Movies And TV Shows I’ve Watched In June (Reviews)

We are halfway through the year and of course It’s time to share my monthly movie and show reviews for the month of June. Here are the shows that I will be reviewing: Lucifer (Season 5, Part 2), Into The Badlands, Lupin (Part 2), and Tidelands. And here are the movies I will be reviewing: The Conjuring, The Conjuring 2, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, All That We Destroy, They Come Knocking, In The Heights, Culture Shock, School Spirit, Pure, Luca, Awake, Annabelle Comes Home, and The Devil Below. Keep on reading to check out June’s monthly reviews.

TV Shows

Lucifer – Season 5, Part 2 (2021) – Rating: 4/5

Photo Credit: John P. Fleenor/ Netflix

Season 5, part 2 is here and I enjoyed it, although I’m not a huge fan of the musical/singing episode lol. We were able to see more of Lucifer’s father (God) and their strained relationship, and we also saw more of his siblings, including the one that’s causing trouble. As usual the cases Chloe and Lucifer work are interesting, with unlikely suspects so I enjoy seeing them do their thing solving cases. Part 2 of Season 5 also has needed character development, which is always a great thing. There are also a few surprises to expect. I enjoyed part 2 of season 5 and thought it was surprising, enjoyable, and entertaining. If Lucifer sounds like your kind of show, then I say check it out. 

Streaming On: Netflix

Into The Badlands – Seasons 1-3 (2015) – Rating: 5/5

Photo Credit: Aidan Monaghan/AMC

I really enjoyed watching this series and it sucks that the show was canceled. This series takes place in a post apocalyptic world, which brings us into the Badlands. The Badlands are made up of different groups/classes of people, including barons who control the land and amongst others things, so you can expect some power hungry people. This show takes us on an adventure with the main character (Sunny, who’s my favorite ) who just wants to protect and keep his son safe. The cast does a great job portraying their characters. There are some characters that I really dislike but there’s also a few favorites that I have. The fight sequences in this show are brutal, cool, lengthy and amazing. The cinematography and the costumes are also great. Into The Badlands is a high octane show, that’s thrilling, fun, and action packed. 

Streaming On: Netflix

Lupin – Part 2 (2021) – Rating: 5/5

Photo Credit: Emmanuel Guimier/Netflix

I watched this series when it premiered earlier this year in January and I loved it. I’m so happy Part 2 is back. The show is brilliant, and I’ll be saying it again lol. Part 1 was great, but Part 2 is even greater. It picks up where Part 1 left off, and we get to see flashbacks and a glimpse on how Assane became the gentleman thief we know. Assane is played amazingly by Omar Sy. The cast do a fine job as they’ve done in the previous season. In part 2 Assane is still getting revenge on the guy that framed his dad for stealing a necklace, and Assane won’t stop until he finishes what he started. What I love about this show is how much Assane and his friend Ben has everything planned out and through flashbacks you’re like wow, because it’s amazing how every detail is planned. Lupin is clever, brilliant, exciting, thrilling, fun, and a must watch. 

Streaming On: Netflix

Tidelands – Season 1 (2018) – Rating: 4/5

Photo Credit: Netflix

I’ve been eyeing this show for a while and I’m glad I finally watched it, because I really enjoyed it. The cast does a great job, and it was nice seeing two of the actors that I know in this series. While the actors all gave strong performances, Elsa Pataky steals the show as Adrielle, the leader of the Tidelanders and one of the show’s antagonist. It was also refreshing to watch an Australia based show. This crime/fantasy series about drug trade, sirens and their human hybrid offsprings, called Tidelanders make for a great and entertaining plot. This series contains twists/secrets surrounding the village of Orphelin Bay and its residents, plus a season finale cliffhanger. The whole myth and idea of sirens is always interesting and this series does a good job at telling a story about these creatures. Tidelands is mysterious, sexy, fun, and a binge worthy show. I’m so ready for season 2. 

Streaming On: Netflix

Movies

The Conjuring (2013) – Rating: 5/5

Photo Credit: Netflix

This film is based on one of the cases that the Warrens investigated when the Perron family was being haunted by a dark presence in their farmhouse. Casting Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson as Lorraine and Ed Warren was the perfect choice. Obviously I don’t know Ed and Lorraine Warren well, but I feel like I know them through Patrick’s and Vera’s portrayal of them. Those two have such amazing chemistry and it shows. The cast gave really great performances all around. James Wan does a fantastic job at creating this chilling and suspenseful atmosphere and tone by using gripping musical scores, different kinds of scares to frighten the audience which are all executed well, and the use of the cinematography. Wan does so many great things with this movie, and it’s exactly how a horror film should be. The Conjuring is haunting, terrifying, suspenseful and a must watch. 

