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Better Call Saul Review

By Jonathan Ionescu

One of my favorite crime drama show returns. The sequel to Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul first premiered in 2015. So far, the show has three seasons and paints a pretty picture to the events taking place before Breaking Bad.

The show takes place in 2002, just a few years before the rise of Walter White. There is nothing more better than the return of the hot Albuquerque sun in New Mexico. Starring Saul Goodman, but before that name, he is known as Jimmy McGill. He is a criminal lawyer trying to make a living. He sleeps in his own small office in the back of a nail salon. He is in debt and is struggling. However, he works very hard and does the law for two reasons; he enjoys it, and he wants to make his brother, Charles, proud. Jimmy mistakenly gets involved with the wrong clients which eventually leads him to illegal business and working for criminals.

Jimmy McGill has a very distinct personality. He is very good at his job and he is just full of colorful metaphors to get his point across. Being a very shady lawyer, despite the risk, he is worth it. He is highly skilled at what he does and has a variety of connections to drug dealers and other criminals. One notable thing I must point out about Jimmy is how much of a good liar he is. He can make any story believable.

He defended a man who was robbed a collection of baseball cards and illegal pharmaceuticals. However the police did not know he was robbed of these pills, but there was suspicion he was carrying something else. Jimmy McGill, represented this man by the man of “Dan”, and bought the lie that officers believed that someone stole tapes of Dan sitting in pies for his pleasure and enjoyment.

Very odd, but it was funny seeing it and how well he could sell it to the cops. I am quite impressed with Jimmy McGill’s magic. However, this is pure gold writing produced from the man Vince Gilligan. The writer for both Breaking Bad & Better Call Saul. A huge applause goes to him and the genius work he has created for us viewers. I look forward to watching the rest of the show and seeing what happens. As of now, I give the show a solid 4.09 out 5.

Ionescu out.

Dasani Water Review

By Jonathan Ionescu

This was inspired to be reviewed from my friend who only drinks Dasani water. Dasani water is a water bottle brand that was derived from the Coca-Cola company. This water bottle brand launched in 2002. It is strictly tap water that is filtered and has added minerals. I believe that Dasani is the greatest water ever invented.

First off, let me go over the bottle design. It is very sleek. It has appealing artwork on the label. It has the visual appeal of a more mature look. Very subtle with the colors. Not too bright, not too dark. It is just perfect. The label has a leaf that has the recycling logo in it. I love this leaf design, it is simple, but simple is the new way of making logos. The font is also very appealing. The font makes me feel connected to the water. It let’s me know that this is MY WATER, and no one else is getting it. The nutrition panel is very small, not cluttered, and has only what you really need to read. The best part? ZERO CALORIES!

Next up is the bottle itself. The shape is very pleasant and sturdy. By sturdy, I mean that if you bump it by accident, it won’t fall over. Since the bottle is heavier than most, and has uneven weight, you cannot bottle flip with it. That’ll keep those pesky kids from doing that ridiculous bottle flip. The green cap is thicker and larger than most bottles which have a thin cap that doesn’t fit as well.

The most important part that I need to go over is the taste. This does not taste fake. I like water that I don’t taste the chemicals. I like water that I do not taste the plastic. In this case, I do not taste the plastic. It is really surprising but I do not. Dasani water uses the method of reverse osmosis. I prefer this method out of any. I do not mind where the water came from, but I am all for reverse osmosis. It is the cleanest and safest way that water can be purified in my opinion. For the best effect, drink your water in a glass jar so you get a different taste. Different, as in an almost sweet taste. No more plastic tasting, just a new rich experience.

I also prefer Acadia water. Even though it’s cheap, that one hits the spot pretty well. My friend who only drinks Dasani water says that if he was stranded on a deserted island, he wouldn’t drink any other water besides Dasani. That shows how many committed fans there are for Dasani.😤
Dasani Water gets a 5 out of 5 stars.

