Monday, March 19, 2018

Z.Tao's The Road Live LiveStream

For 2 months, I will be doing public live streams to get a chance to interact with my followers (readers/viewers) and to give a glimpse of all the awesome things I offer on my Patreon.
Tuesday, March 20 at 8 pm CST
Where: via mikosuzahiru18

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Fair Shake Review: Planet - Tech N9ne

Planet - Tech N9ne
(Genre: Rap/Hip Hop)

More Tech N9ne:
Don't Nobody Want None (Music Video)
Sway in the Morning Interview (w/ performance of "Comfortable")
Independent Grind Interview (w/ Mackenzie Nicole)
Bad JuJu (Official Audio)
How I'm Feeling (My favorite song)

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Marvel's Runaways Marathon (2-Day Event)

For 2 months, I will be doing public live streams to get a chance to interact with my followers (readers/viewers) and to give a glimpse of all the awesome things I offer on my Patreon.
Tuesday, March 13 at 7:30 pm CST (episodes 1-5) & Friday, March 16 at 7:30 pm CST (episodes 6-10)
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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Quick Movie Review

The Bye Bye Man (2017, USA) | Rating: 1.5/5

Did anyone seriously think this movie was going to be good with a title like that? Aside from the premise, the previews didn't convince me that this 2017 Boogeyman was going to be worth my money to see in the theaters, but I still wanted to see it for its terribleness. Pretty much it's your usual horror fanfare with predictable jump scares, characters with little to no personality, and a lore that doesn't make sense whatsoever. Don't say it, don't think it? How does that even work? Granted this isn't the worst horror movie I've seen last year, but it does make me wonder how these unimaginative ideas get greenlit for theater release in the first place.

Fear, Inc. (2016, USA) | Rating: 2/5

Yay~ Another potentially garbage movie that Miko decided to watch from work. The low quality train is still moving. I need some laughs somewhere, right? This movie centers around a group of friends who are into horror movies and one friend decides to bring the horror to life through an agency that brings fear. Is the blood and gore purely for show or are their friends truly dropping like flies? As bad as I thought it might possibly be, it did have an interesting premise at least. Granted, I don’t think I’ll be revisiting or recommending this movie any time soon. I thought the blur of “is this fake or not” was an interesting touch and I feel like I’ll be seeing something similiar in 2018’s Game Night. I bet you’re wondering why I wouldn’t recommend or rewatch. Well, the characters weren’t really all that likable and I didn’t completely understand the purpose of Fear Inc., like their end goal. Other than that, it was fine, but surely not memorable.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016, UK) | Rating: 1/5

I really, really hope this is actually the final chapter, because, oh boy, has this series gone the ridiculous route in storytelling. I know many fans of the video game series complained in earlier installments, but it took me some time to see the quality was going down from the previous one. This hopefully final addition was by far the worst. I am far from being a fan of “Resident Evil”, in fact, I’m a “Silent Hill” fan, but I could somewhat tell that this was straying far away from its source material. If someone asked me to explain what happened in this movie, I couldn’t tell you. Honestly, I don’t think there’s a story to tell at all. There’s a sprinkle of dialogue and some watered down, monotonous action scenes that I have no idea if it actually progresses the story or not. There’s so many explosions, slow motion, shooting, and fight scenes with the undead and Umbrella that it’s really difficult to tell how they even got in that situation, especially when you include such a convoluted story with clones. I’m praying this is the end of it and maybe someone will learn that if you don’t have passion for the franchise, you might as well not adapt it to the screen.

Clown (2014, Canada) | Rating: 3.5/5

Ever since I saw Hostel, I’ve been holding my grudge and semi-hatred towards Eli Roth quite tightly. So, every time I see his name, I scrunch up my face and look away, declaring whatever he’s involved as unworthy of my time. Granted, I still kinda want to see Cabin Fever to completion. Aside from that, I normally avoid any projects with his name attached to it. The reason I bring this up is because the cover proudly displays that Mr. Roth is producer of this fine film. Well, actually, I assumed it wouldn’t be all that great, but then again directing and producing are two different things. So, what about the movie? Well, actually, it wasn’t that bad. Honestly, I wanted to watch it through a preview I saw, but Roth’s name made me a little hesitant on the quality. Similar to Tim Allen in The Santa Clause, our main character gets stuck in a clown costume and slowly becomes this clown demon. The lore attached to it is...odd, but interesting...and a little silly, but horror movie logic is something you don’t think too deep on. I was surprised to find myself genuinely enjoying it as this poor man is fighting for his identity and trying to keep his life together for his family with just the right amount of creeps and blood.

