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Cockatoo 34

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9.5
Plot/Story
8
Characters
9
Acting
9
Cinematography
10
Soundtrack
10
Production Design
10
Execution
10
Emotional Impact
10

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Grave of the Fireflies

Rated as the best animation film out there by Rolling Stones Magazine, IMDB and USA Today dealing with adult themes that focuses on a young boy Setsuko and his little sister Seita and what they had to endure during the bombing of Japan. It’s a beautiful, touching and tragic with animations that transcends as it really tugs at the heartstrings and paints the horror of war that turns children into orphans and how they are left to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives and find a way to survive in a cruel, uncertain world. The moments between the two siblings and the love they share is just lovely to watch and makes the viewer realize what a precious commodity love is and the length one will go through. Be prepared to cry.

By : Cockatoo 34| Date : 2 months ago




8.5
Plot/Story
8
Characters
9
Acting
10
Cinematography
8
Soundtrack
9
Production Design
8
Execution
9
Emotional Impact
7

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Jezebel

From her entrance 7 minutes into the film, wearing black riding a black stallion that is spirited, one can’t help but be mesmerized by Julie Marsden (Bette Davis) as she is late for her own party and opts to not change her dress and attend it wearing her riding dress tells you exactly what sort of person her character is: wild, willful and a force of nature. She clearly dominates the film with her sassiness and how she carries herself: like a modern woman living in the wrong era, which is her strength and ultimately her demise. It’s a simple story of love gone awry due to Julie’s sassiness that is too much for her banker boyfriend Preston Dillard (Henry Fonda) to handle that results in his leaving her after she insists on wearing a red dress that is a major faux pas in society as white is the only color to be worn by self respecting southern gals, causing an uproar in the Olympus Ball that resulted in Preston leaving her and returning after a year’s absence with a new wife Amy Bradford Dillard (Margaret Lindsay) in hand. It is also a tale of redemption and understanding of human nature. Bette Davis’ compelling portrayal earned her second Oscar for the role.

By : Cockatoo 34| Date : 3 months ago




8.63
Plot/Story
7
Characters
9
Acting
10
Cinematography
9
Soundtrack
7
Production Design
8
Execution
10
Emotional Impact
9

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Mud

A slow burn with a stellar cast that depicts life of two boys living in the Mississippi River and how they discover a boat lodged up a tree in a desolate island that they happily claimed as their’s however, there is someone else who has been living inside it. Enter, Mud (Matthew McConnahey) a “drifter” in need of help. As soon as they decide to help him, that’s when it gets complicated as we learn more about Mud, his past and the story gets interesting and exciting. This movie is more about relationships with family, friends, and even touches first love. It never dragged due to the beautiful scenery and camera angles featuring Mississippi - even in its poorest areas, it still comes out as gorgeous on film. The dialogue works well. The emotions feel genuine and the actions real and engaging. It’s not about the plot but more about the characters and their choices and second chances in life that makes this movie great.

By : Cockatoo 34| Date : 3 months ago




8.75
Plot/Story
8
Characters
10
Acting
9
Cinematography
7
Soundtrack
10
Production Design
7
Execution
10
Emotional Impact
9

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Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

If you enjoyed Shaun of the Dead, this little zombie movie will have you laughing just as, if not harder at what Ben (Tye Sheridan), Carter (Logan Miller) and Augie (Joey Morgan), 3 scouts had to endure to save the world (well, their town, really) along with the help of Denise (Sarah Dumont) a stripper/bartender who’s savvy with a shot gun. It’s hilarious, it’s quite genius and silly but balanced with tender and honest moments that makes one think and realize what is truly important in this world: friendship, love and survival. It’s a bit raunchy but don’t let that deter you as that is part of the plot because the teenage boys’ sexual awakening is also an integral part of the story. A fun, laugh out loud movie that never takes itself seriously but delivers in guffaws, chuckles and memorable one liners (i.e. “Nailed it!”) that I predict will be a cult classic. Highly recommended if you are looking for a funny horror flick that will leave a big smile on your face. Oh, and the music is off the hook!

By : Cockatoo 34| Date : 3 months ago




8.75
Plot/Story
8
Characters
10
Acting
9
Cinematography
9
Soundtrack
8
Production Design
9
Execution
9
Emotional Impact
8

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Dark Phoenix

Before jumping into the bandwagon and calling this movie a travesty considering it is the telling of one of the most iconic moment in X-Men history, the Dark Phoenix saga one must first consider the following: that this movie was fashioned to tell the tale after considering the story progression of the other three X-Men movies (X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: First Class) and the development of those movies along with the roster of the X-Men in those movies so it is inconceivable to replicate the story of the much beloved comic book because it would not have made sense unless it was a stand alone movie, which it is not. Having said that, I thought it was quite admirable in keeping the essence of the original Dark Phoenix comic book saga but putting a spin on it and with that in mind, I thought it was really entertaining! A lot better than the previous X-Men: The Last Stand which also had the Dark Phoenix storyline. The action scene in the train scene towards the end of the flick was exhilarating. Sophie Turner who played Jean Grey was terrific. She captured her vulnerability, strength and quirkiness that discerning movie patrons may diss. That’s their loss. True X-Men fans such as I, that have read the comic books faithfully can see that she did an awesome job and she really did embodied Jean Grey. The theme of forgiveness, truth and family adds texture to the richness of the movie and what the X-Men stands for. An emotional, action packed movie that stayed true to the spirit of the comic book version that I thought was extremely well done.

