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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Easy Money (Snabba Cash)

Easy Money (Snabba Cash)

| March 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Imagine if you will, a mixture of the grittiness found in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Pusher trilogy, mixed with the themes of honor amongst thieves in Jules Dassin’s Rififi and you’ll get to the heart of Easy Money. Known as Snabba Cash, in its native Sweden and based off of a 2006 novel, written by Jens […]

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Olympus Has Fallen

Olympus Has Fallen

| March 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

Olympus Has Fallen, Antoine Fuqua’s latest film can easily be summed up as Die Hard, set in the White House. While this may sound like a perfect reason to go see it, trading the amazing set piece of Nakatomi Plaza and replacing it with an iconic American staple, the film lacks all of the charm, […]

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The Other Son (Le fils de l’autre)

The Other Son (Le fils de l’autre)

| March 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

Imagine for a moment, that your entire identity, from a cultural and familial stand point, is erased. The person that you thought you were gets wiped away and you must find the means cope with being another human being. That is the dilemma that is the sole conflict in The Other Son (Le fils de […]

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The Great Magician

The Great Magician

| March 19, 2013 | 1 Comments

Full of whimsical performances by its fantastic cast, Derek Yee’s The Great Magician is an enjoyable romp of a film. Based off of the novel written by Zhang Haifan, The Great Magician is set in the early 1920′s in Beijing, where Zhang Xian (Tony Leung Chiu-Wai) has returned from studying magic abroad. To his dismay, […]

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One Piece: Season Four, Voyage Four

One Piece: Season Four, Voyage Four

| March 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

Containing some fulfilling backstory, a great amount of intense action and some great plot development, One Piece: Season Four, Voyage Four is another winner and a continuation of the greatness that makes up this shonen masterpiece. Trying their best to clear their names and finding out the true reasons for Robin’s betrayal, the Straw Hats […]

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The Suicide Forecast

The Suicide Forecast

| March 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

Starring one of my favorite Korean stars, Ryoo Seung-Bum, The Suicide Forecast manages to be an endearing dramedy that shines through its character development and premise. Ryoo stars as Byeong-wu, a former professional baseball player, that retired early and went on to become an insurance salesman. After one of his top clients commits suicide, an […]

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Hemel (Heaven)

Hemel (Heaven)

| March 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

Sacha Polak’s debut feature film, Hemel (Heaven), is an intimate portrayal of transition into femininity and the childhood attachments that people shed as they turn into adults. Divided into eight individual chapters, this sexually charged character study follows Hemel (Hannah Hoekstra), as she goes from one sexual tryst after another. The various sexual relationships that […]

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Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars

Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars

| March 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars is an anime hidden gem that most anime fans have never bothered with. Directed by Tatsuo Sato, of Martian Successor Nadesico fame and animated by Studio Madhouse, Shingu is a lighthearted sci-fi adventure story that manages to place its emphasis on strong characters and world building. Set in the […]

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BMF: The Rise & Fall of a Hip-Hop Drug Empire

BMF: The Rise & Fall of a Hip-Hop Drug Empire

| March 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

BMF: The Rise & Fall of a Hip-Hop Drug Empire is hands down one of the worst produced crime documentaries I’ve ever seen. With less production value than the likes of BET’s American Gangster and the History Channel’s Gangland, BMF follows the drug trafficking organization, the Black Mafia Family, created by the Flenory brothers, from […]

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The Pirate Bay: Away From Keyboard

The Pirate Bay: Away From Keyboard

| March 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

Hollywood’s war on piracy has waged on for years, with big shots making lobbyists try to find ways to legally persecute downloaders, file sharing sites and their creators. From Napster to Megaupload, there have been dozens of cases that have made huge headlines, but none of them have been as big as The Pirate Bay. […]

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