Review | Quibi: the not so good streaming service

There are way too many streaming services in our world. That’s a good thing as well as a bad thing. From YouTube to Netflix, it’s kind of like there’s a buffet of content. Sometimes you leave full and other times; you are just overwhelmed. In April 2020, people started to get a little bit more overwhelmed with the launch of Quibi, the newest streaming service to enter the game.

The streaming service without a slogan

Quibi is a mobile-only streaming service. The idea with the streaming service is present under 10 minutes of content so that its users can enjoy it while working, on break, in the car, or even if you are in the bathroom. The platform also got big names like Chrissy Teigen, Keke Palmer, and Liam Hemsworth to start in some programming.

The programming on the platform is just okay. There isn’t any standout programming on there at the moment. Because all of the shows are under 10 minutes long, a lot of the programming feels rushed and honestly, thrown together. There’s also pacing problems because of it trying to fit so much into one quick bite. It’s like trying to cram for a test the night before.

Not even Chrissy can make this service good

One example of this is on Quibi’s reboot of the popular MTV dating show from the 90s “Singled Out.” While they are all people that the contestant knows, the speed of the eliminations is quick until they get to the final few constants, and that slows down abruptly. Keke Palmer and Joel Kim Booster do an excellent job in their roles on the show; this can lead to things feeling a little off when. One positive about the “Singled Out” reboot is that it’s faithful to the source material.

One of the significant flaws with Quibi is that it’s only available for mobile devices. There were many times that I would want to watch something on there but didn’t want to watch it on my iPhone. I even tried downloading it on my iPad, but the app made for the iPad. I honestly forgot about the app due to this. 

Another flaw was the release schedule of the programming. A lot of the shows were released every day with three episodes a day. This kind of contradicts the premise of the app. Releasing a new episode every day isn’t bad, but rather having three new episodes a day. The app is trying to provide entertainment in quick burst but three episodes are the length of an episode of a sitcom.

Since it’s launch in April, Quibi hasn’t been the picture of success. According to The New York Times, Quibi was in the top 50 free iPhone apps when it launched. It’s now ranked at number 125 with only 3.5 million customers. Only 1.3 million of those customers are active. Founder Jeffery Katzenberg says that COVID-19 has a lot to do with the rough launch of this app.

“I attribute everything that has gone wrong to coronavirus,” Katzenberg said, “Everything. But we own it.

Verdict

Frankly, I don’t think Quibi was well researched and tested before the launch. There’s a lot of good with the service. That will get overlooked because there’s just so much wrong. While you get the first 90 days free, it’s not worth it an actual subscription. COVID-19 isn’t causing the service to suck. It just not a pleasant experience. There was an article published by Qizmodo calling out Quibi’s issue being its Ego and its spot on.

“As the Times noted, the company has shifted its marketing strategy to advertise individual shows rather than a new service that no one understands,” the article stated, “And that’s a start. A service is only as good as the content on its platform, and Quibi’s signature “Turnstyle” tech is neat but was never enough to carry the service on its own—regardless of whatever Whitman and Katzenberg were able to spin to their investors.” This statement perfectly sums up what the platform needs to do to compete. They also need to take responsibility for their mistakes and not push blame on things. Unless something changes, I would save your money and not get this app.

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Movie Review | ‘Sonic The Hedgehog’

Every decade, Hollywood tries to make a popular video game series into a movie franchise because they need to make money. Hollywood couldn’t help but try to start this decade bringing in the money. So they took the popular Sega franchise “Sonic the Hedgehog” and turn it into a live-action movie. Something no one really asked for or wanted.

Sonic’s the name. Speed’s my game

“Sonic The Hedgehog” is based on the popular video games from the 1990s. The movie has been in the works since 1994 when the games were at the height of their popularity. It wasn’t until 2013 that the movie actually started got picked up by Sony Pictures and it entered production five years later.

The movie follows Sonic (voiced by Ben Schwartz) as tries to escape Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) with the help of Tom Wachowski (James Marsden). While working for the US government, Dr. Robotnik is trying to harness the power in Sonic to take over the world and enslave mankind with his robotic army.

With a PG rating, this movie is extremely kid-friendly. This is ironic because the people watching this movie are the parents of the children that this movie is geared towards. “Sonic The Hedgehog” isn’t a horrible movie but it’s not an excellent movie. In fact, I would say it’s a movie that you should just watch and then movie once and then that’s it.

The plot of the movie follows the source material when it comes to Sonic and Dr. Robotnik. But other than that, the plot is flimsy and not very good. There are parts of the movie that good and funny. And then there are parts that aren’t very good. It’s a PG movie that really should have been a G movie. The plot just makes the movie so bland and forgettable.

