jeen-yuhs Review

Kanye West is a much talked about celebrity, majority of the time it is not a good thing. When Kanye West first came to the limelight I was a fan of his music. “Through the Wire” is my favorite song from him. So, when I saw the Jeen-yuhs docuseries on Netflix I knew I would watch it. I waited until all episodes were out so that I could binge watch it.

Jeen-yuhs follows Kanye as he tries to make a name for himself in the music industry. Coodie, who is the director and narrator of the series, gives us an inside look at all the work that Kanye did just to be able to release his first album. We get to see how his singles came about, his struggles after his car accident, the making of his first video. The first 2 episodes are all about the come up.

The dynamic changes in the last episode. The series goes from an inside look to Coodie feeling excluded. The last episode does take place years after the first 2 episodes but in my opinion, Coodie made it more about himself than Kanye. When we weren’t subject to Coodie’s complaining, we get to see just how much Kanye changed since his “College Dropout” days. This Kanye is more erratic. He can go from having a normal conversation to a rant. It’s kind of sad witnessing the state of his mental health and it puts things into perspective when you think about all the recent headlines.

I enjoyed the series and could definitely see myself watching the first 2 episodes again.

The Tinder Swindler Review

If you know me then you know that I am a sucker for anything fraud related. Whether it be an organization committing the fraud or an individual, I will be interested in it. When I saw the trailer of “The Tinder Swindler” I knew I had to watch it. It was an added benefit that it was from the producers of “ Don’t F*** with Cats.”

Simon Leviev, a man from Israel, would meet women on Tinder and swindle them for money. The documentary tells the story of 3 women that fell for his lies: a diamond heir being chased by enemies so he couldn’t use his own finances to go about his business. These women would open credit cards and loans in their name to fund Simon’s lavish lifestyle. He was exposed in an article in a Norwegian newspaper catching the attention of one of his girlfriends. This girlfriend, Ayleen, is my favorite person in this story. She got her revenge on him and I found it so funny how she swindled him out of money!

For me, it was interesting to see how a man was able to scam normal women for allegedly $10 million. He had no regard for the livelihoods of these women. Like how can you ask your significant other to pawn their car or sell their house? He definitely did have a good run until he was caught on unrelated charges. I think he got lucky that he was released early and I do wonder if he is up to his old games since he is still flaunting a lavish lifestyle.