It (2017) vs. It (1990) (Movie Review)

It

I saw the remake of It a couple of weeks back and here’s my opinion of the movies. This will be separated into categories and whichever wins the most is the best movie.

If you don’t know what Stephen King’s It is, here’s a synopsis. It is about a child killing spree, in Derry, Maine. It all starts with a kid named Georgie. His brother makes him a paper boat and he runs outside to float it with the flood water. It ends up going into the sewage drain and he is greeted by a clown. Georgie is only five and is killed by the “clown”. Similar things happen to other kids of Derry until Bill Denbrough, (Georgie’s brother) has had enough. He teams up with the so-called “Losers” of Derry to get revenge for his brother. They soon find out that “It” is not just a clown but a leper, a werewolf, a mummy, and other nightmares all wrapped into one. Therefore, need to stop the “clown” before he keeps killing kids and before they’re all gone.

1.    Overall story: In 1990 , It was a TV mini series. One episode as kids and one as adults. Since they had so much time to develop the story, it could be closer to the book. Therefore the remake can only be so long, which is why they are making a second movie. Round 1 goes to It (1990).

2.    Characters: In the 1990 It movie, I personally was upset with their character choices. The kids of It were okay and in my opinion didn’t really seem like a “family” like in the books. The adult cast was not good at all and disappointed me as a reader. In the remake, the character choice was outstanding. The cast really fit the reader’s imagination. The Georgie scene was perfect, and the lack of adults was also very important and they delivered. Winner: It 2017

3.     Pennywise (clown): In the 1990 version of It, audiences were absolutely terrified by Tim Curry playing Pennywise the Dancing Clown. He matched Stephen King’s description perfectly and I wished he had a little more screen time because he was great. When the remake came along Bill Skarsgard, knew he had big shoes to fill. The costume design was not my favorite but the clown’s story had much more time to develop. Winner: Tie!

4. Special effects (horror): Since the 1990s It movie had such a low-budget, it couldn’t spend it on special effects. And let’s just say it didn’t deliver in that department! The scariness was fair but not as scary as some other movies at the time. In the new It, they had CGI and better special effects than the 1990s did. It (2017) was more suspenseful than horror, but it really wanted to focus on the characters not just horror elements. Winner….

IT (2017)!!! I hoped you enjoyed this and I can’t wait for It Chapter 2!

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Rainbow Six Siege Video Game Review

rainbow_six_siege_blood_orchid_header-163c2b75-c8c1-4f7d-91aa-5cbb43d3ffccRainbow Six Siege is a tactical high-skilled shooter video game. You play in 5 vs 5, attackers and defenders playing around a key objective. The attackers have a choice of 16 different operators only on offense. These operators have special abilities and a non-unique gadget like grenades. For example, one operator has a large sledgehammer he can use to open up floors, walls, and hatches and another operator has the ability to destroy reinforcements placed by defenders. Defenders can choose from 17 different operators unique to their team. Their job is to keep the attackers out of their objective for a set amount of time. Defenders have abilities like one-way mirrors and protective armor plates. They can also barricade doors and reinforce walls. Barricades take 3 punches to destroy and cut off movement routes for defenders and barricades are unlimited. Reinforcements are limited to 2 per defender (10 total) and can be placed on walls so that you need a special ability on offense to break them. Defenders use these to defend their objective, which is either hostage, secure area, or bomb. In hostage, you must extract a hostage outside, in bomb, attackers plant a defuser and must defend it, and on secure area you need to clear the area and stand on the objective without any defenders in the room. I would recommend this game to anyone who likes first-person shooters and wants to try something new.

 

Jack, 8th Grade

Roar: Book Review

Cover of the book Roar by Cora Carmack

Review By Alyssa7128

“Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.”

Princess Aurora Pavan comes from one of the most ancient Stormling families in the world. As an heir to the throne, Aurora’s been groomed and pampered, more than you can ever imagined, to be the perfect queen. Thousands of years ago, her family was pledged service and devotion, in exchange for safety from the sky. The kingdom was practically made out of magic, and was capable of repelling the world’s deadliest enemies. To the people of the kingdom, Aurora sounds like she wold be the most intelligent and brave queen ever imaginable. But she shows no trace of magic she’ll need to protect the kingdom.

Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and menacing Stormling Prince from a nearby kingdom, to keep her secret safe and save her crown. He seems like the solution she’s been waiting for, as he’ll guarantee the protection of her people, and a spot as the next queen. But the more she finds out about him the more she want to hide under her bed and never come out.  When she sneaks out of the castle to spy on the Prince, she stumbles upon a black market she’s never seen before, and they’re selling what she lacks: storm magic. What scares her the most is the people selling it. They’re not Stormlings, in fact they’re storm hunters.

