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    • Shamelessly Plugging My Twitch

      1 month ago


      I started streaming on twitch 2 weeks ago. It's been a few hours of Monster Hunter World (I'm actually kind of okay at it, I think) on Friday nights at 8pm Pacific.

      Here it is

    • Let's Talk About The Last Jedi (UNBLOCKED SPOILERS AHEAD)

      2 months ago


      I want to preface the following wall of text with this: I enjoyed Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi. The following are my opinions on what the movie would need to change to be even better.

      I've said this before on twitter, but the pacing of it is what really gets me. The Finn/Rose subplot really puts a speed bump in the movie and breaks the flow. One could argue that this subplot was necessary to develop Finn and Rose as characters, but it should not come at the cost of the overall movie. This coupled with checking back in on the cruiser under Holdo's command pull the movie to a grinding halt. Does this mean I only liked the Rey/Luke portions of the movie? Essentially, yes. I feel like a lot more care was taken when writing those parts of the movies. 

      Also, the entire subplot doesn't need to exist since everything goes wrong and this is all Holdo's fault for not telling the hot-head war hero about her actual plan (which should've involved crashing the other ships into the First Order fleet, but whatever). The only reason for the subplot really is the Phasma trailer fodder and to set up the ham-handed romance between Finn and Rose.

      The other big, glaring issue I have with The Last Jedi is the Disneyisms. "But Mark, Disney owns Star Wars..." Go fuck yourself, everyone already knows the poor reception the Ewoks got when Return of the Jedi came out. I liked the porgs because they were just there. Yeah there were a few parts where porgs took center screen, but they were really short. Do we need ham-handed attacks at the 1% about war profiteering, animal abuse, and child slavery? No, not at all. We can have them in the movie, but they have to be handled with more tact than was shown. Also, go fuck yourselves, Disney. If you're going to attack the rich for scummy business practices, stop absorbing everything in sight.

      Maybe it's because I'm not a fan of most child acting, but I really hated the kids on Canto Bight. Yeah kids are the future and Disney is primarily about the kids, but I feel like they really detracted from the focus of the movie. Especially at the end. I'd rather not see some kids speaking gibberish and force pull a broom (Force FX Broom coming soon). It would've been better if the movie ended before cutting back to Canto Bight kids.

    • Geiger Counter: Star Wars: The Last Jedi [[NO SPOILERS]]

      3 months ago


      Long Story Short

      Writing on par with The Force Awakens, but more visually interesting (to me anyways).

      Long Story Long


      It's a Star Wars movie. It's made to fit into the rest of the main series movies. 


      It's a  Star Wars movie. Sound effects match up how they should. Score fits in with the franchise (but I'm not so big on these movies so I couldn't specifically pin each score to the right movie).


      My only issue with the writing was the pacing with juggling the subplots. It made it difficult to develop some of the new characters.


      I'll only talk about one actor in this one as to avoid any spoilers. 

      Kelly Marie Tran plays Rose Tico (would not have expected "Rose" to be a Star Wars name, but then again Finn and Ben are). I may have some bias in liking her character and its portrayal since she's the first Asian woman to have a proper role in a Star Wars movie. I found Rose to be a likable character, though some of her actions did not really feel natural if that makes any sense. 

      Can't go into further detail without spoilers, so if you want more of my opinions on this, message me wherever.

      Misc. Good

      - PORGS

      - Colors


      - A bit too comedic at times

      - A question unanswered

      Final Verdict: 8/10

    • Geiger Counter: Justice League

      3 months ago


      Long Story Short

      Better than Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, worse than Wonder Woman.

      Long Story Long


      This movie just oozes with Zack Snyder-isms (yes I know he left it in the hands of Joss Whedon). Lots of things just seem to be here to be cool. There are a number of non-Flash-related slow motion bits that add absolutely nothing other than maybe showing off Wonder Woman's reflexes (but we don't really need that? Probably would've been cooler to see it done fast rather than in slow motion). There are also a lot of things that could be left out to improve the flow of the movie, but that's probably a personal preference. It felt very cluttered.


      Something I really like about the DC movies is that even though there's a CGI mess a lot of the time, there's a certain weight to every punch, kick, or projectile. This is more a thing that kind of has to do with the 12 basic principles of animation, but I feel like sound plays a major part into this as well.

