Imagine Dragons: Origins Album Review

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Origins is an album from the popular band Imagine Dragons and was released on November 9th, 2018.

This review will be split into individual song reviews, until I finally get to the overall score.

Did I like this album? Did I not? This is my review of Origins by Imagine Dragons.

Natural: I thought this song was just okay. Yes, it’s catchy, but that doesn’t excuse the annoying chorus consisting of lead singer Dan Reynolds screaming about how you’re a natural for a short period of time. 5/10

Boomerang: This song was all over the place. At some points you can’t tell if it’s a love song or a rock song. That’s really all I can say about this song. 3/10

Machine: This is, in my opinion, the worst song off the album. It’s messy, melodramatic, and isn’t helped by the fact the song is just annoying. 2/10

Cool Out:  This song is actually pretty good. It has a wavy vibe and doesn’t feature Dan Reynolds screaming for the chorus. 8/10

Bad Liar: This one is just weird. It doesn’t make your ears almost implode like some of the last ones did, but it feels a bit messy.  Still, it’s not horrible. 5/10

West Coast: This song is much more light-hearted than most of this album. Is it great? No. But I can appreciate how this one was a change of pace. 5/10

Zero: This one is pretty snappy and fun, but it isn’t quite the home run I was hoping for. 6/10

Bullet In a Gun: Just like Boomerang, this one is all over the place. But just like Natural, it’s still pretty catchy. 5/10

Digital: I do not recommend listening to this song if you have sensitive hearing. This song consists of about 60% screaming. 3/10

Only: This song feels like if Hey There Deliah and Something Just Like This had a baby. Let’s just say it was their first and only child. 3/10

Stuck: This feels like just another love song with nothing special. 4/10

Love: Since when was repeatedly saying “love” a good chorus? 3/10

Summary: Origins by Imagine Dragons is a reminder of how low we can go when it comes to mainstream music. Cliched, repetitive, and loud, I don’t think I’ll be coming back to this album anytime soon. 4/10

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Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Movie Review

 

The Spider-Man franchise has been one of the most successful ones to date. Even the worst Spider-Man movie (Spider-Man 3, which us Spider-Man fans refuse to talk about) made a giant load of money at the box office. Now, we have Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. It’s been getting very good reviews from critics and audiences alike, and I’m here to share my thoughts on the movie. Is it as good as people are saying? This is my review of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

Plot: When a villain creates a machine called the Super Collider, all of the Spider People are put into the dimension where Miles Morales, a teenager who is on the path to become the next Spider-Man, lives.

Acting: All of the voice acting is great. No real complaints here. 9.5/10

Animation: The animation in this film is amazing. It feels like a comic book, and even has little comic book noise bubbles that pop up occasionally. The animation is  a sight to behold. 10/10

Action: The action sequences in this movie are well made, and you can actually tell what’s going on, but this is a given considering it’s most likely easier to animate action scenes than to film them. 9/10

Overall, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a Spider-Man fan’s dream. With a great cast, well thought-out characters, and great animation, I highly recommend you watch this movie.

Overall score: 9/10

Marvel’s Spider-Man PS4 Review

Marvel’s Spider-Man is an action-adventure game developed by Insomniac Games and released on September 7th, 2018, to the PS4, receiving praise from both critics and gamers alike.

The question I am here to ask is: does it really live up to the praise? Is this truly a genre-defying game? That’s what I am going to answer. This is my review of Marvel’s Spider-Man.

Quick note: this is just my opinion. If you disagree with me, that is completely fine.

The story of this game revolves around Spider-Man, who beats Wilson Fisk, a crime lord he has been dealing with for years. Spider-Man’s triumph over this does not last long, as he is plunged into a uprising of criminals.

Story-wise, this game is superb, with a plot that will keep gamers engaged and Spider-Man fans squealing for its roughly 10-hour completion time. The story also has some events that may surprise you.

The game also explores Spider-Man’s life as a regular person, Peter Parker, and shows that he has his everyday struggles, just like all of us.

Without giving anything away, the story is absolutely amazing. 8.5/10

Gameplay: The game’s combat system involves battling the AI with normal fist to fist combat, and gadgets and upgrades you get as you progress through the campaign and complete side tasks.

The focus bar is a bar that fills up as you battle your enemies, and you can use it to heal yourself or, once the bar is full, perform a takedown on an enemy.

Stealth combat involves performing perch takedowns or web strike takedowns on enemies who are safe to take out. If an enemy is not safe to take out, another enemy is very close by and can see the other AI. You can lure the enemies out with web shooters, making it safe to take down the other AI.

Finally, stealth sections with other characters are present in the game. These are definitely the more mundane parts of the game. These consist of sneaking around to an objective, and not getting caught by enemies by interacting with the environment.

Gameplay: 8/10

Overall score: 8/10

My answer to the questions earlier is: Yes. This game is absolutely spectacular, and I hope other superhero games can be as good as this one.

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Venom: Movie Review

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”Venom” is what I can only describe as a neat mess. On one side, Tom Hardy is good, but on the other side, it’s a 2-hour loud noise fest with one of the most lazy villains to date. This is my review of of Venom.

”Venom” follows Eddie Brock, a reporter who was just fired from his job and broke up with his girlfriend. He’s already pretty messed up from this, but when a specimen that broke loose from a crashed ship owned by the life foundation (I’ll discuss that later) gets into him, his life gets even more out of hand. When it is shown the specimen can talk to him inside his head, the specimen reveals it’s name. It’s name is “Venom”.

