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Just okay: Reviewing The Fault in Our Stars

 

Director: Josh Boone
Screenplay: Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Natt Wolf, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, Willem Dafoe, Lotte Verbeek

(WARNING: Some spoilers ahead. Tread with caution if you haven’t read the book or watched the movie.)

The book was better than the movie.

There! I’ve said it. Don’t hate me.

The Fault In Our Stars, adapted from a novel written by John Green, follows the story of cancer-stricken teenager, Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley). She meets a cancer survivor, Augustus Waters, in a support group her parents forced her to attend because she is “depressed.” They fall in love in that way that will make you fall in love with them as well; the threats to their beautiful existence being cancer and the death it may bring, particularly in Hazel’s case, considering that she was very sick at the time, and Augustus was in remission. However, after amazing things have happened, Augustus tells Hazel that his PET scan “lit up like a Christmas tree,” this being the twist to the entire plot. It was Augustus who was dying, after all.

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That Awkward Moment wasted its charms

Director: Tom Gormican
Writer: Tom Gormican
Cast: Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, Imogen Poots, Mackenzie Davis, Jessica Lucas

Even Zac Efron’s abs could not save it.

Three friends find themselves in relationship conundrums and they try to decipher what to do next about it. Jason (Zac Efron) sits on a bench, apparently waiting for someone, and tells the story from the beginning. After learning that his wife is having an affair and wants to divorce him, Mikey (Michael B. Jordan) gets dragged into a bar by his friends, Jason and Daniel, to meet new people. Mikey meets a girl with glasses (Kate Simses) but doesn’t call her until the end of the movie, as he keeps trying to patch things up with his wife, Vera (Jessica Lucas). Daniel eventually falls for his wingwoman, Chelsea (Mackenzie Davis). And Jason meets Ellie (Imogen Poots), a writer. He commits a lot of what would be considered relationship mistakes, yet of course, she is the one he’s waiting for while sitting on that bench. All these become complicated when the three friends make a pact to remain single and help each other out during this time in their lives.

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is not amazing at all

Director: Marc Webb
Screenplay: Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner
Cast:  Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field, Chris Cooper

My problem with The Amazing Spider-Man franchise is its sheer existence. Why did Sony have to do a reboot when it has already established a superior franchise back in 2002 witn Sam Raimi at the helm? Upon seeing The Amazing Spider-Man 2, my problem was further reinforced.

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We Met The Mother, now what?

2 fangirls on the How I Met Your Mother series finale.

A: I think what was straight out disappointing with watching the HIMYM series finale was how disconnected it was to the entire series. The lifeblood of the show’s 9-year run was the development of these characters we’ve come to love, their journey into adulthood and how they triumph over their flaws as they mature. For one, we saw Barney become jaded with his sleazeball ways and realize that it is only one person he needed to be happy; we saw Robin choose to stay in New York in the name of love at the end of Season 5. Season 9 is a 23-episode long culmination of that as we saw Barney and Robin struggle to stay together and get married, despite their flaws and issues. And then there’s Ted in his journey to let the girl of his dream go and move on to be able to be with the right person. But the series finale sees to it that they all backslide, and it leaves a bitter taste in the mouth. It feels like a con job.

J: It seems like the fans were cheated out of the entire thing. I mean, why build everything up to see it all come crashing down, when you have the choice not to do that in the first place?

Spoiler: Some of them didn't 'Last Forever'

Spoiler: Some of them didn't 'Last Forever'

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