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Recently, I watched a Japanese movie and since i haven’t done a movie review in a while I figure I can review the movie.

The Great Yokai War was entertaining (I guess) and visually stunning (I suppose) and had an interesting plot line (I think).  It would have helped had I been able to watch the first 15 minutes of the movie, during which I must assume they made the entire case for the movie and did not refer back to it for the rest of the two hour long film.

So, I jumped about as I found scenes that actually played and scenes where I wasn’t staring at a jumpy screen for 5-10 minutes.

Still, I learned some things about Japanese folklore I did not know before.  Not because I watched the movie, but because I had to wiki most of the things they were talking about just to understand what was going on.

All in all, the original vocals are much better than the dubbed (which I watched for two minutes before realizing it was dubbed) version – which was like listening to a movie put to Pokemon soundtracks.  All the actors (presumably) are famous Japanese actors and went on to have normal acting lives, whatever that means.  I wouldn’t know, since I can’t read much Japanese and don’t have the stamina to read about actors.

Anyway, the film was cute(?) and had some stop-action animation scenes.  I enjoyed the lack of CGI, which gave the film a more natural feel to it, since the actors were acting to an object they could actually see and not at an invisible spot in the air which was suppose to represent a thing (See: Star Wars I, II, III)

The story, from what I could understand, had potential but not enough background for people who are not Japanese and therefore do not understand folklore.  This is to be expected, since it is a Japanese movie for Japanese audiences, and in American films we rarely explain references to Revolutionary war heroes, or the war of the states, or West Virginia.

 

I enjoyed it more than the Twilight movie…not that that is saying much…

This just in (about three days ago) that Kellogg is calling back four of its major cereal brands; Froot Loops, Honey Smacks, Apple Jacks, and Corn Pops.

We might ask why, aside from the obvious being that chemical filled food like this is as dangerous as an atomic bomb going off on our kitchen table.  Kellogg had an answer, one that many parents did not appreciate at all…

Kellogg Co. is voluntarily recalling about 28 million boxes of Apple Jacks, Corn Pops, Froot Loops and Honey Smacks cereals, saying a "waxy" smell and flavor coming from the package liners could make people sick, the company said Friday.     – Huffington Post

28 million boxes…wow…I got to say that’s a lot of contaminated food.

Kellogg Co. voluntarily recalled certain packages of Apple Jacks, Corn Pops, Froot Loops and Honey Smacks cereals Friday due to a strange waxy-like taste and odor coming from the liner of the package.    – Wallet Pop

Wait, so you’re telling me that the pungent smell that has been coming from these cereals (especially when burped back up by the young) is not the smell we should worry about but it’s the new, waxy smell we should fear?  A waxy smell that is secreting from the lining of the cereal boxes themselves?

I’ll just…not eat cereal…avoid both the foodage and the poisonous lining.

 

Let’s first acknowledge that one of these cereals they pulled off the shelves comes wrapped in the infamous astronaut silver wrappings that looks like it’s trying to contain some sort of biological weapon (generally called Corn Pops, in this case).

However, I don’t recall every vomiting after smelling and eating these cereals…

According to Kellogg’s, the recall of their cereals is due to, "Consumers should not eat the recalled products because they do not meet quality standards." The reason that the recall is taking place is due to an odd smell and flavor that could cause nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea     – Associated Content 

Nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea…hmmm…  Well, one of these I know has happened to me a lot after eating any of the four aforementioned cereals but I always assumed that was because I was secretly being fed some sort of chemical compound that gave me superpowers.

Never thought I would find an old guy like this hot, but when a man speaks the truth ya gotta love him.

You will be the first American president that lied to the Jewish people, and the American people as well, when you said that you would defend Israel, the only Democratic state in the Middle East, against all their enemies. You have done just the opposite.   -Jon Voight “Washington Post”

Tell it like it is, Jon.  Then go and reaffirm your Catholic roots or something and I will be your biggest fan.

Read full (albeit short) letter from Jon Voight here.

 

Hat Tip: Washington Post

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Jeez, where to start?  First off, sorry about the lateness of this.  Things going on.

 

Let’s start with the worst and move from there, okay?

Starting off, we have – well, I’m not entirely sure what it is supposed to be but I can tell you what it came across as: hilarious.  Gerardo Ortiz’s song “A La Moda” had me cocking my head to one side with a single eyebrow raised, scratching my brain in hopes of enlightenment.  Nothing came.  The music sounds like something from an American mockery of Mexican music and style; a disappointment all around.

Next, the Rescues who – very frankly – need to be saved from their drab, fairly commonplace beat and style in the song “Break Me Out”.  I’ve heard this before with more interesting lyrics.  With that said, I sometimes enjoy this type of song.  The biggest problem?  Not enough accents in the melody.  Perhaps had they played around with octaves a bit more the song might have stuck in my head a little longer than two seconds.

Lastly, the song that actually had me listening with both ears was Beckah Shae’s song “Life.”  The beat (R&B/Hip-hop) is not necessarily a song collection I have in abundance, not because I am against the style of music but I don’t always enjoy the tone and melodies (if Hip-hop can be said to have melodies).  But, I liked this song enough to download it.  Oh yeah, and the Christian message was totally in it’s favor.  I really do try to give those God fearing people a chance.

 

And that’s all.  Like I said, I don’t do videos but it might be worth it to some people to waste computer and ipod space on such things.  Who can say?

I loooove Barats and Bereta.

 

Check out their other videos if, you know, you’ve been on some sort of internet boycott and haven’t seen or heard about these guys yet.

 

If you have been on some sort of internet boycott, where is your patriotism and why the sudden return??