Spoiler-Free Review of “Hawkeye” on Disney+: An Enjoyable Watch

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“I need a bow and arrow…”

Hawkeye premiered on Disney+ on November 24th 2021 with its first two episodes. There will be six episodes in total and the remaining ones will air weekly. The superhero action series stars Jeremy Renner, Hailee Steinfeld, Vera Farmiga, Tony Dalton and Florence Pugh. Each episode runs for approximately 49-52 minutes.

Clint Barton finally gets his own story as he tries to deal with life after the Avengers, but he finds himself back in action when he crosses paths with a young woman named Kate Bishop.

Here is the trailer:

Hawkeye brings us another superhero series to binge-watch, allowing Clint a true chance to shine, but does it do enough to earn a watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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A dynamic duo worth getting excited about!

Hailee Steinfeld is honestly strong enough to carry this show on her own. I already love the character of Kate Bishop and I think that she brings a quirky charm to the role. I think that her and Jeremy Renner make an excellent team and I loved the interaction and banter between them.

More please!

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Good balance of humor and action.

It’s not always easy finding this balance and Hawkeye does it so effortlessly. There were so many laugh-out-loud moments sprinkled in, which was really entertaining and there is already a scene stealer you will absolutely adore.

So far the action sequences are good too and I think that the pacing is done extremely well. I didn’t even realize when an episode was over because I was fully immersed in my watch.

The Cons:

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The kids need something to do…

I get that Clint is a family man and I loved seeing his kids appear on the show so far, but they really need something to do. His daughter is only a little bit younger than Kate and I’d love to see them show off their own heroic potential but perhaps we will get to see them more in the later episodes.

There just seems to be a lot of possibility brewing here so I’d love to see it explored a little bit more.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

This was such an entertaining watch so far and I can’t wait to see what happens next! I love the dynamic between the characters and the plot is really interesting too. 

I highly recommend this series to Marvel fans, but even if you haven’t seen all of the films, you won’t feel lost watching this show. It’s truly a delight!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Hawkeye in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

This competition is killer…

When former friends, Shay and Adriana team up to participate in a Halloween scavenger hunt with a cash prize, they temporarily put their differences aside to outsmart their opponents. However, they soon start to realize that a dangerous threat is playing their own version of the game, stalking them during each hunt.

Winning is now a necessity as their lives are at stake. As old wounds and memories re-surface, Shay and Adriana attempt to unmask the threat before the night is over, but soon learn that Scream Hunt is not done with them just yet…

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Saved by the Bell” Reboot Season 2 on Peacock TV: Major Improvements for Bayside

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“Welcome back Bayside!”

Saved by the Bell season 2 premiered on Peacock TV on November 24th 2021 with ten new episodes available to stream now. The reboot sitcom stars Haskiri Velazquez, Mitchell Hoog, Josie Totah, John Michael Higgins, Elizabeth Berkley Lauren, and Mario Lopez. Each episode runs for approximately 25-28 minutes. 

Based on the original sitcom, which aired from 1989-1993, the reboot of the beloved iconic 90’s show brings us back to Bayside, as we watch a new set of characters find their own way through high school. This season features recurring roles for Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Lark Voorhies, and Tiffani Thiessen as well, bringing the gang back together again.

Here is the trailer:

Saved by the Bell season 2 has a lot of improvements to make from the first season, but does it finally find its own identity while balancing in some welcomed nostalgia for original fans of the series? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Nice to see the gang back together again.

Lisa is back in season two and we get to see more of Zack and Kelly as well this season, which was really nice to see. We rekindle some old flames, allow them to find their own lives away from high school (at least for the most part) and we even get to witness a moving tribute.

I loved all of the nostalgia once again and I thought that the references no longer felt as forced as they did in the first season. I also loved that the cast wasn’t afraid to make fun of themselves and even commented on some of the plot holes from the original series and some of their career choices later on in real life. Well played!

Stand-out character: Slater had me laughing through every episode!

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Genuinely funny this time around!

One of my biggest complaints with the first season of the reboot was that the humor did not really land and it was almost painful to watch at times because of this. Season two makes a drastic change and finds its own identity with enjoyable humor. Sure, some things still feel over-the-top and silly, but that doesn’t stray too far from the original series.

I thoroughly enjoyed a lot of the episodes this time around and I also finally started to connect to the new group of characters. They got their time to shine in a good way!

