Spoiler-Free Review of “Moon Knight” on Disney+: Bonkers but Intriguing!

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“There’s chaos in you…”

Moon Knight is a new mystery-action series inspired by the Marvel character. The series premiered on March 30th 2022 on Disney+ with the first episode available to stream now. There will be six episodes in total that will air weekly. Moon Knight stars Oscar Isaac, Ethan Hawke, May Calamawy, Loic Mabanza and Gaspard Ulliel. Each episode runs for approximately 45-49 minutes.

Gift-shop employee, Steven Grant begins blacking out and learns that he is sharing bodies with a mercenary named Marc Spector, as they begin to investigate the mysteries behind the Egyptian gods.

Here is the trailer:

Moon Knight is completely crazy, but it works somehow, leaving the audience wanting more as we follow along on this new adventure. Is it worthy of your next watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Oscar Isaac is a lot of fun to watch!

I already liked him as an actor but I think he is adapting seamlessly into this new role and there was even a lot of quirky humor that I appreciated. It’s important to like the unlikely hero of the story and so far I think we have a winner here.

Super interesting premise.

I don’t know about you, but I have always been fascinated by the stories of the Egyptian gods and this particular Marvel character is allowing us a chance to explore some of these mysteries even more. The opening of the first episode gave me some National Treasure and Night at the Museum vibes, which is a good thing. I think as long as it balances out the historical angle with some action, we should have a lot of entertaining content to enjoy. Fingers crossed!

The Cons:

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Not revealing too much…

I understand that maybe that’s the point, but with only six episodes, I wanted to know a lot more from the opening episode and we didn’t get too many answers. I’m willing to stick around to find out more, but I hope the series starts to reveal things soon. 

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

I may not really know what’s going on yet, but so far I am having a lot of fun watching this series and I can’t wait to find out more. I think we have lots of potential here!

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Spoiler-Free Review of “The Adam Project” on Netflix: Family Friendly Time Travel Adventure

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“Time travel exists…you just don’t know it yet.”

The Adam Project premiered on March 11th 2022 on Netflix. The sci-fi action film stars Ryan Reynolds, Jennifer Garner, Zoe Saldaña, Mark Ruffalo, Catherine Keener and Braxton Bjerken. It runs for an hour and forty-five minutes.

A time traveling pilot named Adam travels back to the year 2022 and recruits his twelve year old self to help him with his mission.

Here is the trailer:

The Adam Project is very much Back to the Future meets Flight of the Navigator with a talented cast and some heartfelt moments sprinkled in. Is it worthy of YOUR next watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Genuine moments.

I actually really liked the heartfelt moments in this one. This was a story about family relationships in a lot of ways and I think that when the film took the time to actually develop these bonds, it found its strength. The performances were all genuine and Jennifer Garner really did a great job with her portrayal in particular.

Flashy entertainment.

There’s enough action to keep you invested and the movie is under two hours which helped as well. There are some flashy effects embedded into the fight scenes that make this an entertaining ride for the younger generation in particular.

The Cons:

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Not a lot of originality…

The film takes the time to make references to some time traveling films but it doesn’t really manage to do anything unique to set itself apart from them. It just felt like a mashup of all of them, which was slightly disappointing.

I also thought there was a lot of set-up in the beginning and the majority of the humor did not land for me. A lot just seemed really forced and it almost felt like they were merely phoning it in for this one…

So am I in or out?

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I’m 50/50 on this one…

This is a family friendly film and it checks off a lot of boxes you expect to see in a time travel action film, but I just wanted a lot more from it.

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Spoiler-Free Review of “In From the Cold” on Netflix: Spy Series with lots of welcomed twists!

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“I’m no longer that person…”

In From the Cold premiered on January 28th 2022 on Netflix with eight episodes available to stream now. The sci-fi action series stars Margarita Levieva, Cillian O’Sullivan, Charles Brice and Lydia Fleming. Each episode runs for approximately 45-52 minutes.

After starting over a new life as a mother, Jenny Franklin’s past catches up to her when she is recruited once again as a deadly secret agent.

Here is the trailer:

In From the Cold has an Alias vibe with a sci-fi edge. While the premise may seem ridiculous at times, we get plenty of bloody fight scenes and fantastic twists to keep us on our toes. Is it worthy of your next watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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A kick-ass female lead to root for.

