Musical Review: Jesus Christ Superstar

Details: More information can be found at http://www.playbill.com/production/jesus-christ-superstar-neil-simon-theatre-vault-0000013824

Score: 7/10

A musical is a show where there is dialogue and occasionally the characters break into song. An opera is when there is almost no talking and all singing. Jesus Christ Superstar is likely more an opera than a musical. Originally performed in the 1970’s, Jesus Christ Superstar has been revived a number of times. Despite its age, this show is still entertaining even though the story is predictable since it retells a religious narrative most people in America are very familiar with.

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Restaurant Review: Modern Szechuan

Details: Located at 7 W 45th St, New York, NY 10036. Here’s the unclaimed Yelp page: https://www.yelp.com/biz/modern-szechuan-new-york

Score: 7/10

Modern Szechuan is a cheaply priced Chinese takeout restaurant in Midtown Manhattan. Like most food businesses in the area, they mainly cater to the working crowd at lunch.

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Video Game Review: Season Pass and The Dreadful Crimes DLC for Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate

Details: Released in 2015. I purchased the season pass from http://www.humblebundle.com for about twelve dollars. The Dreadful Crimes DLC does not come with the season pass and I purchased it separately from Ubisoft’s online store for about two dollars. Spent about thirty hours playing through the main game and all of the DLC excluding The Dreadful Crimes and Jack the Ripper DLC. The Dreadful Crimes took me about three hours. Played on the PC. Spent about five to ten hours playing through Jack the Ripper DLC. More information can be found here: https://store.ubi.com/us/assassins-creed-syndicate-season-pass/56c4948288a7e300458b46f2.html

Score: 6.7/10 for the Season Pass, 7/10 for The Dreadful Crimes

The season pass for Assassin’s Creed is fun, but mostly not worth it unless you really loved Syndicate. For one thing, Dreadful Crimes does not come with it and that is a really fun piece of DLC. Secondly, with the exclusion of the Jack the Ripper DLC, the other missions and equipment don’t really add too much to the game.

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TV Show Review: The Weekenders

Details: Produced by Disney and originally aired in 2000 to 2004. There are 39 episode with each episode at around thirty minutes long with commercials. Each episode is divided into two part with each part consisting of an individual story. Here’s the Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Weekenders#Episodes

Score: 7/10

The Weekenders was another Saturday morning cartoon made by Disney. It’s pretty much a sitcom involving kids for kids. The style of humor is surprisingly adult though.

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Video Game Review: Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate

 

Details: This is a review for the main game, not the DLC. Released in 2015. Played on the PC. Purchased the main game from http://www.newegg.com for about ten dollars. Purchased the season pass from http://www.humblebundle.com for about twelve dollars. Spent about thirty hours playing through the main game and some of the DLC. Official site is https://www.ubisoft.com/en-us/game/assassins-creed-syndicate/

Score: 7.9/10

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is a really fun game that builds upon all the prior Assassin’s Creed games and moves forward with the franchise.

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Movie Review: Tomb Raider

Details: Released in 2018. Stars Alicia Vikander. More information can be found at https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1365519/

Score: 6.7/10

Tomb Raider is a remake of movies of the same name which were based on the video games of the same name. The story is loosely based off the Tomb Raider game that was released in 2013. This was an okay movie. If I were to pick out the biggest weakness of this movie, I would say that Alicia Vikander does not have the acting ability to portray visceral, grueling, survivalist emotions. A substantial part of this movie required that.

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Movie Review: Ready Player One

Details: Released in 2018. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Stars Tye SheridanOlivia CookeBen Mendelsohn. About two and a half hours long. More information can be found at https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1677720/

Score: 7/10

Ready Player One is a children’s film. It is also a testament to the power of nostalgia and how just a drop of it can move an audience. After watching this movie, I know that it is mostly fluff. It’s a flimsy, fairly shitty story. And yet by the end of it, the movie still made me feel some emotions. If anything, I guess Ready Player One is proof that movie goers (such as myself) are indeed suckers and just dropping a few images from our childhood is all it takes to amuse us.

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Restaurant Review: Jamba Juice

Details: Located at too many places around New York City. The official site is http://www.jambajuice.com/

Jamba Juice is a franchise that primarily sells fruit juices and iced smoothies. It’s mostly marketed towards health conscious people.

I’ve tried a number of things from here, but I generally just pick stuff from their classic menu. Smoothies from this part of the menu either have sherbet or yogurt in them. Smoothies here generally cost around five to ten dollars. It’s very sweet, but cold and good on a hot day.

They have other stuff, like yogurt bowls and even sandwiches. None of those items seem appealing to me.

Overall, it’s a good place to get smoothies. I’d complain about the price, but after looking at smoothie prices at other places in Manhattan, the pricing at Jamba Juice is decent.

Score: 7/10

Restaurant Review: Gray’s Papaya

Details: Located at 612 8th Ave, New York, NY 10018. Official site is http://grayspapaya.nyc/

Gray’s Papaya is arguably the cheapest hot dog in Manhattan. It’s $1.25 for a hot dog and you can get ketchup, mustard, onions, or sauerkraut on it. Cheese and chili are fifty cents extra for each. Can’t really criticize something this cheap. Their hot dogs taste fine. They also have those juice drinks that taste artificial as fuck. The drink is probably not worth it.

Score: 7/10

TV Show Review: Fillmore!

Details: Aired from 2002 to 2004. There are twenty-six episodes total with each episode at around thirty minutes long with commercials. Couldn’t find an official site so here’s the imdb.com site: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0337761/

Score: 6.8/10

Fillmore! was part of a block of cartoons on ABC Disney that aired over a decade ago. I loved these cartoon at the time, especially Recess. These were classic examples of cartoons that targeted kids, but had enough depth and jokes for adults. Fillmore! was a good example of this, though I don’t think it was anywhere near as good as Recess.

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