to bring some fine storytelling in mayhem and sleuthing! Sid and Lady Felicia was missed in midst of Season 5 onwards but they do return later on!
Detention (2019)From game to the big screen!
30 January 2020
Perhaps some wouldnt know that this movie is based on the game DETENTION from Red Candle developers. Adaptation from a game to the cinema is tricky as a movie requires good timing to the audience into an obscure plot that will provide a payoff at the end. The film itself is divided into three acts with flashbacks that conjures up little clues here and there to reveal the bigger picture/the ending. The CGI is not the greatest but given the good story, it can compensate greatly and be overlooked. The White Terror era makes for a socially-claustrophic world where each person's moves are often scrutinized. In the beginning, the viewer may be clueless and may even lose interest in the story. But if you stay with it long enough, everything will start to fall into place and make a little more sense...and all is not what it seems to be.
Color Out of Space (2019)interesting adaption with some good and bad
17 January 2020
This film reminds me of a 80's horror movie THE CURSE 1987 and rightfully so, as it was also based off of Lovecraft's The Colour of Space. The terrifying aspect for me comes not from the alien lifeform which is illustrated as an abstract being, but the true terror lies in the helplessness that each family members' experience through the entire ordeal. The incidents effectively destroys each of them mentally and physically as they are secluded in the middle of nowhere without communication or transportation to outside world. I remember being terrified at The Curse as a kid and this brings back memories equally disturbing.
Dollface (2019– )i really dont ....get this.
20 November 2019
I'm not sure if i'm not the targeted audience but generally, i give everything a go. I know it can take an episode to three to really sink into a series...but i just find this totally mindless and verging on...stupid? The dialogue seems so shallow and the direction of the plot seems wandering into nowhere. I dig Kat Dennings in previous gigs but this one just absolutely does nothing for me. It's not funny, nor thought-provoking. Not even one intellectual thought or saying to carry an episode to help redeem my time spent on this.
Last Christmas (2019)Hollywood attempts to milk it
16 November 2019
So Hollywood decides to slap two popular names together and see if chemistry will fly and fingers cross for a blockbuster. Well, this movie is a huge disappointment. Casting Clarke and Golding together was a wrong decision. These two paired together does nothing on the screen. Not a sizzle but a fizzle. Not very likable characters. Plot line is quite weak. Well, minus the twist ending which luckily sewed the horrendous plot together, barely by a thread. And Michelle yeoh's side story was just dullsville and ridiculous. I didn't even once laugh although they try to slot in numerous funny moments.
The Cleansing Hour (2019)A real kickstarter A-plus!
8 November 2019
Sure some parts were guessable but still enjoyed the thrill ride. Usually this genre of movies, especially ones locked in one location, tends to get cliche real quick. This was one movie that was exciting from start to finish. Unlike SKIN DEEP which was a foreign exorcism flick with similar plotline (but swap lani with a porn actress), Cleansing Hour delved into deeper territories of a satanic nature. Only letdown i have to admit is the end character, which was kinda poorly created. Otherwise, love the final ending which brings thoughts of Lawnmower Man.
Why Women Kill (2019– )Comedic with a touch of tragedy
19 October 2019
This is way more interesting than Desperate Housewives. Originally I overlooked this thinking it was a documentary of women killing for love etc. Glad I took a second look when I came across Lucy Liu in the poster. Enjoy the 3 segments intertwined within the same house. The sequence in the finale was interestingly composed! Wrapped up the season nicely. Can't wait for next season with new faces and completely new stories!
The Room (2019)Very powerful moral
17 October 2019
This is one fantastic movie. Brilliant idea. Kept me interested even though it wasn't really a horror or sci fi. Definitely more of a thriller and mystery? Great performances by the cast. Don't enjoy movies where there's only one location but this works to its advantages. Watch it. Moral of the story. You have everything and yet you can lose everything.
Mary (I) (2019)Unsure why...this movie got made.
11 October 2019
Not too sure why this movie ever got made with a cast that consisted of Gary Oldman. Maybe I give too much credit to Oldman but I do believe he is a fantastic grade A actor that usually goes for productions that are higher calibre. This movie, did not do him justice. Production was fine. There are no scary moments but relied on cheap jump scares which really did not do much to add to storyline. Did they run out of budget, having to rely on jump scares? Did they spend the core budget on hiring a great cast? It seems so. I would recommend passing on this movie; it was just so pedestrian to even be considered a horror...just hanging borderline thriller.
Why Women Kill (2019– )3 in 1, triple the awesomeness!
