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RATCHED (2020): The Things I Liked…

Ratched (2020), Sarah Paulson, Netflix
Ratched (2020), Sarah Paulson, Netflix

Is Ratched, Ryan Murphy’s latest crime/drama/mystery starring Sarah Paulson, Finn Wittrock and Sharon Stone good? I wouldn’t say no. Is it also well-acted, features some great dialogue and is visually pleasing because of the colour-rich cinematography and costume design? Yes. So, with all that said, why did I find it to be a tad taxing to watch this eight-episode mini-series through to the very end?

It certainly didn’t help that the show annoyed me almost immediately. All thanks to the overly dramatic music which persisted throughout episode one. I found no need for the music to be as loud and constant as it was. Luckily, the episodes that followed aren’t as overtaken by the music.

Ratched, the story of Mildred Ratched, a nurse at a mental institution who becomes jaded, bitter and monstrous to her patients opens quite well with some dark happenings. Besides Paulson’s performance and the great dialogue we get to enjoy as soon as we meet Ratched in episode one, I liked Finn Wittrock’s turn as the definitely disturbed Edmund Tolleson.

Ratched (2020), Sharon Stone, Netflix
Ratched (2020), Sharon Stone, Netflix

The whole cast performs very well but it’s Wittrock, Paulson and Sophie Okonedo’s performances that stood out most for me. The latter, particularly in the very last episode. Episodes two to eight contain some twists, turns and more monstrous happenings; some of which you may or may not see coming.

The main reason I’m not overly enthused by Ratched is because the series is the kind that features plenty of scheming, secrets and lies. The kind of scheming, secrets and lies that took me back to the likes of Desperate Housewives, a show I enjoyed mind you. Yet, with Ratched, even though the setting is different, I think I may have fully exhausted my enthusiasm for such stories. That is unless there’s something delightfully different and or the story doesn’t feel rushed which Ratched does, in parts.

In the end, The only reason I stuck with Ratched is to find out how it would end. I think the story will be a lot more impressive if you haven’t seen much out there like it before. As for the ending, I didn’t love it because I wanted a far cleaner conclusion; one with some finality to it. Still, I say give Ratched a chance if you’re curious. There are certainly some highlights to enjoy, even though most of the characters, especially Ratched are not so easily likeable.

Happy Film Loving

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RATCHED (2020): New Trailer From Sarah Paulson, Sharon Stone, Cynthia Nixon, Sophie Okonedo…

Ratched (2020), Sarah Paulson, Netflix
Ratched (2020), Sarah Paulson, Netflix

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Ratched (2020).


From creators Evan Romansky and Ryan Murphy; new Netflix series Ratched stars Sarah Paulson as nurse Mildred Ratched. at a mental institution who becomes jaded, bitter and a downright monster to her patients.

Cynthia Nixon, Sharon Stone, Sophie Okonedo and Nathan George are among the key cast.

This may just be my favourite trailer of 2020 so far. I love the music, the visuals, and most importantly the dialogue. The kind of words that I imagine must have been incredibly fun for Paulson to deliver.

In fact, I was so busy enjoying nurse Ratched’s words as this beautiful trailer played that I forgot Ratched is the infamous and thoroughly monstrous character from Jack Nicholson’s Oscar winning 1975 classic drama, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, a movie I need to rewatch.

I’ll still enjoy all of Ratched’s dialogue as it’s perfectly delivered by Paulson, of course. Even though I may not be able to root for her completely as she goes about wreaking havoc. One things for sure though, I’m on Ratched’s side about the peach stealing incident. That woman/non-lady needs to learn! (I’m half kidding).

Ratched Release Dates: September 18th, 2020 (US & UK)…

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MRS. AMERICA (2020): New Trailer From Cate Blanchett, Uzo Aduba, Elizabeth Banks, Sarah Paulson…

Mrs. America (2020), Kate Blanchett, Hulu
Mrs. America (2020), Kate Blanchett, Hulu

New drama Mrs. America has Cate Blanchett playing Conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly. Schlafly becomes the leader of an unexpected fight against the Equal Rights Amendment movement in the 1970s.

Uzo Aduba, Elizabeth Banks, Sarah Paulson and Rose Byrne are among the key cast.

I’d been wondering about where one of my favourite actresses had gone. Turns out Blanchett was busy working on a very promising new drama I simply can’t wait to see.

Knowing how far we’ve come with the fight for equal rights, I’m looking forward to seeing Schlafly’s journey unfold. I’d also like to find out to what extent she remained adamant that the Equal Rights Amendment was a bad idea.

Kayli Carter, Jay Ellis, Ari Graynor, Melanie Lynskey, James Marsden, Margo Martindale, Niecy Nash, John Slattery and Jeanne Tripplehorn also star.

Mrs. America Release Dates: April 15th, 2020 (US) / Hulu…

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RUN (2020): New Trailer From Sarah Paulson, Pat Healy, Erik Athavale, Kiera Allen…

Run (2020), Sarah Paulson
Run (2020), Sarah Paulson

In new mystery / thriller Run, Sarah Paulson is a mother whose home schooled daughter has started to suspect that she’s harbouring a dark secret.

