Show review|’Gossip Girl’

In case you haven’t realized this, I like teen dramas. They make me wish that I could be in one or that my life was like that as a teen and as an adult. Everything seems better in a teen drama. So it’s only fitting that I would start my traveling down the well with what could be considered the most notorious teen drama of all time – “Gossip Girl.” It’s time to talk about it, especially when there’s a reboot coming to HBO Max in 2020

Motive is irrelevant as long as our end game is the same

“Gossip Girl” debuted in September 2007. “Gossip Girl” kicked off the CW reign of teen programming. It starred Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford, and Ed Westwick. Kristen Bell narrated the show as the titular character. The show was based on the book series by Cecily von Ziegesar of the same name. Fun fact: it was developed by the same person that gave the world “The OC,” another teen drama that was on a different network. It, too, was a big deal.

The show followed an internet blogger named Gossip Girl, that posted constant updates on the elite of the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York. It all picks up as Serena Van Der Woodsen (Blake) returns to her life on the Upper East Side after being away for a year. It’s pretty much Gossip Girl being the fly on the wall and turns socialites and average students into celebrities known around the world…well, NYC.

Frankly, “Gossip Girl” was ahead of its time. It came out in a world before Twitter, and social media were as big as it was now. With that being said, “Gossip Girl” is a great show, and you can tell why it was the teen drama show on the CW. It covers all of the topes and topics that were believable and entertaining. It pretty much reinvigorated the teen dramas. Without “Gossip Girl,” we probably wouldn’t have the teen dramas we do today.

The first three seasons starts exceptionally well and reliable with excellent and exciting plots. It honestly got a little cloudy when season four started. But overall, it was an enjoyable show. It suffered where most teen shows do once the characters get out of high school.

Verdict

“Gossip Girl” is a must-see show, especially if you are into classic teen drama. It’s just your average run of the mill teen drama with a modern twist that is still relevant today. I highly recommend watching it and falling in love with it because it’s worth checking it out. Even if it’s the first episode. You can currently view it on Netflix, and as I said, it’s worth it.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Celebrate friendship with Spice Girls’ ‘Viva Forever’

I don’t know about you, but I’m very jealous that Spice world 2019 didn’t come over to us here in the states. It’s been over ten years since we had a Spice Girls tour over here. But I thought it would be fitting to remember their best and final single as a Quintet until 2007. After all, it’s always the right time to spice up your life. Fun fact: It’s on my list for their Top 5ive songs.

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Do you still remember how we used to be?

“Viva Forever” was the final single off of their second album, “Spiceworld.” It was released in the July 1998, a few months after Ginger Spice, Geri Halliwell, announced to the world that she would be leaving the group. It was written by the Girls as well as Matt Rowe and Richard Stannard. Geri wrote most of the songs.

The song is an exceptionally well-done pop song. Its similarity structured to another song of theirs, “Mama.” It has a Spanish vibe with the guitar that is throughout the song. It’s a rather lovely and slow ballad that we really didn’t get from the girls at the time, at least as singles. Most of the time, all of their singles were upbeat dance bops.

Do you still remember how we used to be?
Feeling together, believing whatever
My love has said to me

“viva forever”

The video for the song was a cool and incredibly creepy concept. The video didn’t have the actual girls in it, probably due in part, there was only four now. It follows two children as the fairy version of the girls interact with the children and just helps them. It’s not the most en genius plot to the video, but it’s a plot. Frankly, I would have like to have something different, even if it was just clips of the girls. That would have been more fitting.

While the song lyrics are geared more friends, the video for “Viva Forever” about leaving your childhood behind and keeping your youth alive even as you get older. The lyrics for me are probably the best part of the entire song. The way it was written just make the song stand out. It’s kind of written like a letter. There’s so much depth to the song.

Fun Fact

The song did get a musical named after it. In 2012, the Spice Girls green-lighted a musical similar to “Mamma Mia!” called “Viva Forever!” It followed a girl named Viva, because that’s a real name, as she tried to get her band on TV. Viva eventually gets her time in the spotlight, but it’s without her band. Only performed in the West End Theatre, “Viva Forever!” was panned by critics and lasted less than a year.

Verdict

“Viva Forever” is frankly one of the most underrated songs that the Spice Girls have released. “Viva Forever” was overshadowed by Geri Halliwell leaving the group. I highly recommend checking the song if you haven’t already. It’s worth the listen. I really wouldn’t watch the video because it just came across like a cash grab. It’s just weird and creepy too.

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Movie Review | ‘Teen Titans GO! vs Teen Titans’

After the release of “Teen Titans Go! To The Movies,” you can say that I’ve warmed up to the series “Teen Titans GO!” I don’t know if you remember, but I wrote an article about the reboot of the hit 2003 and how they should have left the franchise alone. In fact, it was titled “Shows that should have been left alone: Teen Titans.” While I still stand by that, I guess you can say I’ve come to realize that “Teen Titans GO!” really wasn’t/isn’t that bad. But I was overjoyed when I heard about “Teen Titans GO! VS Teen Titans.” Pretty much, I was excited to see the Teen Titans I grew up on coming back to my TV. 

