Rants-mas - My 12 Most Hated Video Games
Well, 2020 is almost over! Screw those episodes of Star Trek: Voyager; THIS was the year of hell. In fact, it was because of everything that went on this year that I decided to use December to vent and rant against the worst media I ever experienced. Last time was about the movies that make me cringe just thinking about them. Now, it's time to talk about the video games.
Rants-mas - My 12 Most Hated Movies
2020 has been an absolute nightmare of a year. It's been hell for everyone, and I'm no exception. Ever since I started writing on Vocal, I've done my best to stay as positive as possible since the Internet is already overloaded with negativity. Even when I devoted articles to lashing out at the live-action Ghost In The Shell and The End of Evangelion, I only did so because of strong connections to the franchises in question.
Trek's Hottest: Crusher Vs. Troi
Hi, and welcome back to The Great Debates where I settle pop culture's biggest scores. Guys, ready the wolf whistles! Even though Deep Space Nine will always be my favorite show in the Star Trek franchise, The Next Generation still holds a lot of appeal. Picard (Patrick Stewart) became a legendary Captain to match Kirk (William Shatner); Data (Brent Spiner) and Geordi (LeVar Burton) still are two of TV's most lovable geeks; and the Borg are still one of the most frightening and popular alien races in sci-fi history. However, as I was in adolescence during the show's original run, naturally my attention turned to ladies, and The Next Generation had two of the most appealing women in the whole franchise. Those were the ship's doctor Beverly Crusher, played by the amazing (and amazingly talented) Gates McFadden, and the ship's counselor Deanna Troi, played by the scintillating and fiery Marina Sirtis. While the rest of the franchise had no shortage of appealing ladies [in fact, my personal favorite is Kira Nerys (Nana Visitor) from DS9], Beverly and Deanna stick out in a lot of young minds from the time to the point that they get debated almost as much as Kirk and Picard.
Beyond K-Pop: Rap
Hi, and welcome back to Silver Linings, where the maligned, forgotten, and ignored are at the mic. Thanks to my significant other Ally, I have gotten very acquainted with South Korea's music scene. Also thanks to her, my acquaintance with the scene doesn't start or end at K-Pop. I've already done four articles pointing to acts from the area worth listening to if you're sick of BTS or BlackPink, but there are so many more. Today, I'm turning the focus to the rappers. See, for the longest time, it was thought that, due to the unusual structure of the language, rap was impossible in Korean. However, people like Verbal Jint have proven otherwise, and the rap scene exploded over there. It got to the point that idol groups were making a point of including rappers in their line-ups. Of course, RM, Suga, and J-Hope from BTS are the most famous examples, but they're far from the only ones. Today, I'm turning the spotlight to ten Korean rappers who've got the flow to rival the best of our hip-hop artists. Some are part of idol groups, some are still underground, but they can all bust a rhyme like few can.
Sequel Slaughterfest - 'Evil Dead 2' Vs. 'Army of Darkness'
Happy Halloween! Welcome back to The Great Debates where I'm helping Ash choose between two more sets of Deadites to carve up.
'Evil Dead' - Original Vs. Remake
Hello, and welcome back to The Great Debates where I decide which batch of Deadites deserves decapitation the most. As big into horror as I am, I only recently got around to watching one of the most celebrated series of them all, Sam Raimi's Evil Dead franchise. In fact, I decided to make this whole month a celebration of the franchise with articles about the movies here on Vocal and a playthrough of the game Evil Dead: Regeneration on my YouTube channel "Cool Media".
- Third Place in Slasher Classics Challenge
'The Shining' - Unfaithfulness Can Be Perfect
A few weeks ago, I basically gave my history with the horror genre, showing how my interest grew from creepy comedies like Ghostbusters to true nightmare fuel like The Devil's Advocate. However, in that collection of classics and enjoyable schlock, one film is the most important in my horror fan development and still ranks as my favorite pure horror film of all time. (I have to stress "pure" since, if horror comedies are included, Gremlins would be #1.) That is the 1980 masterpiece The Shining.
'Yakuza: Dead Souls' - Want Crazier Yakuza? Just Add Zombies!
Hello, and welcome back to Second Chances where the maligned, forgotten, and ignored rise from the dead and invade the hostess club.