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!

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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!

Billie Eilish: WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?

Time for an interesting album review! Billie Eilish is one of the most unique musicians I’ve seen in the modern era of music. Something about this young woman makes me wonder what goes through her mind as she comes up with her lyrics and her sound. This album got me thinking like, “How does she come up with this sound?” I mean that in a good way. Today’s album review will be on Billie Eilish’s WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?

Released on March 29th last month, this album features 14 tracks. On the Japanese edition, the album features two bonus tracks. Each song speaks in literature to me. Billie has some interesting lyrics in her songs and that’s pretty cool. Not to mention, her voice. Her voice is so soft and somewhat low, but that makes her standout. In a way she reminds me of Lorde. I said the same thing about Lorde when I first heard her music years ago and Billie Eilish is in the same category as Lorde. They both have soft, unique voices. The tracks here almost have the same tone to them but they do have different sounds.

There’s some big hits on this album such as You Should See Me in a Crown, Bad Guy, Wish You Were Gay, My Strange Addiction, Bury a Friend, etc. Most of these songs have messages and that to me makes a good song. A song with a message behind it can almost be an instant hit. You Should See Me in a Crown is possibly the biggest song on this album as it’s her biggest hit. That song in particular got me interested in listening to this whole album and I’m glad I did. I’m not particularly a huge fan of Billie but this album got me hooked to see what she will do next in the music industry.

My favorite tracks on this album are Bad Guy and Bury a Friend. Bad Guy is just a catchy song to me, making me wanna do a two step dance. Bury a Friend just has as special tone to it as Billie herself said that this song inspired this whole album. She claims she knew what the album was gonna be once she created this song. Now that really is inspiration.

I’m gonna rate this album 8/10. Again I really enjoyed the sound and lyrics as they stand out and makes her an unique artist. Even the album cover is cool yet a little creepy. Billie Eilish is onto something here, and this album got her on the right track. I’m interested in hearing more from her and maybe her next album could top this one. Give the album a good listen if you haven’t already!

The Cinematic Orchestra: To Believe

This is an album that makes you appreciate music as a whole! No matter the genre, music can bring such joy to anyone’s life and have their emotions rejoiced. This album featured some of the most beautiful, peaceful sounds you’ll ever hear in your life. Today’s album review will be on The Cinematic Orchestra’s “To Believe”.

For those who have never heard of this band, The Cinematic Orchestra is a jazz and electronic music group. Combining jazz and electronic music together sounds very interesting and this band did it perfectly. They’ve been around for over 20 years and to this day they can still deliver great music. I first heard one of their songs on the video game Sleeping Dogs and once I searched their music more, I was instantly hooked. They have such a very unique sound. A sound that can capture a person’s heart. A sound that can relax a person’s mind and body. This band is very talented and this album continues to prove that they haven’t lost a beat.

The band started production on this album a couple years ago actually and was finally finished and released on March 15th. It features 7 tracks and each of them are masterpieces. I might be making this album sound like it’s the greatest ever made, but I can’t help it since it’s a great album.

Before listening to The Cinematic Orchestra, I didn’t listen to jazz music that much even though I do enjoy it. The fact they mixed jazz and electronic music together and made it sound so different is astonishing. This album in my opinion didn’t have much of that jazz sound, but it’s still great. Each track has different kinds of emotions. Some have peaceful vibes, some have grieving vibes, and lastly happy vibes.

I love every single track but the two that stands out to me the most are The Workers of Art and A Promise. These two songs in particular really speaks to me. They both have powerful messages. Even by the titles themselves can tell you what you’re about to be in store for. These guys know how to incorporate messages into their music by their sounds.

I’m gonna rate this album 10/10 as it truly defines what true music sounds like. Music that speaks to you while you sit back and relax to it. Seriously, if you haven’t heard of this band, please go check them out and you’ll definitely won’t be disappointed. Also check out this album too as it’s so far one of the best albums of the year.

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.