Movie Review: Bird Box

Talk about a movie that’s very unique. Today’s movie review will be on the Netflix movie, Bird Box!

This movie came out of the blue for me, just like a lot of people it seems. Literally, I found out about this movie on social media randomly. Tons of people were talking about it and really wasn’t giving much information on what this movie was about. Then of course the memes came out, which were funny I must say haha. After a day or two of seeing all these social media posts about Bird Box I finally decided to give the movie a chance and wanted to see what the hype was all about.

This movie stars Sandra Bullock, Sara Paulson, John Malkovich, Trevante Rhodes, Machine Gun Kelly, and many others. Any movie that features Sandra Bullock will almost guarantee some star studded acting and this movie did just that.

Sandra Bullock stars as Malorie, the protagonist of the movie. Malorie and her sister Jessica hears about mass suicides that’s going on throughout Europe and they were concerned about that ever happening where they lived. Malorie is also pregnant and one day while leaving the doctor’s office, Malorie notices a woman bashing her skull against a glass panel! As she looks in terror, the woman glances at Malorie, giving the audience a sign of what’s about to happen very shortly.

Malorie grabs Jessica and guns it to their vehicle. Instantly a huge scene occurs! People started crashing their vehicles, tons of cops arrive, citizens running for their lives, people driving like maniacs, just a huge outbreak took over. As Jessica is driving, her phone rings and as Malorie reaches for her phone, Jessica’s pupils began to grow bigger and that somehow causes her to start driving like a maniac as well. Malorie screams and begs Jessica to stop. Jessica is totally out of her mind at this point and then proceeds to crash her car, causing the car to flip over. Both sisters survive the crash and we then see tons of people continue to run for their lives. Malorie then sees her sister walk into traffic and stand in the middle of the of it. As Jessica stares at Malorie, she gets decapitated by an oncoming truck! Malorie’s struggling to run with the crowd, while also trying to figure out what the hell is going on, just like me and probably everyone else who was watching this movie.

Malorie finally finds a house that was full of civilians and one of them steps out of the house to help her. This woman who tries to help her glances into the air and notices a burning car. Her husband, who was in the house, is yelling at her to get back inside. This woman then proceeds to step into the burning car and burns to death. Malorie was finally able to get into the house with some assistance from Tom (played by Trevante).

Many people were inside this house and they were all survivors of this virus that’s been brought upon there town. No one knows what this virus is. No one knows how this virus occurred. All we know is that no one can look outside or else they’ll end up dead from suicide.

Fast forward later into the movie, Malorie, Tom, and a couple other survivors stop into a grocery store to find food. At this store, Malorie discovers birds in a cage. She takes them along as some kind of pets, but we later find out the significance of these birds. Later on, Malorie and another survivor Olympia give birth to their children. Olympia asked Malorie to take care of her newborn baby if anything were to happen to her in which Malorie reluctantly agreed to.

Fast forward into the movie a little more, Malorie and Tom are living together with the two children in a house they found. As they attempt to leave, a group of crazed survivors find them and attempt to kill them. Malorie blindfolds herself and the children, while Tom sacrifices himself and takes his blindfold off to kill the enemies. After the ordeal, Tom ended up killing himself since he after all exposed himself to the virus.

Now it’s just Malorie, the kids, and the box of birds. What I absolutely find hilarious about this movie is that Malorie didn’t even name the kids after they were born. I kid y’all not, throughout the movie the children’s names were simply “Boy” and “Girl”. That’s it. Boy and Girl. Every single time Malorie called them by those names, I laugh historically hahaha. She’s their guidance through the rest of the adventure they were on.

Now the birds. These birds were helpful to Malorie and the kids because they can sense danger. Anytime the birds sense danger, they panic and chirp like crazy. This gives Malorie the chance to prepare for anything that happens.

I’ll fast forward again but this time to the end. Malorie and the kids finally found another home full of survivors, as they would think they have. Turns out they found a school that consists of blind students. This was the one place where Malorie and the kids can finally take their blindfolds off and not worry about anything. They all felt safe and definitely were safe at this school. Malorie then finally gives these kids’ names: Olympia for the girl and Tom for the boy. Lastly, she releases the birds out of the box and happily ever after!