By : Cockatoo 34| Date : 3 months ago




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7.38
Plot/Story
7
Characters
7
Acting
7
Cinematography
9
Soundtrack
7
Production Design
8
Execution
7
Emotional Impact
7

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Wu Assassins

It’s an action, adventure, mystical series that starts off really rough with sketchy acting, especially the lead actor Iko Uwais (Kai Jin) but if you stay with it long enough, the story starts to develop into something worthwhile by episode 3 and you just find yourself drawn and curious as to what will happen next despite the fact that it’s a bit cheesy but honestly, that adds to the fun of watching this as there really isn’t anything out there to compare it with. The cinematography is breathtaking as they use a filtered lens that makes San Francisco shine. There’s a few surprises in the plot development that makes it interesting and as a whole, it’s quite enjoyable as long as you don’t knit pick on the plot and take it as an escape you’ll find yourself having a good time. Not great but good. Also, the message of family the show brings is always good in my book. Not good, but great!

By : Cockatoo 34| Date : 3 months ago




8.75
Plot/Story
8
Characters
9
Acting
9
Cinematography
7
Soundtrack
10
Production Design
7
Execution
10
Emotional Impact
10

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Cobra Kai

This is how you reboot a beloved classic movie like Karate Kid and bring it into the present and making it feel retro, relevant and just magical. The story is focused on the bully from the movie, Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) all grown up and washed up and how he ends up bumping into his high school nemesis Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and thus starting a wonderful chain of events that is not only compelling to watch but such a treat as both actors bring it every time and the script does not disappoint: it is actually smart, clever and poignant with a dash of warm fuzzies… and maybe one or two side sweeps. Okay, three.

By : Cockatoo 34| Date : 3 months ago




6.38
Plot/Story
5
Characters
7
Acting
7
Cinematography
7
Soundtrack
8
Production Design
7
Execution
5
Emotional Impact
5

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The Boys

A unique approach by Amazon to capitalize on the popularity of superheroes by making their own original story centering on a world where superheroes are part of corporate America as we are introduced to a world where the superheroes are extremely fallible and borderline reckless and insane and its repercussion to a world unbeknownst of the truth. It’s a dark spin and a more mature approach to the genre but unfortunately, it doesn’t transcribe as compelling TV. The dialogue can be too wordy and sometimes too explanatory as well, with lots of awkward pauses that looks amateurish. Even the dynamics of the superheroes doesn’t look nor feel believable at all. The story started off interesting but plateaus almost immediately as we are bombarded with characters that are mundane and unremarkable. There were a few glimmers here and there in the story line but because of the bad dialogue, disjointed dynamics among the cast and the script that isn’t able to utilize the talent it has on the amazing actors signed up for the project but rather, makes them look stupid and ineffective in their craft. And the ending? No. I do applaud the attempt but overall a hot mess in tights.

By : Cockatoo 34| Date : 3 months ago




9.38
Plot/Story
9
Characters
10
Acting
9
Cinematography
9
Soundtrack
10
Production Design
9
Execution
10
Emotional Impact
9

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Strange Angel

A rare gem that has probably been overlooked by most which is a shame because it sure is a treat to watch. The story takes place in 1930’s Los Angeles and the story revolves around the friendship that eventually and a bit surprisingly develop, between Jack Parson (Jack Reynor), a man looking to capitalize in the infancy of rocket science and Ernest Donovan (Rupert Friend), a follower of Aleister Crowley (the father of Satanism). What transpires between and around them are the best parts. It’s fascinating to watch and see the 1930’s in all its glory and yes, it’s a slow burn but it’s a character piece and my advice is, sit back and enjoy the drama unfolding because it will take you places that will be a unique and rewarding experience. The costume is opulent while complementing the dialogue that is sublime. Many layers to peel in this one and a cast that is perfect. And the writer is Mark Heyman, who wrote the screenplay for Black Swan so… yeah.

By : Cockatoo 34| Date : 4 months ago




9.88
Plot/Story
10
Characters
10
Acting
10
Cinematography
10
Soundtrack
9
Production Design
10
Execution
10
Emotional Impact
10

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Sense8

An incredibly smart, sexy Science Fiction action, adventure, mystery that ponders the theory that there exist a cluster of 8 humans spread out the globe and can connect with one another singularly or all at once and while this is slowly unfolding and being experienced by the 8 brilliant, international cast that brings life to the characters and cements this wonderful series, there also happen to exist a mysterious, sinister organization that is hunting each of them down. It is cleverly written with solid, convincing actors that makes what we are seeing believable and keeps us engaged in the drama unleashed while keeping us interested and in suspense in finding out answers to what makes them special from other humans as well as where the adventure takes us and it takes us all over the world: Chicago, Mumbai, Reykjavik, Nairobi, London, Seoul, Berlin, San Francisco and Mexico City. The pace varies but it works for the sort of story being told. The plot is gripping, suspenseful, exciting, sexy, playful, fun and edge of your seat thrilling. And it is also highly emotional, if you can believe it. This one has it all, directed by the wonderful Wachowski sisters is a true classic and total original and a wonder to behold and experience because underneath all the wonderful, visual, emotional, thrilling, action-adventure sensation, it’s true core is love.

