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Teen Review - Moana: The Perfect Disney Movie

January 5, 2017 | Teen Blogger | Comments (1)

Review by Vyshnavi

MoanaWhen one thinks of Disney princesses, they probably picture your average young white maiden, who is a magically talented damsel in distress. Said damsel in distress would obviously need a young, strong, powerful prince to save her. Not to mention both princess and Prince are drop dead gorgeous. How typical of Disney. Moana breaks all of these stereotypes.

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TOP 5 MOVIES TO WATCH THIS HOLIDAY

December 28, 2016 | Youth Advisory Group | Comments (0)

By Hannah, Runnymede Branch Youth Advisory Group member

You don't know what to do this holiday? You don't want to go out in this weather? Too lazy to read a book? The best thing to do is stay home and watch movies - let this post help you decide what to watch!  

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Everything, Everything Movie In The Works

November 22, 2016 | Helena | Comments (0)

Everything Everything

As the saying goes, anticipation is half the fun.  In that spirit, have you heard the good news that a movie is in the works for Nicola Yoon's smash hit Everything, Everything?  It's set for August of next year and will star Hunger Games actor Amandla Stenberg.  You might also want to check out Nicola's latest book The Sun Is Also A Star which, again, is a hit with readers, currently sitting at #6 on the New York Times Best Seller List, and critics alike.  Be sure to check out both books!  

DOCTOR STRANGE - movie review

November 12, 2016 | Teen Blogger | Comments (0)

Reviewed by Sohinee

Doctor Strange Poster*Spoiler ahead* (If you haven’t watched Doctor Strange why are reading this review?) All aboard the Marvel Cinematic Universe train, because there is no stopping it. The MCU released its 14th superhero movie on November 4. The movie starred Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Rachel McAdams and Mads Mikleson just to name a few.

This is the first time Doctor Strange came to the big screen and the director and cast blew it away! Benedict Cumberbatch played the egotistical, anti-social, Tony Stark persona, Doctor Stephen Strange, a brilliant neurosurgeon who loses his hands because of a car accident. Strange spends the last dregs of his money to buy a one-way ticket to Kathmandu, Nepal, where an alleged healer, healed a paraplegic man. There Strange meets the Ancient One and dives into the world of magic and mystics.

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THE PROPOSAL reviewed

October 8, 2016 | Teen Blogger | Comments (1)

Reviewed by Sanjana, age 18

The proposalThe Proposal is honestly my guilty pleasure; I love it so much. It's funny, it's real, and it gives you a little "escapade" into someone else's life. It's great as a feel-good movie, and with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds (who, in case you didn't know, is Canadian), it was bound to be a blockbuster. So if you've had a rough day or a rough week, grab the pizza, grab the ice cream, and just have fun with this rom-com.

ROBOTS reviewed

September 6, 2016 | Teen Blogger | Comments (0)

Reviewed by Anita, age 16


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The past century brought to us one of the best advancements known to human civilization: animated movies. In an inspiring era of brilliant movies paved by studios like Disney and Pixar, all generations are guaranteed to have their heartstrings plucked by these inspirational and often tear-jerking movies. 

But hidden between the timeless classics of Lion King or Bambi, later smash hits like Frozen, and other beautiful films including Up, Zootopia, Big Hero 6, and more, are many amazing and greatly undervalued films. 

One such movie is the 2005 film Robots from Blue Sky Studios and 20th Century Fox. It's a frequently overlooked feature set in a dystopian world of humanoid robots. It follows the adventures of Rodney Copperbottom, an adolescent robot who dreams of becoming an inventor and making the world a better place. The plot sounds fairly generic when described like that, but in reality, Robots is an extremely well made movie set in a fantastically sculpted universe with a great comedic plot. It also stars Robin Williams, the genius behind Genie in the Aladdin films, as the voice of Fender, a loveable red robot who just keeps falling apart. 

Past the jokes and well-played action also lies a deeper meaning of self-discovery and self-acceptance, beautifully portrayed in a movie that tells you: yeah life is pretty dang hard, but honestly, just follow your dreams, because otherwise, you're wasting it. 

