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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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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Olive Films’ Black Caesar/Slaughter

Olive Films’ Black Caesar/Slaughter

| September 22, 2015

Olive Films has been making it a point to release some essentials in Blaxspoitation cinema and giving them quality Blu-Ray releases that no fan should miss. In this latest wave of films, we’re going to take a look at Larry Cohen’s gangster film Black Caesar, starring Fred Williamson and the Jim Brown action vehicle, Slaughter. […]

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Sicario

Sicario

| September 14, 2015

There’s no film that I’ve seen this year that retains the level of power and tension than Denis Villenueve’s latest, Sicario. Every single aspect of it, from Roger Deakins’ glorious cinematography, to Jóhan Jóhannson’s droning score, Sicario establishes a sense of dread and an air of menace, much in the same way that Prisoners and […]

Cyborg 009 Re:Cyborg

Cyborg 009 Re:Cyborg

| August 25, 2015

Kenji Kamiyama, the protege of the legendary Mamoru Oshii, has done plenty of work to distinctly separate himself from his brilliant mentor. Even when working within the same franchise, Masamune Shirow’s Ghost in the Shell, Kamiyama has managed to balance the intelligence of Oshii’s work, with a penchant of crafting smart scripts and brilliant action […]

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Alain Resnais’ Love Unto Death & Life is a Bed of Roses

Alain Resnais’ Love Unto Death & Life is a Bed of Roses

| July 21, 2015

With an incredible body of work and having a tremendous impact on French cinema as a whole, Alain Resnais has very few of his films released on Blu-Ray. While Criterion has the essentials, like Last Year at Marienbad and the recently released Hiroshima mon amour, very few films of his are available, until now. Leave […]

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