Skyscraper review – Generic blockbuster is generic

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Warning, this isn’t exactly a spoiler free review. You have been warned…

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Sorry to Bother You review – who knew telemarketing could be so insane

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Sometimes, I wonder what movies were even made for. Were they made solely as a representation of reality, or for people’s pleasure, or a combination of both? Anyways, I was kind of wondering what kind of coke director Boots Riley was snorting when he crafted this “masterpiece” of his. I mean for petes sake, the fella was in charge of making music before tackling this feature length extravaganza.

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Millennialism, loneliness, and social media in ‘Ingrid Goes West’

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Social media is an unprecedented vehicle for people to connect with one another from across the globe. Fact of the matter is, its advent has led to the insurgence of some interesting phenomena. From people acting under the guise of trolls, to literal edgelords threatening to slit their own wrists, the internet has become a safe haven for people to vent out their frustrations under the protection of anonymity. The idea that anonymity is a thing on these platforms, only makes matters worse, as people from all sorts of backgrounds hide themselves behind an avatar (some of which would include an anime character of some sort) to plot their next move, while disguising their identity in the heat of battle. Continue reading “Millennialism, loneliness, and social media in ‘Ingrid Goes West’”

Noragami Aragoto review – hey, anybody got 5 yen?

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Its sorta hard to predict how any anime by Studio Bones is going to turn out.  Sometimes they could end up being rather passable, or even incredibly memorable and well written (i.e Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, Darker than Black). On the other hand, they could end up being complete and utter failures (i.e Zetsuen no Tempest). Noragami fits nicely between the two; a mediator amidst the good and the bad.

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Sicario: Day of the Soldado review – Terrorists are bad m’kay!

 

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If you were expecting this skeleton to make an appearance, boy are you in for a disappointment.

Warning! Proceed with caution ole curious traveller for this critique contains spoilers! Yea no, I’m not kidding. There are spoilers here…

Sicario was a bit of an odd duck back in 2015. It didn’t feel like most action films released during that time, what with its unique direction, nihilistic touches and disturbing content. Quite frankly, you could almost label it an “anti-blockbuster.” Whereas flicks like the Bond movies, the Mission Impossible series and even r rated instalments such as Dredd and Mad Max Fury Road, aimed to satisfy audiences with adrenaline filled action and death defying stunts, this wasn’t necessarily the case with the first entry in the aptly named “Sicario Saga.” Here, violence was dirty, consequential, demoralizing. It never glorified it, even when it came to showcasing gang members being peppered with bullets. As cliché as it sounds, I remember it like it was yesterday. Swaths of movie goers sat there shocked and silent as they were exposed to its nihilistic portrayal of cartels and warfare.

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91 Days review – Take the cannoli Angelo

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They’re not even being subtle about where they’re getting their inspiration from

It’s been a while since we’ve got an anime that veers away from the usual cliches and tropes found in nearly every single show nowadays. I’m talking about the endless sea of moe chicks, pointless infodumps, girls getting their clothes ripped to shreds, spiky haired caricatures screaming their lungs out and so on. Therefore, it’s refreshing to see a show that tries to veer away from its roots and gather its inspiration from another medium instead: gangster films.

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