By : Cockatoo 34| Date : 4 months ago




8.5
Plot/Story
9
Characters
9
Acting
9
Cinematography
9
Soundtrack
8
Production Design
8
Execution
9
Emotional Impact
7

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From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series

Faithful to the basic blueprint it dawned from, the 1996 movie with the same title starring George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino, but giving further depth to the characters, this is an amazing, entertaining show that is definitely a must to binge. It’s a fun ride that will take you through Texas and to Mexico as the two brothers Seth (D.J. Cotrona) and Richie Gecko (Zane Holtz) battle what looks like the end of the world with the emergence of the vampire-snake beings poised to take over. It’s quirky, it’s silly, it’s serious, it’s bloody, gory and totally a good-time, fun experience. There’s brotherly love and even good Christian values. It’s a little bit of Buffy, a little bit of John Wick and if you can imagine that, then you can imagine the possibility, right? There are 3 tight seasons to enjoy.

By : Cockatoo 34| Date : 4 months ago




9.25
Plot/Story
9
Characters
9
Acting
9
Cinematography
9
Soundtrack
9
Production Design
9
Execution
10
Emotional Impact
10

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Stranger Things

Prepare to get lost in the 1980’s and hang with a band of pubescents as something strange seems to be happening at Hawkins, Indiana when kids begin to disappear and the power plant nearby seem to be doing something sinister. There’s a mystery to solve, kids to find and whacky, goofy, lovable characters to meet and grow attach to as they battle the “Big Bad” and bring back a sense of normalcy to their town. The cast is perfect with Winona Ryder, Matthew Modine and Sean Astin along with the kids that are the true stars that makes the show an awesome experience. This is pure magic as it sucks you in and you feel like you are back in the 80’s with the gang. The tone, the feel and the atmosphere presented is as authentic as it gets. Prepare to fall in love.

By : Cockatoo 34| Date : 4 months ago




8
Plot/Story
8
Characters
8
Acting
8
Cinematography
8
Soundtrack
8
Production Design
8
Execution
8
Emotional Impact
8

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The 100

If you can disregard the obvious scientific flaws in the set up along with the few glaring plot holes and accept it for what it is, an exciting, edge of your seat action, adventure, drama series with an interesting group of characters, all with great arcs then you are in for a treat. A fun series to binge that will get the blood pumping and the adrenaline going at full max because the story is fast paced and is written smartly (aside from the science part) that has a feel of Lord of the Flies meets Lost and a bit of Battlestar Galactica. The many twists and turns, the many emerging conflicts, changing allegiances constantly and with problems to solve that’s almost always life or death. On top of all that, an ever changing perspective that is not only compelling to watch but also a fun, enjoyable ride. Who knew dystopia could be this exciting?

By : Cockatoo 34| Date : 4 months ago




2.25
Plot/Story
1
Characters
1
Acting
1
Cinematography
6
Soundtrack
1
Production Design
6
Execution
1
Emotional Impact
1

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Charmed

This is a prime example as to why you shouldn’t reboot a classic and give us bad writing, bad acting and a waste of time and air space. It’s not only an insult to the original version but to all the fans that loved the original I ask: why are we given this bit of rubbish that fails in every which way possible?! Avoid at all cost!

By : Cockatoo 34| Date : 1 year ago




8.13
Plot/Story
9
Characters
9
Acting
8
Cinematography
8
Soundtrack
7
Production Design
8
Execution
8
Emotional Impact
8

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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

And yet another fabulous reboot of a 1950’s staple, Sabrina the teenage witch that ran with Archie and the gang is retold in a dark yet delicious way that celebrates a different kind of race: witches and warlocks that posses magic and worships Satan. It’s smartly written with a spooky air present in the story telling. Season 1 revolves around Sabrina turning 16 and must pledge her soul to Satan but will she or won’t she? As she’s half human and half witch, there is an internal conflict within her as she turns to her friends, her aunts and her cousin for guidance but ultimately the decision will be hers. Tune in and find out and be lured by all that is sinister, chilling and wicked. This drama definitely has a bite.

By : Cockatoo 34| Date : 1 year ago




9.38
Plot/Story
10
Characters
10
Acting
9
Cinematography
9
Soundtrack
8
Production Design
9
Execution
10
Emotional Impact
10

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Marvel's Daredevil

Hands down the best comic book hero adopted to TV about a child who gets blinded by a chemical spill and has heightened senses who grows up to become a lawyer, a hero and a crime fighting vigilante. It stays true to its original incarnation in comic books and Matt Murdock virtually comes to life played brilliantly by Charlie Cox. Its gorgeous tale is told in a slow burn that’s visually enticing as it captures the mood, the darkness and the intricate layers presented in almost a romantic, menacing way that one can’t help but be mesmerized. Strong supporting cast includes Elden Henson (plays Foggy Nelson), Deborah Ann Woll (of True Blood fame plays Karen Page) and Vincent D’Onofrio (Wilson Fisk a.k.a. King Pin) that adds depth to the wonderful, engaging script. A masterpiece.

