That 90s Show Released Trailer

Reality is setting in. That 90s Show will debut on Netflix on January 19th, 2023. The show is a sequel to ‘That 70s Show’, which had a lot of success and ran from 1998 through 2005. We can only hope that this new series lives up to its expectations. 

The series is about the summer of 1995, in which Leia Forman makes friends with a new generation of Point Place kids while visiting her grandparents, Red and Kitty, in Wisconsin. Callie Haverda will play the character of Leia Forman. 

Wilmer Valderrama, Topher Grace, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, and Laura Prepon appear in the trailer as their original characters from “That ’70s Show.”

Zoe Saldana Deserves an Emmy Nomination

Zoe Saldana deserves to be nominated for Best Actress in a Limited Series for ‘From Scratch.’ The limited series is on Netflix with eight breathtaking and heart-wrenching episodes. Saldana delivered an outstanding performance in this series. 

The story is about Amahle “Amy” Wheeler, an American student studying in Italy, who meets and falls in love with Lino, a Sicilian chef. When Lino faces health issues, and the couple’s future is threatened, the two families come together. It’s always intriguing that she learned to speak Italian to play this role. 

Episodes seven and eight were the episodes that convinced me that she was worthy of a nomination. I’m not sure about winning the category just yet because I have to see the other performances, but a vital consideration for a nomination. It would suck if she didn’t get nominated. If you haven’t seen the new limited series, I highly recommend watching it. No spoiler alert is coming from me. You would have to see this series and Saldana’s performance for yourself. 

The Unforgivable – Movie Reaction

Sandra Bullock is one of the most underrated actresses of all time. I truly believe she doesn’t give as much credit as she should for her work. In the Netflix original movie ‘The Unforgivable,’ she again displays her excellent craft and performance as an artist. 

The Unforgivable‘ is about Ruth Slater, who was released from prison after serving a sentence for a violent crime. Ruth dealt with some heavy judgment from her hometown. Therefore, she redeemed herself by finding her estranged younger sister, who she was obligated to leave behind. 

I kept seeing “The Unforgivable” as the Top 10 most viewed watched on Netflix. So I just needed to check it out to see what it is all about. 

The most potent acting scene came between Sandra Bullock and Viola Davis. During a heated confrontation, Ruth Slater (Sandra Bullock) told Liz Ingram (Viola Davis) “she was only five years old” while breaking down into tears. It just blew me away. Anyone with a heart would get emotional watching that scene. This movie didn’t have a strong script, but the performance made this movie more intriguing for the audience to watch. 

Bullock delivered an Oscar-caliber performance. Sandra doesn’t even look like Sandra. She looks like the character she’s portraying. I can already tell she put everything into this. It’s one of the saddest movies of the year. If you think Sandra is great now, then you haven’t been paying attention. We can’t forget how good she was in Speed, Miss Congeniality, Bird Box, Gravity, The Proposal, Two Weeks Notice, The Blind Side. 

Sandra is a versatile actress: comedy, drama, action, thriller, romance. She can do it all. 

Miguel’s Friday Thoughts

Welcome to Miguel’s Friday Thoughts! Today’s topics features Naomi Osaka‘a Netflix documentary series and the new Hulu movie “Vacation Friends.”

Naomi Osaka’s new limited documentary series on Netflix demonstrates behind the scenes of the tennis star. Naomi is one of the best young current athletes. She has blown away people with her performance, especially in the 2019 and 2020 US Open. One of the things that’s interesting about Naomi is about her relationship with the late great Kobe Bryant. Kobe understood what Naomi was going through in terms of meeting expectations at such a young age as an athlete. Therefore, Kobe was a mentor to Naomi and to many more athletes. When Kobe passed away, Naomi was shocked and devastated. She lost someone that she can confide in.

Naomi also became involved in social issues, especially when George Floyd was murdered. Naomi suffered from severe anxiety and you can tell she wasn’t entirely comfortable in interviews, especially if she didn’t perform well. Naomi Osaka withdrew from the French Open at the end of May 2021, her decision shocked officials, the media and fans around the world.

“Vacation Friends” is the latest new Hulu comedy movie. It’s about a serious couple Marcus and Emily (Lil Rel Howery, Yvonne Orji) make friends with a wild, party animal couple Ron and Kyla (John Cena, Meredith Hagner) at a resort in Mexico. The four of us went crazy during this trip, but the aftermath, it drew some concerns and curiosity from Marcus and Emily towards their “vacation buddies.”

I didn’t expect much before I saw the movie. What motivated me to watch the movie were two things: 1) John Cena 2) A sequel will be made for this movie. When I learned that a sequel will happen, I knew I had to watch it. This movie is one of those movies that will keep you engage and great for those who love to travel that can relate. John Cena and Lil Rel Howery were great together. They have solid chemistry. John Cena’s comedic timing is off the charts. I love the fact that the movie paid homage to one of the Beastie Boys’ music videos. You would have to see for yourself. It was nice to see Lynn Whitfield and Anna Marie Horsford in the movie. The disaster wedding scene had some funny moments with the fights and awkward moments. Overall, this movie is raw and raunchy. It shouldn’t be taken so seriously, but an enjoyable movie for the comedy genre.

Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal and Greed

The painter Bob Ross was unlike any other painter. He brought so much joy and happiness to millions of homes with his show, “The Joy of Painting.” In the 1980s and 90s, The Joy of Painting displayed his greatness as a painter. You knew when you tuned in to watch Bob Ross; you were going to smile. Bob was America’s favorite art instructor.

Bob Ross’ new Netflix documentary, Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal and Greed, is about Bob Ross’ life, legacy, and battle for his business empire, which resulted at the hands of the Kowalski’s.