I remember Margarita Levieva on Revenge and I loved her then and I loved her even more now! If you’re looking for an action series with a strong female lead, you’re in the right place. Sure, I’ve seen plenty of female spy films and series before, but I really appreciated the fact that Jenny was a mom in her forties. It just made her more relatable and I liked that she was a little rough around the edges, which gave this series a little bit more originality.

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Plenty of action with lots of twists and turns.

Even at the end of the first episode, we got this crazy reveal. At first, I didn’t really know what to think about it but it actually made me like this series even more. The twists kept coming our way which really kept me invested from start to finish.

There were also plenty of action and fight scenes in each episode to indulge in. More please!

The Cons:

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The flashbacks took up a lot of screen time.

I didn’t mind the flashbacks and I thought they provided the audience with important information and reveals, but sometimes the transition was a little jarring. The episodes were on the long side so maybe if these were shortened slightly, it would have worked better.

Even though we got a lot of answers to our questions, there was a lot that still didn’t make any sense and was really outrageous. That being said, if you just go with the flow, you’ll enjoy the series more.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

Kick-ass series with fantastic twists and a unique sci-fi edge!

This was such a guilty-pleasure watch for me in a lot of ways, but it just worked somehow, even though it was slightly outrageous. I highly recommend it if you are looking for something a little bit different without having to overthink things too much.

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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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 355” in Theaters: “Ocean’s Eight” Spy Edition

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“The enemy of my enemy is my friend…”

The 355 premiered in theaters on January 7th 2022. The action thriller film stars Jessica Chastain, Diane Kruger, Penélope Cruz, Lupita Nyong’o and Fan Bingbing. It is approximately two hours long.

A CIA agent joins forces with agents from other countries to track down a dangerous drive that could put the world in immediate danger.

Here is the trailer:

The 355 has an all-star female cast with plenty of kick-ass moments, but does it do anything truly extraordinary? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Fabulous cast!

I loved every single one of these ladies and Diane Kruger really stole the show for me! They all brought plenty to the table with stunning outfits and bad-ass moves to keep us entertained for the most part. They were the best part of the movie and I loved the dynamic between them all.

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Lots of action.

The film delivered in this department. There were some pacing issues here and there, but there were plenty of chase and fight scenes to keep you invested. I loved the opening chase scene the most, but there were a lot of other satisfying moments to keep you rooting for these ladies throughout the movie.

The Cons:

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Predictable and by the numbers…

Even though I enjoyed this film, it didn’t really do anything truly unique or extraordinary. I’ve seen this type of movie before and while I’m all for a film that highlights female empowerment, the movie really struck the audience over the head with this and fit very neatly into tropes and clichés.

Everything just felt really generic and the cast honestly deserved a better plot.

Needed some humor.

I enjoyed Ocean’s Eight a lot more because there was humor involved to balance out things and while this film attempted to channel that vibe, it didn’t execute it as well. It made me focus more on the generic plot and even though I loved the actresses in the film, many of the characters needed some more layers as well.

So am I in or out?

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I’m 50/50 on this one…

I loved the cast and there was plenty of action to keep me watching, but I just wanted so much more for this movie. It just felt like something I have already seen before. There’s plenty to enjoy, but I wouldn’t say that you need to rush out to see this one…

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on The 355 in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

DON’T TAKE THE JOB…

Watching Girl Number Thirteen

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 “Free Guy” in Theaters: A Genuine Feel-Good Film

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“Don’t have a good day, have a GREAT DAY!”

Free Guy released in theaters on August 13th 2021. The film stars Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Joe Keery, Taika Waititi, Channing Tatum and Lil Rel Howery. It runs for approximately an hour and fifty-five minutes.

A bank teller stuck in his familiar routine soon discovers that he is actually a non-player character in a video game after bumping into the girl of his dreams. He decides to change things up by becoming a hero while inspiring those around him.

Here is the trailer:

Free Guy has the potential to be lots of fun with Ryan Reynolds leading the way, but is it worthy of your next watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Ryan Reynolds and Jodie Comer are a dream team!

I am a huge fan of Jodie Comer and I absolutely adore her on Killing Eve. I was really excited that she was going to be in this film and it was fun to see a different side of her. I thought these two made a great team. They had lots of chemistry and it helped elevate the movie even more for me.

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Heartwarming and hilarious.

I found myself smiling throughout the entire movie. I just felt happy watching this and there were so many little moments in-between that really spoke to me. I expected this movie to be funny, especially with Ryan Reynolds leading the way, but it was also really charming and inspiring.

