Screenwriter at heart. Reviews for anything that peaks my interest at the moment.
Late Review: "Shoplifters"
**Hello, everyone! Hope your time has been well spent! Just want to preface that I've had this review locked and loaded in the chamber, but I was being lazy among other things. Therefore, some wording might come off a little awkward. Thank you for reading and enjoy!**
The Good War - Stories About the Past? Or the Future?
Is world peace attainable? Is conflict between any two parties eventually unavoidable? It seems to be a part of human nature to fight. It's like an almost-inherent will to take advantage of people and abuse of power resides in us. History tells us that war is inevitable.
Berserk and Your Place in the World
Few words are needed for this. With the untimely passing of Kentaro Miura, the world seemed to be on pause for a moment. Even if you hadn't heard of this man, his work could be felt all across the world of media. He was an excellent story-teller and an exceptional artist. There are several videos and essays already about his main work, his magnums opus, Berserk. I will do my best to leave you, my fellow reader, somewhat of a different impression, hopefully.
Late Review: "Una Noche"
Foreign films have it rough. As you browse Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc. the moment you see a film title in a language you can't read or a weird film poster, you (usually) automatically skip it. It has happens to all of us. Never judge a book by its cover right? Whether it is an album cover, a book cover, or a film cover, it is natural for people to discard something you don't recognize right away. This is truly the case for international media. It's the same reason why people fail to give anime a try (but that's a topic for a different day).
Late Review: "Violet Street"
In the ever growing music industry, it is often hard to find a specific genre or "sound" that you can really attach yourself to. Record labels, management agencies, and even artists themselves are often doing all they can to stand out from the crowd. Whether it is rappers trying to gain "clout" or lo-fi indie acts trying to make it big, some artists can seem to be attention seeking fiends. With things like antics to political stances bogging down musical artists, a listener can feel overwhelmed.
Late Review: 'Joker'
As much as they say they don't, people really do love drama. The film Joker was primed to be just "one" of those. A film whose subject matter who happens to ridden with guilt and critics say to watch with a cautious eye. After my own viewing, this is far from the truth and people/critics may have interpreted it in a different way.
Late Review: 'The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao'
Creating stories is hard. For one, a balance between the main plots and the secondary stories must be established. So many of the great films and books find their own balance, switching back and forth from one part of the story to another. The Godfather focused on Marlon Brando's Vito, and Al Pacino's Michael. Star Wars cut from Luke and the gang, to C-3PO and R2-D2 for comedic relief. Both in the Lord of the Rings novels and films, we cut from Frodo's journey to Gandalf to Aragon and his group.
Late Review: 'Samurai Champloo'
Anime, anime, anime. Some people can't get enough of it. Some people don't understand it. Whatever your stance on anime is, any fan of film and television can tell you that anime has some way found its way into their television screens at some point.
Late Reviews: 'Drive'
What drives a story? Puns asides, people find different stories compelling. Some prefer the drama that unfolds in lavish period pieces, while others prefer the anxiety of a horror story. The viewers ask questions left and right: will the hero/heroine escape with their lives? Will they end up with the love of their life? Who's on their side? Who or what stands in their way?