Recap: We’re NOT Friends Ep.1 ‘The Girl Scout’

I like those moments when you have nothing new or interesting to watch, and one day, from nowhere appeared new small web series. If you just found my blog, you have to know that, I love watching web series. When I found interesting show, I wrote a review of the entire season, this time it’s different. With this show, I’ll try to write a recap every week. Let’s get started!🙂

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This show is written, created and directed by Ashley Bornancin and Don DiPetta, who also play main characters here.

The show tells the story of two verry different young people who are forced by the chance to live together under one roof. In the first episode we get to know our main characters. It’s Don, who is an ex- baseball player running short on money living in a big house, that he can’t pay for anymore. He’s looking for a roommate, and one day Ashley shows up at his door.

After the first episode, I think this series will show how, so different people, strong personalities became best friends, or maybe even more. This episode, it’s only 8 minutes long, but in that short time we’re witnessing of funny situations, which could happen to everyone. We can also hear some funny quotes. If you want to know them, you have to watch the show!

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In my opinion, if the rest of the episodes are funny, like this one, or more, that can be really successful web series. I like the way, the characters are portrayed. They are very convincing, real. They don’t fake anything. I think in time, the viewer will easily identify with those characters.

The idea which Ashley and Don had is really funny and interesting. It’s a whiff of fresh air compared to what television gives us. I’ll happily spend a few minutes every week with those two.

New episodes are released every Wednesday.

Check out We’re NOT Friends as soon as possible, you can watch first episode here:

Review #14: The Secret Life of Pets

Since I saw the trailer of new animation called The Secret Life of Pets, I knew I’ll watch this film as soon as I can. I watched it today, and I have so much fun!

Have you ever imagined what your pet does when you leave the house? Then this is the movie for you. In this movie creators had that idea: pets visit one another’s apartments, they dance and flirt and play loud music and then, when we return, pretend that they’ve been waiting for us the whole time.

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The film written by Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio and Brian Lynch and directed by Yarrow Cheney and Chris Renaud.

Story in this movie is like in many others. The main characters get into trouble and had adventures of their lifes.

At the beginning, we meet Max (Louis C.K.), a little dog which had an amazing life with his owner. We get to now his friends. Little white dog, Gidget (Jenny Slate), who’s secretly in love with Max. Chloe (Lake Bell) is a cat, Max’s best friend, she loves to eat anything every time. Mel (Bobby Moynihan) is another dog, little dummy. Max’s life will change because his owner brings home a new dog, Duke (Eric Stonestreet). Because of this guy trouble starts. In the meantime, we meet eagle named Tiberius (Albert Brooks), and Snowball (Kevin Hart) cute little bunny, who’s the boss of the gang, which wants to revenge on people who abandon their pets.

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Creators had a great idea, show people what their pets can do when they’re alone at home. They also break some kind of stereotypes: poddle which listens to hard rock, or the idea of a cute little white bunny as the leader of an animal resistance out to do away with humans is comical by itself.

I have to mention about the music. It’s well chosen, not only for a speed of the story, but also fits great into the scenes.

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In this animation, we have a lot of action, we not only see Max and Duke’s adventure, but also a rescue mission, organized by their friends. It’s a lot of laughs, some funny situations.

The Secret Life of Pets had full of great scenes and funny jokes. Kids for sure will have fun while watching. I think some of the adults also find it as a pretty good and entertaining.

 

7/10

Recap: Four in the Morning Ep. 1 & 2

I haven’t enough time to write about this show, right after the premiere night, and I feel bad about it. Today airs 3rd episode, so it’s about the time to write something!

After I watched the trailer for the show Four in the Morning, I thought it’ll be a comedy something like a mix of Broad City and new version of Friends. I couldn’t be more wrong. It’s a completely different sense of humor. This show is also perfect in its simplicity. Little pearl of nowadays television.

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Created by producer and writer, Ira Parker. Starring by Mazin Elsadig, Daniel Maslany, Michelle Mylett and Lola Tash.

The show tells the story of four friends in their twenties as they navigate life at the unpredictable, emotional, but the illuminative hour of 4 a.m., it’s a series about self-discovery, disappointment, and clawing after dreams that always feel out of reach.

Four in the morning perfectly shows that completely different people can be best friends. We can see Bondurant (Daniel Maslany), who’s an artist, he’s really funny in his own way. William (Mazin Elsadig) is little reserved and also an artist, but his friend thinks the opposite. Writers can’t be an artist, no one reads books anymore! William’s dating Jamie (Michelle Mylett) who is best friend with Mitzi (Lola Tash), Bondurat’s girlfriend. Girls have other points of view for some stuff.

