New York Texas Zipline Review

The visit was a memorable experience, and I would recommend others to go. The outdoors area of the family-owned business gives you a great view to look out from, and as you arrive to check-in, you are greeted by a sweet sheepdog that lightens whatever fear you may have. Before you start, the staff makes a brief, but a detailed lesson on the dos and don’ts of ziplining. The staff was kind and encouraging and they simply explained how to use the zipline, and when making a mistake, would gently correct. It is a little tense at first, though once you have done a line or two, it becomes a breeze; quite literally. The staff even told us that it becomes easier as the lines get longer, and you’re more accustomed to the feel of the zipline, which was entirely true. I personally did the six lines zip line, opposed to the nine lines so I can’t quite vouch for the latter, but the last of the six stretches over a thousand feet and was outstanding. The air whistling past my ears, the gorgeous view below,  (the one instance I would implore someone to look down from the height) and the satisfaction when completing it. It all added up to it being an enjoyable experience. I can’t wait to go back. It’s a friendly adventure and everyone you encounter is polite and supportive.

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Infinity War-Movie Review

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WARNING: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS!

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When you hold the title for the most expensive film ever made, you can expect something good to chew on for both movie lovers and for non-movie lovers, for both Marvel fanatics, and well…only marvel fanatics. There is sadly no room for Marvel beginners to watch this movie except for purely visual delight, they will understand little to nothing about the movie as it pertains information from all nineteen installments of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Yet, I do still recommend Marvel beginners to watch this film as it will delight your visual tastes to an astronomical level.

Since the focus of the film is the villain Thanos, who’s made appearances throughout a number of MCU films, on his quest to collect the powerful Infinity Stones; it does make sense that familiarity of the movies would prove helpful. And so here is the pivotal question that is answered throughout this movie, “How far would you go to bring peace to the universe?” It’s a question many people have faced, both in real life and in fiction none of which have come as close as to Thanos to reaching their goal.

This movie is the beginning of the ending of this series of the MCU. The movie that millions of superhero lovers have been waiting for, the battle to end all battles, the war to end all wars, an opportunity for a movie to provide more fan service than any other. This is when things begin getting serious, jokes aside, which Infinity War does manage to crack many of, this movie is one of the most important installations to the MCU.

Thanos already has and has had the Infinity Gauntlet for a good amount of time. The gauntlet was forged by the last surviving Dwarven blacksmith, and Thanos is coming prepared for the battle, going full out. Each infinity stone was creatively placed by the directors of the MCU in different corners of the movies, from Thor to Iron Man, to Guardians of the Galaxy and more. And so this film is the one where all of those crossroads intersect, and the presence of the infinity stones begins to get stronger. Thanos has been lurking in the MCU’s for a long time, being the mind behind Loki’s attack on New York City as well as Ronan’s assault on the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

Thanos had given up on underlings to retrieve the infinity stones themselves, and so the titan himself decided to get his hands dirty. He sends his minion, to Earth to retrieve two of the stones, while he goes after the others himself.

Infinity War doesn’t introduce a lot of new characters, which makes sense considering that they have to fit over seventy-five faces into a two hour and forty minute time slot. One thing Marvel has really outdone itself on is its scene transitions, from one scene to the other, from one character to the other, one conversation to the next. It’s smooth as butter and actually quite pleasant to watch.

The Children of Thanos are interesting, but they don’t quite impact the plot of the movie as much as it would seem at first. Infinity War has one of the largest casts in the history of movies, containing numerous characters, from the Iron Man, Captain America, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor, Spiderman, and the Avengers movies. It is no surprise that many of these characters do not get a lot of screen time, or many lines for that matter, but each character is done its due justice in the film. The fact that Infinity War actually feels like a well-balanced movie is extremely praiseworthy.


