Dune trailer 2

Dune maybe one of my most curious wonders in film all year; everything about it could go great or be the next big train wreck. I think it looks great visually and the cast is top tier but we won’t know until almost the end of the year. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Don’t Breath 2 trailer

I wasn’t a huge fan of Don’t Breathe but I respected it as something a bit out of the ordinary; the sequel looks to be continuing the trend. I like that the Blind Man seems like more of a antihero this time around and this seems like a action revenge thriller. I think it’ll stand out as the last film had. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Titans season 3 trailer

Despite how bad this show has been advertised in the past and all the negative reviews, there does seem to be some potential here. First, I’m glad Nightwing and Starfire look great and the general story this time around seems fine but…Red Hood looks cheap. Like I’ve honestly seen cosplayers that looked more accurate and honestly what gets me is Red Hood’s mask isn’t even that hard of a design which baffles me why it looks fake as hell for a big budget show…may the gaming gods finally bring this show some kind of glory I suppose.

Deadpool reaction trailer

So it weirdly seems fitting that this is how Deadpool would pop up in the MCU. Not a huge cameo, not a reality bending movie, but a reaction trailer to a Ryan Reynolds movie. Granted, Free Guy looks great but honestly Deadpool and Korg are a fun duo and I hope to see them together again. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Corpse Party: Tortured Souls

Corpse Party: Tortured Souls - Bougyakusareta Tamashii no Jukyou -  MyAnimeList.net

Keeping my promise to myself after watching Demon Slayer ( season 1) , I’ve been diving back into anime for inspiration. Stories like Hellsing Ultimate and Deadman Wonderland pushed the envelope of adult anime for me, but Corpse Party was pretty damn infamous and I always wondered why…until now.

9 school friends are chilling out, taking a break after a school event where they stayed behind to clean up. A very close, tight knit group of teens is about to be split when one of there friends is about to transfer school; they perform a goofy little ritual to celebrate their friendship and promise to continue it. When a massive earthquake hits, they wake up, alone in the dark and isolated and unable to leave no matter how hard they try. It’s not long before they each find mutilated corpses in the halls and realize they are locked in a school cursed by mystery, insanity, and gruesome torture. Will they make it out alive?

Oh boy…Corpse Party freaked me out more than most horror movies did in the last decade and that’s a huge compliment. The story is pretty simple but damn if it doesn’t push the concept all the way. The visuals are really disturbing and creepy and their is a great sense of tension and desperation in really well confined quarters. It’s super short at only 4 episodes but it runs really smooth and keeps a good pace. I will warn everybody of 2 things: this is an anime that has no regards for holding back on the dark subjects and sadly this anime is kind of a pain in the ass to find I’m afraid; it is on VRV. In the end, Corpse Party is a hell of a great, frightening anime that sure as hell ain’t for the faint hearted but I highly recommend. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix

X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019) - IMDb

It’s the end of an era and this is the final Fox X-Men film before handing the keys to Disney and the MCU. We’ve had greats and pitfalls, but whether your opinions on it all, it’s been a huge part of a lot of nerds lives- my own included. It’s a shame this ended with a wet fart.

About a decade has passed since X-Men: Apocalypse and the X-Men are beloved icons of mutant acceptance; Charles Xavier, now a face of generation and inspiration to millions, is finally seeing his dream come true. The X-Men are heroes working with the US government and Magneto started a peaceful mutant colony. On a space mission, the crew encounter a space storm that threatens the space shuttle; Jean Grey sacrifices herself to contain it. While she seems unscathed, her powers are growing and she’s losing control. Can the X-Men stop their old friend before she’s fully engulfed by the Phoenix.

So we’ve seen this story in X Men: The Last Stand ; in fact the director wrote that movie. In some ways he did it better, in others much worse. First, I’m going to say I love how this movie portrays Prof X and McAvoy steals the show; a lot of the story covers the sins of Xavier and shows him in a darker but honest light as a character no movie really has. Sophie Turner is better this time around and I like her arc as Phoenix better than the last one we got but she’s just not enough of a standout to carry the movie. The biggest atrocity this movie has is the editing; the movie feels clumsy and feels like its tapped together with how choppy the transitions are. Most of the acting is just bland except for a few moments here and there and the what little action their is pretty bland too. In the end, while not a absolute travesty, it a really lame finale to the X-Men saga you can skip. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Elfen Lied

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Lucy maybe a pretty teenage girl with rounded horns to the unassuming eye, but she’s a cold, sadistic killer with insane powers. Born with Vektors, invisible arms made of energy she can control mentally, almost no one sees their grisly end coming. After breaking out of a hidden laboratory, Lucy is caught off guard by a armor piercing sniper shot to the head. The mask she wears takes much of the impact but Lucy is left mentally damaged after, becoming a childlike, simple girl named Nyu. She’s found by a kind hearted cousins Khota and Yuka and cared for as Nyu grows to care for them. Khota and Yuka form bonds with others that that desperate, hungry, and afraid, growing there family unit but danger keeps finding them, secret police, other experiments, and plenty of secrets- the most dangerous is Lucy amongst them.

This anime was damn near tailor made for me, a ultra violent mix of horror story, soap opera, and feel good family story with some awesome fights for good measure. The story is really well done and paced almost perfectly, suffering from some repetition and a lot of unanswered questions at the end. I really loved the characters, especially Nana/ Number 7 who is a really sweet, sympatric character who shows how messed up this world really is. I’m going to warn viewers, don’t watch this if heavy gore and heavy topics like animal abuse, sexual abuse, and child death bother you; this anime, for as sweet and even sugary at times is, its also freaky, bloody, and really depressing but manages to strike a good balancing act. The whole series is only 13 episodes which is just about right and makes damn good use of its runtime. The artwork and music are great; honestly I haven’t enjoyed an anime this much I think since Another and I highly recommend it. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Green Lantern: Sinestro (New 52, vol. 1)

Amazon.com: Green Lantern, Vol. 1: Sinestro (The New 52) (9781401234553):  Johns, Geoff, Mahnke, Doug: Books

Hell seems to have frozen over, Hal Jordan must have thought after having his ring rebuked by the Guardians and given to a former friend and legend, Sinestro. Abandoned by his Corps of yellow lanterns, Sinestro is reinstated as to his old position, tasked with taking down his treacherous old crew. Facing a threat greater than he can handle, Sinestro devises a plan to use Jordan, forging him a temporary ring that only he could use. Jordan, struggling to adjust to civilian life, finds it irresistible but the question can the pair fix some of the old tyrant’s mistakes?

I was surprised how much I enjoyed this story. Geoff Johns, legend of Dc, gives us another damn good Lantern tale. The artwork is great and the story runs smooth. Seeing Sinestro slowly gain a little humanity while still being a badass and a renegade was really cool; I always enjoyed Sinestro’s conflict of duty and ideology and this story brings a lot of that. I will say, despite the first volume of the 52 for Lantern, if you aren’t familiar with certain events, the book may be a little confusing but definitely still worth a read. May the gaming gods bring you glory.