Detective Pikachu review

Detective Pikachu was released May 10th, and oh boy was it a mess. A fun mess, but still a mess. Beware of light spoilers if you haven’t seen the movie yet.

Let’s talk about the first scene. It was very sloppy. Our main character, Tim, is walking through the woods with his friend when they run into a Cubone. Tim gets upset that he’s friend set this up so Tim could catch it, and finally get a Pokemon partner. It was like they wrote the movie but then went “Oh shoot, we have to address that Tim doesn’t want a partner,” and sloppily threw it in. They immediately transition to Tim getting an awkwardly written and preformed phone call telling him that his dad was in an accident and. . . dead.

Tim goes to Ryme City. This is where his dad was stationed as a police officer, and in this city, catching Pokemon and battling them is a thing of the past. Here, Pokemon and humans are friends, much like dogs and humans in our world. The whole city design is well done, and really beautiful. The neon colors and tall glass buildings are amazing visuals.

Tim goes to his dad’s apartment, and eventually runs into Pikachu, played by Ryan Reynolds. Pikachu’s character is. . . tricky. Before this moment, it was pretty obvious that this was a kid’s movie, but with the introduction of Reynold’s character, the line between kid’s and teen movie becomes extremely blurred.

One big problem is that Ryan Reynold’s starred in the 2016 film Deadpool. Deadpool is rated R, but yet Deadpool’s character, and Pikachu’s, is very similar. A lot of the jokes in the first half hour of the film are adult. Adult jokes in kid movies are nothing new, and are totally fine, and can add charm to your film, but it does not work for Detective Pikachu. It leaves so much to be desired. The movie steps so close to the edge of PG-13 territory that it leaves you wondering why they just didn’t take it.

When you realize this, it makes you realize another problem this film has. Why is it for kids? I went opening weekend to this movie, and saw maybe only five kids. The Pokemon franchise is for kids obviously, but this movie was mostly appealing to adults and teens who played the games growing up. It seems the writers knew this too, since there were so many jokes aimed at adults. The movie just seems so empty, and pulling towards something it wanted to do but couldn’t.

After you meet Pikachu, you get introduced to the next character. I honestly forgot her name, she was so forgettable, but after a quick Google search, I found out her name was Lucy. She was written as a fun sidekick/love interest, and that’s it, despite the fact that she solved most of the mystery. She is still written off as a sidekick just because Tim got to fight the big bad super villain at the end. It was a pretty disgusting treatment of a character, and even though I did not find her very appealing, she deserved so much better.

Speaking of the film’s mystery, it was terrible. You could see almost all the twists and turns from a mile away, and the ones you couldn’t where just so bad that you didn’t expect the movie to take that turn.

Okay, I’ve gotten most of the negative out of the way. One last positive thing about this film is the Pokemon designs were phenomenally done. They adapted each and every one that appeared in this movie very well.

I gave this movie a 4/10. I think it’s a fun movie, but once the first hour is done, it becomes very tiring to sit through.

The hidden genius of ‘The Eric Andre Show’

Image via screenrant.com

The Eric Andre Show is a satirical comedy following a talk show host known as Eric Andre. It is a high energy parody of most, if not all, late night television shows such as Jimmy Kimmel, James Corbin, Jimmy Fallon, Conan, Trevor Noah, you get the idea.

On the surface, most episodes consist of Eric “““Interviewing””” any celebrity he can find, and by interviewing, I mean the Eric Andre interpretation of what an interview is. Basically his main purpose seems to be as to make the guest as comedically uncomfortable as possible. Many guests such as Jack Black, to Jimmy Fallon to even Wiz Khalifa, suffer the consequences of going on a show where a bad Hulk impersonator would try and start a fight with the guest, as the host sits back and pretends to burn his mouth on a hot pocket.

But you may be thinking to yourself, “What sets this apart from other shows were they mess with, and prank celebrities?” I think I have the answer as to what makes this show so special, and what caused this show to go on for four individual seasons, and still get raving reviews from critics and fans alike.

