Descendants 2 

I didn’t write the review right after the film premiered because I found that many critics weren’t too kind with this film. Not that I have been kind to some films either. Recent memory comes Aloha and Liz & Dick reviews were quite harsh; however, I do keep in mind whom is the audience and Descendants 2 pleases their targeted audience – the kids! 

When it comes to children or teenage films, I look at other aspects which I dissect differently towards other movies. In this case, Descendants 2 is fantasy, rom-com, musical and it had action too. On this occasion, the sequel brought new characters along with Disney veteran, China-Anne McClain and newcomers as her comrades. Overall, the film brings what is intended to do which is to entertain their audience, yet it also shows the young villains struggling with their new path and growing up.

Summary 

The sequel takes place six months after the first film. The main characters have adapted the Auradon ways, but it’s been tough for Mal. She’s still dating King Ben and has become the paparazzi’s favorite subject. Causing a strain in their relationship. Ben tries to grow within his new duties, while Mal tries her best to personify a princess-like attitude. Mal exhausted of the media frenzy, she goes back to the isle. As a result, the entire gang including Ben and Dude (Carlos’s dog) goes to the isle to bring back Mal; however, their plans backfires when Uma and her band interferes. 


Overview 

The story is not complex; however, with the mixture of action and intricate choreography – Descendants 2 labor paid off. It is reported that more 1,500 costumes were made for this film. In addition, extensive hours of sword fighting lessons for the young cast. Kenny Ortega knows how to capture and cast a spell with his skills. I do not like to compare, yet I strongly believe making the Descendants franchise and The High School Musical franchise – Descendants delivers more layers and challenges for their cast. And as a final note, they nailed it with their casting choices.

Final Thoughts 

Descendants 2 brings strong references from its origins and molding a new vision of the children of villains. And the morale of this franchise is that not everyone grows up to be just like their parents. 

P.S. It was a smart move to air this film in various channels including ABC which is a local one…13 million viewed it.
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Analyzing the Lyric

I don’t know about you, but when you’re a bit older certain songs may shock their meaning. Has that ever happened to you? The other night I wanted to listen Careless Whispers (by the way, for years I thought it was called: I Never Want to Dance Again). Now that I’m older, but not necessarily wiser – I’m sharing my thoughts and impressions on hit songs.

Love Me Harder by Ariana Grande and The Weekend

Don’t get me wrong here, but I love this song. It’s a great duet, yet once paying close attention to the lyrics…it’s kind of a graphic song. Mainly The Weekend’s verse gives the biggest answer what this song is about. She’s asking for a rougher nooky from her partner. I believe Buzzfeed pointed this out first.

Careless Whispers by Wham!

For those that were either a teenager or adults during this period – it was impossible to escape the saxophone intro of this song. Without an argument, George Michael delivers a song that is soothing, melancholic and iconic; however, many reminicent this song with a romantism or even with sensually. Nonetheless, Careless Whispers is basically about a major screw up. If you haven’t seen the video clip, I recommend it. It’s like a mini movie which you don’t see that too often nowadays. Some of the comments on YouTube are golden! Primarily the user that shared their thoughts on the saxophone introduction, ‘And that’s how the saxophone reputation was born.’ Poignant and hilarious because both the 80s and the 90s, when there’s a romantic scenario in a film or series…the saxophone starts to play. And yes, we all can guess what happened next.

Here With Me by Dido

This song by Dido is beautiful and I feel this song is fresh even though it’s almost 14 or 15 years old. Here With Me became known for its appearance in the film, Love Actually. Dido’s song emergers after Juliet (Keira Knightly) discovers that Mark (Andrew Lincoln) did not dislike her, but he was in love with her. In reality the song could not relate to the characters because the ballad is about abandonment. Mark and Juliet never dated and weren’t friends. A song that suits these characters would be White Flag.

Little Talks by Of Monsters and Men

One day, I was still in college and listening to this song. So, I decided to ease my mind and I always had this habit of analyzing the lyric of a song. And if this song became a film, the storyline would follow the love between a dead person haunting their former residence. The ghost has a strong communication with his/her former partner or spouse. Quite melancholic if you think about it.

