‘The Ritual’ Movie Review


This male bonding horror flick ‘The Ritual’ is about four Brits set on a journey hiking through the Swedish wilderness. What was supposed to be a trip for the fellas has become a memorial for their friend Rob, killed in a senseless act of violence during a liquor store robbery. The conflict increases when the men decide to take a shortcut through the forest and end up stalked and haunted by the supernatural creature that roars and creeps in the night, leaving disemboweled animal carcasses hanging in the trees and haunting their dreams. Unfortunately, none of them are all that well-equipped to handle the elements.

After packing up their gear and heading back into town, Dom injures his knee. Hutch decides they should cut through the woods, as it would cut their travel time in half. It is not long before the woods started to reveal their secrets, from the gutted moose strung up in the trees with its guts hanging out to an abundance of strange carvings in the woods. And, then a stop at an abandoned cabin reveals what looks to be an abandoned pagan ritual, and then the sleepover leaves the crew with unexplained wounds, haunting terrifying nightmares and then for one of them, naked, bent before the pagan totem praying.

In my opinion, a few important threads were missing from the cabin sleepover that was underwritten in terms of development.  Yes, we all get that story’s themes of guilt and grief with horror at its center. ‘The Ritual’ does for hiking in the mountains what ‘The Descent’ did for spelunking. Great acting, beyond gorgeous cinematography, wonderful directing and an amazing creature/monster design. Unsettling. I enjoyed that. This is what ‘The Blair Witch’ should have been. I was hoping for much more with the movie but it lacked so much and gave so less. Maybe if they make a part two it could go deeper into the roots because I have a feeling this isn’t the end of ‘The Ritual.’



‘Bright’ Movie Review

‘Bright’ is one of Netflix best original movies to date and it absolute deserves to be seen on the big screen, though it didn’t make it their do not it let it stop you from watching it from the comfort of your home. The cop drama/triller is an urban action film based around two LA officers. The city is populated not only by humans but also fantastical creatures like Fairies, Centaurs, Elves and Orcs, amongst other races — having coexisted for hundreds of years. ‘Bright’ in my opinion has great action and actors but the story line just lacked a little for me I was expecting much much more.

Will Smith stars in ‘Bright’ as Darryl Ward, a seasoned LA cop with only five years left he’s eligible for his pension, Ward finds himself partnered with a rookie officer Nick Jacoby (Jack Edgerton) — who happens to be the first Orc officer ever. Majority of the LA police force (human) would prefer if Jacoby was kicked out because he’s non-human, Ward does his upmost best to cooperate with his Orc partner, after committing the biggest rookie mistake almost getting Ward killed.

‘Bright’ is filled with transparent parallels to real-world racism and class differences. Which I think is what caused so much hatred towards the film. But, let’s jump to the beginning… The movie starts off as a routine night patrol which quickly goes downhill for Ward and Jacoby when they stumble across the tremendously gruesome aftermath of a crime scene in DTLA. There, the two stumble across a magical wand — an ancient artifact that can only be wielded by individuals know as Brights (anyone else who picks up the wand barehanded explode and is blown away) — along with the wand a mysterious elf named Tika (Lucy Fry). The three now find themselves on a run and doing whatever they have to, to keep the wand out of the hands of evil and to stay alive, with everyone from bad cops, gangsters (Orcs) and an elf named Leilah (Noomi Rapace) who will do anything to get the wand back in her hands to cause harm and destruction.

In my opinion I think the supporting cast in ‘Bright’ were wasted here. With few to none distinguishable character traits or dialogue and/or connections you’re just stuck wondering. Besides the gruesome killing scenes, the evil facial expression you get nothing from the other cast members. Besides the lack of knowledge we know about the other characters you just make up your own storyline on top of the small plot of protecting the wand that was provided to us by the writers. Before, ‘Bright’ was released officially people were talking badly about because it was a Netflix original film. Stop sleeping on Netflix films because they’re coming and they’re actually good. These reviews were prematurely written and then having the minor but big movie flaws fueled the negativity for the movie, lol. I would’ve paid to see this movie on the big screen but it was even better to watch it from the comfort of my home. I honestly think they Netflix could make this into a series and I would actually watch it. I recommend seeing this movie it’s not a must watch but it’s a good movie to watch.

‘Wonder’ Movie Review

‘Wonder’ will charm you from first minute to the very end. It’s such an amazing, cute and beautiful movie. Everyone should watch it. It’s innocent, humble, almost naive and so beautiful poetic. This movie is going to make her you teary eyed and/or make you cry like you never have. This movie is so touching and inspiring. This is a movie about being kind. The movie is very heartwarming and beautiful done.

The movie, about a 10-year-old boy with cranio-facial differences going to school for the first time, has been in development since soon after the novel on which it is based was published in 2012. His name is Auggie Pullman, and has a severe case of Treacher Collins syndrome — a rare genetic craniogacial disorder. Auggie must navigate new challenges in a new school, making friends, such as how to talk about his condition, and handling bullies. Auggie has undergone 30 surgeries before entering the middle school and he collects the wristbands. One of my favorite moments from the movie is when a classmates asks Auggie about plastic surgery, Auggie jokingly says “This is after plastic surgery” — it’s takes a lot of work to look this good.