10 October 2019
Gotta say this is an excellent series. I know it's got the desperate housewives feel to it since it's the same creator but this has a totally different feel. If you dont watch it for the storyline, watch it for the cast and decor alone is well worth your time! I think Lucy Liu's storyline in 80s is the one that interests met the most as I never was her fan but I found her role hilarious. The 3rd story taking place in 2000s tells of a throuple (threesome) relationship with Daddario that also is intriguing in how it will roll out in the later episodes. The first story in 60s has the set and costumes that are absolute eye candy. Fantastic series overall! Somehow I skipped over this, as the title suggested it was a docuseries!
How to Get Away with Murder (2014– )2 eps and i'm done
3 October 2019Warning: Spoilers
So the central character Keating is an intelligent, logical, very competent lawyer....who teaches a bunch of students how to be on top of A game. Yet, episode 2, she completely loses it and goes to her boyfriend, freaking out about how her husband may have been involved with the murder/disappearance of his female student. Well, seriously? She's all composed and teaching students to find facts, yet without any hardcore evidence, she freaks out?? And the acting in this particular scene was atrocious!!! Over the top! How does this show get renewed, I have no clue.
The Twilight Zone (2019– )contrived, pretentious, tedious...on and on.
30 September 2019
Trying very hard to be a smarter version of original Twilight Zone. Instead, it feels forced, with an agenda and a political one that is. Trying to carve out themes of feminism, equality, racial discriminations, etc etc. Stop making this into something that it is not suppose to be. Sure, Peele had a little gem with Get Out but it ended there. Feel Peele is just overreaching and wanting to keep his newfound status as a writer and it's just not working since I watched the highly anticipated US. This, another failed attempt, needs to be erased and forgotten. With each iteration of Twlight Zone, the luster gets lost.
Nekrotronic (2018)really digged this!
17 September 2019
Wow, with names like monica belluci and ben o'toole, this should be pretty decent. And it didnt disappoint. It's like a reboot of new age ghostbusters but with demons. Some good jokes. Great acting. Pretty cool FX. Worth a watch for sure!
Haunt (I) (2019)welcome back eli roth!
17 September 2019
OMG, way better than expected. Where has Eli Roth been all this time? This is redeeming in this downward spiral of mediocre horror flicks in recent "decade". This is a nice little gem masquerading as a typical funhouse slasher film. Love, love the villains. Brings something new to the whole clown fear. Nice ending!
Child's Play (2019)New facelift with some redeeming qualities
13 September 2019
Having loved the original Child's Play, I fail to imagine why it deserved a remake. Sure it's old but like Pet Semetary's recent remake, it was set up for failure. But in this case, new Chucky, aka Buddi, has some additions/modifications to the plot which brings a refreshing feel. Instead of a serial killer's soul trapped inside the doll, it's now a computer program that's been set with all safety perimeters OFF. What's great about this remake is how the doll mimics our society's actions and etiquettes. Much like children nowadays. He absorbs violence, profanity, etc. and grows immune to these actions and eventually becomes the matrix of his program. The sad part is the doll does not stand up to the original. The original is just so much more cuter, a doll that i can easily envision being purchased. The new one? Not so much. It's like an afterthought on the aesthetics of Chucky's appearance. But overall, it's worth a watch.
The Dead Don't Die (2019)Enjoy it for the casting
30 August 2019
Like the overall idea, sleepy town infested with the living dead of their residents. What it doesnt have are action, blood/gore, adrenaline-heart-pumping climax. What it does serve up is a great cast: tilda swinton, bill murray, adam driveer, selena gomez, austin butler, etc. etc. It's a little gem of a movie with lots of wellknowns..but does the film hold up? Just barely in my opinion. It's definitely a small budget flick but the A-listers are doing this likely as a favour? But overall, I still enjoyed it because zombie genre coupled with names like swinton and murray is just too hard to pass up.
Cobra Kai (2018– )Flashback to 80s!
29 August 2019
I only ever loved Karate Kid, the original first of the franchise. It went from cool to total cliche as with every franchise done in movie history. But the revival of Karate Kid onto the small screen by Youtube was a smart decision. What's better yet is the direction of the script. The good kid, Laruso, turning into a successful auto dealership king who has lost his way without the guidance of sensi Miyagi and somewhat becomes that bully when too much power has been given. Whereas Johnny has taken a dive after his championship loss and has made bad decisions throughout his life. He's become a drunk with a kid who hates his guts. Now he's back to redeeming himself by opening a dojo and taking a Laruso-like kid as his protege. It's hard to know who you want to root for, because it's smartly played where both characters have flaws yet you sympathize with them. Eventually I think the ending will be that the two finally put to rest their long fued and team up to continue on with a dojo.
