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 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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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 […]