Jon’s Creator Showcase – Anniversary Edition

Welcome to the Showcase!

Before we dive into this special Anniversary Edition of the Showcase for January 2019, let me once again say, “Thank you!” to all you awesome people who have helped out with the project since its conception. That includes hosts, people who submitted something, and of course, readers just like you!

I’ve already written a post detailing what the Showcase is which features a link to every edition from 2018 which you should really check out. There is so much amazing content and so many wonderful creators for you to discover. It’s fun to go back and read older works instead of just focusing on the contemporary pieces. Seriously, you won’t regret it!

A reminder, this time around I did something a little different in that we have a featured creator this month. They wrote something that really stood out to me. Of course, all of the submissions were wonderful and are certainly worth your time, I just thought this would be something fun to do as a change of pace. A competition element was attached to this edition as a little extra bonus for folks, so if you are the featured creator please contact me at:  jonspencerreviews@gmail.com to receive your prize!

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Cells at Work! – Platelet Appreciation (Also a Review… I Guess)

This Would Work Better as a Video

Image result for cells at workThe Summer 2018 season didn’t grace us with many gifts this season but the ones it did bring were quite good. One of them was Cells at Work! which is a better version of the Osmosis Jones television series (and film; 2002 & 2001 respectively). The series is all about the cells that well, for lack of a better word, work within our bodies. You follow a Red Blood Cell as she bumbles her way about, constantly getting rescued by White Blood Cell, and learning about various aspects of the body along the way. However, there is one thing that truly makes this worth while, and if you don’t know what I’m talking about, you should; that’s right:  Platelets! Continue reading “Cells at Work! – Platelet Appreciation (Also a Review… I Guess)”

Edogawa Rampo – How Rampo Kitan Inspired Me to Read a Japanese Classic

Edogawa Rampo is the Grandfather of Japanese Mystery Literature

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Hirai Taro, the real name of famed author Edogawa Rampo, was born October 21, 1894. Rampo took inspiration from Western mystery writers such as Dolye and Poe (among others). In fact, his nom de plume is dedicated to Edgar Allan Poe as it is a direct verbal translation of Poe’s name. Existing in a time between critically acclaimed Agatha Christie and Edgar Wallace, Edogawa Rampo was instrumental in shaping the modern day mystery genre in Japan. Continue reading “Edogawa Rampo – How Rampo Kitan Inspired Me to Read a Japanese Classic”

‘Spaceballs’ Classic Film Review

Grade: B+

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Mel Brooks is a comedic genius! He knows how to have fun with the parodies he makes. He took on Westerns with ‘Blazing Saddles’, and the horror genre with ‘Young Frankenstein’. He also tried his hand at his own ‘Silent Movie’, spoofed the films of Alfred Hitchcock, (‘High Anxiety’) and tackled world history (‘History of the World Part I’ – Sorry, there is no part 2). Back in 1986, he decided to cash in on the success of a science-fiction blockbuster known as ‘Star Wars’ with ‘Spaceballs’; one of my favorite comedies as well as my second favorite parody behind ‘Dracula: Dead and Loving It’ (Also directed by Brooks).

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Jacob’s Top 10 Anticipated Movies of Summer 2017

So far, 2017 has been full of decent movies, yet we still had a couple of stinkers (‘Fifty Shades Darker’ and ‘Power Rangers’). Still, the year is not over yet; and since summer is on its way, this feels like the time to list my top 10 anticipated movies of the summer; from May to August.

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‘Kong: Skull Island’ Film Review

Grade: B+

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The visual effects on Kong may be more of a human look than Peter Jackson’s giant roaring gorilla in the 2005 remake of the original ‘King Kong’ films that have come before it, but holy moly, is the angry giant more amazing than ever! Watching Kong fight these monsters on the famous fictional Skull Island is one that is more reminiscent of Gareth Edwards’ ‘Godzilla’ and is of pure, amazing, albeit ridiculous action.

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‘Moonlight’ Film Review

Grade: A

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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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‘Doctor Strange’ Film Review.

Grade: A

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Benedict Cumberbatch dons the levitating cape, a blue mystic outfit, and a Vincent Price hairdo, as Marvel’s own Mystic superhero, Doctor Strange. In the newest Marvel Studios outing (which is reported to tie into ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, and ‘Thor: Ragnarok’) Strange starts off as a real doctor named Steven Strange; (the name isn’t made to sound cool either.) he has a PhD, but what makes him different from the other doctors is his knack for 70’s music, (which turns into a game of Name-That-Tune with him and his colleagues while getting the job done), sarcastic wit, and arrogance which somewhat makes him the jerk of the hospital. It also makes him clash with two of his colleagues; Christine Palmer (Rachael McAdams), the former love of his life; and Nicodemus West (Michael Stuhlbarg), who he gives a ton of guff to.

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‘Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children’ Film Review.

Grade: B

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Tim Burton -after directing the Margaret Keane biopic, ‘Big Eyes’ starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz -is now back in the director’s seat to show us his vision of Ransom Riggs’ (obvious) best-selling novel ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children’, which stars a very pretty Eva Green as the title character, Asa Butterfield (from the horrible ‘Ender’s Game’) and a cast of young actors as the children kept away from the outside world due to their “peculiarity”. There’s the bee-breathing Hugh (Milo Parker); Emma, (Ella Purnell) the posh blue-dressed child who has the power to breath a gust of wind, and float when not wearing her lead shoes; the masked ballerina twins, (Thomas and Joseph Odwell) who have a secret peculiarity that serves a purpose during the films major fight; Fiona, (Georgia Pemberton) who can make plant life grow to an unusually large size; Brownwyn, (Pixie Davis) who is extremely strong; Claire, (Raffiella Chapman) who has a Computer-generated monster mouth in the back of her head (that leads to comical results); Horace, (Hayden Keeler-Stone) who can literally project his dreams and show them to the other children during something Miss Peregrine calls “Movie Night”; Enoch, (Finlay MacMillian) who uses real live organs to bring dead, or non-living things to life; Olive, (Lauren McCrostie) who can heat up anything she touches, and also has the power to conjure up fire (like Elsa from ‘Frozen’ if she were the complete opposite, or Diablo from ‘Suicide Squad’); and the invisible Millard (Cameron King). 

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Jacob’s Top 10 Science-Fiction Movies of the 80’s.

Science-Fiction is one of the most loved genres of the 80’s, and with the time I have tonight; I will give you my Top 10. Some of these movies you may wonder what happened to, (No spoilers) but it has been hard work to figure out the ones that stood out to me the most. I love 80’s movies, and have a fondness for science-fiction when it comes to that decade. Here they come now!

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