Series Review: Mr. Robot – Season 2 (2016)

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It’s finally time. The review of the second season of a show of which I reviewed the first season long ago. Wow, that was a mouthful! But yeah, I did actually review the first the first season of this show last year. And I fucking loved it. So there was of course a lot of hype for the second season. And I was also excited to get to share my thoughts on the season with you guys. So now that we’re finally here… let’s go. But I also want to warn you that there will be some spoilers for season 1 in here, so if you haven’t seen all of that yet… maybe stop reading this.

Ladies and gentlemen, I bring you… “Mr. Robot” season 2.

After the big 5/9 hack we find Elliot (Rami Malek) trying to come to terms with his mental health issues of course manifested themselves in a few different ways last time we saw him. We also follow him as both he and the other members of Fsociety try to cope with everything that happened after the big hack. And I’m not gonna say much more because really, this is a plot best experienced. That’s right, I thought it was great. With the show already being pretty twisty and turny, it gets even more so since this season has an even bigger focus on mental health. And seriously, this shit has even more twists and turns than the first season. This season even fucks with the audiences more than the first season which I actually kind of loved. The mystery is great, the drama is great, everything is great. It’s tense, dramatic, and just fantastic.

The characters are about nothing short of messed up. None of them are like “perfect” human beings, they all have something odd about them. Rami Malek once again knocks it out of the park as Elliot, with his performance here actually being even better than in season 1. Speaking of which, congratulations to Malek for winning that Emmy for best actor, definitely well-deserved! Okay, done with that. Christian Slater was great once again in his role. Carly Chaikin was great, Portia Doubleday was great. Basically anyone who was here since the first season… great. We also get a few new additions to the show. Grace Gummer (Sidenote: Daughter of Meryl Streep) plays an agent who tries to solve everything and she’s pretty great in her role. B.D. Wong had a pretty minor appearance in season 1, but his role got a bit bumped up for this season and I am glad because he’s terrific. We also get the surprising addition of Craig Robinson (That’s right, funny guy Craig Robinson). And to give credit where credit is due… he’s really good in his role. I’d argue that every actor this season did a really good/great/fantastic job.

The music this season has been pretty fantastic. Firstly, the original score by Mac Quayle has been pretty great, perfectly building tension and adding to the twisty eeriness of the show. And then there were a lot of licensed tracks in the show, but none of them were distracting or jsut added for the hell of it. All of them helped the show and perfectly the situations they were used in. Yeah, the music this season was pretty great. Sure, I wasn’t personally a fan of every song used, but I can at least acknowledge when a song is used perfectly in a scene.

This show is one of the most uniquely directed/shot television shows that I have ever experienced. Example: One of the things this show does is that instead of having the shot cut off at the scalp of the actors, this show leaves a lot of space above their heads. Gives it all a very unique and interesting visual style. I also have to credit the excellent cinematography by Tod Campbell which looks absolutely stunning and makes for some awesome eye candy. The show is also tightly directed, with most scenes feeling pretty tense and intriguing. Without giving too much away, one of the very last scenes of the finale was one of the most tense scenes that I’ve ever scene on television. My eyes were wide open and my pulse went up. Yeah, it was pretty great. And of course, the writing in the show is phenomenal, but that’s something that I’ve been aware of since the first season.

This season/show has been very well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 94% (100% if you go by “top critics” only) positing rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 8,1/10. And on imdb.com it has a score of 8,7/10 and is ranked #90 on the “Top 250 TV” list.

Guys, the second season of “Mr. Robot” basically took everything that was great about season 1 and made it even better (at least I think so). The plot is fantastic, the characters are great, the acting is phenomenal, the music is fantastic, the directing is terrific, and the cinematography is fantastic. Time for my final score. *Hacks own computer*. My final score for “Mr. Robot” season 2 is a 9,97/10. So of course it gets the one and only “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
Seal of Approval

My review of “Mr. Robot” season 2 is now completed.

Not gonna lie, episode 6 might be one of the mindfuckiest and most unique episodes of any show I’ve ever seen.