The Cons:

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Discusses the pandemic in a weird way…

I know that a lot of shows are trying to include the pandemic to be relevant in today’s world, but it felt really odd and forced. Some shows have been really successful with this. For example, I thought that the final season of Shameless really nailed it but Saved by the Bell could have benefited from leaving this out because it just felt out of place and awkward.

Sure, the kids are back to school after being remote for a year, but no one is wearing a mask and it just seemed like a passing thought to mention that they have been apart for a while when they could have easily just been on summer break or something.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

I was on the fence about this reboot in season one, but I really enjoyed my watch of season two. There were some fantastic stand-out episodes and I think that the series finally found its identity without relying too much on the original cast members.

I thought the transitions to the original characters worked for the most part and we got a really great balance this time around!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Saved By the Bell season two in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

DON’T TAKE THE JOB…

It was only supposed to be temporary…but when Olivia Crewe accepts a new position that seems too good to be true, she soon discovers that twelve other girls previously had the same job as her. Only none of them lasted for more than thirty days. No notice. Nothing…right before they mysteriously disappeared without a trace.

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Black Friday” on Demand: Not all deals are worth it…

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“Black Friday…what a bunch of suckers…”

Black Friday premiered on demand on November 23rd 2021. The sci-fi horror comedy film stars Devon Sawa, Bruce Campbell, Ivana Baquero, Michael Jai White and Ryan Lee. It runs for just under 90 minutes.

On Thanksgiving night, a group of unhappy employees prepare for another chaotic Black Friday when an alien parasite attempts to make the shoppers entering the store even more obnoxious and dangerous, as they desperately try to make it out of the store alive.

Here is the trailer:

Black Friday has great timing with its release and could be horror comedy gold, especially with Bruce Campbell and Devon Sawa leading the way, but does it do enough to earn a watch just in time for those infamous door-busters? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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The perfect cast!

I’d pretty much watch anything starring Bruce Campbell and Devon Sawa and was already sold before this movie even came out. They are both horror comedy icons to me. Army of Darkness and Idle Hands are two of my favorite films so I thought this was a dream team and then some!

The rest of the cast was truly fantastic as well and I thought everyone really played their parts well, which helped me root for these characters that much more.

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Solid balance between comedy and horror.

I’ve seen a lot of similar movies and sometimes they really deliver and other times they miss the mark. I genuinely found this movie laugh out loud funny and I also thought the sci-fi horror worked too. It’s not easy finding a balance and somehow this film found the perfect one and I have a feeling I will be watching this film annually around the holidays because it was so entertaining!

The Cons:

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Mixed feelings on the ending…

It wasn’t bad by any means, but I guess I was expecting something a little bit different and when I got to the very end, I still wanted more. There were some moments that didn’t really make any sense to me and the big reveal was lacking a little, but I still enjoyed the movie overall. 

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

Black Friday is a worthy entry into the horror-comedy genre and it really had a lot of fantastic stand-out moments that make this film worth a watch. The cast was exceptional and I loved the relevant humor. 

If you’re looking for a new holiday horror favorite, you’re in the right place, but you may want to think twice about those tempting sales…

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Black Friday in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

This competition is killer…

When former friends, Shay and Adriana team up to participate in a Halloween scavenger hunt with a cash prize, they temporarily put their differences aside to outsmart their opponents. However, they soon start to realize that a dangerous threat is playing their own version of the game, stalking them during each hunt.

Winning is now a necessity as their lives are at stake. As old wounds and memories re-surface, Shay and Adriana attempt to unmask the threat before the night is over, but soon learn that Scream Hunt is not done with them just yet…

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Masters of the Universe: Revelation” Part 2 on Netflix: Something to be Excited About!

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“And where did that power get you?”

Masters of the Universe: Revelation is a continuation of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983). The new series premiered on July 23rd 2021 and was written by Kevin Smith. Part 2 released on November 23rd 2021 on Netflix. The show stars Sarah Michelle Gellar, Lena Headey, Chris Wood, and Mark Hamill. There are five episodes in part 2 that run for approximately 25-28 minutes each.

Eternia is in grave danger after a new power threatens to destroy everything and everyone, but does anyone have the ultimate power to stop it?

Here is the trailer:

Masters of the Universe: Revelation part 2 doesn’t hold anything back as it continues a familiar plot while creating something new and relevant in the process. Is it worthy of your next watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Necessary character arcs are explored.