For the most part, this movie was a delight, except that it was countless fighting after the next. It almost seemed like the directors had a puzzle piece and said oh I’ll throw it in here, then one over there, oh wait I’ll take that back. No, I actually want to keep it, no never mind, no add it over there. There is simply too much random fighting, and not quite enough comprehendible encounters. There are a few spectacular fights, but the others are just thrown in there like salt and pepper, what’s the use? There are very few scenes where there is no fighting whatsoever, and after all the movie is about the most powerful creature in the universe, but I felt that there was more than just raw fighting to highlight in this film.

The exposition portion of this movie turned out to be a little cheap. Mark Ruffalo (Hulk) was overused as an exposition character. “Thanos has the largest army in the universe.” Well, thanks for that, it really helps, but don’t they already know that? Oh, he’s big and purple and powerful and has this gold glove on his hand. Well, nice job Sherlock, who would have ever known? His line delivery also seemed to be a little cheesy, not very natural, not much emotion, like he was reading off of a piece of paper. But who am I to critique acting, he acts the way he acts and the way the director approves of it, I just see what I see. There also seemed to be some dominant issues between the split personalities of Bruce Banner and the Hulk himself, which I think will be talked about in the second part of Infinity War.

This movie was also extremely funny, aside from the break the tension jokes. I truly believe that this film contained a proper amount of required humor. I think that Guardians of the Galaxy film is what really sparked Marvel films to add that extra comedic factor.

The actors also have great on-screen chemistry with each other. Iron Man, Star-Lord, and Dr. Strange have the funniest scenes together, they each represent the same kind of character from different areas of the MCU. All three let ego get to their heads, can be immensely prideful, are quick and witty, and also believe that everyone is obliged to do what they say.

This movie might be the one Marvel movie that actually gives the villain its proper spotlight, and we are given a good deal of information about the villain as well. I sort of wanted to see Thanos as a child but I knew that wasn’t coming. But, the movie does a decent job fleshing out his backstory and motivations. Although I’d like to say for comic book lovers that this will be a disappointment, nothing goes as per comics, nothing. Josh Brolin plays Thanos with a beautiful balance of character, both an emotional and a menacing person. Josh Brolin is without a doubt the star of this film and manages to deliver an amazing job in his work. The visuals on his facial features and skin movements are also miraculous, the MCU as always, must have really worked their butts off getting the CGI done for this film. Especially the extremely confusing and strange ending, where numerous characters faded away into small pieces.

Lastly, the most iconic thing about the MCU, their end-credit scenes which always connect with the upcoming installments of the franchise. And they are always so interesting to watch, the end-credit scene for Infinity War shows Nick Fury and Maria Hill driving in a car, talking about how large scale the Wakanda attack was. They get hit by a car, and when Maria checks on the driver, it turns out that there was no one inside. Maria then fades away just like some other characters, and Fury runs back to his car. He grabs a messaging device from his seat and clicks a button as he begins to disappear as well. The messaging device drops to the ground and reads, “Sending…” on the screen. The screen then flashes and shows the star-shaped design which Miss Marvel’s costume is based on. This may hint at a Miss Marvel cameo in the second part of Infinity War, knowing Marvel it could go in a number of different directions.

At last, Infinity War reminds us why and how everyone deep inside, has the same nature. They have the same emotions, the feel the same way about certain things, they hurt the same way and even think the same way. Everyone at heart is the same, we just look different, a concept also evaluated in Black Panther, the previous installment. Over the course of the past nineteen films the MCU has turned out to be a rollercoaster ride, and this movie will definitely not fail to reach your expectations. I give this movie a 9 out of 10. 

 

 

Black Panther-Movie Review

Image result for black pantherApart from having a record-breaking box office weekend, it is quite easy to dismiss ‘Black Panther’ as yet another superhero movie, but once seeing it on the big screen, you soon realize that it’s much more than that. Instead of just that, the audience is given a picture that emphasizes all the notable features of being African. The movie is mysterious in nature as not only do you get a variety of deep characters with a captivating villain, you also have a movie where a majority of the cast and minds behind it are African-Americans.

