Review of “Things Heard & Seen”

While this movie came out back in late April, it didn’t really hop onto my radar until it began trending this week. Being in the middle of a mystery kick, I thought it would be a good idea to do a blind watch of something for once. Going into this movie, I had no idea what to expect outside of the brief ad that runs on Netflix. Unfortunately, there isn’t much hype that the movie lives up to.

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Review of “Fear Street Part 1: 1994 (2021)”

This was not the movie I intended on reviewing this week, but it’s the one that had some social media presence on my timeline, for some reason. Unfortunately, unlike many other nostalgia callback type of movies, the end result itself was not worth any of the time I put into it. In fact, it was difficult to stomach at all- but not for the horror it was attempting to scare me with.

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Review of “Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel”

Netflix recently released this documentary mini-series that fell onto my radar by complete happenstance, this time focusing on the strange disappearance of Elisa Lam. Like many crime scene cases that exploded in popularity on the internet, there is a great deal of investigation already done that only seems to have intensified the mystery. Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel explores almost none of it in any meaningful way.

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Review of “Pieces of a Woman” (2020)

So, I meant to watch this earlier this month when it finally arrived to Netflix, but I was on an extended break from reviewing films after my latest marathon. And then, for a week, buzzers in my building kept me from wanting to watch anything because I could hear them in my apartment. With those issues fixed, I sat down to watch a film I’ve seen receive high praise all over my timeline- and while it certainly deserves some accolades, I’m not convinced it lives up to the numerous 10 out of 10 scores some have given it.

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Review of Mother/Mazâ (2020)

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Netflix has become a larger venue of releasing films outside of theaters. More recently, that has included I’m Thinking Of Ending Things, one of my favorites of the year thus far. This has also given window to a number of Netflix exclusive films to come out with a bit more attention to them, including this one, titled Mother and directed by Tatsushi Ohmori. Given how the year has shaped up, it’s been a prime window for films to get an online release and receive plenty of attention, so how does this hold up?

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Review of “The Haunting of Bly Manor”

Billed as a “gothic romance” (but advertised as a horror series), The Haunting of Bly Manor debuted last week on Netflix and appeared quickly on top of Netflix’s Top 10 list. Following the success of the decent The Haunting of Hill House series, most figured some kind of sequel series would be in the works. Instead of a direct sequel, Mike Flanagan instead delivers an anthology series much more rooted in similar core design but taking a significantly different artistic direction. These differences didn’t amount to improving the quality of the series, both in the short and long term, giving us an ultimately serviceable but largely mediocre end result.

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