Halloween Spoiler-Free Review: A Surprisingly Interesting Sequel That Improves off of the Mediocre Most Recent Entries

7.5 out 0f 10 – 7.5/10

It has been 40 years since that night where Micheal Myers struck for the first time now the time has come for him and his previously escaped victim Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) to resume their dangerous feud. This film is a direct sequel to the first movie created by John Carpenter that released all the way back in 1978. Admittedly I didn’t quite know what to expect coming into this motion picture, but I certainly was not disappointed. Instead of an hour and 44 minutes of Myers going around leaving blood and gore wherever he goes, the movie seems to be more sophisticated than that. Director, David Gordon Green doesn’t play it safe which was a fear of minegoing into the film. I can say now that this movie benefited from being independent of the other sequels.


A lot has changed since we saw both Myers and Strode on the big screen. Myers has been locked in an Institution for 40 years, but when a bus transfer goes haywire he’s on the loose once again. Strode has been preparing herself for this moment for a long time and she’s finally ready to face her fear and kill the masked murderer.

As mentioned previously the movie doesn’t begin with blood everywhere, in fact, it’s the second half of the film that gets all of the action. I cannot complain about the way Green went about pacing the first act though. We meet all of the important characters of the film early on and get a sense of what they’re like. The most interesting in my opinion is Strode. Being attacked by Myers changed her life forever and she is living in constant fear. While watching this film I believe that she is ready to deal with her demon, but she’s fearful. She wants Myers out of her life for good and she is willing to do whatever it takes to achieve that goal.

As much as I would like to praise this film the dumb horror tropes are something to be frowned upon in this suspenseful sequel. I won’t get into specifics, but the classic questions pop into viewers heads while watching this film: “Why did he go in there?” “How did she trip?” “Why aren’t they running?”. It’s very frustrating because not all of the scenes are like that. Sometimes characters don’t deserve to die because they did something stupid they died because the antagonist was smarter than them. At the end of the day though I can’t really forgive the ways some particular characters lost their lives.


As horror movies have evolved they generally have one thing in common and that’s jump scares. They are the fart jokes of comedy movies, just so expected and disappointing to see in a large abundance. While watching this film I didn’t think it was scary none of the scenes made me jump in terror. However, that’s fine I normally don’t react to most horror films. Ultimately though I think this movie could’ve been scarier if they didn’t rely on so many jump scares. The only thing worse than a jump scare is a jump scare everyone in the audience saw coming. In most horror movies that manage to scare their audiences the people watching most of the time didn’t expect what actually scared them to occur at the time it did. For example, if someone slowly opens a closet and the murderer is behind that door no one gets surprised. I don’t know if the director meant for this to be a terrifying film, but if that was his goal he did not achieve it.

In Conclusion, Halloween (2018) is just the change that this series needed. Rebooting after some terrible sequels sometimes are the perfect way to launch your series back into the limelight. Strode is the reason why I enjoy this movie as much as I do. She really holds the film together even at the slower parts of the film. This movie admittedly could’ve been scarier and there are some scenes that will upset you with a character’s actions. However, at the end of the day, I think this movie achieved its goal of bringing the Halloween series to a new generation, but also leaving enough for the audiences who saw where it all began.

Brad Miller


Review: With Incredibles 2, Pixar Brings Their “A” Game to This Much Anticipated Sequel

This film blows all expectations out of the water with its much-improved factors over the original. There are so many amazing moments in this movie. From Jack-Jack (Eli Fucile) having a somewhat epic battle with a raccoon to having Helen Parr (Holly Hunter) slingshot herself onto a train at full speed. Not to mention the animation upgrade is not to be ignored. The facial expressions and general look of the characters are improved greatly when looking back on the previous film. The balance between action and comedy is done so incredibly well it makes me think of Marvel films.

The film begins where the last ended off. Our heroes are faced with defeating the Underminer (John Ratzenberger). Although Bob Parr (Craig T. Nelson), Helen, Violet (Sarah Vowell), and Dash (Huck Milner) give the job their best effort plenty of damage is done to the city. After this incident, it truly looked dark for our heroes until they were given another chance. A man by the name of Winston Deavor (Bob Odenkirk) and his sister Evelyn Deavor (Catherine Keener) still have faith in superheroes. They want the public to also feel the same way that they do. Their plan is to have Helen otherwise known as Elastigirl to be the first super back in action. Mostly because she doesn’t leave much devastation in her wake. Thus, switching the roles from the first movie.