According to the many books Aurora read, her ancestors faced a storm and tore out its heart, to first gain magic. But when a handsome storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but instead possesses it, Aurora realizes there might me a third option for her future besides destruction and marriage.

She doesn’t have magic now, but if she’s brave enough, she could steal it.

I loved this book. Once I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down. It’s 380 pages long, with small print. It was a longer read, at least for me. I would recommend this book for ages 12 – 16. This book was so good and I would rate it a solid 10/10!!!!!!

-Alyssa7128 7th Grade

It book/1990 TV mini series review

Cover of book It by Stephen King

Review by shreythemockingjay36

Book/TV series: It is about a child killing spree, in Derry, Maine. It all starts with a kid named Georgie. His brother makes him a paper boat and he runs outside to float it with the flood water. It ends up going into the sewage drain and he is greeted by a clown. Georgie is only five and is killed by the “clown”. Similar things happen to other kids of Derry until Bill Denbrough, (Georgie’s brother) has had enough. He teams up with the so called “Losers” of Derry to get revenge for his brother. They soon find out that “It” is not just a clown but a leper, a werewolf, a mummy, and other nightmares all wrapped into one. Can the Loser’s Club beat the monster consuming children through the sewers? Find out in Stephen King’s masterpiece IT.

Setting: This takes place in a small town called Derry, Maine. It is actually a real place and was written there. But it is obviously a fictional story.

Book Rating: 9/10 This was a fantastic book and I highly suggest it. The thing that kept it from a 10/10 was the confusing ending. The book was 1100 or so pages so the character development was great and the characters were very loveable. This proved to be one of King’s best novel ever.

TV series rating: 6/10 The TV mini series was pretty goofy and didn’t have the intensity of the book. The Pennywise actor Tim Curry was a great fit for the role and was scary. The special effects were terrible but it was the 90s so I have to cut them some slack. Overall not bad but not great either.

For those who liked this I will be making an original It Vs the remake when it comes out.

Boss Baby: Movie Review

Image result for Boss BabyReview by Alyssa7128

The Boss Baby is a fun family movie released March 31, 2017, told from the point of view of Tim, a 7-year-old who loves to use his imagination. Everything is perfect for him until his baby brother shows up. He seems to be taking over the whole house in his miniature suit and tie; Tim can’t even get a special song before he goes to bed! Tim wonders if there is enough love in his parent’s heart for himself. Can Tim finally get rid of the Boss Baby, and have his parents for himself or will he suffer for the rest of his childhood, standing in the Boss Baby’s shadow? Find out in The Boss Baby.

Setting: This movie takes place in Tim and his family’s house located in a small town, but later in the movie the scene changes to the airport, where they board a plane that takes Tim and Boss Baby to the convention center in Las Vegas. Theres also a small part of the movie that takes place in Puppy Co., and Baby Corp.

Characters: Boss Baby, Tim, Mom, Dad, Eugene (The Babysitter), Wizzie (Tim’s Talking Alarm), Staci, The Triplets, Jimbo (The overweight Baby), and Big Boss Baby Lady

Pros for the Movie: This was a very splendid movie. I love the moral at the end. The graphics are great, and I love how they made the Boss Baby’s eyes all cute and shiny when the boss baby ran out of aging formula. You get very attached to the characters too!

Cons for the Movie: The only con is that at the end when Tim gets Lamb-Lamb (Tim’s stuffed animal) back from Boss Baby, the face looks really creepy because of the button eye. I know that in the beginning Boss Baby rips Lamb-Lamb, but I don’t remember anything about the eye falling off when Boss Baby ripped it, so I don’t feel that they had to make Lamb-Lamb look scary with its button eye because of that. I do like the tie they put on Lamb-Lamb though, it’s really cute!

Age Recommendation: Maybe 8 and up. It could be higher or lower though.

Overall Score: 9.5/10 – To be honest, Lamb-Lamb creeped me out at the end, so that’s why I’m giving that score!

I feel like The Boss Baby might have been like a Sequel to Storks, because in the beginning, when the babies were getting their diapers and pacifier, it looked a little bit like how the babies got ready for when they got delivered by Storks. Comment what you think, I would love to hear your thoughts!

Entire “Friends” Show Summary and Review

Cover from TV show Friends

Review by dancingforever27

The timeless television show of Friends was produced back on September 22nd, 1994 and continued airing until May 6th, 2004. It contains ten seasons of an American sitcom that can be described as comedic and relatable. It was produced by Kevin S. Bright, Marta Kauffman, and David Crane originally, with changes to the behind-the-camera crew changing over the years.

