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 222014
 

As critics, we often forget the time, effort and sheer force of will needed to actually turn a film from a concept into a reality. The fact is, even with behind the scenes documentaries, most people miss all the hard work and headaches that go into the production. While film producers and directors make it a point to note how tricky it is to make a complete, let alone good, film, but it often falls on deaf ears. It doesn’t matter the process of making it if the end result isn’t good, right? Right?

Let’s take a look at Let Me Out.

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A review copy was provided by FUNimation Entertainment.

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Aug 172014
 

I’m not one for mystery novels, personally. In fact, I would have never even picked up the book had my father not been totally enamored with the series, already very popular in our homeland of Spain. Most often what I hate about detective novels, but not detective TV series, is the demeanor of the detective. Usually, writers like to go for the stoic and gruff archetype, sometimes an alcoholic, sometimes a divorced, often both. It’s honestly quite boring because it feels like they are all carbon copies of each other. Not so with Costas Haritos.

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Aug 122014
 

Romantic comedy-dramas in anime are usually the same sort of game over and over again with different sort of gimmick each time, as a way to distinguish them when really they are just bland carbon copies. This was my fear with this series, especially when I saw Akitaro Daichi was directing, best known for his work on the much beloved Fruits Basket. I was prepared for the most saccharine anime I’ve seen to date. What I ended up viewing was actually pretty surprising.

Let’s take a look at Kamisama Kiss.

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 A review copy was provided by FUNimation Entertainment.

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Aug 082014
 

Zach Braff has a quirkier sensibility than most directors his age. Not quite as nostalgic as Wes Anderson, not as dark as Darren Aronofsky, but quirky in the Generation X sort of way, still struggling to figure out their life in the wake of their more successful baby boomer parents. Because of that, many find his stories to be whining and intolerable, particularly his first film Garden State about the difficulty of post-college life, which he completed when he was only 29 years old. Now, ten years later, he has created this spiritual sequel about life in your 30s. Is his perspective grown and made his film more relatable or is it still lost in its own little world?

Let’s take a look at Wish I Was Here.

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Jul 262014
 

Marvel’s film division has been batting homers for a long time, but when they announced this film, people were both incredibly excited and confused. It was one of the company’s lesser known franchises and a weird one to boot, so fans wondered if this movie might be too out there to do well, even if it looked amazing. Could audiences get behind a gun wielding raccoon or a bald Karen Gillan? Does the film manage to take off without a hitch, or was it anchored down by its own quirkiness? Well, it is a Marvel movie after all.

Let’s take a look at Guardians of the Galaxy.

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Jul 222014
 

Young groups usually have their songs chosen carefully, since enough bad singles could cut promising careers very short. While this group had some promising indie singles, their major singles have been mostly hit or miss, meaning that those who are not die hard fans may begin to waver. Still, with only their fourth single recently released, there’s still time to solidify an image, though I’m not entirely sure this is the one they really want if it’s cuteness without quality.

Let’s listen to Black Butterfly by Juice=Juice.

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