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Jungle Cruise (2021)
I enjoyed the part where the Rock,Dwayne Johnson, played himself for the 97th time in regards to movies! Cheers Disney ! Thanks Rocky!! Thanks Disney magic!!
In my humble opinion, Wanted is an overlooked, underrated, stylish, fun, violent, adrenaline-filled action crime thriller that doesn't stop what it's doing, it just goes all in, full force, and it is terrifically entertaining, funny, and dare I even say, unique? The style, concept and some of the action in the movie they're fantastic. I love the performances, the dialogue is good and the directing and plot are good. It feels like a breath of fresh air for Assassin movies (well, at the time.) and has some exceptional, albeit gruesome action/fight scenes. I love it, very underrated and by the way, Wesley is a great character. I like Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman a lot in this film, but McAvoy is such a great lead role here. It's a pumped up, brutal assassin extravaganza. So fun.
Sons of Anarchy: NS (2010)
One of the Greatest Episodes of Any Show I've Ever Seen
Sons of Anarchy is not my personal number one show ever, but it is an easy top five, mostly because I love the whole biker/outlaw theme for the show, I love the brotherly love/relationships, the dark nature, the comedic scenes, the acting, for the most part the writing, the action, and I really like most of the characters/actors in their respective roles. I also enjoy the whole central character storyline of Jax. While I can admit there are some faults, some weaker episodes/moments and some things that should have been done differently, for the course of its run, the show is excellent, engaging, bold, thrilling, and entertaining to say the least. Some things here and there might be obnoxious, or even boring, and some characters you just end up purely disliking because they are written to be such villains, their antagonist side shows their acting skill. And in this episode, NS.. what can I say that hasn't already been said, about this masterpiece? From the minute it starts, each time I watch it I enjoy it so much, let me tell you. The writing, the characters, the, I guess conflicts?, the directing, the acting, the twists/turning points, the execution, the entire concept/style/subject of the episode is astounding, to make matters better, not worse, the last 15/20 minutes alone are truly terrific, jaw-dropping and genius. You definitely don't expect it, and in part this is thanks to the exceptional performances.
I often think this show was overshadowed by Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Sherlock and some other series. Don't get me wrong, they're great, and I especially love Breaking Bad, it's probably my third personal fav series of all time, with Sons being right behind at number four. I just think this gets overlooked, but it is a very well-written, shocking, and satisfying series all the same. The antagonists in particular here, you don't like them, and their portrayals, done very well. There are two main ones here, and they nail it, they truly give great performances. As for the protagonists, from Jax to Opie to, uhhh... Clay I guess lol, to Tara, Gemma, Tig, to Unser to Chibbs and beyond, are all superb and bring in the usual strong portrayals to their characters. The episode is violent, dark, satisfying, unbelievable, chilling, epic and even thought-provoking because of its twist. How it's done I have to give my applause.
I think if you're searching for a worthwhile, funny, gritty, violent, serious, daring, poignant, grim, dark, cheerful, joyous, haunting, action-packed, memorable, riveting, and just all round awesome crime thriller drama series all in one, you might just end up loving the show. NS is one of the best, if not best episode of the whole series. It is undeniably unforgettable. It conveys the plot so well in the end, once you've seen it, you are in shock, so i and many others have felt and believe. The actors do a great job, the build up, pacing, directing, dialogue, they're all brilliant. I wouldn't change anything in NS. I think it's a stunning episode, with gruesome turns, long-awaited moments and further adds to the already deep, dark, broken, sophisticated story. Amazing. 10/10, easy 10/10.
I enjoyed this a lot
Once the credits rolled up and it was finally over.
