Movie Review: Toy Story 4

You’ve got a friend in me guys! The 4th installment of a legendary series! Going to see this movie, I knew for sure I was in for some emotional moments. The first 3 movies featured a good amount of those kind of moments and this movie featured them as well as expected. Not to mention, we had some new characters! Today’s movie review will be on Toy Story 4!

Recently released on June 21st, this movie already had fans talking. Everyone who’s seen Toy Story’s 1-3 was excited to see this film the moment it was announced over a year or two ago. The first three films were focused on the character Andy Davis, but now he’s all grown up and the new focus is on the character Bonnie. Bonnie adopted Andy’s toys at the end of Toy Story 3 so this movie was expected to be focused on her.

All of the characters from the franchise are here including the likes of Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie, Rex, Slinky, Bo Peep, Hamm, Bullseye, Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, etc. We had some new characters introduced to us including Forky, Gabby Gabby, Bunny and Ducky, etc. I must say Bunny and Ducky are hilarious especially since they’re voiced by Key and Peele lol Forky was prominently featured in this film and he was a good character so I do believe he could be a main character going forward if we see more Toy Story films.

The story was that Bonnie was soon to be starting Kindergarten, and was definitely not interested in going. We’ve all been there before. She wanted to take one of her toys to school with her but her father told her that toys aren’t allowed to be brought to school. Noticing how upset she was, Woody decided to sneak into her backpack and go to school with her. Bonnie sits in class as she starts to feel lonely, in which I started feeling bad for her because it was sad to see her upset. A kid walks up to her but grabs some crayons instead and while eating an apple, this kid spits it out in the trash while dropping crayon boxes into the trash at the same time. Woody sees this and goes to grab the crayon boxes out of the trash. Bonnie reaches into the box and stumbles upon a spork, then a lightbulb was turned on inside her head! She creates her newest friend, Forky! Forky comes home to meet the new gang but he’s really shy and confused. He’s a spork, so he’s use to trash.

Throughout the movie, Forky keeps trying to escape from Bonnie and all of the other toys. They were on an RV as Bonnie and her parents were going on a road trip and during the middle of the night, Forky jumps out the window. Woody of course comes to the rescue and jumps of after him. He finds him and the two go on a walk, getting to know each other and becoming friends.

Fast forward and these guys end up in an Antique Store. Woody notices Bo Peep’s signature lamp, thinking she was inside since he hasn’t seen her in years. They look for Bo but come across a new character named Gabby Gabby and her entourage The Bensons. Gabby is immediately fascinated by the fact that Woody has a voice box. She then comes up with a plan to get the box out of Woody and Woody notices this because he’s no dummy. He tries to escape with Forky but Forky was captured by Gabby and she keeps him hostage. The rest of the movie is now focused on Woody trying to rescue Forky.

At one point, Woody reunites with Bo Peep! They now go on the mission to rescue Forky together. Buzz Lightyear is now trying to rescue Woody but then he gets picked up by a carnival worker and is now part of a carnival game prize. This was when we were introduced to new characters Bunny and Ducky. These two were jealous of Buzz from the get go and tried to hilariously beat him up by failed badly. Buzz gets loose but so does Bunny and Ducky and they begin to chase Buzz. Woody and Bo are now on top of the roof with another new character named Giggles McDimples. They’re about to sneak into the Antique Store when Buzz, along with Bunny and Ducky, reunites with Woody and Peep. This point going forward, multiple attempts to rescue Forky had failed. They try to get help from one more new character named Duke Caboom. Again, they fail to rescue Forky and the other toys started to get frustrated by this point.