      Musically, the only specific reference I could really identify was Wonder Woman's theme. Maybe that's because I've seen Wonder Woman the most out of Man of Steel, Batman v Superman, and Wonder Woman.


      As an amateur writer, I can say that pacing is difficult to do. The pacing is honestly kind of awkward. I feel like it slows to a crawl then tries to jump back up to 100 a lot.

      A lot of the opening is a jumbled mess, honestly. We see Batman and Wonder Woman doing their crimefighting, but then comes the mess of introducing Aquaman, Cyborg, Flash, and Steppenwolf.

      Each hero has a pretty one-dimensional personality (but that's kind of a given since they haven't been given the time to be really fleshed out).

      + Aquaman: he's a bro who thinks he's better off on his own

      + Cyborg: he's super serious, not the fun Teen Titans character most people nowadays probably know though he does say "Booyah" once

      + Flash: he's socially awkward, honestly. He feels like more of a fan than a peer

      The biggest issue in the writing of this movie is all the subplot nonsense. There's an Eastern European family that gets a subplot for no reason other to show where Steppenwolf is steppenwolf-ing. Amazons guarding a Motherbox? Fine, fine, but it should've been nodded to in Wonder Woman at least. Atlantis? Should've been mentioned in Wonder Woman or Suicide Squad. Steppenwolf as a threat gets expositioned after he's already shown his power. The exposition about Steppenwolf honestly could've been a better opening to the movie than what they had... A stupid vertical phone video of some kids interviewing Superman And then romance subplot between Bruce and Diana. 

      I think my biggest writing issue with this movie is just remedying the mess that was Batman v Superman. They bring Superman back to life since they realize that the 5 heroes we have can't beat Steppenwolf (but y'know Wonder Woman is the best fighter in DC and Aquaman is essentially invincible if you put him in water but whatever Atlantis still needs to lose their Motherbox).


      Ben Affleck reprises his role of Batman. He uses guns. Lots of guns. And missiles. Not Ben's fault, but it's still a thing that should be addressed since BATMAN DOESN'T FUCKING USE GUNS. Ben Affleck certainly does have the presence of a Batman, but a lot of it kind of felt more like Michael Keaton's Batman rather than one that would be around in 2017. What do I mean by this? He seemed really stiff in the costume. My mom actually complained about Ben being too fat to be Batman, but that's neither here nor there. Ben Affleck does about as well as Batman as he did in Batman v Superman.

      Ezra Miller enters the DCEU as Barry Allen (the Flash). As mentioned earlier, Barry Allen is written as a pretty awkward character. He even does that thing you see in anime where the guy and girl both fall and the guy is in the girl's chest. I must preface the rest of my critique with saying that I have not watched the television series about The Flash and I am not well versed with Barry Allen in the comics. I felt that Ezra Miller certainly played the character well enough. His performance certainly felt like he was giving effort, though since the Flash isn't a lead character he couldn't shine. I'm not sure how I'd feel about him being in a standalone movie, though. Also the Flash was my dad's favorite character in the movie. 

      Gal Gadot reprises her role of Wonder Woman (aka the DCEU's Golden Daughter). Diana as a leading lady is probably going to happen a lot. Gal's performance is on par with her performance in Wonder Woman. She's stronk and doesn't afraid of anything. Best hero in the movie.

      Henry Cavill returns from the dead to reprise the role of DC's poster boy Superman. I feel like his performance is kind of meh. I'm pretty sure at the moment he gets resurrected, he has a slight British accent. This would be fine if it was like "Oh he doesn't have memories or whatever" BUT NOPE HE STILL REMEMBERS BRUCE GOT HIM KILLED. I think other than this, Henry's performance is fine. He looks the part of Supes still and he gives off that Boy Scout vibe Superman usually does.

      Jason Mamoa enters the DCEU as Arthur Curry (Aquaman). It certainly feels like Jason had a lot of fun in this role. He comes off as cocky (maybe even brash). It's a drastic change from seeing him as Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones. Personally, I'm not sure how I'd feel about this character getting a standalone movie, but time will tell.

