Detective Pikachu: mediocre movie of the summer (Movie Review)

posted May 31, 2019, 4:43 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Eddie Inchaurregui, Staff Writer

Posted May 31st, 2019

Hello Folks! Today we will be reviewing the movie Detective Pikachu.

This movie is about the disappearance of our main character’s father. In looking for answers, Tim Goodman (Justice Smith) stumbles upon the R serum, which makes nearby pokemon go nuts.  After finding a Pikachu, Goodman realizes that he can talk with Pikachu (Ryan Reynolds). After teaming up with his father’s pokemon to investigate for further information, Tim uncovers certain doom for both human and pokemon life.  Can Tim save the world? Find out in Detective Pikachu!

In all honesty, I’m not a Pokemon fan, and so many of the pokemon references were swept under the rug for me. But I soon found that the movie was spectacular to look at and admire. However, the plot seemed way too cliche. If I had a nickel for every time I heard of an evil protagonist attempting to expose a chemical across the city to mutate humans, I’d have some serious change.

Beyond the plot, the visual imagery generated by the artist was amazing. Watching a realistic pokemon move around was incredible. As far as themes, I don’t think there were any learnable messages. You have your goodie two shoes of a guy trying to impress a girl, but instead gets caught with his pants down-- literally.  More importantly he tries to find his dad who was taken. The ending also seemed really confusing as the villain wanted to fuse humans with their pokemon, which doesn’t seem so much like a bad thing. If anything, the true villains are the makers of the movie for such poor plot quality. And for a Pokemon based movie, this had little to no battles whatsoever.  If the directors really wanted, they could have gone somewhere completely different with the movie. This could have been possibly just as good as Marvel’s Endgame. Alas, another one to add to the pile of mediocre movies.

Overall, I give this movie a 4/10. I surely wouldn’t watch again. At least not for the plot. Art is admirable though.

"Earth" by rapper and comedian Lil’ Dicky sets a mild environmental chord with listeners

posted May 30, 2019, 1:29 PM by Jeffrey Wolf   [ updated May 31, 2019, 4:39 AM ]

By: Eddie Inchaurregui, Staff Writer

Posted May 30th, 2019

After listening to this song, I thought it was okay. The lyrics are very simple, there’s not much variation, so they are not very distinguished in a sense of creativity. The beat was mellow and compares greatly to that of Maroon 5's current musical pieces. Songs like Maps, Sugar, and Misery are a great example. The song plays the role of sharing a feeling of self preservation and unified domestic tranquility. The purpose of the song seems cliche, as it's uncommon for artists to talk about the Earth and our love for it as a main message. This leads me to believe this song might've been paid for by a environmentalist organization. Of course without evidence, this is only a thought.

Is "Avengers: End Game" Worth The Price of Admission? (Movie Review)

posted May 20, 2019, 6:03 PM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Andrew Davis, Entertainment Editor

Posted May 20th, 2019

For the last 10 plus years, the Comic Book Studio, Marvel, has been crafting a narrative of superheroes including Iron Man, Captain America, the Incredible Hulk, Thor, Dr. Strange, and a multitude of others as they fight battles against numerous villains.  Although these stories often operated separately of one another, one threat loomed over all, an extremely powerful godlike being named Thanos. Last year, we witnessed the rise of Thanos as he captured several stones that could wield the power of the universe.  We saw the destruction of half of the population, and we witnessed all hope leave the heroes we have known. This Spring, the movie “End Game” was released as an extension to this story. “End Game” functions as a redemption story that moves from the brink of loneliness and despair to a historic victory through the cooperation of what remains of the Avengers.

One of the most important aspects of any narrative is character development, which “End Game” has in spades.  Over the three hour show time, the audience relates with a narcissistic billionaire, laughs at an ineptly gluttonous god, and is empowered by the sacrifices made by a mechanic AI.  This storytelling is so profound due to the large surplus of material that has been accrued over the past decade. Every character feels not only like a hero, but like a person. It is these human qualities that draw the viewer in and make it feel relatable.  However, due to the dependence on past films for sourcing, the movie is not very watchable to those that have not seen the previous films. It is important to have the prior knowledge of the Marvel Cinematic Universe before going in.