Incredibles 2 Official Trailer 

Now, Bob known as Mr. Incredible must stay at home and take care of the kids. This, of course, is a nice change of pace between action, drama, and comedy. The film hits all three of the categories without much trouble. Bob deals with relatable issues like helping Dash with math only to realize that the way they’re doing it in school is different from the way he learned it growing up. There are boy issues with Violet and the discovery of all the crazy types of powers Jack-Jack possesses. All of these combine to give a touching story about a family and is not only enjoyable to watch its relatable in many ways.

While this sequel did come out 14 years later the overall feel of the film is very vintage. At particular times in the movie, there are conflicts where I feel like I’m watching a 70’s superhero show. Its nostalgic, but they don’t shy away from darker themes not seen in movies or shows from that era. Deaths took place in this film and that’s not something I expected. While I think that the creators obviously want to appeal to the older audiences who grew up with the original. I don’t think that bringing very young children to the film is wise. While I don’t believe it should be rated PG-13 there is a little language you might not want a three-year-old to hear.

In conclusion, our heroes make this film what it is. Helen brings the great action to the film in a way we’re not used to seeing. She isn’t using her super strength to defeat her foes she’s outthinking them and using her powers to the best of her ability. While I don’t believe they used Lucius (Samuel L. Jackson) as much as I think they should, he does deliver with general care for the Parr family and his powers truly shine on the big screen. As for the rest of the family of heroes when brought together they are a sight to behold. All supers in this film can hold their own, but when they come together on the big screen there’s just nothing like it.

– Brad Miller

Spoiler Discussion: Avengers: Infinity War Takes the Superhero Genre to Places It’s Never Been

Thanos Level Villains Are the Expectation Going Forward

Most superhero movies don’t have memorable villains, which is a shame. When Infinity War released it changed that reputation. That’s not to say that there are no good villains in superhero flicks, however the bad definitely outweighs the good. Thanos is a character that as an audience you want to hate, but you also realize he isn’t just evil in general. He’s attempting to save the universe, but he’s going about it in the wrong way.

Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War Official Trailer

On Titan, one of the best battles took place. Thanos possesses a weapon that makes him one of the most powerful beings in the universe. It was important to make it seem that he does have an insane amount of power. We haven’t seen that very often where we fear our heroes might not win the fight. Iron Man, Spiderman, Doctor Strange, Starlord, and Mantis all come together here to make an amazing battle sequence. This is the first time in the film, we see Thanos actually show off some of the impressive powers of his gauntlet. At one point he even drops a moon on Tony Stark which just shows he is so incredibly strong and that’s good. I think it’s important for the villains of these types of film to challenge the heroes. If there’s no challenge its hard to take the antagonist as a threat.
Marvel did not disappoint here at all with the ending of this movie either. They did something most people in the audience could not believe. Thanos wins and defeats our heroes. Once he gets all of the infinity stones half of the population gets wiped out. People begin to turn to dust and the Avengers cannot believe what they’re seeing. It left chills down my spine after the movie ended. I seriously was in shock, I expected a couple of deaths, but never did I think that the Avengers would lose the fight. On top of that, they end the film with so many questions to be answered. I’m sure this will make audiences flood the theatre when the next Avengers film comes out and I am truly excited for the sequel.

Review: Deadpool 2 the Prime Example for R-Rated Superhero Flicks

Spoiler-free review: Deadpool 2 may take a while to get into the bloody action and the fourth wall breaking jokes. However, when it does this film easily proves why Deadpool belongs in the cinema.

For the past few years, it feels like Marvel has completely taken over the superhero movie audience. These movies while enjoyable also tend to have quite a lot in common. Deadpool shakes up that formula and it is very refreshing. Ryan Reynolds truly is Deadpool he has taken this character much further than most even anticipated. Only a few actors can make their face stick to a character and Reynolds surely gets that job done in this violent comedy.

The first film spends a lot of its runtime catching the viewer up with the current events of the film. This sequence ends up taking about one act away from the film which makes you feel like you aren’t getting anywhere. Deadpool 2 doesn’t have many long sequences the story flows well and doesn’t have that awkward period in the first film where there is just an overabundance of violence with no comedic sections.

