“I think I’m in love with a stranger. That magical feeling you get from an unknown abyss in your body. You can’t control it and somehow it takes over you. Like a moth, trapped in a house, looking outside a window, trying to get out, but it can’t and it doesn’t know why. – Rigo Soto”

A Silent Voice: Review

I had to make a review about this movie. I HAD TO! It was around 2am, and I just decided to watch a little bit of A Silent Voice. When I meant a little bit, I meant like 10 to 15 minutes of the movie. After the first 10 minutes, I was hooked and I couldn’t stop. I didn’t cry but I felt tears coming and I laughed plenty of times. This movie is unbelievable, maybe on of the best anime movies I’ve seen. I saw Your Name a long time ago and remember having a similar impact on me after I watched it. A Silent Voice is so sweet, funny and they really do expose the deaf culture. It honestly made me want to learn sign language. For those of you who haven’t seen the trailer or don’t know what the movie is about; basically, it’s about a deaf girl (Nishimiya) who gets bullied by Shoya. They meet again in high school and Shoya is determined to make things right with Nishimiya, and on doing so he begins to have deep emotions for Nishiyima. Romantic emotions play a part here but when I talk about emotions I also mean the spectrum of human emotions, including fear and regret. Suicide is also a huge theme in the movie, which Shoya talks about early in the film. The animation is also the best I’ve seen, I think in any anime movie, excluding Hayao Miyazaki, since he is indeed the king of animation. The only think I didn’t like about the movie is that…I can’t say…but because it might be a spoiler… you have to watch it… it’s a bittersweet thing. Go watch it! Great movie for anybody, even if you don’t watch anime.


Nier Automata: Review

I honestly don’t know how to describe this game or how to start this review. I’m just going to start out by saying, amazing, amazing, and fucking amazing. Japan is the king of games. Nier is really the best game of played in a long time. I honestly don’t have anything bad to say about this game, only that it wasn’t long enough, and it is indeed very sad. You really do sink teeth in the story, and especially the characters. The visuals are stunning! I’m a big fan of apocalyptic settings and Nier does a perfect job. You basically fight robots in an abandoned earth as vegetation and nature have taken over. You play as 2B, 9S and A2, androids sent by the organization of YoRHa. Basically humans have gone extinct. The combat is incredibly fun and not to mention the art of the main characters A2 and 2B are so jaw dropping. I had a lot fun with this game, took me a while to get through it but once you start you won’t be able to put the game down. Yoko Taro directed the game and he did what no other director could do, which was bring a total different experience to gaming. This game is indeed different. The way they tell the story is different. You really do feel like you are watching a movie and playing at the same time. The last thing I should mention about this game is the soundtrack. It’s probably one of the best soundtracks I have ever heard in a game. You won’t get tired of listening. Nier is the magnum of opus of games. At least for this year. This is the best 30 bucks I’ve ever spent.


Gunpowder: Review

The show revolves around the failed Gunpowder Plot in London in 1605, which might’ve been more known with Guy Fawkes and his failed attempt to blow-up the parliament. The show is only three episodes, and the acting is done very well. I might have a few issues with the show but they are minuscule concerns. First of all, the show felt rushed. It’s mostly dialogue which is good, but when there is action, it feels rushed and you can tell they don’t put that much effort too it. Kit Harrington’s performance is incredible but his character is rather dull. I don’t blame Kit, nor the rest of the actors but the silly writing. Guy Fawkes is by far the most famous one, and he was given barely any lines and the viewers knew nothing about him what’s so ever. One thing I did love about the show was the set and the outfits and just the whole design was immensely pleasing to watch. The story was good too and if your familiar with the great historical event you’ll enjoy it as well. Maybe it should of been longer? Maybe they should’ve gone more in depth with each of the characters. It did indeed feel rushed, and honestly if it wasn’t for Kit…the quality of the show would’ve dramatically dropped.


The Disaster Artist: Review

If you have seen The Room, you are going to absolutely love this film. As long as James Franco remains in character you’re in for some laughs. Before I saw this film, I prepared and saw the Room once again, and then when I saw the Disaster Artist I had tears in my eyes. This is going to sound strange for a movie about another shitty movie, is that it’s actually quite inspiring even if the film was trying to be sarcastic. Tommy Wiseau was portrayed as almost a hero, and this film showed exactly that. Making this movie gave him more exposure and honestly by the looks of it, that’s all he wanted. Tommy Wiseau just wanted the fame, he just didn’t know how to attain it, and honestly he is kinda of my hero, think about it, this guy is mysterious and nobody knows how he got the money to do the film, and he just went out there and did it, even if it was bad. Tommy Wiseu is almost a hero to do the filming culture, and everybody will always know Tommy for his terrible film. This has been my favorite comedy film this year, and they didn’t need jokes to make people laugh, all they needed to do was do a movie on Tommy Wiseau. James Franco’s performance is amazing. Amazing. He does the character perfect. He even had the lazy eye thing going on and it’s so funny. The cinematography was spot on too, it had a green and dark theme to it since they filmed a movie that could’ve been filmed outside in a green screen. of This is a film you can see over and over and not stop laughing. This movie is so funny, you’ll be doing the Tommy Wiseau accent for while. Epic.


Day Out

Yesterday I went out to a local restaurant that is known for having an exceptionally well known social scene. I was feeling somewhat melancholy, or what others might call it, pure ‘loneliness.’ I took a Woody Allen book that I had ordered through amazon and decided that the book would keep me company or maybe I would find a friendly conversation in the midst of people at the restaurant. I also ordered a beer to go along with the book’s words since reading and alcohol seem to be a decent compatible pair, until you start to see blurry paragraphs. A couple sat next to me. They seemed middle aged, since the wrinkles on their forehead did not go unnoticeable, and the 10 year old kid that tagged along with them was more evidence of their age. Anyway, I sat their and I couldn’t help to hear their toxic conversation. I wasn’t eavesdropping but they were talking pretty loud so it was difficult to not have an exposed ear. The husband was mad at the wife because she couldn’t remember if she had locked the house or not. It’s a legitimate reason to which one should feel perturbed but he was yelling at her as if she had done something absolutely horrible. The kid was ignoring the parents by playing a game on his phone. After 15 minutes of pure anger between the husband and wife, they decided to get on their phones and ignore each other, including their kid. So the kid, the mom and the dad were on their phone the whole time I was there. I took a huge prideful gulp of my beer, a smile grew on my face, and I continued to read my book. The feeling of sweet sweet freedom emerged from an abyss I had hidden in my pocket. -Rigo G. Soto

COCO: Review

This is one of Pixar’s best films, and it’s honestly one of the best films depicting the theme of or the idea of always loving you family and ancestors. I’m debating if this is a better film than Wall-E (my favorite Pixar film), but they are two different kinds of movie. Coco takes the award for the most beautiful cinematic scenery than any other Pixar film. The colors are absolutely beautiful and the day of the dead has never looked so full of life. It’s a humorous film while it keeps it’s theme strong, and it’s emotional duty. The idea of following your dream to be happy is crucial here. As a Mexican, I related to it and understood all the spanish words that were being said, giving me a subtle laugh inside my head. I’ve never really appreciated mariachi music but after seeing how beautiful it actually is, I decided to give my ears a taste of it. The plot is perfectly set up and it had a huge plot twist at the end. The only bad thing I can say about the movie is that it felt a little bit rushed, maybe because he had to get back to the land of the living before sunrise. To conclude, screw the Frozen short film before the movie started!