Friends: The Reunion (2021)
You and I, we waited over fifteen years for a Friends Reunion, or, at the very least, we hoped there would be a reunion one day. Whether or not we thought it would happen, or if we didn't necessarily count on it, we still had that little bit of hope. And then, we finally get the reunion. And guess what, friend, it's terrible. A completely forced, cash-grabbing snoozefest, with a host so moronic, unfunny and irksome, you would rather just turn it off and go watch even the weakest episodes of the series while laying on a bed of nails. I don't love Friends like I'm some overly-dedicated diehard fanatic, however, for a long period of my life, I did. Over the last few years I haven't enjoyed it just as much, considering I've watched each episode maybe forty times each, but I still really like it and a good, some 20-30 episodes I even love, and they bring me some happiness. They're mostly from the first 5/6 seasons of the show, the ones I enjoy the most. But in its entirety, a good show. And then we have this here; this was unnecessary, unfunny, and I didn't feel like it was heartwarming or touching, it was just boring and, if anything, I think we deserved a lot better. They're, at least one or two of them, hundred millionaires, and all have tons of money - I think more work should've been put into this completely uncalled-for get-together, one which could have played out so much better, had there been more love, care and just a tiny bit of effort put into it to make it something special. Again, I like the show, and I love parts of it, but this was just horrible. Pretty sad. If you enjoyed it, that's cool. I didn't like any of it other than seeing the six of them together again, but even that wasn't enough to bring more than a smile or two. Imo, what a shame.
The Forever Purge (2021)
Woke, tiresome, anti-American, blatant political garbage that wastes what's left of a half-decent movie franchise. To people saying, "Ignore the haters!!" or "Ignore the bad reviews" - Why? Why should we? Everybody deserves to read negative reviews just as much as they're allowed and deserve to read the positive reviews on something. You're allowed to dislike something, you know. Oh, wait. Nah, it's 2021, you're not. And I have one last thing to say: worst of the entire series, hands down. It makes The First Purge look like a masterpiece of epic proportions.
Army of the Dead (2021)
How a month and a bit can change your perspective
Admittedly, I really liked this the first time I watched it. Having watched it a couple times since then, not so much. I have given it a generous 6/10 for these reasons only: the characters of Vanderohe, Dieter and Zeus, the cinematography (this is not including the blurriness and out of focus stuff, which was awful, but more the way it was filmed, less of its focus - because the actual camera focus and a lot to do with the look of the film, not the overall, like, style, was bad. Made me dizzy), the music, and the concept regarding the Alphas and the other zombies. What the film fails to provide is a coherent enough plot, especially in its execution, subtle comedy, should there be any, pacing and character development (Scott and his stupid daughter doesn't count). Also, not to mention, the plethora of dumb decisions and plot holes is enough to deduct a few points. I think I enjoyed it more when I first saw this movie, because at the time was in a worse place and I guess I let the hype cloud my judgement. I don't hate the movie, but I don't love it. I'm almost neutral at the moment, and if I could give a 5.5/10 I would, but I have to round to a 6/10 on IMDb. Kate was the worst thing about the film. She is irksome, naive, boring and obnoxious. Her decisions are extremely stupid and she's annoying from the start right to the end. Main star protagonist Scott Ward portrayed by Drax the Batista isn't anything special, he really does look like he's trying to hold in a sneeze throughout the entirety of the movie.
The safecracker, Dieter was my fav character, in spite of the fact that didn't really need him in many ways, given the plot holes etc. I won't even mention them because not only is there an abundance worth but every negative review pretty much mentions them, so take a look at those. Although I did enjoy the camera work, I enjoyed its style more than the look, because the out of focus blurry stuff really irritates you. It is a grim film to even just look at. It looks murky and jumbled and bad, but the actual cinematography itself minus this muddy blurriness is good. The character of Zeus was great but dude come on, your grunt sounds like a wild boar. And the queen, much like the other alphas, moved around as if they were Olympic contestant runners. The concept is good enough, but how it's conveyed and executed kinda sucks. Vanderohe was a better protagonist than Dave The Destroyer, so it kinda sucked that although he survives, he, too, will die. The blatant callbacks to other movies such as Aliens was more like a ripoff than influence, sorry Zack. I loved how the film depicts a bank heist in Vegas, but a lot of the stuff which takes place there (excluding the irrational decisions and devoid of logic moments) looks and is bad. Tig Notaro's dry humour was abysmal, I just couldn't stand her. There are a few annoying characters, mostly, though, these are Batista bomb's daughter Kate, her irrelevant friend Geeta and Martin. This idiot really just wants to cause mayhem and throw more logic out the door.