The action in this movie is easily better than in the previous film. Deadpool 2 ties jokes even into the action which leaves audiences laughing even at the goriest moments. Other characters within the film make up for the fact Deadpool has no flashy powers. Black Panther suffered from this during its action sequences. there’s just nothing very special about a fist fight in a super suit. When audiences come to view superhero movies they want to see things they haven’t seen a billion times.

Deadpool 2 – Official Trailer 

In a film where your protagonist can break the fourth wall and can regenerate from almost everything, it’s hard to feel tense while they are in combat. You know Deadpool will get the job done so there’s not really any tension during the action sequences. That’s not a complaint either that’s just how this character works, however that means there must be a fine balance of comedy within the action. In this sequel, l it seems that they drop many more jokes than in the first. Even if all the jokes don’t land for you there’s a good amount throughout the whole film so you’ll most likely find yourself laughing at some point in this comedy.

If plot-heavy films are your preference this will not be the film for you. It is very all over the place and only in the third act do they focus on the antagonist of this film. The villain leaves a bit to be desired, however, they do give hope to a brighter future in the Deadpool franchise. In conclusion, Deadpool 2 does many things better than its predecessor. The pacing is improved, the action is certainly better, and the introduction of new characters leaves a bright future for the murk with a mouth.

Is Disenchantment your next binge watch?

Disenchantment was created by the same minds that gave us the Simpsons & Futurama. The question looming over many people’s heads is if the show lives up to the hype. In some ways, I believe the first season of Disenchantment surpasses Futurama and even the earlier seasons of the Simpsons. There are definitely flaws, but they don’t make this show a deal breaker at least for me.

Tons of Potential

Being funny and having an ongoing story in adult animation isn’t an easy thing to do but Disenchantment balances them well. The main characters all shine with many comedic moments. Luci stands out and I think that the voice actor is great. He really captures the devilish trait that he should have for this role.
I shouldn’t leave out Bean or Elfo either. These three characters work so well when they’re on screen together. Elfo being so simple minded because he doesn’t know the world very well works great with Bean and her evil sidekick Luci. The best parts of the show are when these characters are present. I can’t wait to see the dynamic between these characters if this show is renewed for a second season.

Does it Drag-On?

Many people have mentioned that the first few episodes drag on, but I don’t particularly feel that way. This show has a more serious tone than the Simpsons so I think it’s important to set up the characters. Not to mention the set up for the story was entertaining at least to me.


The first season of this series was pretty good. The story is complemented by the characters put in place. The dynamic of the cast truly stands out here and everyone has something to say. While there is a bit of a build up it’s certainly worth it after you delve into the season a bit. I recommend that you watch at least a few episodes it’s worth a shot.

Avengers 4 Has Some Big Shoes to Fill!

Has Marvel Put the Bar Too High?

Avengers: Infinity War still puts chills down my spine when I think of the universe and the current state it’s in. The fact that the Avengers have lost at the end of the film is a completely different feeling from 90% of superhero movies. That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy the heroes losing, but it is very intriguing to see. While the ending was great I think it’s important to remember the film was truly a work of art from beginning to end. Marvel has gotten the formula down for their films. They make us laugh, they make us feel tense, and they just give us a reason to go to the theaters. I love cinema so I would go to the theater even if Marvel didn’t release three different movies a year. However, they are so consistent I know when I pay for my ticket that i’m in for a good experience. While all of this is great it puts them in a great dilemma. How will they top the movies that they’ve been releasing recently especially Infinity War.
They’ll have to get everything right in the next film even to compete with the latest Avengers entry. I don’t want the story to be obvious, especially with the twist from Infinity War. The story should be engaging and should keep the viewers interested throughout the film. Not only do Marvel have to get those two things right comedy must hold up as well. Going into the next film I assume the cast at least in the first two acts of the film will be cut shorter than that of the previous Avengers movies. Therefore, if they truly want to get laughs they’ll have to be original with a group of characters that we’ve seen work together previously. In Avengers: Infinity War, the film was so comedic because we had a lot of different characters meeting for the first time. It’s easy to make jokes with different material, but now I assume it will be much harder to get laughs from the audience. I hope this film proves me dead wrong since I will surely be in attendance as soon as the movie releases for public viewing.

