086: Fast X: Ride or Die?

#086. FAST X (2023) REVIEW

Airdate: May 31, 2023

The Fast & the Furious saga begins its epic conclusion with Fast X. With a powerful cast, lots of explosions and cars to dream about – should the film be on your must see list? Or is this where you get off the ride and wait for streaming?

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083: Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves: A Fun Fantasy Romp


Airdate: April 19, 2023

Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves is another attempt to bring the popular game to life. Chris Pine & Michelle Rodriguez star in this campy romp through the fantasy world filled with magic, owl bears, wizards and a straight laced Paladin. Does it live up to the trailer’s hype or should the campaign end with only one installment?

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079: Knock at the Cabin: Should You Answer?


Airdate: February 22, 2023

Knock at the Cabin asks one couple to make a sacrifice to save all of humanity. M. Night Shyamalan returns with his latest feature film starring Dave Bautista. The question he posed is simple: would you put others before yourself? Could you? Forever Fangirls discusses the film and their answers to that very thought.

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078: 80 for Brady: Is it a Touchdown or Fumble?

#078. 80 FOR BRADY (2023) REVIEW

Airdate: February 8, 2023

Inspired by a true story, 80 for Brady, is about friendships, chosen family and football. Starring four of the most amazing leading women, Rita Moreno, Jane Fonda, Sally Field and Lily Tomlin, this film is sure to be a hit, right?  Or is the storyline a bit deflated? 

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062: Everything Everywhere All At Once: The Real Multiverse Film


Airdate: June 15, 2022

Everything Everywhere All At Once tackles the multiverse by thrusting Evelyn Wang into a massive adventure. Is the adventure Evelyn takes across the multiverse worth the price to rent or buy? Forever Fangirls discuss the film, the themes and if the multiverse should be put to bed already.

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060: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: Is Maddening…


Airdate: June 1 2022

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness boasts an ambitious amount of cameos and superb special effects. It also has a story that divided the fanbase. Forever Fangirls gives their review, their opinion on the villain, and more.

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Top 5 Films We Watched in 2021

This year has been very… different. Due to the coronavirus, the entertainment industry found new ways to give us entertainment and further their streaming services. HBO launched all Warner Brothers films on day one, later in the year they released in theaters at the same time. Disney+ housed a premier access model. For an additional fee, you could see a few select fils that were released in the summer. They changed the model later in the year to allow for a 45 day lag between the theatrical release and when it was available via streaming. We like this recent model and hope it continues.

Note: There is a tie for first place. So technically there are 6… because why not.

1. Free Guy (Tie)

Who doesn’t feel like an NPC (Non-Playable Character) in real life sometimes? It’s why video games and social media have become lifelines during the pandemic. They allow us to live the idealistic version of ourselves and interact with others. Behind the wonderful effects remains a story with a lot of heart. You can be the good guy and be exactly who you were meant to be. You just need to have faith in yourself and take the chance.

1. Gunpowder Milkshake (Tie)

Of all the films released this year, Gunpowder Milkshake hit every mark. We’re not sure if it was the cast, if we were in the right frame of mind when we watched it, or if it was just that good to us. Either way, we would (and have) watched it more than once. It’s just that entertaining. Make a bowl of popcorn and just enjoy the spectacle of the entire feature.

2. Cruella

The first Disney entry on our list is one that took us by surprise. Emma Stone was spectacular in the leading role and gave us everything we could want and more from the character of Cruella. The film suffers from some CGI issues that could not be ignored after a while, but overall, the film was really enjoyable. We understand many fans out there don’t want villains to have backstories, but we like them. Villains shouldn’t be one dimensional people. As Kevin Bachelder has said many times, “villains are the heroes of their own stories.” We really enjoy seeing them.

3. Black Widow

The Marvel film fans have been clamouring for finally released in 2021 and did not disappoint. Natasha Romanoff’s origin story gave us a truly heartbreaking film with funny moments. Between Yelena’s pose comments, and her subsequent disgust over using it, to the secret whistle between sisters, Black Widow had action, emotion, and comedy. Its biggest downfall was twofold. First, it felt really late to the MCU. The fans have been asking for an origin story for years and it felt that without the events of Endgame, this might never have happened. Second, the after credit scene felt like it cheapened the entire story and made it about one of the original Avengers. Everything fans were irritated about regarding Black Widow being overlooked or minimized was reinforced.

4. Raya & the Last Dragon

Raya & the Last Dragon had everything one could want in a fun Disney film. The battle for bringing an entire community together with dragons is a fun family film. Plus, Tuk Tuk is absolutely adorable. Where is seems to stall is in the overly idealistic overtones that were formulaic to a fault. With so much available in the story, we wanted more beyond the obvious message. Overall, it’s an enjoyable watch with stunning visuals with amazing actor portrayals.

5. Sweet Girl

Another surprise film was Netflix’s Sweet Girl. We’ve seen Jason Momoa in action films before, but never one like this. Playing a father and husband who fights to help his wife fight cancer. After insurance companies get involved, so do the conspiracies and back door dealings. The story isn’t perfect and requires some suspension of disbelief; however, the ending was something we did not see coming. That’s saying something for Kimberly, who usually sees twists in plot lines from a mile away.

Like we said, this year has been different from years past. The truth is, theaters are still not back to where they were before the pandemic. We don’t know if the larger 20+ screen multiplexes are approaching the end of an era. Maybe theatrical releases with the 45 day window before streaming services and VOD will be the new norm. With TV’s, sound systems, and theater seats wildly available, the landscape is  quickly transforming.

So, what will 2022 bring? We’re unsure, but what we do know is that we cannot wait to cover the upcoming films for you.

048: Free Guy: NPC’s Are People Too

#048: FREE GUY (2021) REVIEW

Airdate: December 1, 2021

Free Guy tells the story of Guy, a NPC in a violent open world game. Forever Fangirls dives into the servers to see if Free Guy was worth the download. Note: Sheila is not a gamer. Kimberly is and games will be discussed during this review. This film was on her radar since the original trailer.

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047: Sweet Girl: A Good Story & Surprising Twist

#047: SWEET GIRL (2021) REVIEW

Airdate: November 17, 2021

Netflix’s original film Sweet Girl tells the story of a man who vows to bring justice to those he deems responsible for his wife’s passing. Jason Momoa and Isabel Merced star in this action film. Was it worthy of a watch or a justly deserved skip? Forever Fangirls finds out.

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Moxie (2021) Review


Moxie, based on the book by Jennifer Mathieu, was released on Netflix original film on March 3, 2021. Our niece saw this film and recommended it to us. To be honest, she was right. This was a fun watch.

This film tackles female empowerment in the archaic institutions of male dominated school systems based around athletics. It’s a difficult topic and one that Moxie does and does not cover fully. The fact is, no film that covers these topics will ever fully get it right. There will always be something that could have and most likely should have been addressed.

Looking at the film as a whole, it is about one voice being powerful enough to invoke conversation and action. A girl creates a magazine after being inspired by a new classmate who stands tall regardless of those trying to knock her down. Along the way, she has several missteps but in the end, finds her way.

Since we’ve never read the novel the film is based on, it is hard to judge whether the film took some creative liberties or not. Although a bit dated, the film is a fun watch with solid performances.