The Liebster Award

liebster2I Got Nominated!

Sublime Game Reviews gave me this nomination so a big thanks to him and I highly encourage you to go check out the site. The Liebster Award is a way for people to find out about cool sites they might not otherwise know about. Each nominee gets asked some questions and then is supposed to nominate other blogs. So let’s get to those questions. Continue reading “The Liebster Award”


Something Amazing – Updates & Stuff

Hello Everybody!

Just a quick update that will go over the status with Anime ABC’s C pick Code Geass, what I’ve been up to lately, some plans for the next few weeks, and I’ll be sharing a fun holiday playlist for those who are interested. With that being said let’s hit on where I’m at with ABC’s.

As you may know, Code Geass won the C round for Anime ABC’s and I’m pretty excited to be reviewing that here but the series is a bit long since I’ll be tackling both seasons. I’ve made it through my rewatch of season 1 but haven’t had the chance to get through season 2 quite yet because of school. I’m watching this one with some folks who have never seen it before to gain some added insight for the review from them. We’ll likely get to finishing season 2 this weekend or next, so expect the review in a few weeks.

With that being said, school has been keeping me plenty busy. I just finished everything but finals up so my schedule will be opening up by this time next week. However, not everything for school has been work, some has been play. I’m a member of my University’s Ballroom Dance Club and I had the pleasure of helping out with the last playlist for the term which is holiday themed. You can check out the final playlist here:  Ballroom Playlist The list features songs for Christmas, Hanukkah, and even Kwanzaa! To get that final product we had to do over 5 hours of research, check out the rejected songs here:  Rejects (Too Good to be Bad).

Lastly, I plan on getting my big Righstuf Holiday Buying Guide out for this year early next week. Most likely Monday. You can check out last year’s by clicking the link above. The list will feature some of the best deals I think people should take advantage of from this year’s big sale. I’m hoping to get some other articles out but I’m not sure what I’d like to cover yet between the new Hearthstone expansion, some anime stuff, or even board games so if you have a suggestion for me let me know in the comments below.

Until next time,

-Jon Spencer

‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Film Review

Grade: A-

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After all the flak Mel Gibson has been getting for his drunk angry outbursts including Anti-Semitic and racial insults, it is finally a relief to see him back in the director’s chair; one of the few times he has tried to redeem himself as an actor was with the Jodie Foster directed drama, ‘The Beaver’, where he played a family man using a Beaver hand puppet as a way of communicating with his estranged family. It was a good movie, but there was something dark and dull about it that caused it to be a bit of a letdown. It looks like Gibson has nowhere to go, but back behind the camera; cross in his hand and a prayer in his heart that he can truly gain celebrity status again in the form of ‘Hacksaw Ridge’.

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‘Bad Santa 2’ Film Review

Grade: F

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I did not like the first ‘Bad Santa’ with Billy Bob Thornton as the alcoholic, sex-crazed, and depressive bank robber Willie Soke, and Tony Cox as his partner, Marcus, as they respectively dress up as department store Santa and helper elf to steal millions from the many malls they work at. However, with ‘Bad Santa 2’, I feel the need to be like the real Santa Claus and check that list twice. The first film was definitely mean-spirited in tone when comparing it to your favorite Christmas classics, (‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’, ‘A Christmas Carol’, ‘A Christmas Story’, among many others.) but what added to its success was that the tone was used to the film’s advantage; I didn’t think there was that much heart to it, but I can see that it didn’t try to be funny, the humor just happened and it added to the story. This unnecessary sequel believes that lightning strikes twice and focuses more on telling jokes instead of being consistent and letting the magic happen.

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‘Arrival’ Film Review

Grade: B-

Arrival Movie Poster

I have heard that there was some buzz surrounding ‘Arrival’; as usual when it comes to films that market mystery and intrigue. Especially when it comes to alien invasion films. The main mystery surrounding this film comes from the question on a lot of these posters: “Why are they here?”. It’s a question that has been asked since the first alien invasion movie ever made. But what makes ‘Arrival’ seem different is the originality it has.