By : Cockatoo 34| Date : 1 year ago




7.75
Plot/Story
8
Characters
8
Acting
8
Cinematography
8
Soundtrack
7
Production Design
8
Execution
8
Emotional Impact
7

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Santa Clarita Diet

It’s a darkish comedy about a suburban realtor Sheila Hammond (Drew Barrymore) and how she suddenly finds herself craving human flesh for consumption and the trials and tribulation one encounters when one finds themselves in that peculiar situation. The pilot is funny but a bit rough in the pilot but as you plow through the first few episodes of Season 1, the further you get, the dynamics become more cohesive and entertaining as her husband Joel (Timothy Olyphant) and their teenage daughter Abby (Liv Hewson) along with their nerdy neighbor Eric (Skyler Gisondo) try to find out how this transformation came about and maybe come up with a cure. It can be a bit gory with lots of blood and internal organs flying all around but if you are cool with that, it can get pretty addictive as the writing is hilarious with the theme of family (comes first) and telling the truth.

By : Cockatoo 34| Date : 1 year ago




8.88
Plot/Story
9
Characters
9
Acting
9
Cinematography
8
Soundtrack
9
Production Design
8
Execution
10
Emotional Impact
9

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Riverdale

How do you make a beloved 1950’s comic/cartoon phenomenon “The Archies” that’s imbedded deep into Americana that embodies clean cut, cheesy, fun relevant in 2018? You reinvent it by making the characters darker, adding a few more into the lineup, changing some of the original DNA of the cast and throwing a mystery each season that the gang must solve or die trying. Top that off with superb writing and an awesome cast and you have the recipe for an addictive, fun, suspenseful, dynamic series that is definitely a must see TV. What makes it genius is the characters maintain their essence of their original caricatures along with adding dimensions to it as a whole as if pulling them from the 1950’s and see what they would be like if they were born in the modern world. Additionally, their parents and teachers are essential in the sinister story telling and always with an intriguing twist plus, they have great musical performances every now and then that’s fun to watch. In a world where every beloved movies get rebooted and fails spectacularly (Footloose, Ghostbusters, Dirty Dancing to name a few and there is a very long, sad list, mind you), this show, Riverdale, a TV series of all things, gets it right in every way that matters and then some!

By : Cockatoo 34| Date : 1 year ago




9.13
Plot/Story
10
Characters
10
Acting
10
Cinematography
9
Soundtrack
7
Production Design
9
Execution
9
Emotional Impact
9

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Bodyguard

This gripping, intense, political thriller that takes place in London sucks you in right away when a suicide bomber is found inside a train and an off duty police officer David Budd (Richard Madden from Game of Thrones) there with his children senses something is wrong and emerges himself into the drama unfolding in this suspenseful thriller. The story develops with David Budd being assigned as bodyguard to Home Office Secretary Julia Montague who is on the frontline trying to push an initiative that many are against making her a viable target. Items are slowly revealed such as David was an Afghanistan war veteran with PSTD and Julia Montague’s position in the war was everything David Budd was against so there is tension. Without revealing the plot, different areas of the government seem to be involved in the chaos ensuing with layers of deceit, betrayal and murder as the plot thickens and no one know who to trust as it boils to the end in a cat and mouse chase of a brilliant 6 episode series. Superb acting by entire cast showcasing the real danger London experiences daily as a city and how brave the police officers need to be to keep her safe. This one has it all.

By : Cockatoo 34| Date : 1 year ago




10
Plot/Story
10
Characters
10
Acting
10
Cinematography
10
Soundtrack
10
Production Design
10
Execution
10
Emotional Impact
10

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Game of Thrones

This positively scrumptious, glorious intricate tale told in layers of intrigue, deceit and compelling drama filmed in exotic locations around the globe with lavish breathtaking costumes, sets and characters that come to life with dialogue that is authentic, meaningful and polarizing. And to think, the story stems from a secret of a Queen that was stumbled upon by pure accident that spirals into an all out war, carnage and decimation as 9 royal families fight it out for control of ruling Westeros. There’s magic, and dragons, wolves, a dwarf, King of the North (quite a few), White Walkers (more than a few) and then... there’s Joffrey and Cersei Lannister. So sit back, be amazed and witness perfection.

By : Cockatoo 34| Date : 1 year ago




9.25
Plot/Story
10
Characters
10
Acting
10
Cinematography
9
Soundtrack
7
Production Design
8
Execution
10
Emotional Impact
10

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Catastrophe

What happens when a six night stand turns into a pregnancy a few weeks later? Well that’s the premise of this brilliant, smartly written, hilarious comedy that’s so honest that it hurts (in a good way). It also has a whacky supporting cast that adds color to this sharp, vibrant series that grabs you from the get go and will keep you laughing at the story lines, and the fabulous one liners that not only cuts with sarcasm, but with the ring of truth and rather than stinging, it makes you laugh. It’s genius in every way and nothing like anything else out there. Anyone with good taste who enjoys comedy won’t be able to say no to this wonderful, creative and funny show with a heart that takes place in London involving an American Ad agent Rob (Rob Delaney) and an Irish schoolteacher Sharon (Sharon Horgan) who makes falling in love a hilarious adventure that hasn’t been captured quite like this. And as a bonus, the late, great Carrie Fisher (that’s Princess Leia of Star Wars fame) plays Rob’s mother so you know, the force is definitely with this one.