Upcoming and Noteworthy Movie Sequels

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By Jocelyn Donaldson

Movie sequels can go both ways. Either they crash and burn in comparison to the fantastic movie that preceded it or they steal away the spotlight. Below are some of my personal favorites that have sequels coming out sometime in the future.

Recently, I ran across a trailer for the sequel to one of my favorite movies. With a September 22 release date that couldn’t be farther, the awaited sequel comes after Kingsman: The Secret Service. By the way, if you haven’t already seen it, the first movie is amazing. If you like James Bond, these are the movies for you. Not to mention the first one is hilarious, action packed, and even somewhat gory. The movie follows Eggsy Unwin, a delinquent who is heading down the wrong path. What Eggsy doesn’t know, is that his father was a part of a secret spy organization called Kingsman. When his father died, he was given a medal by his father’s coworker and a code phrase to say if he ever got into trouble. Everythings hits the fan when Eggsy is arrested, but he manages to call in the favor. Along with the get out of jail free card, comes an opportunity to become a spy like his father. Meanwhile, the cliche villain hatches a plan to kill off some of the world’s population all for the sake of global warming. The cast for the first movie was perfect. Taron Egerton plays Eggsy, which is perfect considering the play on the name. In reality though, the writer came up with the name based on an old friend of his. The name thing is completely coincidence, which makes it all the more awesome. Samuel L. Jackson plays the loveable villain, and no that isn’t a typo. His nausea over blood and love of heroic cliches makes him entertaining. The sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, has even more stars. With the downfall of the Kingsman, the leftover agents discover a new agency, the American’s version called the Statesman. New actors included are Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Julianne Moore, and Jeff Bridges. With these new allies, they must band together to once again save the world from an enemy.

Another popular movie that its sequel actually was released on Friday is Guardians of the Galaxy. In the first one, Chris Pratt plays Peter Quill, or Star-lord, who finds himself in a sticky situation when he steals an orb from the villainous Ronan. Evading Ronan proves too much for Star-lord himself, so he teams up with the misfits of the galaxy. There’s Rocket Raccoon, played by Bradley Cooper, a crazy furry gun slinging maniac. Vin Diesel plays Groot, a treelike-humanoid who is sweet as can be-or at least until you mess with his new friends. Gamora (Zoe Saldana), a fiery alien and Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) make up the rest of the group of unlikely heroes. Now, the sequel came out this past Friday on May 5. Once again, the group of heroes sets out to save the universe. The Guardians are hired to protect batteries by a powerful alien race called the Sovereign, but when Rocket steals the batteries, the Sovereign are out for vengeance. As they attempt to escape, Peter’s parentage is finally revealed. In the first movie, this was a question many were debating, so the fact that the second movie will answer who his parents are is enough of a reason to go see the movie. The cast and characters blend perfectly together in the first, so I’m sure the second will be just as epic.

Movie sequels can be something to look forward to, especially if they’re one of your favorite movies. However, the anticipation and wait can be a little much. Just remember, some movies don’t even get to have sequels, so at least there is one, even if the release date is still far away.

Prison Break Season 1 Review

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By Jonathan Ionescu

Usually the rating comes at the end of the whole show, but I honestly do not like the other three seasons that follow after season one. They’re okay, but season one was the greatest. You could literally just watch that and be satisfied. So, I will be giving a summary of season one, followed by my opinion on it. This will contain spoilers of course, read at your own will.

The first episode of Prison Break opens up with the character Michael Scofield being tatted up. However, this is not your average tattoo session. He is shirtless, and his whole body is covered in ink. There is so much ink, it is like you cannot see any skin showing on his body. There is no explanation for this until later in the season. After the tattoo session, he robs a bank. Kind of.

He brings a gun and demands the money, he shoots at the ceiling a few times. But he surrenders immediately, and smiles slightly. This is how you know he intended to be arrested. After being sent to Fox County Prison, he is not fitting in too well. Already making some enemies, he gets his toe cut off. This was one of the most gruesome scenes I have ever seen in tv history. The show Dexter has a lot of blood and sick twisted things, but a wire cutter to the toe makes you cringe and quiver so much more.