Everywhere by Michelle Branch

The debutant at the time penned a song that was on repeat in 2001. Everywhere surfaced in various films, promotions and commercials. Majority were either romantic or about a cute crush like in the series, Lizzie McGuire. However, Michelle talks about one sided love to the point that is obsessive. Because the final sentence of Everywhere says, You’re in everyone I see/ so tell me/ Do you see me? Obviously, like most crushes function is that hope becomes romantic. Overall, she doesn’t know if that person likes her too.

Don’t Dream It’s Over covered by Sixpence None The Richer (Orignally by Crowded House)

Sixpence made the best cover of this song in my opinion. Leigh Nash brings delicacy through her vocals with her version of the late 80s hit. Still, this song is as depressive as its title. Back in 2012, Crowded House revealed in Rolling Stone that it is the feeling of loss and insecurity.

Chained to the Rhythm by Katy Perry

This new single by Perry is more than what meets the eye. The narrative mixed with its video clip combines elements of the film Pleasantville and the perception of the current society. Often social media portrays one side of the story and those that lives in a bubble will not understand real world problems. Reference to the surbian bliss of the Levittown town ideals and the selfie era parallels those that their biggest concern is if their Instagram post got likes.

Hands to Myself by Selena Gomez

This song is breathy, it’s catchy and literal. Hands to Myself is her sexual desire towards her crush. It’s an obsessive one because she says, The Doctor says you’re no good. She also compares her crush to the flavor of a cocktail drink which can be addictive. Definitely this song is not coy at all.

Ayer by Luis Miguel

This song was a hit in the early 1990s. The Mexican crooner known for his ballads, Ayer is dramatic ,but also it reveals a huge frustration. Ayer (Yesterday) describes the intense session of lovemaking he had with a woman to wake up and realize it was all a dream.  Conclusion, his imagination was too real for this dude.

When Will I See You Again by The Three Degrees

This song is moody and their voices combined makes this song melodic. Yet, the core of When Will I See You Again is uncertainty. The protagonist of the ballad got involved with her friend romantically what appears after one night. The aftermath has zero closure because she’s not sure if they’re in love or their friendship is officially over. And as a last observation, her friend left her in the shadows without the answer of their relationship status.

That’s all I have for now. If there any songs out there which I’m sure there is that I missed. Comment below.

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Edge of Seventeen

Sharply written and directed by Kelly Fremon Craig pens the life of a self pity and anti-socially depressed teenager: Nadine. The coming-of-age story brings ranges of drama and comedy with a stunning cast. The message is simple and clear: it is time to grow up and move on.

Although the main heroine is Nadine, the film also explores the after math of her father’s death and how his death changed their paths. What happened after his death? Nadine only had one friend, Krista. She didn’t grow up, somehow she remained 13 years-old and awkward. Her mother had failed attempts of forming a new relationships while her brother, Darien grew up perfect. As for her only friend, Krista was her confident and a sister. Then, in an unconventional matter, Nadine had to move on. Her best friend starts a relationship with her brother. This change was too much for her. Still, her immaturity almost blinded her from other opportunities. Against her will and making mistakes along her way, Nadine fully moves on with the help of her teacher, her crush and her friend, Erwin.

Overall, this film is smart and Steinfeld nails it as Nadine showing a range of irrationality, irresponsibly, sadness and then closure. Nadine’s low self-esteem almost prevented her to understand the pressure her brother had as becoming his mother’s right hand and having Krista as his girlfriend was that sense of peace he needed. What I liked about this film in particular is that Nadine was a likable a$&@$! and she was selfish too. Her character was not the role model, but the authors goal is met because her protagonist is able to breakaway from her self destruction….A future of loneliness when she finally opens up to others.

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Tips for Those Days…

This humorous article started as a text with a close friend or better known as my bestie. I wanted to cheer her up because when you are on those days which most women may say they suck – anyhow, I wrote humorous tips for her. By the way she suggested to publish it and  keep in mind this is all for the sake of a good laugh. Do not take this article seriously at all and thank you! So here it goes…

If you’re PMSing…you are aware those days can be an absolute roller coaster, so here’s some tips to survive those days.

