Archives for December 19, 2018

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse * A Masterpiece of the Superhero and Animated Genre!

Miles Morales comes across the long-dead Peter Parker. This Peter Parker is not from his world though; he’s from somewhere else in the multi-verse. With Parker’s guidance, Miles will become Spider-Man: and through that he will become part of the ever-expanding ‘Spider-Verse.’ KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Nathalia J. comments, “The film is extremely colorful, unique and full of visual 3D animation. The film certainly embraces the comic book style, which I really enjoyed. It definitely feels authentic.” Arjun N. adds, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a masterpiece of the superhero and animated genre. Groundbreaking animation and voice talent propel this above any other Spidey movies. Any fan of Marvel or even animation must check out this one-of-a-kind experience.” Sahiba K. chimes in with, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse surprised me in its ability to create an original piece despite the several renditions of Spider-Man that exist! …The animation sets a milestone in the history of animation, for it is the first of its kind. Such aspects bring fresh artistry in animation that is rare in the film industry.” Zoe C. wraps it with, “From the very beginning, Spider-Man: Into the Spicer-Verse is very energetic and captures your attention. This animated film has impressive visuals. The music creates a fantastic rhythm. And you just want to watch more.” See their full reviews below.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

By Nathalia J., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10

Are you ready for some live action! Seriously, Sony’s is kicking off something completely different. This fresh, funny, action-packed, intriguing and remarkable film is directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman. Prepare to get jump-scared from this perky piece of family entertainment.

This American computer-animated superhero film follows Miles Morales who must juggle his high school life with his status as a superhero as he is introduced to the “Spider-Verse,” where there can be more than just one Spider-Man. Miles Morales comes across the long-dead Peter Parker. Peter Parker is not from his world though. He is from somewhere else in the multi-verse. With the help from Parker, Miles will become Spider-Man.

The lead characters in this film are Miles Morales / Spider-Man (Shameik Moore), Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld), Peter Parker / Spider-Man (Jake Johnson) and Peni Parker (Kimiko Glenn).

My favorite scene is when Miles Morales saves his entire city from the evil Kingpin and proves to the Spider-Verse he is valuable to the Spider-Verse and strong enough. The unique and brilliant 3D animation style is a fantastic aspect of the film. I admire Miles Morales’ strength which makes him a standout character.

The film is extremely colorful, unique and full of visual 3D animation. The film certainly embraces the comic book style, which I really enjoyed. It definitely feels authentic.

There’s one quote that they use a lot in the film from Peter Parker to Miles Morales, which is, “One thing I know for sure, don’t do it like me, do it like you.” I enjoyed this quote because it is meaningful and was the last words Peter said before he passed away.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 18, as well as adults. This pure dorky fun film comes out on December 14, 2018 so look for it.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

By Arjun N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a masterpiece of the superhero and animated genre. Groundbreaking animation and voice talent propel this above any other Spidey movies. Any fan of Marvel or even animation must check out this one-of-a-kind experience.

 The story follows Brooklyn teen Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) or the “new Spider-Man,” after he is bitten by a radioactive spider. When Peter Parker, the original Spider-Man, dies, Morales realizes he is the only one left to save the city from the grips of Kingpin (Liev Schreiber). Kingpin threatens to risk all space-time continuums, which even brings new Spider-men from other dimensions and timelines. One such is another Peter Parker (Jake Johnston) who serves as Miles’ mentor. These Spider-men remain the only ones powerful enough to defeat Fisk and his maniacal experiments.

Shameik Moore, as Miles Morales, is easily the movie’s best character and empowers in what is the first depiction of his character in a movie. His coming-of-age brings upmost relatability and his perseverance only makes his origin story as compelling, if not more so as Peter’s. Jake Johnston, as Peter Parker, portrays the classic original well, but with neat nuances. His character is one that has suffered many setbacks and devolved to laziness, with his arc being a fun, unexpected diversion. Bryan Tyree Henry, as Jefferson Davis, charges his father-son relationship with much heart as he struggles to bond. His brother Aaron, played by Mahershala Ali, provides another compelling performance, as he remains a key inspiration for why Miles is who he is. The Spider-verse, is complemented by the mysterious Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld), anime-inspired Peni Parker (Kimiko Glenn), Nicolas Cage who shines as the Spider-Man Noir and last, but not least, the wise-cracking anthropomorphic Spider-Ham (John Mullaney).  Liev Schreiber brings a deep booming voice in the Kingpin that only adds to his menacing large physique.

Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman are experts in their class with many beautiful and visceral shots commanding the plot. The animation is something to be commended with its own identity taking homage from many comic books. My favorite scene comes from the central scene where Miles becomes one with his powers, as every shot has meaning and flair. It is truly inspiring and mind-blowing from a plot-driven and animated perspective. I could nitpick on the lack of a compelling villain at points or even some very infrequent awkward song placements, but in the end, everything comes into fruition and those are a long gone afterthought.

The message of the movie is about taking leaps of faith as Morales’s whole story revolves around just that in his quest to live up to the worthy Spider-Man mantle. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 to 18 because of some intense scenes and themes. The movie releases in theaters on December 14, 2018 so check it out.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

By Sahiba K., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 16

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse surprised me in its ability to create an original piece despite the several renditions of Spider-Man that exist! Spider-Man has been adopted by several films and TV shows in the past decades, yet Into the Spider-Verse is the most creative take on Spider-Man. The animation sets a milestone in the history of animation, for it is the first of its kind. Such aspects bring fresh artistry in animation that is rare in the film industry.

The story follows Miles Morales, a young boy who faces pressure at high school and at home to be the best. However, when a portal to the multi-verse is opened, Miles is tasked with the responsibility of saving his hometown of Brooklyn. Along the way, several Spider-Men and Women meet who align with Miles and they become a close and loving family.