If you’re confused by what you just read, no worries, I am too. The plot may be a bit sloppy, but the plot does exist and enjoyable to see unfold.

The acting in this movie is decent, ranging  from a great performance from Tom Hardy to an alright one by Riz Ahmed. I feel as is most of the actors did their best with what they needed to say.

Characters: The character of Eddie Brock is great. I especially enjoyed his relationship with Venom. Other than that, most of the others characters don’t possess his character’s charm, especially Carlton Drake, who serves as a terrible villain with zero motivation whatsoever, with his goal to put random creatures known as symbiotes inside random homeless people. (Uncomfortable pause) Okay, that’s not exactly what he wants to do, but the way the movie portrayed it, that’s what I think. Another character is Anne Weying, who is really nothing more than your average movie girlfriend. Overall, the characters are a mixed bag.

Finally, the action. This is one of the best parts of the movie. It was insanely entertaining to see Venom/Eddie Brock battle a bunch of people while the movie’s music is playing in the background.

Overall, this movie is 5/10 for me. Thoughts on this movie vary, and now I can see why.

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Insidious: Movie Review

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Insidious is a 2010 horror film directed by James Wan and starring Patrick Wilson, Lin Shaye, Ty Simpkins, and more.

Some people say this is one of the scariest films they’ve ever seen. Do I agree with this? Partly. It may be because I am not frightened very easily, but whatever it is, it did manage to satisfy my scare craving.

The movie revolves around a kid named Dalton, who falls into a coma. Nobody knows the cause at first, but over time it becomes apparent that something unusual is causing his state. Something rather….. Insidious. After a set of strange occurrences, it’s up to supernatural investigator Elise Rainer, her crew, and Dalton’s family to figure out what, or who, is causing his state.

As stated earlier, I wasn’t too scared by this film. I will say, however, it is the scariest horror movie I’ve seen so far, although I’ve only seen 2 others. If you do watch it, watch it alone, at night, by yourself, with no distractions.

Now, I will go over different aspects of the film and how it executes them.

Writing: The writing of the film may seem cliched and predictable at first, but it makes up for it by its insane twist ending.

Writing score: 8/10.

Acting: Nothing to say about this other than it’s pretty good overall.

Acting Score: 8/10.

Directing: James Wan did a great job with this film, really proving he’s a great horror director.

Directing Score: 8/10.

Overall, Insidious is a scary reminder that a horror film doesn’t need to be rated R to be scary.

Overall score: 8/10.

Overwatch: Game Review

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Overwatch is a first person team based game that was released on May 24, 2016, to overwhelming praise from both critics

Overwatch is based in the near future. Thirty years before the current events of the game, robots known as omnics turned against humans and started the omnic crisis. To combat this, the world set up a group called Overwatch, consisting of members Jack Morrison, Gabriel Reyes, Torbjorn Lindholm, Reinhardt Wilhelm, and Ana Amari. The group ended the omnic crisis. Years later, the public turned against them, and the government shut Overwatch down.

Around 8 years later, in the current events of the game, a genetically modified gorilla named Winston (Yes, I’m not joking. A talking gorilla) activates a recall for the group, as Talon, a terrorist organization, is posing a threat for the world.

I will now describe the gameplay.

This game is amazing. It is incredibly fun. Most game modes involve an objective, in which you are either defending or attacking. The game is easy to play, but hard to master. Both teams battle it out with the heroes the team selected. All of the characters have weapons they can use to damage and eliminate other players, and their abilities also help out their team, either from damaging, healing, or leaving a player on the enemy team vulnerable.

Mechanics: Characters are set into groups.

Tanks are able to withstand tons of damage. They are also able to inflict damage.

Damage characters are designed to do damage, as implied by the name. They do not have as much health as tanks.

Support characters are meant to heal teammates and keep their health in tact to prevent them from being eliminated and having to respawn at spawn point. Support characters also inflict damage.

Ultimates: Ultimates are charged by inflicting damage on the enemy team. Each character has a vastly different ultimate than the others and once charged, is capable of wiping out the entire enemy team. An example of one is Junkrat’s riptire, where he unleashes a controllable exploding device.

I would recommend Overwatch because on the surface, it looks fairly simple, but after a while of playing it, you’ll learn it will take more than just charging at the enemy team to get to the objective.

Overall Score: 8.5/10

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“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” Review

 

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“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” is a documentary that was released in select theaters June 8th. It follows Fred Rogers, the host of a TV show titled “Mister Roger’s Neighborhood” that aired from 1968 to 2001.

This film is very enjoyable. Even though I personally never grew up with the show, considering Fred Rogers passed away before I was born, from this movie, I can see that Fred was a man who was able to speak and relate to children, even through the seemingly invincible barrier of the TV screen.

“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” also explores the idea that Fred Rogers was actually a troubled man. He had a fair number of issues.  In the film, there is a scene showing a note written by Fred Rogers which describes his own insecurities. He wasn’t a flawless person, and this adds a new complex layer to the story.

The film is set up like a broken timeline, following Fred Rogers’ life while occasionally skipping back and forth, covering topics like rumors involving him. It also covers his childhood.

Another thing: Watch the trailer. The trailer is one of the best I have ever seen. It’s gut wrenching, but in a beautiful way. Seriously, watch it.

Verdict: “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” is a wonderfully crafted reminder of a kind man who was loved by many children, and still loved to this day, for his ability to relate to children and speak the truth. In this day and age, we need somebody like Fred Rogers, which the film implies perfectly.

Overall score: 8.5/10.