So yesterday was the day that Marty McFly went Back to the Future. You couldn’t miss the endless Facebook posts and Tweets. If you’re on Instagram, then you even saw the costumes and excitement there.
Anyone who knows me knows that I love Rochester, NY. I love all of Western NY, but I do have a particular fondness for Rochester. It’s not flashy, it hardly ever makes lists like Best City to Live, Best City for Tech, or Best City to Raise a Family. I personally think that’s just because it’s one of the United States Best Kept Secrets. [More]
That’s right. It’s that time of the year when watching horror movies is mandatory. While you’re planning for the best holiday of the year (Halloween duh) these are some movies that should help you get excited and maybe a bit scared. The best part? They are all on Netflix!
I’m a firm believer that the less you know about a movie before watching it the more you will enjoy it. With that in mind I’ve given a list of just titles, no spoilers and then given each movie a score of 1-5 for scariness. [More]
You might think it’s 1950 with how often the issue of race has come up in the news and media. I have been waiting for Dear White People to come to Netflix and this weekend I was happily surprised to find it showcased in my suggestions. I am always curious to hear the perspectives of society from a new and different angle so this film was a treat.
I grew up in a predominantly white neighborhood where one or two minorities became race-ambassadors for the whole school. It wasn’t until college where I started to meet a more diverse group of people. [More]
So I’ve spent some time playing Rocket League now and I have to say, I kind of love this game. The concept is simple. Picture a soccer field, now give it a giant dome all Blitzball style. You and your friends get some tricked out cars, and try to get more goals than your opposition. It’s stupid fun even if it sounds less than that.
You can choose from a number of cars, each one is slightly different. My personal favorites are the heavy trucks and vans. They handle like you would think a F-350 would on a soccer field, but when you smash into people watching them sail halfway across the field is oh so satisfying. [More]
Growing up I listened to a lot of oldies music and one of my favorite bands was The Beach Boys. I’ve watched a lot of movies that detailed the band’s rise to fame. I was familiar with their abusive father, the infamous “hermit crab” swimming pool incident and the fact that Brian Wilson was being manipulated later in life through misdiagnosed mental health issues. The movie Love & Mercy was still a shockingly good depiction of Brian Wilson’s life crisis.
It’s no secret that he struggled with recreational drugs when he was wiring albums like Animal Sounds. [More]
So I’m a little late to the game since Kingsman came out awhile back but I finally went to see it this week. I can honestly say I haven’t enjoyed a the music in a film this much since Guardians of the Galaxy.
Kingsman used it’s budget on making a good movie, not advertising so you might not have even seen a trailer. That’s okay. It’s always best to go into a movie knowing very little about it. In this case, if you like humorous action movies you’ll be in for a treat with Kingsman. [More]
The Hobbit movie that comes out tomorrow will be the last chance we will have to see a Tolkien book made into a movie. That is of course, unless they make the The Silmarillion into a movie, which let’s be honest, would have to be something more like a PBS special.
I was able to see an advanced screening of the Hobbit movie and it doesn’t disappoint. I encourage everyone to watch the two previous movies before the new one. It does add to the experience. Aside from that though, the movie did a good job of wrapping up everyone’s story while fleshing out the battle more than the book. [More]
Yesterday the movie Wild was being released in a number of theaters. I was invited to a pre-screening so I have had some time to think about the movie and have decided to write a quick review. No spoilers, promise.
The movie itself focuses on female characters and touches on a number of serious topics. Unfortunately, some editing and directing decisions were made that somewhat detract from any one of these issues from being the focal point.
In some instances, the audience was beaten over the head with clues that were intended to be subtle, thus ruining some of the surprise when these snippets of the main character’s life where revealed. [More]
Winter is back, and Disney Frozen merchandise is everywhere. It’s a successful franchise founded on the view that the females characters are good role models for young girls. It’s easy to see how many movies have flat female characters, and sometimes, even when you think you have a strong female lead in a movie or TV show, on further investigation it’s not true. I believe Frozen is a step in the right direction, but there is an unsung star that should really be known as the best female role model, Miss Piggy. [More]
I love video games. Every once in awhile it’s great to sit down and zone out while I try to keep whatever kind of character I’m playing alive. I used to play a lot more, and to be honest, I’m glad I don’t play as much as I used to.
If you asked me 10 years ago about video game addiction I would have told you that it was a largely overblown topic. After all, if you live a distance from people your age interacting with people online is the next best thing. They are just different relationships not worse or better than those in “real life.”
Over the years I have seen videogame addicts and how playing video games does have the ability to distort all your relationships. [More]