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Netflix presents ‘La Casa de Papel’ (Money Heist): Join the Resistance!




Led by a mysterious figure known only as the Professor, a group of 8 people with city names for aliases, take on the heist of a lifetime from inside the Royal Mint of Spain!

Movie Moxie absolutely adores shows like these – an incredibly clever central figure with a grudging axe to grind, who convinces a group of followers to enact a daring plan that would normally get laughed at for plausibility, something to stick it to The Man and win a victory (and a f*ck-ton of money) for the common people! A 5-part story told in three sectional seasons, the show features time-jumps, flashbacks, hidden character motives, an “unreliable narrator”, spans the entire gamut of human emotions and motivations, and will have you cheering for freedom by the end!

Known for their distinctive red jumpsuits and Salvador Dali masks, not to mention the rather large and real guns they’re packing, the robbers storm the Royal Mint of Spain and take hostages, but that’s the barest hint of a beginning, and only skates over the start of the Professor’s genius plan to smuggle out upwards of €900 million out under the very noses of the cops, the Spanish Central Nacional de Inteligencia or CNI (their equivalent of the FBI or similar intelligence agencies), and the common people who’ve come out to root for them!

We begin not with the Professor, but the unreliable narrator, the enticing and bugsh*t-crazy Tokyo, also rarely known as Silene Oliviera (Ursula Corbero). Recruited early as one of the very first of the Professor’s crew and particularly beloved by him, Tokyo acts unofficially as the heart of the group, quick to find words of comfort and violent encouragement when the sh*t hits the fan, she never shies away from cheerful destruction to bring her point across. Tokyo loves just as fiercely as she fights, and it’s actually her reluctance to suffer to be tamed in a life of domesticity that leads to a daring if necessary rescue plan that opens Season 2, Part 3 of Money Heist!

Nairobi, also occasionally known as Agata Jimenez (Alba Flores), is an expert of counterfeiting and forgery, personally overseeing the money printing and gold smelting, always loudly encouraging and determined to move things along at a breakneck pace. She acts as the hands of the gang, forever gesturing, pointing out, circling back together when it all seems to be falling apart.

Berlin, the older and terminally-ill brother of the Professor, is a former jewel thief with a past full of betrayal, and not always from Berlin himself. Rarely called Andres de Fonollosa (Pedro Alonso), Berlin is the mouthpiece of the gang, a smooth-talking, elegantly bisexual man who loves to steal the finer things in life, he is never without a quip just sharp enough with truth to hurt, even a little.

Denver (Jaime Lorente) is the guts of the gang, passionate and roiling and reluctant, young and hot-headed and prone to geyser-like outbursts of emotion, he wears his heart like armor and is perpetually ready to f*ck some sh*t up. Denver is almost always the would-be trigger man, the over-eager grunt tossed to the front lines, never in charge but never afraid to lead the charge, Denver has guts for days and can always be counted on to lift the rest of the gang when things are falling apart! It should also be noted that it’s because of Denvers various passions that we get a new member of the gang somewhere along the way, the more than mildly crazy Monica Gaztambide (Esther Acebo), who adopts the most appropriate gang moniker ever – Stockholm!

Moscow (Paco Tous), father to Denver and a former miner turned criminal with the rest of our gang, serves as the blood of our combined gang-body, a connection that flows below the surface between everyone, a calming influence that is no slouch in the brains department either.

Then there’s Rio, known eventually by the cops as Anibal Cortes (Miguel Herran), hacker and lover of Tokyo, the perpetual baby of the gang, always in need of saving. Rio is the thyroid gland of the entire gang, the entirely necessary computer hacker that’s generally ignored until desperately needed, or until it begins acting strangely, both of which happens to and not because-of Cortes.

Helsinki (Darko Peric) and his cousin Oslo (Roberto Garcia Ruiz) are of course the meat and muscle of the operation, both veteran Serbian soldiers always ready to utterly destroy the opposition with their intimidating sizes, explosives, and appetite for destruction!

We’ve saved the absolute best for last, because really, the Professor (Alvaro Morte) as the brains of the operation is like sex on toast for a sapiophile like Moxie! Hardly cutting any kind of striking figure, the Professor looks exactly as his moniker sounds – glasses, shirt-sleeves, adorably ruffled puppy-dog hair, skewed tie, harried, lovable expression. And yet somehow, the Prof is the whole of the entire heist, or series of heists, the soul of the group who drives with his passion and determination and ultimately, love, of not only years-long vengeance in the making, but the people he chose to surround himself with for this caper, who became family in the crucible of this trial. Stuck together in some Spanish villa in the countryside for months on end, planning and working and training together under the Professor’s calm, assured guidance, the gang unites under their patriarch and sets out to enact the most daring heist in history!

