Posted in 2016, Adults, Teens, Web Series

RWBY: Volumes 1-3 (Or the Rooster Teeth animated show)

The Spoiler-Free Beginning

In another world, called Remnant. In said world, there are kingdoms. Outside the kingdoms, there are creatures called Grimm, who are incredibly dark and choose to eat humans. Huntsman and Huntressess, and they have semblances which is like a superpower fight these monsters. Also, there is something called dust. Dust are powerful jewels representing the elements.  There are also another race called Faunus. They are humanoids with physical animal traits.

Ruby Rose is a 15-year old girl who wants to be a huntress, but she wasn’t allowed to go school to be a huntress because of age. She fights a group of robbers who are trying to rob a dust store and the headmaster (Ozpin) and another teacher (Glydna) for Beacon Academy, a school for huntmen and huntresses sees how good she fights, while they were helping Ruby, and they let her in.

At the school, she is with her older sister, Yang and within the first day, they meet a boy named Jaune, two girls; Weiss and Blake. Then there is an initiation, where you are partnered up with the first person you make eye contact with. Yang is partnered with Blake. Ruby is partnered with Weiss, the two who didn’t like each other. Jaune was partnered with a champion fighter named Pyrrha.

Within the partners, two sets are put together. Yang and Blake & Ruby and Weiss are made team RWBY, Ruby being the leader. Jaune was made leader of team JNPR with Pyrrha, and a pair of two old friends named Ren and Nora.

The story follows mostly team RWBY and team JNPR as they live life as training huntsmen & huntressess and fighting Grimm monsters.

My Review

 

Remnant

The world of Remnant is a world that is very chaotic. It could be a world that is early in it’s civilisation, but they already had a great war that threatened individualism. After the war, the school for huntspeople was created. Also, the “Color Naming Rule” was created, all people and teams need to be named in relation to a color, because of indiviualism was threatened. SEE BELOW.

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Ruby

The character of Ruby is such an interesting character who looks innocent but she is able to make brilliant fight plans, and fighting style. One great moment on the show was when she was geeking out about what weapons people have, despite having one of the most powerful weapons in the world. But Ruby is in a way, a moral compass and she is a great leader. She has a scene where she talks to Jaune about being a leader, where she gives Jaune a good speech about giving him hope with being a leader, only a few hours after losing her confidence but having a good talk with Ozpin.

Weiss

Weiss’ character is a hard character to watch for the first few episodes, but she becomes an interesting character. She seemed like a foil to Ruby, until a professor talks to her to help her realize that she can believe in Ruby as a leader, which is a touching scene, and then she becomes a cool character. Her treatment towards Faunuses is hard to get through in the story at the end of volume one.

Blake

Blake is the most calm character of the story and she is shy and unwilling to go to the dance. Additionally, she runs when she gets too frusated. Blake may be the least talkative one of Team RWBY, she has some humor to her. She has even stronger beliefs then Ruby, which is explained. Blake is a very mysterious character for the first volume, but RWBY becomes as much as her story then Ruby’s story.

Yang

Something that annoys me about how Yang is shown, is that the voice of Yang is Rooster Teeth podcast regular, Barbara Dunkelman who makes a lot of puns on the podcast, but there are little references to that except for complaining about others’ puns. Despite that, Yang is a funny character. She is the happy peacekeeper of Team RWBY. She is the most socially adapt person on the show, and she’s the nice one. She sees fun in everything, like the food fight in the beginning of Volume 2 (which is the funniest RWBY scene.) Yang in a way is the mother of Team RWBY.

Jaune

Jaune started at Beacon as puking on the plane over and being the least confident person at school. He is then pushed into leadership of Team JNPR. Jaune is the kindest person and he is as Yang is to Team RWBY, Jaune is Team JNPR. Eventually, Jaune begins to build confidence with help of his teammate, Pyrrha.

 

 

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Posted in 2015, Adults, Films

Birdman (Or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)- 2014 starring Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Ed Norton, Zach Galifianakis, Naomi Watts

A former Hollywood actor, Riggan (Michael Keaton) in an attempt to save his fame, decides to write and direct his own play. He internally struggles throughout his own life and is haunted by his past role… Birdman. He also tries to keep his relationship with his daughter, Sam (Emma Stone) afloat. Other characters; Mike, Jake, Lesley (Ed Norton, Zach Galifanakis, Naomi Watts) are interesting.

What’s good about Birdman:

  • Riggan is a great character and will do anything to keep himself happy in acting.
  • All the characters has a slight similar storyline of mental health and keeping themselves happy and they’d do anything for it.
  • Emma Stone as Riggan’s daughter was an interesting character and she shows the present, while Riggan shows the past
  • There was a random Jazz drummer who shows up in important moments. Pay attention when you Jazz music.
  • Maybe one of the greatest endings ever. I love the ending and how your left wondering “What just happened?” Look up “birdman ending explained” and you’re going to get a lot of theories. It’s up to you how you interpret the ending.