Top 5: Best Cartoon Shows from Nickelodeon 2000 to 2010

It’s More Than Just Nostalgia with These Quality Cartoons

Believe it or not, cartoons used to actually have a quality to them. Shows from the 1990s and 2000s seldom had a cartoon series that was just plain terrible. The series that took place on tv stations normally had some quality to them even though they were targeted towards children. Now tv stations know that kids will watch anything so they have their writers put minimum effort into most content. They are more focused on quantity over quality which is a shame. Not to mention tv is being watched less and less. With the growth factors of fewer eyes on the screen, the more greedy tv corporations have become. Many writers, in fact, want to do more with their lives than make mediocre cartoon episodes. However, the industry is about money at the end of the day. This list will not contain shows like Rocket Power, Spongebob, Hey Arnold and Rugrats because they started before the 2000s.

The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron makes the fifth spot because of its overall quality. This series focuses on Jimmy Neutron, who is a fifth-grade genius. He is constantly creating new inventions that either causes trouble for the town or end up saving it from some other type of threat. One of his greatest inventions is his robot dog Goddard, who is always a joy to have on screen. His best friends names are Carl and Sheen and they both are also perfect for the supporting cast role. He attends Lindberg Elementary with his friends and has his fair share of crazy adventures from episode to episode.

This cartoon ran for three seasons and even rewatching episodes is enjoyable. It wasn’t just a phase it is a quality show that I’d recommend if you haven’t seen it. The characters themselves were thrust into interesting situations from week to week. Which gave every episode its own particular taste. This is refreshing when compared to shows from all different ages. Plenty of cartoons can end up feeling like their episodes blend and you should never get that feeling when watching a show for the first time. Even the second or third viewing each adventure should feel like a different experience. I’m happy to say that this show truly is good and it wasn’t just the nostalgia talking.

The Fairly Oddparents is another classic that I’ll never forget. This show follows Timmy Turner, a ten-year-old boy who has one of the worst babysitters in history. This leads to him to be granted fairy godparents who possess the power to grant any wish he desires. These wishes go from helpful to devastating. In more extreme cases Timmy’s godparents Cosmo and Wanda must lend their hand in stopping the crazy threat they unleashed. This, of course, leads to many enjoyable and interesting adventures in a world where just saying what want can cause it to appear.

There’s a reason this show has run for ten seasons and it’s because there’s always been decent quality attached to it. Unlike Spongebob Squarepants even though this series has a long runtime it didn’t make the quality dip to the point it became unwatchable. I do have to admit that early seasons are better than the latter, however, it doesn’t mean that newer episodes are bad. They just can’t live up to the quality of the past. A great value of the show is its creativity. Wishes often differed from episode to episode and there normally was a good variety in each installment. Seeing the same wishes over and over could’ve made the show boring, but I appreciate the fact that the creator never lets the show dive into mediocrity.

The early 2000s truly birthed some amazing shows, but one of the best has to be Invader Zim. In this series, the protagonist is named Zim and he lives to be a space invader. Unfortunately, he is terrible at it and is considered by his peers to be moronic at his purpose in life. His planet’s leaders are finally fed up with him and decide to send him to earth to finally be rid of his annoying antics. Once Zim is sent to earth he sets up a base. He begins to infiltrate human culture at this point. Now he poses as a human so that he can blend into their society. With his plan underway to plot the downfall of the earth only one human knows what he is. This human’s name is Dib he is incredibly smart, but other individuals believe he’s crazy, so they won’t listen to a word he says.

We’d never get a kids cartoon like this again in our society. People get way too offended by the media and this show wasn’t for the faint of heart. Some episodes got dark, but that never turned me off the show. It was always interesting to me and I wish that the series as a whole continued for more than just two seasons. This show was incredibly funny as well. Growing up I never laughed at any other series on tv like I did with the Invader Zim. Our protagonist achieves being a genius and being an idiot at the same time. It’s impressive because comedy lies within both of these sides of Zim. The dumb trope of a character has existed forever, but only great shows can make these roles funny. Its odd to the phrase, but these writers made smart idiotic jokes. Much like Patrick in the early seasons of Spongebob Squarepants. Yes, Patrick is an idiot, but the jokes went beyond “hey, look at me I’m stupid”. There were genuinely funny jokes and Invader Zim possesses them as well.

