Jonas Brothers’ documentary ‘Chasing Happiness’ is a must watch

“Please hold while we get our shit together.” This tweet from Joe Jonas on October 22, 2013, lived infamy for many as this signaled what would be the temporary and very unexpected breakup of the Jonas Brothers. It would end up taking six years for the group to get the family band back together and to get back to making music. To promote their upcoming album, the Jo Bros released a tell-all documentary on themselves. Nothing was off limits, and almost everything was brought into the light.

Thank you for holding. Shit = Together.

This review is a slightly Spoiler-Free zone.

“Chasing Happiness” is the exclusive Amazon Prime documentary released by the Jonas Brothers. The documentary follows Nick, Kevin, and Joe Jonas as they prepare to embark on the production and release of their fifth studio album “Happiness Begins.” The documentary gives you a behind the scenes look at the rise and fall of the group.

Going into this documentary, I thought it was going to be just your average run of the mill “oh, let’s reminisce on our success and sugar coat the bad times.” I’m glad to say that I was wrong. This documentary covered every bit of information on their lives and career. It covered everything from their early upbrings to Nick’s first solo album “Nicholas Jonas” and their first album as a group, to what cause their breakups and brought them back together.

There’s plenty of behind the scene footage from every inch of their careers. Apparently, the Jonases professionally recorded everything. I make fun of that fact as well as greatly appreciate it. The fact that they had access to so much behind the scene footage just adds to the depth and emotion that is being presented in the narrative of their career. When they talk about how crazy and wild it was, you can actually see it. You can see and hear how they are taking it in. With other documentaries, you get an idea but the footage is older footage and doesn’t go with the narrative or just photos. It’s nice but it’s just great to see the behind the scene footage.

Then and now

The only complaint I have is a small but rather major one. They seemingly glanced over Demi Lovato. Look, I get that she “ruined the friendship” with Nick but she for years, their careers were intertwined. They talk about “Camp Rock” but not the fact they pretty much help launched Demi Lovato. She also helped make the Jonas Brothers bigger as well. They give Miley Cyrus, who famously dated Nick and wrote “7 Things” about him, a whole segment. I just think that Demetria didn’t get the credit that she deserved. The lack of Demi honestly kind of comes across petty. Especially after they included Miley.

I highly recommend checking out “Chasing Happiness” on Prime Video. It worth the watch whether you are into the Jonas Brothers or not. The tea is piping hot, especially some of that Disney tea, and their story keeps you interested in it through the entire documentary. This is a documentary you want/should see if you were into Disney during the Jonases reign as leading Disney Darlings. Everything about this doc, minus the snub to Demi, is so good. I highly enjoyed this, more than I thought I would.

Rating: 4.7 out of 5

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‘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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Top 5ive: Spice Girls

Way back in the day, I did a Top 5ive Spice Girl singles. I decided it was time to recheck and redo the list just to make sure that I still stand by the list that I originally did. Also, I’ve been on a Spice Girl kick since they have done a sort of reunion tour that I’m rather jealous they didn’t bring it to the states. So here’s the Top 5ive Spice Girls singles.

5. 2 become 1

It’s the Spice Girl’s sex song. It’s a song about having a connection with someone and using protection when you are having sex with that person. I bet you didn’t realize that until now. My childhood was shook. Especially since Baby Spice, Emma Bunton, has all the sexy lines. It’s the sexiest yet cleanest song about sex ever. The music video was also pretty cool. The girls singing and moving slowly as the fast pace world moves around them. See the metaphor yet? I know, that was deep for 1996.

4. Goodbye

It’s the first song after Ginger Spice, Geri Halliwell, left. And it’s an amazing song. The vocals on the song are killer. It was their “goodbye” to the fellow spice. Many also thought it was them signaling that they were ending the group, which they did due two years later. Fun fact: this song was released two years before the album got released. The lyrics tug on your heart-strings as they sing “no, no, no, no” beautiful as the hook. The music video is beautiful as well. “Goodbye” is the breakup anthem of the late 90’s for friendships and relationships. Oh, and you need to listen to the Orchestra version. It’s sooo much better.

3. Spice Up Your Life

The unofficial anthem of the Spice Girls, this song is just killer. It’s just one of those feel good songs that you just get up and dance to and chant with it like you are in a cult. No one is really sure what the words mean nor what the words are, but you just can’t help but sing a lot. While the futuristic video was an amazing idea, the iconic entrance and performance from their movie “Spice World” is what really stick into your mind. That entire movie is such an underrated classic but that’s not what we are talking about. Honestly, this song should be on any “get amped” playlist.

