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Movie Review | Rocky III

In Rocky III, Balboa is beginning to taste the fruits of his success. While he spends his time enjoying the perks of fame, a new competitor is working his way to the top. Will he have the strength and endurance to take on this new menacing challenger, Clubber Lang? There will be training montages, blood, sweat, more than enough muscle, more sweat, and even more training montages.

This film is a Sylvester Stallone classic, featuring the one and only Mr. T. This classic is filmed well and the acting is at the peak of 80’s acting. Because of this, I rated it 5 out of 5 stars and highly recommend it, If you like action, if you enjoy boxing, if you pity da fool, then this is the movie for you. Will Rocky find the eye of the tiger, will he come out on top? Watch it to find out!

Written by: Hannah McBride

Movie Review | The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The Battle of the Five Armies is the final installment in The Hobbit trilogy. After finally reclaiming the Lonely Mountain, Thorin Oakensheild falls into a deep sickness of greed as he and the dwarves try to find the arkenstone. As Laketown survivors must deal with the terrible aftermath of the desolation of Smaug, several parties set their eyes on the mountain and it’s wealth.

I definitely enjoyed this movie, but it wasn’t my favorite in the series. I thought that the fight with Smaug in the beginning was a weird way to start a movie, and would have been better as a finale in the last one. The special effects were still very impressive, as well as all the fight scenes. I also thought that the conclusion of The Hobbit did an excellent job of setting up The Lord of the Rings. I would for sure watch all the movies again.

Written by: Michelle Greenwood

Documentary Review | Legacy

Legacy is a stirring documentary about a family’s struggle to overcome hardships on a journey to a better life. At the tragic loss of a loved one, this family’s whole life is flipped upside down. Throughout the years following the tragedy, the family is faced with two options—they can either stay dependent on welfare just trying to survive in a dangerous neighborhood, or they can work against the odds to earn a more stable, happier way. The documentary offers an in-depth look at the struggles of gang violence, drug addiction, and poverty and how this family works hard to avoid and overcome these things.

This is a very well-made documentary. It offers a great insight into the life of a family that has had so many hardships thrown its way. For me, the crowning aspect of this documentary is its portrayal of hard work, unity, and hope for a better future (for self and for loved ones) becoming the perfect motivating influences for change. The documentary tackles very real issues and the film-makers chose the perfect family for the desired effects/story. I would recommend this documentary to anyone who may be interested in what life is like in some of the more dangerous neighborhoods of the United States.

Written by: Jeff Stolk

Movie Review | The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

After the thrilling ending of The Unexpected Journey comes The Desolation of Smaug, the second installment of The Hobbit series. As the pack of dwarves continue their journey to the Lonely Mountain to reclaim their lost home, Bilbo Baggins falls deeper into the clutches of the Ring. The group must prepare for their encounter with the terrifying dragon, Smaug, who is guarding the mountain and its’ treasures. But it appears that other evils are at work, and it is unclear whether the ragtag team will defeat the dragon and restore hope, or perish at the claws of Smaug.

The Desolation of Smaug has been my favorite movie in the trilogy so far. I thought that all the scenes with Smaug in the mountain were terrifying and exciting. The special effects on the dragon looked pretty good too. All fans of the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit should definitely watch this movie.

Written by: Michelle Greenwood

Movie Review | The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey


Years ago, the movie-adaptation of the famous Lord of the Rings Trilogy shook the world. Now, the prequel to the series, The Hobbit, gets a thrilling trilogy of its own. An Unexpected Journey, the first installment, tells the story of Bilbo Baggins, Frodo’s beloved uncle and adventurer. Bilbo is an average hobbit living in the Shire, when the wizard Gandalf approaches him and asks him to accompany a pack of exiled dwarves on their journey to reclaim their home. Bilbo proves he is more than just some ordinary hobbit as he goes on the adventure of a lifetime, filled with dangers at every turn.

I liked The Lord of the Rings because of its stunning visuals and beautiful music score and The Hobbit did not disappoint. I also loved seeing Bilbo and hearing more about his story. I loved that the dwarves that were introduced, even though I would have liked to get to know them more. I would recommend this movie to anyone who has seen The Lord of the Rings and loved it!