And I completely agree with this message because seriously, what's the point of you being alive if you spend life being miserable? And there are no excuses, because dying while trying to accomplish your dreams is incomparably better than living a long, pointless life. 

But let's put aside my philosophical musings for another day. 

Robots is a funny, entertaining, and heartwarming film worthy of any animated film or Disney fanatic, and perfect for people of all ages who are looking for a genuinely good movie to watch. It's also capable of causing some strong feelings (I may have shed a few tears) so if you enjoy a good, hearty cry, that's another reason to watch this movie. 

If you haven't seen this movie yet, what are you waiting for? Go on!

Teen Game Review : Overcooked

September 3, 2016 | Christine | Comments (0)

Review by Chelsea, age 12
  Overcooked by Ghost Town Games Poster Image

Overcooked by Ghost Town Games is a fun, cooperative game for your and your friends! It involves a great amount of teamwork, quick thinking, and of course, cooking. Can you master the art of cooking and save your city by feeding the meatball beast?

The pros of the game are:

  • it will improve your communication and teamwork skills
  • you could learn some new cooking recipes
  • you'll have fun!

The cons of the game are:

  • it's not fun if you don't have a friend around
  • you should be prepared for lots of yelling and impatience at the beginning of the game

My friends and I spent hours playing this game! It's a difficult challenge: you have to make a selected amount of recipes within a period of time! In the beginning (or tutorial), a monster appears, and it's hungry. You and your friend(s) work hard to create many salads for the monster! When you're finally finished, the monster is still not satisfied. So, the man that you are with opens a time portal and all of you escape! He brings you back in time to learn the ancient art of cooking, so you can save the city when you're ready! Are you up to the challenge?

Suicide Squad: Reviewed

August 16, 2016 | Youth Advisory Group | Comments (0)

By Mackenzie, Runnymede Branch Youth Advisory Group member

Suicide Squad is a good movie but does not live up to all its hype. The movie is nothing like how the trailers make it look, which is pretty disappointing. Suicide Squad was supposed to be this year's big summer movie but failed to meet my expectations. The characters are wonderful, the idea of a group of villains working together is great, but the plot could have been much better.

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Ghostbusters: Reviewed

August 16, 2016 | Youth Advisory Group | Comments (0)

By Mackenzie, Runnymede Branch Youth Advisory Group member

 

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I was never really interested in the original Ghostbusters movies but something about the all female cast and controversy around the trailers drew me in to go see the reboot. I walked out of the theatre feeling great about the film because it was such an enjoyable and fun movie to watch. I was not expecting to like this movie as much as I did but I feel like this is a great modern take on the original Ghostbusters that teens will enjoy.

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Spoiler-Free Movie Review: Jason Bourne

August 14, 2016 | Youth Advisory Group | Comments (0)

  Written by Kevin, member of the Kennedy Eglinton Youth Advisory Group

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Starring one of the highest-grossing actors of all time, the fifth installment of the Bourne series will surely strike gold at the box office. Matt Damon once again stars as the character of Jason Bourne, a man suffering from extreme amnesia and trying to discover his true identity amidst of a secret conspiracy within the CIA. The movie, which released on the 29th of July, 2016, has already surpassed a total of 138 million U.S. dollars.  

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Movie Review: Captain America Civil War

August 11, 2016 | Youth Advisory Group | Comments (0)

Written by Kevin, member fo the Kennedy Eglinton Youth Advisory Group

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On May the 6th of this year, one of the most anticipated movies got released. Captain America: Civil War was that movie and man, did it live up to our expectations! Let's JUST say that Civil War thoroughly exceeded every fans' expectations. This movie completed what many believe to be the greatest superhero trilogy of all time. The Captain America franchise can be seen as the perfect example of how superhero movie series should be made. 

