‘Zombieland’ makes apocalypses seem like a blast

Before there were tv shows like “iZombie” or “The Walking Dead,” there wasn’t any sort of shows or movies that made Zombies cool or “hip.” That all changed when “Zombieland.” It’s time to walk down memory lane and talk about everyone favorite Zombie movie. I thought it was fitting

Don’t let them catch you with your pants down

“Zombieland” was released in the fall of 2009. One Year before the start of “The Walking Dead.” It was directed by Ruben Fleischer in his first featured film. Before this, he did a few TV shows like “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” The movie starts Woody Harrison (“Hunger Games” Franchise), Emma Stone (“Superbad”), Abigail Breslin (“Little Miss Sunshine”), and Jesse Eisenberg (“The Social Network”).

The movie follows a Columbus (Eisenberg) as he tries to survive a zombie-filled world and return to see whether his family is still alive. The people in the US were turned into zombies after a strain of mad cow disease turned them infected them. In order to survive, Columbus has a list of rules that he tries to live by. The movie follows him and allies/friends that he meets as he enters this zombie-filled new world.

The acting in the movie is extremely well done, especially by the people who were the zombies. They came across as extremely believable. They are the true heroes of this movie. The other acting is also very well done. You get the sense for the character within the first 15 minutes of their introduction and whether you like or hate the characters. “Zombieland” allows you to really get to know the characters

The movie itself is very good. It takes a topic like Zombie apocalypses and makes it funny. Before this movie, we really haven’t seen it done like this. Usually, they are grim and horror filled. And when we did get a funny attempt at making a zombie apocalypse funny, it just came off as lame and bad. This movie is just a treat. It’s well produced and visually appealing to the eyes. The action in the movie is also good and slightly gore-y at times. But what is a Zombie movie without a little gore?

The middle of the movie is where the movie starts to drag. It loses the action and the sense of urgency that really got you into the movie. The movie doesn’t drag but it just plateaus in a sense. It doesn’t really add anything to the movie besides in character development. Sure, character development is great and everything but it’s better when it helps move the story along.

“Zombieland” is an extremely well-done comedy that makes Zombie apocalypse seem cool and slight fun. It does drag a little bit in the middle but it’s still a good ride and fun on at that. I highly recommend watching “Zombieland.” Even if Zombies and movies like it aren’t your thing, you will still have a good time with this movie. “Zombieland” keeps gore and horror are kept to a minimum. You won’t be disappointed with “Zombieland.” Unless you are looking for fledged Zombie gory horror movie. Then I would pass at this movie.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Backstreet Boys’ ‘Incomplete’ is still underrated banger

With the reunion of *NSYNC, I’ve been kind of a boy band/90s pop music mood lately. Because of this, I’ve re-discovered many classics that I wouldn’t have if I would have stayed in my “current era” little bubble. One of those classics is frankly underrated single from the greatest boy band in the history of mankind, Backstreet Boys. So let’s talk about “Incomplete” and why you should love it.

I’m awake but my world is half asleep

“Incomplete” was released in April of 2005. It came after the boys took two years off from making music as a quintet. It was from their fourth album “Never Gone.” It was a massive departure from their previous pop style. “Incomplete” was a more mature pop-rock ballad than a teen pop bop. Don’t get me wrong, the song is a bop. But it’s a far cry from songs like “Larger Than Life” and “As Long As You Love Me.” The more mature vibe that was given in “Black & Blue” was finalized with this song. It’s set the tone perfectly for what their sound would be be for “Never Gone.”

This song is extremely well done and produced. The instrumental track behind the vocals was just simply amazing. Starting with the piano and then kicking in with more of an orchestral feel after the first chorus. AJ and Nick shared the lead vocals and honestly, it works so well. Their voices blend so well together. You really don’t get the full backing of the group until the middle of the song right after AJ sings “I don’t want to make you face this world alone.”

The video itself is extremely well produced. Every shot has a meaning and just tells the story the really amazing lyrics. It seems that each member has their own element. These elements come out as the boys are just hanging out in the desert at an abandon gas station. Brian is water, Nick is the fire, Howie D is rain, Kevin is the snow, and AJ is the sun. I’ll give them a break that some of these elements are the same and/or just weather. The video is still just beautiful.

“Incomplete” is one of the many reasons that the Backstreet Boys have been able to stay around for how they have. If you have not listened to any of their music after their hiatus, then you are missing out. I highly recommend checking out “Incomplete” as well as their other work after. You won’t be disappointed at all.

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Something wicked ‘The Craft’ comes

To keep with my strictly and unintentional reviewing of mostly 90’s movies, I thought it was only fitting to check out probably one of the most requested movies that I have gotten. Now I watched this movie when it first came out. I was five years old so I don’t remember that movie fondly. Here’s the review for the cult hit “The Craft.”