There hasn’t been many good superheroes shows they all just repeat things that happened in previous iterations, but Danny Phantom is completely original. Danny Fenton is your typical teen he goes to school and lives an ordinary life. That is until he ended up destroying his parent’s portal to another dimension. After the explosion, Danny becomes half ghost. He now possesses ghost powers and ends up fighting ghosts who have now gotten access to our dimension. Only a few of his friends, Sam and Tucker know his secret identity. While battling ghosts day in and day out he also has to keep his identity a secret while attempting to graduate.

I don’t remember watching a bad episode in this series. While obviously, not every episode possessed the same quality the worst episodes still soared over the likes of similar cartoons. The high school setting was a good choice from the creator. High school drama is normally interesting and is very relatable. Some of the scenes in the show definitely had Danny do things I had always wished I could. Being able to possess a bully to make them prank themselves or even being able to just phase through solid matter when you’re late to class. His powers to this day are still very interesting to me. Not to mention they gave him a nice balance he has so many different abilities that it never becomes stale. Watching him fight it out with the different villains in this series gets better as the series goes on. While watching this cartoon from the pilot I didn’t think that would be the case. Series like this generally show all that our hero can do pretty early on and only changes the formula once or twice during its run. As the show continues Danny gets stronger and stronger boasting new powers from time to time. That alone makes this cartoon stand out from many others and that’s because things happen. Characters change and the series doesn’t stay stagnant. I love that about this show and there’s so much more than I enjoy. Our other main characters have their charm and the show wouldn’t be the same without them. With a cast this strong it’s hard to not to at least enjoy their screen time together.

The series that takes first for me shouldn’t be much of a surprise Avatar: The Last Airbender is one of the greatest cartoons that has ever existed. Their world is divided into four different nations. They persist of the Water Tribe, the Fire Nation, the Earth Kingdom, and the Air Nomads. Benders have the unique ability to control the element from their nation. However, The Avatar is the only one who can master all of the elements which are where our protagonist comes in. After the last avatar disappeared the Fire Nation now plans to conquer the earth. While their plan is put in motion Sokka and his sister Katara find a boy trapped in ice. Once breaking him free they become Avatar Aang’s best friends on his journey to stop the fire nation and master all four elements.

There’s so much to love about this series. The plot, characters, art style, and music are all amazing. I’ve never seen a show like this and even now none can compare. These three seasons tell a story with complicated themes. While it can easily be enjoyed by children returning to this as an adult doesn’t make me feel differently in a bad way. I do feel different now about the show, but it’s because I can appreciate the beauty of the series. You can’t judge anything by its cover and that’s not something you expect in a kids cartoon. I found myself being surprised very often with this show’s plot and I love that. Kids these days deserve cartoons with this kind of quality. I don’t think that’s happening anytime soon, but if you haven’t watched this show you’re missing out. Don’t let the live action movie detour you from this series either. Its a disgrace to the original content. I hope someday we can get a true movie adaptation, which can live up to the cartoon series.

What Grinds My Gears: 13 Reasons Why Season Two the Bathroom Scene

What did they gain from the inclusion of this graphic scene?

13 Reasons why has taken the world by storm since it’s release in March of 2017. It was a controversial show, which had people talking. Not all of it positive, but all of that buzz certainly brought more people to see the show. Season two released in May of 2018. While in season one I understood the point of this show it was pretty obvious. Bullying isn’t cool and you never know what people are actually going through. Someone could be on their last legs and it’s important not to tear people down. Its a good but rather obvious message.
In season two, a character named Tyler Down (Devin Druid) was raped in a very graphic scene. Personally, I don’t understand what they gain from showing this. Montgomery de la Cruz (Timothy Granaderos) is the individual who rapes Tyler and its a horrible scene. Following this obviously traumatizing experience, Tyler goes to the school with a gun and the audience doesn’t know if his target is his rapist or anyone he can take his rage out on. He ends up being talked down by Clay Jenson (Dylan Minnette), but what does this scene accomplish. Is the message to have friends because if no one cared about there wouldn’t be anyone to convince him not to go through with the shooting. Should I always be on the lookout for someone who seems mad and convinces them not to shoot up a school? There seems to be no message here nothing happens. A boy is put through a horrible experience and then takes it too far. What does the show want me to take away from this? I think going forward with season three the writers should ask themselves that question.