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"Spider-Man: Homecoming" Review
Release date: July 2, 2017
In the most recent movie, "Spider-Man: Homecoming", Peter Parker (Spider-Man) tries to balance his life as a sophomore with his new found confidence of being a superhero, while facing a new threat.
"Spider-Man: Homecoming"...the newest Marvel addition to the Spider-Man collection was an intriguing and exciting new take revolving around the on screen rivalry involving Spider-Man and the Goblin.
In recent years, the Goblin had been (secretly) known to be the father of Peter Parker’s best friend, Harry Osborn.. In the most recent production, the creators made a more viable connection that created much more tension than before with a new but very similar villain called, the Vulture. Without giving any spoilers, it wasn’t the unforgettable homecoming Parker had in mind.
The movie included romance, comedy, and action that was known to make the audience’s blood pressure rise with anticipation and excitement. I loved how they made a direct link between the Captain America: Civil War movie and this oneㅡfeaturing Tony Stark (a.k.a. Iron Man). One continuous theme that played throughout the movie was the mere dream that Parker would become a member of the Avengers team.
I would have to say that my favorite part of the movie was the growth Parker showed by the end of the movie. Going from high school student who wants to be more than a “friendly neighborhood Spider-Man,” and a part of something bigger with more recognition for his bravery and skills.
I suggest that the movie should have included more of a backstory as to how Peter Parker became Spider-Man. The movie just jumped into the period after he returned from featuring in the Captain America: Civil War Movie. Then jumping into his every day school life and teen struggles of living a double life. Without the backstory, I feel that the movie could confuse some audience members if they had never seen a “Spider-Man” movie before or had never seen the latest Captain America movie before. That was the director's faultㅡnot thinking about the limitations.
In conclusion, I would highly recommend seeing the newest movie in the Spider-Man Marvel series. It has the jokes everyone wants to hear, the action everyone wants to see, and the fresh inclusions of other Marvel characters people want to see. The movie was adventurous, fun, funny, creative, and sweet. With the onset friendships and relationships, this movie was sure to be a win. Earning a 93% rotten tomatoes, I would give this movie 4 stars.
New VS Old
From Nicholas Hammond (the first on screen Spider-Man) to Tom Holland (the newest on screen Spider-Man), the evolution of Spider-Man has been truly moving. Starting off with the not so arduous face-offs with mustache wearing villains in 1977 to having the strength to face the Avengers team and the newest villain, Vulture, in the most recent film-almost forty years later.
1977 Spider-Man movie trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ryhn3m474DY
2017 Spider-Man movie trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch v=OiyeBWwlvsY&oref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DOiyeBWwlvsY&has_verified=1
For your personal enjoyment:
YOUR DAY IS ABOUT TO GET SO MUCH BETTER [ENJOY]
Lip sync battle: Tom Holland (Spider-Man/Peter Parker) vs Zendaya (Michelle):
Fan Predictions for Season Two of "Stranger Things"
“Stranger Things” fans are excited for season two that airs on Halloween, October 31. “Stranger Things” is Netflix series that takes place in a small town in the 1980s. It's about a boy, Will, who goes missing and his mother, Joyce, starts an unusual investigation that involves discovering mysteries such as government experiments and a very unique girl named Eleven. So, to get ready for season two, fans were asked questions on the previous season and what they predict could happen based on the trailer shown.
The fans were first asked to describe the first season of “Stranger Things” in their own words. Mya Bailey said that “Stranger Things” resembles the old 80s movies but in this generation and that it's basically all the old classics like horror movies mashed together. Rihana Zaiani said that the first season each episode was different but yet surprising and unpredictable. Leia Skorlinski agreed with Rihana and Mya by saying it's a different type of show based on the 80s but made recently. “The way they did that makes its different from shows that are being made today,” said Leia. Andrea Montalvo said “Stranger Things” is creepy but exciting because it has little kids doing ridiculous things. “...Like they go out in the middle of the night on bikes when I can’t even cross the yard without asking my parents,” said Andrea.