One of the largest disservices this movie does is to the villain: Thanos.  The film takes what had been an ominous, terrifying, unstoppable force and severely weakens his abilities with the progression of the plot.  This essentially damages the central conflict of the movie and makes it more about the internal struggles of the individuals rather than the collective concern of all humanity.  Despite this fact, the movie still entertains and leaves the viewer deeply satisfied, albeit for different reasons than those expected upon entering the movie.

In conclusion, I would recommend watching “End Game,” especially if you have seen most of the other Marvel movies.  It’s not perfect, but it will undoubtedly satisfy, and that’s the ultimate purpose of Cinema. In terms of a rating, I would give “End Game” a 6.5/10

Another Captain Enters the Marvel Universe (A Movie Review of Captain Marvel)

posted May 13, 2019, 4:38 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Eddie Inchaurregui, Staff Writer

Posted May 13th, 2019

Captain Marvel is a trainee under Kree regiment on a mission to recover intelligence. In midst of battle, Marvel is captured and taken aboard the spaceship of the Skrull faction, a deceptive and hostile race of creatures battling against the Kree. Upon escape, Marvel lands on Earth only to rediscover her past life from her findings. With a clearer view of the situation, Marvel teams with the Skrull to fight off the tyrannical Kree and uses her abilities to their true potential.

This movie has a lot of good messages for the audience to consider. Throughout the movie, there are many instances where Captain Marvel is knocked down, but when she is being told by the supreme intelligence to give up, she breaks free and escapes once more to help her allies. This scene shows how important it is for humanity to stand up against evil-doers, even when the odds are against us. No matter how difficult the situation, one must keep moving forward. Another theme is the theme of morality over punctuality. In the movie, Captain Marvel comes to realize that the governing Kree are merciless killers only seeking their own benefit. Even after this revelation of disposition, Captain Marvel is determined to help the Skrull find a new home. Marvel is telling the audience it is never too late to do the right thing. Even though Captain Marvel was on the losing side, she still pushed for victory.

I thought that the movie was successful many areas of its development. Throughout the fight scenes, the computer generated images performed very well. As for the plot, there were a lot of unanswered questions that became fulfilled throughout the story. There were some great 90’s references including Pop-culture music, arcade games, and technology. I enjoyed the humor; it seems to appeal to all ages in that aspect. In the beginning of the movie, I thought that Marvel’s commentary throughout the fight scene seemed a little forced.

In total the plot was easy to follow. It was well rounded in terms of emotional appeal. Its use of inspiration, humor, and sadness mixed with an inspiring message fitted the film perfectly. All the characters were distinguishable and the actors all played their roles well.

With this said, I give the movie a rating of 8.5/10

Sunrise (photography)

posted Apr 8, 2019, 6:10 PM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Kelsey Alder, Staff Writer
Posted April 8th, 2019

Gryphon (artwork)

posted Apr 8, 2019, 6:07 PM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Kelsey Alder, Staff Writer
Posted April 8th, 2019

Daffodils (a poem)

posted Mar 20, 2019, 4:38 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Katherine Alder, Staff Writer

Posted March 20th, 2019


As the sun began to shake off the tired cold of winter,

Rising earlier.

Shining brighter.

It banished winter’s permanent grey,

bringing back the brilliant blue skies.

The dingy grey snow drifts slowly shrank.

Eventually disappearing completely,

called back to Earth pulled under the surface.

As the ground thawed out,

the world awoke.

The grass regained its color, the birds sang,

and the delicate flowers began to raise their heads

Their green leaves uncurled pressing against the ceiling of soil.

They shot up into the light shaking off the dirt.

