Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Punch That Rocks the HQ

  Saturdays are slowly becoming my "How is Toei going to make Whitebeard more badass?" day. Granted last week we had the Ace dying (and Luffy losing it) episode but at least this week the emotion takes a backseat to give us a good old fashioned slugfest between two powerful entities. That being said, time for the review of One Piece - Episode 484.

"Pick up the soap, bub."

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Zach Galifianakis, why?

  Zach Galifianakis, a name that makes me glad computers have a copy/paste option. I couldn't imagine being that guy and writing my name for school reports and exams day in and day out. Ouch. I feel for the guy, I really do. Especially considering that I actually think he has golden moments of comedy, that he doesn't seem to be capitalizing on. Take for instance a movie I had the pleasure (I'm being nice, it's my nature) of watching at the budget theater here in town: Due Date. So yes, we're doing this, SHR's Review of (God help me) Due Date.

You know... there really aren't ANY warning signs.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Top 10 Saddest Moments in One Piece History.

  Attention none One Piece readers/viewers: this list is SPOILER heavy and full of sadness. While usually I wouldn't consider myself a person that gets out of his way to feel sad, I AM capable of feeling emotions, considering my overly optimistic and forgiving personality, this is quite a feat. That being said; One Piece is one of the few shonen manga that is packed with emotion. Be it happiness, sadness, despair, or rage; the world that Eichiiro Oda has crafted is anything but two dimensional. The art style and the usually upbeat tone of the series can fool most to drop their guard and go with the flow. I know that because I was one of those people. I figured it was going to maybe have a semi serious moment here and there. But nothing could've prepared me for the amount of raw emotional scenes and moments this show, aimed at teenage (and pre-teen) boys in Japan mind you, was going to throw at me.

Ready for the New World!


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Dear Netflix, I Love You. PSYCH!!!

  I love the internet. I guess I should say specifically which part of the "series of tubes" I'm talking about, but I think I just love all the possibilities that the internet provides us. When I was a wee-bit Rican back in the Island I used to think MSN Messenger and MSN Chat Rooms were the best thing ever. Then I came upon multimedia heavy sites like IGN.com and the such. It wasn't until much later that my love for the internet blossomed again with MySpace and YouTube... the idea of user content and pages at my fingertips was a great rush, but then Facebook came and united all the formulas in one simple (yet complicated) package. A couple of years ago I heard of a service for movies named Netflix. Get some discs in the mail, watch 'em, send them back, get some more, all for a small monthly fee. This was Heaven for a movie fanatic like me, so how do you improve that formula? Two words: streamed content. At first it was only via their website (makes sense) on your PC but they have expanded to PS3/Xbox 360/Wii and a plethora of other devices to get their service out.

Making going to the movies an even bigger waste of money...

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Burn Baby Burn!

  Two things: the Top 10 Saddest One Piece Moments has been postponed, and thank Enel for that. Due to the pacing (and filler) from Toei this week I'll be reviewing episode 482 of One Piece. Next Sunday thought, may God have mercy on my soul. So without further ado, let's dive right into it. And as per usual: SPOILERS BEYOND THIS POINT!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Why are you wet, baby?

  Leonardo DiCaprio... boy, I used to hate that man. Probably the byproduct of jelaousy (if I wanted to be a blonde white boy), or perhaps it was that I was convinced he was going to be a passing fad, like many teenage actors before him. But man, did he prove me wrong. It wasn't shortly after Titanic that I started noticing his pedigree. I realized that I had pegged him wrong and because of that I could finally enjoy his movies without any agonizing guilt: Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed, and most recently Shutter Island; the last, in what seems to be, a successful streak of Martin Scorsese/DiCaprio cinematic gems. So let's get into it, today is SHR's (SPOILER FREE) review of Shutter Island.


Saturday, January 1, 2011

10 Things I Hate About Naruto

No One Piece this week... next episode is Jan 9, 2011. So for the time being I'll do this piece and on wednesday I'll drop my late (better than never) review on Shutter Island. I guess it goes without saying that I like One Piece ("ya THINK?"), but once upon a time I was a huge fan of Masashi Kishimoto's Naruto. At the time that I had started to watch the anime they were knee deep in the Chunin Exam Arc ,considered by some as the peak and highlight of the long running series, needless to say I was spoiled early. So what exactly happened to Naruto? Why did this one beloved series seen to fall from grace so early on? And why is it still adorning manga stands and japanese television sets (and computer monitors around the world)? Well... the answer to that last question lies in the side question "Why does Twlight have fans to begin with?" But if I had to number them, I'd say there was 10 REAL reasons as to why Naruto went from badass shonen about ninjas to gay (maybe) love story with almost no redeeming qualities.


We used to rule.