By : Cockatoo 34| Date : 1 year ago




8.63
Plot/Story
9
Characters
9
Acting
9
Cinematography
9
Soundtrack
7
Production Design
9
Execution
9
Emotional Impact
8

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Harlots

Intrigue, deception, backstabbing, kidnapping, murder, banishment, change of alliances, betrayals, revenge and lots & lots of sex set in London in the late 1700’s. It’s a tale of two houses, two whore houses with the two madams: Margaret Wells (Samantha Morton) and Lydia Quigley (Lesley Manville) at ends plotting the demise of the other. The writing is witty and compelling, the sets and costumes are magnificent and the acting is superb. Jessica Brown Findlay (Lady Sybil from Downton Abbey fame) who plays Charlotte Wells is the standout (along with the two madams) as she convincingly plays her character (a harlot) with such conviction as she commands attention whenever she is on screen. This show has it all: it’s funny, it's sassy, it’s dramatic, it’s beguiling, it’s surprising and enthralling. One can’t help but be drawn to this series and its fabulous cast and find out what happens next. And you will want to know. A winner.

By : Cockatoo 34| Date : 1 year ago




3.5
Plot/Story
1
Characters
1
Acting
3
Cinematography
8
Soundtrack
5
Production Design
8
Execution
1
Emotional Impact
1

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Castle Rock

A disjointed, affected story telling with no real resolution and characters that’s all bark and no bite. Nothing original is presented, just derivative drivel without revealing anything worth staying up for as one is inclined to comatose from the pace, the content and the lack of anything dynamic from what’s coming out of the actor’s mouth to what one is seeing visually. Oh, sure they trick you with some visuals but one would have had a lobotomy for it to have any significant resonance whatsoever. It’s really bad smoke and mirrors not worthy of anyone’s time let alone 10 hours of one’s life to get to the end of the series. What was that? There’s a second season? God help us all.

By : Cockatoo 34| Date : 1 year ago




7.88
Plot/Story
8
Characters
8
Acting
8
Cinematography
9
Soundtrack
7
Production Design
8
Execution
8
Emotional Impact
7

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Requiem

Starting off with two simultaneous deaths from different areas caused by supernatural forces that takes our protagonist, Matilda Gray (Lydia Wilson) a world renowned cellist to a small village in Wales where she finds a mystery that’s connected to her past and discovers a secret that’s been covered for over 23 years. The story is told in a slow, laid back fashion allowing the audience to seep in the scenery as we are introduced to the folks of the town and clues are revealed piece by piece. It’s a slow burner gorgeously filmed with a 1970’s feel and sensibility to the telling of the tale that can be appreciated if one sits back and allow the sleepy, captivating, ethereal story to unfold, enchant and delight them in its presentation.

By : Cockatoo 34| Date : 1 year ago




8.75
Plot/Story
9
Characters
8
Acting
9
Cinematography
10
Soundtrack
7
Production Design
10
Execution
9
Emotional Impact
8

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McMafia

This is a brilliant series that centers on the Godman family that once ruled the underground in Russia but was toppled by Vadim Kalyagin (Merab Ninidze) and forced to flee the country to begin a new life in England. Many years later, an attempted murder to Vadim as a revenge that gone sideways left the Godman family vulnerable with a death and their lives threatened. Alex Godman (James Norton) a son raised as an Englishman with his own Hedge Fund and determined to make amends was able to find allies who want to hurt Vadim by crippling his business through money laundering and paying off government officials and boosting his competitors in the process. We get exposed to the intricacies of mafia life and the different branches and avenues one is exposed to. With an international cast and location filmed at London, Tel Aviv, France, Moscow, India and Prague the audience gets transported to these fabulous places as we feel the story and all its excitement and danger. It’s fast paced but there are also some slow, emotional scenes and graphic violence but that’s expected with the topic it deals with. Ironically, the core of the movie is about family and what one does to keep family safe. A thrilling, suspenseful, dynamic dramatic series that’s character driven and presented in a sleek, savvy fashion.

By : Cockatoo 34| Date : 1 year ago




7.88
Plot/Story
8
Characters
8
Acting
9
Cinematography
8
Soundtrack
6
Production Design
8
Execution
8
Emotional Impact
8

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Vanity Fair

In a time where a woman’s worth is dictated by her lineage, Becky Sharp (Olivia Cooke) uses her wits and guile to lift herself up from her lowly station as we follow her adventures climbing up England’s society. This delightful show captures the true spirit of the novel showcasing each character brilliantly as we see them in different light. The acting is wonderful, the costumes are splendid with the music a bit hit or miss but as a whole works bloody well thanks to superb acting by Olivia Cooke (Becky Sharp), Claudia Jessie (Amelia Sedley) and Charlie Rowe (George Osborne) who are standouts in a top notch cast. It’s funny, it’s witty and it’s also devious as we get front row seats to the goings-on in 1780 England and how a person’s pedigree is everything. Or is it? Sit back and enjoy a fun period piece with a bit of bite.