What’s bad about Birdman:

  • Norton, Galifanakis and Watts are quite forgettable.
  • Not a lot of the things in this movie are not for everyone
  • A little bit too confusing…

Rating: 8/10. I love Birdman, but I see the flaws in the movie and why some people don’t like it. This movie is not for everyone.

Review Awards

Best Character:
Nomimees: Riggan, Jake, the random Jazz drummer, Sam

Winner: Sam

Best Moment:

Nominees: Riggan now has Twitter, The opening scene, Riggan vs. Sam about the social media and drugs

Winner: Riggan vs. Sam about the Social Media and Drugs.

Good lines from Birdman:

“Gravity doesn’t even apply to you. Wait till you see the faces of those who thought we were finished. Listen to me. Let’s go back one more time and show them what we’re capable of. We have to end it on our own terms… with a grand gesture. Flames. Sacrifice. Icarus. You can do it. You hear me? You are… Birdman!”

Birdman (In Riggan’s Head)

“Bye-bye. And *bleep* you .”

Riggan (to Birdman, who is in his own head)

Gabriel: Are you at all afraid that people will say you’re doing this play to battle the impression that you’re a washed up superhero…?

Riggan: No, absolutely not. Absolutely not. That’s why 20 years ago I said no to Birdman 4.

“Without me, all that’s left is you.”

Birdman (Who is in Riggan’s

Posted in 2015, Adults, Films

Whiplash (2014) starring Miles Teller and JK Simmons

A great Jazz drummer plus a teacher to push equals what? Andrew enrolls to a Jazz Conservatory in New York City and is recruited for the top tier Jazz Band and the composer, Fletcher browbeats the band any time they make a mistake. It results in Andrew doing anything to stay in the band.

NOTE: Rated R for language alone.

What’s Good about Whiplash:

  • The music. If you like Jazz, Whiplash is an excellent movie.
  • Fletcher is great at insulting and if you can deal with mad insults, Whiplash will be an already film for you.

What’s bad about Whiplash:

  • … Not a movie for kids and sensitive people.

Rating: 9/10. Very good character study but not for everyone.

 

-SPOILERS-

Best Line:

“Not quite my rhythm”

 

Best Charcater:
Nominees: Fletcher, Andrew

Winner: Andrew

 

 

Posted in 2015, Adults, Films, Teens

Edge of Tomorrow (Live, Die, Repeat) (2014) starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt

The Earth is at war with aliens called “mimics” and they seem to know all the humans’ moves.

Military PR man, Bill Cage (Tom Cruise) is thrown into battle where he kills an Alpha. What he doesn’t know, he repeats the day over and over again, and the battle before was won by Rita (Emily Blunt) who had the same “powers” as Cage. The only way to use this power is to die. To stop the mimics, Cage must find the Omega/brain and destroy it.

What’s Good about Edge Of Tomorrow:

  • It’s pretty funny. The “Cage constantly being shot” compilation clip is actually hilarious and the jokes are actually somewhat good.
  • It’s easy to understand the plot, but the plot is still complex.

What’s bad about Edge of Tomorrow:

  • Maybe the worst ending to a good movie I have ever seen. Just… horrible. I can’t spoil the ending. It’ll be after the final rating

-SPOILERS-

Review Awards ;

Best Charcater:

Nominees: Cage, Rita, Kimmel, Griff

Winner: Cage

Best Line:

Nominees:

“On your feet, maggot!”, “I wish I didn’t know you, but I do”, “Think we better start over, don’t you?”, “No, sir. I’m from Kentucky.”

Winner: “I wish I didn’t know you, but I do.”

Best Moment:

Winner (no competition): The “Cage getting shot” compilation clip.

-SPOILERS OVER-

Final rating: 9.5

SO CLOSE to that 10. That ending was really bad.

-MORE SPOILERS-

This is an extra section just on how bad the ending was.

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Last chance not to be spoiled!

So, Cage loses his “day-resetting” powers, he blows up the Omega and then he wakes up in the Helicopter from the beginning and Rita wins not just the battle, but the war.

Cage comes to the army base and finds Rita who asks him, “Yes? What do you want?” and Cage cracks up… cut to credits.

What? NO! I’m so confused! If you’ve seen the film and you get it, comment below!

Posted in 2015, Adults, Films

Still Alice (2014) starring Julianne Moore

A professor gets early-onset Alzheimer’s disease and her family deals with it

Starring: Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth, Shane McRae, Hunter Parrish, Kristen Stewart

What’s good about Still Alice:

  • Julianne Moore does an amazing actress when she plays the character Alice Howland
  • I never saw Twilight, and I never will, but Kristin Stewart was Alice’s daughter and she did a solid job.
  • Alec Baldwin was really good as Alice’s husband

What’s bad about Still Alice:

  • Kate Bosworth’s character was very negative and Alice’s son was not really there.

-SPOILERS-

Review Awards

Best Character:

Nominees: Alice, Lydia (Kristin Stewart), John (Alec Baldwin)

Winner: Lydia

 

Best Moment:

Nominees: Alice’s speech at the convention, Alice can’t find the toilet, Final Scene

Winner: Final Scene

 

Rating out of 10: 8

Really good, very creative, very informative of Early Alzhemimer’s