A striking element of Black Panther was the astonishing chemistry between all the actors and their performances. Each character managed to have its own independence in nature and played pivotal roles in the flow of the movie. Nakia, who is played by Lupita Nyong’o is the love interest of T’Challa but has her own mind and character build that focuses on herself as a human being. She isn’t left to the part of solely the “love interest” (as most movies tend to do) operating only to enhance the protagonist but rather defines herself in her own way.

Black Panther, goes beyond merely giving character independence, but represents a variety of characters who each have a special skill or interest. Throughout the movie, multiple strong female characters are shown. The film also has exciting villains, Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) and Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis) who have their own reasons for what they do. Killmonger is a villain that enchants the audience and helps create a story with emotional values. Klaue, however, is a deplorable pick of the crop villain that the audience is used to. Which worked interestingly that Killmonger ended up killing him, showing his predominance as the main villain. I was immensely disappointed that they killed off Klaue, one of the greater Marvel villains and he didn’t live to see the second half of the movie. Kinda sad. 

Chadwick Boseman, who plays the role of Black Panther, appears to be very constricted in his actions. But it’s because of the enduring personality that adds weight to the story and makes the audience cheer for him to the very end. Our modern society lives in an age where people of color and minorities are struggled to represent on screen and in the media. And so a quite intriguing area of the film is the way they recognize a few South African languages on screen in a superhero movie. Black Panther includes numerous scenes where conversations in South African languages take place and it brings an unbelievable pride in it.

Kendrick Lamar and the Weeknd also deserve credit for their spectacular contribution to the film. The car chase scene would not have been the same if not for the soundtrack composed by these two artists. It gives you a hype feeling, heart racing and puts you in the shoes of the characters themselves.

The moments in which the camera shows Africa outside of Wakanda, and then zoom into the city itself, make Wakanda feel like a futuristic version of what South Africa could look like. Yet, in the back of your head, you understand that it’s just a fantasy movie, but the imagination that it brings is undeniable. There is but one critical acclaim I have of the movie, and that is of the scarce action sequences. I expected more action from the film, but scenes in which inhabited action was marvelous. Director Ryan Coogler has done a remarkable job giving the audience a different kind of superhero movie. One that makes a statement, one that makes a  stand on society today. And I’m sure it’s needless to say that the Marvel Cinematic Universe will nothing but benefit from this splendid making of a film. I would genuinely end this movie with a 10 out of 10. Congrats to the represented cast for crafting an amazing movie. 

GeoStorm-Movie Review

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In 2019, hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, droughts and every other form of destruction gave the world quite the situation to take care of. The world’s scientists came together to do something about it creating the “Dutch Boy” an interlocking net of thousands of satellites that surround the planet and counteract the destructive weather. Jake Lawson was the genius behind the design of the ‘Dutch Boy’ but he’s not the easiest guy to get along with and so they fire him and put his more politic brother, Max, in charge. Everything goes just great for three years until strange incidents begin to occur, a freeze in the desert, lava uproar in Hong Kong, and a scientist getting sucked out into space. Max has only one recourse: He’s got to call Jake back in for help. He’s the only one who really knows all the ins and outs of this orbital computer system. If anybody can fix this, it’ll be him. And hopefully Jake can fix it before…the Geostorm occurs.

See, that’s nice and all and the title even has a nice ring to it, but the movie just ended up being a little too cliche. The dialogue was a little tacky, and in all honesty, once I got to the climax I was like ‘Haven’t I seen this movie before?” Of course, the answer was no but at that point I was skeptical, the moment where Jake fought Dustin or something, the spunky British kid it was all Deja-Vu for me. I was kind of hoping for there to be more destruction during the movie but in the end, there wasn’t all that much. The movie ended with them rebooting the ‘Dutch Boy’ which would shut it down temporarily. However, doesn’t that mean for a brief minute, huge storms and natural disasters could occur, at least when ‘Dutch Boy’ wasn’t counteracting those elements? But the reboot seemed to happen instantly and an ‘all’s well that ends well’ kind of thing.