 

Movie Review: True Romance (1993)

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Ya know… the poster sums it up pretty well.

Ladies and gentlemen, are you ready for some… “True Romance”.

So Clarence (Christian Slater) is kind of a lonely nerd. He very rarely goes on dates, he works in comic book store, and he spens his birthdays at the movie theater. But this year is a bit different, because he meets Alabama (Patricia Arquette), a lovely woman who turns out to be a call girl hired by Clarence’s boss. So what happens is that Clarence marries Alabama, steals her pimp’s cocaine (cue Eric Clapton), and then runs off to try to sell it to Hollywood people. Also, the mobsters who actually own the cocaine are going after our “heroes” to get it back. Ooo boy, that’s a lot of unnecessarily necessary plot elements, it’s almost like this was written by Quentin Tantin-oh shit, he actually wrote this. Jokes aside, I think the plot of this movie works really well. It isn’t really a plot that should be taken too seriously, and when you look at it from such a perspective, you will be able to appreciate it more. And that’s what I did and I really liked it. The plot is so odd, yet so grounded in reality that it kind of just meshes together perfectly.

The characters in this movie… to descrive them as colorful would be a bit of an understatement. I mean, when you have a script by Quentin Tarantino you should expect some oddball characters. Christian Slater does a great job as Clarence, playing a man who despite this strange situation, is quite relatable. Patricia Arquette (who’s really hot in this, by the way) does a really good job at playing this woman who goes through lots of ups and downs throughout the movie. Then we have one of the best supporting casts I’ve ever seen, including actors like Dennis Hopper (R.I.P), Christopher Walken, Michael Rapaport, Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini (R.I.P), and Samuel L. Jackson. Then we also have my absolute favorite in the movie (hence why I saved him for last): Gary Oldman as Drexl Spivey. This guy is out of his damn mind, a white guy who thinks he’s black and… god, I just love him! Shit, I barely recognized Oldman in the role. No wonder he’s known as a human transformer.

What’s interesting about the music in “True Romance” is that there are parts of an original score, but not that much. The music is mostly based in licensed tracks of varying genres (kind of like a lot of Tarantino movies). The original score bits were composed by Hans Zimmer and they were… okay. The tracks composed by ZImmer worked for the movie, but I wasn’t the biggest fan of them. The rest of the soundtrack though… fucking magnificent, perfect picks!

This movie was directed by Tony Scott (R.I.P), and I think he did a great job with this. The movie looks nice and any part that involves some kind of craziness going on… beautiful. I mean, the final action scene in the movie is pretty great. Violent, stylish, and simply fun. And like I have stated several times during this review, the movie was written by none other than Quentin Tarantino. And you can tell, because the movie has his handprints all over it. Movie references, conversations about nothing, tons of profanity… Samuel L. Jackson. And all of it works perfectly in the movie. Shit, if anyone else would have written the movie I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed the movie as much. The doalog is just fun and snappy and awesome.

This movie has been well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 92% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 57/100. Roger Ebert gave the movie 3/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 8,0/10.

“True Romance” is a reall oddball action-dramedy. It has an interesting plot, great characters/acting, a really good soundtrack, great directing, and great writing. Time for my final score. You’re so cool. My final score for “True Romance” is a 9,84/10. This of course means that it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
Seal of Approval

My review of “True Romance” is now completed.

Seeing Christian Slater here just gets me more excited for “Mr. Robot” season 2.

The “Mr. Robot” season 2 trailer is here!

Hello there, my friends! As you may have understood, I am in a very good mood right now. Why? Because we finally we got a trailer for the second season of “Mr. Robot”. Those of you who have been with me for a longer while know that I reviewed the first season a while back and in the review I told you that I absolutely loved it. So of course I got excited when they announced a season 2 of the show. Now I didn’t know where they could go with the show after season 1… but now we have gotten a bit more insight into it… so let’s discuss this shit!
There will be some spoilers here for season 1 of the show, so if you haven’t seen it yet then I am imploring you to watch it because it is fucking amazing. For the rest of you who have seen it or just don’t care… let’s go!

