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Stranger Things (2016)

A Netflix Original

Starring

Winona Ryder – Joyce Byers
David Harbour – Jim Hopper
Finn Wolfhard – Mike Wheeler
Millie Bobby Brown – Eleven
Gaten Matarazzo – Dustin Henderson
Caleb McLaughlin – Lucas Sinclair
Natalia Dyer – Nancy Wheeler
Charlie Heaton – Jonathan Byers

Summary

“When a young boy disappears, his mother, a police chief, and his friends must confront terrifying forces in order to get him back.”

-From IMDB.com

Review

I absolutely loved this TV show and think it is absolutely fantastic. Netflix is completely outdoing themselves in their new movies and TV shows with Marco Polo (which I am still watching and love) and some of their movies like Special Correspondents and many others like their animes which are pretty darn good as well. Overall I am really impressed. And this one was fantastic.

If you have watched Under the Dome, the TV show based around Stephen Kings book, then it has a similar feel to that, but this is based more in the 80’s and 90’s and really does make you feel like you are in that period with everything going on. There is a decent amount of special effects but not so much so that it becomes silly or stupid. It plays mostly on suspense and catching glimpses of things.

Essentially these children go missing because of a government experiment with a creature and it’s about everyone trying to find those who went missing and this mysterious girl who shows up. The acting is really good and the story keeps you hooked! Each episode is only about 50 minutes long and season 1 has only 8 episodes so it’s not very long. But apparently there is a season 2 being talked about, so I am very interested if they will make one. It did receive very positive reviews and they ended season 1 like there could be a second season, as there are still unanswered questions, so I’m really excited to see what is going to happen.

Overall it is a dark TV show, as it is classified as Sci-Fi/Horror, but it isn’t exactly scary. There are moments which make you jump as the creature is kind of creepy but it’s nothing like some of the horror movies which are currently out there. They also love to use the lights as a form of communication between ‘worlds’ and I really find it so cool when they do that. Makes it creepy without it being…too creepy.

I also LOVE the theme song for the show. It really has a Tron kind of feel.

Overall it really was a fantastic TV show and I do recommend watching it as it’s nothing like is out there, in my opinion. It feels more like a long movie than a TV show because of the story. It has a very intricate story and I haven’t found a TV show with such a good story for a long time, or one that is like this.

So check it out and let me know what you think.

And happy viewing.

Try not to get sucked into the Upside-Down!

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Lucifer (2015- )

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Season 1

Starring

Tom Ellis – Lucifer Morningstar
Lauren German – Chloe Decker
D.B. Woodside – Amenadiel
Lesley-Ann Brandt – Mazikeen

Charming. Charismatic. Devil-ish

Summary

When Lucifer decides that he wants to take a break from being the Devil, what better place to reinvent himself than in Los Angeles. But upon meeting Detective Decker, his life takes an interesting turn and he finds some intriguing things about himself…and others.

Review

I absolutely love this show! It’s one of the few shows that I actually have been religiously following and wanting to watch. I never really commit to a show and make time during my busy week to sit down and watch but this is actually one of them. The last time I did this was Season 1 of Hawaii Five-0.

If you have seen Castle, then this is kind of similar to that kind of set up. With the detective work, playful banter and awkward kind of romance-ish stuff going on that you’re not sure if they’re flirting or just messing around. It covers all the bases from action to detective work to biblical stuff and more. It’s definitely the most creative interpretation of Lucifer that I have seen so far and I’m definitely curious to see where it will go…AS IT HAS BEEN SIGNED FOR A SECOND SEASON! Thank god.

The acting isn’t superb as I have seen better acting but for a TV show it’s pretty good and the story line is interesting as well. It’s got a similar feel to all of these crime shows where each episode kind of stands alone but there is some intricate story going on beneath the entire season. This has that going on between Lucifer, Amenadiel and Mazikeen as two of them are from the underworld and Amanadiel is from heaven sent to get Lucifer to go back to hell where he belongs.

I do like the locations in which this is filmed though. Lucifer owns a bar and the bar is incredible and I’d love to go and visit a place like that but of course they are VIP places. It’s always got this kind of dark feel which pulls upon the demonic qualities of Lucifer so everything has this dark feel to it.

I’m extremely curious as to what season 2 is going to hold, especially after that season finale. Like good god. And also what music they’ll put into the episodes because the music is fantastic as well!

I’d definitely recommend watching this show if you’re looking for a new show to follow as this one is fantastic. It isn’t as supernatural as the shows Supernatural but there are definitely otherworldly things going on. If supernatural qualities turn you off from a show, it shouldn’t really effect you for this show because they aren’t a massive quality but they are there to spice it up a little bit.

Otherwise check it out!

And let me know what you think!