Our future is so bright together mama

“Teen Titans GO! VS Teen Titans” follow the team of “Teen Titans GO!” as they are kidnapped and forced to compete against themselves from Earth 2003 in the multiverse as Trigon, Raven’s demonic daddy, is trying to steal the powers from Earth 2013 Raven. The two teams of Titans must work together to save the multiverse from Trigon and the evil he’s trying to unleash.

Honestly, this movie is better than “Teen Titans GO! To The Movies.” It still feels like a featured length “Teen Titans GO!” episode. But the OG Teen Titans just makes it feel more of special event. They make it feel like a big deal that the Teen Titans that we all remember are here. While I would like them to have their own movie/revival, I did appreciate the interactions.

The interaction between the two teams is hilarious. You have the one group that is super serious and is genuinely trying to be superheroes, Earth 2003 Teen Titans. Then you have the other that is just having a good time and just happen to save the world, Earth 2013 Teen Titans. The most hilarious interaction comes between the two Robins. Teen Titans Go! are in love with Earth 2003 Robin and his brilliant ideas. This leaves the Earth 2013 Robin, feeling inadequate compared to his much taller, hotter, and much more serious counterpart.

In “Teen Titans Go!” fashion, there are some self deprecating humor in it. The most notable was in the first group number where the two Starfires are trying to united the teams in finding their collective Ravens. Earth 2003 Robin had a chart and was making jokes about ratings. There’s also joking about the dark story lines of 2003 Teen Titans, i.e. Terra being killed off. I enjoy breaking the 4th wall self deprecating humor.

Verdict

“Teen Titans GO! Vs. Teen Titans” is a movie that I would highly recommend it. While it might not be the way we would like to have the 2003 Teen Titans return, the movie does a good job on intergrating them into the “Teen Titans GO!” Multiverse. The movie acknowledges the past in a respect that isn’t disrespectful. It does add the 2003 Titans well and kept them in their original element to a certain extent. I hope this does lead to more with the 2003 Teen Titans. There story isn’t finished and it would be nice to revisit them full without the smaller counterparts.

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‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ swings into everyone’s heart

I think that I can speak for everyone when I say that I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked and enjoyed “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” After years of getting our hopes up that “hey, this Spider-Man might stick,” it looks like we got our wish. The second film in the new Spider-Man franchise is here, and I just hoped it wasn’t as bad as “Spider-Man 3” or “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” That set the part so low that anything would be better.

I’m just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, sir

“Spider-Man: Far From Home” was directed by Jon Watts, who directed “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jon Favreau, and Jacob Batalon return in the same roles from the first movie. Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders reprise their roles as Nick Fury and Maria Hill from the Marvel Cinematic Universe respectively. Jake Gyllenhaal joins the cast as the classic Spider-Man villain, Mysterio. The movie takes place eight months after the events of “Avengers: End Game.” Obviously, Spider-Man makes it out alive. I won’t ruin anything if you haven’t seen “Avengers: Infinity Wars” and “Avengers: End Game.”

The movie follows Peter Parker as he goes on a class trip to Europe. During the class trip, Nick Fury request the help of Spider-Man in a matter involving an issue with Elementals, an evil group that uses the elements (hence the name) to terrorize the public. After the events in “Avengers: End Game,” Nick Fury uses the help of Quentin Beck, better known as Mysterio. In superhero fashion, things take a turn once for the worst. Peter must balance saving the world and being an average American teenager on a trip to Europe.

This movie is significantly longer than the first one. I really didn’t notice it because it’s a delightful movie. The acting was exceptionally well done. Everyone in the film did a fantastic job, and there wasn’t any lousy acting nor character. Tom’s portrayal of Peter Parker is still my favorite. Zendaya continued to steal the scene. She wasn’t in many scenes, as Peter Parker took a backseat to Spider-Man.

The characterization of Mysterio was very well done. Mysterio’s introduction was similar to the comics, more depth was added to it. This made it believably for their movie. In some of the comic book adaptions, they try to make it work in their universe. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t fit or feels off most of the time. They did Mysterio right and made him an interesting character.

It’s easy to fool people when they’re already fooling themselves

Mysterio

The production and shooting of this movie were well. The CGI blended in very well to the point it all looked real. They got the sights of Europe and was shot beautifully. Even the scenes of the character traveling through Europe in planes, buses, etc. Even in those tight areas, you were still able to see everything and not feel impacted.

Probably the best thing about “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” is that fact it takes place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It not some random Marvel movie in the “Multiverse,” but rather it’s a part of the entire Marvel movie world. All characters can interact with each other. It would be ashamed if Sony took that away from us after the third movie in this Spider-Man franchise.

Verdict

“Spider-Man: Far From Home” is an exceptionally well-done movie. It’s more superior to “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” It effectively closes Peter Parker/Spider-Man’s character arch following “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avenger: End Game.” You don’t need to see those movies to get or understand and enjoy. Thought, it will spoil it for you if you haven’t seen them and plan to see them.

My only complaint about the movie is that it focuses on Spider-Man a little too much. It doesn’t equally spread it out. “Spider-Man: Homecoming” did that to a certain degree but it wasn’t as noticeable like in “Spider-Man: Far From Home.” I recommend this movie as it’s a joy to watch and probably the best Spider-Man movie next to “Spider-Man 2” from the Toby McGuire films.

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