Relishing in the warmth,

and surviving the freezing nights,

straining upwards towards the sun.

A monochrome of green leaves.

Until the pale bud burst open,

to reveal the brilliant yellow and white blossom.

A stake at its base denoted its name, in careful handwriting,

elegant cursive,

Ice Follies.

Its proud yellow trumpet contrasted the pale ice white petals

It thrived in the warm, cheerful, spring air.

Watch the Oscar Award Winning Spider-man: Into the Spider-Verse Now!

posted Mar 8, 2019, 4:31 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Eddie Inchaurregui, Staff Writer

Posted March 8th, 2019

Hello Nite Crier viewers! Today I will review the movie: Spider-man Into the Spider-Verse.

P l o t⠀(Spoiler Alert!)   

We are introduced to our main character, Miles Morales, a teenage boy who lives with his father, a city cop, and his mother, a nurse. Miles’ parents and many teachers see potential in him, so he is transferred to a private campus, a decision that he resents.  As school begins to progress, Miles becomes overwhelmed. He meets a friend along the way, initially identified as “Gwanda.” In the midst of school, he is caught attempting to purposefully fail his exam in order to drop out. He is then assigned an essay to write about himself and what he is passionate about. Because of his lack of interest in school, he visits his uncle to help clear his head. His uncle brings him down at a secluded area in a subway station so Miles can express himself through graffiti. After creating a piece with special meaning to Miles, he is bitten by a radioactive spider. In a matter of hours, Miles gains spider-like abilities such as spider sense, increased strength, and fingers that stick to every surface they come in contact with.  . After school, he returns to the subway mural to investigate his current dilemma. His search is abruptly interrupted by the pulverization of a nearby wall. This causes Miles to become sandwiched between a battle with Spiderman and Green Goblin. Upon discovery, both Miles and SpiderMan realize they are alike, which brings temporary comfort to Miles. SpiderMan then returns to the new found scene revealed to be Kingpin’s secret testing facility for an unstable particle accelerator. While it was not immediately known to the audience, Kingpin is attempting to regain the lives of his lost wife and son. In the act of stopping KingPin’s Machine, SpiderMan is pulled into the Machine, causing a cataclysmic crash. After the explosion, Miles finds SpiderMan mortally wounded under the wreckage. SpiderMan tells Miles to take the “goober” (a flashdrive) and destroy Kingpin’s contraption before it destroys the city. Before leaving, Miles watches as Kingpin crushes SpiderMan. After escaping the clutches of Kingpin’s right hand man, The Prowler, Miles goes back to his home emotionally shaken and upset. He wakes up the next day determined to fulfill his promise to SpiderMan. He goes out to buy a SpiderMan costume and attempts to harness his abilities, but breaks the “goober” in the process. Defeated, Miles visits Spider-Man’s grave to apologize for dooming the city. During the scene, Miles is approached by a shadowy figure who is then ‘venom-shocked’ by Miles by mistake, rendering the stranger unconscious. Miles discovers the man to be a SpiderMan from an alternate universe. Before learning more, Miles is pursued by the 5-0 who mistake him to be a grave robber. With a knocked out SpiderMan, Miles runs from the cops. Upon escape, he ties up SpiderMan and begins to interrogate him. SpiderMan responds saying he was a SpiderMan, specifically Peter, from a different realm and was sucked through a portal and brought to a world where he died. Miles reveals the world to be his, and that they share spider-like abilities. Miles proposes that Peter helps him in the battle to save the city from it’s perilous fate. Peter, reluctant to returning to his prior life of fighting crime, eventually agrees. They go out of the city and into Alchemax, a secret facility linked with Kingpin that harbors needed files. They encounter Doctor Olivia Octavius aka Doctor Octopus , who overpowers both Peter and Miles. Before succeeding, she is defeated by an unsuspected hero: Spider Woman. She is later revealed to be Gwen Stacy, aka “Gwanda”.  After escaping with the files, we get Gwen’s backstory and how she was also pulled from her dimension and brought to this one. With little options left, our spider squad goes to Aunt May for help. She brings them down to the spider layer and reveals three other spider personas with similar arrival story. Of the ones present are: SpiderMan Noir, Peni Parker/sp//dr, and Peter Porker as Spider-Ham. The new squad amends the plan to returning each hero to his/her universe followed by the destruction of the particle accelerator. Our heros venture out to helping Miles master his spider abilities. To everyone’s disappointment, he is unable to control his skills. Miles flees to his uncle’s place only to discover that his own uncle is in fact The Prowler. After running back to tell the squad, they are ambushed by Kingpin’s Men: The Prowler, Scorpion, and Tombstone. In the final moments of battle, The Prowler holds Miles who is disguised as SpiderMan before ending his life. Before he is able to, Miles reveals his identity, causing his Uncle to have a moment of humanity. The scene becomes shattered immediately when Kingpin shoots Miles' Uncle. Miles holds his uncle as he gives his last breath. Miles' father responds to the scene and mistakes Miles, disguised as SpiderMan, to be the killer. After returning to his dorm, Miles is confronted by the squad and told of the plan’s new proceedings to go without him. Peter takes the “goober” and leaves Miles webbed to a chair. Feeling uninspired, Miles is left to think about his self-failure. A moment later, Miles' father is behind his door and shares inspirational words despite the severity of the situation. These words spark Miles' determination which ultimately give him full command of his powers. He returns with the squad with only a few hours of experience, but full application of effort to save his city. After using the “goober” all 5 heroes return to their normal worlds. In the midst of combat, Kingpin reveals that his family was killed in a car accident after they realized his ties to crime and seeing him fight SpiderMan. This is the whole motive for the particle accelerator. After defeating KingPin, Miles delivers him to the police and hugs his father disguised as SpiderMan. We then see Miles continue his education at the private school and submit the essay with the same message that he wrote on the subway mural. We also see the lives of all the other members in the spider squad with good endings. Miles closes saying that anyone can wear the mask and that becomes the end of the movie.

