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!

Feb 052016
 

Well, it’s been quite some time, hasn’t it? Unfortunately, like in this series, school sort of took over my life and it’s been quiet a trial, to say the least. But I have since escaped its clutches unharmed and gotten a chance to watch a series that asks “what would it look like if we mashed together Highschool of the Dead, Lord of the Flies, and The Hunger Games“? Long story short, I am glad my experience with the educational system had a lot less neon pink blood.

Let’s take a look at Danganronpa: The Animation.

danganronpa cover

A review copy was provided by FUNimation Entertainment.

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Dec 272015
 

We return to one of the most beloved sci-fi anime’s prequels, primarily to better understand the universe in which these characters live. This time, Major Kusanagi has already integrated herself in with her team and moved on to hunting cyberterrorists and exploring the limits and structures of a cyber-society on the verge of chaos. But does it live up to the franchise name and provide us with the background we crave?

Let’s take a look at Ghost in the Shell Arise: Borders 3 and 4. 

gits arise border 3 and 4 cover

A review copy was provided by FUNimation Entertainment.

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Oct 302015
 

Once upon a time, before Guillermo del Toro was making giant robots fight aliens, he was making a lot of movies in Mexico and Spain that played off of the fears of the dark that live all around and inside us. Needless to say, there was a lot more emotional depth there, and it proved to be very useful when telling scary stories. So for our final entry into a month of international frights, we’ll be looking at good ole fashioned specter spectacular from a country facing the bloodiest war in its recent history.

Let’s take a look at the war-torn ghost story that is The Devil’s Backbone.

devil's backbone poster

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Oct 292015
 

del Toro makes a lot of fantastic media, ranging from subtle horror to giant robots smashing aliens in the face, to comic book adaptations to what would have likely been the greatest hour video known to man if Konami was not chaired by morons. And while he does have prowess as a storyteller, where his film shine is in their signature whimsical aesthetic, transporting audiences to a new world seemingly right before their eyes. But does his return to his horror roots create yet another masterpiece or has he bit off more than he can chew with this Victorian tale of terror?

Let’s take a look at Crimson Peak.

Poster Crimson Peak

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Oct 272015
 

Gods may not play a huge part in American entertainment, but in Japan, with all its mythos and belief structures, they become popular players in the narrative. From the omnipotent button pushers to the struggling masses like you and me, gods aren’t hard to find in anime. Does that mean, however, that we want to see the struggles and interplay between them, while dealing a spirit world? Well, if it worked for Yu Yu Hakusho, anything is possible.

Let’s take a look at Noragami Season 1.

noragami dvd

A review copy was provided by FUNimation Entertainment

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Oct 242015
 

Going from monsters to mothers might seem like a big step but, really, is there nothing scarier than being betrayed by the person who is supposed to love us most in the world? Moms have often been at the center of the horror genre, being the emotional core of the family and are, ironically, the most easily corrupted. But when that familial heart is transformed or, even worse, replaced by an imposter, the horror of having safe spaces infiltrated comes to life.

Let’s take a look at the Austrian tale of changing identities, Goodnight Mommy.

goodnight mommy poster

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