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Movie Review: Romeo & Juliet

August 10, 2016 | Youth Advisory Group | Comments (0)

Written by Lola, member of Kennedy Eglinton Youth Advisory Group          

 

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The Romeo and Juliet movie version I watched was made in 2013. The setting was in Verona, because in the play written by Shakespeare, he decided Verona would be the perfect place for this story. Some of the actors chosen in this stellar movie were, Douglas Booth as Romeo Montague, Hailee Steinfeld as Juliet Capulet, Ed Westwick as Tybalt and Paul Giamatti as Friar Laurence. I thought the movie was beautifully put together. In my opinion, the costumes fit the Elizabethan era perfectly! The acting was tremendously believable. I also appreciated how the director stayed true to the original plot; he did not add too many of his own ideas.

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What's On @ the Library - August 8-13th

August 8, 2016 | Monica | Comments (0)

Check out all the cool things happening at the Toronto Public Library this week, from the art of filmmaking to designing your very own video game!

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Movie Review: Dragon Ball Super

August 5, 2016 | Alice | Comments (0)

Dragonball super

Review by Yasir

Dragon Ball Super is a great anime (Japanese animated cartoons). DBS (Dragon ball super) is made by Akira Toriyama. DBS is the continuation of the previous series “Dragon ball Z.” If you haven’t seen it, then you are going to have a difficult time to understand it. If you know at least all main transformation/technique then you might understand it. There for now 53 episodes in DBS, and every Sunday a new episode is aired. This story is after the majin buu saga (last dbz saga). OOOh yeah, I forgot it is subbed not dubbed.      

If you want to watch it and you don’t watch the rest of the episodes (which you may regret it later on), I suggest you read this to know what is happening (it is till episode 53 since there is no more aired episode  until next Sunday):

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Two Movies: Reviews by Glody

August 5, 2016 | YAG Facilitator | Comments (0)

Secret life of petsThe Secret Life of Pets

The Secret Life of Pets is an animated comedy movie about the daily life of various animals during their owners' absence during daytime. It starts with Max, a happy go-lucky dog who is severely attached to his owner, Katie. His world was going perfectly well until she brings a new "friend"---Duke, a larger dog, with whom he gets in conflict. However, after being targeted and captured by animal control and with no way of escape, the two lie to a bunny named Snowball about their ownership in order to be set free---on the condition that they join his cult. Now, Max and Duke must brace themselves to face the unexpected while trying their very best to find their way back home and escape it.

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Video Game Review: Black Ops 3

August 4, 2016 | Alice | Comments (0)

Call of dutyReview by Shane

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is another successful game made by Treyarch and Activition (Game developers who make Call of duty games). It is a first person shooter game.This game was released on November 6th, 2015 on platforms such as Ps4, Ps3, Xbox360, Xbox one and PC. I bought it the day it was released.

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Movie Reviews: Studio Ghibli

August 4, 2016 | Alice | Comments (0)

Studio ghibliReview by Maya, age 12

Are you tired of superheroes?  Finding Dory doesn’t catch your interest?  Can’t seem to find a movie worth watching?  Well, move over Disney, there’s a new studio in town! Studio Ghibli is a Japanese anime movie studio that has created many amazing movies ranging from younger- audience movies to ones that are best seen with your parents.  Many of these movies were directed by Hayao Miyazaki who co-founded the studio with another movie director, Isao Takahata.  Together, along with a whole crew of movie-makers, they have created many movies that will make you wonder why you ever watched anything else.

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What's On @ the Library : August 1 - 7

August 1, 2016 | Christine | Comments (0)

Happy Simcoe Day, everyone! I hope you are all enjoying your August long weekend, and doing lots of fun stuff with your friends. Speaking of fun, here is a list of some more great programs happening at the Toronto Public Library this week:

  1. Comics Jam!
    Tuesday August 2 and Wednesday August 3, 1:00 pm - 3:00pm

    at the Lillian H. Smith Branch
    Can't stop drawing? Join us for a two day comics jam! Sign up for Tuesday or Wednesday and unleash your fury of creativity on paper. With comic artist Rebecca Roher from the Centre for Cartoon Studies. For ages 13 - 20. Register in branch or by calling 416-393-7746