T h e m e s⠀

When Miles asked Peter: “How will I know when I’m ready?”, Peter said “You won’t. It’s a leap of faith” This is how Miles was able to master his ability in such a short span of time. In the movie, these words became powerful enough to give Miles ability to be a hero. This can be applied to many situations in life. Another theme would be the diversity of the hero. We see 7 different Spider personas within the movie. All have different backstories, but they are all able to put the mask on and become a superhero. This theme is as old as Marvel itself. “Anyone can wear the mask” is a message that pays homage to the creators of Marvel and continues to inspire people of all kinds to do the right thing.

R e v i e w⠀

I think the movie was great. It was a culmination of many stories that fit perfectly within Miles' Universe ironically. I like the message offered to the audience. It didn’t really seem cliche at all. There was a decent amount of everything in the movie. I would watch this movie again without hesitation. Based on all this information, I rate this movie a 10/10.

Summer’s life (a poem)

posted Mar 5, 2019, 4:45 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Katherine Alder, Staff Writer

Posted March 5th, 2019

Summer’s life

Willow trees grew up around the pond

their draping branches arced over the water


weighed down by nothing

save themselves and gravity

their arms reaching for the land below

rather than the sky

Shading out the desperate plants

Starved of sunshine

With too much water

Growing long and scraggly in the darkness

Though some adapt

never needing the burning light

A cloud of insects swarm

Around the water


Algae covers the surface

Like paint on a child's canvas

Coated and careless

The water dark

A sickly green

To spite what could have been

A beautiful scene

Corrupting the tranquil waters

To smooth and still to stop it

Slowly growing over the space

Where lily pads used to rest

Landscape (Artwork)

posted Feb 14, 2019, 4:43 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By:Katherine Alder, Staff Writer
Posted February 14th, 2019

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