      Ray Fisher enters the DCEU as Victor Stone (Cyborg). He feels robotic and cold, honestly. I didn't really like how flat his character felt. Maybe it's because I grew up on Teen Titans Cyborg who was boisterous and full of "Booyah!"s. If the DCEU plan on turning Cyborg into a standalone property, they would definitely need their best writing team to make him a sympathetic hero. With Flash and Aquaman, you at least have some sense of character and can connect, but Cyborg is kind of unrelatable (at least to me).

      Ciaran Hinds enters the DCEU as Steppenwolf. (You may know him as Mance Rayder in Game of Thrones). What to say about this guy... He doesn't have the level of understandability some other villains have. Where some places go to make the villains seem like they have some semblance of reason (Amon wanted equality; Zaheer wanted freedom). Steppenwolf doesn't seem to have any good motivations. He established as a conquerer of worlds just because and he wants Earth because it's the one planet he couldn't get. Ciaran Hinds does provide a good voice for Steppenwolf. He felt a bit menacing, but not to the point where it doesn't feel comic book-y if that makes any sense.

      Misc. Good


      Each actual costume looked amazing (though Wonder Woman's wedges don't seem super practical still). Aquaman's suit is the only one I can really complain about, but it certainly had a lot of detail and effort put into its design.

      Step In the Right Direction

      It's a step in the right direction. DC should work on their standalone movies before trying to throw 5 heroes together. It's made better than Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad. I'd rather have had them make a leap in quality rather than a step, but you have to give them some credit.


      There's an almost throwaway line by Steppenwolf mentioning Darkseid. I know it was coming, but I'm glad to finally get confirmation on Darkseid being the main villain (though it's kind of interesting that they decided to use the parallel to Thanos).


      Green Lantern

      In the Steppenwolf exposition Wonder Woman gives, they show a lone Green Lantern helping defeat Steppenwolf. That's literally all the DCEU will acknowledge about the Lantern Corps. Hal Jordan (Green Lantern) literally is the only founding member of the League that isn't in this movie that is about the founding of the League. Where is the logic there? Sure the Ryan Reynolds movie was awful, but come on. You shoved everyone else into the EU, where's Hal? He probably would've been easier to throw into the series since he's an air force pilot.


      Yes, CGI. Guess what? Another superhero movie ends in a big CGI shitshow! It makes sense, since Steppenwolf is essentially terraforming the world, but I like sets and practical effects. Ideally, the two should work together in tandem, but y'know... people don't like to do that anymore. 

      Other Heroes

      This complaint isn't exactly 100% legitimate. I feel that the DCEU is going to continue to have trouble adding in other heroes to the roster. Who else is going to be added? I know Shazam/Black Adam are coming to films soon. I also know Aquaman, Batman, and Flash have movies in the works. Who else could they comfortably add with sequels/standalone films? Supergirl would be an easy call in a Superman movie. Green Lantern is just necessary (and it should be sooner than that 2020 Green Lantern Corps movie date).

      What bothers me more is that Flash's movie is supposed to be Flashpoint (aka the event that essentially reset the DC universe). Does this mean the DCEU is going to reset? What would this mean for movies occurring after Flashpoint?  Also, HOW DO YOU PLAN ON DOING A FLASHPOINT MOVIE WHEN REVERSE FLASH DOESN'T EVEN EXIST IN THE DCEU YET? Seriously, it would be a more reasonable move to have Barry just square off against Eobard Thawne without any Flashpoint nonsense. Or get extra comic book-y and have him fight Captain Boomerang (who has already been put in), Captain Cold, Mirror Master, or even Gorilla Grodd.

      Final Verdict: 6/10

    • Digital Struggles

      6 months ago


      My friend let me borrow his Wacom tablet to try my hand at digital art. I feel like I'm relearning how to draw. I'll probably post the first thing I think is good on here.

    • Movies, Movies, Movies

      7 months ago


      I saw two movies since Cars 3. I saw War for the Planet of the Apes and Spider-Man Homecoming. I really enjoyed both of them but didn't feel like a Geiger Counter was right. Spider-Man I saw a little late (all the other movies I've written about had been opening weekend at least) and I hadn't even seen Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, so writing on War wouldn't have been in good taste.

