(Movie Review) Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (movie theater poster)

The original movie Jumanji came out in 1995 with Robin Williams as the lead actor playing the character Alan Parrish. Parrish gets trapped in the magical board game, Jumanji. Now with a new owner, Jumanji transforms itself into a retro video game cartridge after being indirectly informed that no one plays board games anymore.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is akin to a fantasy version of the 1985 movie, The Breakfast Club. High schoolers end up in detention together, in which boredom leads to mayhem. The characters are stereotypical. There is the socially-inept, geeky video gamer Spencer Gilpin, played by Alex Wolff. Actor Ser’Darius Blain plays Anthony “Fridge” Johnson, the academically-challenged football jock. Bethany Walker is the self-absorbed, not too bright beauty queen, played by Madison Iseman. Morgan Turner plays Martha Kaply, the unpopular, brainy girl.

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‘X-Files’: The Lone Gunmen Return… Sort of

The Lone Gunmen

In season ten, episode seven “This,” the Lone Gunmen return… sort of. The Lone Gunmen, Richard Langly (Dean Haglund), Melvin Frohike (Tom Braidwood), and John Fitzgerald Byers (Bruce Harwood) were a technological-savvy trio of best friends who brought conspiracy theories to a whole new level. They lived as the quintessential governmental watchdogs. Of course, they were minions of FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dr. Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson). Unfortunately, the Lone Gunmen met untimely deaths in “Jump the Shark,” the fifteenth episode in season nine of the X-Files.

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‘X-Files’ delves into real monsters

American Astronaut Neil Armstrong’s First Step on the Moon (Image credit: NASA.gov)

Season eleven of the return of X-Files begins with episode one, “My Struggle III.” Episode one of six upcoming episodes is like a time machine to season ten of the 1978 drama series, Dallas. It opens with Pam Ewing (Victoria Principal) awakening from a dream and declaring that the events of season nine never happened. It was a bad television plot twist then, and it’s a bad television plot twist today.

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The problem with Fallout Shelter, the gaming app

I never got into the console Fallout series by Bethesda, though I am a hardcore Elder Scrolls fan. Skyrim forever! My guilty pleasure is lying in bed playing gaming apps on my smartphone. It was only natural for me to fall in love with Fallout Shelter because it was similar to a role playing game or RPG.

In Fallout Shelter, you build an underground vault world for those who are left behind after a nuclear apocalypse with a little help from Vault Boy. You build your vault from seven people known as dwellers up to two hundred dwellers. As the unseen overseer, you have the power to name new babies of couples you brought together and evict dwellers who are bringing your stats down. In my vaults, if your happiness level drops below 75%, you must go.

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Movie Review – Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok is the third in the Thor movie trilogy and seventeenth movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe saga about superheroes based on its comic book characters by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. The role of Thor is played once again by Chris Hemsworth. Hemsworth appears comfortable as Thor. His performance is witty and charming as an arrogant demi-god with an overabundance of self-esteem. The citizens of Asgard are in danger of being destroyed from a new arch-nemesis, Hela. Hela is Thor’s sister, who was exiled by their father Odin because of her zealous love for war and death. Cate Blanchett plays Hela. She is almost unrecognizable as the brunette Hela.

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