Saturday, September 16, 2017
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Every now and then I have these moments where I become really self-aware, like REALLY self-aware to the extent that I marvel at the fact that I exist and am really aware of my existence. As deep and philosophical as recognizing one's own existence can be, this is not the purpose of this article. But self-awareness is and every now and then I ask myself, "Why the hell do I review?". For starters, I'm not getting any money for this so unlike the unfortunates on Youtube who have to deal with the adpocalypse, my livelihood is not dependent on it, nor have I ever seen a dime from it so it's not like I'm gaining anything from doing so, nor do I have multitudes of fan clamoring for my opinion on various topics, hell, I can barely boast at having a moderate readership. So by all accounts I should basically quit. Review is a time consuming and costly hobby that I am reaping literally no rewards from, so why do it? Here's why.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Sunday, August 27, 2017
My wife got me into watching "Death Note", she didn't know that as I watched it secretly behind her back and I surprised her by asking her if she knew Shinigami's liked apples. I adore "Death Note". And now here we are in a place we probably didn't know was coming but has nevertheless arrived. America has made their own live action version of "Death Note", the day is April. 7th (the day I began writing this opening paragraph) and a teaser trailer has dropped for "Death Note" to pretty much scathing reviews with profanity such as "Dragonball Evolution" being thrown about. I'll admit the teaser raised more eyebrows and questions for me as I've yet to get a solid handle on just how this will go but I am nonetheless thrilled to finally see it. Maybe thrilled is too strong of a word, more like anxious. Now that we have some images we can start to put this thing together and see what's what.
"Death Note" is NOT an easy property to adapt, let alone adapt to an American audience, let alone adapt for movie length running time. My wife has already expressed annoyance at the project and I don't blame here, L is one of her favorite characters and seeing as how he's not ANYTHING AT ALL like he is in the series is already eyebrow raising and for myself, annoying (as it raised issues of what I call "Blackmasking" and the fact that people are allowed to complain about Light being played by a White guy but you can't say anything about L being Black because racism..., right). But as it stands now, I'm remaining optimistic and eager to see how this story will go and if it'll hit all the story beats it needs to. Will this be it's own unique story or will they attempt to cram the full breadth of "Death Note" in a bite sized piece for us? Well, I guess we'll find out, so join me and my bag of potato chips and while I watch this movie, I'll take a potato chip and eat it...