Bob’s work ethic was incredible. He went to record three shows a day. Can you imagine recording that many shows in one day while trying to perfect a painting? It’s hard enough to do just one for 28 minutes. But that was Bob Ross. In his show, he was trying to be a little sexy. Bob had a soft and tranquil voice as well as his vocabulary. Ladies were crazy over him; Bob was charismatic, but he was a little bit of a flirt. Everybody wanted to take a picture with Bob Ross. It must’ve been cool to witness Bob Ross painting at Central Park.

In 1992, Bob Ross’ wife Jane was diagnosed with cancer, which later on, she died from it. Bob was struck with her death, and to make things worse, two or three weeks later, Bob was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. During his battle with cancer, Bob worked harder than ever on his show. His final episode is sad when you look back on it.

It sucks how the Kowalski’s treated this whole situation. They tried to make Bob sign away papers of his name and likeness to them, but he refused. Long story short, the Kowalski’s ended up using Bob’s name and likeness, and they are still making money off him. The Kowalski’s didn’t attend Bob’s funeral, and to make it worse, they tried to keep it a secret, so people won’t know that Bob died. That’s ridiculous. His friends and fans deserve so much better than that.

Bob’s son, Steve, continues his father’s legacy by painting and teaching students about painting. Bob wanted Steve to have more success than him.

‘Malice At The Palace’ Netflix Documentary

‘Malice At The Palace’ premiered yesterday on Netflix. The documentary is about behind the scenes of the 2004 brawl between the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons, featuring the fans from Detroit. This fight is considered the worst moment in NBA history. Pacers and Pistons were major rivals at the time. So things were boiling on the way to this game.

Pacers and Pistons were the two best teams in the Eastern Conference in 2004 and 2005. Pistons had defeated the Pacers in the 2004 Eastern Conference Finals to advance to the NBA Finals and winning the championship. Pacers had Reggie Miller, Jermaine O’Neal, Ron Artest, Jamaal Tinsley, and so on. For the 2004-2005 season, Pacers made another move to strengthen their roster. They went on to get Stephen Jackson from the San Antonio Spurs. The Pacers were ready to make a run to an NBA title.

On November 19th, 2004, the NBA would change forever. Pacers dominated the Pistons from start to finish. While the Pacers were up 97-82 with less than a minute to go, the documentary shows Jamaal Tinsley telling Ron Artest to “take his foul.” Why would you say to a guy like Ron Artest to do that? In those days, Ron Artest had depression and anxiety problems. You don’t need to add more fuel to the fire. After those comments, Pistons center Ben Wallace would get fouled by Ron Artest, which led to Wallace showing Artest.
Artest laid down on top of the score’s table. Everything was going to calm down for a bit until an idiot fan threw a cup at Ron Artest, which led to Artest going to the stands to attack the wrong fan. Stephen Jackson joined him by throwing punches, and it just got worse and worse. As Artest returned to the court, another Pistons fan charged him, and they began to fight. Jermaine O’Neal came to Ron Artest’s aid and threw a punch at the fan. This fan deserves to get banned because to this day, he tries to play the victim and making it seem that he was innocent when he should’ve not been in the court in the place. Fans like that who have no class and dignity don’t deserve to be allowed in the area. Jamaal Tinsley started by instigating, but the fan who threw the cup changed the entire narrative of the story.

It was blasphemous that the cop was lying about him not trying to mace Ron Artest in the documentary. The footage clearly shows that he was attempting to mace Ron Artest, and Reggie Miller didn’t allow that to happen, and Reggie has said this on numerous occasions. The cop also said that he didn’t know who Reggie Miller was. I have a hard time believing that. Security and police officers failed that night, players and fans failed that night. So many people were at fault in this event.

Artest, Jackson, and O’Neal were suspended for multiple games. However, I feel that Jermaine O’Neal didn’t deserve to get suspended for 25 games. I felt that was a little too extreme.

The brawl cost Reggie Miller and the Pacers a possible chance of win an NBA title that season. Overall, the documentary was fascinating. I wish it could’ve been a little longer.

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

Ahhhh! The classic comedy and one of my favorite Jim Carrey movies, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. This is one of the first movies that made me fall in love with the genre and made me become a fan of Jim Carrey at such a young age.

Before Pet Detective, Jim Carrey gained exposure with the sketch comedy series, In Living Color. His show’s performances led to many opportunities, and became one of Hollywood’s biggest stars in the 90s. Pet Detective is arguably the film that set the tone of Jim’s film career.

This film made you realize at the time that Jim was going to be a box office machine. I loved him in that movie. His comedic timing, the production took place in Miami (one of my favorite cities in the world), and his on-screen chemistry with Courtney Cox was outstanding; this was before Courtney landed a role in Friends. I found out who Courtney Cox was because of this movie.

It took me so many years to find out that Jim is one of this film’s three writers. So not only is he the central star, but he also flourished as a writer. I had the chance to watch Pet Detective once again but on Netflix last night with my little sister. This is one of those movies that I’ll never get tired of watching.

1994 was Jim Carrey’s MVP year. Why? Three of his films were major box office success (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Dumb and Dumber, and The Mask.)

It’s crazy to think that I was around when Jim Carrey was at his peak. Being an artist, when I try to write a good comedy script, I always try to find some inspiration from Jim’s early films. One of my favorite moments in the movie is when Jim Carrey comes out of the bathroom with his pants all ripped up and delivers the line, “DO NOT GO IN THERE! WOOOO.” Another honorable mention would be the scene where he does the instant replay. I can’t imagine how many times the crew members were laughing just by watching Jim Carrey.

It’s been 26 years since Pet Detective hit the theaters. I will always be grateful to Jim Carrey for giving us so many memorable films.

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