Movie Review: Ant Man (2015)

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It’s always refreshing to enjoy a summer film by Marvel.  Last year’s Guardians of the Galaxy remains one of my favorite films by the studios.  This year’s summer hit tries to recapture the somewhat tongue-in-cheek mood we saw last year.  They more or less acknowledge this within the poster itself. Granted, this film knows what it is and how absurd it sounds.  But hey, the New 52 reboot of Aquaman did that self-aware metahumor to excellent effect.  All in all, it’s finely balanced with some pretty intense drama and some genuinely fascinating sequences.  While I genuinely enjoyed the movie, does it stand up to previous films?

Note: Spoilers Ahead.

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Ramblings: Don’t worry, I’m not leaving yet!

I live, I die, I live again!

Pardon the lack of proper updates.  I deleted the last one because it seemed out of place.  To be blunt, I’ve been a bit of a mental wreck lately and my quality of work has suffered for it.  My game content has slowed down tremendously and I’ve slowed down on this page as well.  Perhaps I just needed a week to collect my thoughts and try to focus on my own life first.  Being a paranoid recluse on the web doesn’t help, especially in light of events such as the passing of the TPP (that’s Trans-Pacific Partnership bill, if you didn’t know.)  For all I know, my anxiety is ungrounded and quasi-superstitious.  But, from what I gather we have a bill that’s outsourcing jobs we don’t have, resulting in a career I may never obtain.  Not to mention possibly leaving more environmental conservation/preservation (which is something I find important) in the hands of companies that could honestly care less.  Plus, potential issues on food safety play a valid concern.  On top of that, copyright claim based censorship that could destroy independent artists and online communities really has me down.  As someone trying to get their start on the web, I feel any doofus could harass me with claims and destroy my career in a mere moment.  Again, this might just be paranoia from an unsound mind, so who knows?  Either way, I’m trying to rest up and be in the right mindset to produce enjoyable stuff for everyone to dive into.  If I can’t produce quality, then I’ve failed one of my missions.  Stay cool as always, readers!

The Doc Speaks: Depression Sucks

Usually, when I write an editorial bit (in addition to my reviews), it pertains to some anecdote on popular culture or the media.  Personal and random stuff is often pushed into the occasional “ramblings” post.  That said, there’s been something on my chest I’ve been wanting to get off for a while, in addition to some other things.  First off, I’ve been in denial for the longest time that I’m depressed. Coping with depression, let alone admitting to having it, is never easy.  It’s a long and arduous journey rife with pain and suffering.  Frustration and indifference only breeds more of the same in a relentless cycle.  Crudely put, it sucks.

I’ve been trying to convince myself that diving deep into all sorts of interesting projects (including this one) will cause it to go away.  You don’t need a degree in psychology to know it’s not that simple.  Also, admitting this wasn’t simple either.  We live in a world that’s afraid to admit when a problem is at hand, let alone finding solutions for those problems.  At the very least, I’m making an effort to acknowledge what has plagued me for so long.  And lemme tell you, boldly stepping up to an open space and comfortably admitting something is wrong with you takes a lot.  The same me in the past year or two wouldn’t do that.  Granted, I didn’t want to seek solutions or help, just stew in misery.  To an extent, I had almost found familiarity in despair.  I don’t know what did it, but my recent mental meltdown convinced me I needed to find help, change things up a little, and think of a plan that will lead to slow but sure improvements for me.  A lot of it won’t work, but it helps move things a little bit towards the right direction in one way or another.  After being so long without hope or motivation, I’ve started to push myself (with tons of assistance from the people around me) to do something about it.  And just like admitting it, that’s no easy feat either.  Trying to find ways to combat depression is more agonizing and taxing than the depression itself at times.  In the end, tracking every little bit of progress is worth it, especially when you reflect on how far you’ve come.  Now, I doubt I’ll totally be out of the thick of it, but I’m thankful to say that I’m not in the same state I was back in my public school days or even last year for that matter.  And realizing that, it’s a little comforting; helping me cope with new challenges a little better on the endless road to recovery.  While perfection is a farce and a fantasy, the motivation to improve has always spurred progress on little by little, as making small steps matters a lot when it builds up over time.  And ya know what?  Everyone goes at their own pace too.  Who cares if your progress isn’t as fast as someone else.  You know you best, you know what speed works best for you.  Rushing too fast can be more harmful than helpful, after all.

What I’m trying to say is that it affects many of us; and to any reading suffering with it, you’re never alone.  Plans and strategies work differently for different people, but there’s certain to be something out there that helps.  One must never stop looking, even if others help them look.  The battle is great and it takes its toll, but the war can always be won.  Stuff like hope and faith seem like bullshit when you’re depressed, but it’s really all you have.  Now sure, this post may seem a little less coherent and structured as some of my others, but this was a raw post written from personal reflection, emotion, and what have you.  And, I know this might read like a load of gibberish to some readers, but I’m hoping this provides some level of inspiration and hope to various readers out there.

The Doc Speaks: My Top 10 Favorite Sci-Fi/Horror series intros

Admittedly, this came up after watching a recent editorial done by Nostalgia Critic on what he thought were the 11 best television intro sequences.  To some extent, I was in agreement with quite a few of them, since you’d think opinions are likely to overlap or connect in one way or another.  Back on topic, that list embodied what he felt best prepared the audience for the show ahead or helped to establish the general mood.  Or at the very least, got them excited for the rest of the 22/46 or so minute time slot.  Genre fiction works in particular inject that sense of ambiance and expectation within the intro, so that way viewers can get immersed into the world as soon as the show truly begins.  So with that, here are 10 of my personal favorite openings to sci-fi and horror themed TV shows!

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Movie Review: Inside Out

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Sure, reviewing Disney films are a little out of character for me, but I love more than just cheesy horror movies and weird science fiction, ya know?  Plus, I’d consider this to be firmly planted in the fantasy genre.  Or at least, it’s the magical realism/mundane fantastic that Disney has become well known for.

No matter, 2015 marks the return of the big Pixar summer movie once more. While they’ve given anthropomorphic life to bugs, toys, and even the very monsters we dream of, this time Pixar tackles something a little bit different. By that I mean, bringing life to the very metaphysical itself. More specifically, feelings. The story focuses inside of the head of an 11 year old girl named Riley, on the move from some unnamed suburbia in Minnesota to San Francisco. As a departure from what we’re used to, this film is a slice of life with just a hint of Disney fantasy to add a touch of whimsy. Plus, after a lackluster series of trailers (including an upcoming Disney project that looks like it took the safe route), this film was quite the delightful change of pace.

More after the jump!  (Slight spoilers ahead)

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