“Stranger Things” is full of many characters will different personalities, so the fans were asked to choose their favorite character. Bailey said that everyone chooses Eleven as their favorite but she’s the same way. “Ever since she popped up, that’s who I wanted [to be like],” said Bailey. The reason she likes her is because she's brave, independent, and has amazing powers. Rihana said her favorite is between Nancy and Eleven for two different reasons, “I like Nancy..she’s like straight A’s..the beginning she's really strict..at the end she started slipping and was so determined..you saw a side to her you’ve never seen.” The reason why she liked Eleven was simply because she's a cool character. Leia also said Eleven is her favorite character because, “...she’s the only girl I’ve ever seen in any show that has a buzz haircut and superpowers unlike other shows that are all guys.” Andrea said her favorite character is Dustin because he’s “the funny guy” in the show.
“Stranger Things” also has many jaw-dropping moments, so we wonder what’s their favorite plotline or twist. Mya said she liked the scene when Mike asked Eleven to go to the ball “That was really cute.” Rihana went a different route and said her favorite part was the scene early on in the first season, when Eleven was at the diner talking to a man who worked there named Benny, then social services showed up, however they actually ended up being a part of the government looking for Eleven. Leia said her favorite twist was the ending when the sheriff puts Eggos (which are waffles that Eleven likes) in a box and leaves in the woods, which make people believe Eleven is alive. Andrea said her favorite part of the show was when they went into the creepy factory in the woods and found Will, who had been missing, through the vines. She said, “It was emotional.”
Fans are obviously in love with the show, but what about the show truly interests them? Bailey said “Stranger Things” interests her because of her personal likes such as aliens and supernatural type of stuff. She said, “It's something I can rewatch and still get the same effect.” Leia said she likes everything from the monsters to Eleven to the friendships. Rihana said it's a good show for sci-fi and drama. Andrea also said she’s interested in the show because she likes sci-fi.
In the first season of “Stranger Things” the setting was in the 1980s and in a small Indiana town. The fans reacted to the Stranger Things season 2 trailer, and predicted what the setting might be like. Bailey said it might have a ghostbusters look to it and carry a stronger 80s feel to it.
However Rihana said this season might progress out of last season’s setting but by a lot. Leia said that there will be a new realm filled with new monsters. Andrea said it’s still based on last season’s setting because the factory where they found Will is still there.
Next season is going to be full with new mysteries and problems. The trailer does hint on what the new storyline will be. Mya said, “Based on the trailer, all the clips seem to be about Will and how messed up he is from last season.” She also said it might reference Eleven a couple times by the boys saying they miss her. Rihana said it will be about Eleven coming back to the boys. Leia said that the storyline will be about the boys finding Eleven again and fight a realm filled with new monsters. She also thinks that Will looks like he is going through psychological issues and he can see what Eleven sees such as he knows what's out there. Andrea said that they are all recovering from what Will went through as in the trailer you can see him having flashbacks or memories of what happened. She also said they want to see what's going on with Eleven since she's seen without the boys.
A new season most likely means a new type of environment either it’s more gloomy, scary, or sad. Mya said it seems more gloomy because now it’s the mystery of what happened to Will and what's going on. Rihana also said it's more gloomy because it's focusing on Will’s trauma. Leia said it won’t be gloomy, because the setting will be the same but there will be a new upside down realm to it. Andrea said the environment is both happy and sad because in the beginning of the trailer you see the boys happy to be together and playing the arcade games but then it slowly progresses to seeing Will is having a hard time coming back.
The trailer also foreshadow what’s happening with the characters next season. Rihana said that Will is going to deal with trauma and that there will be tension between Nancy and Steve. Mya said based on the trailer she think Will might go insane or gain an ability. She also said, “When they bring Eleven back, which I’m guessing will happen, Will and Eleven will have a connection on their powers and what they experience.” Leia said Will is going to have issues and that Eleven is alive. Andrea also thinks Will is going insane.
