🎃Happy Halloween🎃

It’s That Time of Year Again!

Unfortunately, there has just been too much going on in my life for me to do a full fledged Halloween Week like I did last year, but I didn’t want to do nothing this year. In this article I’ll tackle some cool Halloween suggestions as well as to call back to posts of yesteryear’s Halloween.

Stuff From Last Year

Just click on the titles of the reviews below to see what I was talking about last year.

Things I think people should especially check out or do from this list for Halloween this year are Betrayal At House On The Hill, Over The Garden Wall, and (obligatorily) The Nightmare Before Christmas. Each item from last year’s review slate is a good one for Halloween either way though.

Some New Recommendations

Here’s a short list of three things I recommend for your Halloween along with a brief reason as to why for each. These are in no particular order.

1. Shiki

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Shiki is by far one of the best horror anime I’ve ever watched. At first glance, the show seems pretty terrible but given the chance, Shiki is more than capable of proving just how great of a show it actually is. Shiki is a more traditional vampire story taking place in a modern setting. When the horror sets in, and mind you it does take its time getting there, you’ll be on the edge of your seat. Of particular note, I found it interesting that the show explored some deeper sociological and philosophical topics, which may be of some interest to others.

You can watch this one for on Hulu subbed.

2. Soul Eater

This show just oozes Halloween. I’ll leave some pictures and the OP below, should speak for itself. Not as spooky as Shiki but a fun watch if you haven’t seen it before. You can watch this one on Hulu too (dub and sub).

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3. Stranger Things

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In case you’ve been living under a rock and don’t know, Stranger Things is fantastic. If you haven’t seen it already, go watch it on Netflix. Need some convincing? Jacob did a review of this one, so click on this link and check it out.

 

 

 

 

 

Anime ABC’s – B is for Baccano!

A Review About an Anime Featuring American Gangsters, Eccentric Robbers, & an Afternoon Train Ride

Baccano! is all of this and more. Animated by Brain’s Base, Baccano! is a 13 episode anime (16 if you count the OVA’s included on the DVD’s) sporting a highly stylized presentation, unconventional narrative, and highly dynamic and engaging characters; Baccano! is an anime that any fan of the medium can’t afford to miss out on. If you haven’t seen this one yet, then you are in for a real treat. Let me tell you why. Continue reading

‘Stranger Things’ TV Review.

Grade: B+

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The way ‘Stranger Things’ feels to me is like a breath of fresh air; a lot of Netflix shows these days are so modern and like to fill our hearts with joy (‘Orange is the New Black’, ‘BoJack Horseman’, ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’). Then all of a sudden, a show like this one comes along and takes you back to when phones felt like walkie-talkies, silverware was neatly placed in drawers, and homes looked fresh and new. It was the era of the 80’s; and although I wasn’t born in that decade, I could tell that it was a great one.

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‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again’ TV Review.

Grade: B+

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Oh my God! I can’t believe what I just saw! This may be a remake of the classic ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’, but a good remake with additions to improve upon its beloved predecessor? That is very unlikely to happen! You have basically the same movie, but much like each play that gets told on stage time and time again, this is a much different production, and it is all left to the director’s interpretation; the director being Kenny Ortega (‘Hocus Pocus’).

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A Quick Update – Been Super Busy :(

School, Work, & Not Enough Time

This is really for those of you who don’t follow me over on Twitter @JS_Reviews where I’ve been keeping people up to date on my happenings every now and then. My work load got kind of crazy this week so I will unfortunately be unable to produce any content outside of this update. However, Jacob has been at it lately so there has been plenty of cool movie reviews for you guys this week.

To make up for this, next week I will be getting out my Baccano! review for sure as well as the review for the filler card game, For Sale, that was planned for this week. If my work load doesn’t ramp up any extra, I may even get a bit more out but I’m not going to promise outside of that. Thanks for the understanding and hope you all have been having a great week!

-Jon Spencer

 

‘Swiss Army Man’ Film Review.

Grade: A-

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Paul Dano plays Hank, a man ready to commit suicide on a deserted island; that is, until he meets a corpse he kind of names Manny (Daniel Radcliffe) washed ashore on the same island. It turns out that this corpse is about to change his luck when the former uses the latter as a way of escape. There is no other way that I can describe ‘Swiss Army Man’ other than the fact that this is a very unusual, yet at times touching movie about what it takes to find happiness and enjoying every moment until it’s gone forever. That is the secret ingredient that makes this a kind of great movie. To be honest, you won’t believe that I’m saying this about a movie which is also about farting and corpse erections (Stiff Stiffies, in other words.)

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‘The Magnificent Seven’ (2016) Film Review

Grade: C-

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The Western genre seems to be dishing out some more movies to cater to the modern movie-going audience into seeing some films with Quentin Tarantino’s ‘The Hateful Eight’, and ‘Django Unchained’. Antoine Fuqua (who directed ‘Training Day’ and ‘The Equalizer’) has decided to direct a western, but not just any western; this one is a remake of a classic called ‘The Magnificent Seven’ (which is also a remake of Akiro Kurosawa’s ‘Seven Samurai’). It looks like Fuqua has discovered the formula for creating a perfect Western (The costume design, the cinematography, etc.), but it feels as though he is missing a few things to make this an engaging one. 

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