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Ricchi a tutti i costi (2024) 

Englisch This is the second comedy I've seen today that didn’t feel much like a comedy. While I really enjoyed the previous one, this Italian film didn’t quite hit the mark. I’m not sure if it was the weak script or the mediocre casting — probably a bit of both. When a comedy fails to make me laugh, it’s a significant issue unless the filmmakers manage to save it in some other way. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen here. The plot trudged along from point A to point B without any interesting or entertaining twists. It was a pretty sterile experience with nothing to engage me, and the highlight was honestly when the end credits rolled. / Lesson learned: Restricting combustion engines brings unexpected challenges, some of which we might not initially consider. 2*-

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A Killer Romance (2023) 

Englisch I settled down, expecting an action-comedy, but twenty minutes in, I paused and checked the movie description to make sure I wasn’t dyslexic — it really did list Action/Comedy. It threw me off because it wasn’t exactly action-packed, nor was it a typical comedy. To me, it felt more like a lighthearted drama, which isn’t a bad thing at all. In fact, I enjoyed the film’s style more than I anticipated. The story itself wasn’t groundbreaking, but it highlighted how crucial well-written dialogue is for a good script. The film didn’t pretend to be more than it was — an enjoyable, easy-going watch that didn’t overtax my brain, yet still felt intelligently crafted. Plus, Adria Arjona was great to watch, and I have to give props to Glen Powell. He nailed the role of a man who adeptly plays various roles himself. His performance was stellar; each character he portrayed looked and felt distinct, and it wasn’t just thanks to the makeup team. I ended up enjoying it a lot more than I expected. / Lesson learned: I'm not entirely sure if good triumphed over evil, but life isn’t a fairy tale, and sometimes it throws us moral dilemmas.

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Jo Koy: Live from Brooklyn (2024) (Sendung) 

Englisch My third encounter with Jo Koy didn't go as well as I'd hoped. While it was certainly better than his Filipino special (which set the bar incredibly low), the show had its awkward moments, especially in the beginning. I often found myself not laughing as much as I'd expected. Thankfully, there were a few solid jokes and a strong finish where Jo Koy emphasized the importance of appreciating our mothers. Overall, though, this special didn't quite hit the mark for me.

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Forst (2024) (Serie) 

Englisch After watching Kolory zła: Czerwień, Netflix suggested this series to me. Little did I know, it was Netflix's sly revenge for all my long-standing complaints about their content. Like an idiot, I walked right into the trap. I’m fairly certain this is the worst Polish series I’ve ever seen. If I’m wrong, then it's definitely one of the two worst. I have no idea where in Poland they found this group of amateurs who created this mess, which lacked basic logic most of the time, turned Polish police into a bunch of idiots, and featured a main character who came off as a mix of James Bond, Casanova, Carrie Mathison, and the Terminator. An absolute disaster, saved only by the Tatra mountain scenery. / Lesson learned: If you ever think about visiting Lomnický štít, take a deep breath and think again. 1*-

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Forst - Episode 6 (2024) (Folge) booo!

Englisch Well, the series was headed towards this moment the whole time, so it’s only fitting that the grand, supposedly clarifying finale gets a Boo! rating from me. On the other hand, hats off to the confidence of the creators who believe so strongly in their skills and the quality of their work that they’re going to shoot another season. I'm not finding that kind of courage in myself, so the first season is also my last. Episode six was a total disaster and just confirmed all the issues I had with the series. / Lesson learned: It’s always worth waiting for a terminator showdown.

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Forst - Episode 5 (2024) (Folge) 

Englisch Besides the stunning shots of the Tatra Mountains, the fifth episode finally gave me something to ponder. I found myself wondering who emplys more idiots - Polish police or the prosecutor's office? Based on this series, I'd guess it's about sixty-forty in favor of the police.

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Forst - Episode 4 (2024) (Folge) 

Englisch The stunning Tatra mountain views are still the show's saving grace. I'm increasingly convinced that the writers might not pass a drug test. The plot, featuring a police Casanova investigating a case he was removed from while the police seem disinterested (because there aren’t even ten dead bodies, so why bother, right?), suggests a touch of hallucinogens at play. Seriously, this level of storytelling can’t be achieved while sober. / Lesson learned: When you need to fill the runtime, just throw in a sex scene. 1*

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Forst - Episode 3 (2024) (Folge) 

Englisch It's hard to believe, but the series keeps getting worse. This time, the Polish creators attempted something like a Bond movie, and from my perspective, it didn't go well at all. An old and horny bad guy in a luxurious high-tech mansion/brothel on Lomnický štít? That's a first for me. Add in a washed-up but irresistible Polish cop and a truly ridiculous plot... The only saving grace here are the Tatra Mountains. P.S. The characters reminded me a lot of the ensemble from King’s Overlook Hotel. Lesson learned: Only visit Lomnický štít with a well-paid team of mercenaries. 1*-

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Forst - Episode 2 (2024) (Folge) 

Englisch I'm still not impressed. I’ve noticed that Polish films generally do better with me, while their TV shows often fall short. I just can’t buy into the loose cannon in the police force, making the whole series feel unconvincing. / Lesson learned: If you take a trip to the Tatras, don’t lose your head.

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Forst - Episode 1 (2024) (Folge) 

Englisch The creators didn't exactly impress me with this opening episode — it was pretty awful. The Tatra Mountains were nice, and the fog helped create a decent atmosphere, but that's where the positives ended for me. As a crime drama, it didn't work. I was baffled by the disregard for basic investigative procedures and chain of command. At times, I just stared blankly at the screen, trying to figure out why the creators made such poor choices. However, as a guide to the Tatras, it was somewhat enjoyable.