Top 5ive: Mandy Moore

I saw this article on BreatheHeavy about Mandy Moore’s song “In My Pocket” is a bop that deserves more love. I totally agree with this as it’s probably one of my favorite singles of hers. This got me thinking, which is usually a bad thing, and I thought it was time to relive her underrated music career. While most know her for her talented acting chops, many don’t know that she promised to be forever ours and that she’ll love us always through her music. So here’s her top 5ive singles. You’re Welcome.


Love always, Mandy

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5. “Candy”

You can’t have a Mandy Moore appreciation list without the song that started it all. Sure, it’s not a good as the other songs on the list. But “Candy” is just a good old fashion 90s pop songs. It’s catchy and will get into your head. This was probably one of my favorite songs growing up that wasn’t Holy Trinity (Britney, Christina, Jessica). Watching the video now, it’s just a wonderful time capsule of what the late 90s looked like. I’m still patiently for uncomfortable plastic furniture and my BMW Beetle.

4. “Walk Me Home”

While it wasn’t as successful as the first single, “Walk Me Home” is that slow kind of bop that just makes you sway. It reminisces of “2 Becomes 1” from the Spice Girls but just the more innocence sister of it. Just literally just about wanting a boy to walk you home because you have a crush on him. The video is also adorable as it’s Mandy singing on top of a movie theatre as she looks on at the movie premiere. There’s also a hunky movie star there who she may or may not have a thing for. There’s daydreams of her having a “romantic” fun date like experience with him.

3. “Cry”

Ballads were always something that we loved from Manders, as you could tell by this list. This song was from her movie “A Walk to Remember” and from her third album “Mandy Moore.” It was more mature and a little less poppy. The music video was pretty one and kind of made think that you were on an acid trip at parts. This song was definitely worth the listen to if you haven’t listened to it. It’s not on the level of some of her other movie songs, but it’s still a great song.

2. “In My Pocket”

This song is pretty much the most underrated bop of her entire career. I didn’t know about this song until recently. If “I’m a Slave 4 U” and “Dirrty” could have a perky younger sister, then this would be it. Everything about this is literally everything. It has this middle eastern feel to it really adds to the song. You just can’t help but smile when you hear the song and just bust a move. Again, this is her most underrated bop in the history of mankind.

1. “I Wanna Be With You”

This is probably Mandy Moore’s most memorable single. It came from the album of the same movie, “I Wanna Be With You.” It just a lovely and beautiful song that made Mandy really stand out over the Holy Trinity. And the music video is just beautifully done. The video is themed around the movie “Center Stage,” as the song was featured on the soundtrack. From the way the scenes were directed to the lighting, it’s the perfect embodiment of how video were shot and used in the 1990s.

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Noah Centineo swoons you in ‘The Perfect Date’

It’s springtime and you know what that means. Love is in the air and it’s time for a new Noah Centineo movie. Sure, We have the sequel for “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” coming for but apparently we need more Noah Centineo in our lives. Netflix has answered our prayers with “The Perfect Date.”

Get it?

Be yourself is all that you can do

“The Perfect Date” is your typical teen romantic comedy. The movie stars Noah Centineo (What hasn’t this boy been in lately?”), Laura Marano (“Austin & Ally”), Odiseas Gerorgiadis (“Gotham”), Camila Mendes (“Riverdale”), and Matt Walsh (“Veep”). The acting in the film is rather good. It’s your average acting in a teen romantic comedy. The movie is based on the book “The Stand-In” by Steve Bloom, which was released in 2017.

The movie follows Brooks (Noah) as he and his best friend Murph (Odiseas) as they team up to create an app to help Brooks raise money so he can go to the college of his dream, Yale. The app has Brooks going on dates, both platonic and romantic, with people and they can choose what personality they want him to have. Things take a turn when Brooks side job starts to change him and cause him to push away his friends and a potential love interest.

Noah Centineo

The movie itself is a fine movie and is rather cute and enjoyable. If this was the first Noah Centineo movie on the platform then the rating for this movie would probably be different. As much as I like Noah Centineo, this movie just came across as something we have already seen. The plot was reminiscent of what we got in “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.” It’s just that Laura Jean has a penis and six-pack abs. It doesn’t help that he was in that too as well. It’s just too much Noah Centineo. Teen movies are already too predictable, to begin with. It’s nothing we haven’t seen before. It would have been better if they changed it up a tad.

The ending of the movie is underwhelming, which fits with the plot. It happens in the right amount of time but at the same time, just doesn’t feel like it would happen like that in real life. It just happens to fast once they reached the climax. I wish they would haven’t rushed the ending. The pacing for the movie before that has been fine.

One thing that slightly irritated me was the fact that they gave Camila Mendes starring credits but yet they really don’t have her in the movie heavily. It’s kind of like they just had for that “Riverdale” clout. They didn’t need her for that since had Noah Centineo. Camila deserved better. They also kept Noah’s shirt on. That was a travesty in itself.

“The Perfect Date” is a cute and fine movie. It just suffers from the male lead being overexposed in too similar of movies. Because of this, the entire thing comes across like we have seen it before. The acting wasn’t bad at all and everyone was likable. The plot and the climax just leaves you underwhelmed when it’s all said and done. I do recommend watching the movie but it’s only worth one time watch.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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It’s fight or flight time with ‘Final Destination 2’

After watching “Final Destination,” I thought it was fitting to watch the second film in this five-film franchise, or what I like to call Filogy. I’ll work on a better title for the next review. Now, after what “Cruel Intentions 2” was, I lowered all expectation of this movie being any good. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, I’m on to you.