In my opinion this is one of the best movies I have seen in a very long time. I think everybody should see this movie. This is a fictional movie but, this is the reality of many men and women that deal with craniofacial abnormalities. Like Auggie, they know how it feels to be judge by their outward appearance. I hope ‘Wonder’ is seen by millions of people to better this disorder and the amazing children who preserve with these conditions.

Miguel’s ‘War & Leisure’

Miguel is gifted. Miguel is original. Miguel always puts his own spin on R&B, Funk and Soul which music lovers hungry for more. It’s going to take a few more listens for me to determine if this will be placed in the best albums of 2017 but is definitely a great album. Miguel is the kind of artist in my options that leaves himself across different templates of music.

Miguel has produced unforgettable singles which I feel as though has shown us multiple sides of his musical palette. Following ‘Wildheart’ which I wasn’t a fan of at all; I think ‘War and Leisure’ has some breakout singles such as ‘Sky Walker’ fearing Travis Scott, ‘Shockandawe,’ ‘Told You So,’ ‘Now’ and ‘Pineapple Skies’ and each song pulled me into the album and had me preordering my copies.

Listening to this album I hear Prince, Lenny Kravitz, and Hendrix all in one singing out loudly and to my soul. It’s like an erotic overdose of music which I enjoy very much so. This is an album that will be played multiple times and with each listens will speak to you differently. I have a feeling that ‘War and Leisure’ will make his fan very happy and will also bring a lot of new listeners. Miguel is a savvy writer and that is what separates him from other artists.

In my opinion ‘War and Leisure’ is a great album. Everybody should give it a couple listens because it’s most definitely a mood changer. If you’re looking for an album that you can work out too, clean the house, have long drives and etc this is the album. I would rate this album a 4 out of 5 stars. I’m excited and proud of Miguel and I’m also ready for his tour.

– SmileySidney.


Solange – Don’t You Wait — From her 4th solo album entitled ‘A Seat At The Table’ this has to be one of my favorite songs from the album. Solange, isn’t your average artist she’s unique, eclectic and cool. Her music is always inviting and blissful. ‘Don’t You Wait’ is one of those songs that has an amazing beat and tempe plus some amazing lyrics. Click the link I bet you’ll love the song as much as I do. And, if you like the song go ahead and check the album out as well.

– Smiley

Missy Elliot Deserves The Vangaurd Award

Missy Elliot is a rapper, songwriter, dancer, producer, and survivor. Notable work includes, “Get You Freak On”, “Work It”, “Gossip Folk, and “One Minute Man.”

Melissa Arnette “Missy” Elliot, often known professionally as Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliot aka Supa Dupa Fly was always ahead of her time. She pushed boundaries like no other.

Missy not being awarded the Vanguard Award is a complete backhand slap to the face. This award is given to celebrities who have successfully illustrate dynamic creativity, within music visuals, within in the entertainment industry. Missy has been doing this for a long time and she always sets the bar tremendously high. With Missy’s out of the box creativity, she should’ve been awarded this award in my opinion.

Don’t get me wrong, I like P!NK and I think her artistry is amazing. I just don’t think that she should’ve been awarded this before Missy. Missy has her own style and she has been setting and breaking trends since the late 90s and early 2000s, and still to this day. Gender norms, couldn’t even enclose her because of how comfortable and carefree she is it makes her a Legend in my eyes and ears. It’s so many reasons why Missy should’ve been awarded this award.


Ten Reasons Why

  1. She directs her videos.
  2. 15 Music Videos Awards.
  3. 20 years in the game and counting.
  4. Six Grammys under her belt.
  5. Her video concepts, her cynical imaginative videos concepts are crazy good.
  6. She is ahead of her peers in the music industry.
  7. Her choreography is sickening.
  8. Music is still being sampled.
  9. She is a one of a kind artist.
  10. She S-L-A-Y-S!

These are just my opinions on why I think Missy should’ve been awarded the Vanguard Award. Maybe next year MTV will do the appropriate thing and award the Queen her honorable award.

– Smiley Sidney


Sidney is a Baltimore City Style Connoisseur & Diehard Adventurer. If you love Fashion, Food, Art, and Music, or just a sarcastic attractive young man discussing these topics — then you’ve come to the right place. After reading my posts hopefully, you’re ready to experience new beginnings.

On my website, I’ll discuss my tips & tricks and how I’ve managed — for five plus years to completely express myself both mentally, physically and emotionally and remain happy. The struggles that have faced in my life have motivated and inspired me to create and share myself, my genuine self, try new things, and to start a new chapter in my life.

I would love to share my personal experiences and hopefully inspire and be inspired by others to live a happy life, a healthy life, and a stylish life. To eat clean and be the best person you can be.

     — Smiley