Movie Monday: Schindler’s List

This week for Movie Monday I’m back with a classic. It’s Schindler’s List!

Plot: The plot is inspired by a true story and honestly this is one of the few historical films I think should be a must watch movie. There are some liberties taken with it, but for the most part the things that happened in the movie actually occurred.

Casting: This is where I would say Liam Neeson started his career in being a badass lead character. He’s gone on to be a badass in tons of movies afterwards, but still this where I’d say he started that particular career path.

Cinematography: Being filmed in black and white and being a historical film there is very little in the form of special effects, but there is one part that deserves mention. The use of the red coat is a pivotal thing in the film and incredibly noteworthy.

Music: Fairly tame, but given the nature of the film that’s a good thing.

Overall: A must see film, if you haven’t seen it you really need to do so.

For those who like: True Stories, History.

Not for those who don’t like: Either of the above.

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Return and Some Changes

Hey all I’m back! I’m sorry it’s later in the month, but I did warn that was within my expected time to return. There are some changes that will be occurring with my posts, and my reviews that will affect some things.

Posting Schedule: Until I get back into the swing, and I really hope I’ll be able to do it sooner rather than later, is that I’ll be doing posts every three days. I do plan on eventually going back to daily posts, but that isn’t a 100% sure thing at the moment. Currently I’m actually enjoying the hell out of Destiny 2: Forsaken, Final Fantasy XIV, and Fate Grand/Order (Blame Nero Fest), and since those all had major updates/releases in the past few weeks I’ve been focusing on that more than my writing while I was getting settled into my new home. I won’t promise that I’ll definitely get back to daily posts, but that is currently the plan.

Removal of Plot Synopses: I’m removing these from my posts for a few reasons, but one of the big reasons is that it just takes me way too much time to write these up if I have to hand craft them instead of using a carefully edited premade one by the publisher or author. In the past I tried to use some carefully pruned versions of ones you’d find on Amazon or other sites like that in order to give a brief idea of what the story is about for that given subject. But I won’t be doing that from now on.

What does that mean?: It means my posts will be shorter, and since some of them were already pretty short, that means they’ll be incredibly short. If I do get back to writing daily posts this will help me cut back on the time I spend on writing them, particularly the Translation Necessary Thursday and Serial Saturday posts as those almost always had me writing a custom synopsis. If this change proves to be highly unpopular, and I please ask all you readers to comment on this, I will reconsider it. Like I said there are other reasons why this is happening as well, and I’ll have to weigh the pros and cons before returning to them. This isn’t a change I made lightly, but frankly I think it’s best for me and my writing.

Addition of Grammar Section: This will apply to my Serial Saturday series only, at least for the most part but if I find it’s particularly grievous in any other medium I will make note of it. Since Serial Saturday deals with amateur authors for the most part, this will help you as a reader avoid those series which have particularly bad grammar.

Why are posts so short? Well there’s a good reason for that, frankly I’ve read tens of thousands of stories, and experienced at least a hundred thousand of them overall from various sources and mediums in my life. That number has only climbed higher and higher, and with greater speed, in the past few years since I’ve started writing posts. Most stories don’t particularly impress me, however that isn’t to say I don’t enjoy them. I enjoy pretty much any story with a few notable exceptions for certain genres, topics and authors.

But most aren’t all that impressive, and so I don’t have much to say about them. If you look at my game reviews on GiN you’ll note how different in length some of them are, and that’s because the ones that are longer are ones that made a big enough impression on me for me to comment about them. If I’m particularly impressed, and this is usually reserved to those I feel in a good way, you’ll find me writing a couple thousand words on them.

Ones that are just so-so, and aren’t all that impressive are ones who get smaller posts and reviews from me. It’s that simple, and if that offends you content creators, I’m sorry, but frankly if you don’t make an impression on me, your reviews aren’t going to get all that much comment from me. If I find them fun and enjoyable, I’ll say that, but unless something is particularly impressive it just doesn’t warrant me taking time to write fluff and nonsense just to pad the length for a review of that content. I hated doing that for school essays, and once I learned that almost all teachers hated reading that as well I stopped trying to hit word counts and just wrote to answer the questions posed by the essay.

That’s it for my changes that will be occuring. Look forward to my next post this Saturday with a series that I was asked to review by the Author!

Hiatus Update

Hey guys I’m back with an update. I’m sorry it’s a week late, but things have been happening and I had little control over most of it.

What Happened?: Well it turns out that the Internet that I was getting wasn’t broken the way we thought it was and had hoped for a quick fix. It turns out that the Fiber Optics line that went to where I live is completely cut due to someone’s fuck up. As I live in a place that is having a lot of construction at the moment, it could be one of any number of people who is at fault.

However Frontier, the ISP we used, never notified us until the 20th of August, which was a full month of no Internet by that time, that they couldn’t fix it at all. Which is really quite a shitty thing to do on their part as we had to call them at least a dozen times trying to figure out what the hell was going on, and they knew at least two weeks prior into this situation that it was completely unfixable, but failed to notify us.

