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!
It should be no surprise to anyone whose seen a film that some carry messages. The messages can be morals, presented through symbolism or just thrown in your face.
There a lot of popular morals and themes in America but none more so than the evils of slavery, and for good reason. America was one of the places that retained the practice longest and has a large Black community, so it would make sense to try a put the most horrifying practice into film to relate to modern audiences the issues of slavery. Still, there have been some issues with films and their interpretations of the dehumanizing practice that last centuries. Could this Oscar forerunner finally fill the niche?
YouTube held it’s first ever music awards on November 3rd, which in all respects was a lackluster affair, though not for want of trying. Among the impromptu music videos and weird stand-up by the host, Video of the Year was one of the big prizes. People spent weeks voting for their favorites to win the category, between Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and numerous other artists.
The big winners? Korean supergroup Girl’s Generation with their song I Got a Boy. And it opened up a whole new can of worms that no one saw coming and yet surprised no one.
Comedies are usually hit or miss — there’s no middle ground in terms of laughs. Like horror, it can be hard to nail down what makes a movie funny or not. Also, some comedic pieces work for some people and not for others, which makes them especially hard to judge. So atop this review, I’m going to put it out there that this review, unlike most of the stuff I put on this site, is going to biased as all Hell based on what I think is funny. Are there some people who find penises hilarious? Sure. Am I one of them? Nope. Judging this film made by some of the top tier comedians of modern Hollywood could get ugly.
Singing in visual media is the new trend — there’s hardly a season that goes by without a new singing contest or musical television show. Some, like Glee, only worked for a short time while others, like the film Pitch Perfect, achieved success through balance of songs and good story telling. Online, there are mountains of video series about singing teens and their angst lives, which is not necessarily the worst thing but it leaves little room for variety. Enter the new YouTube series Side Effects.
It can be a little much at times, but this series has what a lot of these other musical series lack: a strong story. It follows a family of five kids with a deceased mother and a runaway father trying to live together in peace and failing fast. The songs are densely packed in, but they are well sung and have great effects in the background making them actually interesting to watch. Strong acting, great sense of style and real heart makes this a surprising but endearing series that even in just episode 1 makes an impression on you. If you like what you’ve read here, make sure to give it a shot as new episodes pop up.
Most English-language audiences know very little about Chinese cinema. Those who do are probably only familiar with the works of Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee or director Stephen Chow. China may not have as expansive a film industry as America, India or Japan, but it does produce some truly beautiful and moving films with high production values. Very few are translated into English in part due to lack of interest case in point, the film we’ll be examining today.
Let’s take a look at Mulan: Rise of a Warrior.
A review copy was provided by FUNimation Entertainment
It’s sometimes incredibly difficult for weird to top itself. Lady Gaga proved there’s so far you can take the image before you need a break. Somehow, single after single Kyary Pamyu Pamyu manages to do it. Maybe it’s the conviction with which she does it, maybe its her huge team of designers and developers, or maybe it’s just the mixing together of random words picked out of a hat to create the absolute randomness. Whatever it is, it works for her. Has she finally made a video that was too weird for even her?
Let’s listen to the new Kyary Pamyu Pamyu single, Mottai Night Land.
There are movies. Then there are B-movies. Then there are unsalvageable wastes of film. And then there’s the majority of M. Night Shyamalan’s movies. The sad thing is that while for the film we’ll be talking about today, Shyamalan only wrote the story for it (not even the script, mind you) and produced it, but it reeks of his tropes — the contrived plot, the needless dialogue, the “twist” at the end and even the poorly written characters. But lets be honest, what’s more fun than watching a terrible M. Night movie on the most sacred of horror holidays? Well, a lot of other stuff but this is how I spent mine.
Boy, what a year it was for pop culture. For me, it always feels like the year begins and ends with New York Comic Con, since that’s where I can check out a bunch of panels and it’s like one big celebration of nerdom. This year was definitely one of the best experiences I have had, not just for NYCC but for all my convention experiences.
Please note that I am not a professional photographer so all of the images you’re about to see range from good to awful quality so please bear in mind I did my best. Complain to the smartphone companies — what can I say?
Some YouTube stars make it big by making witty commentary. Other by making cute make-up tutorials. EatYourKimchi is unique in that their entire channel is dedicated to life in Korea. When this Canadian husband and wife duo Simon and Martina moved to Seoul to teach English, they had no idea the videos they were making for family and friends would become so popular. Soon after their success began, they stopped teaching and became YouTube travel celebrities full time.
Beyond the “Isn’t Asian so weird?” commentary that lots of YouTubers, and even regular Internet citizens, are known for, Simon and Martina explain many different aspects of life in Korea including bullying, tattoos, manners, beauty supplies and even how to use your washing machine. They do respectfully and with a great depth of insight which doesn’t come off as either glorifying or demonizing the culture. They have great charisma on camera, making jokes and generally just fooling around. They have many different programs like Music Mondays, Food Adventure Program For Awesome People (F.A.P.F.A.P.) and Wonderful Treasure Find Korea (W.T.F. Korea).
They’re not alone on their travel vlogging adventure — Soo Zee and intern Leigh are helping to make videos, keep their websites up-to-date. And who can forget their adorable pets, Spudgy the Pekinese dog and Dr. Meemersworth the Scottish Fold cat. You can find all their videos, blog posts and adorable doodles all right here.
I love Halloween. It’s like my Christmas — lots of fun, candy, amazing TV specials, Halloween is a time of celebration and horror. Today though, I’m not going to be talking about a horror movie in the most literal sense. There’s something vaguely uncomfortable and unsettling about this movie in a very deep, very personal way that I felt was just as disturbing as a straight-up horror movie. Besides, everyone could use a little more culture in their lives, so we will talk about a French movie.