The new “Stranger Things” season is coming and fans cannot wait! “Stranger Things” is full of unexpected twist that keep fans wondering what will happen next. The show is full with kids that solve mysteries and fight monster which make the show interesting. The fans who were interviewed, Rihana Zaiani, Mya Bailey, Leia Skorlinski, and Andrea Montalvo shared their opinions about the show before and after the trailer. They talked about the characters, plot twists, the storyline, the setting, and more. After watching the season 2 trailer, you can’t help but predict what you think might happen.
Spookily Fantastic Horror Movies
The must-see horror movies have finally been watched, reviewed, and judged to the fullest. "Green Room,” “It,” and “Final Girl” are just a few movies that were ripped apart and rated on the scale of one to five pumpkins. October, the month of spooktacular events is arriving, so to go along with the horrific theme here are a few movies you should watch before you die.
The movie “It” directed by Andrés Muschietti, is originally based off of the book written by Stephen King. It’s filled with drama, suspense and jump scares galore. The movie is about a group of kids, Bill Denbrough (Jaeden Lieberher), Ben Hanscom (Jeremy Ray Taylor), Beverly Marsh (Sophia Lillis), Richie Tozier (Finn Wolfhard), Mike Hanlon (Chosen Jacobs), Eddie Kaspbrak (Jack Dylan Grazer), and Stanley Uris (Wyatt Oleff) facing Pennywise. Pennywise, the clown who’s almost always accompanied by a red balloon, is a dancing clown who has an odd habit of devouring innocent children every twenty seven years. The book goes over the children's fight with Pennywise, the antagonist; however, it then proceeds to show their adult selves having to deal with the recurrence with the creepy clown. Unlike the book, the movie is based solely on the children living through the horrific events, which leaves room for a sequel with the adult versions. The movie released in 2017 came from the two episode American-Canadian drama miniseries "It" released in 1990. Though the 1990 version of "It" can be argued to be outdated and old, the old-school version is still worth giving a view after or even before watching the jaw dropping movie.
Straight off of the bat, the movie gets four out of five pumpkins. The reasoning behind "It" not receving the five jackolanterns is due to the slight confusion of Pennywise's past and the fact that half way through the movie Mike Hanlon, one of the children, just magically becomes friends with the group due to them being able to see the clown and the fearsome images Pennywise is cursing upon them. Though Hanlon is a great addition to the group, it is unrealistic for kids to automatically befriend a stranger due to them seeing the same horrific sights. Nonetheless, the director did an amazing job picking the perfectly shot scenes and picking the actors and actresses for each part.
After the first ten minutes, a worry set in of it becoming cheesier than it should be, but after a few minutes the movie quickly picked up and proved the prior thoughts wrong. A few of the main things that stood out amongst the others is Pennywise. Though actor who played Pennywise was covered in pounds of makeup, the director decided to use CGI to help amplify the coloring of his eyes. At first the effects were obvious, but as the movie progressed the visual aspect of his eyes morphed into a major character trait, and helped them stand out compared to the others. Once again the corny feeling set in, but within minutes they slowly started to compare to the kids, and their family members’ eyes, making them look realistic and similar to his victims.
Overall the movie was jammed packed with heart racing and adrenaline pumping shocks and scares. The actors and actresses where phenomenal, and Bill Skarsgård — the actor that portrayed Pennywise — played an amazing role.
“Final Girl,” a movie directed by Tyler Shields is about Veronica (Abigail Breslin), who was faced with her parents’ death at a young age. But instead of a normal child's reaction, she had a different outlook, and instead of being brought to an orphanage or put into the care of an adoption center she was given to William (Wes Bentley) a man whose family was murdered. Instead of playing a fatherly role, he recruits her to become a cold blooded killer. The reason behind his actions is twisted into a rational cause. He uses her skills to scare men who harm women or take advantage of them, but when Veronica is faced with the assignment to kill four men who have been “hunting,” she is faced with a new reality.
