So, to put it simply (and slightly cheesily) I'm fascinated with life. And, well, writing about films, TV shows, video games, music, travelling, philosophy and Formula 1 among other is a fun way to explore it.
Time And Space: The Beauties Of Reading A Star Wars Novel
It's not exactly an outrageous of a claim to make that books are always going to be a bit of an afterthought in the Star Wars franchise. Granted, that there have been some great ones and, at this point, it is also clear that this universe is open for all kinds of stories (as long as they are helmed by people who get it). However, at it's core, it's still a franchise that started out as a passion project for one of the greatest visual storytellers of our time. One that has been praised for its sights and sounds at least as much as it has for its mythos and story. I mean, it's a grand space opera, that was literally born to mantra "Faster, more intese."
Sparks Beyond The Peak: 5 Late Career Albums That Deserve A Second Look
I have a strangely consistent habit of finding many of my favourite musicians during the time, when they were returning from some kind of a hiatus or simply producing a late career album, which generally isn’t considered among their best work. It’s always the same old story. I start exploring a band or an artist, who has been around a while, eat up all their discography and become a fan. Then they release new music that doesn't quite hit the highs of the past, but I still end up having a blast with it, since I’m basically just happy that they’re still releasing new stuff. That, in turn, means that I often find myself loving albums that aren't exactly considered classics in the said artist's or band's career.
- Top Story - June 2020
'EuroTrip': The Odd Art Form Of Doing Stupid In A Clever WayTop Story - June 2020
Back in the mid '00s, one of our middle school teachers decided to show us a movie for the last class of semester. Clearly well intentioned and looking for something youth oriented and educational, she had found a movie called EuroTrip. Safe to say, that much like Scotty in the film, she didn’t know. And, as pop punk Matt Damon cameo jumped on stage to sing about what it was exactly that Scotty didn’t know about, it was kind of too late to do anything about this little romp across a highly caricatured Europe we were about to take. It was dumb, it was fun and shameless almost to a point of being strangely endearing. It was — for (or despite of) all intents and purposes — an oddly perfect moment in time.
Just For Talks: 4 Ways How The Before Trilogy Casually Challenges Conventional Filmmaking Truths
Whenever feeling underwhelmed or emotionally detached from a film, it's perfectly natural for one's mind to wander towards the ones that got it absolutely right. Only thing, in my case, that often means thinking about a trilogy of films that themselves seem to go against many of the conventional filmmaking wisdoms of "getting it right": the Before trilogy.
A Subtle Kind of Greatness: 6 Memorable Paul Walker Performances
Paul Walker has been described as a guy who had one leg in and the other leg out of show business. Someone to whom acting was more a means to an end than his one and true passion. Therefore, it's quite fitting that apart from his iconic portrayal of Brian O'Conner in the Fast and Furious franchise, he does seem to remembered more for the many great roles he had off-screen, like the founder of Reach Out Worldwide, car lover and a professional racer, nature enthusiast, martial arts practitioner or—from what I've read—an all around decent bloke.
What Do Wizards Think When Looking at the Stars? 4 Slightly Overthought Questions About the Harry Potter Universe
There are a few fictional universes out there that capture one's imagination quite as vividly as the one J.K. Rowling created with Harry Potter. However, the thing with having your imagination captured by something is that it then tends to aimlessly wander around within that said universe. Often enough, to places that, while having pretty much zero importance on the overall story, refuse to leave one's head. So to went my mind at least a tiny bit, and I decided to put a few of them down.
A Brilliantly-Aged, Badly-Aged Little Nightmare: Revisiting Eminem's 'Relapse'
So, Relapse happened about a decade ago. And I say "happened" because that honestly felt like the best way to sum up the general perception towards this album. A comeback EP from an artist whose list of people he had pissed off was only surpassed by the ones he had inspired, it was neither the return of the blonde haired controversy machine from the early '00s nor was it quite the emergence of a matured and more reflective version of him we got a year later. Instead, it was just...
My Little Over-Analysis of 'Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters' - Part 7: Mako's Little Filler Tsunami
With all due respect to the great Mako Tsunami, this is probably one of the most inconsequential episodes in the entire series. Well into the first arc's "Pokemon phase" of meeting the foe of the day while hiking around Pegasus' island, there's virtually no character development, or plot progression to be found here. It's the show at its most harmless and it's no wonder that Little Kuriboh never did a full parody of this episode, as it does a fine job of parodying itself as it is.
- Top Story - June 2019
Fast and Curious: An Exploration of the Longest Quartermile in Cinema HistoryTop Story - June 2019
When one thinks of the most epic cinematic sagas in history, chances are that the first ones that come to mind are the huge and meticulously crafted universes brimming with rich source material such as Harry Potter, Star Wars, Lord of The Rings, or the MCU. And then next to them sits Dominic Toretto and his Fast & Furious family.
The Beauty in the Bad: A Love Letter to Everything That Is Wrong with 'The Phantom Menace'
A wise man once said that your focus determines your reality. And well, to me, it actually rings the most true in regards to the very movie it came from in form of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. Simply put, I've gone from loving it unconditionally as a kid to being more than a fair bit conflicted with it during the emergence of in depth YouTube reviews, to eventually making peace with it it's flaws and loving it for it's amazing world-building, technical prowess, and some truly memorable scenes. However, in recent years, I've also come around on many of its flaws.
My Little Over-Analysis of 'Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters' - Part 6: The Emergence of the Supporting Act
So, onto the second duel of the Duelist Kingdom arc and this time, it's the supporting player's turn to step up on the platform, as Joey goes up against Mai. And, well, that leads us to another one of the show's somewhat hidden strengths. Simply put, however, simplistic as the supporting characters in the show might come across, it can catch you by surprise from time to time just how much care and focus the creators have put into them.
Fractured Yet Whole: How 'Running Scared' Perfected the Thriller Genre
Analysing movies can be a funny thing. For example, when one says that 2006's Running Scared is one of the best thrillers of all time, it might be difficult to back this statement up by more conventional parameters. It's editing is frantic, acting often over the top, and the plot somehow manages to be simple and all over the place at the same time. Yet, it ended up achieving what should be any thriller's ultimate goal: It completely immersed you into its world and never let up.