What happens now?: Well it turns out that we’re moving in the next couple of weeks. So while I have no internet now, I will hopefully have it by the middle of September after we finish getting all moved in. We won’t be using Frontier, and will be resorting to Comcast, which may or may not be better. We’ll see, but as it’s literally the only other service in the area we have little choice.

Regarding my daily posts: I won’t be able to write anything until I get fully moved in, which will be in the mid to late half of September. Sorry, I just can’t go to my local library and hog a computer for 10+ hours in order to punch out a bunch of posts for you guys. And I don’t own a laptop to use at a Starbucks or something similar, and I’d still have to loiter their for 10+ hours to do the writing. There are other reasons why those two options won’t work, but I’m not going to list them here.

Regarding reviews: I’ve got a game review written up that I’ll be sending off to my editor right after I get this scheduled to post. My book reviews will be delayed until I get back unfortunately as I’m busy getting ready to move, not reading.

Sorry once again for the late update, I really didn’t have much of a choice in the matter and with me moving it’ll be a bit less than a month hopefully before I start writing daily again.

 

Quick Announcement

Hey all so quick announcement. I’ll be taking an involuntary hiatus for at least a week, possibly more due to the fact that I’ve not had internet during the past week and a half and I am currently off doing some housesitting for family. In the mean time feel free to check out the book and game reviews I’ve done for Game Industry News as well as my colleagues work there as well. There will be one upcoming book review of mine this coming week and I’ve had a game and book review this past week. Hopefully by the time I’m done with the house sitting my internet will have been fixed by my local ISP.

Enough is enough

 

I’m taking time from your regularly scheduled Serial Saturday to talk about something that is a hell of a lot more important than having a great time reading a good story. Enough is enough, America needs Gun Control Laws.

What?: I’m not usually a person who talks about politics, and I chose not to write this post immediately after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School because frankly it would’ve been just one of many posts. That being said it’s been nearly a month since it occurred and Congress still has yet to do anything but talk. It’s disgusting, humiliating and disheartening all at the same time. Kids are the future, it’s a very literal fact. They have to deal with the messes we leave behind once we’re gone. The fact that we even have to have talks about Gun Control in a country of over 300 million is ridiculous. There are incredibly strict laws in other countries where they aren’t being held at gunpoint by their governments and still have civil rights. The founding fathers didn’t ever think there would be things like Assault Rifles when they wrote the Bill of Rights.

The 2nd Amendment doesn’t state anything about owning guns that can kill more than one person easily. Even if you disagree with me, there is literally no reason whatsoever to think that arming ourselves would stop a government deadset on imposing total control. I’m sorry, but if the military wanted to take control of the country, they wouldn’t have a hard time. Sure some of the crazy gun nuts would be holed up in their homes for a while, but can 20 civilians stop a platoon of highly trained soldiers? I don’t believe that’s going to happen. Nope, if they wanted in and didn’t give a shit about people they’d just toss a grenade into a window and walk away.

But Crisis Actors!: The NRA and other assholes like those from Breitbart are ignorant fools and frankly in my opinion no better than terrorists when they try to smear the kids from MSD. Crisis Actors? Seriously? Fuck that, even if it was a fucking hoax and I’m absolutely not saying that is even remotely my opinion, because it’s not, it doesn’t change the fact that the US needs to take it’s fucking head out of the dirt hole it’s been stuck in for the last 60 years and grow the fuck up. Kids shouldn’t be afraid of going to school for any reason other than missing homework and getting an earful.

What can I do?: You can go march in your city next week with countless others around the country to get people to realize that we need to change. Thoughts and Prayers are just bullshit excuses from people who don’t give a flying fuck about kids getting killed. If you cant do that, you can call your local congressional representatives and tell them to get off their fat asses and do something. Kids deserve to feel safe in school.

But I’m just a kid: Well here’s the thing, once you can vote you should do so. Don’t ever think that your vote doesn’t matter. Don’t refuse to vote because you disagree with the choices, that’s the stupid coward’s way of doing things. Choose the least evil if you have to choose between things that you don’t like either way. This generation of kids who will turn 18 this year will now make up the majority. Prior generations won’t have the ability to drown your vote out anymore. Change can happen, it will happen if you participate. Get registered to vote, apply for an absentee ballot if you can if you want to avoid going to the polls. If you live in a place like Oregon where your ballot is mailed weeks before the election you can vote from the comfort of your home. Don’t ever think that your vote doesn’t matter. 

But I’ll be suspended if I participate in a protest!: Do it anyways, Colleges don’t give a shit about your grades from High School and especially not earlier. Not really. If you were to apply with a good set of grades marred by a suspension or three for protesting they won’t care about that suspension if you explain why you got it. If you have to write an admission’s essay, write how you got suspended for doing the right thing by going out to exercise your free speech in the face of consequences. If you get suspended it doesn’t matter. You get a break from school and you’ll know you did the right thing. They’ll eat that right up.

That’s it for this for this week, I’ll be back with your regularly scheduled Serial Saturday next week. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Four Years Already?