I like the whole concept and mastermind plan of escaping a prison. After seeing this, you would think, “hey it’s possible.” In reality, it’s just a TV show, the writer can have anything happen to their desire. One notable thing that stood out to me are the small details of the prison escape. They make it very detailed so they can paint the audience a clear picture of, “this is how you escape prison in a non-cheesy way”. The Allen bolt is something that Michael needs. He acquires it from another man in the prison for a deal. The use for this bolt is for the toilet in his cell. After unloosing the toilet, a whole new blank canvas is created afterwards. Many more options open, and it’s a whole new puzzle to work with.

The last but biggest thing that leads to Michael’s prison escape is his tattoo. I personally like tattoos. However, this tattoo of his covers his entire back, stomach/chest, and arms. It’s a bit too much but still looks great. The significance of the tattoo is that it is the cheat sheet for escaping prison. On his back, it contains the entire blueprint/map of the prison. Michael got access to the blueprints before entering prison due to him being an engineer, and working for the place that designed the prison. He also has references that only he would understand. Tattoos like,

 

Fitz, Gerald, Percy: The name of the streets that would lead to the prison escape

Allen Schweitzer 11121147: model of a screw to unscrew the toilet in his cell

Bolshoi Booze: Mirrored imaged which displays coordinates
There are many more but those are small notable ones. Michael Scofield is a genius, without that, the show would not be what it has amounted to. It is not my favorite show, but it is an amazing, well written season. I give it 4.3/5 stars.

Naruto Show Review

By Jonathan Ionescu

Naruto is an anime that came out in 2007. I started watching it late 2016. I was recommended to watch it by a friend and thought it was ridiculous from first glance. However… I was wrong…

I gave the first episode a try. My mind was blown. I’ve been missing out!!

This show is seriously amazing. The plot line is about a ninja boy from his village who wants to become, “Hokage” (the highest rank of his village) and be the best ninja to ever live. However, he goes through the hardships such as no parents, loneliness, and weaknesses. He was once the worst ninja of his village. Absolutely horrible, no one had hope in him.

He then trained, and trained, and trained. He was mentored and taught from the greatests sages!!! In other news, it’s a really new type of show to me. I have never seen something like this. There are messages in the show a lot of the time. I really like the lessons you learn from it, and it can be kind of inspiring. The character Naruto, is just the most excited, jumpiest kid ever. He is straight up, annoying. I really like his character though, and so does everyone else. No one from his village believes in him, except his friend… Konohamaru. It is inspiring how he wants to be the best and will never give up.

One of my favorite things about Naruto is the rasengan. It is an attack that Naruto does on his opponents. It is a powerful attack that looks like this…

The great sage Jiraiya taught Naruto this. This attack requires a lot of chakra and will make a foe go flying. There is also a Naruto game that I play and I love using this move. It’s so satisfying when you hit them with it. Eventually, Naruto becomes so advanced he modifies the rasengan. Making it look like this…

And this…

Yes, Naruto is actually that beast. I actually haven’t even got that far into the show to see that, but in the game it is clear and visual. If you have not watched Naruto. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR??!?!??

I give this show 💯 💯 💯 💯 💯/💯 💯 💯 💯 💯.

Ionescu out. ❤️❓⚰✋️❤️❓✌✍☝️⛈✨⚡️⛅️‍♂️☎️⏳⏰⚖️⌛️⚔️⛓⚗️♌️☦️♍️㊗️❌⚠️7️⃣➕✖️✖️✔️◾️◾️♣️⬛️♠️️

 

Song Review: Through the Mail

By Jonathan Ionescu

A bad, but also good song was released on October 2016. What I mean by this is that an artist who is kind of seen as a celebrity joke has been active in the music industry recently. Phillip Nickolas Katsabanis, also known as Stitches, is a rapper from Miami, Florida. His most popular songs are “Brick In Yo Face” & “Molly Cyrus”.

