Backstreet Boys’ ‘Millennium’ is still iconic as ever

On May 18th, 1999, the Backstreet Boys gave the world an album would become one of the top selling albums of all time. It’s the 20th anniversary of their second album “Millennium.” Now, I originally “reviewed” this album back in the day. That review sucked and I’m calling redo. Welcome to Pop Project Redux.

yep, it’s this album

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I’ll be the one, I’ll be the light

Millennium was released on May 19th, 1999. It was the highly anticipated follow up to their 1996/1997 debut album. Fun fact: Backstreet released three different first album. Two was for international fans in 1996 and 1997. The one we know in the States was in 1997 and was just made up of the other two. Because of this, “Millennium” is their third or second album depending on where you live. The album had Max Martin write and produce many of the songs on the album. In case you forgot, Max Martin the Swedish pop god.

This album starts off with “Larger Than Life” and I could not have thought of a better way to start off this album. One downside is the album is that’s extremely front-loaded. Three of the four singles are the first three songs in on the album. This more than likely wasn’t planned out this way but even so, the flow of the album. Going from a high intense song “Larger Than Life” to two slower bops like “I Want It That Way” and “Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely.” It’s not just like a gradually slow down. It just stops and kicks into the slow jams. It then kicks back into the dance banger right after. I’m not sure if it is attentionally but it just hurts the pacing of the album.

The album also ends on rather a weird note. The final song on the album is called “The Perfect Fan.” It’s a song about their mothers and thanks to them for all being there. It’s a sweet song but it’s just awkward. There are a chorus and full orchestra backing. This would have been better in the middle of the album and not at the end. Simply rearranging the track list would make it a little better when it comes to flow.

Now, don’t get me wrong, this album is pop perfection beside its flow and being a heavily front loaded album. That is easily made up for by how good the songs are. Even the filler songs are extremely well done. The vocals are what we come to expect from the boys. This album is what everyone thinks of when think of boy bands and Backstreet boys.

“Millennium” is the definition of the 90’s boy bands music. While it’s the flow of the album hurts every song after track three, every song on the album is worth the listening to because it’s the pop perfection. The songs are what makes up for the flow on the album. I cannot tell you how much good this album is. It’s one of those albums. I highly recommending listening to this album. I listened to it this weekend and still enjoyed everything about it.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Take the ride of your life with ‘The Final Destination’

After watching “Final Destination 3,” I thought to myself “It can’t get any worse than that. It just can’t.” And boy, was I wrong yet again. I was very very very wrong. So wrong in fact, that I instantly regretted my decision to watch this movie within the first 10 minutes of the movie.

The movie is so bad, there’s no good gifs

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Have you all lost your fucking mind?

“The Final Destination,” or “Final Destination 4” was intended to be the final movie in the franchise. The movie was released in the summer of 2009 and is sadly the highest grossing movie in the franchise. Sigh. It was directed by David R. Ellis, who directed the second movie in the franchise. The movie stars Bobby Campo (“Legally Blondes,” “Scream”), Shantel VanSanten (“One Tree Hill,””Shooter”), and Mykelti Williamson (“Forrest Gump,” “24”). Other notable people in the movie are Nick Zano (“DC Legends of Tomorrow,” “What I Like About You”), and Haley Webb (“Teen Wolf”). The acting in the movie isn’t bad. They did a good job with what they were given to work with. They weren’t given that much to work with.

Everyone having visions

The movie follows the same plot as the last three. This time, they are watching a race at a speedway. Nick (Bobby) has a vision of a horrible crash killing everyone and he ends up himself and eight other people. Nick must use his visions to keep him and the others alive. And if you watched the last movie, then you already know the answer to that.

