Netflix’s: Russian Doll (2019)

“Time is all relative”

Overview

Russian Doll was released on Netflix on 1st of February, 2019 and quickly rose to popularity in the new year. The story revolves around a young cynical woman who keeps dying and returning to her 36th birthday party being thrown in her honour on the same evening. The short series journeys through how she finds a way out of this loop. This series stars Natasha Lyonne as Nadia Vulvokov and Charlie Barnett as Alan Zaveri.

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Screenshot courtesy of Netflix: Russian Doll 2019. Natasha Lyonne (Nadia Vulvokov)

Initially, I thought it was Groundhog day all over again. From the first episode, I was pulled into the the main character’s crisis. I found myself hoping Nadia would solve this puzzle and navigate the labyrinth for the sake of her mental well being. At large, there is a tremendous amount of appreciation for art, culture, music and “New York” attitude. The soundtrack was flawless to the finer details that really makes you viewing and experiencing the same day over and over again.

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Screenshot courtesy of Netflix: Russian Doll 2019. Charlie Barnett (Alan Zaveri) and Natasha Lyonne (Nadia Vulvokov)

The dialogue was crisp and engaging. The charisma that was portrayed through Natasha Lyonne was on point. The ending was wholesome and it felt complete.

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Screenshot courtesy of Netflix: Russian Doll 2019. Charlie Barnett (Alan Zaveri) and Natasha Lyonne (Nadia Vulvokov)

Recommendation

This Netflix original series does not disappoint. This is way better than Groundhog day. You can say its an expansion or version 2.0.

Score: 8/10

 

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Split (2016) Movie Review

“23 personalities but the 24th is about to be unleashed”

Overview

Split was distributed by Universal Pictures on 20th of January, 2016. It stars James McAvoy (Kevin Wendell Crumb) , Anya Taylor-Joy (Casey Cooke), Betty Buckley (Dr. Fletcher) and others.

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Screenshot courtesy from Netflix. Split (2016) James McAvoy as Kevin Wendel Crumb

Split follows a story of Kevin (James McAvoy) who suffers from dissociative identity disorder (DID). He kidnaps three teenage girls and locks them in his underground quarters. Kevin portrays different identities such as “Barry” the dominant personality who allows other personalities their turn to surface, or as the alters termed it “spotlight”, “Dennis” who suffers from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), “Patricia” who has undesirable traits who worships a mysterious entity known as “The Beast” and “Hedwig” a 9 year-old boy who can will himself to take the spotlight without Barry’s permission. “The Beast” was unleashed at the climax of the movie and ravaged the other two teenage girls and it considered Casey to be “pure” and spares her life. Casey is rescued and learns she was being held in Philadelphia Zoo where Kevin was an employee.

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Screenshot courtesy from Netflix. Split (2016) Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke

The acting from James McAvoy was superb, portraying different personalities with such crisp and articulation. The movie can be composed of three timelines. Struggling teenage girls trying to escape, Casey’s flashbacks and James McAvoy’s multiple guises. The movie does not hinge on a twist ending. The final scenes reframes everything you just saw and can be quite gratifying for many film fans out there.

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Screenshot courtesy from Netflix. Split (2016) Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke

Recommendation

Unbreakable film series fan, this second installment is way better than Unbreakable and sets up for Glass (2019) perfectly. This is a well composed thriller/ psychological horror film.

Score: 7.5/10

Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Movie Review

“Light hearted Marvel sequel to Ant Man (2015)”

Overview

Ant-Man was released by Marvel Studios on 6th of July, 2018. It stars Paul Rudd (Scott Lang) , Evangeline Lilly (Hope Van Dyne)  and Michael Douglas (Dr. Hank Pym) .

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Marvel Studios ANT-MAN AND THE WASP..L to R: The Wasp/Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Ant-Man/Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) ..Photo: Ben Rothstein..©Marvel Studios 2018

Ant-Man and the Wasp follows the story of the original Ant-Man finding his missing wife who was once thought to be dead, but has survived stranded somewhere in the quantum realm. Dr. Hank believes his wife left a message in Scott’s head when he went subatomic (in Ant-Man (2005)) and somehow only he knows where to find her. Scott agrees on this mission along side Hope van Dyne, aka The Wasp. The mission was pathed with obstacles by a superhuman by the name of Ghost who persists on seizing Dr. Hank’s tech for her own purposes of being quantumly unstable from an freak accident when she was a child.

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Marvel Studios ANT-MAN AND THE WASP Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen) Photo: Ben Rothstein ©Marvel Studios 2018

Like Deadpool, I prefer Ant-Man (2015) more than this sequel. This is a light hearted yet optimistic sequel which provides the laughs Marvel fans may crave for, after the heartbreak of Infinity War. At times, it felt like the movie did not progress as well and the antagonist’s character “Ghost” was not developed enough to be a villain.

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Recommendations

This movie is a go to if you want a light hearted, family fun Marvel Movie.

Score: 6/10

Netflix’s: The Haunting of Hill House (2018)

“Whoever walked there, walked alone”

Overview

The Haunting of Hill House was released on Netflix on October 12, 2018 and quickly became one of the most highly rated horror TV series out there. Flashing between past and present, a dysfunctional family of five siblings confronts haunting memories of their old home and the terrifying events which drove them away from it and each other. Now as adults, they are reunited by the suicide of their youngest sister which forces them to confront the ghosts of their own past.

