Archives for June 15, 2018

Ocean’s 8 – Best Comedic Action Movie Ever!

Danny Ocean’s estranged sister Debbie attempts to pull off the heist of the century at New York City’s star-studded annual Met Gala. Her first stop is to assemble the perfect all-female crew: Lou, Rose, Daphne Kluger, Nine Ball, Tammy, Amita and Constance. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Kamryn B. comments, “Ocean’s 8 is the best comedic action movie ever! I enjoyed the way the movie flows, as if it’s a normal day stealing a billion dollar necklace.” Abraham F. adds, “I have never seen any other Ocean films and I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised.  The dialogue is realistic and it is really funny.” See their full reviews below.

Ocean’s 8

By Kamryn B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

Ocean’s 8 is the best comedic action movie ever! I like it because of the fantastic animation and storyline. I enjoyed the way the movie flows, as if it’s a normal day stealing a billion dollar necklace. The comedy is the icing on a cake. It makes the movie sweet and enticing to watch.

The movie’s main character is Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock). In the beginning, we see her being released from jail after five years. During that time, she has planned the greatest heist with hidden intentions. Debbie Ocean’s team includes one of her old friends, Lou (Cate Blanchett). Lou and other highly intelligent cheaters are all part of the team, Ocean’s Eight. As the heist unfolds, it exposes the twists and turns behind the storyline to the audience. Sandra Bullock’s charisma in this role draws you to love her even more. The beautiful Rihanna is also in the film as “9-Ball”, the Jamaican hacker. The amazing actress from 12 Years a Slave, Sarah Paulson plays a caring mother who loves to shop for home goods. In the mix of the film celebrities pop up everywhere. You just have to pay attention to notice them.

What I love about the film is the all women cast planning on doing something not good. Most heist movies are about men robbing banks, planning their moves and then executing them. Ocean’s 8 has the same idea, but without the men. The costumes at the Met Gala for each of them are simply amazing and match each character’s personality and abilities.

My favorite part is the ending when everything is pulled together, from Debbie Ocean’s release to the creation of Ocean’s Eight. My favorite character is Constance who is played by Awkwafina, because of her funny attitude throughout the film. Also, her pick-pocketing skills blew my mind.

Ocean’s 8 is a movie to enjoy just because it’s an amazing film. I give it 5 out of 5 stars. Some jokes are questionable and there is some mild profanity, but nothing is extreme. I recommend it for ages 14 to 18 because of some language, alcohol and drug usage. It opens in theaters June 8, 2018 so check it out.

Ocean’s 8

By Abraham F., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

I have never seen any other Ocean films and I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised.  The dialogue is realistic and it is really funny. There are some flaws. It does feel like a lot of other heist films. For example, it has a recruiting phase where one character is the hacker and another is talented at stealing things. Also Debbie Ocean has been in prison for five years plotting her plan, but her plan doesn’t take into account that technology changes.

Ocean’s 8 follows Debbie Ocean and her plan to steal a 150 million dollar necklace at the Met Gala. She has spent five years in prison and goes to her friend Lou, who helped her in past crimes and asks her to recruit people for the job. Her plan is to get Daphne Kluger, a world famous model, to wear the Cartier necklace and then they will create a fake one to replace it. After that, she would place one of the gems on the person that framed her with the intent of framing him and making it seem as if he stole it.

My favorite part is Rose’s character. She is entertaining and realistic when she tries to comfort Anne Hathaway’s character when her dress isn’t turning out the way she wanted. In another scene, she acts as if she isn’t interested in her and that makes her want Rose to be her designer.

There are a lot of big names in this film such as Cate Blanchett (Thor: Ragnarok, Lord of the Rings, Cinderella), Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises, Interstellar, Colossal). The director is also a really big name too, Gary Ross who wrote Seabiscuit and the Hunger Games.

 There is some mild profanity but nothing too extreme. It is a heist movie, so there are lots of risky actions such as hanging from rafters and escaping prison. I recommend this movie to anyone who enjoyed any of the previous Ocean films or other heist movies. I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, as well as adults. It opens in theaters June 8, 2018 so check it out.

Credit: KIDS FIRST!

Finance Advice for College Students

Norway is a Nordic country known for all sorts of great things, such as beautiful picturesque sceneries and great architecture. Another thing that puts this country on top of the list is its high-quality education. Therefore, if you want to take your education to a greater level, Norway is, undoubtedly, a way to go.

As you may have already heard, Norway’s cost of living is quite high. This fact shouldn’t be discouraging – it’s just a heads-up. So, you have to be prepared for this. Therefore, studying in Norway will be a challenging, but certainly a worthwhile experience that will lead to a better future. Just think about it. This remarkable experience will enrich your Curriculum Vitae. So, think of it as investing in better tomorrow – investing in the future.

It might seem hard and overwhelming at first glance, but there’s a way to do this successfully. In order to balance the economic difficulties and get the most out of academic days in Norway, here are a few tips to follow:

1. Know your necessities

First and foremost, it is extremely important to know your necessities. It’s extremely easy to get carried away with just thinking about the fun side of the college days. Consequently, it’s also easy to get stuck in economic problems that might even lead you to think about quitting the college. In order to prevent this possibility from happening, think about the whole picture. So, think about the accommodation costs, groceries, transportation, books and all the accessory necessities that are inevitable for the college days.

When it comes to all these things mentioned above, know your limits. As a student, you probably don’t need a luxury villa in the city center. So, you might want to opt for a more affordable, modest and cozy apartment. Also, you might want to limit your fine dining nights and stick to eating in. You might even learn to cook for yourself, which will be a great skill even after your college days. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you can’t treat yourself every now and then. Just stay within your limits. All in all, the point is that you don’t necessarily need to track every single dollar. Nevertheless, you must take this part seriously and have at least a basic idea of the money that is coming and going.

2. It’s all about good organization

For those who think of themselves as well-organized people, this part is going to be a piece of cake. For those who are struggling with staying organized – you’ll have to master it.

Let’s be honest – by organizing your budget and your expenses, you will never have to even think about financial issues. Try to make a system that you will stick to.

For example, you can try the envelope system or the jar system. The envelope system breaks down to picking a couple of empty envelopes and marking them with appropriate names. One of them can be destined for utilities, another for groceries and so on. The goal is to calculate how much money on a monthly basis you need for these things. When you establish the number, make sure to put this sum of money in the designated envelope at the beginning of the month. That way, you won’t find yourself short on cash to pay your landlord. The jar system is pretty much the same thing. The catch is that you won’t be using envelopes, but jars. Not that difficult, right?

 3. Know your aid options

As stated at the beginning of this article, Norway is a high-standard country. Thus, college days will, most likely, be very expensive. In case you need help money-wise, you have to know whom to turn to. Maybe you’ll find help from your parents, cousins or friends, but what if that’s not an option? Don’t even think about backing out immediately because there is another option.

Some of the quickest and less painful ways to fund yourself through college days are loans. Getting loans in Norway is a great way to get help in the shortest amount of time. It’s a fast and trustworthy system. So, in case you find it hard to finance everything by yourself, don’t worry – there’s always an alternative.

In conclusion, making the decision of studying in Norway might just be the best decision of investing in your future. Keep an eye on the necessities and essentials, stay organized, and most importantly, stay calm – you’re not alone. In case you can’t seem to finance everything all alone – do a little research on loans in Norway and keep calm.