Friday, April 17, 2015

"Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" Review

(Trailer linked from the YouTube channel "Sony Pictures Entertainment")

By Zach Cooper
Paul Blart and his Segway are back in another action-packed movie! Kevin James once again brings out the laughs, even more than the first film (2009).

This film takes him and his daughter Maya (Rani Rodriguez) to Las Vegas, where Paul is invited to a security-guard convention. While there, Maya stumbles through a wrong door and gets put in the hands of a new group of enemies, who are stealing art from the Wynn. This new setting broadens Blart's adventure.

The film also focuses on the relationship between Maya and her father. Paul's security-guard pep talks begin to ruin their relationship. She is about to head off to college, so these last final moments cannot be wasted.

I throughly enjoyed the film. I felt like the completely new setting really made the movie super compelling. I did feel like the film started off a little slow, but it got intense very quickly. Through all the laughs, I would give the movie a 9/10. Kevin James rocked it as Paul Blart. Can't wait to see his his next adventure!

Monday, April 13, 2015

HOME: Movie Review

(Trailer courtesy of the YouTube channel "DreamWorksTV")

By Zach Cooper
Based on the book comes "HOME". The movie credits popular stars like Jim Parsons, Jennifer Lopez and Rihanna. The film is about a group of aliens called the "Boov", who are running away from their feared enemy the "Gorg". The Boov go to the place where they believed they would never be found: EARTH! To inhabit the planet, the Boov relocate all the humans to other parts of Earth. The only person that was not moved was a young girl named Tip. She then begins a search to find her mother.

In another direction of the story, one of the Boov's named Oh is having a house party. He is very disliked among the Boov community. When no one shows up, he decides to send an e-invite to all the Boov on planet Earth. This invite was also sent to their enemy the Gorg, who was about to know their current location.

The movie takes you through tons of twists and turns once Oh and Tip's story's meet. I really did enjoy the movie. The film was very unpredictable at times, which I thought was great! Out of 10, I would rate the film an 8.


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Penguins of Madagascar: Movie Review


By Rusty Reno
On November 26, 2014 DreamWorks Animation's “The Penguins of Madagascar” hit theaters in the United States. It is 92 minutes long and is rated PG.

The movie begins when three young penguins, Skipper, Kowalski, and Rico, run away from their family of penguins to save an egg rolling away to the sea. After facing some dangers the three capture the egg and watch Private get hatched.

The scene jumps ahead to 10 years later. The four penguins get captured by a squid that wants to get revenge on penguins after losing his attention from people at the zoo when the penguins were newly added. Fortunately, the Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, and Private get saved by Northwind, a top secret agency that protects animals. However, every other penguin has been captured from the squid so Northwind and the four penguins must fight back. Will the penguins be saved? Or will the squid’s plan succeed. Find out in “The Penguins of Madagascar”.

I recommend that you see this movie. It is hilarious. I give it a 9/10 only because some parts were too obnoxious. You will definitely laugh while watching this movie.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Star Wars Miniland Death Star Unveiled at LEGOLAND California

By Zach Cooper
On Wednesday, March 4th, members of the media were invited to a special unveiling of the all-new LEGO Star Wars Miniland Death Star at LEGOLAND California.

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The Death Star Model Display is located in Star Wars Miniland, which is directly behind the Knight's  Tournament attraction.

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The Death Star was hidden until the official unveiling ceremony at 5:30.


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While waiting, a fantastic band played some of the well known songs from the Star Wars trilogy's.



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WATCH: THE FULL UNVEILING CEREMONY EDITED WITH MULTIPLE ANGLES!

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At 5:30pm, LEGOLAND California's Julie Estrada came out and welcomed everyone to the event.

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Soon after, General Manager Peter Ronchetti took the stand and showed how thrilled he was to see Star Wars Miniland expand once again.

The Star Wars themed area was originally brought to the park back in 2011. With so much success, in 2012, it was expanded with the addition of the LEGO Star Wars Gallery.

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We then faced an invasion of Stormtroopers.

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Darth Vader then took the stand to help unveil the Death Star!

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Then the curtain finally went down and revealed the model consisting of 500,000 LEGO Bricks. It is 13 feet high and 8 feet wide and weighs more than 1,900 pounds.

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Infront of the model is a giant building station. In the middle of it is a giant LEGO trench, where in the movies, Luke Skywalker was seen zooming through to destroy the Death Star.

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Taking pictures with members of the media and special guests was Darth Vader himself and his team of Stormtroopers! 

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R2-D2 was also seen around Star Wars Miniland.



We were able to talk exclusively to LEGOLAND California's GM Peter Ronchetti about the newest addition to Star Wars Miniland!


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We had a great time at the unveiling of the new Death Star Model Display at LEGOLAND California. Check back for more photos and video in the next week! 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

LEGO STAR WARS Miniland Death Star Sneak Peak at LEGOLAND California

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By Zach Cooper
The largest LEGO model in Star Wars Miniland arrived to LEGOLAND California. The LEGO Star Wars Miniland Death Star stands 13-feet high and made with over a half million LEGO bricks. The Death Star is positioned where it overlooks LEGO Star Wars Miniland, which opened in 2011. Since then, there have been many additions to the area, including the LEGO Star Wars Gallery in 2012.


The model will officially be unveiled to the public March 5th, with the annual LEGO Star Wars Days event on March 7th and 8th.

Sources:
-Photos by LEGOLAND California.
-Video embedded directly from the YouTube channel "Behind the Thrills"

Friday, February 6, 2015

Canon Announces New EOS DSLRs: 5DS, 5DS R, T6i, T6s



By Zach Cooper
On February 5th, Canon announced a lineup of new DSLR's camera bodies and also a new lens.


5DS & 5DS R: These new full-frame EOS DSLRs has 50.6 megapixels, allowing videographers and photographers amazing image quality. Both will feature built-in intervalmeter, allowing long-exposures images to be captured much easier. There is also a Time Lapse Movie function, where it takes a number of photographs and combines them into a HD file. Allowing more memory, the cameras feature CF and SD card slots.

Comparison- The EOS 5D Mark III has 22.3 megapixels.



T6i & T6s: These 24.2 megapixel DSLRs allows amazing image quality at an affordable rate. It also features built in Wi-Fi and a touch screen monitor.

Comparison- The EOS 60D and 7D have 18 megapixels.


Sources:
-Video courtesy of the YouTube channel "B and H". 
-Information and photos courtacy of www.usa.canon.com/pressrelease

"The Wedding Ringer": Review

By Andrew Carter
Doug Harris (Josh Gad) is a lovable but socially awkward groom-to-be with a problem: he has no best man. With less than two weeks to go until he marries the girl of his dreams (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting), Doug is referred to Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart), owner and CEO of Best Man, Inc., a company that provides flattering best men for socially challenged guys in need. What ensues is a hilarious wedding charade as they try to pull off the big con, and an unexpected budding bromance between Doug and his fake best man Jimmy.

 This movie is very funny and recommended for all ages. Like all movies it does feature some curse words and one short inappropriate scene. I rate it a 9/10.

Sources:
-Trailer courtesy of "Sony Pictures Entertainment" YouTube channel.