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

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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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Descendants 2 – Movie Review

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Review By: Alyssa7128

Descendants 2 is a family friendly movie released in July 2017, 6 months after the original film. When Ben (who is now the King of Auradon) proposes to Mal, she crumbles under the pressure to be royally perfect, and returns to the Isle of the Lost. So, Evie, Jay, and Carlos help disguise Ben as a villain, so that they can successfully return to the Isle of the Lost to find Mal, and convince her to come back to Auradon, without being recognized. Mal is shocked to find out that Ursula’s daughter, Uma, along with her friends, Captain Hooks Son, Harry; and Gaston’s son, Gil; have taken her place as ruler of the Isle of the Lost. Uma was furious that she wasn’t selected by Ben to come to Auradon Prep with the other villain kids. So, she gathers her gang of pirates to help break down the barrier, between Auradon and the Isle of the Lost, and release the villains, who were trapped on the island for years, once and for all. Will Ben, Evie, Mal, Jay, and Carlos become heroes and defeat Uma? Or will Auradon fall and get conquered by Uma? Find out in Descendants 2.

Setting: The setting of Descendants 2 is Auradon Prep, and the Isle of the Lost.

Characters: Uma, Harry Hook, Gaston, Gill, Fairy Godmother, King Ben, Mal, Carlos Di Vil, Dizzy Tremaine, Jane, Lonnie, Price Chad Charming, and Doug

Songs: “Ways to Be Wicked, Whats’s My Name Chillin’ Like a Villain, Space Between, It’s Goin’ Down, You and Me, Kiss the Girl, Poor Unfortunate Souls, Better Together, Evil, Rather Be with You”

Pros for the Movie: I love Mal’s new haircut, and I love the music. It also has a very nice plot that is easy to follow along.

Cons for the Movie: When Uma splashed water into the boat at the end, a few seconds later Evie’s hair style changes, and her hair was dry, even though a few seconds before this Evie’s hair was soaked. Most people who watched the movie didn’t notice it, so I guess this doesn’t really matter!

Age Recommendation: Maybe 10 and up. It has a little bit of romance in it though.

Overall Rating: 10/10 This is a very good movie!

– Alyssa7128 7th Grade

Review – Rick and morty season 3 episode 3

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Review by: wrackon

Rick and Morty season 3 episode 3 “Pickle Rick” is one I have been anticipating for a while. The concept of Rick turning into a pickle and having to make his way back home struck me as a very intriguing concept. In this episode, Rick turns himself into a pickle in order to get out of having to go to family therapy. When Morty discovers a timer on a needle that appears to be the serum that turns Rick back into a human he tries to play it off as something unrelated. Beth then takes the needle, puts it in her purse and leaves to go to the family therapy with Summer and Morty. Right after they leave, a cat comes into the garage, knocking Rick into the driveway. After this, heavy rain starts pouring and carries Rick into the sewers. There he manages to kill a cockroach and uses its brain control its limbs. Using the cockroach he builds a trap that decapitates a rat and attaches its limbs to his body giving him arms and legs. From there he fights through all the sewer rats and manages to escape the sewer unscathed only to find out he escaped into an armed facility. When the guards don’t let him escape, he kills them one by one until the head of the facility decides to let a mercenary named “Jaguar” out of his cell to kill Rick. After a shootout between Jaguar and Rick takes place and it appears that Rick won, the head of the facility calls in a escape helicopter only to find that it is piloted by Jaguar with Rick in the back. Rick then takes a puff of a cigarette and flicks it onto the ground that is covered in kerosene with a fuse that leads back to explosives blowing up the building. Jaguar and Rick part ways as Rick flies the helicopter to the therapy session where his family is and barges in in the middle of their conversation about Rick. After the therapy session with a spot on analysis on the family’s problems Beth gives Rick the anti-pickle serum and the episode ends shortly after.

Overview:

This episode I think is one of the best yet. It has a very interesting concept and was a funny episode all throughout. It was cool getting to watch Rick go through the process of finding his way to attach limbs to his pickle body and to escape the sewers and the armed guards to make it back to Beth and to get the anti-pickle Serum. Overall this was a cool idea for an episode with many comedic moments and is easily my favorite of the season so far. This episode is one that I have long awaited and it did not disappoint.

