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 7 months ago
    Lupita Nyong’o Has to Survive Zombies, Children, and Children Who Are Zombies in 'Little Monsters'

    Lupita Nyong’o Has to Survive Zombies, Children, and Children Who Are Zombies in 'Little Monsters'

    Zombies are the best. Love them or hate them; they continue to be a hot commodity in the entertainment industry. From comic books to TV shows to mobile games to the big screen, like all the stories they occupy, they are everywhere. And while some would argue that the genre is getting stale and mundane, mediocre carbon copies continue to be churned out year after year; I feel that this claim is not quite accurate. A good chunk of titles released about cannibal corpses are easily dismissed, but to say that nobody is trying anything new in the world of reanimated cadavers entertainment is unbelievably incorrect. Films like The Girl with All The Gifts and TV shows like iZombie are great examples of unique takes on the idea of the dead coming back to life. And those are not the only ones, even films that are hits at Sundance and SXSW are breeding new life into the undead genre. If you haven’t yet, you absolutely need to check out the trailer for the Australian horror-comedy Little Monsters.
  • D.J. Rivera
    Published 7 months 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.
  • D.J. Rivera
    Published 7 months 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.
  • D.J. Rivera
    Published 7 months 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 7 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 7 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.