Overall this movie earned a total of two pumpkins. The beginning of the movie did not waste time to jump into the good stuff; however, the absence of character build up made the movie lack in an emotional connection with the characters, making it hard to sympathise with them. Thankfully the lack of empathy given the characters was overshadowed with Veronica's strong womanly role. She definitely had a really tough reputation to uphold, and the actress, though not the best, played it off well.
For the movie not being big, and not being directed by a top notch director, it was good, but it lacked in a lot of important places. The movie was fast paced, and though that can be beneficial, it seemed as if it was rushed through and shorter than it should have been due to not enough plot information being given. It is a pretty simple movie with a great story line, it just is sad that such a great storyline was wasted on an okay performance. Nonetheless, the movie was entertaining and an easy watch. It would be a perfect movie to start off a night of horror movies as the appetizer to the main course or have on while doing work.
“Green Room,” directed by Jeremy Saulnier, is an absolutely amazing movie. A rock band is on a tour, but due to the lack of gigs, they decide it is best to call it quits; however, after a quick interview their new friend offers them a gig in the town of Origin, which they kindly except. But after playing at the booking — which was filled with white supremacists — they walk into a room to see something that will change their lives forever.
This movie gets five out of five pumpkins. Not only it’s filled with lovable characters, the scenes are smashed full of gut turning scenes and amazing acting. If you have a weak stomach this is not the movie for you due to the amount of gore and blood; however, it’s worth it every second. The suspense, blood, and surprising twists will keep you on the edge of your seat until the credits roll, and even then you will be left begging for more.
The effects and makeup used in the movie are outstanding. Never has a movie showed such realistic and believable scenes.This isn’t a horror movie in the sense of being scared due to ghosts, paranormal activity, or a creepy clown, instead it is based around suspense and thrilling events.
This movie is an amazing thriller which will keep you up a few minutes before bed.
“Little Evil” directed by Eli Craig is a movie about Gary, played by Adam Scott. Scott plays the role of a new step dad; however, this isn’t the normal step parent situation. This time the so-called possessed child is truly possessed by an evil spirit which hates Gary. How does he handle his new family? And do people believe him when he tells them that his step son tried to bury him in the back yard? Watch it on Netflix to find out.
This movie receives three and a half pumpkins out of five. The reasoning behind the decision is due to the humorous factor and the rating of the movie. Though the movie is rated R it didn’t even cross the boundaries of PG13. They could have gone much farther with the movie and the occurrences within the film. However, the film takes a different outlook on horror and adds its own humorous factor and the subtle twists added a lot to the movies set up. In addition the actors were great. Whenever there is a large role played by a child the concerns of them being a good actor is always there. But Lucas, the step son played by Owen Atlas, was amazing. Though he is more on the creepier side of the children scale, he played the part well, and used his creepy nature to his advantage.
Overall the movie is funny, light, and easy to watch. It is simple and has a great story line.
The movie “Death Note,” directed by Adam Wingard, is originally based off of an anime. The movie is about a book given to the protagonist Light Turner (Nat Wolff) which has the ability to kill whoevers name he writes on the pages. And though he uses his newly given gift for good, soon some are infected with the possibilities and abilities the book with holds.
This movie receives three and a half pumpkins. Though this movie has a few good jump scares, some pretty good actors, and a great story line, a few adjustments could have been made. Though the actors were decent they could have pushed their abilities a little bit more. In addition the director could have helped and made the movie a little less predictable. But on the so called bright side the CGI and voice overs were great. Willem Dafoe and his character were great, in addition the character L played by Lakeith Stanfield did an amazing job. Not only did he build up character but he also had the viewer switch from liking him to hating him in seconds.
Overall the movie was good. It is simple and pretty PG, meaning you are able to watch with younger viewers. However, parental guidance may be recommended due to some scenes being to mature for younger children.