2. Wannabe

The song is iconic. It’s the first single they ever released. It took the world by storm. The lyrics may not make any sense at time, it was really just the wording, but it set the tone for what to expected with the Spice Girls. It also had everyone wondering what does it mean to “ziga ziga ah.” According to UrbanDictionary, the term “ziga ziga ah” means things of sexual nature….let’s just pretend that I never looked it up. Anyways, it’s the song that everyone knows and everyone sings along to. It’s pretty much everyone’s jam. You’re welcome for getting this stuck in your head.

Honorable Mention

“Who Do You Think You Are”

Frankly, this is an underrated bop of the Spice Girls. It’s a late 90’s disco jam that came off of their first album. It’s just a fun song that you can get down to and just relieve whatever crap is going on in your life. Mel C, Sporty Spice, vocals on the song are what stands out. Especially towards the end of the song. And the video is iconic as it’s pretty much everyone dream. It’s them a hip and trendy club. It may or may not be a gay club. We stan.

1. Viva Forever

This is the song that showed a more serious side of the Spice Girls. While the music video kind of sucked, honestly it was weird. There’s children and puppy fairies. It’s just a lot to process and handle. It’s their signature song that they used it as the title of the musical based off of their music. Unlike the musical, everyone pretty much loved the song. It was also the last single to have Geri before her departure in the Spring of 1998. It’s very fitting for that as well because of the song’s theme of Friendship.

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Time to cheat death one final time with ‘Final Destination 5’

We have finally reached the end of the “Final Destination” franchise. After four movies, it’s time to talk about the final movie in the franchise. We have reached the end of the line and personally, I’m okay with it. It’s been a long road to get here and boy, it’s been a mixed ride. Here’s to the final “Final Destination” review! Let’s talk about “Final Destination 5”

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Directed by Steven Quale (He worked with James Cameron), “Final Destination 5” follows the same premise and ideas put forth by the other movies in the installment. It was released in the summer of 2011, the movie stars Nicholas D’Agosto (“The Office,” “Heroes”), Emma Bell (“The Walking Dead,” “Dallas”), Miles Fisher (“Mad Men,” “Gods and Generals”), Arien Escarpeta (“Friday the 13th,” “Whitney”), and David Koechner (“Anchorman,” “The Office”).

The acting is actually rather good. It was much better than what we had gotten in the last two movies. That’s a recurring theme that you will find in this review: better than the last two. This movie is set before the event of the original “Final Destination.” In a sense, “Final Destination 5” took everything back to the drawing board and where it all started. The franchise came full circle.

The movie follows Sam Lawton (D’Agosto) and his girlfriend Molly Harper (Bell) as they try to save their co-workers from death. They were all on their way to a retreat for work when Sam had a vision of all of their deaths when the bridge collapsed and killed everyone but Molly. As I said, it’s pretty much the plot of every other movie that has comes before it. It doesn’t totally change anything with the series but it does add its own flare to things.

This movie is so much better than the two before it. It was reminiscent of what we got in the first and second movie. The deaths were back to being realistic and awesome. The action in the movie wasn’t gimmicky and didn’t feel like they just made the movie for the gimmick. This movie was shot in 3D and did use it so much better than “The Final Destination.” The 3D worked well within the movie and made the deaths more gruesome.
I also like how they added parts from the original movie into this film.

The characterization of each character was rather good. They were able to tell you and get to know each character. There are 11 characters in the movie. A tad bit less than what was in the previous franchise, but you knew tidbits about each character. Some you really shouldn’t, but still. This knowledge made their deaths mean something and not just some random deaths that the viewer wouldn’t care about.

My major complaint with the movie is the use of time. It took almost four minutes to actually get into the movie from the opening credits. Then there was a closing montage of all the deaths in the franchise. Both of these came across as ways to make the movie fit in its slated time. There was also a time where the pacing of the movie was either rushed or going to slow. I wish there was more buildup to important plot points and it would skim through the less important things.

Another complaint I have is that I wish they would dive more into something they added in during this movie. The movie added that if you were to take someone’s life, you would obtain the rest of their lifespan and be safe from death. This was a rather cool addition to the film franchise that I would love to see fully explored if they were to ever reboot the franchise.

“Final Destination 5” is the best way to end the franchise. It returned to its roots and set up what happened in “Final Destination” and the universe. Pacing and time is a major issue with the movie but it can be slightly overlooked by how well done everything is. I do recommend this movie. You don’t even need to watch the ones before it to enjoy the movie. It’s the best way to end the franchise.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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