Starshine5050

As just a regular, hard-working work, often-stressing, procrastination-mastering history and journalism student, I often turn to the silver and small screens for relief, even though I'm only an average cinema-and-television loving viewer, commenting on what, and does not, makes good entertainment. I love horror everything - book, TV shows, games, movies - even though they frighten me terribly. I'm a long time believer of the old saying "When life gives you lemons, don't take life's lemons! Give the lemons back!" So, onward I go, returning lemons and logging an unhealthy amount of screen time for your enjoyment. So please be sure to read my stuff and let me know what you think, I'm alway looking to improve and be the best, most cynical critic I can be!

Sep 302014
 

A lot of people have trouble with the fact that female J-Pop groups are usually huge. AKB48, one of the most popular groups there is, has over 60 members, not counting sister groups in other parts of the company that get switched in and out. E-girls, a group that debuted back in 2011, only has 27 right now, but that’s still a lot of girls to have on screen at once fighting for the spotlight. Does this group work when everyone is trying to be top idol or is it all too much?

Let’s listen to Highschool ♡ Love by E-girls.

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Sep 262014
 

Short films have as long a history as cinematic features, although they are often not as beloved or as well remembered. Still, there is something to be said for the artistic vision needed to complete a story arc in less than 60 minutes, relying more heavily on more shorthand ways to get the point across. Of course, the Internet has made it easier than ever to get your movie out to the world, for better or worse.

Let’s take a look at Game Companion.

Game Companion Trailer

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Sep 142014
 

Welcome back to Give It a Shot! This week, we’re going to be talking about one of the few artists that embodies both old school class and new school values and philosophy. Just unknown enough to give you some hipster creed but well known enough that you can find her fans scattered around the world. If 1920s retro blended with a monochrome-future is wrong, then there are plenty of people who don’t want to be right. That artist is none other than Kanas City native Janelle Monáe.

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Sep 092014
 

Ah, it’s good to be back reviewing music again. The brief hiatus of this column has allowed for a lot of great singles to come and go, but now it’s time to strike back with a vengeance. And boy, do we have a doozy. Going into Oliveblair’s territory this week we are looking at one of Korea’s fastest rising stars this year in a double A-side single. But do both of these songs live up to the expectations of their fans?

Let’s take a look at My Copycat and The Gangnam Avenue by Orange Caramel.

orangle caramel single my copycat gangnam avenue

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Sep 052014
 

The tradition of the anime movie is to have a film with the basic cast of characters where no major events or spoilers are revealed, because that would turn off the fans and fail to draw new ones in. This often make anime films, to me, blame and honestly worth skipping. Unless you love the characters or the premise, nothing big is ever accomplished in these movies and therefore are inconsequential at best and an utter waste of time at worst. This one, thankfully, breaks that mold.

Let’s take a look at Fairy Tail: Phoenix Priestess.

Fairy tail movie cover phoenix priestess

A review copy was provided by FUNimation Entertainment.

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Sep 042014
 

There is always an arc in any anime show that is beloved by the fans. Sometimes it is because it’s the funniest, the most endearing, or the most action packed. Weirdly enough, the one that seems to be closest to the hearts of many of this show’s fans is this upcoming one, and in fact, the reason is it mixes these three elements seamlessly.

Let’s take a look at Fairy Tail Volume 7.

fairy tail vol 7 blu ray

A review copy was provided by FUNimation Entertainment.

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