Awesome cameos and references.

There will be no spoilers in this review, but the cameos and references were so much fun. I was literally cheering with one of them and I think you will thoroughly enjoy them as well!

The Cons:

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I don’t really have any…

The movie just worked in every way. As long as you don’t take it too seriously and expect an extreme action movie, you will enjoy it. Don’t go into it with any expectations. I loved every aspect of this movie and I would watch it again.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in 100 percent!

This movie was fun, hilarious, entertaining, and romantic. It had something for everyone in it. I loved all of the little moments sprinkled in and the entire cast did an exceptional job.

I highly recommend this movie and can’t wait to watch it again!

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

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Spoiler-Free Review of “The Protégé” in Theaters: Don’t Mess with Maggie Q!

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“You taught me how to find things that didn’t want to be found…”

The Protégé premiered in theaters on August 20th 2021. The revenge thriller film stars Maggie Q, Samuel L. Jackson, and Michael Keaton. It is approximately 1 hour and fifty minutes long.

Anna was rescued as a child in Vietnam by an assassin. She develops her own skills as a talented assassin over the years, proving to be the best of the best. After her mentor is killed, she seeks out revenge, leaving a pile of bodies everywhere she goes.

Here is the trailer:

The Protege brings our beloved Maggie Q back to the screen to show off her fighting skills, giving us plenty of action along the way. But does this film do anything truly unique and is it worthy of your next watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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All hail Maggie Q!

Maggie Q is one of my favorite actresses of all time. I loved her in the show Nikita and she really goes all out in every film, committing herself completely to each and every role. But she’ll always be the fashionable assassin to me and that’s what she got to play in this film.

Her fashion was so on point (seriously I want every single outfit from the film) and she showed off her fighting skills and then some. She is the BEST part of this movie. 

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Lots of action.

The fight scenes are brutal and really entertaining to watch. I have seen a lot of films before featuring a female assassin, but Maggie Q reminds us why she is the queen of the assassins. She is so incredible to watch on screen and she somehow makes even the most violent scenes watchable. The choreography behind the fight scenes was really well done.

The Cons:

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Revenge thriller by the numbers…

The plot was lacking in a lot of ways for me. It wasn’t necessarily bad, but it just felt very predictable and generic in a way. The fight scenes kept the pace going, but the moments in-between felt uninspiring, which was really disappointing.

No real character development.

Maggie Q deserves a lot more here. We do get glimpses into her past, but we don’t explore her present fully. It just felt like we were jumping from one scene to the next without really understanding her character.

Several of the sub-plots also just went away, which made me wonder why we even spent any time on them…

So am I in or out?

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I’m 50/50 on this one…

I’m in for Maggie Q. Her wardrobe was incredible, the fight scenes were out of this world, and I’m always thrilled to watch her in pretty much anything.

That being said, she deserved a better film. While the action was entertaining enough to make this an OK watch, it could have been a lot better so that was somewhat frustrating.

Overall, I was entertained, but I just wanted more!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on The Protege 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 “Hit & Run” on Netflix: Engrossing Binge-Watch!

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“Sometimes the truth just ends up causing more pain…”

Hit & Run premiered on Netflix on August 6th 2021. The Israeli-English series features nine episodes available to stream now. It stars Lior Raz, Sanaa Lathan, Kaelen Ohm, Moran Rosenblatt and Gregg Henry. Each episode runs for approximately 45-50 minutes.

After a man’s wife is killed in a hit and run accident in Tel Aviv, he suspects that her death may not have been an accident after all, leading him to New York City to discover the dangerous truth.

Here is the trailer:

Hit & Run immediately gives off a Harlan Coben-esque vibe with a touch of Taken mixed in, making it difficult to step away from the screen. Does it do enough to find its own identity? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Kick-ass action!

If you love movies like Taken, you will feel right at home with this one. Lior Raz is beyond brilliant as Segev. I was on the edge of my seat every single time he was on screen. I am also a huge fan of Sanaa Lathan and I thought she played her part extremely well.

While the show is centered around an addicting mystery of its own, the fight scenes and action really helped build up momentum at the center of the plot, which worked in the show’s favor.

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The change of scenery worked.

The beginning of the series takes place in Tel Aviv. We got plenty of set-up and an initial horrific crime to hook us right from the start, but I really liked that this series decided to change things up and head to New York City. There was plenty going on in Tel Aviv, but I thought it really ramped up the mystery and brought more characters into play without ever skipping a beat.

