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RSD and Me

RSD - Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome

I’m writing this story to help get awareness out there for something that I have lived with for six years now. RSD, also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome, is very painful and debilitating disorder. Someone just touching a person who has RSD can cause pain to that person with the slightest touch to the area where the RSD is affecting the person. For me, it’s my right arm. Here is my story, one I’ve told thousands of times in the last six years.

DVD Review: Toy Story 3

Toy Story 3Fresh on DVD is the third part of Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story movies.  Toy Story started back in 1995, and became an instant hit.  A fun original movie about toys, facing the dangers that enter their life and getting use to a new toy in the group.  An adventure that anyone could enjoy. Though when Toy Story 2 rolled around, fans were wary of the idea of a sequel to the CGI movie that they all enjoyed.  To our surprise Toy Story 2 was just as good as the first, facing another issue that toys have to deal with, being “in or out of package”.  Well written, the characters stayed true to the first movie.  The movie crew some how pulled it off.   Though could they do it again with a third movie?  Early this year Toy Story 3 came to theaters, and just this last week it was released on DVD.

NYCC and NYAF Review

NYC Comic Con set up

This review covers two conventions, because this year these two conventions decided to take place on the same weekend.  While it was an interesting idea, it had a lot of down falls for a fan who goes to both events.  Namely, they were forcing the fans to make a choice between the two conventions, which took some of the fun out of going to these events.  This, however, did not make for a bad weekend just more stress than what was needed.

Youmacon 2010 Review

Morgan, Youmacon Chairman

Youmacon is an anime convention held in the Detroit Metro area yearly for six years now.  I’ve been lucky enough to make all six of these years, watching as we went from the small Hilton Hotel in Troy Michigan to what is the tallest building in Detroit, the Renaissance Center.

This year at Youmacon, they had a great guest list ranging from voice over actors to musical guests.  There were panels, contests, dealers, and free give-aways.  Youmacon went above and beyond to go out of the way for the attendees to have a good time.  I was able to get a look at the different areas of the convention through the weekend and found people enjoying themsevles.

Movie Review: Megamind

More and more lately we are seeing a lot of CGI movies coming to theater. It feels as if a lot of them are just thrown together to make money and nothing else.  We get slammed with bad animation with poorly written plots, but voiced by A-List actors.  Though 2010 has been finding itself some real worthwhile CGI movies like “Toy Story 3″, “How to Train Your Dragon” and “Despicable Me”.  These type of movies make me decide to go back to the theater to give each of these CGI films a chance, knowing every now and than you’ll find the diamond in the rough.

TV Review: The Walking Dead

AMC’s The Walking Dead – Episode 1

What can I say about it?

My expectations were high for this new television series. I never like getting my expectations up too high, just because I’ve been so disappointed in the past. But, I knew the comic it is based off of is good, I knew the director is pretty darn amazing, and what I have seen of the makeup for the zombies was impressive. It was difficult not to have high expectations.

Thankfully, my expectations have been met and pretty much exceeded.

Movie Review: Paranormal Activity 2

The first movie was quite a spectacular feat as it is considered the most profitable movie of all time. Why was it so popular? Because it played on our deepest fears of the unknown.

For the second movie, they not only play on our fears of the unknown, but also on our fear of bad things happening to innocent children. They want you to feel the fear for the family, as they don’t realize things are happening to the child.

Movie Review: Red

There’s just sometimes you need to shut your brain down and try to enjoy yourself with some action and comedy, and that’s exactly what you get here with Red. It’s loosely based off of a Warren Ellis graphic novel. I can’t tell you how loosely based, I can only go by what I have read online about the comparison as I have not read the graphic novel but I will soon. Though I’m sure there are some die hard graphic novel fans who are highly opposed to this flick. Yet, until I read the graphic novel, I really enjoyed myself with this movie.

Movie Review Corner: Ninja Assassin

The title alone made me want to go see this movie. Who honestly doesn’t love ninjas, right?

This movie is definitely for those who just need to turn their brains off for a while, enjoy some martial arts insanity, and don’t mind buckets of gore. Yes, gore. There was so much blood being sprayed EVERYWHERE in this movie. It took me by surprise how many dismembered limbs were flying around and how much brains I saw while watching this movie. Their weapons sliced through bone like it was made out of butter. As one person puts it: “Ninja Assassin opens with a scene of such unmitigated gore as to classify itself more as splatter film than action flick.”

The most interesting parts are those that show the young Raizo learning the way of the ninja. It’s a brutal upbringing, but one would expect so of trained assassins. Doubt Splinter was THAT strict.

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