Is Anime Jargon Necessary? – Inspired by Digi & Other Community Members

You All Know the Terms:  Otaku, Moe, Hentai, ETC…

It’s a right of passage for us in the anime community to learn these words, and others, as we engage with the medium we love so much as well as each other. However, there has been recent discussion, particularly from YouTube’s Digibro, about how necessary any of this terminology is. Given that, I thought I’d throw my two cents out there and see what you all thought on the topic as well. Continue reading “Is Anime Jargon Necessary? – Inspired by Digi & Other Community Members”

Codenames Review – Battleship With Words

Whether You Are Playing the Original, Pictures, or are Deep Undercover, Codenames is Surprisingly Tense

Lately, I have been playing a TON of Codenames. Supporting 2-8 players and only taking about 15 minutes (often less), it’s not surprising that any version of the game has an easy time hitting the table. Codenames feels a lot like playing Battleship, except your ships are words and you WANT to hit them. Continue reading “Codenames Review – Battleship With Words”

‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ Film Review

Grade: B

The Lego Batman Movie Movie Poster

When Robin/Dick Grayson (Voice of Michael Cera) asks Batman (Voice of Will Arnett) if the Bat-Mobile has seat belts on their first outing in the LEGO version of Gotham City (Which I might add is as beautiful as it is visually appealing to the eyes), Batman’s reply is “Life doesn’t give you seatbelts!”. This quote is what makes the LEGO incarnation of the Caped Crusader a comic gem. He was first introduced to audiences as a supporting comic relief in ‘The LEGO Movie’, which proved to be a major success. Batman is one of the greatest superheroes that doesn’t really need to fly around cities to capture villains, such as The Joker (Voiced in this movie by Zach Galifianakis), The Riddler (Voiced here by Conan O’Brien) and many others I do not need to mention. He has gadgets, a sense of vengeance, and the smarts to tackle any problem. There have been many incarnations of Batman, from Adam West’s campy family friendly bat to Ben Affleck’s Superman-fighting machine, but no other incarnation seems to be so macho, and filled with self-confidence as much as a toy version of Batman.

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Update 2/21/17 – Anime ABC’s Progress, Other Articles, & Just Checking In

Hello Everybody!

Just wanted to drop in and say “hey” to all of you and let you know what’s been going on lately. If you follow me on Twitter, @JS_Reviews, you’d kind of know what has been up lately but there’s a bit more going on regardless. If you have any questions or comments by the end of this, feel free to leave ’em for me and I’ll get back to you ASAP.

ABC Stuff

First off, I wanted to make sure people know I’m working on the next Anime ABC review for Erased. I’m half way through watching the show so it should only take me a little longer to finish watching it and then an additional week to write it. If there aren’t any more hiccups, I suspect that the review will be out no later than the week of the 6th of March.

It’s been a ride so far. This is the first ABC show that I haven’t seen before and I have been hyped to watch Erased with my group (I watch my ABC shows with a small group since they all got into anime recently but haven’t seen much). I’m stoked to review it so look forward to it.

WordPress Shenanigans & My Ever Tested Sanity

So what about other content? I did say I had extra fee time up until March 1st and that is still true. However, WordPress has been a real hassle lately. I’ve been experiencing a lot of really weird problems, like drafts not saving properly, images and videos not showing up in the articles when I place them, and other more minor issues. I have been working pretty hard to resolve said issues, but I’m still having them. This is beyond frustrating to me, so rather than ram my head against a brick wall all day, I have been taking a break from the blog until I can get things sorted out.

Aside from this, my research paper, which I am supposed to be on break for, is massively in the way. It has been eating into my time pretty massively. Between that and the WordPress nonsense, I just haven’t been up to trying to juggle it all. I know I’ve said stuff like that before in the past, but when it comes to school or work that’s just how things have to be. They are top priority for me right now so I hope you all can understand.

This means I just haven’t been producing content here. Sorry about that. Fortunately, Jacob has been a life-saver (again… :p in seriousness though, he is super amazing) so there has been some content to enjoy outside of the one article I managed to squeeze out about RimWorld prior to me experiencing issues.

On that note, if you are ever interested in helping out around here, drop me a line. Just go to the “contact” tab or follow the link in the text. I’d love to have more lovely people on board to talk about stuff!

That’s All Folks!

Again, sorry about the complications on my end here. Hope things are going better for you though and I look forward to seeing you back here for whatever’s next!