Binge-watch friendly.

Each episode did enough to draw you in for more. Even though some episodes were longer than others, I kept finding myself pressing play immediately because I wanted to know what was going to happen next. We got bits and pieces of the puzzle with each episode and while there were some side plot-lines going on, they weren’t as confusing or as involved as some of the ones we see in the Harlan Coben mysteries.

The Cons:

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Slow moving at first.

Don’t get me wrong, the first episode starts off with a bang, but some of the initial set-up in the first two episodes dragged a little bit for me. That being said, once I got to episode three, I was completely hooked and the pacing changed drastically.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in 100 percent!

Hit & Run is beyond worthy of your next binge-watch. This show was so addicting in all the right ways. That cliffhanger left me wanting more so I hope we get to see a season two, but wow what a show!

If you enjoy Taken, The Innocent, and Who Killed Sara, you are in for a real treat! While there were some similarities, this show found its own groove and took us on a wild ride without holding back.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Hit & Run 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 “Gunpowder Milkshake” on Netflix: Girl Power to the Extreme

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“When they need someone to clean up their mess, they send me…”

Gunpowder Milkshake is an action thriller film that premiered on July 14th 2021. It is currently available to stream on Netflix. The film stars Karen Gillan, Lena Headey, Carla Gugino, Michelle Yeoh, and Angela Bassett. It runs for an hour and fifty-four minutes.

The film follows two assassins who happen to be mother and daughter. After being separated many years ago, the two reunite to help protect an eight year old girl from a dangerous group of men.

Here is the trailer:

Gunpowder Milkshake looks like a dream at first glance. The cast is out of this world and it immediately gives us a noir-Tarantino-John Wick-esque vibe which seems like it should be a lot of fun. However, imitation is not always a sign of flattery. Does its attempt to channel this film style get in the way of pure greatness? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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All star cast.

If I wanted a group of female assassins to protect me, I would be more than thrilled if these ladies showed up. The cast was honestly the best part of the movie. These ladies kicked some ass and showed a lot of style and flair along the way. I wanted to explore some of the supporting characters more, but I loved each and every one of them and I thought that even the actress who played the young girl was truly talented.

Dream team right here!

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Plenty of action to go around.

If you are looking for mindless violence and plenty of fight scenes, you are in the right place. The film delivers in this category. While some of the fight scenes early on were a little bit too rehearsed and choreographed for my liking, the later scenes made up for this.

The Cons:

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Took a while to get going…

When I’m in the mood for a lot of action and violence, I don’t want the pace of the movie to feel slow. For me, this film took a while to get going. Sure, there was plenty of action in the first half of the movie, but the overall plot and pacing just felt slow and unsure of itself.

Once we got to the second half of the movie, I was all in, but I don’t want to have to wait an hour to get there…

Lost some originality points.

I’m all for a movie channeling the vibe of another work, but this film felt like a tired imitation of John Wick and Kill Bill at some points. The slow motion scenes with loud music behind them were almost excruciating to watch. They just didn’t really work here in my opinion.

Once we got to the second half of the film, I noticed that they stopped doing them so much, which really made a difference.

Having a cast of female leads should be empowering and inspiring. There were moments of this throughout the film, but I also thought they deserved a lot more and I also wanted some more humor worked into the film so it didn’t take itself too seriously. Nobody starring Bob Odenkirk was pure perfection for me and I think this film should have taken a page out of its book to understand that you don’t need to mash up popular film styles and gimmicks to make a film entertaining.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in about 75 percent…

The film was entertaining and I really adored the cast. It took a while to get going, but once it did, I was invested. I think if the film had made a few tweaks and abandoned its gimmicks and slow motion scenes, it would have been a lot better, but if you are looking for a fun action thriller, you’ll get that here.

I recommend watching Nobody first; however, if you haven’t already, which was absolutely incredible!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts on Gunpowder Milkshake 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 Summer” Season 2 on Netflix: Step Your Cardio Game Up

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“We did what we had to do…”

Black Summer season 2 premiered on Netflix on June 17th 2021 with eight new episodes available to stream now. Each episode runs for approximately 40-50 minutes. The show stars Jaime King, Christine Lee, Justin Chu Cary and Zoe Marlett.

The unofficial prequel of Z Nation brings us into a new icy setting, as our favorite characters attempt to survive during the zombie outbreak while dealing with other threats along the way.

