Musical Review: Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark

Details: More information can be found at https://www.broadway.com/shows/spider-man-turn-off-the-dark/

Score: 5.4/10

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is a notorious musical, plagued by injuries, delays, and other hurdles. The result was a deeply flawed show that some seemed to enjoy. Even after the reboot, Turn Off the Dark is still kind of flat. It’s unsurprising then that various articles state the investors in this show mostly lost their money.

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Restaurant Review: Margon

Details: Located at 136 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036. Here’s a claimed Yelp page: https://www.yelp.com/biz/margon-new-york

Margon is a Cuban restaurant in Times Square that serves lunch as well as breakfast. They have daily specials that range from fried fish, beef stew, and chicken among other things. They also have a well reviewed Cuban sandwich as per Yelp.

I came by for lunch and had the roast pork (or pernil) lunch special for about thirteen dollars. It comes with rice, beans, and two pieces of plantains. I think you can substitute stuff, but I have no idea what the other options are or if there even are any. The food was okay. The roast pork was way to salty. I wish they served more plantains.

The space inside is kind of dirty and cramped. The person who took my order was really nice.

Overall, it was okay. I’m not sure I would recommend it though.

Score: 5.9/10

Musical Review: Mean Girls

Details: More information can be found at https://meangirlsonbroadway.com/#/?month=2018-07 and http://www.playbill.com/production/mean-girls-august-wilson-theatre-2017-2018

Score: 7/10

Mean Girls the musical is pretty much a scene by scene retelling of the 2004 movie of the same name, except with musical numbers. If you enjoyed the movie, then you’ll likely enjoy this show.

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Musical Review: Heathers: The Musical

Details: More information can be found at http://www.playbill.com/production/heathers-the-musical-coms-0000034218 and https://www.broadway.com/shows/heathers/

Score: 6.8/10

Heathers: The Musical is based on the 1988 film Heathers. If you are unfamiliar with that film, it’s pretty much like a darker Mean Girls with more death. I’d say that Heathers copied Mean Girls, except that Heathers came first so it’s more like Mean Girls copied Heathers.

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Movie Review: Deadpool 2

Details: Released in 2018. Stars Ryan ReynoldsJosh BrolinMorena Baccarin. About two hours long. Official site is https://www.foxmovies.com/movies/deadpool-2

Score: 7.4/10

Deadpool 2 does what a sequel should do. It’s Deadpool with a bigger budget, more action, more special effects, more cameos, and about the same amount of jokes.

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TV Show Review: Gravity Falls

 

Details: First aired in 2012. Two seasons, each season with twenty episodes and each episode at about twenty minutes long without commercials. Final episode was double that time. Official site is https://disneyxd.disney.com/gravity-falls

Score: 6.7/10

I really enjoyed Steven Universe. Another show that is often brought up in the same breath is Gravity Falls. Gravity Falls is a comedic cartoon that edges towards horror and the supernatural. It’s not as good as Steven Universe, but still somewhat entertaining.

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Restaurant Review: Dunhuang Lanzhou Beef Noodle

Details: Located at 136-93 37th Ave, Flushing, NY 11354. Couldn’t find an official site, but I did find a claimed Yelp page here: https://www.yelp.com/biz/dunhuang-lanzhou-beef-noodle-flushing?osq=hand+pulled+noodle

Dunhuang Lanzhou Beef Noodle is a local noodle place in Flushing. I’ve been here twice and ordered the Original Beef Noodle Soup (cost around $8) and the Zhajian Mian (cost around $8). The beef noodle soup was supposed to be not spicy but was loaded with pepper. Not horrible, but not great. The zhajian mian is the second best bowl of zhajian mian I’ve had in Flushing. The first best was at Sheng Ramen, which is also in Flushing.

The interior is fairly roomy and comfortable. Service is fine.

Overall, a decent place to get noodles. Keep in mind that most of their noodles lean towards the spicy side, so if you don’t like spicy food, maybe eat somewhere else.

Score: 6.5/10

Video Game Review: Mass Effect: Andromeda

 

Details: Released in 2017. Spent around sixty-three hours playing through the game on the PC. Purchased through Origin for around ten dollars. Official site is https://www.masseffect.com/

Score: 7.5/10

A year ago, Mass Effect Andromeda was released to a substantially negative reception. The Mass Effect franchise had a lot of a fans and the discussion on Andromeda was that the game was full of bugs and lacked meaningful decisions for players to make. It’s been about a year and I finally got around to playing Andromeda. In my opinion, Mass Effect: Andromeda is a satisfying, good game with some bugs, but nothing that took away too much from my experience. It’s not a masterpiece, but it’s good.

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Restaurant Review: Highwater

Details: Located at 34-20 Broadway, Astoria, NY 11106. The official site is https://www.thehighwaternyc.com/

Came here on a Saturday night with some friends. Ordered the Taro Fries (cost $9) with the Pork Belly Buns (cost $14). The fries were pretty shitty. The pork belly buns were okay, but they were tiny, way to small to cost fourteen dollars. If you’re going to order food, then the coconut shrimp looked decent. A friend ordered that.

I know they serve different things during brunch, but I came for dinner.

Service was fine. It was a hot day and they did not have any air conditioning. That sucked.

Overall, if you come here for food, prepare to be disappointed. It’s over priced and portions are small. This is a good place for drinks and nothing else.

Score: 4.5/10

TV Show Review: Steven Universe

 

Details: First aired in 2013. Almost all episodes are about eleven minutes long. As of May 7, 2018, there are five seasons and one hundred forty-six episodes. I’ve watched them all. Still currently airing episodes from season five on Cartoon Network. Official site is https://www.cartoonnetwork.com/blog/category/steven-universe

Score: 8.3/10

In American animation, there is a long list of television cartoons that appear to appeal to children, but secretly have enough depth for adult audiences. Sometimes they deliberately target adult audiences. Some cartoons that come to mind are Recess, Rick and Morty, Gravity Falls, Adventure Time and even My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Steven Universe is another one of these cartoons and it does a great job of appealing to children and adults alike. I now understand why fans are so crazy about this show.

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