Rating: 9.3/10

Review – Rick and Morty Season 3 episode 2

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Review by: Wrackon

This review contains spoilers for Rick and Morty

Season 3 episode 2 of Rick and Morty first aired on July 30th and mostly takes place in a post-apocalyptic dimension. In the episode, Rick takes Summer and Morty to a post-apocalyptic dimension to obtain a powerful element. While there, Summer and Morty use the post-apocalyptic lifestyle as an unhealthy coping mechanism to deal with their parents divorce. It is there where Rick infuses Morty’s arm with the muscle memory of the severed arm of a deathstalker (person who lives in that dimension). This makes his arm large and muscular so that he can fight in the “blood dome,” which is a fight to the death arena, to occupy the deathstalkers while rick steals their rare element. Meanwhile, Summer goes off scavenging with the deathstalkers and builds a relationship with one of them. By the time Rick gets the rare element from the deathstalkers, Morty and Summer don’t want to leave. “Armothy” (Morty’s infused arm) then hits Rick’s bag revealing the deathstalkers stolen crystal which leads to them chasing him. Rick then escapes back to his dimension, but Beth asks where the kids are so Rick is forced to build life like robots of them to occupy her while he gets them back. During this time Morty is still fighting in the blood dome when Armothy notices a man in the audience who was responsible for destroying his village. Armothy then goes on a rampage killing him and then proceeding to tracking down and killing the man’s boss where he then shrinks back down, giving Morty his arm back. Rick runs into Morty while Armothy is murdering the boss of his village’s destroyer and then returns the stolen crystal to the deathstalkers. Right before they leave the deathstalkers ask Rick to show them what they could do with the crystal and then it fasts forwards to three weeks later. Now it shows the deathstalkers in a post-apocalyptic version of a civilized society with summer coming home with groceries to a post-apocalyptic suburban neighborhood where her new deathstalker husband is watching the “blood dome playoffs” on t.v. Summer and her husband then get into a fight which makes her want to go back to their regular dimension. Upon returning to their dimension the robot clones are disabled and Summer decides to go see Jerry at his new place where he moved at the beginning of the episode. She gives him the skull of someone she killed in the other dimension as a house warming gift and the credits roll. But, if you stay longer you get to see Jerry get his unemployment check eaten by a wolf which was what might have been the funniest part of the episode.
Overview: In this episode of Rick and Morty it shows how the rest of the season will look with Beth and Jerry being divorced and makes it an element to the story by showing how it affects Morty and Summer. Comedically, this episode is better than the pilot and feels much more like an actual episode of Rick and Morty. It has many funny moments and introduced (brief may it have been) a new character, Armothy (if it can be considered a character). All in all this episode just felt like a Rick and Morty episode which I think is a solid start to a season.

Rating: 9/10

Review – Rick and Morty season 3 episode 1

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Review by: Wrackon

This review contains spoilers for Rick and Morty

At long last the premiere of Rick and Morty season 3 was released on April 1st of this year with the season kicking off officially this past Sunday. With the first episode we get to see what happens to Rick after the season 2 cliffhanger where he turns himself in to the Galactic Federation. To summarize the episode: after Rick is taken at the end of season 2, the Galactic Federation takes over earth as well, forcing all those who don’t join them to go underground. After being forced to live as a part of the galactic government , Summer gets tired of it and decides she is going to save Rick, but Morty tries to stop her. Using the portal gun found on another Rick’s dead body in the backyard, they travel to Morty’s original post-apocalyptic dimension to show Summer the consequences of Rick’s actions. While they are there, they are intercepted by a team of Ricks who bring them to the council of Ricks. Meanwhile, while under interrogation, Rick manages to escape the galactic federal prison by switching bodies with people who have high clearance access in the Galactic federation. He eventually makes his way to the council of Ricks where he teleports their space station into the galactic federal prison creating chaos. Then, he goes and rescues Morty and Summer from the council. From there they make their way to the galactic federation’s main computer and turn their standard centralized currency from being worth 1 of itself to nothing causing even more panic and chaos and thus dismantling the government. Upon Rick’s return, Jerry says one of them has to leave because he is tired of facing Rick’s consequences and Beth decides to divorce him. The episode ends with Rick and Morty alone in the garage and Rick telling Morty about his overrall goal to get schezuan mcnugget sauce and how this will be the darkest season of their adventures yet.

Overview: All in all this first episode was a great way to kick off the season. It was funny at times with some of Rick’s quips (as always) and especially when Rick and Summer were yelling at Morty for being an idiot. While funny, it wasn’t the most funny of the episodes. It had plenty of action but it also moved a little fast (especially considering it took Rick mere minutes to dismantle a galactic government and the Rick council. Although he IS the smartest man in the universe so maybe it isn’t too big of an issue). Overall it was still very good and left me in anticipation for the upcoming episodes. Particularly at the end where Rick proclaims that this will be the darkest season yet. The pilot of this season leaves you wanting more as any good pilot episode should which is why I believe it’s earned its score.

