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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

So, Where Is It From? Well, That's The Beauty of It! It Isn't From Anywhere!

I want to take a minute to ask you all a question. Tell me: have you ever heard this in a film or television show before?

“So, what does it do?”

“That's the beauty of it! It doesn't do anything!”

I went around and asked 42 people if they'd ever heard that line and their answers were all quite surprising to me.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Video Game Review: Pokémon – Altered Emerald

Life's taken me to many places this year and as of late, the places it's taken me have been nothing but the best. However, these past few days, I've diverged to an area I've not been to with any level of genuine enthusiasm in several years: the world of Pokémon.

I've not really cared for the Pokémon games since Black & White's sequels, though I did complete Pokemon Y and most of Omega Ruby. I never played through any of Sun, Moon, or their… sequels—if that's what Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon were. I digress however, one thing I've always quite enjoyed were the ROM Hacks that the fan community make. There have been a few that I've enjoyed, though I never dove into that many. Lately however, I have. So, today, I'm gonna review one that I've played through—most of it anyways. I've not done too much with the post-game content, but I may do a follow-up review when I do.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Movie Review: Brightburn

The superhero genre has grown rather dull for me. Avengers: Endgame was so much movie that to a large degree, I realized that my excitement for Spider-Man: Far From Home had largely waned once I left the theater from Endgame. That isn't to say I don't have interest in superhero films anymore, but I don't find myself quite as hyped as I used to. This is due to how many of them by and large feel very alike; the characters are different, but the perils they face are more or less the same. Hero as a predicament, bad guy is there, hero fights bad guy, overcomes predicament, all is well.

Some superhero films have subverted that formula by throwing a few twists into the mix. Captain America: The Winter Soldier was a political thriller, Logan was a heart-wrenching film, and Deadpool was comedic. However, they are an exception to the rule. At their hearts, they are still superhero films that follow a traditional formula.

Then there's Brightburn. Brightburn is different. Brightburn is a superhero-horror film. And it isn't a very happy one at that.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Wednesday Weirdness: The City in the Sky

Going up to the spirit in the sky (spirit in the sky!)

It's where I'm gonna go when I die (when I die!)

When I die and they lay me to rest, I'm gonna go to the place that's the best!

And that place is the City in the Sky.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Monday Mystery: Gef the Talking Mongoose

Last week, I said I'd be covering the mystery of "Adam". However, due to last week having been extremely hellish, plus that story being a rather emotionally difficult one to cover. While I’ve read and written about some rather saddening topics, the story of Adam proved to be more than I could stomach for the time being. So, I’ve instead opted cover a significantly less heart wrenching story: Gef the Talking Mongoose.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Marchopping Block 16: Ringu (Brussels Cut)

Films go through numerous cuts before the finished product is released to the public, which is the consumed by the general population for their entertainment.

However, prior to that, there are premieres for the film. Sometimes, these premieres are at festivals, like the Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film, where the 1998 Japanese horror film, Ringu, had its European debut (in 1999). Much like the rest of critics around the world, critics at the festival praised the film, primarily for its tense atmosphere, strong build up, and not relying on jump scares.

But the continued praise for Ringu wasn't the only thing to come out of the film festival. Along with it was the claim that the cut shown at it was a significantly more disturbing and violent one than the one shown elsewhere.

Marchopping Block 15: Need for Speed: Most Wanted 2

The Need For Speed (NFS for short) franchise has gone through many iterations. Everything from your standard street races with bright colored environments and cops chasing after you, to the late-night Fast and Furious inspired street races with car customization.

With numerous installments, a few reboots, and even a theatrical film starring Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul, Need For Speed is one of the, if not the most, well known Racing series of all time. Perhaps one of the series most popular entries was 2005’s Need For Speed: Most Wanted, the first installment on the then shiny, new Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.