Rage Against The Machine: Evil Empire

Time for a new album review! This time we’re focusing on one of the most underrated bands of all time, Rage Against The Machine! Their political messages mixed with their hard rock sound made them a band to be reckon with and they did just that with all of their songs, including this specific album right here. Today’s album review will be on Rage Against The Machine’s Evil Empire!

This second studio album was released on April 16, 1996. Want to know what’s crazy? Their first studio album was released in 1992, and their second album was released 4 years later! That’s kind of lengthy for an album release but hey they weren’t in no rush to create it. Another thing about their first album was that it had more of a funky sound to it while this album was more in your face rock. They really played no games when it came to this album as almost each song was really heavy and had some powerful messages in them.

This album featured a total of 11 tracks including one of their biggest hits Bulls on Parade, Snakecharmer, Year of Tha Boomerang, Down Rodeo, Vietnow, Without a Face, etc. Bulls on Parade is a iconic song, but my two favorite tracks were Snakecharmer and Down Rodeo. Those two tracks were the heaviest to me and really spoke about greed and other political problems in the US, especially back then and honestly those songs can relate to the BS that’s going on in the US today. Honestly, pretty much all of RATM’s music is timeless. They speak to you, better than anyone else can with more than words. They also can jam their asses off while doing so and those two combined makes them very underrated.

I’m gonna rate this album 8/10 because most of the tracks on here were fine but I expected a little bit more from them. Even with this rating, I find this album more enjoyable than their other albums and I actually like their first album. Rage Against The Machine will be one of my favorite underrated bands of all time and this album is one of the reasons why they will go down in history as one of the most recognizable bands ever! Rage On!

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George Michael: Faith

It’s the legendary George Michael. What more can I say? Today’s album review will be on George Michael’s Faith!

Released on October 30th, 1987, this album skyrocketed George Michael to great heights. This was his debut solo album and man, he killed it for his debut! This album had many different genres including Pop, Soul, R&B, Rock, and even Funk. That was one of the main pros of the album, the variety of sounds! There are a total of 11 tracks but better yet, at least 7 of those tracks became some of his biggest hits! Hits including the self titled Faith, One More Try, Kissing a Fool, Monkey, Hard Day, etc.

I haven’t listened to this album in full before so when a friend of mines requested this, I knew I was in for a treat. I overall haven’t listened to George Michael in years so when I heard his vocals, I was in awe as I totally forgot how good of a singer he was. To think that this album was his debut project, he created such a masterpiece and this album is definitely timeless.

As you can tell by the praise, I’m giving this album a 10/10 rating. Great music from a great artist whose missed to this day. Even though I wasn’t a huge George Michael fan, he was ahead of his time! This album is a must listen and will go down as one of the best I’ve ever listened to. Long Live George Michael!

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!

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Californication

Two days ago on June 8th, this album reached its 20th anniversary! 20 years ago, one of the most underrated albums ever was released by one the best bands ever. Today’s album review will be on Red Hot Chili Peppers: Californication!

Released on June 8th, 1999, this was the band’s 7th studio album. It features 15 tracks including the self titled single Californication, Otherside, Around the World, Scar Tissue, Get on Top, Easily, etc. Each track is unique in their own way and that to me makes it a good album. Most songs are pretty chill while others are upbeat. I actually listened to this album once again on the anniversary day so that’s when I realized how most songs have their own unique sounds.

Two favorite tracks that I love in general on this album are Californication and Otherside. Both of these songs are so peaceful and have some meanings to them. Californication mainly talks about the dark side of Hollywood, while also featuring hidden messages like pornography and plastic surgery. Otherside was dedicated to founding band member Hillel Slovak who passed away in 1988. After finding that out, now I understood why that song was so peaceful. What a great, memorable song.

Overall, I’d give this album a 9/10. Very unique tracks and even an unique album cover! Red Hot Chili Peppers always bring things to the table when it comes to their music, this album was no different. 20 years of Californication was celebrated a couple days ago and will continued to be celebrated forever. If you haven’t heard this album before, give it a listen. You’ll be amazed at how good this sounds!

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!