  2. Teen DJ Workshop with Scratch Lab
    Tuesday August 2, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    at the Malvern Branch
    Join Scratch Lab for a workshop that examines basic DJ Techniques as well as the evolution of mp3 software in the DJing world. The workshop will consist of a 2 hour info session where everyone will learn the basics of how to mix, match and scratch records, just like the pro DJs. Come out and join the fun and "Get Schooled" with Scratch Lab. Ages 13 - 19. Registration required, please call 416-396-8969 or visit Malvern Branch for details.

  3. Garden Club
    Tuesday August 2, 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm at the S. Walter Stewart Branch
    Get your hands dirty and join the S. Walter Stewart Youth Advisory Group as they plant, grow, and maintain the Library's Flower Garden. Drop-in. Teens 13 - 18. Meet outside the S. Walter Stewart Auditorium to collect tools and plants. For more information contact the branch at 416-396-3975.

  4. Teen Gaming Tournament
    Wednesday August 3, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    at the Evelyn Gregory Branch
    Whether you're an experienced gamer or just looking to learn a few new tricks, our Teen Gaming Tournaments are sure to be a blast. Drop in to the library and challenge your friends to a game of Mortal Kombat or NBA2K. Maybe you'll even end up on our Gaming Wall of Fame. Prizes for the winners.

  5. Kerbal Space Program
    Thursday August 04 - Tuesday Aug 09, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
    at the Fort York Branch
    Start your own space program and reach to the stars! Kerbal Space Program is an award winning game that teaches players real-world physics and engineering skills as they attempt to explore the Kerbal solar system. This multi day program will start out with a tutorial, and then attempt a mission to the moon or even another planet.
    For more information: https://kerbalspaceprogram.com/en/?page_id=7
    For tweens and teens aged 11-16 yrs. Registration begins on July 25th. Register in the branch, or by phone at 416-393-6240.

  6. Improv Workshop
    Thursday August 4, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    at the Barbara Frum Branch
    Building Story Through Improv!
    Learn the basic techniques of improvisation with a Young People's Theatre Artist Educator. The session includes ensemble-based exercises focusing on the creation and development or new characters and original stories. Space is limited. Please register in branch or by calling 416-395-5441.

  7. Fabric Paper
    Thursday August 4, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm at the Don Mills Branch
    Create your own fabric paper in a few simple steps. Demonstration and materials will be provided. For ages 12 - 19. Space is limited. Please register in person or by phone at 416-395-5710.

  8. Silver Maple Art Club
    Thursday August 4, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm at the York Woods Branch

    Express yourself and learn visual arts techniques in the Silver Maple Arts Club. Explore and experiment with a wide variety of artistic materials while creating art true to you. Drop-In program

  9. Graffiti Art Drop In
    Thursday August 4, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at the Parkdale Branch
    In this workshop series, participants will be introduced to the world of graffiti art. Learn from a UNITY artist about letter structure, style and composition. Participants will be give step-by-step instructions on how to create their own unique graffiti pieces of art. This eight week drop-in program will lead up to the creation of a final mural project. Come to as many sessions as you can -- attend one, or attend them all. Ages 12 - 19

  10. Anime Screening -- Kiznaiver
    Friday August 5, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm at the Jane/Dundas Branch
    Bring your friends and enjoy a selection of anime straight from Japan. Please note: anime will be subtitled in English but spoken in Japanese. Anime shown will be for ages 12 and up.

Hope to see you all there!

The Conjuring 2 Review

July 25, 2016 | Youth Advisory Group | Comments (0)

    Recently I watched The Conjuring 2 with some friends of mine. Directed by James Wan, the movie is based on a true event that happened to a family in Enfield, England in the late 70's. While it was happening, nobody really knew the solution to it. It had many people wondering if it was true or not based on the phenomenon going around the house.