If even one pivotal character in the movie died, there could have been more density to the movie. But on top of the other cliches in the movie, all the ‘good’ characters you started with in the beginning lived to the end. There was that one super talented spy-like female, the nerdy little girl who’s into technology, (We all know in our modern age that’s not how it works), and then lastly the cocky and arrogant genius who can’t seem to learn social skills. It’s Armageddon all over again.

However, on a positive note, I really liked the climax part of the movie, you can never seem to do a car chase wrong and director Dean Devlin did that perfectly. And the plot twist at the end where Dekkom, (Ed Harris) turned out to be the villain and nearly shot Max in the head. Overall, I thought the movies visual effects and action sequences were great, aside from my critique of other things I was quite entertained by this film. Really I don’t think you’ll lose anything watching this movie just be prepared to see some same old same old cliches but the movie is enjoyable as a whole. I give this movie a 6/10 rating.

Thor Ragnarok – Movie Review

Image result for thor ragnarokWho doesn’t love a comedy filled action flick? I mean the critics ate up Guardians of The Galaxy, they absolutely loved it. Perfectly timed punchlines, well thought out jokes and ironic moments even non-marvel fans understood. So Taika Waititi took bits and pieces from that, and has fabulously presented us “Thor Ragnarok.” A comedic action flick, with a dire lack of consistency. I was honestly disappointed at the end of the movie for the lack of cliche.

Yes, I said it. I missed the cliche. Most people rant about how a movie is too cliche and how the plot was quite predictable. This movie was so out of place that it kind of defied that standard. Introduced to the villain early in the movie, you think “Oh yes! Finally, a Marvel movie that consistently focuses on the villain.” But in the end, Marvel pulls its old “I got ya there!” and directs the attention back to Thor, and a lot of unnecessary characters… Although I’ll have to say that Korgs interjections are absolutely hilarious, it’s unexplainable the amount of comedic quality he contributed to the movie. And his voice-well you watch the movie and see for your self.

Dressed in skin-tight black gear and sporting a twisting, spiked headdress, Hella looks like Taika Waititi saw Maleficent and said “I want her. But MARVElous!” Sorry, I had to squeeze in that joke. In her first encounter with her brothers, she demonstrates her intense power by destroying Thor’s hammer and banishing him to a distant universe while she sets about wreaking havoc to Asgard.

Asgard is one of those places that, was made to be destroyed. And Waititi was given the challenge with fulfilling Ragnarok yet still make it a “happy ending” Hugs and kisses friendship galore! I’ll let you be the judge of how well he succeeds, since as far as I’m concerned, the less time spent on Asgard, the better.

At any rate, it’s quite frankly for the better that Hella is free to wreak havoc on Asgard while Thor and Loki are stranded on Sakaar, which is sort of an intergalactic trash dump where heroes are forced to compete in elaborate gladiator battles. To explain further would spoil certain surprises that the audience I’m sure would enjoy. Needless to say, the GrandMaster ideally rules Sakaar and forces Thor to fight…a familiar opponent. Shortly after, Thor, a Valkyrie, Loki, and another friend…escape through the Devil’s [insert word here] to Asgard.

I truly felt that this movie was kind of dancing around everywhere, without a consistent plot line. Beautifully crafted and hilarious, but a work in progress like the other Thor movies usually are. This particular movie lost the Shakespearean quality that Chris Hemsworth’s past movies have had. And I can’t believe I’m saying this but even the Stan Lee cameo was frankly irritating and seemed forced… which was another setback. The comedy was forced in numerous places, and the director tried so hard to make this a comedy film that he had to squeeze all the gory violence into the last half hour.

In the end, this movie was sadly a disappointment, a failed attempt at a Guardians of the Galaxy knockoff and a quite forced “comedy” film. In the end, my ratings shouldn’t directly impact your thoughts so I’d suggest you watch the movie yourself before taking any of my critique to the head.