It's quite tiresome as well, given it runs for more than 2 hours 20 mins but could have easily been pulled off at 1 hour 30 to 1 hour 45 tops. Too much unnecessary bickering, poor dialogue or an amalgamation or bad pacing and moments that didn't even need to be a part of it overall, like, anyway at all. For example, cut out all the father and daughter reconciliation and some other stuff and of course the Kate character herself, you'd get a better movie. It doesn't make sense that Zeus can outrun - or outhorse,rather, a helicopter that has a head start, same with there being detonations and traps in a casino for a vault, and why (my fav character) Dieter pushed Vanderohe in the safe, when he could have jumped in as well, and how come the zombies can take an elevator but they can't jump over a few containers, is beyond me, but, again, I will leave you read other reviewer's stuff on here. So, i still enjoyed a few characters, some visuals, some action, a little of the story, some cinematography and I guess the music,but otherwise it's a poor one from Zack, even though I respect the guy a lot. Watch it if you're drunk or need to shut off your brain or want a mid Saturday popcorn film.
The Leftovers (2014)
Pseudo-deep, devoid of a good storyline execution, not saying the writing is majorly bad, but it's just executed poorly. Irksome characters you can't connect with and they're either bland, boring or just make some weird or awful decisions and you question their integrity and them as a whole. The overuse of that stupid music it includes too, it just gets repetitive and tiresome. Acting is fine/good but again, they're not the best characters. I think Eccleston is a great actor but is it just me, or does he fail to achieve a good and believable accent in hand with his character? As the show progresses I find myself less enthused and actually quite annoyed. I'm done with this show, it's painfully average at best; like, if you're a fan, then that's cool, but I just can't enjoy it or get into it, this myriad of utter garbage with inconsistencies and although the atmosphere and acting can be good, I just can't engage with this writing/execution/the characters. Open mind and really wanted to like it, unfortunately it is another series that's overhyped and is egregiously, horribly monotonous after a while.
Lolll please no more
John Cena and the CCP
Cars in space
Illusion of Fun
And again, Family.
Fear Street: 1994 (2021)
What even was that? Wow was that hot garbage. Won't continue with the others.
The Punisher: Home (2017)
Every time I watch this it gets better
This has to be the best fifty minutes of any MCU or Marvel related show for me personally, and maybe even film included, too
It has excellent and I mean excellent acting, it's convincing and real and just very good, deranged and brutal yet creative, intricate and dark camera angles/choreography/cinematography, it has perhaps one of the most satisfying and best payoffs and climaxes ever, and it was written very well, and not to mention its music is epic, and towards the epic and bloody end of the face off between Rawlins and Castle it gets goosebumps inducing, the moments with Micro and his family were convincing and done well too. Really interesting and good co-character and subplot
The moments between Billy and Frank have to be my favourite overall, but that end payoff when Frank rises from the chair is beautiful. It was just so awesome, it gave me goosebumps, and I watched it again and it still does that because it is unbelievably good TV imo
The anxiety, adrenaline, and pacing all in one, it's both nerve racking and intense, with the shocking twist including Billy Russo, who's also fantastic, being my second or third favourite moment, where he cuts the lock clips on Franks hands
Unreal how good it really is, peak Punisher, peak Marvel. Love it.
