Monday, August 29, 2011

And I'm Off

So after surviving and incredibly mild east coast earthquake and a not-so-mild hurricane/power outage, tomorrow I'm headed off to San Francisco before returning for part 2 of Northwestern University. I might try to write something while out there, hopefully about my trip to the IGN offices and the subsequent skyrocketing of my games journalism career, but in the meantime go watch stuff on Homestar Runner. Almost forgot how amazing that stuff is.

Monday, August 22, 2011

New Job and Apple Products

Big update! I've got a new (hopefully) ongoing paid gig over at writing various kinds of articles about iPad games. You can read my first post here. That means part one of my two part plan to do way more game journalism this fall is working out.

That also means I'll have less time for original stuff here, hence my preemptive slowing down to one post a week. What I hope to do is put up one new, silly kind of exclusive article here every week and also do a weekly wrap-up to all my other internet activities going on. Also, if you want straight, pure and insane insights into my thoughts in short digestible form you can follow me on twitter for stuff like "had a dream David Duchovny was Iron Man. He wasn't very good."

One more thing. Some dudes I know just launched their awesomely named entertainment/sports blog Bon Iverson today and you should totally check it out.

I also think this would be a good time to just share some of my thoughts on Apple products in general. After the jump...

Saturday, August 20, 2011

What's on the TV these days?

Ever since "Avatar: The Last Airbender" ended I’ve found myself unable to commit to another serialized TV show. As such, Netflix and the internet at large are my avenues for things like "Mad Men,""Game of Thrones" and "The Walking Dead." The few times I’m actually watching a television program on a television is for stuff like "The Daily Show" or one of the Matt Groening/Seth Macfarlane family of cartoons despite how bad they have become with the exception of Futurama. So naturally I’ve decided to use my blog to discuss and dismiss the current state of a media landscape I know very little about.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Old Stuff: High School Newspaper edition

That last post was weird and awesome but a little light on real content. So here's a nice big chunk of my nostalgia to help make up for it. Basically I decided to scan all the articles I wrote for my high school newspaper The Braggin' Dragon. We were the Kingsway Dragons you see. Kingsway Regional High School. South Jersey is a weird place. It's like the New Jersey everyone thinks they know about but with less New York and more Philadelphia therefore water ice.

Anyway, these articles were written during my sophomore, junior and senior years (before all the fancy Medill training) where I rose from simple staff writer to both entertainment and opinions editor.

Enjoy the articles. (and my hands which were occasionally needed for optimal memory preserving)


Saturday, August 13, 2011

Mind Dump 6- The White Shark Trilogy

I said in the very first mind dump that I think the idea of a “greatest white shark” has potential to be a movie. After all, if something like Shark Night 3D can exist, why not bring some more high concept elements to the “shark attack” subgenre of horror movies. Without Deep Blue Sea, no one would’ve known that sharks that can swim backwards are super smart and/or able to kill Sam Jackson.

So after thinking about this for way longer than necessary, I’ve imagined out not one, but a trilogy of movies(?) based around this concept that I would like to share with you now.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

So I Saw Rise of the Planet of the Apes

More internet notoriety! This website that sells shirts with pop-culture stuff on them hired me to write some descriptions for them. The bottom paragraphs is mine. Now you too can know what the heck “How to Make it in America” is about.

This is the last major movie I planned on seeing this summer so luckily it’s pretty good.

Quick plot synopsis: So there are like all these earthquakes happening and no one knows why and it starts off as like a disaster movie. Suddenly, a whole entire, other planet filled with hyper-intelligent chimps rises out of the Earth’s crust hence the title The Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

So I Saw Captain America...

Okay, so the plan now is to try for one or two new posts a week. I've got enough ideas to keep that up. also here's a link to a thing I wrote for this site called The Top 5 Weirdest Fighting Game Crossovers

The best thing about this great movie is that it feels complete. Like the war movies Captain America: The First Avenger is emulating, its story is epic in scope. It makes sense when you consider how long it would take a vaguely impotent weakling like Steve Rogers to not only become Captain America but also wage this whole secret war against Hugo Weaving and German Karl Rove/Toby Jones’s alternate Nazis. It tells the saga of this man and his legacy as a symbol which is exactly what a Captain America movie should be. And all of the comic trappings will just help it dissociate itself from any of the real-world political stuff that would threaten to bring it down. It’s fun, action-packed, sweet, tragic, nostalgic and dignified. Unfortunately for Marvel, that feeling of completeness, for me, would render any sequel unnecessary at best and a cheapening of the franchise at worst. At least, if they were set in WWII again.