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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A Review of Supernatural

Introduction

Supernatural is a TV show that is on Netflix and airs on TNT. Starting in 2005, It now has 13 current seasons, but is most likely making more. Each episode runs for about 30-45 minutes.

The show is produced by Eric Kripke and Robert Singer (Kripke Enterprises Wonderland Sound and Vision [2005–13] Warner Bros. Television).

The show starts by following two brothers Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) Winchester quest to find their father (Jeff Morgan). Their father is a ghost/demon/ monster hunter and Dean follows his father’s foot steps, but Sam left them both for college until he reluctantly helps Dean find their father. After Sam and Dean’s little search, he returns home to find his girlfriend dead, murdered the same way his mom was when he was little, both the women were killed by a character called the yellow eyed demon.

Thought out the seasons the family faces different hardships and major demons, while also solving minor mysteries along the way. They also make new allies and enemies each season. A fan favorite example would be Castiel (Misha Collins) who plays and angel originally sent to assist Dean, he is introduced in season 3. Another favorite is Crowly, (Mark Sheppard) a demon acting as a temporary stand in for the king of hell, who is a comedic character introduced in season 5.

Overall Review

The first season starts off slow, the episodes are more repetitive and focused much less on the over arching theme then I would have liked. But with each season as the plot thickens and the characters develop more the show becomes a really great experience. All the actors are incredible and have grown close through their work, which makes the show feel all the more real. It’s a perfect balance of comedy, drama, mystery, and fear.

If you are not a fan of graphic content, this show is not for you. I myself, would originally skip the graphic scenes but they are not as bad in the later seasons.

The show has a very large fandom, and I am over all happy to be apart of it. I love when they break the fourth wall, it’s like the fans are in the show and interacting with the characters!

If this show sounds fun or interesting to you I suggest you give it a try, I love to watch it in the background of my homework or art because it is just so good!

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.

This is starwarsguy124, signing out.

 

Everything You Need to Ace Math in One Big Fat Notebook: The Complete Middle School Study Guide

Book Cover for "Everything You Need to Ace Math in One Big Fat Notebook"

Everything You Need to Ace Math in One Big Fat Notebook: The Complete Middle School Study Guide was written to help middle school kids do well in math. One question I had was whether or not this book is actually able to fulfill the needs of a middle school student. So, as a current middle schooler, I set out to solve this question.

The book is separated into multiple units, which are broken up into chapters. These units include number systems, proportions and ratios, etc. In each chapter, the author briefly explains the topic, provides examples, defines key points, and finally quizzes you. Although, this book attempts to teach you all of middle school math, it really only works as a study guide, as said in the name. If you do plan on using this to learn math, then getting a tutor or using other books as well are advised. The reason you can’t use this book alone is due to the fact that it does not explain everything thoroughly. Otherwise, this book would have been double the size!

One problem faced while reading was getting confused. For example, on page 399, the author tells the reader to set up a model and count the number of possible outcomes to find the probability of rolling double sixes. In simplification, you can just square the number of possible outcomes when rolling only one die. This shows that this book may teach you a different way than what you are taught in school. Another point to note was that this book may teach different curriculum, due to the fact that some students may be taking more advanced courses than others.

Overall, I personally found this book useful. It is a useful guide for studying on the go and quickly catching up on school work. The best part is that it is also part of a series. So if you liked the math book, the series also includes a science, social studies, and ELA book as well. I highly recommend this book for any middle school student who needs help studying or wants a general review of topics. This book has helped improve my grades and can probably do the same for you!

Review of the Movie “Bring It on: All or Nothing”

Two competing cheerleading squads

Summary:

Britney Allen is the most popular girl in school. She’s the cheer captain and soon-to-be prom queen. But all of that changes when she is forced to transfer to a new school, her cheer squad’s rival. As she struggles to fit in at her new school, she tries out for the cheer team. At first, she has a conflict with the cheer captain of the new school. Camille. But Camille soon realizes that she needs Britney on her squad because of her skills. Rihanna holds a cheer competition and the winning team gets to be in her new music video. Britney’s new and old team are both competing in that competition. Britney has to figure out what team she is fighting for.

Rating: 10/10

My Opinion:

I absolutely love this movie! It was amazing! The choreography is great and the actors do a very good job at playing their characters! I love the plot and the movie is also funny. This movie inspired my love for cheer. This movie is PG-13 so it’s not the best movie for a younger kid to watch. There are many other movies in the series but this one was my favorite! I have re-watched this movie so many times!