Screen cap of a “cold opening monologue” segment in the show with Eric’s co host Hannibal Buress via tvguide.com

I believe that one of the things that makes The Eric Andre Show unique, is how Eric purely dissects the comedic process. Many times throughout the show, you’ll notice that Eric makes a mockery of typical tropes that are supposed to be sincerely funny in other shows. A good example of this, is his satirical bit he does at the beginning of every episode, in which Eric gives an opening typical comedic monologue to the likes of the everyday late night talk show host, except for the twist of it getting derailed. He intentionally screws up punchlines, and tells all around poor taste jokes so that his co-host Hannibal Buress can just call him out, or he has an an outrageous visual gag (such as an attempted assassination, or a Scientologist take over) derail his efforts to preform stand up comedy. I think because of how we are conditioned to just see all jokes be well… jokes, that have a traditional setup, then punchline, I think that immense diversion from the normal comic setup is what makes Eric Andre unique.

So, along with this, it seems as Eric possesses a complete, and utter disregard for how comedy is handled in the mainstream industry, as instead of doing a sketch, or a comedic bit for the sake of his audience, he pulls ridiculous stunts and gags, just for what seems like his own enjoyment.

Sometimes, Eric will just bring his insanity out into the streets of New York City, where he does quite literally anything to get a reaction out of people, which surprisingly shows his range as a comedian, as they will ABSOLUTELY NOT stop filming until he does all he can to disorient the people around him.

A really good example of this is from season four, episode five, in which Eric just starts off by going to a car repair shop, and asking the owners how much it would cost to fit a busted up part of his vehicle. While they are explaining this to him, he just starts destroying the car with a crowbar, asking how much it would cost to repair now, with each additional strike he takes to it. And he just keeps going until he gathers a big enough crowd to further the joke, by instead of attempting a payoff to the end of it, he just flips the entire thing, and furthers it into even more insanity, and he strangely acts like he had no idea that this was even happening, and pretends to desperately call for help as “some rough teenagers” destroyed his car.

But even after that he decides to further it EVEN MORE, by asking people why they aren’t helping him with the whole situation, inferring that they’re weirdly prejudiced against him as he says “Hey, I’m a car too ya know!” and just starts drinking gasoline directly from the tank in awe of the enormous crowd he had already gathered. (You can view the clip here).

Now, it may not be for everyone, but you have to appropriate his immense effort, and complete disregard for his surroundings, and for the social embarrassment he gains in his intense commitment to the joke here.

Image via common sense media

One last note here before I send off and finish this article, to rewatch clips of this show ad infinitum on Youtube, as I drift off to sleep tonight; it’s just that this show has a very different energy from what you’d just think at first glance. At first glance, it seems like Eric has essentially gone insane, and had gotten a camera crew to film his raving lunacy. But there’s something weirdly controlled about this insanity. As I’ve mentioned, Eric has this co-host, who is comedian Hannibal Buress, who is somewhat of the really-not-really voice of reason throughout the show. As in, while retaining the same spontaneous humor as Eric, Hannibal has a more “chill” or “subtle” energy to him, as sort of a counter contrast to Eric Andre’s constant energetic actions.

He is the polar opposite, yet ties the entire show together. This is shown in its purest form by one scene, and one scene alone, which was during the time when Eric was giving one of his “interviews” to an unsuspecting guest, Lauren Conrad, and at a specifically, lets just say “tense” moment, when Eric was pretty much making the poor woman feel like she’s going insane, she looks to her side to find any sanity in the one other guy in the room, just to see Hannibal, standing there, completely unphased by the entire situation, and world around him, just chomping at an entire head of lettuce while standing up. Lauren looks to Hannibal, and all he says in his most dazed fashion is “Man you gotta eat the lettuce… it’s like straight up… it’s lettuce.”

And moments like that, to me at least, make the entire show. You might not think it’s funny, you might think it’s too vulgar, or shocking, and you might even consider it the lowest of the low brow, but you’ve gotta admit, it has something special to it that no other show can emulate. And I think that’s what more media these days need.

Upcoming movies

With Avengers: Endgame being released, a lot of other movies have been overshadowed. The movie made two billion worldwide, and is the second highest grossing movie, just behind Avatar. If you’ve already seen Endgame (or are just not interested in it), but still want to look forward to seeing a movie, then think about checking out these five upcoming films.

1. Detective Pikachu – May 10th 

This movie is coming out May 10th, and is the first live-action Pokémon movie. A lot of people are excited to see how their favorite Pokémon fair in real life. Detective Pikachu’s storyline involves a Pikachu, played by Ryan Reynolds, only the main character, played by Justice Smith, can hear talk. It’s a mystery movie that promise’s to entertain you from beginning to end.

