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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Room 237

Room 237

| September 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

Rodney Ascher’s Room 237 is an interesting journey into different interpretations of analysis of Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 horror masterpiece, The Shining. At 102 minutes, the film takes five, distinct interpretations and runs back and forth from them, while only showing clips from Kubrick’s filmography, found footage and several reenactments that serve the various narratives that […]

Two Men in Manhattan

Two Men in Manhattan

| September 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

Jean Pierre Melville’s Two Men in Manhattan is most definitely one of the weakest films in his entire body of work. After seeing it, I was able to have an understanding on why it was never well received by critics and how Melville himself was unsatisfied after making the film. The movie stars Melville himself […]

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Lupin the Third: The Woman Named Fujiko Mine

Lupin the Third: The Woman Named Fujiko Mine

| August 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

While it’s imperative that animation enthusiasts and die hard Lupin the Third fans see The Woman Named Fujiko Mine, the series does enough things right that it can be recommended to general anime audiences. While its not perfect, it gives a solid run at how these iconic anime characters crossed paths and an average mystery […]

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Black Lagoon: Roberta’s Blood Trail

Black Lagoon: Roberta’s Blood Trail

| August 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

Way back in 2006, Studio Madhouse wowed audiences with their adaptation for Rei Hiroe’s Black Lagoon. It was a match made in heaven, with Hiroe’s work seeming like early Madhouse fare, full of intense action and mayhem, that was seemingly influenced by 80′s and 90′s action films. With nods to John Woo’s The Killer, to […]

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Eureka Seven: Astral Ocean Part One

Eureka Seven: Astral Ocean Part One

| August 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

While Eureka Seven has never been my favorite Studio Bones property, there were plenty of elements that have always resonated with me. The music was fantastic and one of the ways that I found out about Supercar, for which I am eternally grateful. Shoji Kawamori’s mecha designs have always been awesome and to have them flying […]

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Vanishing Waves

Vanishing Waves

| July 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

A visual tour de force, Kristina Buožyte’s Vanishing Waves is a feast of a film, one that explores uninhibited sexual longing, desire and sexual freedom, under the guise of a science fiction film. Lukas (Marius Jamposkis) is a researcher in a Neuroscience lab, that is conducting sensory experiments on comatose patients. The experiment is to […]

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Combat Girls

Combat Girls

| July 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

Combat Girls (Kriegerin)is one of the most potent dramas I’ve seen this year and one of the strongest releases from Artsploitation Films to date. Set in modern day in Germany, a suburban girl named Marisa (Alina Levshin) is a hardcore Neo-Nazi, who goes along with her boyfriend Sandro (Gerdy Zint) and his group of friends […]

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Hey Bartender

Hey Bartender

| July 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

Just last week for the 4th of July celebration, it was my duty to pick up some beer for a friends barbecue party. I went to a local Binny’s here in Chicago and I walked a little bit past the beer section and stumbled upon the cocktail section. The massive amount of bitters, glasses and […]

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FilmCraft: Screenwriting

FilmCraft: Screenwriting

| July 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

Screenwriting is one of the most difficult and severely under appreciated aspects of filmmaking. It requires one to have both diligence in creating something in a rigid structure, as well as be creative to lay the groundwork for any film. While there are plenty of great screenplays and many well written books on the subject, […]

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100 Yen

100 Yen

| June 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

The arcade gaming experience of the 80′s and 90′s is something that has somewhat declined here in the U.S. What was once a thriving scene, has now been diminished to people playing in their homes, playing online and presenting a much different experience than placing quarters into arcade cabinets. In Japan though, the scene is […]