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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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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Tokyo Ghoul: Season One

Tokyo Ghoul: Season One

| October 27, 2015

I can honestly admit that I was scared when watching the very first few episodes of Tokyo Ghoul. Not because it was actually scary, but the fact that it seemed to have been plagued by being a derivative work of horror/action storytelling and was failing to live up to the hype that anime fandom was […]

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Space Dandy: Season 2

Space Dandy: Season 2

| October 27, 2015

Shinichiro Watanabe’s Space Dandy is a brilliant melange of comedy, animation and a certain amount of cool, that all anime lovers are bound to enjoy aspects of. If the raunchy comedy doesn’t do it for you, then the animation might. If the characters are too one dimensional, then maybe the fantastic episodic nature of the […]

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Dark Blue

Dark Blue

| October 27, 2015

Hyperbole be damned, Kurt Russell has never made a bad film. Say what you will about things like Captain Ron and 3000 Miles to Graceland, two absurd films that I still very much enjoy, the man has made an incredible career for himself over the years and has made some of the most iconic characters […]

One Piece: Season Seven, Voyage Two

One Piece: Season Seven, Voyage Two

| October 12, 2015

There are sections within the massive One Piece storyline that act as major growth points for its central characters, as well as pivotal in world building. The Alabasta arc in season 2 is where the Straw Hats make their mark and raise their respectable bounties. Another being the Enies Lobby arc, where the crew makes […]

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Prick Up Your Ears

Prick Up Your Ears

| October 6, 2015

Prick Up Your Ears is a film that should not have been left in relative obscurity and yet for some god forsaken reason, it has. Directed by Stephen Frears and starring the likes of Gary Oldman and Alfred Molina, one would think that a film with such prestigious talent behind it would be recalled and […]

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The Connection (La French)

The Connection (La French)

| September 28, 2015

The moment that I saw the classic Gaumont logo in front of the title credits of The Connection, (La French), I knew that I was in for a treat. From its stylized, production value to its suave cast of characters, The Connection acts as a perfect companion piece to William Friedkin’s The French Connection, as […]

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