    This movie starts with a calm scenario – once you get introduced to the characters and the scene though, everything you previously thought of the movie changes. Two demons haunt two separate families with no relation. Strange things begin happening in the house; demolished furniture, coming to "real life" and the demons disrupting the family and every one in it. One demon is possessing a little girl name Janet while the other one is haunting another women as it wants her husband dead. Both of these demons have separate goals within the family, but they don't meet until the reporters contact them. Both families have a separate situation until they put the pieces together with all the clues they have received.

    Don't get me wrong – like every other viewer in the theatre, I didn't think The Conjuring 2 was going to be scary. But once I saw the movie, it had me terrified for a good week. The Conjuring 2 has some similarities to The Conjuring. They both include real life stories that happened to families around the world. This movie was really intense because it scares you when you least expect it, as well as when you expect it. Almost everything was on point with the movie, from the paintings to the destruction. Everything had a purpose. The movie was also shot nicely. There were moments where it focused on one specific shot while something else was moving in the background. You never knew where to look.

    This is by far one of my favourite scary movies to watch this year. If I could, I would watch it again and again. This movie is different from the other scary movies out there because it is based on a true story. If you do enjoy scary scenes (or terrifying for that matter), you should also visit the haunted house at the Albion Library in October.

    The Conjuring 2 is an amazing movie that focuses on terrifying its viewers. I strongly recommend watching this movie. I would rate it 7.2/10 stars.

Whats On @ the library July 25th - 31st

July 25, 2016 | Cameron | Comments (0)

Events_programsWant to know what is going on at the Toronto Public Library for teens this week: Check out the listing of programs below that cover programs and events from July 25th to July 31st.

 

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FAIRY TAIL : Anime Review

July 23, 2016 | Christine | Comments (0)

By Alvira

Fairy Tail Anime DVD Cover ImageAnime is NOT a cartoon!!!! It's a separate piece of work...just like books or movies. Just wanted to get that cleared. And the anime I would recommend would be FAIRY TAIL. It is the best anime to ever exist. It had me hooked from beginning to end, it's that good. Those who are interested in anime, you have got to watch Fairy Tail. It will leave you addicted and wanting for more. If you are a fan of Dragon Ball Z, Bleach, One Piece, and Naruto, then this is a MUST WATCH.

So head to the nearest library and try it out, believe me it's gonna be awesome.

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All of these anime are also available in manga format:

 Fairy Tail Manga Cover Image

 

 

Fairy Tail

 

 

 

Dragon Ball Z Manga Cover Image

 



Dragon Ball Z

 

 

 

 

Bleach Manga Cover Image

 

 

Bleach

 

 

 
 
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One Piece

 





 Naruto Manga Cover Image



Naruto is available both in regular print and in eBook format.

The Martian: REVIEWED

July 8, 2016 | stephen | Comments (0)

Reviewed by Isabelle at Centennial

Available in DVD and print

ThemartianAs a fan of all things sci-fi, I am bound to like The Martian from the start. The book has many typical sci-fi aspects such as space travel and adventures in new planets. Although, the most important part of The Martian to me is how it’s a story of resilience and relying on the goodness of others.

The Martian is the debut science-fiction novel by Andy Weir. It centres on Mark Watney’s struggle to survive on Mars, documented in his log entries. He is unintentionally stranded on Mars when a storm threatens the safety of his crew. Mark’s humour and constant determination to survive keeps the novel from being too miserable. His quick-thinking leads him to survive in creative ways such as planting potatoes, making water and modifying rovers. Each innovation is described in great detail which is always interesting but sometimes bored me. Mark isn’t optimistic all the time and often struggles to keep hope in his situation. The novel embodies how even in the darkest of times, the most important thing to do is to keep going.

Even though the novel’s main POV is Watney, it also shows the perspectives of his crew members and people at NASA that all cooperate to save him. Their own connections to Mark motivates them to help him whether Mark likes it or not. The story is not complete without several plot twists that makes Mark Watney’s survival more difficult and all the more remarkable. I recommend it to sci-fi fans and fans of the movie who are interested to know more about the story.