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This show is a comedy, but with a specific sense of humor, some moments are like a surreal dream. Like the talking pig, which we’ve heard about in the first episode, and I think it’s not the end

Four in the Morning has that kind of humor I adore. Maybe it’s not much funny situations, but it’s a funny dialogue. I think it’s really similar to Woody Allen’s humor from his first films.

I also have to mention about the music. Subtle, playing in the background. Sound a little like a retro, it’s so different than music on other TV shows. The opening credits are amazing, because of the music and the animation with a pig.

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I think many young people will identify with those characters. They’re ordinary young people with real problems, up’s and downs in their lives. It’s so great that Ira Parker wanted to create that kind of show, about ordinary people that the joy of life.

I love the idea for this show, the cast is great, the storytelling is very convincing. Definitely one of my favorite shows!

 

Four in the Morning airs Fridays at 9 p.m. on CBC.

Review #13: Operator

One evening, while watching TV, I found the movie called Operator. There was nothing else, so I gave it a try. At the beginning I thought that will be a good movie. After one and a half hour, I found out I was wrong. I didn’t watch that bad movie for a while.

The movie was released in 2015, wrote by Dwain Worrell and directed by Amariah Olson, Obin Olson. Starring: Mischa Barton, Luke Goss and Ving Rhames.

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The film tells the story of Pamela (Mischa Barton, yeah, that one from The O.C.), she’s 911 call center operator. When the daughter of her, and her husband Jeremy (Luke Goss), a Police Officer, is kidnapped and held hostage, they are left desperate, with no choice but to follow the kidnapper’s rules: send messages through dispatch for all police and fire units to scatter to remote locations throughout the city where they are met with chaos. Not knowing who or why, the one thing they do know is if they fail to discreetly collaborate with one another – they will be solely responsible for facilitating the biggest crime in the city’s history. Now they must race against the clock to make the choice of their lives – save the city – or save their daughter.

Let’s start with the idea for this movie. I have to say, the idea itself was good enough. It’s a criminal drama, at the beginning, we have a mystery, and a lot of questions. But when more time past it’s getting worse. It’s predictable, a ton of plot holes, poor effects quality, especially at the end of the movie.

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Since the beginning, we know who’s the bad guy. We know how he looks like, but we don’t know why he’s doing this. What’s the motive? Of course we’ll find out about it, and it’s nothing special.

Even acting wasn’t impressive. I thought the cast doing this with not enough emotions. Just do this and let’s go home. I’m not sure if that’s because cast wanted act that way or it’s creators idea.

I tried to think if it’s anything I liked in this movie. Unfortunately I found nothing. I think the creators lots direction for this movie. Too bad because it could be a good entertaining film.

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That kind of movies, had their golden age in the 90s. Nowadays having a good idea for the movie, it’s not enough. You have to have an idea for cinematography, the characters. Without those elements, it’s gonna be a really weak movie.

 

2/10

Review #12: Emotional Motor Unit

Almost a year ago I reviewed first feature film Little Pieces, directed by Adam Nelson (you can find my review here). This year we’ll be able to watch a new movie from Apple Park Films Production. This time it’s a short sci-fi/drama film, called Emotional Motor Unit, wrote by Xenia Puiggros and directed by Adam Nelson. Starring: Graham Cawte, Francesca Burgoyne, Finnian Nainby-Luxmore and Candice Palladino.

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The film tells the story of very lonely writer, who just got some kind of promotion. In this alternative present day, people are focused on their work and emotions come second. We follow writer, played by Graham Cawte, as he learns what it means to be human through the interaction with a robot E.M.U.

Sounds familiar? Yes, of course, we could watch movies like Ex Machina, where people taught the robot how to be human, how to behave. A robot which will teach you the fellings, you never felt, it’s a completely different story.

This movie shows how relationships and contact with other people are important. It’s also perfectly shows, how fast we can get involved in a relationship, and how much we can get used to another person.

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The script is really well written, it makes the viewer feels like it could be a real story, which can happen anywhere and to anyone in the future. We can see really impressive shots, really calm, which made this film not a typical sci-fi.

Whole cast did a really great job. Graham Cawte as a Writer perfectly showed the sadness of a lonely man, who’s tired of being alone, and try to convince himself, that he’s happy. I think, the hardest work to do had Francesca Burgoyne, who played E.M.U. I can only imagine how hard it is, to play a robot, and make it looks believable. She gave a really good performance.