2. Brightburn – May 24th

Brightburn is introducing a new genre to films: superhero horror. It is about a boy who crash lands on Earth with superpowers. But instead of being like, say, Superman, who helps the world, he becomes a villain. He uses his powers for bad. Brightburn is directed by James Gunn, who has done excellent work on Guardians of the Galaxy, and will hopefully give the same heart to this movie which looks like a good spring horror film.

3. John Wick Chapter 3 – May 17th

This is the third installment of the John Wick films, and promises to delight the viewers of the first two. The John Wick films were received well, and if you’ve seen the first two then this one will most likely delight you. If you haven’t seen the first two films then it’s not too late to catch up, and go see the third when it comes out.

4. Godzilla: King of the Monsters – May 31st

Godzilla is a movie franchise dating back to 1954 in Japan. With this new movie however, Godzilla is not the only monster. The movie’s plot is just a big monster battle. If monsters aren’t your thing then maybe consider that Millie Bobby Brown, a fan favorite who played Eleven in Stranger Things, stars in this May release.

5. Spider-Man: Far From Home – July 2nd 

Be careful before watching the trailer to this movie if you have yet to see Endgame, it contains a spoiler! Far From Home is the sequel to Homecoming, the Spider-Man movie starring Tom Holland as the title character that released in July of 2017. These Spider-Man films feature a high school Peter Parker. The film’s plot features Spider-Man going up against Nick Fury in Europe. The previous Spider-Man movie was well received as this one is sure to be too.

Avengers Endgame

Avengers Endgame was released on April 22, 2019. The movie is three hours and 2 minutes long. It is rated PG-13.

*Warning – Some spoilers ahead*

After the devastating loss against Thanos, in Infinity War, the universe has come to ruin. With the help of the remaining Avengers: Black Widow, Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Clint, Nebula, and Ant-Man, they assemble one last time to undo what Thanos has done.

The movie starts off with Clint’s family disappearing, along with half on the universe missing also. Nebula and Stark are stranded in space with little oxygen left, but they are returned to earth by Captain Marvel. Reunited with the rest of the Avengers, the team comes up with a plan to steal the stones back from Thanos, but upon finding him they realized that he has destroyed the stones.

Five years later, the Avengers are still in a bad place with still half of the universe disappearing on them. Later, when Ant-man escapes from the quantum realm, he had an idea to go back in time to undo what Thanos had created. With everyone on board with the plan, they decide to go back in time.

In the end, they successfully defeated Thanos, and bring back all the people they have lost, but they have also lost people that were important in the war.

Video taken from: https://bgr.com/2019/04/30/avengers-endgame-ending-russo-brothers-on-captain-america-iron-man/

Into the Woods

By: Vivian S

Into the Woods, presented by Highland Theater, is a musical, where dozens of fairy tale characters, you may or may not recognize, appear. Directed by Nancy Michael, many people participated in the making and success of the play. The play was split into two acts, with an intermission between them.

The basic plot of the play is that a baker (Logan Staeheli) and his wife (Leah Terry) can’t have children because a witch (Sidra Michael) cursed their family, so they have to collect ingredients for a spell for the witch. Their paths end up crossing with Red Riding Hood (Leah Morley), Cinderella (Clare Brownlee), and Jack (Soren Chirhart).

Some of my favorite moments included a song featuring the two princes (Thomas Madison and Soren Eversoll) called “Agony”, in which they are fighting over who has it worse. Another moment that had the entire theater rolling in their seats with laughter is when Rapunzel (Amelia Stensrud) drops one of the children. This might have been a mistake but it was hilarious.

Outside the theatre there was a board with pictures of the actors on it where you could leave praise and encouragement. I found that a very nice touch.

The play also gave special acknowledgement to the seniors participating, as for many, this may be the final play here they participate in. In the guide, they had small bios for all the seniors.

Let us also not forget the amazing job that the pit orchestra did during the play. The music added an amazing atmosphere to the play.

I found the props also rather enjoyable and impressive. The crew did a good job in wheeling out trees and Rapunzel’s tower.

That is not to say the play was perfect. I was sitting near the back, and I couldn’t hear half the words, which was unfortunate. I have never seen Into the Woods before, so I did not know the plot or, well, anything. That is why, when the play stopped for an intermission, I genuinely thought the play was over and almost left until a person I was sitting by told me it was an intermission.

