Chronicle-Review

Positive/Optimistic Shadowhunters Reviewers on Youtube

The following is a list of channels on YouTube that are not hating on the show and/or only focusing on/looking for the negatives. This is a list of people who yes, will acknowledge things they don’t like, but don’t just complain the whole time and instead open up a discussion about it. They also focus on what they do like in the show.

This list is subject to change and grow as more channels are discovered, so if you know of any additional channels, please send them to me so I can add them to the list.

Book Fans

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Yvette Eclectic

QueenOfTeenFiction (she only reviewed the first and second episode as of making this post)

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Yvette Eclectic

Brigitte Cormier - Not as positive in the beginning, but she still enjoyed it and agrees that the show is improving.

Nicole Craswell - only reviewed the first 2 epiosdes

TheTruthAboutBooks - only reviewed episode 1

ahumblebooklover - only reviewed episode 1

renontheroad- only reviewed episodes 1 and 2 so far

thejordanjournals -only reviewed episode 1

penguininabluebox -only reviewed episodes 1 and 2

The Booktube Girl - only reviewed episodes 1 and 2

Canal Pandemonium - This is a Brazilian Channel. I didn’t get to check if their reviews are positive but @imagine–your–world said they mostly say nice things.

Unbiased Fans (aka those who watch the show but have not read the books):

Sher Nic

Both (aka channels with some people who have read, some who haven’t):

AfterBuzz TV - this channel has long, podcast-like reviews, with a few people who discuss what happened and their predictions for future episodes, and the group is mixed up from week to week, but the host stays the same.

NerdInsider - they have immediate reaction reviews as they film themselves watching the episode.

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From The Chronicle Review:

Madness and the Muse

We’re captivated by the idea of the troubled genius. But is it fiction?

(Illustrations of Virginia Woolf, Kurt Cobain, Ernest Hemingway and Beethoven by Meen Choi for The Chronicle Review)

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

5/5 stars

Official Synopsis:

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

My thoughts:

FINALLY, I GET ALL THE HYPE AROUND THIS SERIES.

The Lunar Chronicles has always been one of those series that I knew that I would become obsessed with. I mean it has everything I love; sci-fi, romance, multiple hot boys, THE MOON???? How did it take me SO LONG to start this book?

Cinder was an absolute badass. I pretty much instantly loved her, which is not something that I can often say about YA heroines. She was strong, independent, and loving. A lot of times when a YA author attempts to write a “tomboy” character, it ends up being poorly done. I didn’t feel this way with Cinder. Meyer never made that her defining characteristic and I really appreciate that. It was refreshing to see such a great heroine. Kai was also very charismatic and well written but that doesnt mean that I am going to forgive him for how he acted in the end. YOU HAVE A LOT OF WORK AHEAD OF YOU TO MAKE ME LOVE YOU AGAIN, KAI. ALSO - IKO. She was so great and when Cinder found her personality chip I was so relieved. Damn, Adri was TERRIBLE. HOW COULD SHE DO THAT TO MY FAVE? Poor Iko. The characters in this book were just… perfection. That along with the world building and fast pace of this book made it an instant fave.

I CANT WAIT TO START SCARLET <3

*Books provided by Fierce Reads in exchange for honest posts. This in no way effects my opinion of the books.

Quotes:

“Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.”

“We all have our weaknesses.”
“I know,” said Iko. “Mine is shoes.”  

“But if there was one thing she knew from years as a mechanic, it was that some stains never came out.”

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Chronicle Review

So, I just got back from watching the new sci-fi movie, Chronicle. Written by Max Landis and directed by Josh Trank. The movie stars Dane DeHaan as outcast, Andrew Detmer, and Alex Russell as popular guy, Matt Garetty, and Michael B. Jordan as popular guy, Steve Montgomery.

I went into this movie with really high expectations because of the trailer and an amazing reaction it got, but sadly it fell just under those expectations. This movie had some pretty funny scenes as well as a lot of really cool action scenes. The only thing I found to complain about was that in some scenes I could really tell that it was CGI. There were some pretty funny scenes in this with one of my favorites being when a cheerleader asks Andrew not to film them because it was creepy. There some pretty cool action scenes in this, but the one that stood out like a beacon above the rest was the final 20 minute fight.