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Noteworthy is also music, create by Imraan Husain, which keeps viewers in nostalgic feelings of the film. It’s no songs here, we only can hear a calm, kind of dreamy music. This fits fantastic to scenes, which we can see. Music doesn’t disturb to the shots, it helps the viewer to get involved in the story.

I would recommend this movie to anyone who wants to see something different, a completely different point of view for the sci-fi genre than we can see in blockbuster films. It’s sci-fi with the elements of romance. I think that, it’s definitely worth of watching and really deserves attention.

You can follow Apple Park Films on Twitter or on Facebook for news and release!

8/10

Review #11: Antisocial

What will happen when you’ll mix movies like Unfriended, The Pruge and one of the famous tv show? (I don’t want to spoil anything, when you watch this movie, you’ll probably know, about which show I’m talking.) You’ll have a horror called Antisocial.

The movie was released in 2013, wrote and directed by Cody Calahan. Starring: Michelle Mylett, Cody Ray Thompson, Adam Christie, Ana Alic and Romaine Waite.

At the beginning I have to admit, that I have a small problem with this movie. On the one side was good and I liked it, but on the other hand, I didn’t like some elements of it.

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The film tells a story of a group of friends gather at a house party to celebrate the New Year. Unbeknownst to them, an epidemic has erupted outside, causing outbreaks around the world. With nowhere else to turn, they barricade themselves indoors with only their phones, laptops, and other tech devices. They use their devices to research the possible cause of this chaos. Information and videos which they’re collecting on their computers brings them closer to the cause of all of this. As the virus spreads, the mood in the house changes from fear to paranoia. Reality becomes blurred as they slowly discover the source of the virus causing the sickness and there is no going back.

First, I’ll start with what I liked. The idea itself was pretty interesting. Some kind of virus attacks from nowhere. You can say, something like that was already made, but here that virus is somehow connected to social media, and this part is new.

The acting was really good, I’ve never been a fan of acting in horror movies. I can find few horror films where the acting was good, and here cast was really believable, and didn’t make you hate them.

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Another thing I really enjoyed was, music. Really good choice for background music, fits to the scenes. Reminds of music in the movies from 80s.

I was really surprised by cinematography. It’s not often when you can see beautiful, calm shots in this genre. In this movie, especially at the end, we can see really good piece of art.

Now it’s time for things which bothers me. That part when our characters find out how to cure themselves is unreal. I mean the way they have to do this. By a drill… Really? Let’s be serious, the ending was ridiculous. In the last few scenes were too much blood. I think it wasn’t necessary.

 

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Drill a hole in your head. Take off a little creature from there, and you’ll be fine. You’ll survive, until one of the sick people attack you. At the last minute of the movie, all those dead people, who were sick, wakes up. Still sick, somehow connected with each other.

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It wasn’t a bad or a good movie. It’s in the middle. As I said, I enjoyed it the most of the time. Those few elements, which bothers me, didn’t destroy the movie, in my opinion. For sure, if the creators would miss those parts would be better, but it’s only my opinion. Anyway, as an entire project, this movie can be enjoyable. I really look forward to watch Antisocial 2.

5,5/10

Trailer reaction #3: Four in the Morning

The new show is coming to television! A few days ago CBC revealed a trailer of a new show called Four in the Morning. Created by producer and writer, Ira Parker. Starring by Mazin Elsadig, Daniel Maslany, Michelle Mylett and Lola Tash.

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The show tells story of four friends in their twenties as they navigate life at the unpredictable, emotional, but the illuminative hour of 4 a.m. Dealing with themes of life and death, love and heartbreak, friendship and betrayal, it’s a series about self-discovery, disappointment, and clawing after dreams that always feel out of reach.

On IMDB we can read that, it’s gonna be 8 episodes, I hope it’ll be more episodes or seasons.

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The trailer is only a one minute clip, so we don’t see much. But what I can say, it’s funny, really good sense of humor. Looks really promising. It feels like a ne version of the show Friends. I don’t remember if we had, in the last few years, a comedy show about a group of friends. Of course we have, for example Broad City, but it’s little different, there main characters were girls.

I think many young people will identify with those characters. They’re ordinary young people with real problems, up’s and downs in their lives. It’s so great that someone wants to create that kind of show, about ordinary people that the joy of life.

The trailer looks amazing, and I can’t wait to watch this show!

Four in the Morning premieres August 26th on CBC!

What do you think about this trailer?🙂