In a Manhattan coffee shop, Central Perk, six friends come together to talk and live their lives in the Big Apple. Each character starts the show being in their early twenties, aging to their thirties throughout the course of the show. Some characters have been reunited over the years, and others have come together by fate. Love, friendships, occupations, and many other components of life are represented in this show.

Character Descriptions

  • Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston): a fashion expert and former friend of Monica Geller. They were once extremely close as they grew up together in grade school. As they separated in college, she befriended a woman named Mindy, causing her to lose touch with Monica. In the pilot episode, Rachel approaches the rest of the gang, whom she does not have contact with, in a wedding dress. We immediately learn that she left a man named Barry at the altar as she did not truly love him.
  • Monica Geller (Courtney Cox): an aspiring chef and best friend to Rachel Green. Along with her passion for cooking, she loves to clean and keep things in order. When she observes Rachel’s issue with letting go of her past, she ends living with her in their apartment. She has issues at home with her parents favoring Ross, her older brother, over her. Many people can describe her as being quite competitive with him, most likely because of this.
  • Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow): a spiritual, comedic masseuse. She performs her original songs at the Central Perk and is a self-taught singer-songwriter/guitar player. As a child, her mother killed herself and her father left the family. She and her twin sister, Ursula, do not remain in touch because of her disapproval for Ursula’s beliefs. Phoebe stays with her grandmother. She is quite ditsy, but due to her time on the streets alone, is quite street smart.
  • Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry): a sarcastic, desk-job type of man who is former friends with Ross Geller from college. He lives in another Manhattan apartment with Joey Tribbiani, across from Monica, Rachel, and formerly Phoebe. His father ended up being gay and transitioned woman, which was originally revealed to him on Thanksgiving, causing him to highly dislike the holiday. His mother is a writer of erotica, and he expresses his dismay with her, too.
  • Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc): an Italian, aspiring actor living with Chandler Bing in a Manhattan apartment. He is well-known for attracting many women. He also is a poor actor in the show, so a common character is Estelle, his acting agent. She is commonly portrayed as being a chain-smoker, and she encourages his behavior. Eating is stereotypically one of his common attributes.
  • Ross Geller (David Schwimmer): a paleontologist working at a museum. He had a major crush on Rachel Green growing up, mainly because he saw her often being his little sister’s best friend. He meets Chandler Bing during college, and the both of them performed in a band. In the first episode, we see him in distress after finding out that his wife is a lesbian and is filing for a divorce.

As this is one of my most favorite television series, I would highly recommend many people to watch this show, too. I would rate this a 10/10. This is especially because it is set in the late nineties to early two-thousands, yet it somehow remains timeless and hilarious. The contrast between each of the characters allows for various forms of humor and interactions. Each one makes me smile for different ways. It adds a nice touch with reoccurring characters such as one of Chandler’s ex-girlfriends, Janice. They are always “popping out” when you least expect them to, and they also add more drama. Lastly, this show, in a way, helps teach certain lessons about living as a young adult to make it more relevant for the audience.

Ages 14+

The Year of the Hangman Review

Cover of the book The Year of the Hangman by Gary Blackwood

Review by shipperprincess52

Stars- 2/5
Summary- In 1776, the rebellion of the American colonies against British rule was crushed.  Now, in 1777—the year of the hangman—George Washington is awaiting execution, Benjamin Franklin’s banned rebel newspaper, Liberty Tree, has gone underground, and young ne’er-do-well Creighton Brown, a fifteen-year-old Brit, has just arrived in the colonies.  Having been shipped off against his will with nothing but a distance for English authorities, Creighton befriends Franklin, and lands a job with his print shop.  But the English general expects the spoiled yet loyal Creighton to spy on Franklin.  As battles unfold and falsehoods are exposed, Creighton must decide where his loyalties lie…a choice that could determine the fate of a nation. (Goodreads. Been a while since I read this book and I didn’t like it so I didn’t want to write my own summary for this one.)

Thoughts- I didn’t like it. The characters weren’t interesting and there wasn’t really any action. Creighton was annoying and bratty, he didn’t know how to do anything on his own and that made him extremely unlikable. The whole thing was twisted and boring. It was practically a Revolutionary War AU Fanfiction. It’s the complete opposite of the real war. I really couldn’t stand any of the characters and the plot bored me to tears. (I won’t say anything about the plot just incase I spoil anything.)

Read it at your own risk. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Age- 12+