Saturday, April 25, 2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron Movie Review (No Spoilers) - So Okay It's Average

Avengers: Age of Photoshop
Okay, here we go again. Old Man Alex telling you why he doesn't like to play ball with all you youngens. 
Kidding. Let me say this up front: this will be a non spoiler review of a decent, somewhat above average movie that I liked. Please stay after and let me explain why a score of 5-6/10 does not actually mean anything. That being said, let's begin. 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Ms. Marvel: No Normal Vol. 1 TPB Review

First time I'm actually reviewing a trade paperback. Well, there's always something new to do, especially on a blog with arguably no real niche. But hey, what are you gonna do...

For a while there I dreaded reading this book, fearing to, like so often, dislike a popular thing and then going on the internet and telling people that they are completely wrong for liking it. Thankfully, this was not the case here. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A Look Back at The Amazing Spider-Man 2 : The Future of Spider-Man on Film

My first movie review on EuroBloggers was the review for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. A film that was, cautiously speaking, polarizing. Some people loved it, others hated it. I, eventually, named it my favorite movie of 2014, a position it might have obtained after months of annoyance towards the people who where bashing a thoroughly entertaining if overfilled movie whose biggest sin was the Sony Pictures Logo instead of a Marvel Studios one. But let's talk about Spider-Man's future film career instead. 
Regardless of the hate and/or love the movie received, important for Sony was only that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 would be a huge financial success. That didn't happen. Though the movie made 700 Million US-Dollars worldwide in the box office. Respectable numbers but not if contrasted with the film and marketing budgets. Generously said, ASM2 pulled even in the end. 

Your Argument Is Valid, I Just Don't Care - Thoughts on Taste and Arguments

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
You know at this point, regardless of whether or not I actually liked this movie, my investment in movie tickets and the Blu-ray have really paid of at this point considering all the material I got out of the Amazing Spider-Man 2. All joking aside, this movie must have inspired me in a good dozen videos and articles so far, all of different aspects, be it actors, the MCU, Hollywood box office results, and now taste. But don't worry, I'm gonna crap on your opinion on the new Fantastic Four movie as well so please keep reading.

The Need For Conspiracy Theories

Believe it or not, but sometimes I actually wanna write about something other than comics. I know, scary thought. So let's talk about the internet's favorite past time besides kittens and boobs: conspiracies. 

Conspiracies have always fascinated humans. The thought that someone could have come up with a highly complex plan to create a false flag operation to invade a foreign country for its natural resources. And why yes, I am talking about 9/11. But here's the deal: most of the conspiracy theories that people talk about and believe to be purposefully created are not such events. And the thought that nothing of this event, to stay with the example of 9/11, that at no point the US government was in a position of absolute control, that some demented extremists, who had set their mind to their perverted task, were just able to take two planes and fly them into nerve centers of American life, commerce and defense, that frightens people. Fear. The main reason for the existence of conspiracy theories. 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Reflections on Gamergate and Moral Grayness

In August 2014 game developer Zoe Quinn and gaming journalist Nathan Grayson had the dubious privilege of being in the epicenter of what would become known as Gamergate. Details mostly come from the old middle school drama bullshit of "he said, she said" from what I can tell, but the gist of it is that Nathan Grayson wrote a blog dragging his ex-girlfriend through the mud for breaking up with him. That's where the harassment part of Gamergate came from. Then other people went "hang on, you were in a relationship with a game developer, whose game you reviewed, and you did not disclose your bias?". That's where the gaming ethics debate part came from. Enter other names like Brianna Wu and Anita Sarkeesian, all terms to be googled at your own discretion, and you got the mess that is Gamergate. What do I think about it? 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

"Dolphin Squad - Heroes of the Sea" Review

Ladies, gentlemen and sexless sea anemonae today I enter dangerous waters. Today I encroach on Brad Dee's bizzaz. I'm going to review "Dolphin Squad - Heroes of the Sea", a graphic novel written and drawn by Danny J. Weston, and published by Deadstar Publishing.
From left: Lazer Eye, Fabian, Vinny
Introducing the Dolphin Squad is daunting to say the least. If you don't know who they are then what are you doing here!? Hand in your nerd card, and go find another social group, you freak. The comic opens with a retelling of the story of how their creator Alan Smithee came up with the idea after having been stranded on an island for 18 months, how grizzly and tragic death thrust his creations into the limelight, the 80's cartoon, iconic storylines like "Seath in the Pod", the live-action movie etc. Like I said recounting this stuff is somewhat unnecessary as most hardcore fans will already be familiar with it, but I suppose it is a nice feature for neophytes.