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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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 […]

Tenchi Muyo: War on Geminar

Tenchi Muyo: War on Geminar

| June 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

I’ve had to get through a bunch of Tenchi Muyo in the past year, with Funimation having swept up all of the former licenses held by Pioneer/Geneon Entertainment. Having sat through most of it, I managed to see the charm of the series and understood why it’s a staple in American anime fandom and found […]

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Stoker

Stoker

| June 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

When I first heard about Chan Wook Park, director of Oldboy and Joint Security Area gearing up for his first English language film, I was both thrilled and scared of the outcome. Thrilled at the possibility of him making something that would be as good, if not better than his previous efforts. Scared at the […]

Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings – Complete Series

Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings – Complete Series

| June 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

Full of scantily clad dudes and some incredible action, Sengoku Basara presents enough for any anime fan to enjoy. Based of the hit Capcom beat’em up games, the show is set in a fictional version of Warring States period in Japan. Various warlords like Masamune Date, Yukimura Sanada and other fight across Japan for power […]

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One Piece: Season Four, Voyage Five

One Piece: Season Four, Voyage Five

| May 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

Setting the perfect balance of comedy, action and plot development in the last batch of its episodes, One Piece: Season Four, Voyage Five manages to be one of the strongest sets of this season, keeping fans enticed and clamoring for more. After the events of the last boxed set, Nico Nico Robin has been taken […]

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Dragon (Wu Xia)

Dragon (Wu Xia)

| April 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

I know it will certainly seem like a bunch of hyperbole, but Peter Chan’s Dragon is one of those rare kung fu films that is pretty much perfect. Every fist thrown and every kick launched has meaning behind it and the film manages to blend both character development and plot progression that make something much […]

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The Four

The Four

| April 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

Gordon Chan’s The Four, based off a Wu Xia novel by Wen Ruian, is a convoluted mess of a film, that still manages to entertain through its action and flair. The film focuses on the Divine Constabulary, a department commissioned by the Emperor himself, to handle secret missions and operate in the shadows. Zhuge Zhengwo […]