Happy Watching!

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5 Of The Best Documentaries Around Right Now

In the past 6 – 12 months I have seen a lot of documentaries. A lot. And so it is with some confidence I can list my top 5.

I will tell you now, barring one of them, they are all highly emotional and only two of these I’ve watched because I chose them. The others were thanks to my college English class.

Of course, disclaimer, some of these documentaries are not completely accurate so don’t base all of your knowledge off of one documentary, as you already know.


Jiro Dreams of Sushi

PG – 1hr 22 min

Jiro Dreams of Sushi is the story of 85-year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious three-star Michelin Guide rating, and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimage, calling months in advance and shelling out top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro’s sushi bar.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a thoughtful and elegant meditation on work, family, and the art of perfection, chronicling Jiro’s life as both an unparalleled success in the culinary world and as a loving yet complicated father.”

-From Amazon.com

As I love Japan, I chose this movie after looking at the documentaries on Netflix and boy was I happy with this one. It did make me very hungry and want some sushi, as well as to go to Japan like right now, but I also learnt a lot as well. It is subbed, so if you aren’t into foreign documentaries with subtitles, this may not be the right one for you, but come on! It’s sushi! Who doesn’t love sushi?! The filming was fantastic as well. Simple, elegant, and made everything just look so yummy! If you like sushi, or really food in general, and like Japan then you cannot miss this one!


Life According to Sam

NR – 1hr 34min

“A moving look at a couple’s inspiring efforts to save their only son Sam from the rare and fatal premature-aging disease of progeria.”

From Amazon.com

An extremely moving documentary about children who are born with a rare disease that causes them to age rapidly, dying by the age of about 15 years old. My English teacher met one of the kids and so he had wanted us to watch the documentary and learn about it and I have to say that it was one of the more eye opening documentaries. It’s made me appreciate life as these kids in the documentary will not live long and their parents who are way older will out live their kids, due to reasons that are not their own. The filming was great and it was well done though it was incredibly stressful to see these young children being treated like specimens. Overall it was extremely good but if you’re not into seeing something like this with kids and such, then this may not be the documentary for you.


Hot Girls Wanted

NR – 1 hr 22 min

“This 2015 Sundance Film Festival breakout documentary from producer Rashida Jones spotlights the “amateur” porn industry and the women it exploits.”

-From Netflix.com

This was a Netflix original and I probably would have never come across this or really wanted to watch it but something made me curious. It wasn’t my intent to actually finish it because I thought it was all going to be about sex and something stupid like that. But actually it was quite good. It followed one girl who found out about an ad on Craigslist and her story into the amateur porn industry and how it effects these girls and how they even find out about it. It was quite stressful but very eye opening and made me grateful for the family that I have. This is a mature documentary, even though it is NR, definitely because of the content, but it’s good for people to know about as well. People think that porn is all beautiful and perfect but they don’t realize the life some of these people have as well as how these girls get started and this did a pretty good job of showing it.

Warning: The trailer is kind of graphic. NSFW slightly and not for a younger audience. 


The Square

NR – 1 hr 35 min

“A group of Egyptian revolutionaries battle leaders and regimes, risking their lives to build a new society of conscience.”

-From IMDB.com

This was a fantastic documentary to learn about Tahir square and the kind of stuff which was going on around with that event, but I will have to give a few disclaimers. First off, it was quite violence and graphic. And violence and graphic in fiction is one thing but this was actual footage from the event and people died. You saw people shot at and others run over by vehicles and it was sickening and difficult to watch. There was also quite a lot of blood. Another disclaimer is that the translations are not accurate. It is known that they aren’t and while watching it there was a kid in my class who understands Arabic and was saying how some of the words they were saying were more sayings but the translations were making them seem so much bigger and more violent, which of course is what people filming documentaries want so they’d gain support for it and such. It was a good watch and I was able to understand a situation better, but please do not use just this as your information on the Tahir square revolution. Other than that, as supplemental information, as well as seeing it from their perspective, it was quite well done.


Blackfish

PG-13 – Ihr 24 min

“Killer whales are beloved, majestic, friendly giants, yet infamous for their capacity to kill viciously. Blackfish unravels the complexities of this dichotomy, employing the story of the notorious performing whale Tilikum, who — unlike any orca in the wild — has taken the lives of several people while in captivity. Blackfish expands on the discussion of keeping such …”

-From Amazon.com

This was a good documentary but I honestly hated watching it. It stressed me the hell out and was sickening to watch and I don’t want to go and see animal shows ever! I never went to Sea World as a kid and I’m so glad that I didn’t. Wile this documentary isn’t completely accurate and portrays the horrible side of everything, it was enough to make me not want to support companies in what they do. I had tears in my eyes from the beginning and felt violently sick throughout the entire thing. If you like animals and hate animal cruelty, this may not be the documentary for you because it will make you sick, but it is good to watch and be aware about because not many people know about all of the disasters that occur and what the lives are like for Killer Whales. And this made me know, even though I didn’t really want to know. Would I recommend this? Yes, but would tell the viewers to watch with caution.