1. Hide yourself from men, they become wolves…

2. Hide your knives, anything can prompt viscous behavior such as not having coffee early in the morning to reading an article about Donald Trump….wait that last part all genders and gender less  may agree that is constantly upsetting to read.

3. Irrational sadness such as seeing a flying plastic bag in the air and causes uncontrollable tears. You cry with the same emotion like watching Leonardo DiCapro’s death in Titanic. P.S. There was enough space, Rose! 

Bonus Tip: during these days you will cry, laugh and eat popcorn at the same time.

4. Pack extra food. It’s your junk food day.

5. You are excuse if you act like a baby. Be very childish.

6. If you’re dating…are you dating? If so, let your significant other know that it’s not the best time to touch you or look at you. There might be consequences.

7. Lastly, have your medical kit: Advil, sweatpants, chocolate for medical reasons and a couch.

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Curious Facts from…Rocko’s Modern Life

Dedicated for those that were kids during the early 90s and for those that loves cartoons regardless of their age.

If you were a kid in the 90s and we’re lucky enough to have cable- there’s a huge probability Rocko’s Modern Life is a familiar name. Now as a 30 year-old semi adult, I’ve acquired the full series and ‘oh, my!’ Like George Takei would say. This series is in reality is not meant for kids. Certain themes and dialogs did have an edge. From Mrs. Big Head trying to seduce Rocko to Spunky’s relationship with the mop. Setting aside the load of hilarious sexual innuendo, it is noteworthy this series is surreal and unique in its category.
1. Rocko is an Australian-immigrant.

2. Rocko’s opening theme only has one line which is the title of the show.

3. The band that performs the theme is called The B-52’s.

4. Season 1: The Big Heads were already married 32 years ago.

5. By the time the series ended, The Big Heads were married for 36 years.

6. Episode 2 from season 1 was banned for several years after its first airing. Because of its sexual content, the episode wasn’t suitable for minors.

7. Rocko had several jobs. His short lived underwear model to a phone sex operator were one of his jobs.

8. Filburt’s character was inspired by Woody Allen.

9. Filburt marries his dentist professor, Dr. Paula Hutchinson whom is a cat with a hook.

10. Much like Rocko, the characters that are Rocko’s friends have also held many jobs.

11. Heffer is adopted and his parents are wolves.

12. Heffer’s adoptive grandmother wants to eat him.

13. Heffer is often called a cow.

14. Rocko never had a girlfriend during the series. Just failed crushes with Melba Toast that was in a serious relationship and Claudette that fell for Heffer. But she was joking.

15. Mrs. BigHead called a phone sex service, but hung up when she realized it was Rocko answering her call.

16. The main reason why Rocko came to America was to escape from his bully, Dingo.

17. Mr. And Mrs. BigHead only had one son named, Ralph.

18. Ralph didn’t follow his father’s footsteps. He’s an animator. 

19. Although Ralph didn’t want to be like his father; however, they shared the same stubborn personality and bitterness.

20. Spunky fell in love with a mop.

21. Bev Bighead likes to sunbathe nude. As a result, Bev is seen naked throughout the series.

22. Conglom-O is one of the several examples that ‘O’ is consistent during all four seasons.

23. Spunky  is unintentionally a troublemaker.

24. Conglom-O slogan is ‘We own you’  satires the monopolization of business.

25. Heck is hell. Although not clarified, heck was used due to censorship.

26. Peaches is the devil’s assistance.

27. Melba Toast is Rocko’s neighbor and she is a faceless model.

28. Filburt was the only character that developed. While the rest of the characters remained with the same social status.

29. Virginia Wolfe is named after Virgini Wolf.

30. The series had a small voice cast; however, the majority of the voice cast are reknown voice actors and actresses. 

31. Majority of the voice cast has worked on other series such as Camp Lazlo and SpongeBob SquarePants.

32. Carlos Alazraqui is from New York City to Argentine parents.

33. Episode 8 from season 1 is the only episode which the drawings are not consist ant because it’s the shows’ pilot.

34. The series was cancelled on season 4. Hence, the show did not have a series finale.

35. Peaches is obsessed with Heffer.

36. Wedgie Boy is a mockery of Mark Wahlberg’s campaign for Calvin Klein.

37. Season 4, episode 5  is an homage to the 1980s film, Ghosbusters.

38. There’s no explaination why one of Filburt’s children looks like Heffer!

40. Episode titled, Wacky Deli is based on the tribulations that animators go through.

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Valentine’s Day Recommendations

Honoring the month of love and friendship, I will dedicate this article by providing ideas and recommendations for this special day.

