Spoiler-Free Review of “Paper Girls” on Prime Video: Coming-Of-Age Time Travel Story has its Moments

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“We could stick together…”

Paper Girls premiered on Prime Video on July 29th 2022 with eight episodes available to stream now. The sci-fi series (based on the comic series of the same name) stars Riley Lai Nelet, Ali Wong, Sofia Rosinsky, Camryn Jones, Fina Strazza, and Adina Porter. Each episode runs for approximately 42-45 minutes.

After Halloween night in the 1980’s, a group of paper girls start their morning route, but wind up caught in the middle of a time travel war.

Here is the trailer:

Paper Girls features a fantastic group of characters worth getting to know in the middle of a sci-fi time travel story. Is it worthy of your next watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Believable characters with layers.

The characters are the strongest part of this series. I really liked that they weren’t already friends at the beginning. It made their eventual bond together that much more compelling. They all learned so much from each other, but each individual was really strong on her own.

I’m also always happy to see Adina Porter in pretty much anything so that was a plus!

Starts things off right away.

I was worried that we would get way too much set-up with this particular series, but the pacing was actually pretty solid for the most part. We didn’t have to wait too long for things to actually happen. 

The Cons:

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Doesn’t really explain the time travel war/world that much…

I felt a little bit lost watching this. I didn’t really understand what was going on with the time travel war and I wanted more information. I felt like I needed a crash course before watching this. The focus was more on the journey of the characters, which was fine, but I wanted a little bit more sci-fi action to balance things out.

Some of the special effects were a little cheesy and silly as well, but if the series is targeting a younger audience, I’m not sure that it matters that much.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in about 75 percent…

This series has its moments and I absolutely love all of the characters. If you enjoy series like Stranger Things, you’ll probably find plenty to like with this particular one, but be prepared to do your homework on what’s actually going on with the time travel war.

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

DON’T TAKE THE JOB…

Girl Number Thirteen Lurking Promo

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!

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Spoiler-Free Review of “The Fallout” on HBO Max: Low Key and Honest Coming-of-Age Story

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“I feel like I’m fine…”

The Fallout released on HBO Max on January 27th 2022. The teen coming-of-age drama stars Jenna Ortega, Maddie Ziegler, Julie Bowen, Niles Fitch and Shailene Woodley. The film runs for an hour and thirty-five minutes.

After a devastating and traumatic event, Vada begins to reevaluate her life and her relationships. She bonds with new friends and attempts to find a way to cope with her grief one day at a time.

*Please note there are issues of trauma depicted in this film and the viewer advisory at the beginning of the film should be noted.*

Here is the trailer:

The Fallout manages to create an authentic approach to teen trauma as it delivers with its talented cast and emotional content. Is it worthy of YOUR next watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Award-worthy performances…

I’m already a huge fan of Jenna Ortega and she is the main reason why I decided to watch this movie. This isn’t the type of film I would normally watch, but I was immediately drawn in by her believable and genuine performance. The other performances were really solid as well.

This subject matter is really delicate and one could easily over-do it, but Jenna Ortega managed to portray her character in such a real and compelling way. It almost felt like you were her friend in real life. It was that believable.

In a lot of ways, the film reminded me of a more emotional Booksmart. It had that same kind of vibe with its simplicity and it worked in the film’s favor.

Depicts real aspects of trauma, recovery, and identity without hitting you over the head.

I’ve seen a lot of coming-of-age films and while some of them have moved me, this one was on another level and the main reason behind that was because of how low-key it was. It addressed a lot of issues that the new generation is dealing with on a daily basis and yet it never seemed like it was preaching at anyone or making assumptions. It was just an honest and emotional story.

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Bold ending.

There will be no spoilers in this review, but the ending of this film really struck a chord with me. This film could have easily ended in one particular way, but instead it went down a different route which was extremely powerful. I think the writer and director absolutely took a big chance with this, but it paid off and really added to the authenticity of the film.

The Cons:

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I don’t have any…

This film was as close to perfection as it gets. Every aspect just worked and it truly touched me.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in 100 percent!!!!

Beautiful, genuine, and emotional.

This film really explored the aspects of trauma and recovery in such a powerful way without ever overdoing it. The performances were exceptional and I think this may have just become one of my favorite films of all time!

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

Face your fear…

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 young adult horror thriller 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!

READ IF YOU DARE…

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