Dec 292013

Welcome back to another edition of Give It a Shot, where we writers get to wax poetic about weird little things we love. As an avid reader, I am always on the lookout for the next big hit in terms of book. I love horror films, ergo I must love horror literature. And boy, do I ever. I think making a scary novel is a more difficult task, since all you have is the imagination of the reader, which can be less than reliable, especially in the TV era. Still, some books manage to creep us out with just a few specially chosen words. Stephen King is notoriously good at it, but he should watch his back. Marisha Pessl isn’t far behind in the shadows.

Night Film is about Scott McGrath, a disgraced investigative journalist who tried and failed to take down the infamous underground director Stanislas Cordova, who makes the scariest films known to man. However, after the suicide of Cordova’s piano-genuis daughter Ashley, McGrath finds himself back on the filmmaker’s tail with an unlikely entourage.

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Where Night Film really shines in its mysteries — you never know more than you need to and yet, the book supplies an ample sense of understanding but caution. We fear for McGrath, we wait with him in the backs of witchcraft stores, blacked antique shops, even high-priced Manhattan apartments as he unravels clue and nearly gets himself killed…twice. He is immediately relatable and detestable, a true sign of a thought out, flawed protagonist, far from the crippling perfect characteristics of other detective heroes.

This book will especially delight cinephiles, since the made-up plots of Cordova’s films, his techniques, his signature pitfalls are unique and fascinating, making you wish Pessl could actually bring these films to the silver screen. It’s spooky without being over the top, it’s well-crafted, and, even though it uses the same trope of a double-ending, completely satisfying. If you’re looking for a book to run chills down your spine and cut through the rosy-cheeked cheer of the holiday season, you should give it a shot.

Dec 272013


The end of a year is a…let’s call it purging. As the year draws to a close, we begin to think about the movies from the previous year, and try to identify the good and the bad. And so, every year I like to name my Top 10 and Worst 5 movies of the year. And since I’m not ready to announce my Top 10 (still hoping to see Inside Llewyn Davis, Her and Zero Theorem before I announce them) I thought I’d lead off with my Worst 5. Why only 5? Because all these filmmakers didn’t go the extra mile, so why should I?

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Dec 272013

After the events of “Battle of the Atom”, I honestly stopped reading the All New X-Men title. The characters took such an unnecessary and unwarranted turn that it killed all interest in the book for me. However, due to this past week being the amazing day of Christmas, there are no new issues for me to look upon for you this week. I forced myself to read the most recent issue of the All New X-Men, so I could tell you faithful readers my opinion on this new story arc. What do I think of All New X-Men #20?

All-New X-Men 20 cover

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Dec 262013

Starshine5050: Hello and welcome to another Objection where two authors duke it out in respectful way. I’m Starshine.

Elessar: And I’m Elessar. This is my first time doing this and I’m going to cut off that joke right there.

Starshine5050: Today’s topic is the new Hobbit movie. I’ll let Elessar go first and explain his point of view.

Elessar: As I said in my review, I’m not 100 percent certain I can be totally objective about it. Tolkien is just too big a part of who I am. But I was engaged, it held my attention and ultimately there was more stuff that I liked than I didn’t. Maybe it was the beneficiary of lowered expectations, maybe it was just that the year wasn’t very good overall for action movies but I liked it. It’s not gonna be on my top 10 of the year or anything though.

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Dec 262013


Anyone who knows me fairly well knows I love ghost stories. There’s something about creepy tales and beings from beyond the grave that’s always held my imagination since a young age. Sadly, however, I feel like a lot of modern supernatural comics devolve into gore for gore’s sake or fall back on other tired tropes. That’s why I was so excited to find Ghosted, a series about a master thief tasked with stealing a ghost. What makes this independent comic so great? Read on to find out!

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Dec 252013

Kaushik here, with a review just in time for Christmas! This time it’s a recently-finished anime, titled Kyoukai no Kanata. It’s KyoAni’s latest light novel adaptation, and I must say I enjoyed it quite a bit more than Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai. The anime aired from October to December of 2013, and shows a gradual shift in KyoAni’s works to more action-oriented material. While this isn’t a battle heavy show, it is considerably more action-oriented than many of Kyoto Animation’s past titles, which is fine by me! But we’ll get more to that later, for now let’s begin the review from the top~

Kyoukai no Kanata - Cover

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