I’ll give this movie an 8.5/10. When it comes to drama and action, this movie delivered. I really liked those aspects of the movie. My issue with the movie was that we didn’t get any true explanation to what was the virus and what caused it. Also the fact the children didn’t have names til the very end of the movie but that’s a small problem hahaha. If y’all haven’t seen this movie yet, check it out on Netflix. It’s a good movie for sure.

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Movie Review: Halloween (2018)

Now this is a review that I couldn’t wait to do! Once I found out about this movie months ago, the one thing I couldn’t wait to do was to review it for you guys. Today’s review will be on the newly released Halloween!

This movie was one of the most anticipated movies to ever be released. Everyone was on board with this once they saw the trailer. The return of Michael Myers! I must say this was a legit return for one of the most iconic horror movie killers of all time. I’m sure you guys remember the last two Halloween movies that came out in 2007 and 2010, directed by musician Rob Zombie. Now I love Rob Zombie, but I must say those two Halloween movies were BAD! There was so much gore, so much blood and guts. I couldn’t imagine those two movies being the final lasting images of Michael Myers. When I found out that there was a new Halloween coming out and that the director of the original Halloween John Carpenter was involved, I was hooked!

Jamie Lee Curtis starring in this movie made me so happy. She was the main star in the first Halloween back in 1978 and for her to be involved 40 years later in the reboot is incredible and she looked great! Judy Greer starred as Laurie Strode’s daughter and mother of Allyson, Laurie’s granddaughter, played by Andi Matichak. Michael Myers was played by both Nick Castle and James Jude Courtney and they both portrayed Michael pretty well.

The storyline of this movie is that this is the sequel to the original Halloween from 1978, Michael Myers returns 40 YEARS LATER to relaunch his kill streak. So literally every Halloween sequels from 1981 to 2010 were ignored and in my honest opinion I wasn’t a fan of that idea when I first heard it. My personal favorite movie from the series is Halloween 4. The fact that Halloween 4 is ignored baffled me! The last two Halloween movies deserves to be ignored, but NOT Halloween 4! Especially Halloween 2 shouldn’t have been ignored because in that sequel we got a bit of insight on the family history between Michael Myers and Laurie Strode. In that movie we found out the two of them were siblings, in the current movie them two being siblings was thrown out the window. I just wasn’t a fan of that at all.

Michael’s body count in this movie was actually low, but almost each of his kills were indeed brutal. There actually was a reference to Halloween 2 in this movie as well. Remember in Halloween 2 where Michael went into a woman’s house and stole her knife? Well in this movie he did the same thing, but before leaving he made sure to brutalize this poor woman with a hammer, then grabbed her knife and left. Immediately after doing that, he went into her neighbor’s house and fatally stabbed the neighbor! Like it was nothing! Another brutal killing was Michael killing his own doctor. Dr.Sartain, played by Haluk Bilginer, was the Dr.Loomis of this movie (RIP Donald Pleasence). Michael sure as hell didn’t miss a beat and you can tell by watching this movie that he misses doing what he does, which is terrorizing the people on Halloween.

Michael’s main target in this movie was Allyson. Allyson is Laurie Strode’s granddaughter. Allyson is pretty much aware of the history of Michael and she wasn’t even that intimidated of him at first. As the movie went on, Allyson and Michael come face to face a couple of times. Each time Allyson runs away in complete terror, as she is in the presence of the iconic boogeyman. As this whole ordeal is going on, Laurie Strode’s entire mission was to kill Michael. She openly admitted that she was hoping for Michael to escape just so she can kill him. Earlier in the movie there was a scene where she was practicing her shooting with shotguns in the woods for preparation to finally kill Michael. At the end of the movie, Laurie and Allyson were in deep trouble, while Allyson’s mother Karen was panicking. Laurie went to go fight off Michael, but for the time being Michael kicked the shit out of her. Allyson and Karen were the only two left that Michael were targeting. They scream in absolute terror as Michael makes his way towards them while Karen is holding a shotgun that Laurie had given her. She just didn’t have the guts to shoot Michael and as he gets close to them, Laurie comes from behind and shoots Michael, causing him to go down and out. As they exited the house they were in during this whole ordeal, Laurie decides to take it upon herself to burn the house down and take out Michael Myers once and for all, or does so she think?

