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!

Dec 222014

I know I’ve gone on and on about long running series that just repeat themselves over and over, with similar plot lines (I’m looking at you Detective Conan), or recreating the same characters with different designs or features, or just generally recycling old ideas in hope the fan base won’t notice. Fairy Tail might have just taken it to a new level for me.

Let’s take a look at Fairy Tail  Volume 12.

A review copy was provided by FUNimation Entertainment.

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Dec 072014

If you tried to sit your average teenager down to watch a movie older than they are, chances are, they are going to try and scratch your eyes out an escape, especially if its in black and white. And let’s face it, matured adults of the Internet, how many old movies do you watch? Citizen Kane? A Clockwork Orange? That one time you fell into a turkey-induced Thanksgiving coma while watching Gone With the Wind? 

As a culture, any movie older than 25 years is only looked at if it’s deemed a classic by the pop culture diaspora. But you know who loved musicals just as much as we do today, what with our adaptations of Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, Annie (twice), The Music Man, Cinderella, and more? The 1950s. Maybe its time we gave these senior citizens of film another look. Let’s start with the infamous Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell classic, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

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Nov 282014

It’s been a good few years for animation (unless you work for Pixar), and each new feature brings new styles and looks to the medium. Each studio, besides Disney, struggles to get its foothold in the doors of animation history, not by exploiting pop culture jokes or trying to make it have a wide appeal, but by telling great stories that are timeless. This effort from 20th Century Fox and Reel FX does just that.

Let’s take a look at The Book of Life.

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Nov 172014

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: sometimes a good arc can change everything in an anime. While that arc appears to be just on the horizon, it’s enough to get me excited for this new storyline where some aspects are already feeling rather suspicious and it looks like we’ll finally be moving away from the standard “Let’s summon this dead person” model that seems to plague this series.

Let’s take a look at Fairy Tail Volume 11.

A review copy was provided by FUNimation Entertainment.

Fairy Tail Vol 11

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Nov 142014

Good science fiction movies about space travel are unfortunately few and far between, so when Nolan announced he was going to be tackling an epic based on time, human suffering, and space travel, many people, myself included, were dubious but excited. Could Nolan pull off the cold harshness of space in the context of the desperation of the human experience? It turns out, for the most part, yes.

Let’s take a look at Interstellar.

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Nov 142014

Have you ever had the feeling that sometimes the crews working on animes watch other animes and think, “Hey, this is a great framing device! Let’s use it!” without realizing that anime is about a decade old? All I’m saying, it seems like someone really liked Naruto in the early 2000s and thought no one was going to notice.

Let’s take a look at Fairy Tail Volume 10.

A review copy was provided by FUNimation Entertainment.

Fairy Tail Vol 10

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