By : Cockatoo 34| Date : 1 year ago




8.25
Plot/Story
8
Characters
8
Acting
9
Cinematography
9
Soundtrack
7
Production Design
8
Execution
9
Emotional Impact
8

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Hard Sun

An engaging police drama set in London, UK with DCI Charlie Hicks (Jim Sturgess) assigned a new partner DI Elaine Renko (Agyness Deyn) and on their first case together is tracking a computer hacker who stumbled upon data of catastrophic proportion and everyone who has seen it is being killed by MI-5 as the government is preventing it to be leaked. It gets more complicated as Elaine is secretly investigating Charlie for possible murder of his former partner while she has her own set of skeletons in her closet. It’s smartly written as the story extends and we get exposed to their personal lives and how they must trust each other as they deal with the backlash of opening “Pandora’s Box”. High marks for the gritty acting, the ongoing suspense and tension, interesting story developments and the wonderful background of London all in high definition.

By : Cockatoo 34| Date : 1 year ago




9.38
Plot/Story
9
Characters
10
Acting
10
Cinematography
8
Soundtrack
10
Production Design
8
Execution
10
Emotional Impact
10

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Atlanta

This is a compelling, well written series that is character driven that centers on the lives of Earn (Donald Glover) and his cousin Alfred “Paper Boi” (Bryan Tyree Henry) as they climb their way up the world of rap music. Helping them is Alfred’s sidekick, the multi talented Darius (Lakeith Stanfield) and Earn’s ex wife Van (Zazie Beetz) who adds to the interesting character mix in this often emotional, dramatic, funny, touching, tragic, violent, tender, crazy and musically invigorating series that gives a raw look at how difficult it is to make it in the music industry. It tackles hot issues like poverty, racism, drugs, gun violence, parenthood and death. One minute you are laughing your head off, another minute you are bawling your eyes and then there are those “WTF” moments. It’s truly all the spectrum of human emotions and the actors all step up and deliver strong, powerful, convincing performances all worthy of an Emmy. This is the real deal.

By : Cockatoo 34| Date : 1 year ago




7.88
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8
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8
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8
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7
Soundtrack
10
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7
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8
Emotional Impact
7

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Hit the Floor

This addictive soap opera centers around the basketball team the LA Devils and their cheer dancers, the Devil Girls as juicy story lines flow in and out as often as the sex partners change in this polyamorous whodunnit, drama, comedy, sports show with a sexy cast that all have an interesting back story that even the villains, you positively can’t totally hate. The writing is slick and sexy riddled with the latest r&b dance music that the Devil Girls usually do a wonderful choreographed dance number worthy of an award if the Emmy's ever gave a best dance number (sorry Dancing with the Stars). It’s a fun, fluffy, entertaining and a feel good series with a bite that will keep you glued to your TV at the antics and the impossible situations the sexy cast gets themselves into. It’s never boring and there is always something happening. Can you say that about most of the shows out there? Probably not. There are 4 seasons to binge and catch up on. So, what are you waiting for?

By : Cockatoo 34| Date : 1 year ago




8.63
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9
Characters
9
Acting
9
Cinematography
9
Soundtrack
6
Production Design
9
Execution
9
Emotional Impact
9

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The Gifted

Hands down the best Marvel based series on TV (tied with Daredevil) as it chronicles a world where the X-Men disappears and the fate of mutant-kind rest in the leadership of Polaris, Thunderbird and Eclipse as they battle the US government and their multitude of sub agencies dedicated in extracting and the elimination of the mutant population. Central in the story is the Strucker family whose two teenage kids’ mutant powers start to manifest and are forced to flee from their perfect suburban life and team up with the mutant underground. For all X-men fanatics ,without revealing the plot, you are all treated to appearances by Blink, Fenris, Sage, The Hellfire Club, the Sentinels, The Purifiers and the Cuckoos all portrayed convincingly and effectively in the storyline as each episode is action packed and written with the comic book fans in mind meaning it is done properly. The writing is tight and the characters are true to the essence of their comic book counterpart. What more could true comic book fans want?