Woody is now alone in his quest to rescue Forky since everyone else gave up on the mission. He comes across Gabby and the Bensons again but this time Gabby wanted to reason with him. She really wants Woody’s voice box and he agrees to give it to her as long as she returns Forky to him. Deal was done and both toys got what they wanted. Forky reunites with Woody and they try to leave but Forky notices that Gabby was attempting to become a child’s new toy. This child wanted no part of her and this left Gabby totally depressed. Woody makes a deal with her that she can be part of Bonnie’s collection of toys and Gabby agrees. Now she joins them on their way back to Bonnie. They now reached the carnival where Bonnie and her parents were. They can’t wait to get back to Bonnie but Bo Peep wasn’t into it since she was originally not Bonnie’s toy. She convinces Woody that there’s so much out there in life besides being someone’s toy. Woody thinks about this and at the last minute decides to join Bo. The gang sees this and knows what’s going on. Woody begins to say his goodbyes to the gang and does the most emotional thing ever by giving Jessie his sheriff’s badge! Jessie was shocked but excited for the opportunity. The gang gets back into the RV, reuniting with Bonnie, while Woody and Bo stay back at the carnival. The movie ends with both Buzz and Woody reciting the famous line, “To infinity and beyond…….” and man that was an emotional end to the movie.

I’ll give this movie a 8/10 rating because even though the characters were great, I feel like the story wasn’t that interesting unlike the previous movies. It’s definitely worth the watch though especially if you’re a Toy Story fan!

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Movie Review: Train to Busan

Recently, I went on Netflix to find a good movie to watch. I randomly came across this horror film and was absolutely hooked! From beginning to end, I was on the edge of my seat because of all the gore, the brutality, the storyline, etc. Today’s movie review will be on Train to Busan!

Released in South Korea on July 20th, 2016, this movie has it all when it comes to action thriller films. You want zombies? This movie has it. You want quality action? This movie has it. You want a compelling story? This movie has it! The stars of this film were Gong Yoo, Kim Su-an, Jung Yu-mi, Ma Dong-seok, Choi Woo-shik, Sohee, Kim Eui-sung, just to name a few.

The story of this film is Seok-woo (Gong Yoo) is a fund manager who works so much that he barley has enough time to see his daughter Su-an. Su-an’s birthday was coming up and her one birthday wish was to travel to Busan to visit her mother. Seok-woo is divorced from her mother so that relationship is sour of course. He was against the idea at first, but Su-an continued to persuade him and he reluctantly agreed. The next day, they board a KTX 101 at the Seoul Station. Things were going fine at first, then suddenly things took a turn for the worst. Su-an starts to notice something’s wrong outside the station. When the train finally starts to take off, a woman boards on and has a bite wound on her leg. A female worker notices this and goes over to the woman to check on her. As the worker got closer, this wounded woman turns into a zombie and attacks the worker! After the attack, the train worker herself turns into a zombie! This quickly spreads throughout the train as one by one each passenger gets bitten then turns into a zombie. While this chaos is going on, Su-an wanders off to see what’s going on. Seok-woo was napping but then wakes up to find Su-an gone, starting to panic. Seok-woo finally finds Su-an but at the same time he encounters the zombies. He’s able to get to her along with the help of Sang-hwa (Ma Dong-seok) and Yong-guk (Choi Woo-shik). These guys, along with other survivors, fight their way to the next train. There are zombies everywhere! Su-an is by her father’s side the whole time. Throughout the rest of the movie, each main character is killed by zombies tragically except for Seok-woo and Su-an, who survived half of this carnage. Near the end of the movie, these two along with a pregnant woman named Seong-kyeong made it to another train, only to find out that Seok-woo has been bitten by a zombie at some point. Heartbroken by this, Seok-woo ordered Seong-kyeong to watch over Su-an as he makes the decision to sacrifice himself. Su-an is devastated by this whole thing. She’s screaming for her father to come back, but Seok-woo did what he had to do. As the train is moving, Seok-woo leaps off of it, taking his own life. Seong-kyeong and Su-an are the last remaining survivors. The two finally makes it to Busan and walk through a train tunnel. On the other side of the tunnel are soldiers who are instructed to defend their spot from oncoming zombies. They notice the two survivors and were ordered to shoot them, but realized they were humans and decided against it. Su-an finally made it to Busan as she wished, but was heartbroken by the fact that her father sacrificed himself. The movie ends with her singing a song called “Aloha ‘Oe”, a song she honored in her father’s death.