The last thing I wanna mention was the theme music. Hearing that ICONIC them music warmed my heart. That music will NEVER get old. That music will forever solidified the legacy of the Halloween movies!

This movie easily gets an 10/10 overall rating! If you haven’t seen this movie in theaters yet, you must do so now! Anything you look for in a slasher film, from blood to jump scares, this movie had it all! Long Live Halloween!

Game Review: Sleeping Dogs

Games like Mortal Kombat, Virtua Fighter, and Street Fighter have some of the best fighting game-plays in video game history. The brutality in these games are top notch, but there’s one specific game that doesn’t get talked about that also features as much brutality as those games that I just mentioned. Today’s game review will be on Sleeping Dogs!

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Released on August 14, 2012, this game brought a whole new level of violence to the action-adventure franchise. This game pretty much had it all when it comes to these type of games which are violence, open world game-play, nice cars, very good selection of wardrobe, and most importantly a good story. Critics have said that this game is very much a GTA clone and I can’t say that I disagree with them. You put this game side by side with any GTA game and you can definitely see the similarities between them. Besides the GTA similarities, this game was pretty good and stands out to me as an underrated action-adventure game.

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The story of this game is based on the main protagonist Wei Shen. Wei Shen was a former San Francisco police officer who was then transferred to the Hong Kong Police Department to investigate a Triad organization know as the Sun On Yee. From there on out, Wei had to balance his police investigation and proving himself to be a loyal member of the Triad. Wei is assigned these missions by his superintendent Thomas Pendrew and whenever is progress is done, it’s handled by his reporter, Raymond Mak. In the mix of all the controversy, Wei and his childhood friend Jackie gets things stirred up with the Sun On Yee. Jackie wants to prove that he belongs in the Triad and as Wei stands by his side the whole time, Wei must prove his loyalty to the Red Pole boss, Winston Chu. Wei then runs into problems with rival gang 18k and things get extremely heated from there. Wei has some much on his plate at this point and the only thing he can do at this point is fight. After finally earning the respect of Winston Chu, Winston lets Wei know that if anything were to happen to him, Wei would take over as the boss of Red Pole, an honor that Wei couldn’t refuse. Winston would later on get engaged and on his wedding day, along with his fiancee, he was murdered by gang members from his biggest rival, Sam “Dogeyes” Lin. During the wedding fiasco, Uncle Po, the leader of the Sun On Yee Triad, was critically wounded and sent to the hospital, where he later died. Shen’s new mission was to find the culprit behind the attack and once he found out Dogeyes was behind everything, he captured Dogeyes and sent him to Winston’s mother, who then kills him. Wei then enters a power struggle over the leadership of the Sun On Yee against another upcoming leader Big Smile Lee. Lee was a man who would do ANYTHING to receive that leader spot of the Sun On Yee. Pendrew, Wei’s superintendent, later demands that Wei gets out of this situation before he gets into more hot water than he already is and Wei refuses. Because of this, Pendrew goes behind Wei’s back and informs Big Smile Lee of Wei’s involvement with the Hong Kong PD, causing Lee to use this against Wei in an upcoming election. After Jackie was killed by Lee’s gang, Wei gets kidnapped and tortured by Lee’s personal torturer Mr.Tong. Wei then escapes then kills Mr.Tong then later on killing Big Smile Lee. After the whole situation dies down, Wei receives a video showing Pendrew killing Uncle Po in the hospital by injecting him with some lethal drugs. Wei then finally returns to the police force and the first thing he did was imprisoned Pendrew for the murder of Uncle Po.

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The game-play is very top notch! Everything from the fighting to racing are very well developed and has a bit of realism to it. The melee combat is very brutal including the likes of environmental attacks. You can dump your enemies into dumpsters, slam them into telephone booths, slam them onto cars, stuff their heads repeatedly in car doors, etc. You can also learn some martial arts attacks by going to an local martial arts class or fighting in local street fight tournaments. Participating in street races is another big part of the game that includes unlocking new cars whenever you enter and win a race. Racing is so intense that it feels very realistic whenever you crash your vehicle. The game is set in their own version of Hong Kong that’s split into four districts named after regions of the city.

