Saturday, September 2, 2017

Screen Review 7: The Suicide Shop


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Director: Patrice Leconte
Run Time: 1h 19m
Release Date: September 26th, 2012
Stars: Bernard Alane, Isabelle Spade, Kacey Mottet Klein
Rated: n/a

Synopsis: Patrice Leconte adapts Jean Teulé's darkly comic 2007 novel into a animated musical concerning a young child with a sunny disposition born into a family that thrives on the misery of others. Since 1854, the Tuvache family has owned a small shop catering to the suicidal impulses of its depressed clientele. A walk down the shadowy isles of this morbid boutique reveals a dazzling variety of instruments with which weary shoppers can end their suffering. When pessimistic proprietor Mishima and his depressive wife give birth to a baby boy named Alan, they're overjoyed at the thought that he will be just as miserable as his somber siblings. But Alan isn't like the others; bright-eyed and energetic, he's a ghastly ray of sunshine in their cherished world of grey skies. Realizing that the very future of their enduring family business may be threatened by the beaming boy, the Tuvache's soon resort to desperate measures in their efforts to keep the misery alive.

★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

"Has your life been a failure? Let's make your death a success!"

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Book Review 47. Saga Volumes #1-4

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Book: Saga Volumes #1-4
Series: Saga (#1-4)
Author: Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
Genre: Adult Fantasy Graphic Novel
Pages: 600 (total)
Published: October 23rd, 2012 - December 17th, 2014

Synopsis: When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.
From bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan, Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“Doesn't matter if it's personal or professional, a good partnership takes work.”  

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Book Review 46. The Great Gatsby

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Book: The Great Gatsby
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 180
Published: April 10th, 1925

Synopsis: This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. Young, handsome and fabulously rich, Jay Gatsby is the bright star of the Jazz Age, but as writer Nick Carraway is drawn into the decadent orbit of his Long Island mansion, where the party never seems to end, he finds himself faced by the mystery of Gatsby's origins and desires. Beneath the shimmering surface of his life, Gatsby is hiding a secret: a silent longing that can never be fulfilled. And soon, this destructive obsession will force his world to unravel.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ +

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Screen Review 6. Love Stage!!

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Show: Love Stage!!
Season: 1
Number of Episodes: 10 (24 minutes)
Stars: Daigo, Takuya Eguchi, Daisuke Hirakawa
Release Year: 2014
Rated: TV-MA

Synopsis: With a father who's a singer, a mother who's a movie star, and an older brother Shougo who's the lead vocalist for the super-popular band "The Crusherz," Sena Izumi-an otaku college student-is the only dull one born into this super-famous and talented family. He loves "Magical Girl LalaLulu" and is working hard to become a mangaka, but one day he winds up appearing in a TV commercial he just can't turn down. There, he's reunited with Ichijou Ryouma, the super-popular young actor he costarred with on a project ten years prior.

★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

"What's this...? Could it be... LOVE?"

THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Character Choruses 2. Takashi "Shiro" Shirogane


Hey! I make playlists for my favorite characters all the time, so I thought a good way to keep this blog alive is to post some of them on here!


My new playlist is for the character Takashi "Shiro" Shirogane, from Voltron. This playlist is titled "I am not as fine as I seem."

The playlist can be found here, on 8tracks!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Screen Review 5. After the Dark

Movie: After the Dark
Director: John Huddles
Runtime: 1h 47m
Release Date: October 10th, 2013
Stars:  James D'Arcy, Sophie Lowe, Daryl Sabara
Rated: R

Synopsis: At an international school in Jakarta, a philosophy teacher challenges his class of twenty graduating seniors to choose which ten of them would take shelter underground and reboot the human race in the event of a nuclear apocalypse.

★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

"If with incinerated grace, we still become the human race."

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Screen Review 4. Cowboy Bebop

Show: Cowboy Bebop
Season: 1
Number of Episodes: 26 (24 minutes)
Stars: Steve Blum, Beau Billingslea,  Wendee Lee
Release Year: 1998
Rated: TV-MA

Synopsis: In 2071, roughly fifty years after an accident with a hyperspace gateway made the Earth almost uninhabitable, humanity has colonized most of the rocky planets and moons of the Solar System. Amid a rising crime rate, the Inter Solar System Police (ISSP) set up a legalized contract system, in which registered bounty hunters (also referred to as "Cowboys") chase criminals and bring them in alive in return for a reward.The series' protagonists are bounty hunters working from the spaceship Bebop.

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

"Nothing good ever happened to me when I trusted others. That is the lesson."

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Screen Review 3. Mob Psycho 100 (Season 1)

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Show: Mob Psycho 100
Season: 1
Number of Episodes: 12 (24 minutes)
Stars: Akio Matsuda, Yuki Nagano, Jun Fukuda
Release Year: 2016
Rated: N/A

Synopsis: Shigeo Kageyama is an average middle school boy, nicknamed Mob (モブ means background character) for lacking a sense of presence. Although he seems like an inconspicuous person, he is in fact a powerful psychic. As he grows older, Mob realizes his psychic powers are dangerous. To avoid his power getting out of control, he constantly lives a life under emotional shackle. Mob wants to live just like others, but a barrage of trouble comes to him. With the suppressed emotions growing inside Mob little by little, his power threatens to spill over its bounds.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"Listen. Just because you have psychic powers doesn't make you any less human."

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Book Review 45. The School for Good and Evil

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Book: The School for Good and Evil
Series: The School for Good and Evil (#1)
Author: Soman Chainani
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Pages: 488
Published: May 14th, 2013

Synopsis: This year, best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to discover where all the lost children go: the fabled School for Good & Evil, where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy tale heroes and villains. As the most beautiful girl in Gavaldon, Sophie has dreamed of being kidnapped into an enchanted world her whole life. With her pink dresses, glass slippers, and devotion to good deeds, she knows she’ll earn top marks at the School for Good and graduate a storybook princess. Meanwhile Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks, wicked pet cat, and dislike of nearly everyone, seems a natural fit for the School for Evil.-
But when the two girls are swept into the Endless Woods, they find their fortunes reversed—Sophie’s dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School For Good, thrust amongst handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication.. But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are…?

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

“Only once you destroy who you think you are can you embrace who you truly are” 

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Next Up On Base 3. December 2016


Haven't done this in a while, but I have 3 books I feel I really want to finish this December, so here they are!

(Also, update on my annual reading challenge: I set out to read 52 books, and I am not doing very well on that one, let me tell you...)