This movie gets a 9/10 rating! This was a great action thriller film. My only issue was that it was all in Korean so I couldn’t understand what they were saying, but that wasn’t a big deal. It’s still a great movie to watch and I recommend this to anyone who hasn’t seen it!

Game Review: Spongebob Squarepants: Battle For Bikini Bottom

In honor of Spongebob Squarepants being on television for 20 years, I’ve decided to review quite possibly one of the greatest video games of all time! If you enjoy video games that includes both action and excitement, this game definitely had it all. This is literally one of those games where I could play it over and over and over again and could NEVER get tired of it. Today’s game review will be on the hit classic Spongebob Squarepants: Battle For Bikini Bottom!

Released on Halloween Day in 2003, this action adventure game was every child’s precious memory. This game was developed by Heavy Iron Studios and published by THQ. Released for Playstation 2, Xbox, GameCube, Microsoft Windows, and Game Boy Advance.

The story of this game was Plankton once again tried to take over Bikini Bottom but wanted to come up with a different tactic. He decided to create robots, robots who only follow his commands. While creating them, he somehow messed up the technology and this not only caused the robots to be made in different forms, but they’re evil robots now and they don’t follow Plankton’s commands at all. On that same day, Spongebob and Patrick are playing with toys as both guys coincidentally wish they had robots to play with. The next morning, Spongebob wakes up to find his house totally trashed. He watches TV to find out that Bikini Bottom has been taken over by robots! At this point, Spongebob’s main mission was to stop these robots once and for all. Along with Patrick and Sandy Cheeks, Spongebob travels to Jellyfish Fields, Goon La Goon, Sand Mountain, Downtown Bikini Bottom, and even special places such as Rock Bottom, The Mermalair, Krusty Krab, and The Flying Dutchman’s Ship! Along the way, Spongebob encounters some of the evil bosses as he must fight them in order to continue his quest to stop the robots. He must fight against big bosses such as King Jellyfish, Robot Spongebob, Robot Patrick and the Flying Dutchman himself! This all leads to the biggest battle of all; Robot Spongebob! Once you’ve defeated Robot Spongebob, every robot in town is gone and Plankton is defeated once and for all!

The gameplay is great as each character you use throughout the game has their own special moves and combat skills. Spongebob himself uses his jellyfish net for combat as for his special abilities involves anything that includes bubbles. Bubble Bowl, Bubble Dash, Bubble Rocket, etc. Patrick uses his big belly for combat and his special abilities involves him using his strength to pick up objects and tossing them at enemies. Sandy uses her karate skills for combat and her special abilities involve her using her signature bull rope to capture and destroy her enemies. Not to mention, Sandy can use her rope to fly! How cool!

Another cool feature is the side missions you’ll encounter from time to time. These side missions include collecting shining objects for Mr.Krabs and collecting socks for Patrick! There’s also a level where you can fall asleep and travel to a character’s dream! Those dream levels were definitely difficult but it was worth the challenge. This game was everything a child could ask for and still holds up to this day!

Without a doubt, this game gets a 10/10 rating! You want nostalgia? This game had it. You want comedy? This game had it. You want a good quality action adventure game? This game DEFINITELY had it! Spongebob Squarepants has been on the air for 20 years and this game helped made the franchise into what it is today! I’ll continue to play this game forever and if you’re a retro gamer, you’ll definitely feel the same once you’ve played this game from start to finish!

Movie Review: Avengers: Endgame

I’ll start off by saying, I’m NOT a Marvel fan. Never got into the franchise and never will. With that said, anytime I get a huge request to watch a certain Marvel movie I cave in and give it a watch. Even though I’m not a fan of the franchise personally, they do make great movies and this was no different. Today’s movie review will be on Avengers: Endgame!