The acting was good. All three of the guys did a really amazing job playing really down to earth high school students.

8 out of 10 stars

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Book Review- STARS ABOVE by Marissa Meyer

The eagerly anticipated collection of short stories from The Lunar Chronicles universe hit shelves this week! With tales from before and after the main events of the series, Stars Above offers a glimpse into the origins of Thorne’s criminal mastermind, Wolf’s rank, Winter and Jacin’s childhood, and many more. The big story, of course, is the wedding epilogue…

I was right there at the bookstore on release date to get this one. I’ve been really excited for it ever since I went to Meyer’s ‘Winter’ tour stop last fall! All the stories were lovely, but my favorite was probably 'The Princess and the Guard’, which sheds more light onto how Jacin and Winter’s relationship began, as well as how her scars came to be. I was also pleasantly surprised by Michelle and Scarlet’s origin story. The epilogue was about as adorable as we all expected (spoilery commentary below the cut!). In all, I think this compilation was a great idea, and any Lunar Chronicles fan will consider their money well spent.

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Chronicle (2012)

Damn, what an experience. I’m pretty sure I need a second viewing to properly assess my thoughts on this since the hand-held camera gimmick really made me feel like I was in the film thus allowing me to just “experience” the flick instead of critiquing it. The story, for the most part, is stuff we’ve seen in several other superhero flicks, but this is easily the most realistic superhero flick I’ve seen. It’s pretty damn dark and depressing too. It makes you come to the conclusion that being a superhero and surviving is impossible. I feel I would have loved this more if it was longer and explored it’s characters more, but never the less, Josh Trank does a fine job. That ending? Wow. Fucking intense…and tragic.

8/10 

So because I was so desperate to work out whether I was right or not, I ended up reading this pretty fast - and I am so happy I did because now I can calm down and relax knowing that all is right with the world. 

I’m not going to read the next part of the series just yet, because I really liked how this ended and I know there are mixed feelings about the next three books… but i’ll read them before the release of Lady Midnight. I love this series. I love the world so, so much. Overall, I don’t think I rate it quite as highly as The Infernal Devices. I think i’ll be giving this 4 stars rather than 5 (though really I think I mean more like 4.5). Either way, I am so terrifically bored of human life now that i’ve read this far. 

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I review the film Chronicle, you find out my obsession for wanting super powers and there are some surprises along the way haha.

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Chronicle - Good movie  - Very good. Watch it first then read this:

If you see something, say something. Seems like it used to be a more domestic affair. Now the statues impale you. The spider seals your fate. What can you say about a movie about the media where the hero is the victim… and in the end, the camera is left to meditate?

Cryptic.

I recommend the book ’The Solaris Effect’. This movie would fit right in with the scholarship effected there.

The real founders—early-17th-century Puritans and Dutch West India Company officials, mid-17th-century English aristocrats, late-17th-century West Indian slave lords and English Quakers, early-18th-century frontiersmen from Ulster and the lowlands of Scotland and so on—didn’t create an America, they created several Americas.

- Colin Woodard, “Running for President on a Divided Continent

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This movie is so…. reflective. It was incredibly well thought out, and completely alternative, where the protagonist becomes the antagonist. Where real life is reflected onto certain easy to identify aspects: power, genius, thought patterns that drive one to… disregard life, to be blind to love, and to lead to destruction and hate. It’s reflective of how… evil we are naturally, in response to a cruel world, or just plain misunderstanding and suffering. It got me thinking quite a bit about it all…. It’s an interesting movie that struck a chord in me for sure.

Yes yes, the movie could have gone with a better climax to the anticlimax, and eventually show a little more hope to the what will eventually come antagonist.. but it’s an interesting thought that people are made, and make themselves. That philosophies mold you, and given power or opportunity, your life will drastically affect others in doing so.

Also, for the very low budget of the film, only being 13 million, the effects were superb!

But crikey, lot’s to think about.