Here is the trailer:

Black Summer season one was a welcomed surprise, but can season two keep things going at a fast pace without becoming overdone? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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The new icy setting is a welcomed addition.

I suppose that you can only run away from these super fast zombies for a certain amount of time so it makes sense that we switch up the setting for the second season. The zombies are just as terrifying, but winter can be even more deadly and brutal. I thought this worked to the show’s advantage as our favorite characters had to deal with more than just surviving the dead.

A true zombie series.

While I watch the shows in the TWD universe, things have become less frightening in a way. The walkers move at a slow pace, our survivors know that they can outsmart them, and even some of the kids can take them out so are they really that terrifying?

Well sure, but the zombies on Black Summer will have you rethinking your entire cardio routine. Seriously, I need to get in serious shape if I want to outrun them. This series does not slow down at all. There isn’t any fluff in between and we basically are just along for the ride while everyone attempts to survive in this horrific new world. It’s bloody, violent, and a true depiction of what life would probably be like if the zombie apocalypse actually occurred.

The Cons:

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Confusing at times.

I actually really like the vignette style of the show and I think it helps maintain the fast pace, but things can get really confusing at times. I had to piece together who was who and where we were in the timeline, which can get slightly exhausting, but at least there is plenty of action to make you forget about this. 

No real attachment or story-line.

Other than Rose and her daughter, Sun, and Spears, I couldn’t really care less about any of the other characters even though there were some new additions with potential. It’s hard to get attached to characters when they could die at any moment and even the returning characters needed a little bit more air time for true character development although we certainly did witness some with Spears.

There also isn’t really anything major going on with the plot or story-line. If you are looking for something complex and layered, you won’t get that here. You’ll just get lots and lots of zombies tearing people apart so I guess it depends on your preference.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

I kind of needed a break from advanced story-telling. Sometimes you need a mindless show you can just watch and enjoy. There is plenty of action, gore, and zombie entertainment in this series. As long as you manage your expectations, you will highly enjoy the second season!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Black Summer 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 comes out October 7th 2021! I hope you enjoy!

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Army of the Dead” on Netflix: Ocean’s Eleven meets World War Z

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“This should be a simple in and out…”

Army of the Dead is a horror action film that released on May 21st 2021 on Netflix. The film stars Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Tig Notaro, Omari Hardwick, and Garret Dillahunt. It runs for approximately two and a half hours.

The film takes place after a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas as a group of mercenaries go through zombie territory in order to pull off a heist with a lot of cash.

Here is the trailer:

Army of the Dead looks like it could be filled with a lot of gory zombie fun, but does its dragged out set-up get in the way of pure greatness? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Fun dynamic between characters.

This movie had an Ocean’s Eleven vibe going on and I actually thought this worked in the movie’s favor because you cared more about what happened to the characters. Dave Bautista played the exact role I needed him to play and we also had some other stand-out performances as well. 

It was honestly really funny to see good guy Garret Dillahunt from Fear the Walking Dead play a complete jerk and I think that the comedy sprinkled throughout the film actually really helped. The film didn’t take itself too seriously and that was important because all I wanted was an action filled zombie flick and I think it delivered on that.

Lots of action.

If you came for lots of violence and action, you will not be disappointed. Once the film gets going, you will have plenty of that to go around. The Vegas setting worked in the film’s favor and the zombies were actually pretty formidable too, which prevented this film from feeling overdone and stale.

The Cons:

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Way too long and issues with pacing.

My biggest con about this film is the length of it. I don’t want to watch a zombie action film for two and a half hours. I don’t really want to watch any film for that long, but I make exceptions here and there.

This movie should have been an hour and forty minutes and I think the dragged out length really hurt this film. We don’t even get any real gritty action until over an hour into the movie and that’s when the film takes off, but this film could easily lose an audience within the first hour.

While I loved the introduction to the gang of characters, we could have fast forwarded through a lot of the unnecessary fluff. The heart-to-heart talks and slow moving flashbacks were a little too much as well.

I think that if this film had broken away from that and just embraced its real identity, it would have been much better in my opinion.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

While I was on the fence about this movie during the first hour, things picked up once we got to the meaty part of the plot and the action, gore, and comedy really delivered for me. I thought this movie was a lot of fun. It wasn’t anything truly epic or outstanding, but it was thoroughly entertaining.

The movie was way too long, but luckily it made up for that in the second half. If you are looking for some zombie fun with a lot of action, you’re in the right place.

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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