Now this movie was a sequel to last year’s Avengers: Infinity War. Every character is here including Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, War Machine, etc. Since it’s a sequel there’s not much new characters involved.

The story is that the superheros want to end Thanos once and for all. Thanos disintegrated half of all life just weeks prior to all Avengers joining forces yet again with their goal to destroy him. Throughout the movie, the crew travels back in time to numerous years including 2012, 2013, 2014 and even 1970! That retro year was very cool to me. The whole purpose of them traveling back in time was to retrieve all of the Infinity Stones. Once they have all of the stones, they’ve created a gauntlet to keep them hostage. The Avengers crew finally were about to fight Thanos when he assembles his own army. This causes a restored Stephen Strange to restore the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy armies along with the armies of Wakanda. This leads to an epic brawl that I really enjoyed. I know I’m skipping through majority of the movie but a lot of people still haven’t seen it yet, so I don’t wanna say too much. Brawl ends with Iron Man finally capturing the stones and uses them to kill Thanos and his whole army, but that came with a heavy price. Iron Man became mortally wounded then sadly dies.

After his funeral, Thor appoints Valkyrie as the new king of New Asgard and joins the Guardians of the Galaxy! Captain America returns all of the Infinity Stones to their original places in time. Fast forward to the present, elderly Captain America passes on his vintage shield to Sam Wilson, aka Falcon!

This movie gets a 9/10! Like I said earlier, I’m not a Marvel fan but I can see why the franchise is popular. From the storytelling to the nonstop action, this movie really was an endgame!

Game Review: True Crime: New York City

It’s been a while since I’ve done a video game review! This particular video game fits the criteria of action packed gaming. If you enjoy video games that includes strong language, violence, fast cars and even sex, then this is the game for you. Today’s game review will be on True Crime: New York City!

Released on November 16, 2005, this action adventure game introduces audiences to the unique style of NYC. This game was developed by Luxoflux and was published by Activision for Playstation 2, Original Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, Windows PC, and Mobile. At the time, for a video game to be released on mobile devices was a big deal. This game was the second and last installment of the True Crime Series following True Crime: Streets of LA.

The story of this game is based on the main character named Marcus Reed. Marcus was a former NYC gang member turned police officer who wanted to prove that he belongs on the force. He was guided by his mentor, a man named Terry Higgins. On his first night after receiving a promotion to detective, he witnessed the death of Terry in a freak accident. Ever since that night, Marcus was on a mission to find out who killed his mentor. Terry was mainly his mentor after Marcus had a fallout with his father Isaiah Reed. Throughout the game, Marcus encounters some of the most well known drug lords in NYC and stops them on their path to take over the whole city. Marcus became a household name in NYC as he brought justice to a lot of crimes, but he was mainly trying to bring justice to the death of his mentor. Now throughout the story, Marcus must watch how he handles crime investigations as he’s being tested on what type of cop he is. If he does all the right things, he’s a good cop. If he does a lot of bad things, he’s a bad cop. Simple as that. Why does this matter? His good cop/bad cop percentage actually ties to the end of the game. If you reach the end of the game as a good cop, Marcus finds out that Terry had faked his death and framed Chief Victor Navarro for it. If you reach the end of the game as a bad cop, Marcus would kill Navarro out of spite for not liking him, knowing that he was innocent. Talk about two huge climaxes!

The gameplay is very different to say the least. The combat system is cool as you beat the crap out of enemies through lethal combos of fists and kicks. You also get to compete in local underground fighting tournaments in order to learn different styles of combat! You also get to compete in street races to unlock certain undercover cop vehicles. In between main missions, you get to complete local street crimes that occurs in random parts on town. Those street crimes also could help with your good cop/bad cop percentages. When you beat down an enemy, you can actually arrest them if you haven’t killed them! Marcus takes his job very seriously and would do anything to be the best detective in NYC.