Sleeping Dogs gets an 8.5/10 overall from me. The game-play is very good and the story in my opinion is excellent. The characters are presented very well and each of them I must say are badasses. My only criticism is that I wish the game would’ve included a mission where Wei gets to kill Pendrew for what he did to Uncle Po, but that’s just me. For you fans of action-adventure games, Sleeping Dogs is a game you guys should definitely pick up and play.

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Game Review: Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Now this is a review that I’ve ALWAYS wanted to do! Not only is this my first game review, but I get to review one of my favorite video games of all time! Today’s review will be the on the PS2 classic: Grand Theft Auto: Vice City!

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Released on October 29, 2002, this game in my opinion became a huge milestone in the GTA series up to that point. Before this game came about, Grand Theft Auto III had already brought new heights to the series, then once Vice Cit came along that’s when the series got better. This game had almost everything that I love about any action-adventure game. This game had a good story, good gameplay, fast cars, even a good setting. The setting in this game just screams nostalgia all over it.

Vice City is GTA’s own equivalent city to Miami, Florida. Everything from cars to housings has that Miami feel to it. The biggest nostalgia of them all is the theme of this game. This game has been set to an 80s theme, more likely the year 1986. That’s just awesome to me especially the fact that I love the 80s, even though I wasn’t born yet around that time. The main character is a man named Tommy Vercetti. Tommy is the personification of an 1980s gangster if you ask me. He had style and a personality that just can’t match any other GTA characters. In the beginning of the game we find out some personal things about Tommy’s life that adds on to the uniqueness of his character. He’s a member of the Forelli Family and he had just served a fifteen year prison sentence. He was then sent to Vice City by his former boss Sonny Forelli as a caporegime and acts in a cocaine deal as Forelli’s buyer. Once Vercetti and his entourage arrived at a deal spot, he then realizes it was a set up and fled the scene as his entourage was gunned down. Ever since that incident, Tommy has been doing work for Sonny in order to pay him back all the money that was stolen. Day by day he meets new allies and then slowly starts to take over the drug scene in Vice City without including Sonny nor the Forelli Family in on it. Once Sonny realizes this, he begins to send members of his crew to forcefully collect his money from Tommy. Of course they all failed, so Sonny himself decides to visit Tommy. To back track here for a minute, one of Tommy’s biggest allies was a man by the name of Lance Vance. I really liked Lance Vance he was a really cool guy who stuck by Tommy through almost everything situation Tommy was going through throughout the game. He was the definition of a partner. Whenever you called him, he was there for ya. Even times when you didn’t called him, he would show up to help you kill anyone who needed to be dealt with. All of this was the case until Sonny visited Tommy, in order for Tommy to find out that Lance has betrayed him and aligned himself with Sonny. Angered by this betrayal, Tommy sets his sites on killing both Sonny and Lance and once his does this, he finally established himself as THE crime kingpin of Vice City. 

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Along side the good storyline, this game has a very good gameplay. If you’re a person who loves action games then this game should be right at the top of the list for ya. You can run, jump, and drive any vehicles you want throughout the whole game. The melee attacks are pretty brutal too which is fun. The best of course is the option of weapons such as pistols, AKs, and even a minigun! There’s even MORE weapon options such as a machete, sword, knife, brass knuckles, etc. Along with body armor, you can raise as much hell in Vice City as you can. There’s minigames along the way you can do as well such as the fire fighter minigame or the taxi minigame.

The soundtrack in this game is simply GREAT! You got so much 80s artists such as Michael Jackson, Rick James, Blondie, Kim Wilde, and even bands such as Motley Crue, Judas Priest, Twisted Sister, Iron Maiden, Tesla, Quiet Riot, etc. If you’re a fan of 80s, then this game is a MUST for you to play if you haven’t already or hell just listen to the soundtrack on the game.

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This game is one of my favorite video games of all time! To this day it’s still my all time favorite game from the GTA series. So many games have tried to duplicate Vice City and it simply can’t be done. Grand Theft Auto Vice City is a great game for generations past and current so if you haven’t ever played this game before, you HAVE to! This game easily gets a 10/10 rating from me! Long Live Vice City!