So basically season 1 ended with our main character, Elliot (Rami Malek), performing the biggest hack ever in the history of “Mr. Robot”… possibly history in general. And it looks like season 2 will explore the consequences of that hack as well as delve into the troubled mind that is Elliot Alderson. I mean, this shit looks intense and that’s about all I could gather from it because I am kind of an idiot and don’t have the time to analyze trailers all fucking day. But yeah… it looks amazing and I am so excited for it. “Mr. Robot” will premiere on July 13th on the USA network.
What are your thoughts? Are you looking forward to season 2 of “Mr. Robot”? Leave any and all thoughts in the comments.
Have a good one and enjoy!

Series Review: Mr. Robot – Season 1 (2015)

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I am not sure what to think of hackers. Sure, there are some rotten apples out there who only do terrible/douchy things with their skills, but there are also a lot of people who use their powers for good. You know, those who try to find security issues in computer systems and then report on them/fix them. So I’m a little split when it comes to hackers. What are your thoughts on them?

Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce… “Mr. Robot”.

The show is about computer wiz and hacker Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek) who isn’t very good with people. I mean, within the first ten minutes of the show he straight up mentions that he got social anxiety disorder. Anyway, he manages to get in contact with a group of hackers led by a mysterious anarchist called “Mr. Robot” (Christian Slater). So he has to lead a triple life where he has to try to balance his life as a worker on a cyber security firm, his own side-stuff as a hacker and also the parts of his life involved with helping “Mr. Robot” and the gang with their schemes. And if that idea is not intriguing to you then you’re clearly not into intriguing mysteries. And were my speculations about the plot being any good justified? Fuck yes! With the basic idea of the show I did think it would be pretty good… I did however not expect the plot of it all to be fuckin’ masterful. The plot is presented in a way where it is told incredibly well with a lot of relevance to modern society and current social issues. It also has a ton of suspense and some fantastic twists. I mean, it kept blowing my mind with all of the clever twists. I have not seen a show this smart in a long time. I gotta say that the plot of the show is just overall fantastic.

What I like about the characters in the show is that none of them are even close to perfect. They all have flaws and that makes them even more relatable and interesting. Let’s start out with our main man, Elliot. Giving the guy social anxiety disorder was actually a smart move on the creator’s part since it really makes him a bit awkward but also a lot more interesting. And Rami Malek who plays him perfectly nails it! Also, I didn’t realize it until about halfway through the season, but then it popped into my head like “Holy shit, it’s the guy from Night at the Museum!”. I don’t know why I didn’t recognize him at first, but I at least finally did. Christian Slater also nails it as this strange man who obviously knows a lot about Elliot even though we never know why.  The third and final one I will officially mention is Swedish (my nationality!) actor Martin Wallström who plays rich businessman Tyrell Wellick… he is fucking great in the show, playing a very sneaky and kind of douchy man. And he’s great. Everybody’s great in this show which is awesome!

The score for the show was composed by Mac Quayle and he did a fantastic job with it. It is heavily based in techno/electronic music and it fits the show perfectly, buidling suspense and tension. It is also overall really good and pretty enjoyable to listen to. And the use of licensed tracks in the show was pretty great too. Every track was used perfectly for the mood they wanted for the scene/situation. After finishing the season I listened to the mix of songs they had and it was great. The entire soundtrack’s great and perfectly fits the show.

The show was created by a man named Sam Esmail who really hadn’t produced/directed/written anything prior to “Mr. Robot” which is really strange to me because of the high quality each episode has in all of those aspects. The camera work is fantastic, the writing is spectacular and I couldn’t find any technical faults with any of it. I mean, I would say that even has a certain style that makes it feel a bit unique as well even if it doesn’t do anything groundbreaking when it comes directing and such.

Despite being an original concept that has only aired one season, this show has gotten some fantastic reception. On Rotten Tomatoes the season has a 98% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 79/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 9,0/10 (let’s see if that shit changes after season 2 comes out).

