D.J. Rivera

D.J. Rivera

I'm an entertainment writer with a passion for covering all aspects of the world of TV and cinema. I am also an award-winning writer, director, and producer with several titles available on Amazon Prime Video. https://amzn.to/2x5OQAO

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  • D.J. Rivera
    Published about a month ago
    Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith Are Ready to Ride or Die in ‘Queen & Slim’

    Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith Are Ready to Ride or Die in ‘Queen & Slim’

    First dates are a complicated affair. They can be nerve-racking and sometimes stressful. A person only gets one chance at a good first impression. While some do kick off a love affair that mostly ends up happily ever after, most of us know that many of these romantic first encounters end up being laughably forgettable. But what would you do if something happened on this occasion that changes your life forever? And I’m not talking about love at first sight. I’m talking about gunshots and viral stardom. Well if you ever wondered how dinner and a movie could turn into a nationwide manhunt, then you must see Queen & Slim.
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    Published about a month ago
    Rosa Salazar Takes Audiences on a Wild Animated Odyssey Through Time, Space, and Reality in ‘Undone’ Series

    Rosa Salazar Takes Audiences on a Wild Animated Odyssey Through Time, Space, and Reality in ‘Undone’ Series

    It is always great to see creators branch out and provide audiences with something new. So many times, viewers are let down by the fact that they always look to their screens for something different when all they get are carbon copies of the last hit. It is such a rare occasion that when one boldly steps outside the box, and ventures courageously into uncharted territory, it should be admired and applauded. So when the Undone trailer premiered, stating it was from the creators of the critically acclaimed comedy series BoJack Horseman, I was somewhat shocked. While the humor-based Netflix show does handle depression in a respectably comedic yet poignant manner, Undone will be taking a much different approach. This new thought-provoking series utilizes rotoscope animation to drive its hypnotic narrative, and from the looks of the latest trailer, it would not have been possible without it.
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    Published about a month ago
    Just How Crazy Can the Second Season of 'Mindhunter' Really Get?

    Just How Crazy Can the Second Season of 'Mindhunter' Really Get?

    Mindhunter is arguably one of Netflix’s best shows, and given this is the streaming service that brought viewers such compelling programs like House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black, and Black Mirror, that praise is no joke. Based on the book Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit, written by F.B.I agent John Douglas—this raw, gritty serial killer drama feels very reminiscent of such iconic serial killer films as Seven and Zodiac, which makes a lot of sense given how this is academy award-nominated director David Fincher's baby. But unlike those films, and other programs like it, Mindhunter showcases how the FBI became familiar with crazy, so it could better apprehend all the crazy out there that needed apprehending.
  • D.J. Rivera
    Published 2 months ago
    'The Witch' Director Returns to Drive Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson Crazy in 'The Lighthouse'

    'The Witch' Director Returns to Drive Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson Crazy in 'The Lighthouse'

    A lighthouse is a truly remarkable structure. It represents so many great things like the satisfaction of knowing you’ve survived the journey making it home safely. It holds back the darkness, giving travelers a beacon through whatever adversity they may be facing. And it's safe to say that during a storm, this glowing light is undoubtedly a sight for soar eyes. Some may even argue it's the epitome of hope and the enemy of despair. They may very well be mistaken. Because one always thinks about those looking at the lighthouse and very little about the brave, unfortunate souls that must man the spotlight. For anyone that ever wondered if someone could lose all their marbles tending to the needs of a lighthouse, then the new trailer from director Robert Eggers' latest film will provide some terrifying answers some may find hard to believe.
  • D.J. Rivera
    Published 2 months ago
    Blumhouse Invites Audiences to Get in on 'The Hunt' This Fall

    Blumhouse Invites Audiences to Get in on 'The Hunt' This Fall

    If there is one thing moviegoers can count on, it is that there is one name that is synonymous with developing hit horror films. Whenever these guys have something slated for release, it's a good idea to not miss out. Blumhouse has put out some of the genre's most popular titles and some very profitable franchises. One example is the Purge property which has spawned four movies and a TV show about to air its second season. And it's not just popcorn flicks with these talented folks either. The low-budgeted horror outfit has garnered some Oscar gold from Jordan Peele’s 2017 mega-hit Get Out, both of which involve the wealthy and the less fortunate going head to head in a truly chaotic fashion. These are some truly sick and twisted tales of the elite exploiting those below the poverty line. A concept which feels like it's becoming less a fantasy and more of a reality every day. Now the next chapter in the saga of the rich and powerful turning out to be heinous monsters is apparently on its way as the prolific studio has released its trailer for The Hunt.
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    Published 2 months ago
    Netflix Assembled a Solid Crew of Reliable Wiseguys to Bring 'The Irishman' to Life

    Netflix Assembled a Solid Crew of Reliable Wiseguys to Bring 'The Irishman' to Life

    Goodfellas and Casino are arguably two of the best gangster films of all time. These two are classics most people have on their list of greatest of all time. They set the bar so high that one would assume the days of these caliber films releasing is probably at an end. On the contrary, Netflix, the streaming giant home to over 100 million subscribers, has set its sights on Oscar gold, and to accomplish their ambitious goal, they're bringing in the right Wiseguys for the job. That is right, director Martin Scorsese, Joe Pesci, Al Pacino, and Robert De Niro are joining forces to bring audiences The Irishman this fall. This momentous occasion also marks the first collaboration between Scarface's Pacino and the Wolf of Wall Street Director. And it marks the return of Pesci who has been in retirement for some time. After years of resisting the infamous auteur's offers, he finally gave in for what one can only be described as destiny, given all the parties involved. All of these individuals have some serious street cred when it comes to these types of films, so odds are this one will most likely stick the landing. And from the looks of this latest glimpse into the dark corridors of organized crime and political corruption, all signs point to this master plan going off without a hitch.