Better Call Saul: Bagman (2020)
Better Call Saul up until now has been a great story. For me it's close to Breaking Bad level with its outstanding fifth season. Honestly, the show just gets better and better. There have been some extraordinarily good episodes and some absolutely great. Needless to say, it's a fantastic series
And "Bagman" was rest assured, the best episode yet in my opinion. I seriously cannot wait to see how "Bad Choice Road" plays out and whether or not, it will top this. I think the cinematography/look/lighting for this episode, angles and shots all the way to colours, was absolutely beautiful and breathtaking even in some shots. The look of this episode and its directing and how it was captured seriously took my breath away
As for the acting and writing it is a beyond stellar, it is top tier pretty much. Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks were truly phenomenal in their roles. Lalo and Kim had a pretty good scene too and Kim was great in this one, too
There were a few phenomenal and genuinely flawless scenes in particular, this is where I mention a few spoilers but they're my favourite parts, and their attention to detail is superb:
The shot Mike takes and misses, I love that he misses so it shows that as great as humans are and can be, we still make mistakes. And he misses. But bang, not a half a minute later and he takes the shot and it is one of the best sniper-related moments I have ever seen, the car becomes absolute undeniable mush. Mike is still the best. It is a seriously compelling moment that gets you anxious wonder how it will play out. Another was Jimmy finally giving in and basically saying "Yup, whatever. I just don't care now" and he drinks his pee. Legit drinks it. But you can see why. He's been though all this and just wants a drink. "Screw it.. what's done is done" type of attitude and it was both sad as it was funny. And also, I loved Jimmy's idea in the first place and his confidence that kinda pushes past the "near giving up" attitude, so he wants it just over and done with, and walks on out with the sheet reflecting so the driver notices him, setting the shot up to begin with. These are all pretty much connected but they're my favourites and this was a Breaking bad level episode hands down. I love this show. Cannot wait to see this next episode and the finale. 10/10 for me
Breaking Bad: One Minute (2010)
Forgot how great this one was
If I ever forgot just how intense and truly wonderful from start to finish an episode of Breaking Bad was, it was this masterful work of art. I mention this in a lot of my reviews cuz it's a favourite and particular important thing of mine regarding films that I like to see done splendidly and that is the cinematography/camera work/choreography and Breaking Bad is a delight when it comes to those. Scenery and lighting/colour too
Another thing it does exceptionally well. It is a beautiful show to look at, with details and various colour schemes and lighting, as well as angles and shots that are long and up close, which this one does well, again. The plot in this one is excellent too, it's like part one of two is over for this series if it were divided. I won't spoilt it but if you have watched this one, then you know it's intense and shocking and anxiety inducing probably come first time viewing. Even still, to this day it gets me worked up
Aaron Paul is out of this world in this episode Hospital scene 34 minutes in is unreal acting, master class piece there, undeniably. Dean Norris was truly brilliant as well. Whole cast incredible, intelligent and as connected as ever going into its end, which is both haunting and melancholic as it is smart, dark, unsettling, and heart racing. But in regards to this episode, as I said, it is so great
I am amazed with how good at the writing was even just three seasons in. It simply is a top tier series and not overrated or overhyped I'd anything of that regard in my honest opinion. It's just good old, or should I say great old, simply peak TV viewing. Can't believe it finished over 7 years ago. Amazing show to this day the best
Better Call Saul (2015)
Better Call Saul - Slow-burn drama with great payoffs, amazing dialogue, marvellous shots and genius writing / directing
Well, I feel, now in time, I can safely and finally write some sort of review for Better Call Saul, at least based off what I have seen. I have watched all of Better Call Seasons One and Two, some episodes more than once, like the pilot "Uno" I have watched three times; however this was years ago and I feel I didn't watch them properly and thoroughly- the way I should have watched it, should have been how I watched Breaking Bad: undivided and full attention, watching it naturally and enjoying it. Maybe I wasn't enjoying BCS back then? I don't think so. I just didn't pick up on it because the way life was then, so on, so forth. But I have also watched one or two from even its third series. For now, what I want to say is this:
Better Call Saul is a tremendously put together, and expertly written series. There's possibly a couple flaws up until now, but very little of that. Like its successor and the worldwide great that is Breaking Bad, the writing is fantastic. Each scene is conveyed well, the dialogue is usually the best thing for me, if not the incredible cinematography or just the writing and plot of the episodes themselves. The characters are lovable, and what's great is you have characters from Breaking Bad and characters created for this series, which I find brilliant of course. Mike is superb, I love the backstory and more to his character. The character development in general for this show is outstanding. Jimmy is excellent, and Bob gives an exceptional role as does Jonathan playing Mike, but pretty much the entire cast including co are terrific. Seeing the likes of Tuco and Mike and Gus etc is brilliant. The scenes with Tuco are swell, I cannot get over the scene with Trevor from GTA and Mike. The way Mike takes his gun had me in hysterics. And the scenes with Mike and Jimmy are the best. Whether together or the separate scenes. And Chuck is truly an astounding character as a whole also given the marvellous acting.
