Ariana Grande releases docuseries about ‘Dangerous Woman’ series

Still feeling like a Dangerous Woman

On Thursday, November 29th Ariana Grande pulled a Shane Dawson and released a docuseries that focused on her 2017 “Dangerous Woman” tour. “Dangerous Woman Diaries” were highly anticipated as it was a behind the scenes look at the tour and looked like it would also have performances on there. The release of this docuseries also happens to hype her newest video “Thank U, Next.” Well timed, Miss Butera, well timed.

CLICK HERE FOR THE REVIEW OF “DANGEROUS WOMAN” ALBUM

Before I go any further into the review, let’s get one thing straight: I’m very glad she released the “Dangerous Woman Diaries.” I wasn’t able to go to see the tour so I didn’t experience it. I’m stating this first because here is the part where I have to nonobjective and review it like I would any other. As a Ariana Grande fan, I enjoyed it. But as a journalist and reviewer, I had mixed feelings. 

“Dangerous Woman Diaries” is pretty much your standard concert movie. It full of the performances from the tour as well as little behind the scenes bits from tour and Ariana’s life. It’s split into four different episodes: one episode covers “Sweetener” and the other three is the tour and performances. It’s all amateur footage as well. So there are times where it’s like you are literally watching the video on YouTube, which is where the series is ironically, and there’s also times that it looks likes a full production.

I honestly liked how personal the series felt. You got a closer look at what’s its like to be on tour with Ariana as well as got to get see how close their crew is thoughout the tour. The footage help and hurt the overall experience. While the raw handy cam footage worked for those personal moments, it hurt the performances. There was times where you would have professional HD footage that look something that you would get on a full fledge concert DVD. Then it go to handy cam footage that was good quality but something that you would have found on YouTube from a fan. It’s sketchy but not as clear as the previous footage. It literally looks like a fan-made DVD of the concert. There you go, I said it!

I can forgive the fan-made DVD aspect but here are the unforgive able things that I just can’t let slide. After the first episode, they have given “Dangerous Woman Diaries” a TV-MA. What is funny about that is the fact it’s still censored. And it’s not like casually censored. Take her performance of “Everyday.” When she sings “He’s giving me that good shit/that makes me not quit,” a loud and obnoxious bleep is played when shit comes up. This is for most swear words like that you don’t really ear on TV before 9 PM.  I’m pretty sure she just trolling us but like, why? Why give something a TV-MA rating and have it censored like that? I reminded me of that Miley concert DVD that did the same thing. It’s unnecessary and making me think it’s going to uncensored. We’ve heard Ariana swear before so don’t censor it.

The fact that this entire docuseries seems like a half-assed rush job is the biggest downfall. Between the editing and some of the things they decided to do with it, I feel like Frankie edited for 50k followers, a pack of glitter, and 50 cents in iMovie. It’s less of the concert footage but more so on the overall product. Like the last episode, which covers the Manchester bombings, is just one rushed product.

Some of the performances aren’t the full songs. The parts about the bombings are just blocks of text letter before an emotional performance of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Like if they combined the two, it would have been some much better. Also would have added me or emotion to it. Reading that letter killed any emotion. I don’t if it was supposed to be like that or a last minute decision. I just wish they would have spent more time on the entire series.

Verdict

“Dangerous Woman Diaries” isn’t a bad docuseries at all. Again, I enjoyed it as a Ariana Grande fan. It allowed me to see what everyone was talking about when they discussing her tour. The rushed final product and the unneeded censorship on something that’s rated TV-MA is really what brought it down a little bit. I do recommend watching this. It does give you more insight on “Sweetener” and Ariana herself. All of the “Dangerous Woman Diaries” episodes is currently available on YouTube Premium, formerly YouTube Red. If you don’t have YouTube Premium, then one will released a week. Again, I do recommend checking it out. 

Rating: 5 out of 5

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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: 5 out of 5

 

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Time to go to school in Netflix newest series ‘Elite’

El cinturón de seguridad, Perras

As you may or may not already know, I have a deep love and wish to be in a Telenovela. That’s a Spanish soap opera. It’s something about people being overly dramatic and randomly yell “Que?” that peaks my interest. Netflix recently released a new telenovela that has me yelling at the television. In case you have lived under a rock, don’t worry-I got you covered.

Doesn’t this show look like life?

