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!

Aug 282015
 

As the beloved Studio Ghibli loses acclaimed director/writer Hayao Miyazaki and its future of making feature films was uncertain, Hiromasa Yonebayashi stepped out of the animation department to direct his first film ever. Has working on some of Ghibli’s most successful films helped him understand what makes a good film or is this just another disappointment on the coattails of The Wind Rises?

Let’s take a look at When Marnies Was There. 

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Aug 212015
 

Back at the tail-end of cold war, a TV show appeared on the scene where an American spy and a Russian KGB agent had to work together in order to solve mysteries and stop the end of the world. It achieved moderate fame and success, but remained a staple of the pop culture consciousness. And what good is the pop culture consciousness if you can’t mine it for reboot material?

Let’s take a look at The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Man from Uncle Poster

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Aug 102015
 

Once more we find ourselves with the characters from the .hack World, who are struggling against a game that even in its second iteration still manages to put people in comas, something you think they would have fixed by now. Wrapping up its last series with a feature-length film is a gutsy move, and having seen the final product, one they didn’t think through all the way.

Let’s take a look at .hack//G.U. Trilogy.
hack gu trilogy cover

A review copy was provided by FUNimation Entertainment.

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Aug 062015
 

The third installment in the .hack series had a lot it needed to live up to and make amends for. The first is typically held as a well-loved anime, the second is chibi-infused garbage. So, as the next big installment in the franchise takes a look at a new world, one different from both of the other series. But does restarting the whole game actually make for a good series?

Let’s take a look at .hack//Roots.

hack roots cover

A review copy was provided by FUNimation Entertainment.

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Jul 242015
 

Pixar’s last two endeavors, Brave and Cars 2 were both flops in terms of content. The first tried to do good only to fall upsettingly short and the other was a clear and obvious cash grab that made us embarrassed of this prestigious animation company. So from the company who brought you toys with feelings, bugs with feelings, and even automobiles with feelings, here’s a movie about feelings… with feelings.

Let’s take a look at Inside Out.

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Jul 172015
 

Ah, found footage films. Once again our paths cross because some director thought that it would be artsy and financially sound to pay homage to The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity. Except that’s what the trailer showed per se — I was shocked to find that this movie was shot in this style. Still, in the week of the summer doldrums, it’s always nice to get a good scare if possible.

Let’s take a look at The Gallows.

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