Absolutely breathtaking camera work all round this show has, the close ups, long shots, colour and variety is exquisite. The attention all down to the last bit of detail and the wide to close up shots, it's just amazing. It's excellent and smart and just wonderfully written as a serial drama, crime drama, tragedy, and even comedy drama. It's hilarious at times, not forced, just naturally funny. The team have done a splendid and seriously awesome job with the show. Vince, you have done it again.
Don't listen to people at all if they tell you it's too slow or boring. No way is this show any of that. It's nothing short of a masterpiece and that's only having seen the first 20-25 or so episodes. This is a truly great series and I cannot wait to see where it goes and what's to come.
The Walking Dead in its prime
Although it is not my favourite episode, The Day Will Come When You Won't Be is one of my favourite episodes and remains one of the best, it's as dark and haunting as it is gruesome, disturbing and empathetic. It's a very divided episode but remains one of the top in my book. Negan is excellent. The entire cast here is brilliant top to bottom. I remember watching this and it was so good it made me pick up in the graphic novel series. Four years and bit later, I think it's a peak episode, one of the true pinnacles as to why it's such a loved, talked about, engaging, massive worldwide series. It's sick, twisted, alarming, and anxiety inducing and by far one of the best of the entire show all in. A top 5 possibly in all of TWD. The show has created such a bleak atmosphere and outlook here. Amazing.
Breaking Bad: Granite State (2013)
It's a perfect penultimate episode. You could even consider this the finale if you see Felina as Walt's dream, dying dream, death wish, something or other of some sort I don't know. This is a masterpiece. Why are people all of a sudden giving 1/10s they don't mean? Or are they not meaning what they say? I see people, mostly on Ozymandias, giving frankly absurd reasons for why they're giving it or have given it a 1/10 or even a 2/10 or something. Absolutely ludicrous. Everything great about a series is present in Ozymandias- and Breaking Bad altogether
One of the best and a strong contender for best of series one
The episode that I felt took the show to a new height. The episodes leading up to this were excellent, the Pilot is particularly exquisite and one of the best of the show in my honest opinion. But so is Crazy Handful of Nothin', which just shows that Breaking Bad was set to be a masterpiece. The acting, the dialogue, the drama, the comedy, the writing, directing, attention to detail, camera work, lighting, even the story itself by this point is pretty much 10/10 for me. I saw somebody write about a possible flaw about the detonation? I think it's just the one piece that were the explosive, the rest not. The single piece isn't meth. The rest of the bag is. Walt throws the piece that shakes Tuco enough to which it results in him "working" with Walt. It's bravo and brilliance here, no less. Walt is a complete legend in this one alone lol. It's got just about one of the very best moments in the series (aforementioned) and Tuco is a great character, too. Jesse, Hank, Mike, Saul, Gus... this series wrote down some of the best characters we've ever had in a series. This is a solid and easy 10 for me. It's absolutely amazing, pure class. Not to mention, it's hilarious how Walt acts once he's, uh... ahem.. gotten their attention. Bryan Cranston can act calm, nervous, excited, happy, thrilled, angry, vicious... so on, so on. Iconic.
Smallville: Salvation (2010)
Epic - everything is brilliant and shot brilliantly; great writing, dialogue, action, drama, pure heart-racing thrills and shots, emotional... More than delivers
Everything about Salvation is absolutely brilliant, epic, emotional, thrilling, fun, engaging, and beautifully shot. The last fifteen or so minutes alone are enough to warrant a 10/10 because it gets me right in the feels. There's something special about the writing/storytelling in series 9 I think. It's almost a touch darker, and Zod (played by Callum Blue) is fantastic, both the character and I like the actors' portrayal a lot. Clark is a true hero.
