Mary Poppins Returns: Movie Review

Mary Poppins Returns is a sequel Disney’s beloved Mary Poppins which came out 54 years before it.

It follows Michael Banks and his struggles after the death of his wife. His three children Anabel, John and Georgie have been forced to grow up and do work for their dad to keep the house orderly. When Jane Banks visits, the bank’s lawyers come by and tell the Banks family they have until Friday to pay the loan they took or their house would be foreclosed.

As Michael and Jane look for the shares their father left in the bank years before, the children are put in charge of buying the food. On their way to the market, the youngest child Georgie see’s a kite and grabs a hold. A strong wind pushes him upwards and he is pulled into the sky. Before he can float away, Mary Poppins floats down on her umbrella, saving him.

Just as Mary Poppins did in the first movie, she begins to teach the kids to be responsible but to have fun doing it. While visiting the bank to give their father his suitcase that he left at home, they overhear the president of the bank. He says that they’re basically stealing houses and the revenue of the bank is skyrocketing.

Can Mary Poppins and the Banks stop the bank or will they have their house taken away? Find out in Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns.

Pros: The songs are very well done, Emily Blunt and Lin Manuel Miranda were very pleasant to listen to, and the story is perfect for children.

Cons: The story was a little bland and the acting seem forced occasionally.

Rating: 8/10

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Phantom of The Opera(2004): Movie Review

The Phantom of the Opera

Background: Phantom of The Opera is a musical about a girl named Christine Daae, who has one of the best voices in the Opera Populaire. Orphaned at a young age, she came to live at the opera house and learn to be a ballerina. Before her father died he told her she would be protected by an angel of music. A short while after she arrived there, she was taught to sing by an anonymous person which she believed was her angel of music. When she is older the Opera is bought by two wealthy gentlemen, clueless about the Phantom. The phantom purposely attempts to injure the lead role in order to give Daae the part. He does so successfully and Christine is given her first lead role in an opera. In the crowd is her former and friend and love interest Raoul. The phantom in a jealous state takes her to his lair underneath the opera. Christine soon discovers the Phantom has a dark side and is controlling her through his voice. Will the Phantom win over Christine or will Raoul save her from the evil underneath the opera. Find out in Phantom of the Opera(2004)!

Pros: Amazing visuals and costume design, great acting, and a pretty good story.

Cons: The singing from Gerard Butler as the Phantom was not great and the chemistry between the characters were not as good as the Broadway musical intended it to be.

Final Verdict: 8/10, Pretty Good!

 

Halloween Poem

On a hazy, moonless, October night,
The house glowed with an ominous light,
Like a moth to a flame,
The man was drawn just the same,
Through the creaky door,
The man heard a wailing roar,
Every hair raised on the back of his neck,
He pondered whether to leave or to check,
To the contrary of what he first saw,
The room was now as dark as a black cat’s paw,
He stumbled in and to his dismay,
The man felt breathing every which way,
The lights flashed on as he heard “Surprise!”,
He was surrounded by red beady eyes,
The man was never seen again,
And that house remains a vampire’s den.

Death Note: TV show review

Death Note is centered around a boy named Light Yagami. He is bored of his average life and his perfect grades. One day a Shinigami (Death god) drops a notebook into the human realm. Light finds it in his school’s courtyard and takes it home. Upon further inspection, he figures out the name you write in the notebook shall die. Quickly after, the Shinigami appears further explaining the book. Light uses this as a way to destroy all evil in the world . Any criminal that appears on the news , Light kills. The Japanese government then recruits L, who is just as brilliant as Light.  Light begins to be called “Kira” meaning killer in Japanese. L and Kira become fierce rivals making every single move count as if they were playing chess. Will Kira succeed in creating a world without evil or will he be stopped by L, find out in the fantastic anime Death Note.

Pros: The soundtrack perfectly fits the show, the show is brilliant in a way others can not achieve, and it always keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Cons: The mind games between Light and L became repetitive near the middle but finished off strong.

Rating: 9/10, Great!

 

 

Happy Death Day: Movie Review

Description: “Happy Death Day” is about a college student who is trying to be happy on her birthday. That is, until she is murdered by someone wearing a mask and black hoodie. To her surprise, she wakes up to live the day over again. She is again murdered and realizes she has to keep reliving this day until she stops whoever is doing this. Every time she dies, she becomes weaker. Therefore, she only has a limited time to figure out who her true killer is and how to live through her birthday. Will she figure out who the killer is or run out of time? Find out in the horror movie “Happy Death Day”.

Pros: “Happy Death Day” was definitely a surprise because what seemed like a standard slasher flick turned into an actual good movie. The story was great, the characters were likeable, and the ending was somewhat surprising. This movie was produced by Blumhouse Productions, one of the best when it comes to horror movies. They made movies like “Get Out” and “Paranormal Activity”, and did not disappoint with” Happy Death Day”.

Cons: This movie had some stereotypical deaths that probably could have been predicted by the girl character.

Rating: 8/10, good

Annabelle: Movie Review

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Synopsis:  Annabelle is the story of a young couple who are expecting a baby.  Since the husband is going to medical school, and doesn’t see his wife often, he buys her a doll. One night their neighbors are brutally murdered by Satanists, and after, break into the couple’s house. The couple is saved by the police, but the cultists conjured a horrible demonic presence into the doll.  After the baby is born, the demon uses the doll as a conduit and tries to capture the new born’s soul.  Can the couple get rid of the demon or will the demon take the baby’s soul?  Find out in the movie Annabelle.

Pros: The doll looked perfectly creepy but looked nothing like the real one. Pretty good acting, and characters.

Cons: The story was awful, shallow, and confusing. The movie was not scary, but more suspenseful.  Annabelle also copied parts from Rosemary’s Baby but failed.

Rating: 5.5/10, Very Bad

I was looking forward to this movie to see how Annabelle fit into The Conjuring universe, but it was just another overhyped horror movie that will be forgotten if it hasn’t been already. Thankfully, The Conjuring creators saved the Annabelle franchise with a spectacular prequel to this trainwreck.

 

Horror Story #4

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I yawn and look at the clock, 12:30 am, time for bed. I take a quick hot shower and brush my teeth. I walk into my room and see my window open. Wind poured through the window. Did I leave it open? I shut the window  anxiously and wished I had a roommate. Then, I set my alarm for 9:30 am and hopped into bed. Beep, Beep, Beep, the alarm clock goes off and I look at the clock. 3:41 am? I rub my eyes and feel a breeze coming from my left.

The window is open? I… I closed it, I thought in confusion. I walked over to the window carefully and slammed it shut. I walked back into bed and put the covers  over my head. I closed my eyes in hope of finding sleep again but there was no hope. I lifted the covers over my head to see an 8 foot tall black creature looking down at me. I screamed and tried to run but it grabbed me by the neck. Tears ran down my cheeks as he lifted me up by the throat. I struggled to get loose but it’s clutch was too strong. He grabbed my face with his other hand and made me look into it’s dark, pitch black eyes. As I saw them, my chest burned as if someone had put a match to it. The creature lifted his blade-like arm, and as the arm broke through my flesh, my eyes opened and I realized I was back in bed. I stood up in pure joy realizing it was all a dream and that I was alive. I looked around, and smiled; well, until I saw the window open. I ran over and looked at the glass pane. In the reflection, dark, pitch black eyes stared back at me.