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 While the tropes are overdone and outdated, the way they did was original.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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Mötley Crüe teams up with Machine Gun Kelly for ‘The Dirt’

On Friday, February 22nd, glam metal/rock band Mötley Crüe released their first new song since 2015. The song is off of the soundtrack for their Netflix biographical film “The Dirt.” You might be thinking to yourself, “Why are we talking about a rock song on a site that has pop in its title?” My answer to that is I do what I want and I cover pop culture. Nothing screams pop culture like a Netflix biographical film. I’m glad it’s not on Lifetime.

Let’s take it to the top and watch it burn

“The Dirt (Est. 1981)” is a fast pace, in your face, catchy hard rock/glam metal song. It starts off slow and eery before really kicking into high gear. I really like the opening riff. It was just something cool. It’s honestly just something that you just can’t help but rock out to. Vince Neil’s vocals are still just as good. Everything about this song was just well-produced. The best part for me was Mick Mars’ solo. Dude is almost 70 and he can play guitar better than guitarist half his age. As their first song back, “The Dirt (Est. 1981)” didn’t disappoint. The video is just scenes from the movie and them performing the song in the studio. It’s a promo video.

When you look that it’s a Mötley Crüe song with Rapper Machine Gun Kelly on it, you are expecting it to royally suck. It’s two things that really shouldn’t go together. But it actually goes together really well. Like I couldn’t even tell that it was MGK at first. He blended in so well that it was a perfect fit. No matter what music genre, when you have rappers as feature artists on songs, its either hit or miss. A lot of times, it’s a miss. It’s just awkward and out of place. Luckily, it isn’t this time.

The song is off of the soundtrack for the movie. The soundtrack is pretty much the greatest hit album with three original songs. There’s also a cover of Madonna’s “Like a Virgin.” I’m honestly interested to see what the cover sounds like. As for the movie itself, I’m skeptical of it. I think it will be good but I don’t think it going to great. Hopefully, I’m wrong.

Verdict

“The Dirt (Est. 1981)” is a very good example of how Mötley Crüe hasn’t really missed a step after their four-year hiatus. It’s a catchy, addictive and just rocks out hard. Machine Gun Kelly also just kills with his part. Does it rank up there as their best single? Nope but that’s okay. It doesn’t need to be. It’s can still be a good song without having to be the best single. The soundtrack and the movie “The Dirt” will be released on Friday, March 22.

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Series Review: ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’

Everything is not what it seems

October seems to be the month of gritty teen reboots. I’M HERE FOR IT. I recently just finished the newest reboot that will literally not allow me to look at an animal the same. Let’s dive into the world of “Riverdale” and go see a witch. A teenage witch. That’s right, let’s talk about “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.”

“Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” follows Sabrina Spellman, who tries to navigate her life as a normal teenage girl in Greendale and a witch for her coven. With the help of her aunties, Hilda and Zelda, as well as her cousin Ambrose, she must also fend the evil that is trying to convert her over to their side

This show isn’t anything like the show we knew growing up. If you walked into this expecting it to be similar to The WB/ABC show “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.”  This isn’t the fun loving comedic Sabrina we have come to know and love. There are comedic moments in the show but it’s more dark comedy. This show is creepy af. It’s hard to believe that it takes place just down the road from Riverdale and Degrassi. Yes, in my world, Riverdale and Degrassi are in the same universe. It’s the only way that all the shit that goes down unnoticed makes sense.

The darker tones fits the show so well. The witches on the show worship Satan. They are trying to appease the dark lord and do his bidding on the show. If that doesn’t let you know what kind of show this is then I don’t know what will. The show has a TV-14 rating and they go over that to the point where it makes me wonder why they didn’t get a TV-MA rating. I’m hoping that there’s an unrated version because frankly, I just want to see how dark it will actually be if they didn’t have that rating.

The acting on the show is extremely well done. You really get to see and understand each character. You get to see the character grow and change and it truly feels good when things go their way. There is some similarity between the Spellman clan in both series. But these characters are willing to do some dark things to get what want. They play with some dark shit in this show. And still, you end up relating to these characters and fall for them. Yes, Harvey and Sabrina are still totes adorable. I just wish there was dark version of Libby.

The camera work on the show is something that is my biggest problem with it. It’s more so the effects they added in post-production. Sometimes it works but other times it’s just annoying and takes away from what’s going on in the shot. I get what they were trying to do with it but it doesn’t always stick. It does more harm than good.

The show also has a tad bit of the same issues that “Riverdale” has as well when it comes to pacing. Luckily for “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” it’s more so that I wanted them to expand on things and not rush through things. It was so fast paced sometimes that you didn’t notice story lines that much. Like, the season finale should have been two episodes instead of just one. While it was an enjoyable and thrilling finale, it could have been more epic. There was also minor plot holes but you can rule that off as just being because of magic. They had a magical induced orgy on the show.

Verdict

“Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” is a must watch show. It’s thrilling and will keep you into the show for months to come. I highly recommend checking it out, especially if you enjoy what’s going on in the River-verse. Don’t worry, I’ll work on a better name. It is very dark. If you aren’t into dark show, then I wouldn’t watch it. But it’s more freaky and creepy than scary. It will leave you with mixture of feeling shook and creeped out.

Rating: 4 out of 5

 

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