    • Gieger Counter: Cars 3

      8 months ago


      Long Story Short:

      Cars 3 is a pretty good kids movie. It's a lot better than Cars 2 and it certainly feels like a lot of heart and soul went into it.

      Long Story Long


      Cars 3 makes use of a lot of tight close ups to help give that sense of speed. Lightning's return in this third installment yes, that's purposely a FFXIII reference feels like a return to form for the franchise. None of the comedy was blatantly forced, and the movie flowed very naturally. 

      Cars 3 mainly focuses on how Lightning is going to fit into the next generation of racers, and Pixar did a very good job with the designs of the newer cars. There're very clear visual differences between Lightning's generation and the next generation of racers. The newer cars have more hard angles compared to Lightning's smooth curves throughout. I'm not 100% on the aerodynamic edge these angles give, but at least these make the newer cars visually distinct.


      Not sure what to say here. It's a Cars movie, and they sound like racecars. There's honestly not too much to critique. I do think the first movie had a more memorable soundtrack, though.


      Pixar did what they usually do and had a bit of mature themes put into this children's movie. A lot of the writing focused it on Lightning McQueen as an aging athlete, mainly with him being unable to compete with the younger generation. I honestly feel that they hammered this in a little too well, with racers saying their grandparents told them about Lightning as a rookie and another main character (Cruz Ramirez) growing up watching Lightning's races. I mean we get it: Lightning's too old for this shit. 

      This next section dives into spoilers, so don't say you weren't warned. 

      Lightning goes on to pass the torch to Cruz Ramirez (why this character's name is 2 last names, I don't know). Cruz was initially introduced to be McQueen's young new trainer to help him get back into the game and beat Jackson Storm, the up-and-coming rookie. 

      I'm honestly glad Pixar didn't get super heavy with this. Unless for some reason you're overly emotionally invested in this franchise, it won't make you cry, unlike Inside Out or Toy Story 3.


      Again, pairing off 2 actors for this because only 2 actors really shined to me: Owen Wilson and Cristela Alonzo. 

      Owen Wilson reprised his role as Lightning McQueen. He does a great job as both a confident experienced Lightning, and a defeated unsure McQueen. His voice work really shines as Lightning grows desperate to find that magic bullet to help him compete with these new racers.

      Cristela Alonzo plays Cruz Ramirez. She really pulls off the peppy fitness instructor she's initially presented as. As the movie progresses, however, we get to see her character reveal her motivations, and then develop into the racer she dreamt of being. Alonzo does a splendid job portraying this new character at both her high and low points.

      Misc. Good

      Honestly, I'm not a huge fan of this franchise. It's kind of hard for me to pull anything that stood out as particularly good. The movie itself wasn't bad by any means, but I can't really pull anything uniquely good about this movie. I guess the racing close ups and the drifting looked pretty cool, and Pixar's constantly upping the production values on their movies. There's a bit less Mater in this, for which I'm glad.


      The movie lacks subtlety. I know it's a kid's movie, but do you really have to drive in the point that Doc Hudson's dead or that Lightning McQueen is getting old every 5 minutes? I get that people's attention spans have gone down the drain, but c'mon.

      Final Verdict: 7/10

    • Geiger Counter: Transformers: The Last Knight

      9 months ago



      I recognize Transformers is garbage from a writing standpoint, but I sometimes enjoy having a complete mental shutdown and watching robots punch/shoot each other. Also, spoilers if it matters to you. Don't read past "Long Story Short" if you care. Just skip down to the end if you want a number score.

      Long Story Short

      It's a Transformers movie. Not exactly a cinematic master piece and definitely deserving below a 50% on Rotten Tomatoes.

      Long Story Long

      Here's probably more effort than I should put into a review of a Michael Bay movie.


      I will say, Michael Bay knows how to make parts of a movie look good. He puts the shot before logic and coherence. Like in Age of Extinction, there were a bunch of cuts to different times of day even though events were occurring simultaneously and in the same area. 

      Some characters got redesigned. Galvatron has returned to being Megatron, and, personally, I think he looks pretty cool, though the curved point of his sword kind of seems weird to me. Also, Megatron brings together a crew of captured Decepticons that end up getting shitty Suicide Squad character cards. It felt disgustingly out of place and had more cheese than a Kraft factory, if you ask me.