What Would Dory Do?

July 8, 2016 | Youth Advisory Group | Comments (0)

Review by Editorial Youth Advisory Group member Anupya

DoryFinding Dory is a beautiful story about the loss of identity, significance of family, living with disability and the effects of optimism. This highly anticipated sequel to Finding Nemo is all about Dory, a regal blue tang who suffers from short-term memory loss. She remembers segments of her early life throughout the movie and brings Nemo and Marlin on yet another life-altering ocean-traversing journey.

Although I can write an essay on why Finding Dory should not have take 13 years to release after the original, I also believe that the wait has been worth it. This may be because Finding Dory is simultaneously sadder and more uplifting than Finding Nemo, because it is painful to watch a character as pure and full of heart as Dory, have such a terrible early life (not to give anything else away). Before entering the theatre, I was afraid that they might make Dory into a two-dimensional character, that her backstory may not be compelling enough to make a whole movie about it.

Boy, was I wrong.

In Finding Dory, we visit Dory’s past and realize how much she has had to overcome to stay her vibrant self, and we take our hats off to her. Furthermore, we see our best selves in Dory, through her eternal optimism, her lack of passing judgment, her fierce protectiveness and her dedication to never give up. The movie rightfully invites us to idolize Dory with the catchphrase “What Would Dory Do?” which helps out many characters along the way, including Dory herself.

All in all, I am in awe that Finding Dory somehow managed to do the impossible: actually be better than the original (which was supposed to be unbeatable in the first place). It is pointless to say it but I’ll say it anyway: go watch this movie because this one is unforgettable.

One Piece Season 1: REVIEWED

July 7, 2016 | stephen | Comments (0)

Reviewed by Chelsea at McGregor Park

Available in DVD or print

OnepiececoverCalling out all anime fans, manga readers, and people who have never heard of the word "anime" before (Pokémon is not considered an anime, by the way)! Have you ever read the manga series "One Piece"? If not, go to your nearest library branch and pick up the first volume of it! "One Piece" is a popular manga series written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. The amazing illustrations and hilarious senarios will keep you turning the pages of the manga.

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10 Cloverfield Lane (Yeah, It's A Film Review)

July 6, 2016 | Youth Advisory Group | Comments (0)

Reviewed by Editorial Youth Advisory Group member Yanelle


10 cloverfield laneSo I watched the film 10 Cloverfield Lane way back in March, and I've only just realised that I have never fully expressed neither my frustration nor my admiration with this movie. Since realising that, like six minutes ago, I've decided to spew out my probably excessively strong opinions on it - sort of like a movie review, but less school-ey. Here we go.

This was a family expedition. My mom, my brother, my cousin and I all set off to the movie theatres. We went through our ticket-buying and popcorn-purchasing motions. Entered the theatre. Sat in a seat (all our own seats; we could not fit in one, although we tried. We did try*). I watched too many trailers and relished in my choice of not going to a Cineplex with Timeplay. And then the experience began. And what an experience it was.

I don't remember how the movie began, and I'm not in the mood to be watching it again right now, so I'm just going to expose the key events for the adrenaline spikers they were. 

I was still working through the five stages of grief after someone (I'm not saying who in fear of getting stoned for not having previously putting forth a spoiler alert) was shot by somebody else (I would have just said "someone else" because that's easier to say, but I am living for The 1975 references), when suddenly, there they were. Aliens. Aliens. And I know that's as big a spoiler as any, but really I think Educating Yourself on topics regarding the supernatural prior to watching 10 Cloverfield Lane results in less emotional damage and consecutive trust issues.

But if you Educate Yourself prior to watching this film, you would not be as equally shocked and disgusted as I was when THESE DAMN ALIENS TURNED UP. It made this move into a JOKE and I am outraged.

But apparently I did not voice my outrage enough, because here I am, literally months later, and doing it again.

*Just kidding, that would be weird. Like extremely weird. Please-sir-no-thank-you weird. 

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