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You can’t cheat Death. There are no escapes. 

“Final Destination 2” was released in 2003, over three years from the first movie. It was directed by David R. Ellis (“Snakes on a Plane” and “Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco”). David also directed the fourth installment, “The Final Destination.” The only cast member to come back from the first movie was Ali Larter. Joining the cast for this installment in a starring role was A.J. Cook (“Criminal Minds”) and Michael Landes (“Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman”).

The casting for this movie was a little weird but it worked for the movie. The acting is good in the movie. It on the same level as what we got in the first movie. A.J., Ali, and Michael are the stand-outs, which is due in part for they have the most screen time. But meshed well together, especially A.J. and Michael.

The movie takes place a year after the event that took place in the first movie. Kimberly Corman (A.J.) prevents her and eight others from dying in a major and deadly car pile-up with a premonition. Because she’s saved their lives, they must look out for each other as death is looking to take them out. In order to stay alive, Kimberly looks for help from Clear River (Ali) and Deputy Thomas Burke (Michael) as she tries to keep everyone alive.

I personally thought that “Final Destination 2” was a more well-rounded movie than what we got in “Final Destination.” I got more invested in the characters. There was more of development for the characters and you got to know the character more. Now, this wasn’t the case for the characters that

I really enjoyed the continuity that happen in this movie. It made both movie seem they were in their own little world. This world learned from the events that happened in “Final Destination” and are using these events to help keep everyone safe. This is the role that Clear brought to the film. She bridged the gap because “Final Destination” and “Final Destination 2.” She’s used her knowledge to help.

In the first movie, everyone thought Alex was crazy for having these visions about death. They treated Kimberly’s visions as legitimate more. While I don’t really like the character of Clear, her arc during this film were great. It did its purpose better than if it was Alex, who they killed off in between movies. With both Alex and Kimberly having visions, it would have created a problem. While it would have been an interesting problem, it would have been confusing.

The death in this film is my major complaint. While they are still real life things that can happen, they kind of get a little out of hand. They kind of has gotten a little laughable and outlandish. Like one death had a ladies head stuck in the elevator as it was moving and resulted in her being decapitated. While it’s possible, it just kind of made you laugh. The first movie death were all things you can really see happening. These were a mixture of both. They were still produced wonderfully, they could have been handled better.

Verdict

“Final Destination 2” is a better and more rounded movie than the first. It has a lot more character development while also using the continuity to its advantage. It is sad that the death scenes aren’t as good as they were in the first. They become slightly laughable in some instances. It doesn’t hurt that film that much besides in making it a less serious horror film. This movie is also available on Netflix. I recommend it, especially when if you were a fan of the first movie.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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The world is ending in ‘Now Apocalypse’

I love when Nickelodeon and Disney Channels to go “wild” and do outrageous and crazy roles. That’s what dragged me in when I saw that Starz’s new show “Now Apocalypse” would feature a plethora of them. So let’s talk about “Now Apocalypse” and either you should watch or not. You can probably already guess what my answer is going to be.

It’s the end of the world as we know it

“Now Apocalypse” is a comedy show that follows four friends as through their lives in Los Angeles. It follows their friendship, relationship, dating, and their sex lives. Things turn weird when one friend has visions of the world ending. He must then try to figure out whether it’s too much weed or if he was actually seeing into the future.

The show stars Avan Jogia (“VICTORiOUS”), Beau Mirchoff (“Awkward”), Kelli Berglund (“Lab Rats”), and Roxane Mesquida (“Gossip Girl”). Also in the series is Tyler Posey (“Teen Wolf”) and Jacob Artist (“Glee”). The acting isn’t bad at all. In all honesty, it’s rather good. They are all likable for the most part and do a good job in their roles. It’s not going to get them an Emmy but they should at least get a good pat on the back.

This isn’t the show for you if you don’t like sexual shows. There’s a lot of sex. Gay sex. Straight Sex. Orgies. You name it and the show has it. It’s what you would expect on HBO, Showtime, Netflix, and Cinemax when it comes to their programming. It’s borderline softcore porn but yet it’s using it in a way that also helps propel the story.

The ending of the show was lackluster. Without going too much into details, it was kind was a cliffhanger but not in the way that really made you go “omg what just happened?” It was kind of like “okay…” I just wish it had more of a cliff hanger to it. I honestly thought there was one more episode. I don’t know if I was that invested to it or the cliffhanger was that lackluster.

“Now Apocalypse” is just a show to watch if you are in need of a dirty good time. It’s not a horrible show but it is an earth shattering good show. It’s just one of those shows that you don’t really need to over think but you can still enjoy it. I honestly didn’t know any other characters names until about the sixth episode. If this show comes back for season two, would I watch? Honestly, I probably would. It’s like a trainwreck of sex. You just can’t help but look away.

I do recommend checking out the show. It’s not anything especially but it doesn’t need to be. There are only 10 episodes and they aren’t long at all. You can easily binge the show. This is a prime example of why shows don’t need to be a highly rated show to be a good one. It’s a total gulity pleasure show.

Rating: 2 out of 5

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