“Mr. Robot” is one of the most intriguing and original shows I have ever seen. It has a fantastic & suspenseful plot with plenty of twists, fantastic characters & acting, a terrific soundtrack, great directing and spectacular writing. Time for my final score. *Cough Cough*. My final score for the first season of “Mr. Robot” is a 9,96/10. IT most definitely gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
Seal of Approval

My review of “Mr. Robot” season 1 is completed.

Fuck society…

Movie Review: Interview With the Vampire (1994)

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Vampires! You either love them or hate them. I am more on the love side to be honest. But it has kind of started to change with all these shitty teenage vampire movies (Unfortunately looking at you Twilight!). I have for a pretty long time been a fa nof vampires thanks to things like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel”. But those shows didn’t really focus on the vampires themselves, but rather on the people trying to put down the vampires. But today we will take a look at a movie that actually focuses on the vampires themselves.

Ladies and Gentlemen…”Interview With the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles” (What a mouthful).

The story follows Louis de Pointe du Lac (Brad Pitt). He is a vampire. And the story here is that Louis is being interviewed by reporter Daniel Malloy (Christian Slater). Louis tells Daniel about his life as a vampire. From the moment Lestat de Lioncourt (Tom Cruise) turned him into a vampire and onwards. And that is your story in a nutshell. I will not really spoil the entire story for two main reasons. 1. I would be sitting here all day and this review would be too long. 2. Why would I spoil the entire story of a movie? That would be incredibly dumb. But as I always say: It does not matter if the idea for your movie is simple and not very original, as long as the execution is done well. And in this movie I can say that the execution is well done. This movie is one of the few that is perfectly paced. It never feels too slow or too fast, it is excellent in pacing. I was intrigued by the execution of this movie and I never got bored. Well done, people of this movie! Also, the ending of this movie was really surprising…not kidding. I was genuinely surprised with what they did…good job, people!

The characters are complex and interesting to watch. A lot of that is because of the excellent writing, but also because of the really good performances from the actors. I think this is one of Brad Pitt’s best performances…seriously. Mainly because he captures the feeling of this calm guy with a tortured soul. Great job, Pitt! Tom Crusie was also great in this movie. Still, he is good in everything. I was also happily surprised by (the very young) Kirsten Dunst in this movie. She killed it (Vampire pun not intended). So in general, characters and acting in this movie is great.

The music is fucking amazing. It is just what you’d expect…orchestral stuff! But that is never a bad thing (Unless it is used in a really bad movie). Here it is amazing and really sets the mood of the scenes. Composer Elliot Goldenthal did an amzing job with the soundtrack and I suggest you check him out. Want even more proof the soundtrack is great? Okay. It was nominated for an Oscar…that is how great it is.

The camera work in this movie is some of the best I have seen in quite a while (Even rivaling Jack Reacher). Sure, it is not as great as anything done by David Fincher, but it still worth a mention for it’s quality. Also the makeup in this movie is really well done. Not only to make the vampires look pale and half dead…but even when showing decaying corpses it is amazing. Almost, just almost rivaling “The Walking Dead”.

Reception for “Interview With the Vampire” was something that was overall pretty good. Rotten Tomatoes has a score of 61% positive reviews. Metacritic gave it a 59/100. Roger Ebert gave this movie 3/4 stars and said:

Although one of the characters in “Interview with the Vampire” begs to be transformed into a vampire, and eagerly awaits the doom of immortality, the movie never makes vampirism look like anything but an endless sadness. That is its greatest strength. Vampires throughout movie history have often chortled as if they’d gotten away with something. But the first great vampire movie, “Nosferatu” (1922), knew better, and so does this one.

This movie has a 7,7/10 on imdb.com. It was also nominated for 2 Oscars. Best art decoration-set decoration and Best Original Score. However it did not win on any of them.

“Interview With the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles” (Still a mouthful) is an intriguing, well filmed, well acted movie with a great soundtrack. I am ready to give it my final score now. My final score for “Interview With the Vampire” is an 9,10/10 and with that, a recommendation to buy it. It is a great movie.

“Interview With the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles” is now reviewed.

I wonder what it would be like to see Lestat fight with Buffy…