The Conjuring 2: A Film Review

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The year of 2016 was a phenomenal one for film, possibly one of the best years, to be honest, for big franchises and sequels we never asked for. Frankly, I was excited for The Conjuring 2 when it was announced because the first was an amazing horror film, with buildup to the dread and frightful moments that did not rely on jump scares to catch you off guard.

The story focuses on the Enfield Poltergeist, a very famous and controversial haunting and claims of poltergeist activity (read more here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enfield_Poltergeist) that involves the Hodgson family.

We have our set expectations from the previous film and a good scary premise but let’s dive into my review to find out if the movie lives up to the hype…

Also, SPOILERS AHEAD!

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Storytelling in Video Games: Mechanics

With the recently released movie for Assassin’s Creed, it kind of inspired me to write this opinion piece. The reason why video game movies suck… is because they fail to capture storytelling that is told in its mechanics.

When you google for the term ‘game mechanics’, you simply get this definition: Game mechanics are constructs of rules or methods designed for interaction with the game state, thus providing gameplay. All games use mechanics; however, theories and styles differ as to their ultimate importance to the game.

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Cognitive Dissonance: Suicide Squad

So, this post will be an opinion piece. And the unpopular opinion for me… is that *gasp* Suicide Squad (2016) doesn’t completely suck. Okay, okay, put down the torches! Let me explain.
Let’s address the elephant in the room right off the bat. Suicide Squad wasn’t the best movie ever. Why? Well, I’ll just point you to the story of the film. The plot was so… strange, the editing was questionable at best, and there was so many plot holes, it got quite annoying to watch.

*Disclaimer: Spoilers ahead!*

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The Fallen King: Chapter 1

The soft thud of footsteps echoed around the ruins of the old castle.

An intruder? What insolence! Who dares awaken me from my midday slumber!!

I moved cautiously, peeping out from the walls to try to catch a glance of whoever that has entered my domain. A king needs his sleep, even if he’s been dead for… hmm… how long has it been?

I moved through the walls and finally spotted the shadow of the intruder. I prepared to pounce on the plunderer! So many have ravaged this once beautiful castle, taking everything that I once held dear to me. My golden goblet, my silken curtains and banners, and so much more, taken by greed.

As I watched the shadow approach my location, the thoughts that ran through my head were colorful. I was going to trip them before slipping into one of the old armors that adorned this hallway and scare the daylights out of them! Ha!

The shadow was getting closer… and closer… as it did, it got… smaller?

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A Recommendation: No Game No Life

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This seriously took a while to translate into words. I am, first a writer, second a movie critic, third a gamer. I am, in no way, a very hardcore anime fan, even though I may be able to enjoy a good anime with an awesome narrative. However, anime is a whole different beast when compared to a live action film, say 2000’s Memento by Christopher Nolan as an anime can be filled with tropes and inside jokes from the industry’s writers. So, this would be a more “what did I feel after watching the series?” review rather than an all out review because to be honest, there are people way more qualified at this (check out a blog created by a friend of mine here: https://contractorsdontdream.wordpress.com instead for more anime-centric content!). So let’s dive on in!

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Fantastic Beasts: A Film Review

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This is a first of many. The first film review on this blog of mine. On my reviews, I’d like to focus on a few key elements of the film and how I’ll rate them and then an overall rating on the whole thing. I’ll keep in mind to always write up more of these as I catch more films on cinema or on my computer.

So without further ado, let’s review Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016).

*Disclaimers: SOME SPOILERS AHEAD*

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