I thought that part 2 did an excellent job with this. Each character went through an important journey of self-discovery and we even got to learn more about their past, which helped me connect to them even more. It wasn’t just about them defeating the great evil. It was about them embracing who they are, realizing that they still have time to make an impact on their own terms.

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The humor continued.

There was a lot going on in these episodes, but I appreciated that the dry humor was still present because it really elevated the series and kept it truly fun and entertaining. Mark Hamill was fantastic as always and I was so beyond impressed with Lena Headey as Evil-Lyn. It’s like she was made for this role!

Reveals worth the wait!

There were some really great reveals and twists in part 2. I was so excited for some of them and they really emerged with perfect timing to keep us fully invested. Even though this is technically a series, it felt like a movie and I loved every second of it!

The Cons:

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A lot jam-packed into part 2…

This isn’t necessarily a con, but maybe we could have benefited from six episodes to give enough time to everything. I didn’t really mind it because the pacing was done really well and it felt like a movie, but there was a lot going on and a lot to paying attention to.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

Part 2 blew part 1 out of the water and then some! I could not stop watching this show and I had to watch all five episodes in one sitting. It was that good!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Masters of the Universe: Revelation (Part 2) in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

PLAY BY THE RULES…STAY ALIVE…

A harmless night of fun turns deadly for six college friends but the game has only just begun. Take a mystery thrill ride right from your own living room. Dash and Seek is out now! I hope you enjoy!

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Spoiler-Free Review of “The Sex Lives of College Girls” on HBO Max: Coming-of-Age Gem

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“You’re gonna love it here…”

The Sex Lives of College Girls premiered on November 18th 2021 on HBO Max. The comedy series (brought to us from Mindy Kaling) stars Pauline Chalamet, Alyah Chanelle Scott, Reneé Rapp, Amrit Kaur and Gavin Leatherwood. There will be ten episodes in total. The first two are available to stream now and the remaining will air weekly. Each episode runs for approximately 35-45 minutes.

Four new college roommates bond over love, change, and everything in-between as they try to figure out who they are and who they want to be.

Here is the trailer:

The Sex Lives of College Girls is witty and charming with surprisingly not that much sex mixed in, making it a fun coming-of-age story to indulge in. Is it worthy of your next binge-watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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The college setting works!

I’ve seen so many shows like this before featuring high-school aged characters so it was really refreshing to have another college show out there. The show really explores a lot of the fear and excitement embedded into starting life at college without making it too cheesy.

The sarcastic humor really adds a lot to the show.

I don’t usually laugh at shows like this, but this show really had a great dry humor sprinkled in. It’s clearly a Mindy Kaling show and it almost gave off an unrated Mean Girls vibe which I really enjoyed.

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Relatable characters.

The characters could have easily fit into tropes and it may appear that way on the outside, but we are really starting to dig in to what makes these ladies tick and through their flaws and strengths, they actually seem like real people, which is difficult to portray in shows like these sometimes.

I really like all of the characters and I’m excited to see them grow more throughout the show.

The Cons:

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The title is sort of misleading…

I almost passed on this show because I thought I was going to get a Sex and the City rip-off but the show has a lot of good messages in it and doesn’t focus on sex that much. I think this show should have been called something else because it may lose out on an audience that might really enjoy this show.

It’s catchy and all and grabs your attention so I understand the point,  but I think there is a lot more going for this show and it deserves some attention.

Explores a lot of themes I’ve seen before.

A lot of the plots and dilemmas are very familiar. The show isn’t exploring anything that new or different, but it still is a fun watch so far so I’m not too disappointed here. However, I would like to see the series branch out a little bit more but I think we will get there with the next episodes.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this series. It’s well written, funny, and a blast to watch!

If you’re looking to take a break from some of the fantasy or action series, this is a nice change of pace!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on The Sex Lives of College Girls in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

PLAY BY THE RULES…STAY ALIVE…

Rule number 3

A harmless night of fun turns deadly for six college friends but the game has only just begun. Take a mystery thrill ride right from your own living room. Dash and Seek is out now! I hope you enjoy!

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Hellbound” on Netflix: Horrifying and Addicting!

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“We have to be more righteous…”

Hellbound premiered on November 19th 2021 on Netflix, brought to us from the director of Train to Busan. The South Korean horror drama series consists of six episodes available to stream now. The show stars Yoo Ah-in, Kim Hyun-joo, Park Jung-min and Won Jin-A. Each episode runs for approximately 50-60 minutes.

