Thursday, July 31, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy Review

So far, every Marvel movie has received a ton of critical praise and it seems like there can be no fault in the movie studio juggernaut. However, most of the Marvel Phase 2 movies have actually been fairly mixed in terms of their reception. Iron Man 3 was loved by some and hated passionately by just as many people. Thor: The Dark World was good, but generally seen as one of the weaker movies in the franchise. Even Captain America: The Winter Soldier fell prey to a ton of hype and while it was a good movie, it's not the best Marvel movie made according to a large amount of Marvel film fans. So now we have Guardians of the Galaxy, which is trying to bite the bullet and give us a formal introduction to Marvel's version of deep space, a part of the Marvel universe that is mindboggling even to comic fans. I guess what I can say is that even though there's a lot going against this movie, Guardians of the Galaxy pulls through in spades. This is the summer blockbuster to beat.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Robocop (2014) Review

I'm struggling to figure out how to put Robocop into words. Reboots are always difficult to review because no matter how you look like it, your opinion of the reboot is always going to be colored by your affection of the original series. The more you like the original, the more difficult it will be to accept the changes of the reboot, therefore preventing you from being as open to the change as you would normally be. Not only that, but most of the new reboots are targeted at a very specific audience that is very difficult to sway; people who view the originals with nostalgia and want to try and modernize that same feeling they got in a much more modern setting, usually so that they can make money off of a brand name yet make it just similar enough so that no one can call it a blatant cash grab. I guess this is a really long way of saying that Robocop doesn't feel like a cash grab, but it completely misses the point and spirit of the original movie.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

50 Shades! The Musical Review...?

So... I know I said that I would not be reviewing Broadway shows again because of personal grievances and all that bunk, but seriously... how could I not review this? I mean, it's 50 Shades! The Musical. It's a musical about 50 Shades of Grey, a book that's essentially hardcore BDSM mommy porn. The book itself has a reputation for being a punchline and a joke, so why, oh why, did they make it into a musical? What possessed people to think "Hey, let's turn 50 Shades of Grey into a musical! Won't that be great???" This is my account with this musical. This... thing.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Review

Okay, so if you've been following my review schedule, you may have seen that I was originally going to review Lucy this week. Well for the foreseeable future, I'm not going to be seeing that movie any time soon. Why? It looks like pure sci-fi dreck. It has a dumb premise, even dumber execution, and has logic so far removed from reality with stupid and poor reasoning that there's no way in hell that I'm going to sit through that movie. I don't want to see movies that I know I'm going to hate just for the giggles. I want to see movies that are smart, adventurous, have a sense of passion and life to them, and most importantly, aren't dumb as shit. So instead, I'm going to watch a movie where monkeys ride horses and dual-wield machine guns.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Danganronpa Review

The Month of Misses continues onward, and now I finally get to talk about the Playstation Vita again! For those of you that have no idea what a Vita is... I don't blame you. The handheld has been selling abysmally in the U.S to the point where Sony is no longer developing first party content for the platform. Let's just get this perfectly straight. SONY, the company that created the Vita, is no longer supporting the Vita after it launched a mere two years ago. That's pretty bad in all honesty to just give up on your console after two years because of how poor its selling. So why is the Vita still relevant now even though it's a complete failure? Because developers are still making games for the console, and the games that are made are all very interesting, dynamic, and unlike any other game on the market. In short, they're making Trigger Happy Havoc, which is more commonly referred to as Danganronpa.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Top 5 Best and Worst Movie Musicals

I love theatre. When I'm not doing review or playing games, chances are you wouldn't be able to find me because I would most likely be in a rehearsal. I've been a fan of theatre since I was a little kid, and I've acted in countless shows throughout my life. I've dabbled in classic musical theatre, contemporary works, original plays, Shakespeare, and everything in between. So for my life, I've been very passionate when it comes to supporting the arts and encouraging people to go see plays. By that same nature, I also try to convince people to go see movie musicals, which are adaptations of pre-existing musicals for the screen, or original musicals debuting through a movie. There's just something magical about seeing a show on the big screen with high production values and transitioning a show from the stage to the screen. It's taking a story and transmuting it to a completely different medium, and in that transfer so much can be gained from it! Then there are also shows that are catastrophically awful and turn what could have been a solid adaptation into an embarrassment. 

So that's what we're here to talk about today. Today, I'm counting down the 5 best movie musicals and the 5 worst movie musicals, because with the good must also come the bad. In order to make it onto this list, a movie musical must have the following 
  • It must have at least 6 songs throughout the duration of the movie
  • The movie must be over an hour long to constitute it as a movie and not a short film. It has to be something I can sit down in a movie theatre to watch.
  • It has to be a musical, or a story that is told through singing and/or dancing. The plot must be conveyed through the music shown on screen. 
With all of that technical jargon out of the way, let's start our list off with the 5 worst movie musicals so we can end this on a happy note. Let's get critical!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Snowpiercer Review

2014 so far has been very underwhelming in terms of good releases. Whenever a promising title is released, I get hopeful that maybe, just maybe, that it might be a good film. So far, this year has been a wasteland of bad movies, with nary a good one in sight. After Earth To Echo, I sincerely considered just throwing my hands up in the air and wait until Guardians of the Galaxy is released; a movie that I know is going to be good and at the very least entertaining. I'm just starving for something good to watch and not just mindless junk. 

And then I saw Snowpiercer.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Kirby Triple Deluxe Review

Welcome back to my Month of Misses! This week, we're going to take a look at a game that I didn't get around to reviewing that I wanted to play for quite some time now. Ladies, and gentlemen, KIRBY!!!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Earth To Echo Review

You know, my summer vacation is going along pretty nicely. The past two weeks have been pretty low key for me and I've just been off doing whatever I want. I've been playing a lot of Skies of Arcadia recently, which is an RPG you should definitely play. Yeah it may not be as well known as other RPG's, but it has some great combat and a fun world to explore. Also, you can be a sky pirate in it! Sky! Pirate! And when I haven't been playing that, I've either been at work having a good time, or just going for a nice swim. It's been pretty stress free for me in all honestly.

I would mention Earth To Echo in there somewhere, but I didn't feel that it's worth mentioning at all.

Friday, July 4, 2014

The Monuments Men Review

Welcome to The Month of Misses, where I'm going to spend all of July reviewing some games and movies that I missed out on over the past six months! Some of them are good, some are bad, and some of them are right down the middle. And while we're at it, Happy Fourth of July everyone! Today is a day to celebrate America's independence from Great Britain and to celebrate everything that America has done since. So since we have a big holiday today as well as a historical movie to review, that means it's timely! Even though the movie came out in the beginning of February... Well I'm calling it timely, so it counts!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Best Spring Anime of 2014

Spring has come and gone, and with it we have a look back at all of the shows I had watched over the past three months. Usually the spring season has some of the best anime released during the year, like last year's big spring title being Attack on Titan. This year, we didn't really have as many great series and we actually had a much weaker spring than usual. In fact, I started out this season with six shows, but now I only have three shows to talk about. I dropped most of those shows after a few episodes because they bored me to tears. I couldn't even finish three episodes they were that boring. These three titles though are not boring in the slightest. In fact, dare I say, all three of these titles are phenomenal. Like, 5 of out 5 good. So let's get started.