This movie is also the first “Final Destination” movie to be shot in 3D. This would be cool and seems cool in some instances but the movie is over plays for it and it just becomes a gimmick. A 3D “Final Destination” seems like something that would be amazing but it just falls flat. I didn’t watch the movie in 3D but the scenes I did watch were okay. The scenes at the race were the best in 3D. It really showcased what it could have been. They tried to make the “visions” 3D but they just looked lamed and stupid. Honestly, they were the worst part of the movie.

The deaths in this movie were some of the worst in the movie. Some of them were okay. But they just came across too outlandish. Like yeah, it could happen but it’s less likely to happen compared to a log falling off the truck in front of you and smashing your head through the windshield. The best deaths had to be either the escalator or the opening scene at the speedway.

Verdict

“The Final Destination” is not a very good movie. If you thought that “Final Destination 3” was bad, this movie makes it seem like a way better movie. The acting is good for what they are given. The deaths aren’t as realistic as they have been in the past. And the addition of the 3D effects should have been what made the movie but it just hinders it and made it more of a gimmick and not something to make it more enjoyable. I don’t recommend this movie unless you want to see Nick Zano shirtless. But even then, you have Google for that.

Rating: 1 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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‘Final Destination 3’ takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions

After watching “Final Destination 2,” my faith in humanity and movie sequels were slightly restored. It didn’t last long as soon as I decided to watch continue down the path of the “Final Destination” franchise with the third movie. Ugh. Let’s chat about “Final Destination 3.” Don’t worry, we can only go up from here. Sigh.

Me watching this movie

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You can run, but you cannot hide. This is the beginning of the end.

“Final Destination 3” was released in February 2006. It was directed by James Wong, who directed the first movie, and would be the final movie in the series that he would be a part of. This would also be the last movie that has the original creator in it. This is the first movie in the cast that doesn’t have any connections to the original film. They bring it up but that’s more to continue the plot just a little continuity. The movie’s two main stars are Ryan Merriman (“Smart House” and “Luck of the Irish”) and
Mary Elizabeth Winstead (“Scott Pilgrim vs the World” and “Passions”). Some other names in the movie are Alexz Johnson (“Instant Star” and “So Weird”) and the late Cory Monteith (“Glee”).

I really like Ryan and Mary in their roles. They honestly were the best in the entire film. The way they did their characters and interacted with each other. They really carried the film and made their characters. I also really like hearing Ryan Merriman swear. Former kid/teen stars swearing is literally like seeing and petting a unicorn. But the others acting was okay. It wasn’t bad but wasn’t like anything that we have gotten in the past two movies. And

“Final Destination 3” follows the same plot as the first two. It just so happens that they are in an amusement park this time and they were all supposed to die on a roller coaster. But Wendy (Mary) has a vision of their deaths and saves her, Kevin (Ryan), and five other teens. By using the pictures that she took of them from that night, Wendy and Kevin must try to help the rest of the survivors cheat death and live.

The one good thing about the film is how they changed the visions up compared to the last two movies. I liked how they are pictures were the visions. It added more of a mystery to each death. Like you have an idea on how they were going to die but it was so vague that you didn’t find out until it actually happened.

The death scenes in this movie aren’t very good. They are just so fake and too much CGI. I think they tried to change to get more innovated with the deaths but it just honestly fell flat. The deaths in the last two movies featured realistic deaths. That’s what made them so great. They were deaths that could happen to you, for the most part. Not so much in this movie. They were going more for the shock of creativity and not the shock of realism, which it should be. Probably the most iconic death in the entire series is when two characters die in a tanning bed. Just the way it’s handled and shot is literally everything.

“Final Destination 3” isn’t anything compared to the first two films. It’s not the worst film in the franchise, we’ll get there. But it’s not the best. I do like how they handled the vision with this movie. It was a welcome changed. The deaths in this movie aren’t very good, besides the tanning bed deaths. They aren’t realistic and just come off as a CGI fest. They tried but it just didn’t work. I recommend watching “Final Destination 3” just for Ryan Merriman swearing and his and Mary Elizabeth Winstead acting in the film.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

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