Jun 212014
 

proof of existence-hatsune miku

I generally try to avoid listing Hatsune Miku songs one after the other, but Proof of Existence happens to hit a balance of tuning that makes Miku’s softer robotic voice sound peaceful as opposed to out of place. Paired with a subtle, artistic PV, Miku sings with a touch of melancholy. Composer sizimi managed to pull of a best ranking of five in the weekly charts with a modest 45k views so far for Proof of Existence since its release a week ago. Although this isn’t a song that stands out, it really uses the capabilities of Miku’s Vocaloid tuning range to achieve a low and soft but still poignantly ethereal voice. It’s a great listen for a rainy day, or a lazy, quiet afternoon.

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Jun 212014
 

game-of-thrones-title-card

Notice: The following review will contain spoilers! You have been warned!

I’ve been talking a lot lately about things I love and high on that list, as far as television is concerned, is Game of Thrones. HBO’s fantasy series, based on George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series is probably the most unlikely series to have be a cross cultural hit, but I’ll be damned if that isn’t what’s happened. If I had to compare it to anything, it would be the 2004 Reimagining of Battlestar Galactica. A bleak, dark, character focused show that simultaneously uses and deconstructs tropes and cliches common to the genre in order to challenge the genre itself and subvert audience expectations. And even if it is, at times, imperfect, I’m really glad it exists.

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Jun 202014
 

There’s a big trend going around about women in film — whether they are written too weak, too strong, too much like men, too much like stereotypical women. I personally think this is a great conversation to have, as the state of women in film (as well as other “minority” groups) in cinema demands this kind of attention.

Women in science fiction has always been an important part of the conversation, as it’s where we often see some of the most progressive (and regressive) portrayals of women. So when I saw the first two trailers of Guardians of the Galaxy, what struck me the most was the speaking. Every character gets a line but female Guardian Gamora – even Groot, who can literally only say three words. It wasn’t until the 2nd UK trailer was released this week that we heard her speak at all.

This raises the question, what can we expect from Gamora in this movie? A sexy badass like all the others, or is Marvel keeping it a secret?

Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy...Milano..Ph: Film Frame..?Marvel 2014

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Jun 192014
 

Copperhead #1 cover

A review copy was provided by Jay Faerber.

I’m a sucker for the Western genre. Whether it’s movies, video games, or comics, I just love a good Western. Even more than that, I enjoy when a story flips a genre on its head, which is why I was excited to check out Copperhead #1 from Image Comics. While not technically a Western, all the nuances of such a classic story are evident in this new comic.

The series follows Clara Bronson, a woman who has become sheriff of the mining colony Copperhead, as she adjusts to her new life with her son, Zeke, and new partner, Budroxifincus. How does this sci-fi take on the traditional genre stack up? Let’s check out Copperhead #1! 

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Jun 172014
 

Hey y’all! Two weeks ago I looked at a group with a sexy concept, and this week, I’ll be pulling a one-eighty. Apink recently came out with their fourth mini-album, Pink Blossom. Reminiscent of an early Girls’ Generation, Apink has a cute and innocent style that matches their lighthearted pop music perfectly. I have yet to see this group in heavy make-up or with a sexy concept, and it’s refreshing to see a group have their own style and stay loyal to it. Let’s take a look at the first single from Pink Blossom, Mr. Chu!

apink pink blossom cover

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Jun 172014
 

Hey Kaushik here, and this week I’m covering a video game. During their E3 conference last week, Sony announced that an alpha of Bungie’s upcoming title Destiny would be available to play for PS4 owners. I was already somewhat looking forward to this game, so I had to jump on it. Destiny is supposed to be a first person shooter RPG, releasing on September 9th on consoles.  It’s developed by Bungie of Halo fame, and has been something of a highly anticipated game for next generation consoles. From the earlier trailers and gameplay shown, people have surmised the game to be something of a Borderlands and Halo crossover, and playing the game last weekend, it’s a fairly accurate assessment. There are some differences though.

Destiny Alpha Cover

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