Gritty and bleak are the best words to describe this film. There’s nothing happy about it — I can’t recall a time that someone smiles or laughs, but that’s fine. Sometimes you have a twisted desire to find entertainment in a movie that doesn’t provide any semblance of positivity.

The Devil All the Time is based off the book of the same name, and is about a group of troubled and strange people living in rural Ohio and West Virginia. The film begins after World War II and ends sometime in the 1960s. …


It’s rare for me to feel embarrassed while watching a movie, yet here we are. Unknown Origins is a Spanish murder mystery about people getting killed in specific ways — they imitate the origins of famous superheroes.

At first, the movie starts out promising. The deaths are gruesome; one victim has his heart removed and dies in a suit of armor (imitating Iron Man), showing that the film means business. This is going to be a mature and dark film.

Nope.

While the film still carries other dark elements, it unceremoniously spirals into cringy comedy. The problem mainly lies in…


Lucifer premiered back in 2016, but I discovered it recently and caught up just in time for season 5 — and I’ve got to say, it’s one hell of an entertaining show. Lucifer is about the devil himself living in Los Angeles because he’s bored of Hell. While in the City of Angels, he owns a nightclub and solves crime for the LAPD. The show first premiered on FOX, but was cancelled after its third season. Fortunately, Netflix picked it up, and now the show’s in its 5th season. The first part of season 5 just came out, but it’s…


With the live-action Mulan coming to Disney+ next month, I thought it would be nice to look back at the original, 1998 classic. Mulan (1998) follows the titular character on her quest to save China, and while doing so, she disguises herself as a young man to join the army.

The character of Mulan (Ming-Na Wen) is one of Disney’s best heroines. She’s brave, kicks butt, and has a kill count. What other Disney character has killed hundreds of Huns by crushing them with an avalanche? No one.


Cursed is based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel, and is a retelling of the Arthurian legend with a twist. Instead of King Arthur gaining Excalibur, a teenage sorceress named Nimue (Katherine Langford) does. Her people — the Fey — are being hunted down, and so Nimue will do whatever it takes to save them.

I would describe this Netflix show as the edgy little cousin of The Witcher. Both shows have the same mature rating, but Cursed is definitely geared towards teens despite its crazy amount of violence. …


As noted in the headline, I didn’t like this movie. Not to say it’s the worst thing ever, but it’s just…meh. Nothing much to it. Very generic. No surprises. At the very least, the cast is diverse so I’ll give it that.

Fatal Affair is about Ellie (Nia Long), a lawyer who attempts to fix her relationship with her husband, Marcus (Stephen Bishop) after she nearly hooks up with her old friend, David (Omar Epps). David turns out to be a little obsessed with Ellie, and will do whatever it takes to win her.

This is yet another thriller from…


Could it be? Is there finally a Netflix original that engrossed me from start to finish after months of mediocrity? Yes. Now, while this film isn’t the best I’ve seen from Netflix, it’s still a fun watch.

Based off the comic book series of the same name, The Old Guard is about a group of immortal mercenaries led by Andy (Charlize Theron). For hundreds of years, they’ve fought in wars, killed terrorists, and helped humanity in other ways. However, being immortal comes with a heavy price.

As mentioned before, this is a fun film to watch. It’s not groundbreaking or…


Ten years ago, one of the worst movies came to theaters. Not only was it an embarrassment to cinema, but it was an embarrassment to the show it was based on: Avatar The Last Airbender.

Directed by M. Night Shyamalan, The Last Airbender follows the story of Aang (Noah Ringer), a young monk who has the ability to control all four elements: water, earth, fire and air. He lives in a world where a majority of people can control only one of those elements, and he must stop the Fire Nation from conquering everything.

As mentioned, this is an adaptation…


It’s been a while since I’ve watched a Netflix original that wasn’t vulgar or bleak. During this pandemic and other crazy things going on in the world, you might want to watch something that won’t bring you down.

A Whisker Away is Netflix’s latest Japanese animated original, about a teenage girl named Miyo (Mirai Shida) who is in love with her classmate, Hinode (Natsuki Hanae). Miyo struggles to win his affection, but one day, she gains the ability to turn into a cat. …


In the wake of current events where the United States is not so united right now, let’s return to a time where everyone appeared united: when Black Panther released.

The film was the first in the MCU to star a black superhero; not only that, it had an all-star collection of a primarily Black cast. Black Panther was also helmed by African American director, Ryan Coogler, who had directed Fruitvale Station and Creed beforehand.

Praise for Black Panther sparked several months before it came out. Social media was overwhelmed by the praise, and hashtags such as #BlackPanther and #WakandaForever were…

Lauren Massuda

Fiction writer, movie/TV buff, gamer and writer at Incluvie

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