Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure Throwback Movie Review

Movie Review, Non Spoiler Talk, Throwback Review
There are some movies from the past that can show you what the culture was of that time. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure is one of those movies. Set in 1988 and released February 17, 1989, it shows what life in the 80's was like, including the horrible hairstyles and the bad fashion. The movie goes so far as to have a rock band that replaces the I with a Y, which was common in the 80's. Now considered a cult classic, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure grossed $40.4 million domestically on a budget of about $10 million. Receiving poor to mixed reviews at the time, it currently sits at 78% on Rotten Tomatoes. While it was able to get it a sequel in 1991, there is still enough love…
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Assassin’s Creed: Revelations Throwback Game Review

Non Spoiler Talk, Throwback Review, Video Games
Some characters just make you excited when you get to revisit them. Characters like Batman, Iron Man, and Spider-Man are a few that have come up in film over the last ten years that get people excited to see what they're up to next. In the world of video games, there are some characters like this as well, such as Mario, Link or Master Chief. If you play Assassin's Creed from the beginning, starting with the first game, you get that feeling of wondering "what's next" for Altair and Ezio. Assassin's Creed: Revelations will give you that answer. In this game we have Ezio searching for what lays within Altair's library, and that search eventually leads him to Constantinople. A city that at this point is not only the capital of a…
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Lincoln Throwback Movie Review

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For as long as I can remember, I've been enthralled by the American Civil War. And Lincoln delivers an inside look into the reasons, the battles, and the people behind it. Fueled by the fight for slavery, the movie portrays just how divided the United States were at the time. The movie begins in January 1865, where we see President Abraham Lincoln speaking to the House of Representatives. Speaking to one of the biggest issues to effect slavery, he urges them to pass the 13th amendment during the final months of the Civil War. From there, the movie chronicles the ongoing debate in the House. And we also see Lincoln's responses to the peace talks with the Confederacy. This film immerses you into what it was like trying to get the…
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Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood Throwback Video Game Review

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When you see a development studio take a series to a yearly release, you almost expect the quality to drop. When Ubisoft Montreal released Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood almost a year to the day after Assassin's Creed 2, this was a worry. Though it turns out as unnecessary, as gamers often consider Brotherhood as one of the best games in the series. Continuing the story of Assassin's Creed 2, Brotherhood makes advancements on just about everything that came before. Side characters that we don't see much of in 2 make bigger splashes within Brotherhood. And the combat allows for quicker and more fluid battles. Characters The story of Assassin's Creed is set within two different time periods, giving us two sets of characters. The modern-day story is anchored by four characters, all…
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Dunkirk Movie Review

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There are countless movies that either take World War 2 as inspiration or as a setting. Movies like Saving Private Ryan, Flags of Our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima, and Schindler's List are great at showing the war and what it's like to live through it. Dunkirk is one of the battles of World War 2 that I did not know of. But, when hearing it was being written and directed by Christopher Nolan, it's one that I had to check out. The Battle of Dunkirk would turn into an essential battle in the grand scheme of the war. Taking place from May 26 to June 4, 1940, this battle is part of the more massive Battle of France. In this pivotal fight, Germany would capture not only France but Belgium,…
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Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation Movie Review

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I can remember watching the first two Hotel Transylvania movies with my family and enjoying what I saw. When I saw that Sony Pictures Animation was releasing the third film to round out the trilogy, I was excited to see what these characters would be doing. For those that don't know, the basic idea behind the first Hotel Transylvania is that Dracula spends his time running a hotel for monsters, and his daughter Mavis falls in love with a human. And the second had Dracula realizing that he is not as young as he used to be and how the world has changed. The cast of the previous movies included Adam Sandler as Dracula, Selina Gomez as Mavis and Andy Samberg as Johnny. The previous movies main cast was filled out with Kevin…
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Assassin’s Creed 2 Throwback Video Game Review

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There's only been a handful of video games that have touched me to the point that I have replayed them almost every year. Usually, those games come from my youth; games like Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Rock 'n Roll Racing. Assassin's Creed 2 started to creep into that playlist when it released in November of 2009. While part of that replay comes from being an installment in a yearly series, the most significant part of my replays came from the mixture of my love of history and science fiction. Assassin's Creed 2 has two main settings. One, which we do not spend a lot of time in, is 2012 with Desmond from Assassin's Creed. This time, instead of revisiting the Third Crusade, he visits the Italian Renaissance and his…
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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

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This week, I'm proud to introduce you to my wife, Amy, who has written a review of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. She loves the Jurassic Park and Jurassic World series, and here are her thoughts on the newest installment, Fallen Kingdom. WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Review Though the critics aren't raving about Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, I loved it. I was on the edge of my seat throughout the entire film. In all fairness, I must admit I'm a huge fan of the Jurassic Park movies in general. Plus, I think Chris Pratt, one of the leading actors, is the most amazing actor that ever lived. (Seriously! Have you seen him in Guardians of the Galaxy (Vol. 1 and Vol. 2), Passengers, or Parks and Recreation??? He's…
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Ant-Man and The Wasp Movie Review

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There are times when the end of a movie is like a gut punch. Movies like Avengers: Infinity War give you that feeling, but how best can you recover from something like that? You go from that galaxy-spanning adventure to one that brings it back home as a light-hearted family affair. Ant-Man and The Wasp does this in many aspects. From the relationship between Hank and Hope or Scott and Cassie, or the fun reactions of someone like fan-favorite Louis, there's something for everyone to love. Ant-Man and The Wasp brings back almost everyone from the cast of Ant-Man and includes veteran actors like Michelle Pfeiffer and Laurence Fishburne. This film has a cast full of talented actors that can hit the action, drama, and comedy. Expanding on the Tech One of…
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Tag Movie Review

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I once heard it said that no one will ever know you as well as the friends you have while you are young. When you think about it, there is truth to that statement. This is a point in your life when you are most honest with everyone that you know because you are without fear of what they think of you. I had some friends from this era in my life that I consider friends still, though as an adult I'm often busy with life and don't see them much let alone talk to them. But what would have happened if we continued to play a game of tag for the last 30 years? This is what forms the core of Tag. Five friends play the same game of…
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