A Series of Unfortunate Events: A TV Show Review 

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Will the Baudelaire orphans be able to escape their misery? Or will they land in the hands of the wicked actor Count Olaf? It couldn’t get worse than this, or so they thought…

The story entitled  “A Series of Unfortunate Events” was originally written in a phenomenal thirteen book series by author Lemony Snicket. For the most part, the television series stays true to the books with a few minor exceptions here and there. The story begins with Violet, Klaus, and Sunny, who were having an ordinary day on Briny Beach. Tragically, they are told that their parents died in an unexpected house fire that also burned their home. However, this is only the beginning to the tragic tale of the Baudelaires. With the help of a friendly accountant, the children are left in the care of a new guardian, Count Olaf, who plans to steal the enormous fortune their parents left behind. While escaping from Count Olaf’s clutches, they learn more about their parents, a secret organization, and the legacy they are bound to fulfill.

All in all, this is a great TV series. The makers of this show managed to recreate the books in a way I would have never expected. Taking on the role of Lemony Snicket, Patrick Warburton does a fantastic job narrating the story. Although redundant in some points of the show, I found the narration of explaining phrases and key points, true to the books. One great addition to the show is its humor. The jokes and witty banter of this TV show are downright hysterical. For these reasons, I would definitely rate this show an 8.5/10.

“If you are interested in stories with happy endings, then you would be better off somewhere else. In this story is there not only no happy ending, there is no happy beginning and very few happy things in the middle.”- Lemony Snicket –The Bad Beginning: Part 1

 

Part 1: Summary – “A Cold Legacy”

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“A Cold Legacy” is the third novel of “The Madman’s Daugher” series, by Megan Shepherd. Published by HarperCollinsPublishers, it is a young adult science fiction novel.

The events in this novel take place during the Victorian Era, in Scotland, once Juliet and her cohorts have left London due to the murder they committed.

Juliet and her best friend Lucy found out that their fathers had been corresponding for years, even after Juliet’s father, Dr. Moreau, escaped London after a scandal. He was thought to be dead at this point; instead, however, he was on an island, conducting revolutionary experiments by creating human-like creatures through the process of vivisection (dissection on live creatures, without the use of anesthesia). He was connecting organs from various animals and was preventing rejection by inserting tissue in the form of a serum. In the first novel of the series, called “The Madman’s Daughter”, the author reveals that Juliet was actually his first experiment. When she was little, doctors said that she was going to die due to a spinal cord deformation. Her mother had desperately asked him to do anything to keep her alive. For that reason, he implanted deer parts to replace her problematic ones. Therefore, she, too, has to take the serum in order to survive.

After people learned about Moreau’s experiments, the family’s fortune had been taken away, leaving them penniless. With her mother dead and believing her father was also, Juliet was left on the streets; Dr. Moreau, however, was living on an island where all residents were products of his experiments, except from his assistant, Montgomery.  All that time, Dr. Moreau and Mr. Radcliffe, Lucy’s father, an investor, were sending letters to each other regarding the experiments. Radcliffe would send large amounts of money for scientific equipment, and Moreau would conduct the experiments.

Moreau had come up with a new idea to perfect his creatures—to use human blood in order to turn an animal into a human. The only outcome of that procedure was Edward. When Montgomery was ill, Moreau drew blood from him for “blood tests”. Instead, he used that blood on Edward. However, due to Montgomery’s illness, the blood which he injected Edward with was infected with malaria. That, in addition to the rabies-infected jackal organs that he had used to create Edward, caused an anomaly in the posterior lobe of the brain. That created another personality within Edward—two creatures in one body. Edward himself was a nice, kind person. However, the “Beast”, or what the characters refer to as his second half, is far from nice. When Edward turns into the Beast, he changes entirely—both mentally and physically. In a matter of seconds, he gets taller and bigger, grows six-inch-long claws, a cruel personality, a deep voice, and frightening yellow eyes. Though Juliet hates the Beast, she can’t help admiring him at the same time. She is jealous of his freedom, and even though she doesn’t want to admit it, she knows that both of them have a lot in common.

After her father really dies, three men—Dr. Hastings, Scotland Yard Inspector John Newcastle, and Mr. Radcliffe—try to steal his research. Since the Beast is so powerful, they want to use Moreau’s notes to create an army of similar creatures and ship them to France. Juliet and Montgomery know that this is a terrible idea. If just one of the creatures was able to create such havoc, they can’t even begin to imagine what a whole army of them could and would do.

“What darkness began, only madness can end.”