Stop Staring at the Shadows was a Valentine’s Day release album from the New Orleans duo Suicideboys (often written as $uicideboy$) which consists of Ruby da Cherry and Scrim. This is their second album, but they have released many mixtapes and EPs. They have a EP saga which so far has 20 parts. Although this is only their second album, it is their 45th released project. The album was officially announced on December 19th, 2019 and had two singles.
The album has 12 tracks, and honestly that was not enough for me because I loved this album. It’s energetic, it’s loud, and the production is phenomenal. The album opens with “All Dogs Go To Heaven” which has a beat that sounds like it’s sampling a video game, and every track after keeps up with its excitement. No track feels out of place, and every part of it works. Each track feels unique while also fitting in very well with the rest of the album.
The album got pretty good reviews, and their fans were pretty satisfied with the release. Suicideboys are known for controversy and darker lyrics with a nightmarish feel, and this album definitely delivers. “MEGA ZEPH,” which the track title is based off of a rundown roller coaster in Six Flags New Orleans, feels like horror and then ends with screaming lyrics about the devil and drugs into the mic.
It’s an album that goes hard, and isn’t afraid to do what it wants to do. I would recommend this album if you like energetic, darker, music. I think it’s safe to say this is a step in the right direction for Suicideboys, and I can’t wait to see what they come out with next.
In April 2014 To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was published by Jenny Han who followed with two more books: P.S. I Still Love You (2015)and AlwaysandForever, Lara Jean (2017).
In 2018, Netflix started production for the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before movie starring Lana Condor as Lara Jean and Noah Centineo as Peter Kavinsky.
“The Netflix year end report said it was the most re-watched movie in 2018” said Bustles Angelica Florio. “It was rewatched by almost 50% of its viewers.” So as any company would, Netflix decided to make the second book a movie which recently came out on February 12th, 2020.
After watching P.S. I Still Love You I was disappointed. I was expecting a big feud between Peter Skavinsky and John Ambrose, but Ambrose wasn’t even in the movie much. They had times where they met and talked but it was mostly still about Peter and Lara.
There was barely any character development for John and Lara’s growing relationship or Peter and Lara’s failing one and I felt like there were too many side stories going on and they didn’t focus on Peter and Lara’s relationship enough. For instance, when Lara figured out that Gen took the video of Peter and Lara making out in the hot tub because the only reason Peter and Lara had a relationship was because Lara happened to walk by before Gen. Lara ended up at the retirement home talking to John right after tis happened without any explanation of how she got there.
I felt like the movie was rushed and the book was most likely better. I just wished that they came back to John and Lara’s relationship since she just left to go back to Peter. It felt like Peter and Lara’s relationship was having problems and it just so happened John was there but he was never the problem.
I would give this movie three out of five stars as there where parts of the movie that lacked emotion and were just slow paced. Also the characters were still brand new even though we were in the second movie. I also thought that Peter was portrayed as a bad boyfriend the whole movie and they put a halo on John making him seem like he was the good guy, and for them to just get back together doesn’t make sense.
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