      The knights certainly were a nice change of pace from bright colorful cars. They followed a similar palette to that of the Dinobots in Age of Extinction. The armor designs gave off more of a warrior design rather than that of just a motley crew of Autobots/Decepticons. The non-knight Transformers look, well, like if you could design yourself as a robot or something. They look more like civilians I guess. The knights, on the other hand, reminded me a lot of the Old Knights from Dark Souls 2. They exuded a certain level of power and nobility that you only really got from Optimus and maybe Sentinel in this franchise. Plus the 12 of them combine into a dragon!

      The main villain, Quintessa (played by Gemma Chan), had a visually interesting design, though she looked a bit too smooth and elegant compared to the Transformers we've seen in this movie franchise thus far.

      Also Drift is red now.


      Sound design was fine. Space scenes had muffled audio if there was any. The only real complaint I had was that I think some of the sounds were mixed up. Some of the human firearms sounded like the Transformer weapons.



      Quick synopsis: King Arthur was real and Merlin's magic was summoning Transformers. Transformers are still all listed as bad guys and a global task force has been set up to launch Cybertronian genocide using assault rifles and knock off Gekkos from Metal Gear Solid. Cybertron is being brought back into Earth to be revived. 

      Well the plot jumped around so much it was really incoherent. It'd jump from Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) to Optimus Prime to the military to Sir Edmund Burton (Anthony Hopkins). Honestly it was a load of nonsense that needed to cut out a subplot or two. Also, a disgustingly ham fisted romance was forced between Cade and Vivian (Laura Haddock).

      The plot also grazes over all the manufactured Decepticons from Age of Extinction, but Bumblebee now has the same kind of transform ability? I mean it looked cool, but there should've at least been a throwaway line as to what happened. Speaking of Decepticons, there are apparently new ones that aren't manufactured, but were captured. This is sort of explained as the movie states Transformers are just crash landing everywhere on Earth. Doesn't explain what happened to all the manufactured ones, but whatever.


      I'll only really talk about two actors again (I might just do that for all of these I do). Today we're talking about Isabella Moner (playing "Izabella" good job creative team) and Anthony Hopkins (playing Sir Edmund Burton).

      Isabella Moner does a solid job at acting. She's only 16 and this is the first work I've seen her in. She has solid emotionally delivery, and she gives off the amount of sass and disrespect you'd imagine an orphaned 14 year old would have. 

      Anthony Hopkins certainly is the best old white guy this franchise has used. His presence on screen makes things so much better. He did a comparatively amazing job being a semi-crazy last surviving member of a secret society.

      Misc. Good

      The only "Misc. Good" I'm going to put here that isn't Transformers fan stuff is that the product placement was definitely turned down... Or it was so saturating my mind tuned it completely out. Another thing I liked was the alternate history stuff. This was a lot better than all the other opening alternate history nonsense. 

      OH HOW COULD I FORGET: THEY TURNED THE EXPLOSIONS DOWN. Each movie progressed and got more and more explode-y. The drop in explosions was very nice.

      Fandom time!

      -There was more Grimlock! Still not enough, but there was more!

      -Combiners! There were two sets of combiners (Decepticon and Knight), and both were pretty awesome, though they definitely didn't get enough screen time.

      -Megatron's design. I really like his whole look in this and that he transforms into a jet.


      What is there to complain about that hasn't already been complained about with this franchise?

      Poor pacing? I'm sure it can be said about all of them. Too much screen noise (i.e. explosions and gunfire)? Wasn't too bad with this one. Product placement? It felt like a lot less. 

      It would've been cool if Megatron's crew was the set of combiners they show later on. Revenge of the Fallen showed off combiners with the Constructicons and Devastator, but it would've been so cool for them to have pulled out the Combaticons and Bruticus (they brought in Onslought, but I'm 99% sure he died immediately.). Alternatively, they could've put in the Stunticons and Menasor, but in the cartoon Megatron could barely control them, though Michael Bay and his writing team haven't shown any care for source material.

      It fucking sequel baits at the end.They say that Earth is Unicron and after Bumblebee kills Quintessa, she shows up again saying she knows how to kill him, but it's clear she wants to wake him up.

