Jan 152014

Her poster

Note: This movie is a lot more sexually explicit than the trailers have been letting on. While that’s not a problem for me, or for a lot of people, if you don’t like sexually explicit content, this movie might not be for you. On with the review.

When I reviewed Blue is the Warmest Colour for my own blog (an absolutely fascinating movie that, for reasons I won’t go into, did not appear on my top 10), I lamented the fact that it was nearly 3 hours long, but was focused entirely on a single romance, without anything in the way of subplots or side characters, which made it feel overlong and slow. If I’d seen Her at that point, I’d have been able to point to it as a counter example. Her is almost entirely devoted to a single relationship at the center, but it populates the rest of it’s plot with a creative, unique world and interesting side characters, which helps it feel much more alive and engaging.

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Jan 142014

Hey Kaushik here, to chime on my favorite shows from this past year. Now, don’t expect these to be in any order, and I’ve made sure to exclude series that are currently airing (sorry Kill la Kill!). The only order this list contains is that the very last show was my favorite show of the year. Let’s start things off then!

EDIT: Make sure to check out Starshine and Judge’s lists as well.

12. Minami-ke Tadaima

Minami-ke Tadaima

The fourth season of the Minami-ke series, this slice of life series takes a look at the daily and oftentimes hilarious lives of 3 sisters, Haruka, Kana, and Chiaki Minami. There’s quite the colorful cast of characters and as far as comedy slice of life shows goes, this series has been high quality. With a brief drop in season two, which was awful, Minami-ke is a consistently hilarious series!

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Jan 142014

Manga holds a special place in my heart, in that it was essentially my first introduction to comics. While I don’t do a ton of coverage on them, I do try and keep up with my favorites and whatever new ones explode on the scene. Usually, I enjoy the manga if only because of the artistic escape and large, sprawling stories. This, however, didn’t provide much in the way or escape or story.

Let’s take a look at Dictatorial Grimoire, Volume 1: Cinderella.

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Jan 132014

One of the biggest names in manga is Hiro Mashima, whose big hit Rave (called Rave Master in North America) put him on the map, so to speak, in the early 2000s. His next big project was about yet another fantasy world with lots of spiky haired men with swords and busty beauties except with a little more politics thrown in this time. Some claim this series is better, perhaps even more successful than his previous endeavor. Are they right?

Let’s take a look at episodes 25-48 of Fairy Tail in the Collection 2 Box Set.

A review copy was provided by FUNimation Entertainment.

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Jan 122014

What is the point of the Avengers? The Avengers are a group of heroes banding together to stop disasters and super villains that can’t be taken down by any single hero. They work together to achieve a higher goal. They accomplish their most amazing feats when they coordinate and work as a team or TEAMS considering how MANY Avengers there are.

The sad part is that many Avenger titles over the past few years have only focused on a single cell of Avengers, usually borrowing members from other Avenger groups or other teams like the X-Men or Fantastic Four. To my knowledge, no Avenger book in recent history has seen the Avengers for what they truly CAN be: a global task force. I am happy to see they have finally realized this in today’s premiere issue of Avengers World #1!

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Jan 122014

Welcome to this week’s “Give It a Shot!” Released last week was the highly anticipated PC port of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. While many people have probably already played the PS3 and Xbox 360 releases, this port gives PC players the chance to finally experience a Platinum Games work. Continue reading »