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Mischievous Kiss (2010-)

A.K.A. Playful Kiss on Netflix

Starring

Kim Joong Hyun  –  Beak Seung Jo
Jung So-min  –  Oh Ha Ni
Si-young Lee  –  Yoon He Ra

Summary

“Playful Kiss is a warm, bubbly drama about falling in love and growing up along the way. Oh Ha Ni, nicknamed “Noah’s snail” by her father and friends for her ability to keep trying even though she isn’t the brightest in the bunch, has one goal in mind: to capture the heart of school genius, Baek Seung Jo. After harboring an all-consuming crush for years, she finally gets up the courage to give him a letter confessing her feelings. Seung Jo, an icy perfectionist, coldly rejects her. When Ha Ni’s house is destroyed by an earthquake, she and her father move in with an old family friend?none other than Seung Jo’s father. Now, Ha Ni and Seung Jo must deal with the awkwardness of living under the same roof. Can one determined, warm-hearted high school girl melt the heart of this closed-off genius?”

-By Ha Ni on IMDB.com

Review

This show was sooooo cute! Like it was adorable. It was definitely a romantic comedy although the romance that the viewers would want didn’t happen until much later in the season which was so annoying. It was honestly such a romantically frustrating show because of that too. I kept wanting Seung Jo and Ha Ni to get together but it took forever!!!

First off this show had an adorable theme song. You can tell a lot about a show from the theme song and since it’s got such a light theme song, you can tell it’s going to be a light an fluffy show.

Now this show was a romantic comedy and that was pretty much strictly all it was about. There were a few other themes such as growing up and going to university, but the majority of the show was just about romance which was cute as a lot of other shows have so much going on, or some do. But do not confuse this show with an anime or anything like that. It’s a Korean Drama and these shows of course usually don’t have much going on for the story line and are fluff to watch.

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There was a little bit of character development within the show, but for the most part Seung Jo pretty much remained cold through the entire show and Ha Ni continued to be cute and light and bubbly throughout the show which was nice. She was always so happy that you couldn’t help but smile whenever she was on the screen, which was most of the time.

Definitely towards the end of the show, when their relationship started to develop the emotions went up, big time. I was pretty much bawling towards the end, though I won’t tell you why.

Honestly, this was just a cute TV show and definitely one to check out if you have some time. You can find it on Netflix or some KDrama website where you can watch it for free. It does make most Top 10 Romantic Comedy Korean Drama’s so it is a good one to check out.

Enjoy and let me know what you think!

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Season 5)

Summary

This TV show happens some time between Episode II and III while the Clone Wars was in full swing.

Review

This TV show is definitely addicting if you like Star Wars. I know that a lot of people are not terribly interested because they don’t think that it will be that good, but I have to say, that it is very interesting and very enjoyable.

I reviewed Season 1-4 here. This season, in my opinion, was one of the best so far. It had so much going on and wow, the ending of this season was a knife to the heart.

The animations in this TV show have definitely progressed in my eyes and in the eyes of the director, David Filoni. In the beginning they did not have many complicated sets, but as the TV show progressed, they started to do more complex creatures, more complex environments, and more explosions.

Click here to see some information on the huge explosion, see how it was made, and see the scene.

This season had a lot of cliff hangers and definitely had an underlying story running through the entire thing. You also really got the see different emotions from the characters as well which I really liked. As the season came to the end you could see Ahsoka’s struggling, and Anakin’s struggling as well with their opinions and emotions. Also through this entire season, you could see Anakin starting to go downhill. Then in the last 5 minutes of the last episode, you could see what was going to happen as everything was starting to unfold.

I have never seen, in an animation series, a more memorable, unforgettable, emotional, unsatisfying finale EVER! When I say unsatisfying, I do not mean that in a bad way. I mean that I want more now and I dont think that there will be more as I am not sure if there will be a season 6. I was crying during the season finale and I never cry over an animation. But still, when I think about it, I get a sick feeling in my stomach and I get the lump in my throat. THE BEST FINALE EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

YOU HAVE TO SEE IT LIKE NOW!

I have no idea when it will come out on DVD as the season just ended last Saturday. But, never the less, you should start watching from Season 1!

If you like it as much as I do and have opinions on anything, leave it in the comment or email me at

mylibrarycardworeout at gmail dot com

I would to discuss as M.O.M has no interest in discussing it at all.

I hope that you enjoy.

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