Miley Cyrus shines in epi​sode of ‘Black Mirror’ as Ashley O

In case you have been living under a rock, Miley Cyrus not only released the first third of her seventh album, “SHE IS MILEY CYRUS.” But she also starred in an episode of the Netflix series “Black Mirror.” Before she becomes the first person to get on the Billboard Music charts under three different names, it’s time to talk about Miley’s episode on this series. It’s the best of both worlds.

Meet Ashley O, aka Hannah Montana 2.0

Head like a hole, black as your soul

“Black Mirror” is a British Anthology series. So what this means that none of the episodes are standalone episodes and have nothing to do with each other. So can watch Miley’s episode without having to worry about getting caught up first. The series follows what can happen with new technology in modern society and the side effects of what would happen, whether good or bad. If you know what “The Twilight Zone” is, it’s similar to that.

Miley’s episode is entitled “Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too.” It follows Ashley O, a pop star that is starting to feel the pressure of being something that she doesn’t feel like it’s her. Her management team is doesn’t care and puts creative constrictions on her. Ashley is looked up by a fan named Rachel, who gets an AI doll of Ashley called Ashley Too who she uses to as a friend. Rachel hasn’t been able to make friends since the death of her mother. Rachel’s sister, Jack, isn’t a big fan of Ashley O or the Ashley Too doll.

This episode is a fantastic episode. The episode has issues when it comes to a coherent plot and pacing. There are too many plots going on that it’s all over the place. You think it is going one way, but then it goes another and forgets where it was going to go. Like there was a plot started about Rachel and Jack dealing with the loss of their mother, but it was thrown out during the middle and final act of the episode. Then it gets resolved by the end, but there’s not any real resolution.

The primary arch of the episode is more on Ashley O, and her management controls her so she can be who they want her to be due to how much money she is making for them. Without going too much into the story and spoiling it, it’s incredibly relevant to pop music in this day and again. More so in particular to the #FreeBritney movement that happened a couple of months ago. Honestly, Ashely O has a lot of similarities to Britney Spears.

The pacing of the episode is the biggest problem. It drags through the beginning and part of the middle acts. It’s not dull per se but it doesn’t peak your interest until the true intentions of the Ashley O and her management team come into the light. Most of the beginning is just getting to know Rachel and Jack, which is fine but the plot isn’t really strong enough to carry the show. Especially when it doesn’t proper development.

“Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too” isn’t a bad episode but rather a good one. It just suffers from too many plots that create a slightly incoherent plot at times and pacing. I do recommend checking it out because Miley’s performance in it was everything. Miley was the highlight of the episode, especially as the Ashley Too doll. I got “Hannah Montana” vibes from the wig, and that’s when nostalgia hit. I liked the episode and hope they do more with Ashley O.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Noah Centineo swoons you in ‘The Perfect Date’

It’s springtime and you know what that means. Love is in the air and it’s time for a new Noah Centineo movie. Sure, We have the sequel for “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” coming for but apparently we need more Noah Centineo in our lives. Netflix has answered our prayers with “The Perfect Date.”

Get it?

Be yourself is all that you can do

“The Perfect Date” is your typical teen romantic comedy. The movie stars Noah Centineo (What hasn’t this boy been in lately?”), Laura Marano (“Austin & Ally”), Odiseas Gerorgiadis (“Gotham”), Camila Mendes (“Riverdale”), and Matt Walsh (“Veep”). The acting in the film is rather good. It’s your average acting in a teen romantic comedy. The movie is based on the book “The Stand-In” by Steve Bloom, which was released in 2017.

The movie follows Brooks (Noah) as he and his best friend Murph (Odiseas) as they team up to create an app to help Brooks raise money so he can go to the college of his dream, Yale. The app has Brooks going on dates, both platonic and romantic, with people and they can choose what personality they want him to have. Things take a turn when Brooks side job starts to change him and cause him to push away his friends and a potential love interest.

Noah Centineo

The movie itself is a fine movie and is rather cute and enjoyable. If this was the first Noah Centineo movie on the platform then the rating for this movie would probably be different. As much as I like Noah Centineo, this movie just came across as something we have already seen. The plot was reminiscent of what we got in “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.” It’s just that Laura Jean has a penis and six-pack abs. It doesn’t help that he was in that too as well. It’s just too much Noah Centineo. Teen movies are already too predictable, to begin with. It’s nothing we haven’t seen before. It would have been better if they changed it up a tad.

The ending of the movie is underwhelming, which fits with the plot. It happens in the right amount of time but at the same time, just doesn’t feel like it would happen like that in real life. It just happens to fast once they reached the climax. I wish they would haven’t rushed the ending. The pacing for the movie before that has been fine.

One thing that slightly irritated me was the fact that they gave Camila Mendes starring credits but yet they really don’t have her in the movie heavily. It’s kind of like they just had for that “Riverdale” clout. They didn’t need her for that since had Noah Centineo. Camila deserved better. They also kept Noah’s shirt on. That was a travesty in itself.

“The Perfect Date” is a cute and fine movie. It just suffers from the male lead being overexposed in too similar of movies. Because of this, the entire thing comes across like we have seen it before. The acting wasn’t bad at all and everyone was likable. The plot and the climax just leaves you underwhelmed when it’s all said and done. I do recommend watching the movie but it’s only worth one time watch.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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Pucker up with ‘The Kissing Both’

Like Victoria Justice think they all always sing and not just Ariana Grande Butera, I think WE ALL have been sleeping on most of the original movies that Netflix has been producing. So I though it was time to look into what some are considering a hidden gem of the Netflix movies. Pucker up because we’re discussing “The Kissing Booth.”

Meet Noah. He’s attractive but has toxic masculinity issues

It’s never great to hear your childhood crush say It’s super gross in your pants.