This is why as much as I love Batman, I might just, indeed, love Superman all that little bit more, all round, because of the brilliance that is Smallville. Superman was never my best superhero growing up but was always a favourite. But these days he's pretty much the favourite, thank you particularly this wonderful show
Tom Welling is great as the young Man of Steel, I always say, and this finale is something of pure epic proportions. It's pretty much the pinnacle moment of series nine if there were one. Not just a scene, but this episode in its entirety, and that end fight between Zod and Clark is the best! I love it. I love the camera angles / work / cinematography for the fight especially.
The rain touches were beautiful and I love the little details that are there. If most superhero shows were as consistent as Smallville, as good, I'd never tire of ever watching them but unfortunately- imo few come so close. I like Legends of Tomorrow and some of Arrow here and there. Couldn't get into much else but I'm always grateful for Smallville. This is peak superhero action drama with so much nostalgia, it's awesome, just the best you're gonna get IMO. Clark risks himself big time. It's a great one. Enjoy as much as I do hopefully :)
Cobra Kai: Miyagi-Do (2021)
Karate Kid II fans will love this especially
Chozen is back, Kumiko is back, Daniel is in Okinawa. This is a brilliant and very nostalgia inducing episode. If you're a fan of the Karate Kid films - II especially - you will love S3 Episode 5 "Miyagi-Do". The tension, involvement and rivalry between Cobra Kai and Miyagi-Do students escalates and runs deeper. Conflict, anxiety, fear, and pressure all in one. It's a sad but also fun and heartfelt episode. The sparring between Chozen and Daniel is fantastic, nicely choreographed and a great throwback to the second movie, they are both epic and funny, as for the scenes with Kumiko, like the previous they're great too. The episode leads to Daniel meeting the girl he saved during the Typhoon in the second movie also, who helps save Daniel's business as she is Senior VP. of sales International for Doyoda. The episode, while not my number one favourite of season three, is epically shot and beautifully written. It's probably the second best of this series imo.
Cobra Kai: King Cobra (2021)
Cobra Kai really shows us just how great a series it is with the third one. This episode was smart, brutal, and just awesome. Hawk is really becoming one of my absolute favourite characters. This in my opinion was a top five episode of series 3. You guys will love it.
Breathtaking fantasy epic with incredible choreography/cinematography, acting, directing and more - best in my opinion
If you're going to separate these films into three parts like they were released, as much as I adore all three, with them all getting a 9.5/10 or higher from me personally, I would have to give the upper hand to instalment number one, The Fellowship of the Ring - a marvellous, beautiful, stunning achievement and one of my favourite films of all time. Glorious, triumphant, epic, and just bedazzling. It is nearly absurd how incredible the battles are, how amazing the acting is, the directing is on its own level, and the writing of course excellent. I don't actually think I read the books in school, however I did read one of the books in high school, as well as the Hobbit. Needless to say I love the book, but as a film fan, personally the films do it even better for me. And I really love original work. But this is just a tremendous thing to behold. Despite it not having the newest effects, a little outdated, they look amazing in their own right and were perfect for these films and looked superb back then especially. The films take fantasy to new heights, the film is exciting, heartfelt, ambitious, and extremely engaging, having you evokes and catching you in its net from the the opening moments. I am particularly fond of the characters in these LotR films, especially the Orcs, Uruk-Hai, the Hobbits, and characters such as Aragorn, The Nazgûl, Gollum, etc. Sauron is another. Every time I watch The Fellowship of the Ring I'm engaged, captivated, and have a truly wonderful and by all means definitely fun time. It is an exquisite movie that is near unmatched. I would have to say act two and three are perfect, but the beginning is also great and I love the Shire. Regarding LoTR FotR, the design/set locations/scenery/lighting and concept of this film and its characters are all just... they're something, seriously. They are on a completely different kind of tier. It's fantastic.