By : Cockatoo 34| Date : 1 year ago




9
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10
Characters
10
Acting
9
Cinematography
8
Soundtrack
9
Production Design
8
Execution
9
Emotional Impact
9

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Good Behavior

For a TV show that deals with the darker side of life where our main character Letty (Michelle Dockery - yes, Lady Mary of Downton Abbey fame) a recently released convict/thief/drug addict finds herself entangled with Javier, a hit man (played by Juan Diego Botto), it’s surprising to see that there is a lot of heart and redeeming values that resonates through out due in part by the smart writing and great acting by the cast that also includes a parole officer (Terry Kinney from Oz) and FBI Agent (Ann Dowd from The Handmaid’s Tale). Without revealing much of the plot, the story can get really heavy and depressing but it also soars as it explores the many facets of the human spirit when dealt with the cards our two unlikely pairs are handed. Letty is also a single mother of an adolescent currently being raised by her mother (Luisa Strus) who holds a grudge with her and is currently married to Letty’s former classmate (Joey Kern). Whew! It’s definitely a one of a kind show as it deals with many topics most are afraid to touch and surprisingly it’s depicted with such honesty that you’ll find yourself glued to the screen. The episodes by itself feel like a movie as it slowly reveals each of the character’s secrets and makes for great, highly addictive entertainment. Stick with this show and I promise when you get to Season 2, Episode 4 (“I Think It’s A Sign”), you’ll be glad you did. I was literally clapping my hands at the end of this particular episode. Who does that watching TV? And as a bonus, the next episode, Season 2, Episode 5 (“You Could Discover Me”), Letty infiltrates a drag bar and passes herself as a drag queen. For all you Downton Abbey fans, this is just over the top. This is TV at its best. Michelle Dockery definitely deserves an Emmy for her raw, honest rendition of this character one can’t help but root for.

By : Cockatoo 34| Date : 1 year ago




8.88
Plot/Story
9
Characters
9
Acting
9
Cinematography
10
Soundtrack
7
Production Design
9
Execution
9
Emotional Impact
9

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Poldark

For all you Jane Austen fans, Poldark will feel like watching one of her books come to life only the hero is a man. It is an epic story that takes place right after the American Revolutionary War where our hero, Ross Poldark comes back from the dead and finds that the life he has waiting for him in Cornwall is not at all what he had expected. It’s a sweeping, epic story that unfolds scrumptiously as we follow the slings and arrows of misfortune that befalls Ross Poldark and how he is able to rise and battle his adversaries and carve a life of his own and in his own terms while re-establishing the name Poldark in society, and then some. The cinematography is breath taking, the dialogue is heavenly and the cast is just splendid. You will be transported back into the late 1700’s, I kid you not. This is truly an amazing show that is totally binge-worthy.

By : Cockatoo 34| Date : 1 year ago




8.88
Plot/Story
9
Characters
9
Acting
9
Cinematography
9
Soundtrack
9
Production Design
8
Execution
9
Emotional Impact
9

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Younger

For all you Sex and the City fans, the wait is over. Younger has arrived and has the same vibe but wrapped in a different package. It has basically all the same ingredients: Four strong willed yet different working women? Check. Funny, witty, zingers and one liners? Check. Set in the Big Apple? Check. Hot, male candies galore (Nico Tortorella, Peter Hermann, Charles Michael Davis)? Check. Check. Check! It’s well written and totally relatable to anyone who has ever been discriminated at work due to ageism. Why not reinvent yourself? Make yourself younger and that’s exactly what Liza (Sutton Foster) did after divorcing her husband and needed to make a living to pay for her daughter’s college tuition. The story line just flows like honey as well as the crazy situations we find Liza and her pals Kelsey (Hilary Duff), Maggie (Debi Mazar) and Lauren (Molly Bernard) get themselves into. Part of the fun is seeing 40 year old Liza having to cope with 20-something year old problems. It’s fun, hilarious, tender and totally New York (NYC and Brooklyn represented!). For me, the true star of the series is Miriam Shor (Diana Trout) who plays Liza’s boss who steals the scene almost every time she’s there. So, what are you waiting for? Tune into Younger and catch up with the gang. There’s already 5 seasons of pure entertainment bliss waiting for you! You’ll be glad you did.

By : Cockatoo 34| Date : 1 year ago




8.75
Plot/Story
9
Characters
9
Acting
9
Cinematography
8
Soundtrack
9
Production Design
8
Execution
9
Emotional Impact
9

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Claws

Need a fix from the hole that was left when Breaking Bad aired its final episode? Well, look no more. Claws, this little gem from TNT will fill that hole and then some. Meet Desna Simms (played flawlessly by Niecy Nash), the baddest bitch from Florida and her motley crew of nail technicians that will grab you from the get go and never let go. The shows are explosive, highly addictive and (not so clean) fun! There’s drugs, money laundering, there’s infidelity, there’s heart, there’s Roller and there’s Uncle Daddy. It’s pure escapism at its best with 5 strong multi racial (black, white, hispanic and asian) female characters who will take you for a ride with the pedal to the metal on a one way street to pure television joy. I dare you to watch one episode and stop. You won’t be able to because if you appreciate smart, witty writing that’s laced with tension, drama, sex and comedy this is the show for you. It even has a character dealing with Asperger’s Syndrome that is honestly played by Harold Perrineau (from Lost, Oz). There’s something for everyone. So, dim the lights pass the popcorn and pump up the volume and get lost in the magic that is Claws.

By : Cockatoo 34| Date : 1 year ago




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Movie : Shazam!   |   Actor : Asher Angel   |   Character : Billy Batson

He was annoying as a fly buzzing without any purpose and his character shouldn't be that annoying. Again, maybe it's the really bad script that was ghastly in every which way.