The artist Stitches can be very vulgar, explicit, and offensive to young audiences. He has a huge association with drugs such as cocaine and marijuana. At some point, he was a drug dealer and relied on just that for his income. When he was very poor, he was evicted from his home due to missed payments which was totalled at $8000. Since he was 16, the rapper has gotten tattoos of many things on his face. He was married at some point, and had a son when he was 19. Stitches has been through alot for a while, and deals with a lot of hate. However, he has many supporting fans for his music. He has one song titled, “Through The Mail”. The song is plainly about sending drugs through the mail. It is really simple. I like the beat though. It is followed by a superficial synth-like-trombone that plays as the lead. The chorus is the most catchy part.

 

“You wanna sell drugs.. Follow my footsteps than you’ll receive cocaine at your doorstep…”

 

Honestly, he gets a lot of hate for being corny and dumb when it comes to music. I can agree, but some songs are pretty catchy. I can see myself blasting his music in my car, sure why not? His music is seen as a joke to me and my friends. So now it runs as an inside joke between us. The dude is actual pretty cool and has funny Instagram videos.

 

His other song “Kilos in My Bag” is yet another catchy song despite how stupid it is. I would advise people to not look at him like a role model. Sure, he is inspirational, but he’s a little dumb. He is a cool guy though.

 

Overall, this song receives a 3 out of 5 for me.

Older Movies You Should Watch

By Jocelyn Donaldson

If there’s one thing I love, it’s movies. There is such a variety of movies out there, but my all time favorites types to watch have to be older movies that came out. Some have been unforgettable movies that are still popular even today. These are some of my favorite movies that, although older, still hold a certain charm.

First off, is the 1999 classic 10 Things I Hate About You. Even after all these years, the movie is still up to par with what we expect from movies now. A romantic comedy that focuses in on two sisters who couldn’t be more different if they tried. Bianca, the younger, more bubbly of the two, is asked out by a popular senior. All this while the new kid secretly pines after her also. However, they face a major roadblock in their plan to date her, as her father has instilled a rule that Bianca can’t date until her older sister Kat does. Kat, the most prickly, abrasive girl in the school, who refuses to be just another boring old popular. With her terrible attitude, it takes paying someone off for her to get a date. Patrick, the terrifying bad boy takes up the challenge. Will these two bad attitude individuals fall in love or clash. The movie is awesome and stars Heath Ledger, which should be enough to convince you to watch the movie for the first time or again.

Another classic that released in 1985 is The Breakfast Club. Having only recently been introduced to this movie myself, I have to say that it’s a movie worth watching. This movie is all about how cliques can have things in common. When 5 very different students all show up for a Saturday detention with a surly principal, they all automatically clash. There is the bad boy rebel, the popular princess, a psychotic outcast, a genius nerd and, of course, the typical jock. Each tell their story and, at the end of the day, question whether they can ever view life as they did before detention.

 One of my all time favorite movies, Forrest Gump, came out in 1994. A little slower than most, Forrest has spent his entire life exceeding everyone’s expectations. Whether it be becoming the college football star, becoming a Vietnam hero, or starting a famous shrimp company, he is an inspiration to all and can befriend anyone. Throughout it all, his childhood best friend turned sweetheart makes appearances before once again disappearing. His biggest challenge will be saving Jenny from herself.   

Disney movies are always wonderful classics, but the tale of Mulan that released in 1998 will always be a favorite. Considering that there will be a live action version of Mulan released in 2018, now -actually always- is a good time to watch the animated version. Mulan is a headstrong girl who can’t seem to do anything right when all she wants is to bring honour to her family. When her ailing father is drafted into the war, Mulan disguises herself as a boy and takes his place in the military. In the process, she finds herself, love, and honor.

Movies don’t have to be brand new for them to be relatable. Watch any of these movies and you’ll see, that classics can be just as incredible or maybe more so than the movies being released in theaters today.

 

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