“Elite” is a mixture of “Riverdale” meets “Gossip Girl.” Netflix then takes that and gives it a shot of heroin. The show follows a mystery as a student has been murdered in the middle of a class war. The wealthy students aren’t fans of the new non-wealthy students that arrived due to an accident that closed down their school. The show follows the history of events that occurred leading up to the murder of the student. It also covers topics like Islamophobia, sexuality, relationships, and drug use. All the good teen drama topics.

The show itself is well paced and keeping everything interest as you really don’t have an idea who is the actual killer is until the very last moments. Each character is interesting and you actually get time to know the characters. There really wasn’t a character that I hated because you know the back story for each character and their motivates for why they are doing things. So you just feel bad for them instead of just hate them. I did hate some of the parents but that is what you get when you deal with the teen telenovela.

This isn’t your grandmother telenovela. It’s rated TV-MA. Like, its graphic when it comes to sex. You will see a lot of ass, very nice asses, and boobs. There’s also a lot of simulated sex, both hetero and homosexual sex. We’ll get into that tea a little lower down in this. Honestly, it’s nothing new but there’s just lots of sex happening. It makes sense since they are all horny teenagers with money and good looks. They are pretty much just banging each other.

This show has so much LGBTQA that it’s EVERYTHING. There’s a gay couple who is struggling with acceptance of their family and friends. They are off and on during the series, like in any good telenovela. They are cute too. There’s even some experimenting between two men and like it does DOWN for them. The representation in this show was just so nice to see. Even the fact they show different sides of family and friends accepting their son’s sexuality. They really did do an amazing job with LGBTQA in this show. I honestly cannot wait to see what will happen in season two.

The Verdict

Overall, I highly recommend watching “Elite.” There is an English audio track that can you use to still enjoy the goodness that is “Elite.” It’s like those old school Japanese Godzilla movies. I’m going to listen to the Spanish audio with English subtitles the next time around I watch it. I’m going to watch it again. I really enjoyed it. It did take a while for it to get good. When it got good, it was SO GOOD. It’s 8 episodes with each being one hour. It’s honestly worth binging. My only complaint is that the end felt a little rushed. I wish that they would have gone more in-depth about it.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Show Review: ‘Charmed’

Charmed again

Yesterday, the newest reboot of 2018 debuted on the CW. The rebirth of “Charmed.” The originally aired from 1998 to 2006 on the WB, the original incarnation of the CW. The reboot of the series has been met with a lot of controversies due to the outcry of the OG Charmed cast and fans about not having any input from the original team that made the franchise what it was.

Click here for my thoughts on the “Charmed” trailer

Now, I was a fan of the original series expect a little comparison. But I watched the new series with an open mind and heart. I recently just binged the OG “Charmed” because of nostalgia. Here’s also my overall thoughts on this reboot before seeing it. Let’s get this out-of-the-way: this isn’t the original series and only name and premise. That isn’t a bad thing. In fact, I like the fact that it’s not trying to be the OG series. This “Charmed” has a little bit of a darker tone to it. It’s on the CW and everything there is mostly dark and twisty. It’s trying to be its own dark and twisty thing. The first episode wasn’t spectacular but it was a better start than what some would have thought it to be. It didn’t drag me into it but at the same time it did send up what to expect. It also ended on a cliffhanger which is how all good CW shows end. In case you couldn’t guess, it’s a stereotypical CW show. My major complaint is that it seems very much rushed. It felt like they put a two-part episode into one hour. They really didn’t let you get to know the sister beside a little bit in the beginning, which was only two of them. I really don’t know anything about them besides they are sisters. I wasn’t given time to get interested or digest their characters. If you were to ask me their names, I wouldn’t be able to. There was also plot points that they just did but didn’t really touch again. It mainly came towards the end when they thought they defeated the monster of the week. I wish they would have given us more time with the characters than what we have gotten. And while I like that it doing its own thing, I wish that it would have still slightly acknowledged the previous show. It does come across that it could care less about its heritage. Even just little nods to the original would have been nice. But I can see why the original actresses are a little bit pissed now. It’s like they don’t exist anymore nor the show that is the reason the new one is there. Overall, “Charmed” doesn’t seem like its going to be bad. In fact, it looks like it’s going to be a good show. The premiere showed good promise in the series. I just wished that it wasn’t so rushed and we got a little more time with the sisters. Hopefully, they can work out the kinks and make this new “Charmed” just as good as the original.

Rating: 5 out of 5

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