Video Game Review: Dota 2

Details: Initially released in 2013, but constantly updated and patched. I have almost 1600 hours clocked into this game. You can play for free through Steam platform on the PC. Current patch is 7.06c. Internet connection is required.

A while back I wrote a lengthy post on Dota 2, but I never gave it a review. A few years have passed and I think it’s about time I gave it a score. Given the constant patches coming out, I’ll try to go a little into the current state of the game. I also plan to write reviews for the other MOBA’s where I’ll go into what differentiate each game from the others, but since this is the first MOBA review, I won’t really do too much of that here.

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Movie Review: Wonder Woman

Details: Released in 2017. About two hours and twenty minutes long. Stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright.

I didn’t read any reviews before watching this movie in order to avoid spoilers. After seeing the movie, I went and scavenged over all the reviews on the internet to see what other people thought. Generally, people love this movie. I’ve even heard it called a perfect superhero movie. Personally, I enjoyed the movie, but I think it is far, far away from a masterpiece. I also think there are many existing comic book movies that are easily superior to this one. No spoilers except a brief summary of the premise.

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TV Show Review: Lucifer, Seasons 1 and 2

Details: Started airing in 2015 on FOX. Two seasons with thirteen episodes in season one and eighteen episodes in season two. Each episode is about an hour-long, including commercials.

Lucifer is a show loosely based on the character of Lucifer first established in the renowned Sandman comic books. While very loosely based on those books, Lucifer the television show is actually kind of a mashup between Castle and Supernatural. It’s a police procedural with supernatural drama going on.

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Movie Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Details: Released in 2017. Over two hours long. Stars Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem.

One of my deepest, darkest secrets is that I have enjoyed, perhaps even loved, every single movie in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Every. Single. One. I’ve enjoyed the predictable plot twists, the jokes, the action, the special effects, the pirates, and I’ve enjoyed Depp’s performances. You’d be hard pressed to find another franchise that so blatantly shows how an entire billion dollar franchise can rest upon one man, in this case Johnny Depp.  It’s a fun franchise and if you walk into the theater looking for some lighthearted fun, that’s what you usually get with these movies.

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Anime Review: Konosuba

Details: Released in 2016. Two seasons with ten episodes each. Each episode is about twenty-three minutes long.

I feel like ever since Sword Art Online came out, the genre of an anime that takes place in a Massive Multiplayer Online Game setting has exploded. There are so many of these types of anime out there nowadays. Konosuba is another one of these, though it’s almost never serious and mostly hilarious.

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Restaurant Review: Ginpachi

Details: Located at 33-41 Francis Lewis Blvd, Flushing, NY 11358. I couldn’t find an official site so here’s their Yelp page: https://www.yelp.com/biz/ginpachi-flushing

I was looking for some good omakase in Queens, preferably under $100, with mostly no luck. A friend then recommended Ginapachi and I decided to give it a go. Considering the price, it was okay.

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TV Show Review: Arrow, Season 5

Details: Airs on the CW. Twenty-three episodes this season at an hour a piece, including commercials.

At this point in my life, if there’s a superhero in the show, I will watch it. I can’t help it. I just like superhero stuff and I’m too curious to do otherwise. So after the last season of Arrow, I wasn’t expecting much this season. I didn’t enjoy the last season. Fortunately, while this season does make a few of the same narrative mistakes as last season, I generally enjoyed it.

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TV Show Review: The Flash, Season 3

Details: Airs on the CW. Twenty-three episodes this season where each episode is about an hour long, including commercials. Stars Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker.

I love science fiction. Especially trippy, Doctor Who-esque science fiction and this is what makes The Flash so good. As the series has progressed, each season has gone further and further down the sci-fi rabbit hole. Accordingly, this season is the best season yet.

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TV Show Review: Samurai Jack, Season 5

Details: Aired on Cartoon Network. Ten episodes this season at about thirty minutes per episode, including commercials.

After at least ten years, Samurai Jack has finally ended. With shows that have been around this long, there are a lot of memories associated with this series as well as nostalgia. Ultimately, I think they did the ending right, though it did feel a little rushed.

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Movie Review: Beauty and the Beast

Details: Released in 2017. Over two hours long. Stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans.

There is a lot working in this movie and at the same time, there is a lot in this movie that doesn’t work. One of the biggest mistakes made here was similar to that of La La Land; they forsook musical talent in exchange for a name brand actress whose musical talents were insufficient.

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