Sinners are condemned to be dragged to Hell on a specific day and time, as unearthly creatures come to capture their bounty as the rest of the world watches in horror and attempts to follow The New Truth society to become more righteous.

Here is the trailer:

Hellbound may be one of the most disturbing and gripping things I have ever watched as it takes a relentless fear and shows us how dangerous belief can be in the wrong hands. Is it worthy of your next binge-watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Takes on a fear that may be the most terrifying of all…

While there are plenty of monsters and gore, the most terrifying part of this series is how it reveals just how dangerous humanity and misguided faith can be in the wrong hands. The acts we witness are brutal and terrifying in a very real way. Extreme measures and things we cannot explain can lead to panic and it’s the real acts of violence and hate we see everyday that create a new kind of fear that cannot be quelled, which made this such a compelling watch.

Worthy characters.

It took a while to get going, but I had some favorite characters in this series who really gave it their all. Some represented hope while others represented the opposite side of the spectrum, but there were so many different emotions stirred during my watch and part of that was because of these wonderful portrayals.

Easy to binge-watch.

I loved that there were only six episodes in this series. This show could have easily dragged out with sub-plots and unnecessary fluff, but it managed to stay on track even with a time jump wedged in the middle. The pacing was done really well and I managed to watch all six episodes over the weekend.

The Cons:

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Messy start.

The opening episode was slightly all over the place and kind of confusing. I wasn’t really sure about continuing with the series, but once I reached episode two, I couldn’t stop watching. That being said, the chaotic plot could have been cleaned up a little bit more in the opening episode to draw viewers in even more.

If you’re thinking of passing on the show after the first episode, I highly recommend that you stick around for more, however.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in 100 percent!

This show is the definition of a binge-watcher’s dream. I could not stop watching it and I was completely drawn into the plot. I was terrified, I was shocked, and I was even emotionally changed by the end, revealing just how complex and moving this show was.

If you’re looking for a new kind of horror, I highly recommend this show!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Hellbound in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

This competition is killer…

When former friends, Shay and Adriana team up to participate in a Halloween scavenger hunt with a cash prize, they temporarily put their differences aside to outsmart their opponents. However, they soon start to realize that a dangerous threat is playing their own version of the game, stalking them during each hunt.

Winning is now a necessity as their lives are at stake. As old wounds and memories re-surface, Shay and Adriana attempt to unmask the threat before the night is over, but soon learn that Scream Hunt is not done with them just yet…

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Spoiler-Free Review of “The Wheel of Time” on Prime Video: Lord of the Rings-esque Fantasy is actually pretty Addicting

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“The world is broken…”

The Wheel of Time premiered on November 19th 2021 on Prime Video. There will be eight episodes in total. The first three are available to stream now and the remaining ones will air weekly. The fantasy action series stars Rosamund Pike, Madeleine Madden, Josha Stradowski, Barney Harris, Zoe Robins and Marcus Rutherford. Each episode runs for approximately 55-60 minutes.

A powerful magical woman named Moiraine tracks down a group of five teens, revealing that one of them is destined to become the reincarnation of the Dragon, which could ultimately save or destroy the world.

Here is the trailer:

The Wheel of Time may initially seem like a placeholder for shows like The Witcher and Shadow and Bone, but it manages to find its own identity. Is it worthy of your next watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Rosamund Pike lights up the screen.

Even though we get plenty of characters to focus on, Rosamund Pike is the best part of the show. There is a lot of talk about the power of women and she really embodies that completely. More please!

There is potential with some of the other characters as well, which is promising, but I’m all for a strong female lead and so far she is delivering.

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Stunning visuals and worthy fight sequences.

The setting and visuals in this show are really so well done. I lost myself within the setting and I thought that it channeled Lord of the Rings in a good way. The fight sequences were actually really great too. I was worried that I was going to fall asleep watching this show and somehow I found myself binge-watching the first three episodes back-to-back.

Each episode has a fantastic ending that will leave you hitting play immediately. I honestly can’t wait to find out what happens next!

The Cons:

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The supporting characters need some work…

I didn’t read the book series, but I would like these characters to be fleshed out a lot more. We’ve gotten some glimmers of their purpose and potential, but I need to actually care about what happens to them. I’m hopeful that we will get there within the next few episodes, but I don’t want to gloss over character development because it’s important.