Want to eat something memorable and romantic? Eat Liz Lemon’s favorite dish, Cheesy Blasters. And she sings the recipe for you.

If you forget about this romantic day, no worries! Just tell your significant other that since Trump kidnapped the White House- one of the thousands and unreasonable executive orders was to replace Valentine’s Day honoring Alternative Facts Day. No one could ever get mad about that.

If you decide to propose to your partner in crime, forget about diamonds. Propose with an EGOT necklace and wear it on their behalf.

If pregnancy is in the air, confess that you are carrying Matt Damon’s  love child on Valentine’s Day.

For those that love the night life and resides in New York City, look no further just ask Stefon.

Another jewelry based gift idea is a picture of Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer modeling the dying fashion line of Ivanka Trump.

https://youtu.be/fbhz3XcNzGU

Or simply shop at any department store or boutique that is Trump free products.

Also, if you’re thinking about going outside of the city for a romantic getaway – you have two great options: Albouquerque, New Mexico tours guided by Walter White and Jesse Pinkman. Or a tour in Washignton, DC at an abandon factory guided by Neagan and his bat, Lucille.

Still struggling for ideas? Impress your loved one by serenading them with William Hung’s 2004 hit, She Bangs. 

https://youtu.be/bwei5P8bXgs

Thinking about breaking up on this day, but you think this might become a long term fight? Just simply wear the red baseball cap that says, Make America Great Again. Anyone will simply runaway and block your existence for life.

Going back to a romantic setting, a modern day to share an extra copy of the keys of your apartment is to share your Netflix or Hulu account password.

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 Drowned in Moonlight: A Farewell to Carrie & Debbie

Like a tragic film, after Carrie Fisher passed away due to a cardiac arrest; the legendary actress, Debbie Reynolds has also passed away.

Mother and daughter graced the silver screen and shined in their own way. Debbie Reynolds known for her films such as Singin’ in the Rain. Reynolds acted for more than six decades. Most recent roles were television works in Will&Grace and Behind The Candelabra. 

Her daughter, Carrie Fisher also had a successful film and television career. Fisher best known as the iconic, Princess Leia. She continued working, producing and writing books. Wishful Thinking released in 2008, Fisher tells her autobiography in a humorous matter. Immediately after her passing, this notorious line became viral,

Now I think that this would make for a fantastic obit—so I tell my younger friends that no matter how I go, I want it reported that I drowned in moonlight, strangled by my own bra.

Both mother and daughter had their lives under the lense of the press. Debbie rose to fame at the age of 19 and married, Eddie Fisher. The beloved actress known for sweet roles divorced after her second son was born. The cause of her divorce became a press roller coaster. Shockingly the cause of her divorce was Fisher’s liaison with Elizabeth Taylor.

However, Reynolds moved on. She married two more times and had an envious career. Debbie has also worked on stage and released albums back in the early 50s. Nominated for numerous awards, Reynolds last award was the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award by the Academy Awards and Science. This award is given to an individual’s achievement in humanitarian work. 

As for Carrie Fisher, she also had a marriage which her divorce became a press circus. Saddly, Fisher also struggled with health disorders and addiction. However, Carrie freed from her past demons, like her mother worked continuously. During this year, she also won a humanitarian award from Harvard College. Fisher’s most recent works was the continuation of the new Star Wars saga and a documentary which she collaborated with her mother.

Their final works will be released next year. The duo collaborated in a documentary called, Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. It will air this March on HBO. Fisher’s final film is Star Wars: Episode VIII. 

After the devasting 48 hours,  many reports indicated that Billie Lourd (Carrie’s daughter & Debbie’s granddaughter) will take care of her mother’s beloved dog, Gary.

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