Rating: 9.1/10 (for a pilot episode)

13 Reasons Why Show/Book Review

Review by: shreythemockingjay36

Book Description: This story follows Clay Jensen and Hannah Baker. It all starts with Hannah Baker’s suicide. When Clay just starts to forget about it he gets a box and opens it up. He discovers a box of tapes and instantly listens to them. That’s when he hears the chilling voice of the dead girl Hannah Baker. Clay is determined to listen to all the tapes in one night and discover the shocking 13 reasons why she killed herself. But he soon find out he’s being watched by a friend. Can Clay get through the tapes or will he be stopped. Find out in 13 Reasons Why: the novel.

TV show description: In this thrilling TV show, Clay Jensen and Hannah Baker were good friends. He is devastated when he finds out she is dead but refuses to admit it. The Clay in the show can barely listen to the tapes thinking he was responsible for Hannah’s death. He takes a while to finish the tape and soon finds the others on the tapes do not like him. They try to stop him every step of the way. Can Clay get through the tapes  without Justin Foley and his gang stopping him? Find out in 13 Reasons Why: the show

Setting in book: Clay goes all over town to the destinations Hannah describes.

Setting in Show: Mostly the school making it more dramatic.

Differences between the stories: The show is much more dramatic and let’s us see all the characters from their perspective. The book takes place in one night and the show takes place over several days/weeks. The show really dug deep with the story and was very rewarded for it.

Book Score: 8/10 This book is a very important story and teaches the effects of bullying and rape.

Show score: 9.5/10 This show may have been based on the book but it surpassed it by the great details. It also shows unlike the book that suicide hurts and makes the kids who watch it not even think about doing it. It also shows the repercussions of her suicide and how it affected her family and the school.

Can’t wait for season 2!

 

Pretty Little Liars Review

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Review by: dancingforever27

The renowned television show Pretty Little Liars, directed by I. Marlene King, aired from June 8th, 2010 through June 27th, 2017. Originally, this series was adapted from a multitude of novels by Sara Shepard. Simply, this show was centered around four girls, and their stalker(s), who reunite after their friend’s mysterious death.

In the “Pilot” episode, five girls are enjoying the last weekend of summer before they head back to Rosewood High School by having a sleepover on Labor Day weekend.

The Liars:
Alison (Ali) DiLaurentis- the most popular and mean girl in school. Valued by many as the “queen bee.”
Spencer Hastings- a girl too smart for her own good in a complicated family. The standards for her throw her into anxiety.
Emily Fields- a closeted girl on the R.H.S. swim team who has a crush on Ali.
Aria Montgomery- an artistic girl who fell in love with her young English teacher.
Hanna Marin- a girl who’s parents split up, leading to her eating excessively.

All five of the girls stay at Spencer’s barn and drink, party, and later fall asleep. Alarmingly, the four girls wake up to find Alison missing in the middle of the night.

The show skips ahead one year after Ali was reported missing where the police officers find her dead body. She was then pronounced dead at the scene. This then changes her case from a missing person investigation to a homicide investigation, which surely distresses many characters. Nothing quite like this has ever happened in Rosewood, well, of course since the liars came along.

While Ali was “missing”, the four girls part ways without their leader to keep them close with lies and deception. This was, until, they started receiving texts from an anonymous person going under the surname “-A”. This “A” knows all of the girls’ secrets, which each person only had revealed to Alison, rasing the question, “Who is A?” For the following seven seasons. Every two seasons or so, a new “A” seems to be revealed under troubling circumstances. The entire show is filled with mysteries over who killed Alison and what their stalker(s) want from them.

This show keeps all characters and audience members on the edges of their seats to find out answers to the destabilizing event, as many people could’ve wanted Ali gone.

I have to say that this show is my all-time favorite due to the constant suspense and dark undertones. Also, it sets itself apart from other murder mysteries as they cannot tell anyone about “A” without their secrets being revealed, too.

Throughout all of the seasons, each character gets further and further traumatized by the torture “A” puts them in, mentally and eventually physically. This is enhanced by the number of plot twists, especially while they try to uncover “A” and when he/she is revealed to everyone.

The pros above can really be summed up in the following-
The immense amount of secrets for such a small town makes everyone look suspicious; a great way to keep “A’s” identity hidden.

The only main negative part of this show to certain people could be that it can get a bit repetitive with the “game,” dubbed by many characters in the show, always somehow continuing by another, or even unheard of, character. Although, this would only be the case for someone who is not into mysteries and who does not really enjoy the up-and-down plot line that resembles an emotional roller coaster.

I would rate this television series a 10/10 because of the endless suspense, unpredictable (for most) “A” reveals, and shocking secrets the liars make and discover. In addition, I would highly recommend this series to anyone who is looking for another “Netflix show,” and for new surprises around every corner. (Due to the fact that this show aired the series finale in June, it is an especially great television show to watch on your own schedule without waiting for it to air every week.)

Age- 13+