Hey all, I’m interrupting your regularly scheduled Serial Saturday to celebrate with a post on my 4th anniversary since I started Windborne’s Story Eatery. It’s been Four Years Already?

So first off I’d love to say I was able to make this my fourth year of daily posts without interruption, but as long time readers will know that isn’t the case sadly. Shortly after my third year anniversary post my old Mac Pro, which I had for 9 years at that point, finally kicked the bucket. I lost everything I had on that computer, from my entire iTunes library with hundreds of eBooks that I had gotten in PDF format or dozens of Audiobooks, to all my reviews I had written for Game Industry News and many, many other things. I wasn’t able to recover any of it, despite trying for weeks and frankly it really sucked, I’m still trying to get all the music I lost, 99.99% wasn’t through iTunes due to being from overseas. For those who don’t know iTunes doesn’t allow for you to re-download Audiobooks through them which is why I stopped buying anything  from iTunes years ago.

Now for the reason why I had to take such a long break afterwards and posted pretty much not at all until mid April was due to the fact I was trying to decide whether I wanted to build my own computer or get a pre-built one.  I finally decided to get a pre-built one from Doghouse Systems. It’s not the fastest thing ever, and I know I could’ve gotten a better machine if I built it myself. However I have no idea really how to do that, and I have a minor disability when it comes to gross motor skills, in addition to having my hands shake constantly. My hand shaking has gotten better over the years and it’s not even a noticeable thing unless you really look closely. However I still can’t hold a camera to take a picture worth a damn without it ending up a blurry mess. If I couldn’t do something as simple as that without messing up I wasn’t comfortable with spending money on buying the parts to build myself a computer. So I’ll apologize for having to take such a long break, and then easing back into the daily posts. I took my editors at GiN’s advice and got back in slowly.

While I’m finally back to full speed I can’t promise that I won’t have to do something similar in the future. I don’t know what the future holds, and if something happens that really affects me I may take a break from writing for a while to get myself back together. I’ll write a short post, though it probably will be only a few sentences long. Hopefully I won’t have to do that before writing my fifth year anniversary post.

Now as for my various columns’ futures, the majority of them won’t be changing at all. The newcomers, Serial Saturday and Movie Monday are both column topics I had in reserve for if something happened or I ran out of material for a column. Serial Saturday will be permanently taking over for Sensate Saturday, unless I, for some odd reason, feel like talking about mental health topics in which case I might make a post under that category. Or that might happen when I run out of stuff to cover for Movie Monday, I don’t know right now.

I’ll be honest, I don’t watch a ton of movies anymore, in fact until I had gone to see The Last Jedi on Christmas Day this past year I hadn’t been in a movie theater in over four years. Mostly it’s due to me being highly sensitive to sound and going to the theater quickly gives me a sensory overload. It’s not a pleasant experience for me, or anyone I’m with as I get pretty irritable. So Movie Monday isn’t a long term column I had planned. It was supposed to be a column I used in only the worst emergencies until I had built up a decent enough stockpile of stuff I had read or done until I could move onto something else. Manga Monday might return, and probably will. However it may be limited to my Quick Review style of posting. Whether that’s a temporary thing or not will depend on whether I can find a reliable alternative to Batoto, which had tons of obscure series that I could use for the column.

Couple last things about Movie Monday, it might not be limited to me covering movies themselves. I might talk about production or directorial decisions and whether I agree or disagree with them. I’ll also likely end up breaking my own rule about covering stuff that is really main stream and new, like a Star Wars movie.  I don’t want to resort to such things, and if I can avoid doing so I will, but I make absolutely no promises when it comes to this column. It wasn’t meant to last me forever and I don’t have nearly the time to start binge watching movies just to write about them.

That’s it for my post, and I hope you, my readers, will continue to read my columns whether it’s on Windborne’s Story Eatery or Game Industry News. Your regularly scheduled Serial Saturday will return next week!

TNT: Praise the Orc Chapters 41-80 by Lee Jungmin

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m covering the second set of chapters in Crockta’s rise to power. It’s Praise the Orc Chapters 41-80 by Lee Jungmin!

Plot Synopsis: Jung Ian, a cafe owner with a dark past, jumped into the world of virtual reality Elder Lord in order to protect his sister from any predators. However, things may not be as simple as they seem, as the world and its inhabitants proved to be much deeper than he believed them to be. Witness as he explores the lands of Elder Lord as an orc, a species labeled as the “game creator’s mistake”, making fast friends and defeating any and all before him!

Plot: This set of chapters is where the story picks up quite a bit, although my previous criticism regarding how little attention his sister gets will hold throughout the book. Frankly while the story is good, it’s not amazing and there are many things that could’ve been improved, like including Ian’s sister in the plot for more than a few sentences here or there.

Characters: In this set of chapters we get introduced to one of my favorite characters in the entire story, as for who he is, dot, I’ll leave that for you to find out. I think I gave a big enough hint already.

Overall: A solid set of chapters in a good, but not amazing, series.