Streaming On: Netflix, HBO Max

The Conjuring 2 (2016) – Rating 5/5

Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

James Wan’s sequel to 2013’s The Conjuring is another horror hit. This time the film opens up with the Warrens investigating the Amityville murders. A year later, the Warrens hear about a family in England experiencing strange occurrences in their home and are sent there to investigate to see if it’s a hoax. Wan knows exactly what to do to keep the audience terrified when watching the movie, including but not limited to the camera work and creepy scenes. While this is a horror movie, just like the previous film it’s heart warming and touching when it comes to the Warrens and their loving relationship. The Conjuring 2 is terrifying, creepy, haunting, and an amazing sequel to the first film. 

Streaming On: Netflix, HBO Max

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) – Rating: 4.5/5

Photo Credit: Warner Bros.

The film doesn’t open up with another case that the Warrens worked like the two previous films have done, which isn’t a big deal, but it is something I enjoy seeing and look forward to. The movie begins with action and from there it continues at a steady pace. I loved The Exorcist homage in the beginning of the film, it gave me goosebumps. The Devil Made Me Do It is based on the case of Arne Johnson, who was under demonic possession when he killed his landlord and this goes to trial. While demonic possession plays a role in this film we also see that the occult plays a role too. While each Conjuring film may be about the Warrens cases, we also get a glimpse into their lives, and the love they have for each other is beautiful, and is the heart of the films. I always find it interesting when Lorraine uses her abilities which she uses in this film and it always proves to be insightful and helps. Even though James Wan did not direct this film, I still enjoyed it. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is suspenseful, dark, intense, and if you enjoyed the previous Conjuring films, you’ll enjoy this one.

Watch in theaters and streaming on HBO Max

All That We Destroy (2019) – Rating: 3/5

Photo Credit: Bloody-Disgusting

This episode of Into The Dark is themed after Mother’s Day, and although it’s rarely mentioned or not as easily implied, being that the mother will do anything for her son, might just clue you in. The cast also does a decent job with their roles. Getting an explained motive on Spencer’s killing(s), and why he is the way he is would’ve been helpful. But his mother has other plans to “fix him”, by cloning the young lady he killed so that he can have some form of treatment and release of these urges, which is weird and creepy. All That We Destroy is not my favorite of the series but I’d say give it a watch.

Streaming On: Hulu

They Come Knocking (2019) – Rating: 3/5

Photo Credit: Richard Foreman, Jr. SMPSP/Hulu

They Come Knocking is themed after Father’s Day, although it isn’t implied as you are watching it. The cast does a great job. A father and his two daughters go on a road trip to say goodbye to his wife after she passed away from cancer, so the three of them are still grieving in their own way. “Creepy kids” in hoodies turn this road trip into a nightmare for this family when they start knocking on their trailer. We don’t know much about these kids/beings which would’ve been nice, but they are creepy. I can say that this installment is probably one of the closest to the horror genre than the other episodes I’ve seen. They Come Knocking has its scares, it’s well acted, but the movie’s plot doesn’t fully satisfy me.

Streaming On: Hulu

In The Heights (2021) – Rating: 4/5

Photo Credit: Macall Polay/Warner Bros.

I really enjoyed this film. The cast was so great, and they portrayed their characters well. I really loved Anthony Ramos as Usnavi, and he was my favorite from the movie. I loved the songs, and the dancing was great and just fun to watch. The cinematography, the music sequences and the set locations looked amazing, I felt like I was in Washington Heights. 96,000 is my favorite song and musical sequence from the movie, it’s so fun. The diversity of the cast members was beautiful to see, people of color and the Hispanic/Latinxs community getting to shine and tell a part of their stories was so good to see. This movie is about community, family, and dreams, no matter how big or small, which I loved. This film is a wonderful blend of culture, music, and storytelling. In The Heights is upbeat, inspiring, fun, heart warming, and a great summer movie to watch.

Watch in theaters and streaming on HBO Max

Culture Shock (2019) – Rating: 4/5

Photo Credit: Bloody-Disgusting

This one I really enjoyed and it focuses on the Fourth of July. Mexican immigrants are living in a nightmare after they are caught by the border patrol in this episode of Into The Dark. They wake up in a perfect suburban world, but the audience and Marisol played by Martha Higareda knows something isn’t right and not what it seems. At times Culture Shock may remind you of other films you’ve seen such as Get Out or The Purge, but the fact that this episode centers on immigration and the horrors that immigrants face and can face makes you wonder. And the portrayal of how Americans in this episode felt about immigration is how some Americans currently feel about immigration, so this episode felt a little relatable to today’s time. Culture Shock is relevant, thought provoking, and one of Into The Dark’s best episodes.

Streaming On: Hulu

School Spirit (2019) – Rating: 3.5/5

Photo Credit: Hulu // FanPop

This episode of Into The Dark focused on the first day of school and I wasn’t sure what to expect watching it. Upon reading that high school students would be having Saturday detention, I immediately thought of The Breakfast Club lol. This episode of Into The Dark isn’t the absolute best but it’s not horrible, it was entertaining to watch. The cast of young actors did a good job and the acting wasn’t bad. Based off the killer’s reveal I can say that I was bit surprised, I had a thought of who could be the killer, but wasn’t fully sure. The killer’s outfit/mask is creepy, and the kills are decent and laughable. School Spirit is a fun high school slasher and a breath of fresh air for the Into The Dark series. 