I also think this show could benefit from some well-placed humor here and there. Shows like GOT and The Witcher understood how to lighten up the mood sometimes and even though I was thoroughly entertained with The Wheel of Time, it felt a little heavy at times and some of the dialogue was borderline atrocious.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

I went into this show thinking I was going to get a Game of Thrones rip-off and instead I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this show. It has a lot going on and it needs some improvements, but so far it has managed to captivate my undivided attention and I can’t wait to find out what happens next!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on The Wheel of Time in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

This competition is killer…

When former friends, Shay and Adriana team up to participate in a Halloween scavenger hunt with a cash prize, they temporarily put their differences aside to outsmart their opponents. However, they soon start to realize that a dangerous threat is playing their own version of the game, stalking them during each hunt.

Winning is now a necessity as their lives are at stake. As old wounds and memories re-surface, Shay and Adriana attempt to unmask the threat before the night is over, but soon learn that Scream Hunt is not done with them just yet…

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Great White” on Shudder: Katrina Bowden vs. a Shark

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“Maybe it will go away…”

Great White originally released in July 2021, but it is now currently available to stream on Shudder. The survival horror film stars Katrina Bowden, Aaron Jakubenko, Kimie Tsukakoshi, and Tim Kano. It runs for approximately 90 minutes.

A tourist trip turns deadly when a group winds up stalked by an unrelenting shark as they desperately try to make it to shore.

Here is the trailer:

Great White presents us with another survival shark story, but does it have enough bite? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Solid opening and ending.

The first few minutes of the film were actually really terrifying and well done. I was immediately hooked and ready to indulge in another shark film (one of my favorite genres). The end was actually really satisfying as well and I thought that there was enough action in it to keep the audience on the edge of their seats.

Characters to root for.

I’ve probably seen every shark film there is and some of the films have extraordinary characters that you root for against all odds and others have some of the most generic and annoying characters ever.

While I wouldn’t say that we have found our next Quint, Brody or Hooper by any means, the group was likable enough and I genuinely cared about what happened to them…well at least some of them.

The Cons:

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Really dumb decisions are made…

Even though I enjoyed this movie and several of the characters, there were some really dumb mistakes made that had me scratching my head. A lot of this could have been avoided with some common sense…

I also thought that some of the intentionally placed flashbacks were basically thrown out of the movie at one point and it had me wondering why we should focus on them in the first place…

Lacking bite in the middle.

I really thought that this film had a lot of entertaining moments, but the middle of the film fell flat and even though I was terrified, I wanted to see some more fins to break up some of the constant complaining and whining going on. The movie also didn’t really do anything that original or different compared to other shark movies.

Was it entertaining? Sure, but I love shark movies. I thought that there were some sprinkles of greatness here and there, but I needed a lot more and the core of the film needed more content to keep me invested.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

I’m all for a bloody fun shark film and that’s what we got for the most part. I actually really enjoyed the ending of the movie and there were some really terrifying moments throughout the film.

If you enjoy shark movies, I’d recommend giving this a whirl but don’t expect to see anything truly outside the box with this one.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Great White in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

DON’T TAKE THE JOB…

It was only supposed to be temporary…but when Olivia Crewe accepts a new position that seems too good to be true, she soon discovers that twelve other girls previously had the same job as her. Only none of them lasted for more than thirty days. No notice. Nothing…right before they mysteriously disappeared without a trace.

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Spoiler-Free Review of “The Night House” on Demand: Emotionally Stirring Mystery

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“I didn’t think we had secrets…”

The Night House originally released in theaters on August 20th 2021. It is now currently available to rent on demand. The psychological horror film stars Rebecca Hall, Sarah Goldberg and Evan Jonigkeit. It runs for approximately an hour and forty-eight minutes.

After the tragic and unexpected death of her husband, Beth is left alone to cope with everything in the lake house he built for her, but quickly discovers that a supernatural presence may be lurking on the property.

Here is the trailer:

The Night House brings something new to the table as it explores the deepest and darkest parts of grief in an unsettling way. Does it do enough to earn a watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Rebecca Hall’s portrayal is convincing and moving.

The majority of the movie focuses on Beth and I thought that Rebecca Hall was really moving on screen. It’s not easy portraying grief in such a compelling way and I thought that she really gave her character a lot of layers that one could relate to.

There was also a dry sarcastic side to Beth and I thought that helped lighten up the movie here and there because it was really heavy at some points.