Plenty of bumbling cops, corrupt CNI officials, and other would-be credit-takers coalesce to try and get our robbers out of the Royal Mint by means fair or foul, but the most important of them is Inspector Raquel Murillo (Itziar Ituno), placed in charge of the original Mint heist. By Part 3, there is no more Raquel, she is now Lisbon and gleefully sporting a crimson jumpsuit and a Dali mask with the rest of them!

The love and care shown in each and every episode to the lost, the forgotten, the marginalized and the repressed – most especially in the LGBTQIA+ community – is truly impressive, and comes across in a beautifully haunting way. For a show fraught with the spectrum of human emotions, a daring plan pulled off by some incredibly zany characters, and the determination to seize justice with your own two hands, Money Heist is an incredible adventure worth repeated viewings!

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Frogfathers lessons from the Normandy surf



Frog Fathers: Lessons from the Normandy Surf” is a deeply moving documentary directed by Bob Whitney, narrated by John C McGinley, and presented by World of Warships and FORCE BLUE. It chronicles the journey of four Navy SEAL veterans revisiting the site of the D-Day landings to honor their forefathers and gain a deeper understanding of the sacrifices made during World War II.

The film’s strength lies in its raw emotional impact and historical significance. It blends personal narratives with archival footage, offering a poignant tribute to the bravery and resilience of those who fought on June 6, 1944. The veterans’ reflections and the cinematography effectively capture the solemnity and reverence of their pilgrimage.

While the documentary focuses primarily on the veterans’ experiences, it also serves as an educational tool, highlighting the strategic importance of the Normandy invasion and its pivotal role in shaping modern history. The film’s respectful approach and engaging storytelling make it a compelling watch for anyone interested in military history and the enduring legacy of the D-Day heroes.

Overall, “Frog Fathers” is a powerful and heartfelt documentary that honors the past while inspiring present and future generations to remember the sacrifices made for freedom 

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American Horror Story: Delicate



As most of us are already aware, the 12th Season of AHS has been fraught with all kinds of differences to the previous seasons, mainly in that this is the first one to be based entirely off a novel, ‘Delicate Condition’ by Danielle Valentine. The first half of the season aired in October 2023 to mediocre reviews, while the SAG-AFTRA strike caused production and airing delays for the latter half of the season, and the episodes of Part 2 were all cut to less than an hour long apiece. And none of that is even getting into the disjointed attempt at storytelling for Season 12, so let’s dive into this! 

Meet Anna Victoria Alcott (Emma Roberts), former young ling star of Hollywood now struggling to recapture fame as an adult, who wants a baby, very very badly. Bad enough to drive herself and her husband Dex (Matt Czuchry) through multiple unsuccessful rounds of IVF (in-vitro fertilization), bad enough to keep trying no matter how crushing each failure turns out to be, bad enough to involve her purported best friend and bougie publicist Siobhan Corbyn (Kim Kardashian) in her struggles, and maybe, just maybe, bad enough to give up on a burgeoning resurgence of her career after interest in her comeback role for The Auteur begins garnering her Oscar-worthy attention. 

So, Anna and Dex are going to go through yet another round of IVF, likely one of their last attempts at it, from a different doctor, Dr. Andrew Hill (Denis O’Hare), and clinic based on Siobhan’s recommendation. And already, strange things are beginning to happen to Anna – her appointments that she set herself begin springing up incorrectly, a doom saying woman called Preacher (Julia White) shows up spouting warnings about trusting no one, dire warnings appear in unlikely places, and BTW, it seems as though long-suffering but good-nurtured Dex has a side-piece too. It doesn’t help that Dex’s new partner at his art gallery, Sonia Shawcross (Annabelle Dexter-Jones), bears a striking resemblance to his dead ex-wife Adeline, either. Those spiked emerald heels start appearing weirdly too, and it seems as though no one will listen to Anna as she grows more and more suspicious that some sort of sinister cult has designs on her as-yet-unborn baby. At the same time, Anna tries to live the life of a successful returning actress, attending parties and gallery openings while draping her rapidly-expanding middle in shimmering fabrics and actively ‘campaigning’ for that little golden statue that most actors covet. Competition is fierce, even among her co-stars of The Auteur, and while Anna wants to be supportive of her fellow entertainers, she clearly appears to be incapable of doing both at the same time – wanting the baby and the little gold award at the same time is too much to ask, apparently. 

Elsewhere, mostly in the past, various women in states of desperation formed from one situation or another are visited by sinister-looking women in prim black dresses, headgear reminiscent of – to me anyway – an odd cross betwixt birds and bunnies, my guess is an ostensive nod to fertility in general, and a general feeling of blood-bound witchery about them at critical moments of crossroad choices. 