Cobra Kai: Fire and Ice (2019)
Some of the very best of the second series of Coba Kai
This episode is excellent. It's particularly good for Cobra Kai and Miyagi Do fans alike - well, that is until the end, as Cobra Kai gets the victory once they ambush the Miyagi Do performance. The writing is solid, consistent, and very open to ideas at this point, driven both by nostalgia and lots of contemporaries. The throwbacks to the films, again, brilliant. As I've said in a previous review the elements / influence from the first film alone, very much prominent in both series one and two alike, is great, and that only adds to the greatness and carefulness of this show. The paid attention to little details that throwback to the original movie can be both seen and heard, from Golf'N'Stuff, seen in S1, to the music, and even just little nuances in between. The episode is very good, the name really represents the episode as much as possible, both sides, one fire, one ice. It reminds me of Subzero and Scorpion of Mortal Kombat. The moment that steals the episode are Miguel and Johnny's particularly touching scene in the diner across from the hospital where Robby was born. That alone was just great, showing the father-son bond. You can tell without doubt Johnny loves his son Robby, but they successfully show a father figure in Johnny with Miguel too, and ultimately it's one of the show's defining running topics. The episode features Kreese once again, who does make this series two all the more enjoyable, tense, and just fun. He's a great antagonist, I'm glad they brought him back. The episode is good for setting up a more serious rivalry between the dojo's, which in itself leads to the great closing moments of the series two finale.
Cobra Kai: Counterbalance (2018)
Should have stayed at 9/10
This episode is essentially one of the very best of the series thus far, I'll even go so far as to say it is a top five maybe even top three episode overall. It is almost inspiring, older kids and teens seeing Miguel training and rising victoriously is in my eyes a great way of showing to stand up for yourself, as well as training and pushing yourself to the limit. Of course maybe not necessarily initiating the fight, but he was sticking up for - who he at the time probably fought could not stand up for herself - a girl whose ex and pals were bothering her and even mentioning her dad out of disrespect. That alone is great, and is a standout moment for me - well, both the training intro which I honestly love, and of course the school scene with Miguel and Sam, and Kyler etc. Of course at this point Miguel has just officially become 'himself', but by the end of series two it is quite obvious he is by far the best student of them all, and undeniably Robbie is second. Miguel is brilliant in this episode, and the acting I will say, pretty great, too. William Zabka is also fantastic as Johnny Lawrence and outshines Ralph Maccio, who I would say is the next best in the series, while those two would be my first picks, and not just cuz they're my favourites, Miguel and Johnny, I just believe this to be true. And also, this episode has some great music. It is a heartfelt and very good scene, also, when Johnny presents his old gear to Miguel, unfortunately sad to see Robbie witnessing this and turning away. It feels like the first step into something bigger happening in the series, both with Johnny/Miguel and Robbie/Daniel. Excellent, and I wish it stayed at 9/10 like it was for at so long. Although I enjoyed series two more, series one feels a bit more consistent and has the majority of the better episodes, while two has my two overall favourite episodes, and my fourth. Cobra Kai honestly done well here and reached a new height, with some truly amazing moments that stay true to Karate Kid and will appeal to new fans alike
The Punisher (2017)
Such a Great, Brutal, Dark, Sad, Action-Filled Show; Bloody, funny, grim, and relentless
Ahhh, The series that made me love this character, Netflix/Marvel's The Punisher, starring Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle/The Punisher. The first time I remember hearing or reading anything to do with this awesome antihero was around 2006 / 2007, I saw The Punisher with Thomas Jane, which despite having flaws and not being exactly that which represents masterpiece filmmaking, was a great, violent popcorn action flick, a fine 6 out of 10, maybe 6.5 even. And over the years I've read some of the comic books, not much but a good dozen or more, and I have seen the film starring Dolph Lundgren, which is pretty much the same as the Jane one lol, if not a little worse (and somehow, better? It's ridiculous). But I started watching the series properly just this month, and needless to say was hooked and now having finished it, am