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Muted Review

This is one of those shows that I not only had high expectations of, but my mind also started to make predictions of what would happen. Sadly for me, my predictions were wrong in this case but that was only the tip of the iceberg for why I didn’t like this show. I will admit my predictions allowed for more sympathy and empathy for the main character and made it more dramatic, so I felt it was kind of boring that it was exactly what the cops at the beginning thought it was. I just felt like why bother making the trailer look like they’re doing all of this to figure out the truth(implying that what the cops originally think isn’t the truth) when instead this was all for one psychologist’s obsession.

The obsession the psychologist had for the mc was just one example of very confusing moments in this show. Throughout the entire show, I just kept saying “Why and what the the fuck is going on?” to myself. So many moments had very little explanation which lead to a bunch of confusion and definitely ruined this show for me. And no moment had less explanation than why the fuck would any government okay spending all this time and money on watching one teenage murder under the guise of making sure he’s safe to be in public. Actually I was wrong the ending itself was way more confusing, like why?!?! That’s all I have to say about the ending.

But all in all this show was just plain strange and confusing and I would have to give it a 4 out of 10.

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Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story Review

Now that there’s been plenty of time for people to finish Queen Charlotte I feel like I can talk about it now. First and foremost I really enjoyed this show. They excelled at so many things in this show, but the one that really stuck out most to me was how well they connected it to the main Bridgerton story. The flashforwards to the “present” were the perfect way to keep the show connected to the rest of the Bridgertonverse and make it clear that this mini-series is mainly to show more background on characters that get overlooked in the original show. But at the same time, the flashforwards were limited enough that you get completely engrossed in Charlotte and George’s story almost forgetting about the connections.

I also loved how all of the characters felt like accurate portrayals of their younger selves. By that I mean I never once thought “How did they change so much?” or “This doesn’t seem like the character I know”. Any differences from past to present are given good explanations. Everything about this show came together perfectly to make a great mini spin-off show so I would give it 8 out of 10.

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The Vault(2021) Review

After scrolling through Netflix, I came across this movie and decided to give it a chance. Overall it was an okay movie, but I still feel conflicted about it. What made me the most conflicted was that no matter how hard I tried I just couldn’t suspend my disbelief in this movie. Normally, I’m pretty good at doing that but for some reason, I just kept questioning everything. Like if Moreland had a legitimate salvage business why didn’t he get permission to salvage, why was MI6 interested in a treasure hunt, why did this salvaged treasure go to the most secure bank in Spain first and not just a normal museum, if they’re so serious about the safety of the bank why wasn’t there any security protecting the actual weight system? These are the biggest problems I just couldn’t get past.

My other problem with this movie is that they seemed to try and combine a heist movie with a treasure-hunting movie. Which is a great idea but it just fell short this time. I’ve noticed that heist and treasure-hunting movies have one really big distinction. With great heist movies, it’s perfectly fine for the only motivation to be greed but with treasure-hunting movies, it’s much more complicated. In all of the best treasure-hunting movies, the main character is motivated by more than just greed. Usually, it’s something like the wish to preserve history(Indiana Jones), or more commonly they are just trying to finish what a loved one started. And The Vault pretty much ignored what could be called the “right” motivation when it comes to the treasure. If they had made the goal of the movie to just rob the bank then I think the movie would have been a lot better. But instead they added that long-lost treasure part, without adding the good guy motivation, so it gave off the greedy bad guy vibe instead of the much preferred good bad guy vibe. All in all I’m very conflicted if this was a good or bad movie so I’m giving it a 5 out of 10.

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Murdaugh Murders: A Southern Scandal Review

I can now add this show to my small list of docuseries that I’ve watched. But since true crime isn’t one of my favorite genres I’m just going to keep it short and jump straight on in. This story was insane and is almost unbelievable that something like this actually happened in the real world. While the story was exceptionally compelling and I got heavily invested in it I, unfortunately, think they made one big mistake. That mistake is that they didn’t wait to make this doc till after the trial was completed. I didn’t realize why I had a problem with this until after I finished the show. During the show, I was all in on all of the Murdaughs being murderers, but it wasn’t till later that I realized the show was sharing just as many rumors/theories as they were facts. This, in turn, gave the show bit of a “guilty until proven innocent” vibe even though we knew the outcome of the trial at the time of watching. If they had waited to finish the show till after the trial finished then it would have seemed more complete and less speculative to me. Because even though I knew he was guilty outside of the show it would have added a nice bit of finality to it.

But besides that, I do think it was a very well-put-together docuseries that did a good job at telling the story, so I would give it a 6 out of 10.

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Live-action ATLA thoughts

As the eventual release date of the Netflix show creeps closer and closer I wanted to share some of my thoughts. First, I do have to admit that I’m relatively optimistic about how this show is going to turn out because let us be honest it can’t be worse than the movie. Sure I’m trying to prepare myself for it not meeting my expectations but I’m hoping that the second time’s the charm. I mean, they already fixed the casting problem and the fact that it’s a series and not a movie should help too.

And I feel like for me to see the show as a success they really only have to do two more things. One, pronounce the names correctly there was absolutely no reason to change the pronunciation(it was just plain stupid). Two, fix the bending; it was absolute trash in the movie so if they put even an ounce of effort into the choreography/special effects then it will be infinitely better. As long as those are fixed I think I can live with anything else they change. Well… that’s not entirely true, if they make it to the end and decide not to have Aang and Katara as a couple then everything else will be ruined. But I’m preparing myself for it to be dark and more adult-ish, so if it does happen I’m not going to be surprised and might actually enjoy it.