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‘Moana’ Film Review

Grade: A

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Although not the first ethnic Disney leading lady, (and certainly not the first female to take charge and become independent) there is something about Moana (Voice of newcomer Aul’i Cravalho) that makes her an inspiration to young girls like the few who have come before her. Much like Merida from ‘Brave’, she is a free spirit who longs for adventure and can be a bit stubborn. Comparing her to Mulan from the movie of the same name, and Princess Anna from ‘Frozen’, she is determined to reach her goal and do what’s right even if the impossible tries stopping her. She is the leading lady that all the girls in the audience should look up to. (Disney is full of these women, trust me.) I say leading lady, because she does not like to be acknowledged as a princess. (Which, in turn, leads to a very clever satirical joke by Dwayne Johnson’s demigod Maui regarding the stereotype.)

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‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ Film Review

Grade: A-

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It’s been five long years since J.K. Rowling and David Yates brought us back to Hogwarts with the final installment in the ‘Harry Potter’ franchise, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2’. Now it’s 2016. Times are getting tough and it seems our only escape is the world of fantasy with cinematic universes to different studio-based galaxies. There’s the ever-expanding Marvel and DC cinematic universes that have been getting the most tickets; and now it looks like ‘Star Wars’ is trying to expand itself with ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ coming next month. But Hark! A savior has arrived! It’s J.K. Rowling and David Yates once again to take us back to the ever-so-called “Wizarding World of ‘Harry Potter’! But wait! What’s this? It looks like they brought a time machine to take us back 70 years before “The Boy Who Lived” became a hero and saved us all from the nose-less Voldemort’s wrath of attack! But wait! We’re not only transported back in time, but it looks as if they took us to New York, where the world is filled with more social and political issues than we faced in the last week.

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‘Shut In’ Film Review

Grade: F+

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For the past couple of days, ‘Shut In’ starring Naomi Watts has been baffling me. I will never understand what this movie is about or what went wrong when writer Christina Hodson and director Farren Blackburn were trying to conjure up the perfect psychological horror-thriller. There are some good things about this movie that gives it that potential; (Lighting to set the mood during its “suspenseful” moments, sound design to tell us more about a certain character than exposition in a screenplay, and good performances.) its problem comes from the execution of its plot, which is also very hard to figure out.

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‘Storks’ Film Review

Grade: B

Storks Movie Poster

I know it’s late to do a review on ‘Storks’, but I finally had the chance to see this amazingly animated comedy featuring the voices of Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, Kelsey Grammer, and many others last night at a great theater called “Carmike Cinemas” with a friend. It was one of the movies that we ended up seeing for our double feature outing, (I will get to the other movie in the next review.) and I sat there enjoying almost every minute of it. The animation in ‘Storks’ is as crisp and light as the movie being presented; Warner Animation Group definitely has a knack for the process of animation, ever since ‘The LEGO Movie’ in 2014. (their first outing as an animation studio which was made to look as stop-motion and done with real LEGO as possible.) Seriously though, if you want to compete with Pixar’s quality of animation, then this is the way of doing it.

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Thoughts On Heroic Mode Tavern Brawl – Hearthstone’s Newest Mode

In Theory, Heroic Tavern Brawls Sound Fun

In practice however, this was the single worst experience I have ever had with Hearthstone. I’m getting ahead of myself though, let me explain what Heroic Tavern Brawl is for those who don’t already know. This new mode is a pay to play mode that replaces the normal free to play Tavern Brawl, the biggest difference outside of this is that the new mode offers great rewards for winning (much like in arena mode, but better payouts the farther up you go) as opposed to the single standard pack for winning that the standard Brawls net you. The mode will cost you 1,000 in game currency or $10 bucks of real cash for 1 chance to play. Continue reading “Thoughts On Heroic Mode Tavern Brawl – Hearthstone’s Newest Mode”