The Void (2016, Canada) | Rating: 2/5

I think the unique, throwback aesthetics is what lured me to this probably underrated flick and...I really wasn’t into it. Sad to say that as I expected something fresh and new in a genre that doesn't constantly repeat things without caring, but I just didn’t get into the story. Sure, it was interesting, but there was something that was missing for me. Then again, sci-fi is such a hit and miss genre for me in the first place. I thought the setup with the characters being stuck together in this weird situation was interesting and I enjoy some of the camera choices too. There was a decent build up, but I couldn't focus for some reason. I'm sure it deserves all the film festival praise, but I really don't have much to say to confidently recommend it. See for yourself and tell me what you think.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Redline LiveStream

For 2 months, I will be doing public live streams to get a chance to interact with my followers (readers/viewers) and to give a glimpse of all the awesome things I offer on my Patreon.
When: Tuesday, March 6 at 8:00 pm CST
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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Quick Anime Review

Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! (2017) | Rating: 3.5/5

Ever since the debut of this delightful group of magical boys, I've understood why anime fans of the 90's were so into Sailor Moon and the like. Sure, there are some exceptions to the rule, but for the most part, magical girls never really heavily interested me. At least, not as much as magical boys have. After watching two full seasons of random and hilarious shenanigans, it was nice that they decided to give fans one last hurrah with the cast in a near hour long OVA. A staple of most high school anime series is saying farewell to the seniors, which is what this OVA focuses on. Not only do the juniors deal with the departure of their precious seniors, but the viewers get to share the feels of the Earth Defense Club and student council moving onto the next chapter of their lives. Expect plenty of recaps from past seasons accompanied by musical numbers from each character and, of course, the “monster of the week”.

Boku no Kanojo ga Majimesugiru Sho-bitch na Ken (2017) | Rating: 3/5

If you really know me, then it was obvious that I was drawn by the suggestive cover, then a little bit of the story. What I got was a constant perverse misunderstanding of a relationship. This show has a pseudo-harem feel to it as almost every female character has something inappropriate to say to or about our main character, while his girlfriend and he are simply trying to learn each other and their relationship. This series is one that I wouldn’t honestly recommend to anyone as its storyline is a complete trainwreck and the perversions are a constant, which could be annoying for some viewers. But the trainwreck aspect is what kept me watching, which is kinda sad. Despite that, I did find myself entertained and laughing at how ridiculous everything was.

Gantz (2004) | Rating: 3/5

In my daily rotation of anime, outside of the new seasonal series, I try to have a variety of genres and tones; there has to be at least one dark series in the mix. This was it, at the time. I’ve been meaning to watch this series for a while and I honestly haven’t heard too much about it. All I know is that it has a live action movie, it’s kind of a dark and mature series, and VampyBitMe has cosplayed from it. In other words, I had no expectations going into it. I must admit that it did take me a while to really get into the story as I was confused about what the heck was going on and how their tasks worked. Over time, I did get a better grasp of their mission, but there were still times outside of their mission work that I was a little lost on what was reality and what wasn’t. By the end of the series, I did look forward to moving onto the second season and possibly the Japanese live action movie and Netflix series/movie.

Kakegurui (2017) | Rating: 3.5/5

The high energy, visual aesthetics, and gambling premise really drew me into this show and I wasn’t disappointed in the entertainment value of this show. Sure, there’s some values in the actual gamble aspect and the stakes aren’t all that high, if existent at all at times, but I still had fun with each episode I watched. Honestly, I didn’t recognize the flaws in the gamble mechanics until Mother's Basement pointed them out, but I liked watching these crazy characters. The illusion of risks being made was enough to keep me occupied and entertained, so I guess I didn’t have any major problems with such a flaw. In the end, I’m hoping that they will give us a second season, because it seemed like there was more madness to come for a group of unique characters.

Koro-sensei Quest! (2017) | Rating: 5/5

I really love and enjoy Assassination Classroom! The second season brought a lot of feels for me and it made me look forward to reliving that journey and emotion through the manga, which I believe is still publishing in the U.S. While streaming on, I wanted to watch a short running series and this was the perfect fit running at 10 minutes. This easy to binge animated treat retells the storyline from the first season and sets it up as a RPG which includes small, annoying monsters for leveling up, side quests, and adding party members to the group. So, expect some inside jokes and comical RPG tropes throughout this alternate story with plenty of laughs.

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