The Boys (2019– )Sick of superheroes? this is for you!
22 August 2019
In the last decade, there's been a horrendous flood of superhero movies and series hoarding cinema and television. So much so, that I've lost track of them all. The last superhero movie I watched and actually didn't mind, was Venom. It, at least, offered something slightly out of the norm. We've gotten to the point of oversaturation, that everything in superhero is just bland and cliche. Then comes, THE BOYS. Watching the trailer replenished my faith in superhero storylines! Corrupt superheroes and offing them. Now that sounds like a great plan. Karl Urban, Elizabeth Shue, Anthony Starr makes up great cast leads for this new show. I've watched Starr in Banshee and had hoped he would return to tv wtih something just as good as Banshee. Watched the intial 2 eps and it's been superb so far! Intriguing and comedic. This one's finally a winner for Amazon!
Crawl (2019)Nice atmosphere but needed something just bit more!
18 July 2019
The whole hurricane-is-going-to-hit-us scenario already hooked me from the getgo. Awesome special effects with the storm coming in. The suspense builds up just like the hurricane itself! But for me, it didnt seem to deliver once the crocs started appearing. Some of the choices made by characters just didnt make sense. Things got pretty predicatable and the storm soon just became background noise until the last few minutes here and there. But still give this movie kudos. It's been awhile since we had decent creature flicks.
Family (III) (2018)I liked it!
18 July 2019
I know there's a lot of diss from other reviewers. Nobody seem to like the script, the actors, or the humour. I can understand that there are some uneasy moments and scenarios or jokes that are cringe-worthy and kinda offensive. But isnt real life the same? There's no censorship. No rules. No mannerisms. Just plain, ugly truth to life. This is it! So that's why I found myself enjoying this movie. The movie follows the downward spiral of Kate Stone who focuses only on herself and doesnt even do a great job of it. She gets to look after her awkard, cannot-fit-in-society type of niece for a short few days but through trial and errors, she soon realizes that she cares for things which she once despised (ie. family, coworkers, life in general). It's a story of redemption and triumph!
Trespassers (2018)A mix bag
15 July 2019Warning: Spoilers
Wanted to like it when the first twist came around, when the "neighbor" popped up with car trouble. Really wish it went another direction but then it just turned into another twist of a home invasion. The special effects were good. Characters were a bit weak and none too likable.
Not quite sure why at the end, the girl wouldnt just radio in for help or use the darn car! Why is she walking all the way outta there???
Not quite sure why at the end, the girl wouldnt just radio in for help or use the darn car! Why is she walking all the way outta there???
Dead to Me (2019– )i misread this series
14 June 2019
Well i started watching 2 min and then shut it off. Didnt bother to try again until I ran out of stuff to watch. Got to say it's interesting. Christina has always been awesome and versatile in dramas and comedies. And Linda has been a great addition and creates a good chemistry with Christina. Linda is bit of quirky which is a good mix. Love the plot, it's a cocktail of mystery with a dash of comedy and drama. The episodes never really get boring. Netflix has managed to make every second count even if it's just pure dialogue and it's kept my attention. I usually lose focus when characters start delving into long, heavy convo. At times it's light hearted, then it switches gears into heavier issues.
I Am Mother (2019)exceptional slow burner with a purpose
11 June 2019
I dont often like sci fi or fantasy movies but i found this movie's plot (and twist) very entertaining and thought provoking. Just don't expect an action blockbuster but it's a plot driven film that offers opportunities for discussion and debate. The whole idea of AI vs HUMANS is brought up throughout. The acting is superb, especially by Swank who plays a small part (almost like that of a cameo)...but she does her role just and fulfills her purpose. Daughter exhibits great talent and wonderful to see where and how she will progress in Hollywood. Mother, although there is no emotions attached to every line of dialogue, does a good job to deliver. Overall, this has to be one of my favorite movies. Recent years Netflix has had far too many sinker titles; this one is the exception. Now if only Netflix can keep it up with intelligent writing such as this one!
Good Omens (2019)Had high hopes only to be let down
4 June 2019
Just not for me...it reminds me of slaughterhouse high a recent british movie that offered similar tone of comedy. Liked the cast but the story just seems to fall flat for me. The humour just didnt work and I never once smiled or laughed. I love BBC stuff, they have awesome humour and taste for jokes...but really this one missed the mark for me. I know it's written by Neil Gaiman a famouse author of many books in the 90s. But with a huge budget, it seems wasted.