This game did have its cons as for one you couldn’t run very fast with your character. When’s chasing enemies on foot, it sometime takes forever to catch them because of how slow you’re running. Also the weapon choices were very limited as you have your own pistol, but very rare do you get to have more weapons in your arsenal.

Even though this game was really enjoyable to me when I was younger, I’m gonna rate it 7/10. It was a good game and very unique, but for an action adventure game I kind of expected more. I do recommend this game to those who play retro games and haven’t tried this one yet. I wish there was more to the True Crime Series, but this game ended the series on a high note!

Movie Review: Us

I went to see this movie expecting some top notch scary moments, and boy this movie did not disappoint! Today’s movie review will be on Jordan Peele’s latest horror film, Us!

This was Jordan Peele’s second horror film that he’s directed and this man is already doing big business with his films. I remember watching Get Out and was amazed with the story and horror of the film. Once I heard about this movie and the fact that Jordan Peele directed it, I knew I was in for a treat. He’s got a big career ahead of him if he continues to provide films like this one.

Us is a very unique horror film I must say. Now earlier I said that this movie featured top notch scary moments and I wasn’t kidding. There were moments where I legit opened my eyes wide whenever a major twist happened. Whenever someone scary happened, I jumped. I’ll admit it, I jumped. Especially with the buildup to any of these moments I would sit straight up, knowing for a fact that something was about to pop off.

This movie was starred by Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Anna Diop, and Evan Alex as a loving family who goes on a vacation to a beach house in Santa Cruz. Now earlier in the film, we see a young Adeladie Thomas (Lupita’s character) on vacation with her parents in Santa Cruz. As her parents are occupied, she wanders off onto the beach where she finds a funhouse. She wanders around the funhouse more and when she looks into a mirror, she notices a clone of herself. This clone is known as a doppelganger, and it scares the living crap out of her. Fast forward years later and we’re on the current day of Adelaide’s life as she’s on vacation with her family.

Throughout the movie, Adelaide is having constant flashbacks to her first vacation in Santa Cruz. She can’t get that image out of her mind, encountering the doppelganger. Her husband Gabe (Winston’s character) and her children all want to go to the beach, but she’s apprehensive about it because of her memories on that beach. They go to hang out with the Tyler Family: played by Tim Heidecker, Elisabeth Moss, and Cali and Nolle Sheldon. The whole time Adelaide is just uncomfortable being there so she wasn’t having a good time. Her son Jason (Evan’s character) wanders off, reminiscences his mother doing the same thing when she was his age. He then notices a man in a red jumpsuit standing on the beach with his arms extended out and blood on his hands. He never told his family about it, but later on Adelaide notices a picture that Jason drew of the man in the red jumpsuit.

Fast forward to that night, weird things started happening outside of the beach house. Jason notices a family of four outside in their driveway and everyone’s freaking out. Gabe goes out to investigate and as he threatens the family with a baseball bat, the family begins to attack. They break into the house and begins to terrorize the Wilsons. The family holds the Wilsons hostage in their living room and they reveal themselves. They’re the doppelgangers of the Wilsons! Adelaide’s doppelganger is named Red and she’s the only one who can speak. Gabe’s doppelganger is named Abraham. Zora’s doppelganger is named Umbrae. Jason’s doppelganger is named Pluto, who wears a mask. Red forces Adelaide to handcuff herself to the coffee table while Umbrae forces Zora to run out of the house. Pluto and Jason goes to a closet to play. Abraham forces Gabe to go to their boat outside. Each doppelganger share a signature weapon and it’s a pair of golden scissors. The golden scissors would be the signature weapon for the doppelgangers.

