Author Archive: Ruben Rosario

is a graduate from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Audio for Visual Media. He works as a freelance location sound mixer, boom operator, sound designer, and writer in his native Chicago. He's an avid collector of films, comics, and anime.

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Game of Thrones: Season Six Blu-Ray

Game of Thrones: Season Six Blu-Ray

| November 14, 2016

Game of Thrones has rightfully made TV history in the six seasons that it has been on the air for HBO. While both Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter have gotten people into the fantasy genre, it has been this legendary series created by George R.R. Martin that has converted many into the robustness […]

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Outlaw: Gangster VIP

Outlaw: Gangster VIP

| April 19, 2016

After years of waiting for the Criterion Collection to release the Outlaw: Gangster VIP series on their label, here comes Arrow Video to the rescue.  A precursor to Kinji Fukasaku’s seminal yakuza series, Battle with Honor or Humanity series, the Outlaw: Gangster VIP manages to be a major bridge between the Ninkyo-eiga (Chivalry Films) and […]

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Green Room

Green Room

| April 19, 2016

Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room manages to encapsulate the emotion and ferocity of hardcore punk music and imbue it into cinematic form; it’s loud, aggressive, exciting and then its over. At a mere 94 minutes, Saulnier’s thriller packs a powerful punch and is easily one of my favorite cinematic experiences of 2016. Pat (Anton Yelchin) is […]

The Hateful Eight – Blu-Ray Review

The Hateful Eight – Blu-Ray Review

| March 29, 2016

After watching The Hateful Eight twice now, once in the 70mm roadshow and another on home video, I feel confident enough to say that it’s not only my least favorite Quentin Tarantino film, but also one of the major cinematic disappointments of 2015. Set a few years after the American Civil War, the film follows […]

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Game of Thrones: The Complete Fifth Season

Game of Thrones: The Complete Fifth Season

| March 12, 2016

*This review will contain some minor spoilers for Game of Thrones. Read at your own discretion. “There is only one war. Life against death”, an utterance by the Red Priestess, Melisandre, in this past season of Game of Thrones and yet this idea echoes through the entirety of the TV show thus far. The series […]

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Triple 9

Triple 9

| February 26, 2016

Like a double-edged blade, John Hillcoat’s latest film, Triple 9 manages to cut both ways. On one side, it’s a well crafted, action packed heist film. On the other side, it contains too many convoluted plot lines and crossing paths that seem to converge into a head on collision of mediocrity in its final 20 […]

The World of Kanako

The World of Kanako

| January 28, 2016

Back in 2014, Japanese film diary, Eiga Geijutsu listed Tetsuya Nakashima’s The World of Kanako as one of the worst films to come out that year. After finally being able to see the film, thanks to Drafthouse Films picking it up for U.S. distribution, its understandable as to why the publication felt this way. For […]

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The Look of Silence

The Look of Silence

| January 6, 2016

When I first witnessed the trailer for Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing, I honestly thought it was a joke. It seemed so surreal and bizarre that in Indonesia there would be men that were celebrated for slaughtering millions of people and then going to recreate such atrocities in videos. After I saw the film, […]

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Full Spoiler Review)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Full Spoiler Review)

| December 21, 2015

Gargantuan, is the first word that comes to mind when thinking of Star Wars these past few months. Ever since Disney had wrangled the rights from George Lucas, people knew that this next phase of the legendary Hollywood franchise was going to be massive. No one could get away from anything Star Wars related. With […]

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Mobile Suit Gundam Collection One

Mobile Suit Gundam Collection One

| November 30, 2015

Much to what I said in my Turn A Gundam review, the Gundam franchise is a massive undertaking, which has never managed to penetrate the American audience properly. Sure, the Gundam Wing franchise has a nostalgic following, due to the Toonami TV runs, but both Bandai Entertainment and Sunrise never managed to get people to […]

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