Written by: Michelle Greenwood

Documentary Review | Best Worst Movie

Best Worst Movie (PN 1995.96 .D65 B47 2010) is an incredibly entertaining, and endearing documentary about the creation, history, and drama behind one of the worst movies of all time:  Trolls 2.  This documentary follows the lives of most of the main cast of Trolls 2 after the failure of the film.  Most of the actors have moved on in life, and pursued better jobs/careers.  Decades after the release of the film, fans have given the movie new purpose, and it has become a “cult classic”.

This documentary was beautiful in its own way, as it showed how a horrible movie like Trolls 2 can unite people from all over the globe.  It is funny to see how the movie became a “cult classic”, and the cast who starred in it finally had their first taste of fame and stardom after so many years.  I give this documentary 5 out of 5 stars, and I recommend it to anyone interested in cinema theory, and the effect that movies can have on social behavior.

Written by: Jared McGrail

Movie Review | Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

Before the Galactic Empire, the Jedi Order prospered in the galaxy. A young boy by the name of Anakin Skywalker is found by two Jedi Knights and believed to be the Chosen One, the one who will bring balance to the universe. After the threat of an evil order, the Sith, is found to be real. The two Jedi knights must fight to protect Anakin and save the universe from the phantom menace.

Out of all the Star Wars movies this one has the best lightsaber fight scene in the whole series. While the introduction of some characters and the horrendous acting of others really lowers the quality of the film, Star Wars has an impervious charm that always keeps you wanting more. It is a film that is entertaining to watch and has very enjoyable scenes but some production aspects leave a lot to be questioned.

Written by: Tommy Barriga

Movie Review | Here and There

Pedro lives in a small town in Mexico, but has been away working in the United States. We watch as he comes home to his family and works to build his relationship with them and spend time with them. Things are going well despite some health complications, but in the end Pedro loses his job and the family runs out of money, so Pedro decides he is going back to the United States, even though his family wants him to stay.

This film offers a glimpse into what life is like in Mexico and some of the challenges people face there. I particularly enjoyed it as it reminded me of my mission, but regardless, this documentary is great for anyone who likes a good foreign film. The end of the film was quite interesting to me as it made me question Pedro’s real intentions; he wanted to leave to be able to help his family, but his family wanted him right there with them. Did he really want to go the US to help his family or was it for some other reason? I thought the film was a bit slow moving, which is why I gave it four stars instead of five, but overall I think it was a great.

Written by: Jeshua Osorio

Streaming Documentary Review | Infinite Football

After an unfortunate accident playing soccer, a young Romanian boy broke his leg and was never able to play again. Fast forward 27 years, and this man has become obsessed with uncovering the reasons to his accident and discovering how to change the rules to soccer so that the tragic injury won’t happen to anyone else. This documentary follows along as he comes up with new unique strategies to change the way soccer is played.

It was interesting to see the new ideas proposed in this documentary, but the end result seemed so different from the original that it could be an entirely new game. If the new rules did end up making it into higher level leagues, it is likely that they wouldn’t be very popular, the sport would lose interest. I also didn’t think the documentary explained the rules well enough. Instead, it showed random, unnecessary scenes, such as a city council meeting over a land dispute. I do think that the new rules make an interesting game, and I am open to see how it goes.

Written by: Michelle Greenwood

TV Show Review | Lost: Season Two

In season one of lost, the survivors of a mysterious plane crash were just trying to survive. Now, in season two, they are desperate to escape and return home. But as they try new things, new mysteries and problems arise, such as the discovery of fellow survivors and the island, the scary inhabitants who were there long before them, and a secretive experimental initiative. With these frightening new complexities, how will Jack, Sawyer, Kate, and the rest of the passengers react?

I liked season two a lot better than season one. I thought that the new characters were super interesting as they added a much needed refreshing aspect to the original cast. I was also happy that this season learned more about the “others” and who they are, all the while still keeping the mystery. I think the directors set up for season three well, and I am excited to start!

Written by: Michelle Greenwood

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