Movie Review: The Warriors

Classic. That’s one word I would use to describe this legendary movie. My first movie review is will be about my all time favorite movie, The Warriors!

This all time classic hit theaters on February 9th, 1979. Estimated with a budget of $4 million and made about $22 million in box office, this movie was something all action fans at the time loved and can’t say I blame them for it! This movie featured almost everything that I love about action movies: brawls, decent storytelling, women, and most importantly badass characters. Almost each characters in the movie played their parts really well and it made audiences feel like they’re part of the movie themselves. This movie took place at Coney Island in New York City, which has become an infamous movie location ever since the popularity of this movie sky rocketed to the top. One of the main things about this movie that I love was the variety of gangs and their uniqueness. You had gangs such as of course The Warriors, Riffs, Jone Street Boys, The Orphans, Turnbull AC’s, even an all girl group called The Lizzies. Each gang had their own styles and I thought that was pretty cool. The Warriors themselves had some awesome characters and their were some members that I liked more than the others. 

My favorite members of the group are Swan, Snow, and Ajax. Swan, the Warlord of The Warriors, was what the gang needed as the leader. After the death of their previous leader Cleon, Swan took over and in my opinion he was the better leader than Cleon. Ajax was a straight up brawler and that’s what I loved about the guy. He was tough and he would fight anyone and everyone! Wasn’t afraid to take an ass whooping and he would even punk out anybody that didn’t want to fight at all. Snow stood out to me the most because he was always there for his crew. He was a quiet guy who also wasn’t afraid to fight anyone and stand with his gang. I just wish he was featured more in the movie because he was great. 

This movie also had an sadistic villain by the name of Luther. Luther was the leader of the rival gang, The Rogues. Luther murdered Cyrus, who was the leader of the Riffs. Once he done that, he blamed The Warriors for the murder and they became a target to all the gangs across NYC. The Warriors fought a long battle to make it make to their home turf, and it was all because Luther blamed them for Cyrus’ death. Luther was so sadistic. He would literally murder anyone then proceed to laugh like a clown. That’s what I love about movie villains, they would do anything they want and not regret anything about it. I wish we got to see Luther and the Rogues more because they could’ve been a real threat to the Warriors if they really tried. 

Now even though this movie is my all time favorite movie, I do have some criticisms about it. For one, we didn’t properly get an introduction to the characters in the movie. The movie started with Cyrus’ big gang meeting, but no presentation of the gangs, including the Warriors. Another criticism is that I feel like we didn’t get enough big brawls. I was definitely satisfied with the brawls I saw, but wished we gotta a little more, especially the Warriors fighting the Rogues that would’ve been great. Lastly, I felt that the ending of the movie didn’t live up to expectations. The movie ended with the Warriors coming face to face with the Rogues, the two Warlords Swan and Luther in each other’s faces, and then suddenly the Riffs appear to avenge Cyrus’ death. That would’ve been the PERFECT moment for the two gangs to finally have that big brawl against each other, especially having Swan and Luther beat the hell out of each other. 

Besides those criticisms, this movie gets an 9/10 to me. This was an all time classic and I can watch this movie over and over again and not get tired of it. I’ll enjoy watching this movie for the rest of my life! The Warriors will live on forever. 

Reviews

One of the main reasons I created this website was to do some of my own reviews of some of my favorite entertainment activities such movies, video games, etc. I do enjoy seeing reviews of such things because I like to see people’s inputs on those kinds of things. My reviews would be 100% honest. Whenever I see a movie and it wasn’t so good, that’s exactly what I would say. If I play a video game and the gameplay wasn’t that good, that’s exactly what I would say. Don’t wanna hold back anything from anyone because that in my opinion would be such a cop-out. With all the great movies coming out on the horizon, I can’t wait to share some reviews with you guys. I can for sure promise you guys on reviews this fall for the new releases of Halloween and Creed II. Those two movies in general are some of the most anticipated movies I’ve ever want to see. As for video games, soon there will be reviews for games such as Madden ’19, God of War, Detroit Becomes Human, and most definitely The Last of Us Part 2! So much reviews will be on the way and I can’t wait to share them with you all!