 

Inside Out-Movie Review

Image result for inside outEmotions here. Emotions there. Emotions a little everywhere. Wait what? That’s exactly how I felt after watching a pretty bad movie-Inside Out. I mean if I were to tell you how I’m feeling I’m a little happy, sad, angry, disgusted, and what else is there-fear or something?

I personally was not fond of this movie because it just didn’t have anything that “excited” me. In Toy Story, there are close scenes where characters almost get killed.

In Cars, it’s a thrilling race movie about how a car who lost his way regains his glory. In Up, the characters are stranded hundreds of miles away from home. In this? Well I mean…OH NO, NOT SPINACH PIZZA!!! Crazy right? Although I’m sure an emotion fan favorite was Anger, we sure love reckless bald dude smashing things up into flames, don’t we? YIPEEE! If you are expecting praise in this review you will be absolute, extremely, exceedingly, exceptionally, tremendously, extraordinarily, mightily, terrifically, remarkably, particularly, intensely, and acutely disappointed.


The general story of Inside Out is about a young girl named Riley who moves out of her hometown of Minnesota all the way over to San Fransokyo, Tokyo. Oh wait is that a different movie? Aaargh, I get these gosh darn Pixar knock offs so mixed up! She is a happy fifth grader who acts like she was born yesterday and still acts goofy with her parents.


Naturally, problems are sure to arise with a personality like this and such a drastic movement. Bringing up a plethora of emotions such as I can’t believe I’m doing this…happiness, sadness, disgust, anger, and fear who all control Riley’s brain like a zombie via mission control! It’s the Power Rangers all over again!
However, the voice-casting in Inside Out is great. There’s a certain interrelationship between certain emotions that support the dynamic voices given by the cast. Which I have to admit is the one upside of this movie.

The movie revolves around the world inside her head, stacked with emotions and memories stuffed inside balls. This is just ridiculous but I’ll keep going. These balls glow with whatever emotion the memory is about, a happy memory is a gold, a sad memory is blue, such and such. And there are of course the relatable memories that you can’t get out of your head. Lastly, there are core memories that rely on the strongest of her experiences which create personality islands. Riley’s islands are goofball, honesty, family, friendship, and hockey.

These emotions make Riley who she is, and when they get destroyed, life inside her mind also gets worse. This leads to a correlating story between Riley losing herself and who she is and the emotions inside of her bringing her back.

But the ending was okay I guess, after a quite frankly boring “adventure” in her brain they retain the core memories and they all lived happily ever after. THE END I give this movie a two-star rating. Don’t get me wrong, I personally just didn’t like the theme of a parallel story. And especially in the excitement less way it was projected. This movie was just like a “meh” for me.

Ratatouille-Movie Review

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Out of all the amazing blockbuster films, Pixar has created, Ratatouille among few others are brandished at the top. It’s just one of those movies where the main character is so unique as opposed to the others in his community. From the start, the main character Remy had been gathering vegetables, reading cookbooks, and understanding how critical ingredients can be, and the best part is, he’s only a rat. 

Even still, he’s more than just a rat. Remy doesn’t want to ravage leftovers from the garbage or eat stale scraps. His dream is to one day become a chef. None of the other rats can truly relate, even his own father.  And his brother can’t relate either but he’s acceptant to Remy’s unique personality and interests.  lets Remy be himself. While staying in an old lady’s kitchen for most of his time, he watches his idol Gusteau cook amazing food and learns from his techniques and cooking. 

Remy truly believes he had Gusteau’s complete support in his dream to become a full-fledged chef. Until everything flips over, and his entire family gets separated from him. Eventually, Remy meets an amateur chef and becomes best friends. He secretly helps him how to cook, taking the amateur to great love from customers and other chefs alike. The Head Chef, however, gets suspicious and joins a food critic to overthrow the entire restaurant. Until the critic actually tastes Remy’s food, reminding him of his past.

In the end, I absolutely loved the movie, didn’t find anything wrong with it. Beautiful characterizations and artistic shots of the city blew me away. This movie is fantastic and I would give it a 10/10!