reflecting back. This was delightful, absolute carnage from the start. It wasn't perfect but in its own unique way kind of was. Eight times out of ten, they didn't hold back, they went all in. It sure was disgusting, violent, and full of chaos, guts and spleens being torn apart, and gave us a good character insight into the life of Castle in a TV series style format. Other actors were fantastic especially Ben Barnes - whose role was incredible both seasons, especially the first in terms of both acting and action. Other characters were indeed wonderful, Micro being one of the absolute best, I wish he was in series two but you know, again great acting. Dinah Madani was superb, albeit stupid sometimes (but hey, very strong and almost relentless even, she was great. Lot of heart), as well as supporting characters and ones brought in during series two. The first season was pretty much perfect; I'd give it a 100 out of 100 honestly, I must say. And two, while not just as amazing, still gets a very well deserved 90-95 out of 100. I think from episode four/five of series one I was completely enthralled, interested, and completely hooked on the show. "Jigsaw" might not have looked amazing, but the character was, as was Billy Russo. The same goes for Pilgrim, and I even came to like Amy/Rachel a lot by the fifth episode she was part of. It was such an enjoyable and dark show, very gruesome and filled with blood and sweat and tears, it made for an excellent, exceptional, and outstanding action-crime-thriller series, and I recommend it. There were no episodes below a 7.5 to 8.0 out of 10 for me personally, and in my opinion it was pretty consistent from start to finish, only a couple episodes were weaker than others, and to me were still thoroughly watchable and good. This is definitely one of the best shows I've watched over the last couple of years, certainly did the job for me and I will be watching it again fully in the close future, that I know.
Summary is this - The Punisher : Soaked in blood, filled with action, never short of a dull moment...
The Punisher: The Whirlwind (2019)
A Fitting, Brutal, Emotional Ending
Okay... I'm not going to lie, I was gonna try my best to keep this for Sunday night, even Monday night if I could, but I was so hooked I just had to watch it all. After doing so, I've went back to watch the first four-five episodes because I picked up on series one from episode five not long ago, and watched those episodes a while back. Anyway, "The Whirlwind" was wholeheartedly terrific; I was both shocked, happy, and I even found myself jumping a little during a particular scene towards the end (I'm trying to keep this review spoiler free, so I will just say it involves Frank and Pilgrim, and man was it pretty great. See, this episode did a couple unexpected things I personally believe, even if one or two things I saw coming. All in all, not many complaints about the series two ending episode - it was filled with great action, acting, dialogue, and it definitely delivered. Jon Bernthal, you are one of my favourite actors! I always appreciated his role as Shane because The Walking Dead 1-5 are my favs (in regards to TWD), and he was in 1-2 and was brilliant, and Ben Barnes, alongside a few other actors/actresses starring in this, have become favourites as well. Their roles were superb I thought; with exquisitely shot but very emotionally touching scenes of heartbreaking dialogue, flashbacks, etc., great writing (for the most part, I truly believe so), a good budget, the set/scenery/locations were great, loved its gritty and dark tone much like it's supposed to have, the directing was always fine/good, if not totally ingenious at times, fight choreography/cinematography always on point/excellent.. so.. what's my complaint? That it was cancelled lol. Nevertheless, one of the best episodes of the series for me, I would like to think it makes my top five. And with that, the first and last episodes of two were the peaks for me, and I will give extra credit to them using Alice in Chains - Rooster, one of the best bands/songs ever. I appreciated that so much. If you're interested in watching this series, I definitely recommend giving it a go, especially if you're into comic books (Marvel in particular), The Punisher (obviously), and enjoy anything that is dark, violent, and caught up in the world of action, conspiracy and crime, and action-thriller. I also can't wait to go back and watch those amazing Daredevil-Punisher episodes, cuz by the way, they are out of this world - three from series two of Daredevil in particular, the back-to-back ones ("Penny and Dime" is ridiculously good), and the Prison one.. (oh man.. I can't wait..)
Anyway, not speechless from this episode, but close to it and it was still pretty perfect to me, and I loved it.