Oh, relax it’s only magic

“The Craft” was released in the spring of 1996. It was directed by Andrew Flemming, who went on to direct the first six episodes of Netflix’s “Insatiable.” Starring in the movie is Robin Tunney (“Prison Break,” “The Mentalist”), Fairuza Balk (“Return to OZ,” “Almost Famous”), Neve Campbell (“Scream,” “Party of Five”), and Rachel True (“Half Baked,” “Nowhere”). Also in the movie is Skeet Ulrich (“Riverdale,” “Scream”), Christine Taylor (“The Brady Bunch Movie,” “Zoolander”), and Breckin Meyer (“Clueless, “Franklin & Bash”) The acting in the movie is rather good for a mid-90s teen-oriented movie. The cast is rather good and all of them do a phenomenal job in this movie.

The movie follows a group of four girls in high school that aren’t quite the most popular in school. They end up getting involved with witchcraft, hence the title and use it for the personal gain. They must then deal with the rule of Three, which one’s actions, whether good or bad, will return to that person times three.

The movie is a cult classic and it’s easy to see why. It’s a very good movie. The characters are believable and there’s enough character development for you to truly understand the motivations of each character when it comes what they do with their witchcraft for their gain. It also kind of gets you to think “Would I do the same?” Don’t lie, you probably would. I probably would.

The plot is okay. It’s your average 90s teen plot just with witchcraft. I’m not sure how this movie is classified as a supernatural horror movie. It’s not really scary but it does have some elements that are just freaky. I can see where they tried to make more horror but it really doesn’t. Because of this, I wouldn’t call it horror but more of a dark supernatural comedy. That seems more fitting for this movie.

Pacing is an issue with “The Craft.” The movie is rather long and tends to drag towards the middle while the ending is rushed. If they would have made the ending a little more climatic then it would have been better. The ending itself is amazing, but it just comes off just so rushed. I would have liked more of pay off for everything. There really isn’t any sort of pay off to it. Sure, it’s fulfilling and wraps up the entire plot. But it’s just a rushed ending.

“The Craft” is rather good and intriguing movie. Pacing is what really hurts the movie. It gets too long in the middle and leaves you wanting more in the ending. I do recommend watching the movie as it’s a classic. I can see why it’s getting a remake because frankly, it’s a very good movie for it’s time.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Britney Spears’ iconically underrated album ‘Blackout’ is everything

In case you have been living under a rock the past couple of days, Jamie Lynn Spears was the voice of reason on Instagram. She spoke about the travesty that has been occurred involving one of her sister, Britney Spears, singles “Piece of Me.” Pretty much, Jamie says what we all are thinking: The song is underrated and that it should have wonder a Grammy and should be nominated for a Grammy every year. Because of this, I thought it was fitting that we revisit what is considered her best work. We are going to talk about “Blackout.”

It’s Britney, bitch

“Blackout ” is the fifth studio album from the legendary Britney Spears. It was released in the fall of 2007. The album was recorded and released during Britney’s dark period. It was her first album after having not released one since 2003. There’s an entire backstory for this and we aren’t here for that. Just Google “Britney Spears Original Doll” and you find out all that you need to know. If I’m not mistaken, this is the first album that Britney was executive producing, which just means she made more control over the entire album than what was probably given to her in the past. One of the major producers of the album is Danja. He is featured on many of the songs on the album is pretty much everyone that Britney wants to work with again. The last album he worked with her on was 2008’s “Circus.”

From MTV. ICONIC

The album isn’t like anything that we have gotten before from Britney. It’s more dance-pop and electropop. It’s honestly lightyears ahead of its time. It has dubstep in there and uses it so much better than how it’s used today. The Britney Stan in me would even say that she’s helped make dubstep popular like Cher made auto-tune popular after she did “Believe” back in 1999.

“Blackout” was the album that gave us iconic songs like “Piece of Me” and “Gimme More.” The latter song was performed at 2007 MTV Video Music Awards in an infamous performance. Yep, it’s THAT song. “Piece of Me” literally slayed at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards. It won all the categories it was nominated at. It was coming full circle and show the word that Britney Spears was back, bitch.

This album is just an extremely enjoyable experience from the first song to the last song, excluding the random “Gimme More” remix, are just so good songs. They all fit so well together and just flows well together. Even the meh songs, which are some, are still good. Britney’s vocals on this album are also very good. The people she worked with, including Pharrell Williams, really knew what they were doing and how to work with Britney. They produced this album so well.

“Blackout” had very little promo, for obvious reason, and is vastly underrated and underappreciated. I wish Britney would do another album like this. The closest we would get to it would be her 2011 album “Femme Fatale.” Britney really doesn’t experiment like this anymore. We aren’t going to talk about “Britney Jean” because that album is just a disappointment. Rumor has it that it might be coming but that rumor has been floating around for years.

Now I’m not going to “rate” this album because frankly, I’m going to rate it 5 out of 5. I think everyone should listen to this album as it’s a pop classic. The album is such a classic that it’s in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Yeah, that’s how this album is viewed. I recommend you listen to the album. I really like this album to the point where this is my favorite album of Britney’s. If I had to pick my top five songs on this album, which is extremely hard, it would be “Break The Ice,” “Gimme More,” “Hot as Ice,” “Piece of Me,” and “Get Back” in no particular order.

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