Review: FX Channel TV series 'Pose'

July 10, 2020
‘POSE’ is a TV drama series on FX Channel starring LGBTQ characters played by real transgenders from the prolific writer-director-producer Ryan Murphy who has since moved to Netflix. Set in 1987-88, it features several characters, mostly black plus some Latinos, with intertwining stories. It’s an entertaining, riveting show about people who are pushed into the edges of society and how they make things more lively and meaningful to celebrate life in their own vogue subculture.

Review: BBC-Amazon TV Series 'Wolf Hall'

July 07, 2020
WE love shows about British royalty and the monarch whose life has been told and retold in several film and TV versions is Henry VIII, who became notorious because of his six wives. In the movies, the most memorable for us are “Anne of the Thousand Days” (about his romance with Anne Boleyn, with Richard Burton a compelling Henry and Genevieve Bujold as the ill-fated Anne), “Man for All Seasons” (1966, which focused on Sir Thomas More, who was beheaded for not giving in to Henry’s wish for him to marry Anne), and “The Other Boleyn Girl” (2008, with Eric Bana as Henry, Natalie Portman as Anne and Scarlett Johansson as Mary, the title role who became Henry’s mistress ahead of Anne.)

Review of Netflix movie 'Unsane'

July 05, 2020
‘UNSANE’ is a psychological horror flick filmed by Director Steven Soderbergh using a mere Iphone. It might be small budgeted since he himself is the cinematographer and editor, but its quality as an effective thriller is definitely topnotch. It stars one of the finest actresses working today, Claire Foy, whose work we totally enjoyed in such films as “First Man” and “The Girl in Spider’s Web”, and in the mini-series “Wolf Hall” where she played Anne Boleyn and two seasons of BBC’s “The Crown” where she is the young Elizabeth II. She’s Brit so here, she tries to speak with a clipped American accent.

Review: USA Network TV Series 'The Sinner'

July 01, 2020
WE’VE just finished watching three seasons of USA Network’s “The Sinner”, a murder-mystery series where someone dies at the start then an investigation is conducted by Bill Pullman as Police Detective Harry Ambrose, the link in all three episodes. 

Netflix movie review:  'The Laundromat'

June 25, 2020
‘THE Laundromat’ is a Netflix movie that reeks with so much social relevance as it’s an expose on the rotten financial systems uncovered in what is known as the Panama Papers scandal. These papers are documents leaked in April 2016 by an unnamed whistleblower where shell corporations were used for illegal purposes like fraud, tax evasion and money laundering, evading international sanctions and duping ordinary people who lose hard earned money in the scam.

Netflix movie review: The Last Thing He Wanted

June 22, 2020
ANNE Hathaway won the Oscar best supporting actress award for the 2012 movie, “Les Miserables”, but since then, she’s been doing nothing but unsatisfying roles in flops like “Song One”, “Don Peyote”, “The Intern”, “Colossal”, “Serenity”, “The Hustle”, “Dark Waters”, etc. She now stars in “The Last Thing He Wanted”, which wasn’t released in theaters  but directly went to streaming on Netflix even if it has a topnotch cast.

FX Network TV series review: 'Justified'

June 17, 2020
ONE advantage of the extended lockdown is it gave us time to watch all the good TV series we’ve heard about before but never really got the time to watch. One of them is “Justified” on FX Network, based on a story written by Elmore Leonard, a novelist who specializes on crime thrillers. Many of his works have been made into films, like “Get Shorty”, “Mr. Majestyk”, “3:10 to Yuma”, “Jackie Brown”, “Out of Sight” (that gave George Clooney movie stardom), “Hombre”, among others.

Netflix movie review: 'Lost Girls'

June 12, 2020
‘LOST Girls’ is a Netflix movie about the true story of girls lost in New York’s Long Island and a mother’s search for her missing daughter in 2010.  It’s based on the book “Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery” by Robert Kolker. 

Documentary Review: 'Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood'

May 29, 2020
IN the Netflix mini-series, “Hollywood”, there is a character, Ernie (played by Dylan McDermott), who operates a gas station that’s actually a front for his attendants to offer sexual services to both male and female clients. Ernie is based on a real life character, Scotty Bowers, who acted as a pimp in Hollywood from the 40s to the 80s. He charges his celebrity clients with $20 per session.

Netflix TV series review: 'Altered Carbon'

‘ALTERED Carbon’ is called a cyberpunk TV series and is based on the 2002 novel by Richard Morgan. It’s said to be one of the most expensive shows financed by Netflix and you can really see the budget must be big with the huge sets they built and the spectacular CGI they used for the show. 

CBS mini series review: 'Blood and Teasure' 

IF you enjoy watching an action-adventure series that echoes Indiana Jones movies, “Romancing the Stone”, “National Treasure” and even “Da Vinci Code”, you’d probably be delighted by CBS’ swashbuckling 13-episode series, “Blood & Treasure”, which has been renewed for a second season.