By : Cockatoo 34 | Date : 4 months ago




7.2
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Movie : Shazam!   |   Actor : Zachary Levi   |   Character : Shazam

Visually, he looked the part but when he opened his mouth, it didn't feel right. Or maybe, it's the really bad script? Cuts both ways, I guess.

By : Cockatoo 34 | Date : 4 months ago




9.2
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Movie : Captain Marvel   |   Actor : Samuel L. Jackson   |   Character : Nick Fury

Samuel L. Jackson does Nick Fury proud!

By : Cockatoo 34 | Date : 4 months ago




9
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Movie : Berlin, I Love You   |   Actor : Dianna Agron   |   Character : Katarina

Dianna Agron was delightful as the American puppet-meister

By : Cockatoo 34 | Date : 4 months ago




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Movie : Berlin, I Love You   |   Actor : Helen Mirren   |   Character : Margaret

Was able to be annoying and loving which was exactly what her character needed to be! Superb!

By : Cockatoo 34 | Date : 4 months ago




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Movie : Berlin, I Love You   |   Actor : Keira Knightley   |   Character : Jane

Solid in her performance, as always...

By : Cockatoo 34 | Date : 4 months ago




7
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Movie : Captain Marvel   |   Actor : Jude Law   |   Character : Yon-Rogg

Jude Law just didn't seem like the right person to play the role. He was flat and it didn't help that the script was mediocre. But still, he was not convincing when he needed to be.

By : Cockatoo 34 | Date : 4 months ago




7
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Movie : Captain Marvel   |   Actor : Brie Larson   |   Character : Carol Danvers / Vers / Captain Marvel

Brie Larson did a solid job but compared to the rest of the Avengers gang, it's barely adequate which is such a shame because she is a talented actress. Maybe the Director should have told her to add more sass and sex to her character and more presence, because that's what is required to be Captain Marvel and she is not bringing it.

By : Cockatoo 34 | Date : 4 months ago




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Movie : Bohemian Rhapsody   |   Actor : Rami Malek   |   Character : Freddie Mercury

Totally deserve the Best Actor Oscar for his uncanny portrayal of Freddy Mercury and bringing his presence in the silver screen! Bravo!

By : Cockatoo 34 | Date : 8 months ago




7.2
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Movie : Creed II   |   Actor : Michael B. Jordan   |   Character : Adonis Creed

Solid performance but maybe due to the lackluster script, didn't quite capture the magic as he did on the first outing (Creed).

By : Cockatoo 34 | Date : 8 months ago




6.4
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Movie : Mary Poppins Returns   |   Actor : Emily Blunt   |   Character : Mary Poppins

Didn't quite captured the essence of Mary Poppins. Was a bit too stiff and missed the magic.

By : Cockatoo 34 | Date : 8 months ago




9.4
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Movie : Captain America: The First Avenger   |   Actor : Chris Evans   |   Character : Steve Rogers / Captain America

Chris Evans was convincing as Captain Rogers and his transformation from a skinny, short lad to a muscle bound super hero was a sight to behold.

By : Cockatoo 34 | Date : 1 year ago




10
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Movie : The Dark Knight   |   Actor : Heath Ledger   |   Character : Joker

Heath Ledger embodied the crazy, psychotic, brilliant Joker to a T. He was a joy to watch! Totally deserved the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. R.I.P.

By : Cockatoo 34 | Date : 1 year ago




10
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Movie : The Dark Knight   |   Actor : Christian Bale   |   Character : Bruce Wayne / Batman

Christian Bale embodied the total complexity of Batman / Bruce Wayne.

By : Cockatoo 34 | Date : 1 year ago




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Movie : X-Men   |   Actor : Halle Berry   |   Character : Ororo Munroe / Storm

I love Halle Berry but she was not right for the role. She didn't deliver in getting the essence of Ororo Munroe / Storm and I blame that for the weak script she was given. But still, an Oscar caliber actress should be able to do ample research and dig deeper and be able to bring it.

By : Cockatoo 34 | Date : 1 year ago




9.6
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Movie : Man of Steel   |   Actor : Henry Cavill   |   Character : Clark Kent / Superman / Kal-El

A more serious Superman, Henry Cavill delivered with an amazing rendition of the Man of Steel that did more than justice wearing the red, white and blue.

By : Cockatoo 34 | Date : 1 year ago




10
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Movie : Superman   |   Actor : Christopher Reeve   |   Character : Superman / Clark Kent

Superman is Christopher Reeves. Clark Kent is Christopher Reeves. Still the best and probably will remain so.

By : Cockatoo 34 | Date : 1 year ago




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Movie : Logan   |   Actor : Hugh Jackman   |   Character : Logan Howlett / Wolverine / X-24

Hugh Jackman is Wolverine. Wolverine is Hugh Jackman. Nuff said, bub!

By : Cockatoo 34 | Date : 1 year ago




10
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Movie : Wonder Woman   |   Actor : Gal Gadot   |   Character : Diana Prince / Wonder Woman

I never thought that Lynda Carter would be surpassed playing Wonder Woman but Gal was able to do that amazing feat. She embodied Wonder Woman in body and soul portraying the Amazon princess with such conviction that is wonderful to behold in the silver screen. Well done!

By : Cockatoo 34 | Date : 1 year ago




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