Though the second half of the season moves a good deal faster than the first, the attempts at callbacks and reminder flashes to Part 1 hit with all the impact of a dropped bag of garbage onto their friends Talia’s (Julia Canfield) borrowed bougie kitchen floor – splat, into incomprehensible silence, from all parties, both characters and audience, concerned. Even the reminders that, in Part 1 of Delicate Dex’s mother Virginia Harding (Debra Monk) did indeed have perfectly valid memories of abuse at the hands of a black cult and Dex’s own father Dex Sr. (Reed Birney), the revelation pales and peels away in the face of Dex’s true parentage. 

Which brings us back around full circle kinda sorta, to the only real character worth a damn in this entire miserable season of strange feminism and aspirations of world domination through a kind of idiotic Rosemary’s Baby nightmare scenario, we should have known she’d steal the show when Kardashian was cast for it, Siobhan Corbyn, leader of the blood cult her high and mighty (old) self. Throughout the whole show her character has remained exactly the same, and it’s a wonder Anna can stare at her all stupefied while Siobhan does her villain speech at the end of the last episode. Siobhan never masked her ambition or greed, her mysterious protective vibe and even deep love for Anna, and can always be counted on to have secret plans of her own, already in motion, bitch. 

The idea that Anna herself was used as a surrogate for Siobhan and her incestuous eugenicist plans, plus the sweet little demon baby she just birthed, has an ironic the-world-is-tilting-the-wrong-way kind of witchy madness to it. Sure, Anna really can have it all, the baby and the golden statue, if only she joins the patriarchy-crushing cabal of blood witches with world domination plans, got it. 

I have questions, or I would have, but things are moving on and Anna is being saved by … Dex’s dead ex, Adaline the former member of the coven right okay her, she’s going to show back up and offer Anna a simple chant to Hestia her patron Goddess, and that is somehow enough to deal with Siobhan entirely – poof. And finally, after all that rigamarole, decades of planning and scheming and witchy plotting finally settled, Anna really can have it all as a White Witch of Hollywood, heaven help us, with her perfectly human baby and that damned little golden statue, clutched in an only slightly desperate grip. 

As with any season of AHS there are a great deal of statements that could be implied just under the skin of the season – the canker way of ambition, the millenia-old pain of a woman giving birth, the savagery and bloodshed that comes with bringing forth life, pushback against both the patriarchy and ultra-feminism, the absolute desperation of humans wanting to have a child, and perhaps strangest and most open to interpretation of all, what it means to be feminine. The worlds population of women who can’t or don’t or simply won’t have children, for any reason or none, are relegated to servants, expendable servants at that, for this new world order that Siobhan is proposing, and that is far too close a comfort to things like outright slavery. A dictator is a dictator, no matter how great she looks in those emerald spiked heels. 

It’s not the really beautiful grotesquerie that Ryan Murphy and his AHS gang are often known for, nor is it utterly terrible and should be burned at the stake. What Delicate should be, is put back together with missing and cut footage, an hour long per episode again come on folks, fleshed some more of Siobhan’s baby-stealing adventures in the past and given us an actual reason to like anything about the whiny Anna, at least the Part 2 we as longtime AHS fans deserve. Toss in some more spidery hijinks! Give us the actual origin of those weird feather bunny-ear headdresses! 

American Horror Story Delicate the whole season can be seen on FX! 

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Jurassic Park: Unraveling the Mystery in a World Gone Prehistoric!



Hold onto your hats, dino fans! The highly anticipated sequel to the adrenaline-pumping Camp Cretaceous saga is here, and it’s taking us on a wild ride six years in the making. Following the harrowing events of Camp Cretaceous, our beloved “Nublar Six” are back, but they’re not out of the woods just yet. In fact, they’re about to plunge headfirst into a world where dinosaurs roam freely alongside dangerous humans, and trust us when we say, it’s a Jurassic jungle out there!

Picture this: a world where survival isn’t just about avoiding sharp-toothed predators but also navigating the treacherous waters of human greed and deceit. As our resilient heroes reunite in the aftermath of a heart-wrenching tragedy, they quickly realize that danger lurks around every corner, and trust is a luxury they can’t afford. 

But wait, there’s more! Prepare to embark on a globetrotting adventure like no other as the Nublar Six find themselves thrust into the heart of a conspiracy that threatens not only the fragile balance between dinosaurs and humanity but also their very existence. From the lush jungles of Isla Nublar to the bustling streets of bustling cities, buckle up for a rollercoaster ride of epic proportions as our intrepid group races against time to uncover the truth about one of their own and, ultimately, save both dinosaur and humankind from certain doom.

So, dear readers, if you thought you’d seen it all in Jurassic Park, think again! With heart-stopping action, pulse-pounding suspense, and jaw-dropping revelations, this latest installment promises to be a game-changer in the Jurassic universe. Get ready to roar with excitement because Jurassic Park: Unraveling the Mystery is about to take a bite out of your imagination and leave you hungry for more!

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