Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the DCOM classic ‘The Luck of the Irish’

While yesterday was St. Patrick’s Day, I thought it would be only fitting to celebrate it the day after when everyone is hungover with a classic holiday. Yes, even St. Patrick’s Day has a movie that is a requirement for everyone in America to watch on this fateful day. I watched “The Luck of the Irish” and it’s time to review it.

From the shores of Erie

“The Luck of the Irish” is a Disney Channel Original Movie released in 2001. It was Paul Hoen, who would direct other DCOM movies like “The Cheetah Girls: One World” and “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam.” Such a great track record. The only really notable star of this movie is hunk Ryan Merriman (“Pretty Little Liars” and “Smart House”). Everyone else was kind of just there. The acting wasn’t bad but it wasn’t anything to cry home about. It was just kind of meh.

The movie followed Kyle (Ryan) as he discovers his heritage after his lucky coin was stolen by an evil leprechaun. Turns out that he comes from a family of leprechauns on his mother’s side and that coin was his family’s luck. Because their luck has been stolen, they are turning into leprechauns. Kyle, with the help of his family and friends, must get back their family’s luck before the big basketball game. I shit you not, this is the plot of the movie. What the fuck was in the water during the late 90s/early 00s?

The Luck of the Irish has been very good to Ryan Merriman

While I still enjoyed watching this movie, the movie’s plot is all over the place. Like literally, there are more plot holes in this than what you will find in an episode of “Riverdale.” Like the big bad leprechaun has magical powers but no other leprechaun in the movie has it. There are hints of it with Kyle’s grandfather but that’s it. There are literally more plot holes and if you literally just sit there a watch it and point out said plot holes, you will lose your mind.

I recommend just watching this movie if you are looking for an enjoyable non-sensical good time. That’s really the best way to watch the movie. If you think about the plot too much, then you will actually hate the movie and question why you want to watch it. This is just a feel good movie that you really shouldn’t take too seriously. Once you start taking it seriously, then that’s when you will start to hate it. The ending of the movie is extremely anti-climatic but it’s a Disney movie so that explains a lot. It’s your standard Disney ending.

Verdict

“The Luck of the Irish” is one of those classic DCOMs that you shouldn’t take seriously at all. It’s a classic Disney Channel movie that is a requirement to watch when it’s St. Patrick’s Day. It just a good fun time. When you take it seriously, that’s when it no longer becomes fun and rather just unfun and annoying. Other than that, I highly recommend this movie.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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The Jonas Brothers get with Disney for the second album ‘Jonas Brothers’

In honor of the return of The Jonas Brothers, every Thursday in March will be dedicated to them as we walk down memory lane and review all four of their albums. Welcome to #JBTBT.

Last week, I listened to their first album. That was an underrated dumpster fire of a hot mess. I didn’t hate it, but I was more or less just frustrated that someone thought it was a good idea to release it the way they did. Like, why release something that perfectly captures Nick Jonas going through puberty. Hopefully, their second album is way better. Spoiler: it is.

Click here to read the review for their first album “It’s About Time”

Dreams can’t take the place of loving you

“Jonas Brothers” was the second album released by the band of brothers in the summer of 2007. It was their first album in what I like to call the “Disney Darling” era of their career. This was when they were shown on anything revolving the Disney Channel. This is their first album on Disney’s Hollywood Records. Name sounds familiar? That’s because it was the OG label for Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, and Miley Cyrus. Pretty much anyone was big with Disney is on it for their own music career. There was only one song that was re-released from their first album on their second album and that was their cover of “Year 3000” from Busted.

This album was so much better than their first album. It honestly was like night and day listening to this album compared to “It’s About Time.” This album felt like a complete experience. It didn’t seem rushed nor did it feel like something that wasn’t true to them. This album felt like something they were proud to put out. You can tell they had a little more say in the album. Another welcome changed that Hollywood Records actually cared. Yep, that was a drag.

It’s hard to look brooding when your hair is covering those smoldering eyes

This album continues on with the rock theme but has less of a punk-pop feel to it and more of a power pop feel to the album. It sounds like 5 Seconds of Summer’s first album. That’s the kind of rock that is it and I really liked it. I wish they still had more punk-pop aspects to it because while “It’s About Time” didn’t sound like them, the punk-pop really fit their vocals so well. They will kind of lose this sound as the years go on and they mature.

There are no really bad songs on the album. The progression of the songs works but some songs are just better than others. My majority complaint with the writing in the songs. Some of the writing is just too wordy and doesn’t sound relatable. I mean, as a full-fledged adult, I get it the lyrics and they are rather deep but they sound like they sit down with a thesaurus to write some of these songs. I bet the girls that listened to the brothers felt very profound with these deep lyrics. It honestly reminded me of that poet that tried to get into the girls pants with words.

Verdict

“Jonas Brothers” is the debut album we all deserved to begin with. It’s a well crafted pop-rock album that will give you bop after bop. The lyrics are some too wordy at times and doesn’t really sound relatable. It’s a very good album. Well produced and enjoyable album. I enjoyed listening to this album. I’m not going to list what songs are the my favorites because I generally liked all the song on there.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Take the flight of your life with ‘Final Destination’

After my shocking discovery that I liked “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” I thought I would dive deeper into the horror genre and watch a beloved horror genre. And no, it’s not “Saw.” You already know because you can read. I plan on diving into the entire franchise so let’s get started with the first movie, “Final Destination.” Not to be confused with “The Final Destination,” that’s the fourth movie.

There are No Accidents. No Coincidences. No Escapes. YOU CAN’T CHEAT DEATH. 