Fast forward a bit here, the Wilsons break free and they escape their beach house on Gabe’s boat and they travel to the Tyler Family’s house. There we see the Tyler family murdered by their own doppelgangers. The Wilsons arrive to see their friends dead and then they encountered the Tyler doppelgangers. The Wilsons kill them then they find out through the news that there are millions of doppelgangers out in the world called The Tethered. The Wilsons try to escape in the Tylers’ car til then are interrupted by Umbrae. Umbrae is killed when Adelaide slams on the brakes of the car and Umbrae flies into the nearby woods, colliding with a tree. The next day, The Wilsons arrive at the Santa Cruz boardwalk where they encounter Pluto. Pluto sets their getaway car on fire and they family begins to panic. Jason notices something here, and it’s that Pluto follows Jason’s every movement. Jason then sets up a creative way to kill Pluto. Jason extends his arms and begins to slowly back up. Pluto does the same but he’s backing up into the fiery car. Pluto is then burned to death, while Red appears and kidnaps Jason.

Adelaide runs to the infamous funhouse and tells Gabe and Zora to stay back. She was to rescue Jason alone. She finds an underground tunnel and there she sees a ton of white rabbits, then finally encounters Red. They begin to fight and Adelaide kills Red. She then rescues Jason and they return to their family safely.

A major twist happens next. During the drive home, Adelaide continues to think about her first vacation. We come to find out that when she first encountered Red in that funhouse, Red holds her hostage inside the tunnel and takes her place in the real world! Red became Adelaide! Movie officially ends when we see a overview of the Tethered across the world, holding hands together in a cult like vigil.

I’m gonna give this movie an 8/10 as the scary moments in this film was great, but the story of the Tethered I wasn’t that interested in. I also wish we got more scenes of the Tethered being killed but by the way this movie ended, we could possibly see a part two? Only time will tell.

Game Review: Tony Hawk’s Underground

It’s been a minute since I’ve done a game review and this next review is one of my personal favorites! Today’s game review will be on the hit classic, Tony Hawk’s Underground!

Released on October 27th, 2003, this game was ahead of its time. It’s available on Playstation 2, XBOX, GameCube, Game Boy Advanced, and Microsoft Windows. This game is part of the Tony Hawk video game franchise that includes Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater series, Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground, Project 8, etc. There was even a sequel to this game called Tony Hawk’s Underground 2 and in my opinion, I find this game more enjoyable then the second addition. This game featured a story mode that has you as the protagonist of the whole game. Your character can be created in the very beginning of story mode and you have a good selection of parts to choose from including clothes, tattoos, accessories.

Throughout story mode, you embark on a journey to become the best skateboarder of all times along with your character’s best friend, a guy by the name of Eric Sparrow. You travel throughout North America to prove that you’re the absolute best in the skating community and I love every bit of it. There’s main missions to complete in each state you go to in order to raise the bar for yourself. Like every story, there’s always a twist. The twist in this game is Eric Sparrow himself. Eric is supposedly your “best friend” but in reality he was trying to put you down. Eric was trying to prove himself as well, but also trying to put you down. Everything comes to blows at the end of the game where you defeat Eric in a street skate race and you finally cement yourself at the top of the game. This story mode is so great, you’ll find yourself playing it repeatedly!

The gameplay is excellent! It’s so smooth that you feel like you’re skateboarding yourself. Each tricks are animated very well, having their own unique style. I must also mention that this game has one of the best video game soundtracks of all time! You got so much classic songs from genres of punk rock, rock, hip/hop, etc. The soundtrack is so good you could listen to it as your own personal playlist!

This game easily gets an 10/10 for me. It’s one of my personal favorite video games of all time because everything on the game is so nostalgic. The soundtrack, gameplay, and the overall scenery of this game is top notch and goes down as an instant classic. If you’re a fan of retro gaming like me, this game is a definite pick up! Don’t waste any time. Find a local game store or go on Amazon and pick yourself up a copy of this game and experience the nostalgia at its finest!