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Sonic.exe...what can I say about it that hasn't already been said by other critics, Internet commentators, and creepypasta enthusiasts? It's an extremely problematic attempt at some kind of Lovecraftian horror, racking up numerous horror genre clichés and crafting an overall unimaginative narrative. The protagonist is unnervingly blasé about the fate of his alleged friend, and pretty much serves as a non-distinguishable everyman who's really too damn stupid to live. It sounds pretty bad just from this description, but what's the real stinker of this mess? We'll get to that.
I'll admit, when I first came across Sonic.exe last year, I was a bit disturbed by it. This was primarily because of two things: seeing my absolute favorite character, Tails, being forced to get violently murdered (not to say that I was happy about seeing Knuckles die, either), and because I’ve always been a bit disturbed by monsters with red eyes staring dir
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The series SpongeBob SquarePants has been rather lackluster. It suffered from massive seasonal rot, and resulted in a Family Guy-esque tendency to overindulge itself on disturbing content and character derailment. (Although, I have heard that Season 9 shows signs of improvement. I’ll have to check that out at some point.) That said, there are quite a few episodes I missed due to that loss of interest. One of them came to my attention as it was reviewed by TheMysteriousMrEnter (or Mr. John Enter) as part of a list of episodes that showcased Patrick Star’s derailment from a lovable oaf into a thoughtless ass. This episode, entitled “The Googly Artiste”, reminded me a lot of an earlier episode, “Artist Unknown”. From there, I started to take a look at how both episodes relate to a trio of themes: what art is, how criticism comes into play, and how artistic capabilities are suppressed. It is interesting where a review can take you, isn
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Finishing the Trilogy
As noted many times before, I love Balto and consider it one of the best animated films I’ve ever seen. But, sadly, its sequel Balto II: Wolf Quest turned out to be something of a dud. It was bizarre, as I recalled it as a case of “good idea, horrible execution”, but couldn’t recall exactly why. I reminded myself as I watched and reviewed it. All I can say is that I was horribly disappointed by the film’s constant baggage. The unneeded supernatural elements, the annoying song numbers, the aggravating tendency to shove the film’s symbolism in your face, and how it took what was a heartfelt narrative about a daughter and father journeying together and weighed it down with so many complicated and unnecessary factors. And it was pretty damn depressing too. I liked Balto, I liked Aleu, I liked some of the elements present in the narrative...but damn. In short, I was very, very, very disappointed by the res