Overall though, it was enjoyable and there was obviously a lot of work put into it.

Top 5 movies to watch this spring

Looking for movies to watch this spring? Here are a few ideas:

  1. Jump InJump In is a movie about a about a young boy name Izzy Daniels, played by Corbin Bleu, pressured by his dad to be a boxer, but when a memeber of a skipping team drops out, he find a passion for this new sport. He starts to question himself if boxing is what he really wants.
  2. The Breakfast Club is about five students, from different worlds, that  have to endure a Saturday detention with their powerful principal. Each of them has a chance to tell their stories and to get know each other, and by the end of the day, they have to decide if high school will ever be the same.
  3. Clueless is about Cher, played by Alicia Silverstone, who is a shallow, rich girl that goes to Beverly Hills High School. When she can’t get a teacher to give her a better grade, she matches him up with another teacher to make him happier, so she can earn a better grade.
  4. Midnight Sun is a romantic movie about a girl name Katie Price, played by Bella Throne, who has been stuck inside her home since childhood with a rare genetic condition; a life-threatening sensitivity to sunlight. Her dreams come through when she is asked out by her longtime crush, but as their relationship grows, Katie’s risk to sunlight grows and she’s presented with the issue of if she can ever live a normal life with her newfound soul mate.
  5. Adventure in Babysitting is about a high schooler, Chris who decided to babysit one time after plans with her boyfriend failed. While babysitting, her friend calls to pick her up in the city. Things take a wrong turn when her car ends up being stolen, and now they are without a car in the city, so they find a way to get home before the clock strikes at midnight.

To see a trailer for each movie, please visit:

Jump In: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=amkyXmk-X5o

The Breakfast Club: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KTNZy8Yxw3I

Clueless: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RS0KyTZ3Ie4

Midnight Sun: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Sfczmh_M_2M

Adventures in Babysitting: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=c4jkjMhFC9g

Stranger Things 3 – The trailer is out!

The Stranger Things 3 trailer was released by Netflix on March 20, 2019, and it is absolutely full of new clues about the third installment of the beloved Netflix original. From audio clips, to briefly flashed images, fans of the show are beginning to piece together exciting details about season three. Today, I’ll cover some of the details that give us an idea of season three’s plot.

If you haven’t seen Stranger Things, you may want to now. Even with only 2 seasons (17 episodes total) since July 15, of 2016, when it first aired, Stranger Things is still incredibly popular. According to Nielsen – a rating service well known for its accuracy – 15.8 million people watched the first episode of Stranger Things 2 within the first three days.

To give a very brief summary, the show follows the story of friends Mike, Dustin, Lucas, and Will as they encounter strange mysteries in their small hometown of Hawkins, Indiana. Along the way, they meet Eleven – a girl with supernatural abilities and the number 11 tattooed on her wrist.

From the opening scene of the trailer, we can tell when the third season will take place. Dustin has returned from summer camp, as we can see he is wearing his camp uniform and is talking about how he is finally home.

We can also assume that Nancy and Jonathan are attempting to spread the word about what is really happening in Hawkins. In season two, they were working with the reporter Murray Bauman to expose the Hawkins Laboratory. In the trailer, Nancy and Jonathan are shown in the waiting area of The Hawkins Post, presumably about to talk with a reporter.

Finally, many fans have speculated that the main source of evil in this season may use, or be related to, mind control. The opening scene where Eleven is controlling Dustin’s toys could be hinting at this.

Throughout the trailer, we also see many people with blank looks on their faces, and Steve Harrington seems to have an infection on his arm that closely resembles the typical texture of the upside down. Shortly after that, we see someone in a hospital transform into a new kind of monster while Jonathan watches in horror.

Water and electricity may play a role in the controlling of the people of Hawkins, as both are common themes in the trailer.

Whatever happens, Stranger Things 3 is sure to be a great addition to the series.

Into the Woods comes to HPSH

by: N. Michael

Poster by: Leah Morley and Dave Terry

This year’s spring musical brings everyone’s most beloved fairy tale creatures into the woods as they pursue their wishes.