Not the kind of horror I expected…

And I mean this in the best possible way. From the trailer, I thought I was going to watch another haunted house movie and I experienced something very different. I like when horror movies think outside the box and this movie really provoked an emotional response to some horrifying unknown mysteries surrounding both life and death.

I was never bored and the mystery at the core kept me completely invested.

The Cons:

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You need to be in the right state of mind to watch this movie…

This movie really stuck with me but I also thought that a lot of the content was really emotionally draining. The movie creates an important discussion on grief and depression, but I really needed a clear head to watch this. This isn’t one of those movies where you can just turn your mind off and enjoy. It will make you think and that’s not necessarily a con, but more of a warning if you are not emotionally prepared to watch this.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

I’m all for a horror movie that pushes boundaries and really tries to do something different and that’s what this film accomplished. The kind of horror we witness is truly unsettling and disturbing, but that’s also because it mirrors so many of the thoughts and emotions we go through on a daily basis.

Overall, this was a compelling and moving watch that really made me think about a lot…

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on The Night House in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

DON’T TAKE THE JOB…

It was only supposed to be temporary…but when Olivia Crewe accepts a new position that seems too good to be true, she soon discovers that twelve other girls previously had the same job as her. Only none of them lasted for more than thirty days. No notice. Nothing…right before they mysteriously disappeared without a trace.

My supernatural thriller Girl Number Thirteen is out now! I hope you enjoy!

Girl Number Thirteen is available here!

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Yellowjackets” on Showtime: Your Next Obsession has Arrived!

*This is a spoiler-free review so feel free to read on!*

“So what do you think really happened out there?”

Yellowjackets premiered on November 14th 2021 on Showtime. The series will feature ten weekly episodes. It stars Juliette Lewis, Christina Ricci, Melanie Lynskey, Tawny Cypress, Ella Purnell and Sammi Hanratty. Each episode runs for approximately 53-55 minutes.

On their way to nationals, a female high school soccer team survives a plane crash in the middle of the wilderness. Years later, they try to cope with the horrific events that took place after the crash.

Here is the trailer:

Yellowjackets effectively blends several genres together, leading us into a twisted mystery with a great cast and a disturbing plot. Does it do enough to earn a watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Does plenty to bring you back for more!

Even though there was a lot of set-up in the first episode, it did a really good job of reeling the audience in right from the start. We see glimpses of several dark and disturbing moments in the past that left me wanting more immediately. I’m so anxious to explore the mystery surrounding these characters and I am completely hooked!

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All-star cast!

I expected fantastic things from Juliette Lewis, Christina Ricci and Melanie Lynskey, but even their younger selves are stealing the show. There is a lot of talent here and I’m so excited to see them all interact more.

Effectively blends genres and time jumps without making our heads spin…

There is a lot to process, but I thought that this show managed to effectively jump back and forth in time. One of my biggest cons with Cruel Summer was that I felt like my head was spinning with the constant time jumps even though I loved the mystery at the center.

Yellowjackets gets this right and I actually thought the past plot was a little more intriguing than the present, but I’m confident that everything will seamlessly connect, bringing us a story worth getting excited about.

I also thought that the blending of genres worked effortlessly. There is something dark and horrific going on, immediately giving me vibes of Alive and The Wilds, but there are also some sprinkles of Big Little Lies too which should make an interesting mash-up.

The Cons:

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A lot to keep track of…

The time jumps were effective in this series, but the pilot episode was jam-packed with so much. Don’t get me wrong…I absolutely loved all of it, but it was a lot to process and I felt like I needed a cheat sheet at times for certain things, but there’s still plenty of time to figure everything out in ten episodes.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in 100 percent!

I’m so excited about this show and I can’t wait to see how things unfold!

The cast is out of this world, the past and the present both have compelling plots, and the dark secrets rooted in the past are so intriguing and I need to know more!

It’s safe to say that I am completely hooked and I think that you will be too!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Yellowjackets in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

This competition is killer…

When former friends, Shay and Adriana team up to participate in a Halloween scavenger hunt with a cash prize, they temporarily put their differences aside to outsmart their opponents. However, they soon start to realize that a dangerous threat is playing their own version of the game, stalking them during each hunt.

Winning is now a necessity as their lives are at stake. As old wounds and memories re-surface, Shay and Adriana attempt to unmask the threat before the night is over, but soon learn that Scream Hunt is not done with them just yet…

My new young adult horror thriller is out now! I hope you enjoy!

Scream Hunt is available here!

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