Streaming On: Hulu

Pure (2019) – Rating: 3/5

Photo Credit: Patrick Wymore/Hulu


Here’s another episode of Into The Dark that I enjoyed. The theme is Daughters Day and in this episode fathers take their daughters to a purity camp and for the girls it’s a nightmare. But first let’s talk about the cast, they were great and so was the acting. It irked my nerves how much the fathers were controlling, and how they were having double standards about sex and virginity toward their daughters. The fathers were also making this whole purity camp about themselves and it was just creepy and weird. Some of the girls decides to summon Lilith and we see what happens when she arrives. This is meant to be a horror movie about the fear of Lilith but the true horror is how the fathers were towards their daughters about their bodies/sex life. Pure is creepy, unfortunately relevant, and wraps up season 1 of Into The Dark.   

Streaming On: Hulu

Luca (2021) – Rating: 4/5

Photo Credit: Disney/Pixar

I enjoyed watching Luca, I feel that the film’s Italian setting is perfect for the movie and the summer season. Also the voice cast does a great job and they are enjoyable as well. The animation is beautiful. The visuals are vivid, colorful, and stunning which enhances this fun Italian adventure. I do love that the movie is a simple coming of age story and that it isn’t trying to be anything else. It’s nothing that is in depth, it’s straightforward and enjoyable, as well as being charming and light. This film is about adventure, acceptance, and friendship with relatable characters. Luca is cute, heart warming, family friendly, and a movie to add to your summer watch list.

Streaming on Disney Plus

Awake (2021) – Rating: 3.5/5

Photo Credit: Peter H. Stranks / Netflix

I enjoyed watching Awake. The movie’s runtime is 96 mins, so you know that the movie is fast paced. I do think some additional time would’ve been nice to answer some questions in the film I’m sure the audience would’ve had about what’s going on. The cast does a job well done, especially Gina Rodriguez (Jill) who gives a strong performance as a mom who’s trying to save her kids. The actors who played Jill’s children, did a fine job as well. I also liked the addition of Dodge (Shamier Anderson), and thought he was a nice character choice to the film. While many post apocalyptic/catastrophe movies feature zombies, aliens, or other supernatural creatures it’s refreshing to have the inability to sleep and mass hysteria resulting from it as what’s causing the possible extinction of humans. Awake has an interesting plot, it kept me engaged, it’s gripping, entertaining, and I think it’s worth a watch.  

Streaming On: Netflix

Annabelle Comes Home (2019) – Rating: 5/5

Photo Credit: Warner Bros.

Annabelle Comes Home takes place a year after the events of The Conjuring. More specifically when the Warrens take Annabelle from the two nurses, who we’ve seen in 2013’s The Conjuring. On a car ride home with Annabelle the Warrens see how dangerous Annabelle is. Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson are so perfect as the Warrens. I love their relationship and their love for each other. The younger cast also gave great performances and I loved their chemistry. The film takes place in the Warren’s house, and wow let’s just say we get to witness some scary things in there. I also loved how we were able to see demonic spirits we weren’t familiar with in the franchise. In this film, you understand why Annabelle was locked in a glass case, and how evil and powerful her presence is. Annabelle Comes Home is a great addition to the Conjuring Universe. This movie has the scares, great acting, it’s terrifying, entertaining, creepy and haunting.

Streaming On: HBO Max

The Devil Below (2021) – Rating: 3/5

Photo Credit: Vertical Entertainment

The Devil Below is about a team of scientists led by an adventurer to do an expedition in the small town of Shookum Hills, whose town is a mess after deadly creatures attacked the residents. This movie starts as a slow burn but then the film builds up suspense. The cast did a good job as the characters. This movie reminds me of The Descent, The Cave, and A Quiet Place, but the film is still it’s own. Of course the scientists research results in them running into the creatures, which is what the current residents have been trying to avoid. With the glimpses we see, the creatures look terrifying and grotesque. I do think a backstory on the creatures or maybe through some flashbacks on how they arrived in Shookum Hills would’ve been nice to see in the movie. Overall I enjoyed this film. The Devil Below is suspenseful, entertaining, and a fun watch.

Streaming On: Netflix

5/5: Love It, Must Watch

4.5/5: Amazing

4/5: Great

3.5/5: Very Good

3/5: Good

2.5/5: Pretty Good

2/5: Meh (Not Impressive)

1.5/5: Bad

1/5: Horrible

This wraps up my June movie and show reviews. Have you watched any of these films or shows ? Let me know in the comments below. As always thanks for reading and I’ll see you for my July round of monthly watches.

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