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The Lost Patient Review

I came across this movie randomly on Netflix and thought it sounded intriguing, plus I love finding new foreign films to watch. But man, was I disappointed. This movie was depressing, boring, and weird(and not in a good way). There were so many things wrong with it, first is that it was not a compelling watch at all. My attention kept getting pulled away to more interesting things around me, which is a big problem when you’re watching a movie with subtitles. Second, although some of the details added were important to the plot, it all still felt so random. I just kept saying to myself “why the fuck was this added” because it never felt like it added to the plot.

Now, this next complaint is a spoiler FYI, but I’m not a huge fan of amnesia movies that make you care for the mc only to switch it around and make them the bad guy at the end. I’ve come across quite a few movies/shows like this and some can pull it off but this one did not. Instead of being this unexpected twist, it was pretty predictable, which made it a boring “twist.” But that pales in comparison to the number one reason I disliked this movie I hated the ending. It was one of those endings that felt so abrupt, almost like a cliffhanger but without the knowledge that it will be fixed later. To me, the movie didn’t feel like it wrapped everything up it just felt like it ended right then and there. There was absolutely zero satisfaction at the end so I have to give this movie a 3 out of 10.

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Outer Banks Season 3 Review

This season was classic Outer Banks, crazy scenarios, unbelievably perfect timing, and poorly thought-out plans. Which is why I love watching this show. The same ridiculousness that probably causes some to hate the show is the same reason why I enjoy it. One of the best parts of Outer Banks is the predictable unpredictability; you know shit will go down you, just don’t know what exactly will happen or how it will be fixed. And this season was chocked full of those exact scenarios.

For this season there were 2 things(good and bad) that stuck in my head. Weirdly enough the good thing that I really liked was how they portrayed El Dorado. All other shows and movies show El Dorado as being made up of grand gold temples and buildings, so I felt it was a really unique choice to have it be so simple compared to every other iteration I’ve seen. While it’s a problem in all the seasons this one tidbit was particularly annoying this season, that tidbit is of course the lack of communication between the Pogues. There were so many times when they should have just sent a text and problems could have been solved much quicker. Having more phone calls/texts also could have made things a tad bit more realistic. Even though realisticness is not what we’re looking for in Outer Banks, a little bit of it couldn’t hurt when defending the show to a hater. But even though it’s crazy, unrealistic, and super dramatic I love watching this show so I give it a 7.5 out of 10.

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The Volcano: Rescue from Whakaari

I don’t normally watch documentaries, but I’ve been really lucky with the few that I have because they’ve all been great and The Volcano was no exception. Despite being a little reluctant to watch it at first, I got completely immersed in the story right away. As many could guess, the personal accounts, footage, and photos made everything feel personal to me even though I live on the other side of the world. I never even knew about this story till I watched this movie but still the director was able to get me so invested in the story. While watching I remember having the feeling of “oh shit I need to get on my plane/boat and help” even though I 1) don’t have a boat/plane, 2)live on the other side of the world, and most important of all 3)this happened years ago. I take that as evidence enough that this is an amazing documentary.

What made this documentary special was that it felt so real watching it. I didn’t feel like I was watching a lesson, I felt like I was living this terrifying moment with the victims. I would catch myself crying after one word because this movie was able to make me feel immersed in the story. Honestly this movie is 10 out of 10 and I without a doubt recommend everyone should watch it.



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Invisible City Review

When you start a new show with the knowledge that another season is already planned it’s great because you know if you end up liking it you’ll be happy because more is coming but then that happiness quickly turns to sadness when you finish the show and there’s no release date for the second season yet. That’s exactly what’s happening with me right now after watching Invisible City. I’ve known it was a show on Netflix for a while now, but I finally decided to watch it, and man, am I happy I did. I am a huge fan of folklore, mythology, supernatural, and all of the above so I get really excited when I not only find a new show but a show about a culture I don’t know much about. Literally, the only myth I already knew about was the pink river dolphins so this show was all new to me.

Besides adding more folklore knowledge to my repertoire this show was also excellently made. All of the characters had great depth to them and their respective actors and actresses were great. Not to mention the special effects were really good. But even though I loved everything about this show there are about 2 things I would have liked to be added. Number one of course is I wished the episodes were longer, while I enjoyed the shorter episodes because they were easier to digest I wished there was more so that it lasted longer. I also would have loved it if instead of the title sequence they had it instead was like a bunch of excerpts from the folklore book Luna read. Because I feel like that would have been a really clever way to introduce watchers to more legends without spoiling too much and give them some more info about the entities that do show up. With these changes I think the show would be perfect but even without them I still give the show a 9 out of 10.

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Wednesday Review

I finally got around to finishing up Wednesday so I thought there’s no better time to post a review than on Wednesday. This might be an unpopular opinion but all around I thought it was a good show but not a great one. While Jenna Ortega was amazing as Wednesday for some reason, the show just didn’t get its hooks into me like other shows have. When other shows that I truly loved finished a season I would wait with bated breath to hear if it was renewed or not but with Wednesday I honestly would have been fine either way. It wasn’t bad but there were just one too many things that I had a problem with for me to be all in.

The biggest problem was the strained relationship between Wednesday and Morticia. Now, I’m no expert on the Addams family but from everything I know about them it just feels wrong that there’d be any tension between them at all. Another less serious problem I had was that it only became clear halfway through the season that everyone outside of the school knew about the supernatural and that outcast was the show’s name for supernaturals instead of a description. I don’t know if I just missed it but it took me way too long to realize that the normies actually knew about the supernatural and that created too much confusion for me. I also got kind of annoyed that the other characters seemed to flip-flop between not understanding Wednesday and understanding her. One moment they would act like they understood the way she acted then the next they would be mad at her for something she did. I just found the inconsistency a little annoying.

So the problems I have with the show combined with the good parts make me give the show a 6 out of 10.