The acting and presentation in the film are extremely good. The only thing that I didn’t like was Jim Carrey’s portrayal of Dr. Robotnik. Granted, I’m not into/never was into crazy, over the top, Jim Carrey. I found him annoying and that’s what I thought of him in this role. He got on my nerves. It took me out of the experience.

L to R: Pre-Twitter rage Sonic; Post-Twitter rage Sonic

There were also some plot points that were introduced in the end credits to set up plot points that were really better than most of the movie. Again, this movie isn’t horrible bad but it just isn’t really any good. For all the hype with the change of how Sonic was designed in the beginning, the movie fell flat.

I do recommend checking out “Sonic The Hedgehog” but I would honestly just rent it. It’s good for a one-time viewing and that’s pretty much it. The plot isn’t great, it faithfully follows the plot of the video game with good presentation and acting. It also suffers from not knowing who the audience is for it. It’s a popular 90s character that gears towards kids who have little to no knowledge about him. Pretty much, this movie is a poorly done cash grab for video game sales.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

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Lindsay Lohan released new single ‘Back to Me’

Do you remember our Social Justice Warrior Lindsay Lohan? Besides still wanting to be the Ariel that we are yearning for, our queen has released a new single. That’s right, LiLo is back into the world of music. Sure, “Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club” is an underrated reality show that left us too soon, but she came back into music to save 2020. Let’s chat about her new single “Back to Me.”

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“Back to Me” is Lindsay’s first new single since her underrated 2008 pop “Bossy.” It’s a pop song that utilizes the same genre that she was in, which is pretty much club music. Yes, it’s ironic but we stan and iconic, ironic queen. The song itself is a breezy and simple song with a rather good beat. It’s not an in your face dance song but it lets you jam out to it if you feel like it.

Lyrically, the song is about being able to go back to how you were. Reclaiming oneself after a bad event has happened.

“The song is about rediscovering and accepting oneself, shutting out the noise and moving forward and letting the past go,” Lindsay said in a tweet promoting the first single off of her third album. It’s an anthem about moving on and growth. We stan.

Honestly, the song is a bop. It’s a catchy and fun song to just listen to and enjoy. I just wish it had more of a kick to it. Like a little bit more of a beat. I kind of feels like it’s stuck in first gear and never makes it to the second or third gear. It needs something to become a banger, which it really should be. The song has the potential to do that. While I hate remixes, I’d listen to the radio versions of those remixes

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Movie Review | ‘Birds of Prey’

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With the release of the 2016 movie “Suicide Squad,” my expectations with anything revolving them were low key low. The film itself wasn’t great by any means, and Jared Leto as The Joker confused me. I heard they were going to add my beloved Black Canary to the universe, I wasn’t that thrilled. DC Movies aren’t the best movies in the world. I hoped that “Birds of Prey and the Fabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn” would do her justice.

Behind every man, there’s a badass broad

“Birds of Prey and the Fabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn” was directed by Cathy Yan and is the eighth film in the DC Extended Universe. For those who don’t know, DC Extended Universe is the shared universe where all of the DC Comics movies take place. This is also the first movie to have an R rating.

The movie follows Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) as she deals with the aftermath of her breakup with The Joker. Wanted by Gotham’s top mob boss, Black Mask (Ewan McGregor), she makes a deal to help him find his lost diamond. Things turn for Miss Quinn as she finds herself working with Renee Montaya (Rosie Perez), Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) and The Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead).

This movie got a lot of hate from critics, and frankly, it’s uncalled for. I immensely enjoyed this movie. Was it a blockbuster? No, and it didn’t need to be. This was just a fun movie that had great action. The acting was excellent, and all the characters were enjoyable and likable. There are some things I would have like to have done differently, like the fact you only have the Black Canary do one Canary Cry. You get a brief back story of the characters. There’s are some things that needed to be dived deeper into, and the movie just isn’t.

Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn is the best part of the entire movie. The way that she portrays the character is just fantastic. Gave Harley Quinn depth and just made her shine. Harley Quinn needs to have her own movie is what we need. Margot Robbie could and can carry a Harley Quinn solo movie. Spoiler: There’s a new Suicide Squad coming out with Margot in 2021.

The biggest complaint I have with this movie is the plot/story. It’s all just bizarre. The first part of the movie is setting up everything. You get to what really should have been the first part, and the movie is almost over. It could have been paced out better. I appreciated the setting up. I just wish they didn’t spend most of the movie doing it.

Verdict

“Birds of Prey and the Fabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn” is a movie that you need to see if you are big into superhero movies. It’s a step in the right direction for DC Extended Universe. While the pacing and the plot weren’t the greatest, you need to watch it just for Harley Quinn. She’s the true queen of the DC Extended Universe. The movie is also a fun time.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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