Rocketto Punchi's Second Episode is Live!

Hey, guys! The second episode of Rocketto Punchi is live now on Soundcloud! If you could give a listen, and maybe share it around if you like it, that would be much appreciated. I have a few posts for this blog I'm working on as well, and if you're interested in what I've been reviewing, my take on Prey should be going live on CGM in the coming days. Thanks a million!

Why Am I So Negative?

Content Warning: I talk about suicide a tad.

Ayumi Hamasaki is a musician that has, in more ways than one, changed my life. She's inspired me artistically. She's held me up when the world felt like it wanted me down. She's written and sung words that kept me from taking a kitchen knife and slitting my wrists when I was thirteen. No writer, actor, singer, game designer, or anybody has personally affected my life in the same way Hamasaki has. The very person I am today, and in fact the very reason I'm alive, writing this, is due in large part to her and the music she's written and performed.

Which is why one of my most formative memories in high school revolves around her. In April 2010, just before my life started getting really fucked-up, Hamasaki's eleventh album dropped - Rock 'n' Roll Circus. To date, I think it's one of her most polished works - a stellar balance of her signature ballads, high-spirited pop numbers, and some rock influences throw…

My New Podcast Is Live

Well, it's not "mine" - I'm just on it and came up with the ideological embryo.

I've Got A Lot Of Thoughts About Ghost in the Shell

Few people were as critical of the new Ghost in the Shell movie prior to release than me. Well, probably Japanese-Americans, but in terms of angry white men, I was probably the angriest and definitely the whitest. After all, GitS is something near and dear to me - Stand Alone Complex, in particular. This was a franchise that helped define a lot of my life philosophies, one that helped shape who I am today in a lot of respects. It was a sublime critique of the geopolitical sphere and society's reliance on technology, and Hollywood had the fucking gall to turn it into a generic action vehicle for one of the most generic actresses out there? You'd best believe I was pissed.

And you'd also best believe that I inevitably shelled out money to see it, just so I could complain about it. Yet walking out the theater, I was left with a surprisingly conflicted feeling. More accurately, a long series of conflicted feelings. Feelings that I had to type out here, because what else am I …

Power Rangers Makes A Case For "Political Correctness"

People sure have a lot of things to say about political correctness these days, huh? "Forced diversity." "PC agenda." "Surely I have the right to remove millions of an inferior race that breeds like vermin." That last one is from the hip, happening YouTube star JonTron!

Point is, there seems to be some contention among two subsets of people, because things apparently can't be more complex than binaristic modes of debates. One "side" argues for more diversity, more inclusivity, more sensitivity. The other "side" argues for, well, the opposite of those things. Point is, putting a black person or a gay person in your movie is now a political statement, apparently, because that's just where we're at.

Following that logic, then, one could maybe see Power Rangers as a political film. And if we were to consider it as one, then it seems to be making a pretty big case for a "PC agenda." Look, I'll be honest - I don…

Review - "Rings"

I've reviewedevery Ring moviesince Sadako 3D- it would be insane to stop now.

Time to update this blog so I can tell you a thing about Rings.

Sonic Jam - "Sonic Adventure" (1998)

Note: This was started in mid-July earlier this year, and has been in the making since then. I apologize for the wait. 

A week before the Sonic 25th Anniversary Party in San Diego, I'm sitting at my parent's house on my laptop. I'm both excited about what next Friday will hold and terrified. Is it going to be another disappointment? Is Crush 40 going to actually suck live? Is Aaron Webber just going to make meme jokes for four hours? I don't know. But what I do know is that I'm at least somewhat hopeful. I'm hopeful because this new game is long-hinted to be a step in the right direction. I say this because the game in question may very well be Sonic Adventure 3, if all the teases are to be believed.

That would make it the second sequel to the game I'm about to talk about. And if it is, then it could very well be what Sonic needs in 2016. Because with the brand on the verge of collapse in 1998, Sega pulled off a miracle. They put out what is not only one of …