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2016 (Mini) Reading Challenge: A book you can finish in a day - Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

Let me start by saying that The Lunar Chronicles is hands down my favorite series that I have discovered recently. I haven’t loved a series this much since the Hunger Games, or maybe even Harry Potter, and this collection of short stories was the perfect ending to a series that I really didn’t want to end. If you are a hardcore fan of the series, you may have already read the short stories available on Marissa Meyer’s website that make up the bulk of this collection, but there are also FIVE NEW STORIES included in this book. The new stories focus on Michelle Benoit and Scarlet, Cress’s life before the satellite, Winter and Jacin as children, the marketplace scene from Cinder through Kai’s perspective, and the first ever wedding between an Earthen and a Lunar. I cried so many times while reading this book. It was incredible to finally get to meet and spend time with Scarlet’s grandmother, and to hear about Cress’s days in the shell dormitory, and oh my god, the wedding was perfect and everything I have ever dreamed of! I cannot recommend this book highly enough for everyone who has read the series. The backstory it provides fills in so many little holes and the last story ties everything together like a bow on top of the perfect present. Read this book. Read this series.

The American Society for Psychical Research was founded in Boston in 1885. Its mission was to investigate all things supernatural. This was not some nut-job organization, but it was not altogether normal, either. One of its founders, G. Stanley Hall, had come to Harvard to do doctoral work with James in the late 1870s and was awarded the first psychology degree in the United States. With James’s support, Hall organized a group of researchers to explore the possibility of things like spirit contact, divining rods, and telepathy. By 1890, Hall had resigned from the organization, concluding that parapsychology amounted to pseudoscience. But others, like James and his close friend the physician Henry P. Bowditch, marshaled on into the turn of the century.
—  “Haunted by Spirits” from Chronicle Review
Movie review: Chronicle. (3/2/2012)

With a cringe on my face and bag of lollies in hand, I prepared myself for another handy-cam filmed cliche teenage superhero film. Sigh. I was willing to give Chronicle a chance to be better than just another Paranormal Activity film, but it failed. 

The film starts out having you feel sorry for senior student Andrew (Dane DeHaan) as he sets his camera up to catch his abusive father in action. The story then begins to unfold as Andrew, his cousin Matt (Alex Russell) and their newly made friend, Steve (Micheal B Jordan), wander into the woods and down a hole in the ground. I know that in this bit I had hope for it as they show an organism within a glowing blue stone that reminded me of the ‘black oil’ from the X-Files, but they didn’t further on this at all through the film. Obviously the boys gain supernatural telekinesis powers form this glowing stone. Things unwind and are quite boring as the boys powers strengthen, they learn to fly and become popular with the ladies. At this point I was so stressed about how un-entertaining the film was, but then it got a tiny bit better. 

Andrew, being the strongest of the group, takes his powers to the next level. Being edged on by the abuse form his father and slowly dying mother, he believes he is at the top of the food chain with his new found power. Although, just when you think they weren’t going to add in the cliche of having 'super hero suits’, it happens. 
I don’t want to ruin the ending for you, but it does getting a little exciting but still a little overdone as the film winds down with a very anti climactic ending. It had the chance to change my view on hand-cam style films and bring something new to the table, but I think it was overdone even when Cloverfield was released.

Chronicle is mainly aimed for teeny boppers who are easily amazed, or people like me who were bored and decided to go to the cinema willing to give a super hero film a go. All I can say is, Chronicle sure did do a good job of having me on the edge of my seat feeling stressed and slightly pre-occupied with everything but the screen. 

- Zoe Leslie.

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CHRONICLE - OFFICIAL MOVIE REVIEW (TRAILER HD)

IN THIS VIDEO: A movie review on Chronicle, directed by Joshua Tank. Special Guest: Fran Capo, Guinness Book Of World Records’ Fastest Talking Woman
Check out Fran’s YouTube channel: http://YouTube.com/CuppaCapo

MOVIE DESCRIPTION - CHRONICLE (from http://Facebook.com/Chronicle): Three high school students make an incredible discovery, leading to them developing uncanny powers beyond their understanding. As they learn to control these abilities and use them to their advantage, their lives start to spin out of control and their darker sides begin to take over.
Director: Joshua Tank
Starring: Dane DeHaan, Michael B. Jordan, Alex Russell, Michael Kelly
To see the full trailer go to: http://Facebook.com/Chronicle

Chronicle Review

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Found footage films or if you’re picky, re-discovered footage films are becoming more and more common.  You may ask why, but the answer is simple.  They’re an inexpensive way to tell a story.  The Blair Witch Project took theaters by storm with its brilliant marketing campaign and a fresh take on telling a horror story.  It cost next to nothing to make and hauled in the cash at the box office.  It even managed to scare the bejesus out of some people.  But even with the success of Blair Witch, the found footage format didn’t really explode until just a few years ago with Paranormal Activity.  After that film was released the floodgates were opened.