The Baker and his wife (Logan Staeheli and Leah Terry) work to undo the curse put upon their house by the Witch (Sidra Michael).
Meanwhile Cinderella (Clare Brownlee) wishes to go to the King’s Festival where she hopes to meet one of the handsome princes (Soren Eversoll, Thomas Madson, Lorenzo Reyes, Fernando Rivera and Joshua Taylor) while poor Jack (Soren Chirhart) to sell his cow (Adam Meyers).
Lost children, misplaced princesses, a wolf, a mysterious man and a host of fairy tale creatures collide in this musical comedy.
Performances are April 11th and 12th at 7:00 and April 13th at 2:00 and 7:00.
Come support HPSH Arts!

What was happening with Captain Marvel?

Captain Marvel was released on March 8th, but there was a whole mess of events regarding the movie before that.

Captain Marvel has a female lead superhero which, despite it not being a big deal, caused a huge controversy.

Brie Larson, who plays Captain Marvel in the film, brought up feminist issues. This caused a lot of anti-feminist people to go against the film because it is “feminist propaganda.” Captain Marvel did not get good reviews on Rotten Tomatoes before its release, and in turn Rotten Tomatoes disabled the feature to rate movies before its release.

The bad reviews also caused a small Twitter drama. A lot of people would complain about how only white men would review the movie as bad, and this caused some female critics to wonder if that makes their criticism worthless as they also didn’t like the movie.

Some people complained about the music. The movie would use pop music which would remind people about Guardians of the Galaxy, but the complaints came from the fact that the latter movie was more fitting for that type of music as it had a personal connection to the main character.

Overall, it was a generic superhero movie. It was less of the movie itself that caused so much drama, but rather the events and interviews that took place before it’s release.

It’s a shame that the movie had so much pre-release drama, but just like all other internet drama, it will all blow over soon. At least now we’re all just waiting for Endgame together.

‘Frozen 2’ trailer

Frozen 2’s trailer has officially been released, and many people are hyped up and excited for the movie. The movie is planned to be released on November 22nd, of this year. There were many aspects within the trailer that captured people’s attention.

One of the aspects was the beginning scene, with the waves. Everyone is shocked about how the waves looked so real, even the whole setting of the shore looks real.

Another aspect is that none of the characters speak. The whole trailer was just full of action and movement. Along with that, there seems to be two new faces in the trailer that brings even more excitement.

People have also noticed that during the end of the trailer, where the title, Frozen 2, shows up, it is not exactly fully frozen. There are leaves flying through and the bottom part of the title which seems to be melted. Many people have come up with theories on what might be happening, but no one really knows yet.

Since the trailer to Frozen 2 has caused an uproar of excitement, I decided to ask some of my friends, who had, and hadn’t watched, Frozen 1, their opinions of trailer.

Robbie Garcia: They didn’t even talk in the trailer, I don’t think Frozen 2 has anything to do with Frozen 1 because they didn’t even say anything; it’s just all action. I’m really looking forward to the sisterhood bond and the powers. What captured my attention in the trailer was the beginning scene with the waves. The way they animated it was just amazing, it looked so real.

Tovi Yangh: It’s different from the first trailer; it’s a bit more serious and suspenseful with the second trailer. I feel like the suspense makes Frozen 2 even more exciting than when Frozen 1 was announced. Along with that, we can see that Elsa, Anna, and Kristoff are going on an adventure that might or might not be in Arendale.

Xeng Thao: I went to watch Frozen 1 in theatres so I’m planning to watch Frozen 2 in theatres too. When I watched the trailer to Frozen 2, I felt like I had to do more research on theories of Frozen because it’s very different. I would’ve preferred if the characters actually talked in the trailer or showed a snippet of any songs they’re planning for.

Chai Her: I should probably try to watch Frozen 1 before Frozen 2. After watching the trailer to Frozen 2, I had no idea what was happening, and have no idea what to expect. The trailer fascinated me. I’m hoping that when I do decide to watch Frozen 1, it’ll be as good as everyone says.

Mahmoud Ahmed: I’ve only heard a few of the songs, but watching the movie never came into my mind. The trailer for Frozen 2 did make me want to watch Frozen 1 so I could tell what to expect. I think that the trailer was really well done, especially with the water in the beginning.

Thomas Nguyen: The trailer made the whole movie stand out even if it’s not out yet. I hope I’ll like the Olaf character as much as other people do. I want to be able to feel the same excitement others are feeling for Frozen 2.

If you still haven’t watched the trailer, you can watch it using this link: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=eSLe4HuKuK0