Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (Review)

Image result for epic mickey 2 the power of two

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and the Nintendo Wii. This game takes place shortly after the events of its prequel, Epic Mickey. Unlike Epic Mickey, this game features co-op action where player 1 plays as Mickey Mouse and player 2 plays as Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.

 

In this game, Mickey returns to Wasteland (a realm where forgotten toons reside) only to find it has become inert (due to the damage caused by the quake) as well as finding that the Mad Doctor has turned over a new leaf (which is in fact an act of deception for a much grander, evil scheme). As such, both Mickey and Oswald work together to save Wasteland and Stop the Mad Doctor. The game has two endings (the game’s ending  as well as the fate of the Mad Doctor depends on your actions in the game).

 

The main protagonists in this game are Mickey Mouse, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Ortensia and Gus the Gremlin. The main antagonists in this game are the Mad Doctor and Prescott the Gremlin.

 

The multiple versions of Pete we see in this game are Big Bad Pete, Pete Pan (Adventureland version of Pete), Petetronic (Tomorrowland version of Pete) and Small Pete (It’s A Small World version of Pete).

 

In conclusion, I found this game to be both magically heartwarming and spiritually, wonderfully amazing. Truly, this is a one of a kind Disney game that has touched and forever will touch the hearts of children throughout the ages.

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Game Review)

Image result for lord of the rings the fellowship of the ring game

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring for the PlayStation 2 and the Xbox. Unlike other Lord of the Rings video games, this game’s storyline is entirely based on the first Lord of the Rings book.

 

The cast of playable characters in this game are Frodo Baggins (Hobbit)(Weapons: Dagger/Elven Blade-Sting/Stones/Mithril Shirt/The One Ring), Aragorn (Human)(Weapons: LongSword/Sword of Kings-Anduril the Flame of the West) and Gandalf (Wizard)(Weapons: Elven Blade-Glamdring the FoeHammer/Magic-Fire Blast, Chain Lightning and Heal).

 

The protagonists in this game are Samwise “Sam” Gamgee (Hobbit),

Meriadoc “Merry” Brandybuck (Hobbit),

Peregrin “Pippin” Took (Hobbit),

Tom Bombadil,

Glorfindel (Elf),

Lord Elrond (Elf),

Arwen (Elf),

Bilbo Baggins (Hobbit),

Boromir (Human),

Legolas (Elf),

Gimli (Dwarf),

Lord Celeborn (Elf) and Lady Galadriel (Elf).

 

The antagonists in this game are The Nazgul “Ring-Wraiths”,

Old Man Willow (Tree),

Barrow-Wight,

Wargs,

Trolls,

Orcs,

The Watcher in the Water (Sea Monster),

Gollum,

The Balrog of Morgoth “Durin’s Bane”,

Uruk-Hai and the Fell Beasts.

 

In conclusion, I liked how they based this game on its novel counterpart instead of its movie counterpart. It was truly in fact an incredibly, ingenious/imaginative accomplishment on their part as well as an honorably, utmost praise to J. R. R. Tolkien himself.

(Opening & Intro)

(Tom Bombadil VS Barrow-Wight)

Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Game Review)

Image result for lord of the rings the return of the king game

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review the videogame version of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King for the PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube and Xbox.

 

In this game, the LotR characters you play as are Gandalf the White (Wizard)(Weapons: Staff/Sword-Glamdring the FoeHammer/Magic),

Aragorn (Human)(Weapon: Sword-Anduril the Flame of the West),

Legolas Greenleaf (Elf)(Weapons: Twin Elven Daggers/Bow of the Galadhrim),

Gimli (Dwarf)(Weapon: Double-Headed Axe),

Samwise Gamgee (Hobbit)(Weapon: Westernesse Dagger) and Frodo Baggins (Hobbit)(Weapon: Elvish Blade-Sting).


The game’s storyline begins during the Battle of Helm’s Deep with you playing as Gandalf. Afterwards, the game’s storyline splits into three different paths. The 1st path is The Path of the Wizard where you play as Gandalf, the 2nd path is The Path of the King where you play as Aragorn, Legolas & Gimli and the 3rd path is The Path of the Hobbits where you play as Sam and Frodo.

 

The levels in The Path of the Wizard are Isengard where you help the Ents defeat Saruman the White, the Top Wall of Minas Tirith where you aid in Gondor’s defense and Minas Tirith’s Courtyard where you hold the line as you usher civilians to safety.

 

The levels in The Path of the King are The Paths of the Dead which you explore as you seek both the The King of the Dead as well as the Undead Army of Dunharrow, Gondor’s Southern Gate, Pelennor Fields where you aid the Armies of Rohan against the Witch-King of Angmar as well as the Armies of Mordor and Mordor’s Black Gate where you make a final stand against the Dark Forces of Mordor.

