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 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.

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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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Sep 032014
 

When we last left off on this show, we saw Bo swept away by The Wanderer in a haze of black smoke. Now that we’re at the second to last season (season five will be the big finale of the show), we’ve got a lot to start wrapping up, and like similarly-titled Lost, there’s not a ton of signs that they’re on track to doing that. Still, should this show have wrapped up last season while on a high note? I’m going to go ahead and say yes.

Let’s take a look at the fourth season of Lost Girl.

lost girl season 4 cover

A review copy was provided by FUNimation Entertainment.

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Sep 032014
 

Often animes play it safe, pandering to what they know the audience will eat up. Taking risks is just not something that is common for studios, especially fledgling ones that find their niche audience early on. Whether this show is one case where risks are taken or they are just feeding a niche audience that doesn’t often get what they want. Whatever the motivation was, its success is undeniable and its existence a reminder of how quality can come from what appears to be cliche.

Let’s take a look at Psycho-Pass.
Psycho-Pass title card

A review copy was provided by FUNimation Entertainment.

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