Written / directed by Aneesh Chaganty; additional key cast includes Kiera Allen, Pat Healy, Erik Athavale…

Looks like one of those ‘mother loses baby so mother steals another mother’s baby’ stories. Which ever it is, I’m in to see Paulson flex her very strong acting muscles.

Bradley Sawatzky, Onalee Ames, Clark Webster, Conan Hodgkinson and Carter Heintz also star.

Run Release Dates

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ABOMINABLE (2019) New Trailer Starring Chloe Bennet, Sarah Paulson, Albert Tsai, Eddie Izzard…

Abominable (2019)
Abominable (2019)

Directed by Jill Culton and Todd Wilderman, Abominable is a new animated adventure starring  Chloe Bennet, Sarah Paulson and Albert Tsai.

After teenager Yi encounters a young Yeti on the roof of her apartment building in Shanghai, she and her mischievous friends embark on an epic quest to get him to his natural home. Not an easy task when a wealthy man and a zoologist want the exact opposite…

I’m getting King Kong and ever so slightly, The Never Ending Story (1984) vibes from this trailer. What I like most about this it, besides the idea of a yet with magical capabilities is the violin music that starts at 0:20.

Fingers crossed there’ll be plenty more to love upon release.

Abominable Release Dates: September 27th, 2019 (US); October 11th, 2019 (UK)…

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BIRD BOX (2018): The Thing I Liked…

Bird Box (2018), Sandra Bullock
Bird Box (2018), Sandra Bullock

Knowing my history with Netflix movies and how I’ve found the vast majority to be quite disappointing, I wasn’t sure how I’d feel after Bird Box. To my surprise, I actually enjoyed director Susan Bier’s post apocalyptic sci-fi thriller more than I expected to. 

Intrigued by the story of how a woman and two children were going to escape the mysterious force that compels all who see it to kill themselves right away, I couldn’t wait to see how the characters would survive. Especially since they have to be blindfolded when outside.

As soon as the opening scene in Bird Box started to play, I had a good feeling because of how the scene immediately held my undivided attention. Leading up to the final thirty minutes of the movie there were other very engaging, ‘edge of your seat’ suspenseful moments. However, the best stretch of time and my favourite part of  Bird Box is without a doubt the last thirty minutes. It is the scenes when the key characters are truly most vulnerable and there are endless near disasters happening one after the other. 

Similar to 2017’s A Quiet Place, Bird Box will likely Have you thinking about parenthood and the gargantuan undertaking that it truly is. I enjoyed leading actor Sandra Bullock’s performance, plus the moments in the story that moved, thrilled and surprised me, especially the last thirty minutes. 

As for the parts of Bird Box I wish weren’t quite so, those would include approximately thirty minutes into the film when, instead of being fully engaged, I found myself distracted by the fact that I hadn’t seen the ‘monster’ yet and I really wanted to. Secondly, I think there were too many characters ‘in the house;’ one or two of whom proved quite annoying. There were also others that seemed like props who were just  there to play their relatively small parts just to move the story along and sometimes provide a fast thrilling moment. 

Thirdly, I understand the reason for the ‘flashback and back to present day’ editing choice. However, it had a little bit of a negative effect on the flow of the story and subsequently had me wondering how different it could all have been if everything had played out in regular order.

Overall I say give Bird Box a chance because it has some great moments and for me personally, it’s definitely an improvement on the last few Netflix movies I saw and some I tried to watch but had to abandon.

Happy Film Loving 

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BIRD BOX (2018): New Trailer From Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson, Rosa Salazar, Trevante Rhodes…

Bird Box (2018), Sandra Bullock
Bird Box (2018), Sandra Bullock

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Bird Box (2018).


In new sci-fi / thriller Bird Box, after a mysterious force decimates the world’s population, only one thing is certain, if you see it, you take your own life. And so begins the journey of a woman and two children who make their way through a dystopian setting along a river whilst blindfolded.

Directed by Susanne Bier; key cast includes Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson, Rosa Salazar, Trevante Rhodes…

First of all, ‘Hello great trailer! I like the way this reminds me a little of A Quiet Place (2017). May it be equally thrilling if not more.

I also rather like the combination of Bullock and Paulson in one movie.

Lil Rel howery, Jacki Weaver, Machine Gun Kelly, Parminder Nagra, John Malkovich and David Dastmalchian also star.

Bird Box Release Dates: December 21st, 2018 (US & UK)…

Read my review of Bird Box.

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THE POST (2017): New Trailer Starring Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Sarah Paulson…

The Post (2017), Tom Hanks
The Post (2017), Tom Hanks

Directed by Steven Spielberg and inspired by true events, The Post tells the story of  the cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents and pushed the country’s first female newspaper publisher (Meryl Streep) and a hard-driving editor (Tom Hanks) to begin a journalistic battle against the government…

I didn’t realise I missed Meryl Streep so much until I saw her turn around in this trailer. I’m of course going to be watching because of her and Hanks. It’s also going to be an experience to watch all the sexist nonsense that will be directed at her character, Kay Graham.

Sarah Paulson, Carrie Coon, Bradley Whitford, Bob Odenkirk, Matthew Rhys, Zach Woods and David Cross also star.

The Post Release Dates: January 12th, 2018 (US), January 19th, 2018 (UK)…

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