 

The levels in The Path of the Hobbit are Osgiliath where you attempt to escape from Faramir and his Ithilian Rangers, Shelob’s Lair where you try to find and rescue Frodo from Shelob the Ungolian Spider, the Fortress of Cirith Ungol where you try to rescue Frodo and Mount Doom where you must both defeat Gollum as well as destroy the One Ring of Doom.

 

In conclusion, I found this game to not only follow it’s movie counterpart in perfect sync, but also make the story concept more action-packed/adventurous/mystically dramatic thus in turn making this a perfect game-related choice “For All Free Peoples”.

Cosmo’s life by Sydney

Image result for cocker spaniel black and white

I got Cosmo when he was a puppy. Thru puppyhood, he was mischievous: licking the kitchen drainpipe, bringing rocks into the house and chewing holes in our underwear. He loved to run after bunnies in our yard. Once, he caught a dove in his mouth and brought it inside to show my mom. I remember seeing him for the first time: Christmas 2006. My dad brought this BIG box into the room and set it down in front of me. I opened it and there was this adorable ball of fluff inside, wagging his little tail. He was there when I had my first boyfriend at 17 and first kiss. but , that’s a story for another time. He used to be this active dog, always pawing at the door to be let outside, so he could chase away the bunnies in the yard. Then , he lost his sight in both eyes and his hearing too.  So, at the ripe old age of 13, we made the decision no pet owner wants to make: my mom and I took him to the Humane Society’s vet clinic to end his suffering. Mom fed him multiple treats to keep him calm. When we first entered the room, he began pacing around it and the vet tech administered something to make him sleepy and shaved some of his fur off in order to put a catheter in his leg. Then the vet entered the room and inserted a needle into Cosmo’s leg that contained the euthanasia drug. It was over in a matter of minutes. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room: I bawled my eyes out over Cosmo’s body. The pain of letting go is something I’m still dealing with. But I’ll always have my memories of him.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Movie Review {Spoiler Review}

Image result for star wars rise of skywalker poster

This review will be a few spoilers, if you haven’t seen the film…don’t read…if you saw the movie…you’re welcome to read the review. I know there’s a lot of mixed opinions about the movie, I respect everyone’s opinions.

 

My thoughts and reaction: I enjoyed Star Wars: Episode IX -The Rise of Skywalker, the final episode of the Skywalker saga. I was expecting a bit of detail of the Emperor’s return…they didn’t explain much…but I find it interesting is the Emperor stays attached to a large machine.

 

One twist that I did not expect is that Rey is Emperor Palpatine’s granddaughter…a lot of surprises.

 

The visual effects looked cool, great music by John Williams and more. Leia Organa played by Carrie Fisher who passed away on December 27, 2016…the film used unused footage of Fisher  from The Force Awakens.

 

Billy Dee Williams coming back as Lando Calrissian was great, it was cool to see Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford as Luke Skywalker and Han Solo

 

I enjoyed the Sequel trilogy…in my opinion my favorite Star Wars trilogies is the original and prequel

 

The cast and crew did a great job in the film

 

I give this movie a B

 

By Angel

 

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot (Preview)

Image result for dragon ball z kakarot
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to preview the upcoming game Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot for the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. This game is scheduled to be released on Friday, January 17, 2020.

 

This game follows the exploits of Goku and his friends as they traverse the Dragon Ball Z storyline. The Dragon Ball Z storyline in this game consists of the Saiyan Saga, the Namek Saga, the Frieza Saga, the Android Saga, the Cell Saga, the Great Saiyaman Saga, the Majin Buu Saga, the Super Buu Saga and the Kid Buu Saga.

 

Unlike other Dragon Ball games, Goku and his friends also partake in actual martial arts training, Goku and his friends also partake in delicious meals, Goku and his friends also relax around a campfire and Goku and his friends also can freely traverse the Dragon Ball Z universe. In this game, you also encounter familiar faces from the original Dragon Ball series such as Nam, Bora and Bora’s son Upa.

 

This game also features a new Ginyu Force character, Bonyu. In my opinion, I do believe that Bonyu is from the same planet as another Ginyu Force character, Jeice due to them having both red skin and white hair.

 

The protagonists are Goku, Piccolo, Gohan (Kid), Gohan (Adult), Krillin, Yamcha, Tien, Chiaotzu, Vegeta, Goten, Trunks (Future) and Trunks (Kid).

 

The antagonists in this game are Raditz, Nappa, Vegeta, Dodoria, Zarbon, Guldo, Recoome, Burter, Jeice, Captain Ginyu, Frieza, Androids 19 and 20 (Dr. Gero), Androids 16, 17 and 18, Cell, Dabura, Babidi, Majin Buu, Super Buu (Original), Super Buu (Gotenks and Piccolo absorbed), Super Buu (Gohan absorbed) and Kid Buu.