“The Kissing Booth” was released on Netflix in Spring of 2018. It’s based on the novel of the same name written by Beth Reekles. Directed by Vince Marcello (“Teen Beach Musical” and “Zombie Prom”), the movie stars Joey King (“Ramona and Beezus” and “Oz the Great and Powerful), Joel Courtney (“F The Prom” and “Super 8”), and Jacob Elordi (He’s from Australia, that’s why he’s so hot). Molly Ringwald is also in the movie. The casting in the movie is actually not bad. It’s Jacob’s first big role and the main cast was pretty much just a bunch of unknowns to a certain extent. The acting is rather good. It’s a little bit better than your average teen comedy acting.

The movie follows Elle Evans (Joey) as she has to deal with having a crush on her best friend’s Lee Flynn’s (Joel) older brother, and school heartthrob, Noah Flynn (Jacob). Noah and Elle end up sharing a kiss at Elle and Lee’s Kissing Booth at the school carnival. From there, their relationship starts to take a turn and Elle’s life gets turned upside down. Elle’s relationship with her BFF Lee starts to take a turn as well.

The movie left me with some thoughts. I enjoyed the movie overall. It was adorable while it stuck with the same troupes that once would get with a romantic teen movie. Girl falls for a boy who is she isn’t supposed to. Girl dates the boy and ends up hurting someone in the process. While the tropes are overdone and outdated, the way they did was original. Especially in this day and age when not a lot of things we see isn’t original.

The character development in the film is rather good. You get to know all the characters and their backstory. You can actually see how the relationship forms between the three main characters build and form and why the issues are issues. Not many movies or shows do that anymore. It was refreshing to actually see this unfold.

The one thing that I can’t overlook is the sexist overtones that are there between Noah and Elle. While it does come from a loving place, he was asserting authority over her during. He’s telling people to not date her in a threating manner, standing over her and telling her not to do things, among other things. And yes, I realize that saying “it came from a loving place” is making the behavior okay. But it honestly did if you fully watch the movie. The sexist overtones ended up being part of Noah’s character development and Noah slightly get over them still doesn’t make it okay but he grew throughout the entire film. But again, you can’t overlook it still.

Verdict

“The Kissing Booth” is an adorable movie that doesn’t just have the girl fall for the boy she shouldn’t but rather does it in an original fashion. The acting is decent from a cast that we really haven’t heard much from. The sexist overtones in the relationship between Noah and Elle are really what hurt the movie. It’s just something you can’t overlook. I recommend the movie, especially if you are just looking for a fun movie to enjoy.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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Get ready to avoid ‘F The Prom’

In every generation, there comes a movie where you watch and you just think to yourself “Man, this movie should get an Oscar.” Luckily, this movie isn’t that movie. I decided to watch “F! The Prom” and well, I slightly regret it. Here’s my thoughts on this movie so you don’t have to put yourself through the torture of watching it. You’re Welcome.

There’s no good quotes to go here

“F The Prom” was a direct-to-video movie released in 2017. It’s a teen comedy that was produced by YouTuber Benny and Rafi Fine, known as the Fine Brothers. Because it’s produced by them, there is A LOT of cameos from the cast of their “Teens React,” and “College Students React” series. Because it’s a direct-to-video release, you can only imagine the big names are in this movie. For the sake of time, I won’t list any of the actors besides the actual big name: Madelaine Petsch, aka Cheryl Blossom from “Riverdale.”

The movie is about a group of outcast that tries to seek their revenge on the popular kids after they made their lives miserable for all four years of high school. They then team with one of the popular girls that are scorned by those same people. They devise a plan to humiliate the prom king and queen that they chose.

Madelaine’s expression is me during this movie

The plot of this movie is inconsistent. It’s not consistent at all. It’s rather frustrating. The ending is the most frustrating part of the entire movie. There’s no pay off in the end. The main characters do ride off into the sunset but it’s not the ending you want. It’s not a fulfilling ending at all. It actually makes you hate the movie more. Like, what was the point of the entire film? The fact nothing came out of the plot set up through the entire movie just leaves you made because the last 92 minutes was a waste.

The acting in the film isn’t anything to cry home about. Madelaine performance is the best in the entire film. They pretty much had her play a bitchy and annoying version of Cheryl Blossom. Other than that, it was just all just okay or bad. Most so with on the okay side. It definitely felt a low budget movie that belongs in the Walmart $3.75 movie bin. Yep, It’s not even good enough for the $5.00 movie bin.

I would really like to see what happened behind the scenes because it seems like they stopped caring halfway through the film. This movie just seems extremely rushed and half-assed. Nothing about this film comes across as consistent and good. The only consistent thing about it is the fact that it’s not consistent. In concept, it could have been good. It’s been overdone but it still could have been good. It just wasn’t pulled off right in order to make this work.

The worst part of all of this is that the first half of the film, while still a hot mess, was at least trying to carry on the plot. It wasn’t until the second act that it seems like they abandoned the plot. It’s kind of like they threw their hands up in the air and said “F This Movie.” I think Shane Dawson’s movie “Not Cool” was a better movie and that’s saying a lot.

There really wasn’t any moral of the story to his film either. Like usually there’s some sort of important message. Especially when it has some sort revenge plot/story line. Nope, there’s none. If there is one, then it’s hidden behind all the crap. This movie was painful to watch.

Verdict

“F The Prom” is just a horrible movie. It had so much potential to it but it was just wasted. It really should have been called “F This Movie” because it was just a waste of time. There’s no happy ending that you want from the plot and the ending just makes the entire plot meaningless because there’s no real pay off to anything. I wouldn’t buy this movie because it’s honestly not worth it. It’s on Netflix for free.

Rating: 1 out of 5

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