-Jon Spencer

‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ Film Review

Grade: A

John Wick 2 Movie Poster

As I sat through ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’, I was hoping for a superior sequel to its decent predecessor, which gave us a disgruntled (and grizzly) Keanu Reeves treading the streets while killing the people who not only stole his car, but also killed his dog. (Which I’m sure made many people wanting to keep close to their pets as possible). We were shown a sympathetic former assassin who had a reason to do what he did. His name? John Wick. Reeves is bad-ass as Wick, and he gives it his all when he takes up that duty once again in this sequel. To tell you the truth, I really liked it. My friends and I were discussing on the ride home how this could potentially set up a third movie in what is set up to be a franchise. I really hope there is a third ‘John Wick’ and cannot wait to see Reeves once again do what he should do best: Shoot, give funny quips, and look dapper.

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‘Michael Bolton’s Big, Sexy Valentine’s Day Special’ Review

Grade: C+

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I’m pretty sure that Netflix came out with only two holiday specials starring a major name. The last I saw being ‘A Very Murray Christmas’ with Bill Murray, that was dull, depressing, and only succeeded in spreading misery during the holiday season. What ‘Michael Bolton’s Big, Sexy Valentine’s Day Special’ tends to do is not just satirize all the celebrity holiday specials that have come out in the past, but does so in such a way to feel more like ‘Saturday Night Live’ hosted by Michael Bolton in February. Guaranteed there are some laughs and clever jokes to be seen in these skits, but not all of them add up to anything and serve as a way for Bolton to bust out his singing voice, and maybe have some fun along the way.

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‘Fences’ Film Review

Grade: C

Fences Movie Poster

Denzel Washington and Viola Davis bring their characters from the revival of August Wilson’s play to the big screen with Washington directing, and Wilson writing the screenplay. ‘Fences’ is less about racial issues in the 50’s and more about family tension and drama. If you thought living in that particular decade was easy, you should be mistaken. It was as hard for the working man as it was for a person of color; the way Washington brings the character of the God-fearing baseball expert Troy Maxson to life is a testament to a man who believes in hard work and dedication, even if it means becoming bitter to his sons (Russell Hornsby and Jovan Adepo). While Davis proves to be a strong force of nature as Troy’s caring wife, Rose.

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‘Fifty Shades Darker’ Film Review

Grade: D-

Fifty Shades Darker Movie Poster

The marketing for ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ is as follows. “Slip into something a shade darker”. Well, for the first half of this sequel adapted from the second addition to E.L. James’ popular erotic ‘Twilight’ fan-fiction ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, I ended up stepping in what looked to be a steamy pile of sh*t, only to end up braving the dark trenches of Christian Grey’s sexscapades  with his submissive Anastasia Steele, all the way through a very interesting, yet romantic story-line which sets up the final movie in the ‘Fifty Shades’ series. I can’t deny that ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ is a really bad sequel, let alone one that works as Hollywood pornography instead of an actual film, despite actually feeling some interest in its second half.

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My Latest Obssession – A Look at RimWorld

Everything Was Great, Until Somebody Got the Flu… (Spoilers, They All Died)

Remember Dwarf Fortress? Remember how tough as nails it was? Sure would be great if that were on Steam but that’s not what I wanted to talk about today. Instead, I’ll be looking at RimWorld, a game that feels a lot like Dwarf Fortress in Early Access on Steam. Continue reading “My Latest Obssession – A Look at RimWorld”

‘Moonlight’ Film Review

Grade: A

Moonlight Movie Poster

Throughout the history of Oscar Season, there comes one ‘Best Picture’ nominee that strikes you as a truly great movie. For me those films were 1962’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, the 1970’s Oscar winner ‘Patton’, and 2015’s ‘Room’, and ‘The Revenant‘ to name a few. (In fact, to name all the films I found to be truly great would take this entire paragraph and especially add more filler instead of depth.). ‘Moonlight’ is one of those nominees. Will it win this year’s Oscar for ‘Best Picture’? Who knows! My guess would have to be ‘La La Land’, due to the Academy’s love for classic film. However, ‘Moonlight’ is something special. This is a film that grabs your attention from the first frame where we are introduced to drug dealer Juan (Played with sincerity by Oscar-nominee Mahershala Ali) to the last frame where we see young Chiron a.k.a Little (Alex Hibbert) staring at the audience while occupying a beach where the film’s most emotional moments take place.

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