 

In conclusion, I strongly believe that this game’s popularity will make it the most “Legendary” game in the entire Dragon Ball franchise.

Dark Waters Movie Review

Image result for dark waters movie poster

Here my thoughts: the movie was good, very interesting true story that involves a corporate defense lawyer taking on an environmental lawsuit against a chemical company that exposes a lengthy history of pollution.

The film is based on the 2016 article “The Lawyer Who Became DuPont‘s Worst Nightmare” by Nathaniel Rich, published in The New York Times Magazine.[3][4] Parts of the story were also reported by Mariah Blake, whose 2015 article, “Welcome to Beautiful Parkersburg, West Virginia” was a National Magazine Award finalist,[5] and Sharon Lerner, whose series “Bad Chemistry” ran in the Intercept. 

Also the movie is very strong, intense and emotional, Robert Bilott fought justice…understanding what is happening with the waters and others.

And the cast: Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins, Bill Camp, Victor Garber and Bill Pullman did an amazing performance, they captured the emotion of the real people…terrifically

When you watch the movie…you learn the story, understand the human emotion and something that everyone asks the question is why, when and knowing.

I give this movie a B+

By Angel

The Nightmare before Christmas: Oogie’s Revenge (Review)

Image result for the nightmare before christmas oogie's revenge

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie’s Revenge for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. This game was first released on October 21, 2004. This game is a direct sequel to The Nightmare Before Christmas movie.

 

In this game, Jack Skellington leaves Halloween Town again to seek new ideas and discoveries to improve on Halloween. Before leaving, Doctor Finkelstein gives Jack his latest creation: the “Soul Rubber” as a farewell gift.

 

In his absence, Oogie Boogie’s minions (Lock, Shock and Barrel) sew Oogie Boogie back together who in turn takes over Halloween Town, brainwashes Doctor Finkelstein, imprisons 5 of the 7 holiday leaders and attempts to take his revenge on both Santa Claus and Jack Skellington in order to ultimately become the 7 Holiday’s King.

 

When Jack Skellington returns to Halloween Town on December 24, he must maneuver through Oogie’s traps, battle past Oogie’s army of skeletons and ghosts, rescue Oogie’s prisoners and confront Oogie’s Minions (Lock, Shock and Barrel), Oogie’s Shadow and Oogie Boogie himself.

 

The 7 holidays in this game are Halloween, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Thanksgiving, Independence Day, Easter and Christmas.

 

In conclusion, I found this game to be a celebratory accomplishment to multiple, major, big-time holidays as well as combining the fear with the cheer.

Knives Out: Movie Review

Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, Christopher Plummer, Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Michael Shannon, Ana de Armas, LaKeith Stanfield, Jaeden Martell, and Katherine Langford in Knives Out (2019)

My thoughts/reaction to Knives Out is that I enjoyed the movie, it was interesting how the film used some classic mystery thrillers/comedies like Clue, Murder on the Orient Express and more, also the TV show: Murder, She Wrote 

 

The cast did a great job in the film, In my opinion is that Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, Katherine Langford, Lakeith Stanfield and Christopher Plummer…their performances were excellent

 

One of my favorite quotes in the film is Daniel Craig’s character private detective, Benoit Blanc saying: “This is a twisted web, and we are not finished untangling it, not yet.” 

 

I give this film an A+. it will be one of my favorite murder mystery films along with Clue and Murder on the Orient Express 

 

I know it’s too early to talk about a sequel. But an interview with Collider, writer/director Rian Johnson mentioned he would love to turn Knives Out into a series revolving around Daniel Craig’s Detective Blanc solving different mysteries.

In my opinion, I would love to see it.

 

By Angel

Care Bears: Nutcracker Suite (Movie Review)

Image result for care bears nutcracker suite
Image result for care bears nutcracker suite
Image result for care bears nutcracker suite

Hello, My name is Charles and I’m here to review the movie Care Bears: Nutcracker Suite. This movie was first released on December 10, 1988.

In this movie, The Care Bears (TenderHeart Bear, FunShine Bear and Grumpy Bear), The Care Bear Cousins (BraveHeart Lion and LotsaHeart Elephant), The Care Bear Cubs (Hugs and Tugs) and their new human friends (Anna and her little brother Peter) try to help an amnesiac Nutcracker “who is in fact The Prince of Toyland” as he attempts to rescue The Sugar Plum Fairy, recover the Prince’s magic ring “whosoever wears this ring has complete control over Toyland” and  liberate Toyland from the tyrannical wizard, The Evil Vizier and his army of rats, led by the Rat King.

In conclusion, I found this movie to be a true dedication to Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker as well as being one of two Care Bear movies to be based off of a different franchise “the other franchise is Alice in Wonderland.”