Up until now, this format has mainly catered to supernatural/horror films like the Paranormal Activity franchise, The Last Exorcism, The Devil Inside etc. with Cloverfield being the exception.  With the release of Chronicle, audiences get to experience the found footage genre in a whole new light.  Instead of characters recording what goes bump in the night, Chronicle…well, chronicles three friends as they gain abilities and learn how to use them.

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Neuborne, a professor of civil liberties at New York University’s School of Law, hardly mentions the web or social media, but his analysis is relevant to both. He argues that the 45 words of the First Amendment need to be read and considered together. The six rights protected in the amendment—freedom from religion (the establishment clause), freedom of religion (the free-exercise clause), freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, and freedom to petition the government for redress of grievances—create, in ensemble, a blueprint for democracy.

The First Amendment, he writes, should be understood as beginning in the two religion clauses with freedom of thought, then “progressing through three ascending levels of individual interaction with the community—free expression of an idea by an individual, mass dissemination of the idea by a free press, and collective action in support of the idea by the people.” That, he says, is “a chronological description of the arc of a democratic idea—from conception to codification. No document in the history of self-government prefigures such a carefully drawn, chronologically organized blueprint of democracy in action.”

—  “Can the First Amendment Survive the Internet?” from Chronicle Review
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Well, here it is an amazing superhero movie with no famous heroes or famous villains, but a bunch of reckless teenagers discovering that the most important thing here is that the famous quote once said by a famous superhero “With great powers, comes great responsibilities” really matters. I’d say more, “Chronicle” is about family, friends and have someone to count on, because without it… Well, you loose control.

In “Chronicle” we’re introduced to the storie of three high school friends who gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery. Soon, though, they find their lives spinning out of control when one of their friends starts to loose the sense of what is good and what is bad, so their bond is put to test as they embrace their darker sides.

So, if I had now to make a top 5 superhero movies, definitely I would put “Chronicle” in the list. Ok, I know, this movie is not REALLY a superhero movie, actually all the powers, heroes and villains are all the plot of the movie, but “Chronicle” is more than that. We have here a movie in the best “Cloverfield”’s style, but way better! 

Well, I don’t think I can say that, Cloverfield is a total different movie genre. Yeah, they share a common thing, the cam. But even like that they are indeed totally different. First of all I would like to talk about this cam way of make movie! We’ve seen this in movies like “Cloverfield” or even “Paranormal Activity” and in all the movie we saw great results. In “Chronicle” it wasn’t different.

The thing is, this movie is about growing up, learn, know that every move you make has consequences, good or bad. When you watch for the first time you are indeed stunned and want to see more and more the super telekinesis powers that the boys have, but after a while you see that that’s not the main plot of the movie. That’s clear because you don’t have to know where those powers came from. 

So, as the boys keep using their new powers, they become stronger, now moving bigger things such as cars, buses and whatever is big. They also start to fly!

Well, the main character is Andrew (Dane DeHaan) a regular boy, not popular in school, who has problems at home, his mother is dying and his father is an ass.. Well, good enough, isn’t it? Now, what happens if you give unlimited powers for such a boy? Yeah, the powers corrupted him.

Well guys, for the end, what we watch is a superhero movie with a typical storie about three friends, one of them doesn’t control his powers, but is controlled by his powers, he becomes the villain and in the end the friends become hero and villain… That’s it, but, pay attention in how the movie was made, the camera thing, the wishes that every character have and their lives.. The movie is indeed a chronicle, a chronicle of life, of living, of how is important to have friends, have people to support you, otherwise, in the end you won’t have even yourself to count on!


Movie Rate: A