The month of October celebrates many things, and horror movies is one of them. Though some may not have a taste for horror, there is always the “Peanuts” Halloween movie.
“Jigsaw”: Under the Skin
October. The month of all things spooky and mysterious; it is most well known for the infamous holiday of Halloween. Children break out their costumes and adults break their wallets buying candy to place their kids into a sugar induced stupor — but there’s something more. Underneath the caked on face paint and cavities, there’s a dark side. Oh, the horror! After trick-or-treating the witches follow you home and the monsters come out to play. One of the best (or worst) and deadliest is John Kramer and his infamous Jigsaw puppet. Next month, it’s their time to reign and rule. On October 27th, the eighth installment of the “Saw” franchise is being released all across the United States. This means “Saw” fans and fanatics will be lining up to purchase their tickets and see the blood and gore, only four days before Halloween. The new movie will focus on the resurrected traps and riddles, designed and put into place by John Kramer. As bodies turn up around the city, investigators scurry to solve this mystery as soon as possible. The only quirk — John Kramer has been dead for years.
So what exactly is the Saw franchise? Saw is a series of 7, soon to be 8, films that are categorized as psychological thrillers/slashers. While the films are distributed by Lionsgate, there are two video games (Konami), a short film (James Wan) and a digital comic series (IDW Publishing). These aspects of the Saw franchise go to show just how popular it really is. The movies are directed by James Wan, who is also the director of other horror movies such as “The Conjuring”, “Insidious”, and “Lights Out”, and a group of other directors. Some of the stars of these films include Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith, Costas Mandylor, and Scott Patterson (Gilmore Girls’ Luke). The first Saw movie, simply entitled “Saw”, was released in 2004 and the latest film, “Saw 3D”, was released in 2010. “Jigsaw” will the newest installment after 7 years of waiting. Most viewers categorize these films as slashers, but is that really all there is? Under the skin of the Saw franchise there is a deeper and darker secret. These films cover up the sad story of loss and pain with blood and gore, as pieces of the puzzle that is John Kramer’s life show up in each film. Each movie uncovers a new “clue” that eventually add up to the reason why John Kramer became a serial killer. His victims aren’t chosen for just any reason. They have to have done something wrong, whether it’s a wrongful cop (“Saw II”) or some type of fraud and blackmail. There are many different reasons why these films are appealing, such as the adrenaline rush you get from being scared or the satisfaction of being able to understand what the movies are really about, once you finish the series. The next time you knock on some slasher film, think to yourself… What if there’s something more?
Even though the film hasn’t been released, there is still excitement brewing. Students around Reagan were randomly asked if they would like to be featured in a poll regarding the Jigsaw film. While most of the participants were excited about the new film and had already made plans to see it, there were some who hadn’t. It was most surprising that some people hadn’t even known that a new installment being released in only a few short weeks. Most contributors who participated in the poll expected the film too scary, and felt that they would be uncomfortable viewing the film. “I haven’t really made plans to see this film, because I feel like it would just be too scary and that I would be uncomfortable while watching it,” said- Bianca Cortez, a freshman; however, there was some excitement about the upcoming blood and gore. “[I’m really looking forward to] the blood and gore. I’m mostly excited to be super scared,”-said Milagros Gonzalez,another freshman.
Here are some tips to having the most horrific movie experience: Instead of going with a big group of giggly friends, try heading alone. Or if you’re too scared, go with a close friend who has seen the previous films. The purpose of the film is to give you goosebumps, rattle your bones, and find out what really happened to John Kramer. Not be a source of ridicule, as most people just assume that it’s only about the gore, and not the psychological elements. If you go with a big group of friends, you’ll most likely pay more attention to them than the movie. You should settle into the the red cushioned seats with a big bucket of extra buttery popcorn and your favorite soda. You might not want to eat too much though. Just by looking at the trailer, Jigsaw features lots of the usual stomach churning terrors. Mark your calendars and clear your schedule for October 27. You won’t be able to sleep a wink!