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Screenshot courtesy of Netflix: The Crain Family

The acting and directing of this film is perfect. Both child and adult actors are amazing. The series draws on your own emotions and life experiences and will let you experience the film to your fitting. The crescendo of psychological suspense accompanied with the soundtrack worked in perfect harmony to create an atmosphere of fear, without constant cheap jump scare scenes.

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Screenshot courtesy of Netflix: The Red Room

This series may start off a bit “slow” but picks up on episode 3. From then on, you’ll be addicted to the very end.

Words cannot describe how amazing this series is and give it justice it deserves. I am not a big fan of horror shows but this series blew me away.

Just watch it.

Score: 9/10

Deadpool 2 (2018) Movie Review

We all need to belong to someone”

Overview

Deadpool 2 was released on May 15, 2018, a superhero hero film based on Marvel Comics. With a star-studded line-up of Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin and Morena Baccarin, it follows as the sequel to Deadpool (2016).

 

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Ryan Reynolds and Morena Baccarin in Deadpool2

In Deadpool 2, Wade Wilson (aka Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds) brings together a team of mutants to protect a young boy, Russell, who possess supernatural abilities to produce flames from his hands. A time-travelling cyborg, Cable (Josh Brolin), comes to put an end to Russell because in the future, he ends up taking his family from him. Deadpool attempts to persuade there is another way instead of killing Russell because he is just a kid.

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Left to Right: Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Deadpool and Colossus

This action, adventure and comedy genre movie has subtle references to Marvel Comics and DC Universe. This did not feel like a movie based on Deadpool because it was shared with Russell. It felt like Deadpool’s role became a cameo rather than the protagonist. Although there were similarities between Russell and Deadpool, their personalities clashed and the funny aspect from Russell felt quite “forced”.

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Russell from Deadpool 2

Deadpool 2 became too serious of a Deadpool movie. Although it has a wholesome message to the movie, I personally enjoyed Deadpool (2016) but this made mediocre sequel from the bar it set in the first movie.

If you are a Marvel fan and enjoy a Marvel movie with 2 hours to spare, then this is a film to watch.

Score: 6.5/10

Netflix’s: Sex Education (2019) Review

“Use descriptive words”

Overview

Sex Education is a British TV series which was released on Netflix on 11th of January, 2019. It follows a socially awkward high school student, Otis (Asa Butterfield), who does not have much experience in the love making department but gets substantial guidance and knowledge from his sex therapist mother Jean (Gillian Anderson). Otis decides to use his knowledge to improve his status at school and teams up with a smart badass girl, Maeve Wiley (Emma Mackey), to set up a “sex clinic” to deal with their classmate’s relational and sexual problems.

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Screenshot courtesy of Netflix’s Sex Education: Otis and Maeve

This show tackles a myriad of teenage sexuality, abortion, porn and sex. The show treats all these sensitive topics seriously but in very “raw” manner, using teenagers who saying stupid things and portrays it in an accurate way to how some students act today. These teenagers do not have everything figured out, but their charismatic acting and vulnerability will engage the wider audience in an instant.

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Screenshot courtesy of Netflix’s Sex Education: Maeve and Aimee

The writing and character development are phenomenal. A stand out is the protagonist’s gay best friend Eric (Ncuti Gatwa). The charisma that he gives off makes the sidekick role almost the starring role.

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Screenshot courtesy of Netflix’s Sex Education: Eric

The innate sweetness of this show comes with the message of a 16-year-old boy who might be ready for sex, while another might not be but that’s okay, because it isn’t a race.

This TV show might be about teens but is entertaining to everybody, but it should be watched preferably/ only if you’re 18+ as there are mature content.
Score: 8.5/10

Netflix’s: A Series of Unfortunate Events Review

“Fantastic adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s finest work”

“A series of family, young adults and children”

Overview

Spanning over 3 seasons, Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is a classic and a family favourite TV show. It follows closely to the 13 classic novels from Lemony Snicket, where one book correlates to two episodes (approx. 45 minutes each) in the Netflix series (Part 1 and Part 2). The cast of Patrick Warburton and Neil Patrick Harris caught my attention and decided to give it a watch and I am so glad I did.

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Screenshot courtesy of Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. Count Olaf

The TV series follows the turbulent lives of Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire after the death of their parents in a fire. The children are placed in custody of their murderous and scheming relative, Count Olaf, who attempts to steal the children’s inheritance as they continue to flee from his grasps.

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Screenshot courtesy of Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. From left to right: Sunny, Violet and Klaus Baudelaire

Every actor did a magnificent job and understood the role they played. From the elements of performance, design and detailed costume production all came together to form a complete and holistic show. The villains are made to be devious but also very lovable with how they acted and are portrayed.

At the beginning of each episode, the introduction songs are composed and lyrics are changed in accordance to the theme of the episode. Lemony Snicket (Patrick Warburton) constantly warns the viewers of the treachery which is to come and is better to turn away and look for something else.

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Courtesy from Tumblr. A Series of Unfortunate Events Lemony Snicket (Patrick Warburton)

The series had great pace, where you as the viewer, will always be engaged and intrigued on what is to come.

Worth the watch with the family, friends or with children.

I found it difficult to stop watching, it was addicting.

Score: 9/10