“Final Destination” was released in 2000 and is the beginning of the franchise. It was directed by James Wong ( Episodes of “The X-Files” and “American Horror Story”). Some of the stars in the movie are Kerr Smith (“Dawson’s Creek” and “Charmed”), Ali Larter (“Heroes” and “Legally Blonde”), and Devon Sawa (“Little Giants” and “Caspar”). Oh, and Seann William Scott is in here too. Yeah, Stiffler from “America Pie.” The cast is rather good. The acting is good while some are better than others. Ali, Kerr, and Devon are the standouts. Kerr though did a phenomenal job. He’s probably the most underrated actor from this time period. He played a dick very well.

The film follows a group of high school students and their teacher as they try to cheat death. After Alex (Devon) got them kicked off a plane due to a premonition he saw, the plane exploded killing their fellow classmates and everyone on board. Because of this, they must stay together in order to keep each other alive and figure out who is going to die next.

Iconic

This film was such a wild ride. While it didn’t have a physical killer, it was still scary enough because it was all real things that could kill you. Sure, there was a little of the supernatural flair to it. But all of the deaths that happened are things that could easily happen. It’s not a killer chasing them with a weapon. It’s stuff like a bus hitting someone not paying attention, something falling on you and just killing you instantly, or someone getting into a super bad car accident. This horror movie got you because it could actually happen more than a creeper in a mask.

The production on the film was probably ahead of its time. Everything was done so well from the camera shots to how they presented the deaths. The deaths were the best part of the entire movie for the simple reason they looked so real. There wasn’t too much gore but rather just the right amount. If they had too much, then it would have been not real. After you watch the movie, you will start looking at things and think “man, this could kill me” no matter what it is. That’s how good the production was.

My only complaint that I have was the fact there wasn’t too much to the plot and character development. While we do get to know a little about the characters, it’s minor due to them being killed off one by one. The main three (Devon, Kerr, and Ali) are the only ones we really get to know the best and even then, it’s not enough to make you feel something. The deaths are just deaths. You don’t feel anything went they die. If you look at “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” the deaths you felt for because you knew about the characters and what they are going through. You really don’t get that in “Final Destination.” It’s all superficial. You feel more for the way they day than who is died.

Verdict

“Final Destination” is a great horror movie. It’s scary because of how real the deaths are and how they show them. It shows how easy you can literally die just by walking down the street and living your life. The downfall of the movie is that there isn’t anything to the plot and little to no character development. The deaths of the characters are superficial. You feel more for how it happened and not for the fact a character just died. I do recommend this movie. It’s available on Netflix. I do think everyone should watch it.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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Relive The Jonas Brothers’ first album ‘It’s About Time’

In honor of the return of The Jonas Brothers, every Thursday in March will be dedicated to them as we walk down memory lane and review all four of their albums. Welcome to #JBTBT.

I have never been a Jonas Brother fan, a Jo hoe as stated in the Urban Dictionary. I liked their solo music more than their actual group music. I’ve actually poked jokes at them. So I thought I would break and confuse my post scheduling with reviewing all of their albums every Thursday in March. I can’t promise that I won’t poke fun at them because this was at their peak awkward/weirdness. I’m not wearing a joke purity ring either. Without further ado, let’s get into their first album “It’s About Time.” The only time that we will speak about this trainwreck of an album.

Click Here for the review of their comeback single “Sucker”

We’ve been to the Year 3000

“It’s About Time” was released in August 8th, 2006. It was originally released on Columbia Records through their imprint called Daylight Records. In English, that means it was a division of them. Not surprisingly, that division of it is no longer there. It’s really no shocked after listening to this album.

There’s no clear musical direction with this album. It came across like they really just threw tracks together. You go from songs like “Mandy,” to a Christian rock song called “Time for Me to Fly” just randomly on it. Like, there doesn’t need to really tell a story but at least have some sort of cohesiveness. The placement of the songs are okay but doesn’t make the feel of the album as a complete album.

There also is more of a rock vibe to the album than what we got in the future albums. It was like they were trying to capitalize on the rock trend in music at the time. I honestly thought that it fit them well. They always have had a little bit of a rock edge to them but it’s definitely apparent in this album. This definitely felt had that rock kick to it. Rock n Roll fits the Jonas Brothers so well.

Lets a moment to have a real talk about this album. This album is a hot mess. Halfway through the album, Nick Jonas goes through puberty and his high pitched to a lower pitch. One would think they would just record the songs that had him pre-puberty but they didn’t. They just left the songs on the album which makes it sound weird. Like “Time for me to Fly” is Nick’s vocals being high then it goes to “Year 3000,” which has Nick’s vocals being lower and closer to what they are now. Like, who thought this was a good idea? Did they just not care and wanted the Jonases to fail?

Oh, because of this, I created a new game. So you put on an older Nick Jonas song and play it as you stare at a hot picture of him now. You can’t help but smile because 1) It’s Nick Jonas, duh and 2) It’s kind of funny to think about how far he has come vocally and physically. Be nice to the awkward kids. They will end up being attractive hunks. Who would have thought that Nick Jonas would have been the super hot one? Not me. My money was on Joe.

Verdict

“It’s About Time” is an underrated album that really should have been than what was it was. The album suffers from poor production, execution, and concept. It suffers from it because there was none. it’s You could tell how little Columbia cared about this album. It was really for the best that they moved on to Hollywood Records. They got screwed on this album. It’s no wonder all Jo Hoes look past this album. I do recommend this album for “Year 3000,” “6 Minutes,” “Please Be Mine,” and “Mandy.” Those are the standouts. Everything is still good but those four are the best.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

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