The animation is contemporary and avant-garde, featuring pop art and street art. It is a tribute to the art of comic books, bringing them to life. It has several aspects of a comic book including onomatopoeia like “Pow!” and “Boom!” that are surrounded by colorful borders in several of the action scenes. Another example of the comic book charm occurs when an exciting fight move is taken by one of the Spider characters. At this time the screen splits into three, displaying the happenings in that instant, and adding to the thrill of the moment and overall fight. These small nuances accumulate, making me feel as if I had walked into a comic book.

My favorite part is the way that there are small tributes to the original Spider-Man comic books with different takes on villains such as Dr. Octopus and the Green Goblin. They even made small references to the Marvel Cinematic Universe films that added to the ingenuity and display the directors’ attention to detail. The only thing that the film can improve on is the plot, because some of the characters are underdeveloped. Otherwise, the climax and storylines are unpredictable and engaging.

The message of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is that all it takes to be what you want and do what you want is to take a leap of faith. I give this film 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 to 18. Be sure to check out Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse in theatres nationwide December 14, 2018.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
By Zoe C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10

What would you do if you could be a superhero? What if you have no choice? From the very beginning, Spider-Man: Into the Spicer-Verse is very energetic and captures your attention. This animated film has impressive visuals. The music creates a fantastic rhythm. And you just want to watch more.

The story follows a high school student named Miles Morales, who just changed school. He goes into an abandoned subway station with his uncle Erin and gets bitten by a radioactive spider. Ever since that day, Miles starts sticking to everything he touches. Then, he meets Spider-Man (Peter Parker), teams up with some friends from the same dimension and they attempt to save the world from the villain Kingoin.

The story is very original and makes the impossible possible. It takes all the abilities of Spider-Man to far and beyond with its action scenes. The film also shows a very real family atmosphere and the humor is smart. I love the non-traditional characters and how they embrace diversity. And yes! Spider-Man is Latino and surely does speak Spanish! There are also some fun new characters.

With this film, Marvel has created a film that celebrates comics, film and visual arts. Of course, it celebrates Spider-Man and makes this superhero relevant and contemporary. It is absolutely eye-poppingly beautiful and really pushes the boundaries of the genre with its colors, textures and camera movements. There are several different forms of animation in one film. You feel as if you are actually reading a comic book or the comic book is coming to life.

Naturally, the film does a very touching tribute to genius Stan Lee. I feel the filmmakers took some risks bringing new ideas to this iconic character which as been adored for over 50 years. The result is a must-see family movie that is even more appealing to new generations. I also love how this film is animated. It’s so different. I’ve never seen a film like this one. I think it’s very unique. Be sure to stay after the credits to see something very special, including another set of credits at the very end.

This film sets a new era in animated movies. I recommend it for ages 5 to 18, as well as adults. I  give it 5 out of 5 stars and include it in my Oscar predictions as a very possible winner. This is the film parents will love their kids to watch and kids will enjoy in many different ways.

With great power comes great responsibility and we all can be heroes. This is the idea behind Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – inclusion for all in the vast universe and the idea that we can all be heroes by making the right choices and doing our best helping each other in our everyday life. This film opens nationwide December 14, 2018 at a theater near you. Be sure to check it out.

 

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Top Tips to Straighten up Your Home for Last Minute Guests

You are lying on your bed, and suddenly your phone rang, your best friends are coming over to visit you. But there is a problem your house is a mess. We are all put in this situation sometimes, so acting quickly and being creative helps a lot. First stand up from your bed, gear up and start cleaning and organizing the place. You can’t expect to do a detailed clean like in your designated clean-up days, but a faster more convenient one will have to do the trick.

Remove Unnecessary Items

First if needed to some household clearance, remove some items and furniture you think is just too much. This is one of the fastest ways to start cleaning. Open the windows let fresh air come and chase the cigarettes or food odor. If your curtains are dirty or stained just remove them, or if you have spear ones put them on. You have no time for washing them.

Clean Windows

If the windows are dirty, just lower the blinds and you will be ok. Spray air fresheners a good tip is to spray it on the light bulb, and as it heats, it will spread it around the room. Another idea is to turn on the air condition and spray you freshener in, so as the air is circling fresh smell will be transported around the room.

Vacuum the Floor

Get your vacuum cleaner it’s the most crucial arsenal for cleaning. Start vacuuming the floor, if dust is present today vacuums have many adapters just circle between them, and you will do two things with one activity. These things are vacuuming the floor, followed by dust vacuuming from desks, tables, wall sockets, and even some home decorations.

This can do to all rooms, so not just your guest room. Your friends might ask you to visit the kitchen, living room or even your bedroom to check that beautiful king size bed you bragged a bought.

Clean Bathroom

Don’t forget to check your bathroom or bathrooms, do a quick vacuuming and clean the toilet and sink if you have a bathtub or a shower just close the shower curtains. If the floor needs too much cleaning to take some carpet and use it. No one will remove and see what is under it. Take one big garbage bag and start tiding throw everything inside, clean your garbage bins and other excess things you think.

Thorough Checking of Small Things

The first thing your guests see is the entryway, so you door knobs must be wiped down. Take your mattresses, not forget the welcoming one shake them off or vacuum them. Glass needs to be polished and any shoes and clothes removed. Check if the lights are okay, if not change them you want to have functioning bulbs and not sit in the dark. You should use some decorations for a more welcoming entryway, so it looks better.

For the end play some chilling music on your device, do another quick inspection and check if any fishing touches are needed. Wait for the bell to ring and welcome, visitors.