      Final Verdict: 2/10

    • Dungeons and Dragons and Booze and Fire

      9 months ago


      I Played D&D for the First Time

      That about sums it up, honestly. I'm playing a Human Pyromancer with a Drunken Pirate background. Her name is Ayse (pronounced "ice") and she's Chaotic Neutral. I've been having a lot of fun with it and it's certainly gotten my creative juices flowing. 

    • Geiger Counter: Wonder Woman

      9 months ago


      Long Story Short

      It's a step in the right direction for the DCEU. It's definitely not terrible. I'd recommend watching it.

      Long Story Long

      So here's a more in depth review. Wonder Woman is a solid movie. I honestly like this more than every other DCEU movie (Man of Steel was just okay in my opinion). 


      Stylistically, Wonder Woman performed very well. Set dressing was superb, as was the costuming (shout out to Anna Lynch-Robinson and Lindy Hemming respectively). Both of the main settings (Themyscira and WWI Europe) were excellently crafted and really took me to the movie's world. The writers and actors also did a fairly solid job at recreating the mannerisms and speaking patterns of mythological Greece and WWI London. Wonder Woman also does a great job evoking mood with the changes in lighting. The Themysciran lighting is beautifully bright, helping solidify the isolated island as a veritable paradise locked outside time. When it shifts to WWI Europe, the lighting changes as the movie progresses, showing Diana's growing understanding of reality, as the world cannot be saved as simply as she believes it can be.


      I really liked the soundtrack. It felt very fitting to Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman. I do have one criticism of the sound design, however and it's in that Wonder Woman only has her ears ring from an explosion once. I understand that if they used this every time, movies with multiple explosions would be worse to watch, but usually its the first time the protagonist is hit with a major explosion that the ears ringing effect happens. In this case, it was the second time. It's a very minor gripe, but it's a gripe nonetheless.


      I thought that the writing of the movie was done fairly well. It's a lot more lighthearted and innocent compared to the overly serious writing of Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad. Diana's dialogue did a very good job at conveying how isolated Themyscira really is. Most of the characters' dialogue didn't feel forced at all and didn't have too much cheese. The exception to this, however, is Chris Pine's Steve Trevor. I felt that Steve's dialogue had a bit too much sarcasm. It's good that the character is there, but I think it was a bit much. 

      The overall plot was all well and good. It's rather straightforward and doesn't really have anything that will confuse you.


      I'm only really going to talk about 2 actors here, and they're the 2 top billed actors in this movie: Gal Gadot and Chris Pine.

      In my opinion, Gal Gadot did a wonderful job as Wonder Woman. She did a really good job at portraying Diana's naievity, innocence, and hopefulness. Gal does an excellent job showing Diana as she learns what she is truly capable of. Assuming she did some of her own fight sequences (even if it was only 25% of them),  Gal did a solid job with fight choreography.

      Chris Pine's Steve Trevor brought a decent amount of lightheartedness to the DCEU. I welcome the light in the rather dark and excessively brooding universe Zack Snyder has been pushing. I feel that it's kind of overcompensating, though. Something that didn't sit right with me throughout the movie (though it's a very minor detail) was Chris Pine's accent (or lack thereof). Steve Trevor opens with saying he's British, yet he's the only British person without an accent of any kind.

      Misc. Good

      The lasso was amazingly done. I've always thought it was really comic book-y in that it wouldn't translate well into live action. In Batman v Superman, we only really saw it as an indestructible rope to hold Doomsday. In Wonder Woman, we can see it actually be really cool. Here's hoping for the Thanos-Copter in Infinity War.

      It's almost as much a war movie as it is a superhero movie, similar to Captain America: The First Avenger. The war is a major driving force for Diana, but she is definitely not treated as a soldier like Captain America.


      So I have one major complaint, but this can be made for most superhero movies nowadays:  the third act turns into a big CGI shitshow. Now Wonder Woman isn't the only one on blast here. The rest of the DCEU is also guilty of this, but so are a number of Marvel movies (Iron Man 2, Thor, Avengers, Iron Man 3, Thor 2, Guardians of the Galaxy, Age of Ultron, Antman, Doctor Strange, Guardians Vol. 2).

      Final Verdict: 8/10

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