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Farewell Stan Lee, The Original True Believer

I’m not gonna lie and say that I was a big comic book fan. I admittedly wasn’t. As a kid, I was into many different avenues in the nerdy sphere (video games, movies, TV, etc.), but somehow comic book reading was one of the few things in that sphere that passed me by. I did always have an admiration for the artform, though, and surely heard a great deal about both Marvel and DC comics from friends and family. I’d hear of the magesty, attention to detail and deep stories found in the pages of Marvel and be blown away by both the absurdity and the magnificence of it all.

So, when I talk about the unfortunate passing of Stan Lee this morning, I may not be coming at this from the same place many diehard Marvel fans would. I was never a consumer of his, shall I say, direct work; however, you don’t have to be a comic book reader to feel the weight of this loss today. Continue reading Farewell Stan Lee, The Original True Believer


Mini-Update (8/15/18): Gone Fishing! Be Back Soon


Greetings peeps!

I know I’ve been away for a little while, but I wanted to make an incredibly quick update post to let you guys know I’m still around. I haven’t quit blogging or anything. I’ve just been away handling some things in my personal life. I won’t go too much into detail, but this summer has been a very eventful one. Whether that’s a good or bad thing I’ll leave that up to you to decide.

I look forward to returning to a point in life where blogging makes sense. At the moment, I haven’t been in the position to casually make a blog post. Don’t get me wrong, I have had my ear to the ground in terms of news. I just haven’t had the time to place those thoughts in writing. Rest assured, though, that the time isn’t too far away now. I anticipate that by the end of this month I will have made at least one blog post to kick off my triumphant “return”. I know a few have found my blog in the time I’ve been away, so to you guys, welcome aboard! Your captain will be with you shortly.

Until then, take care of yourselves, and I’ll see you soon.

I’m SBox180. Thanks for reading!

SBox Soapbox: The Great E3 2018 Round-Up

It’s hard to believe that this time of year has come and gone once again, but here we are. This week saw yet another iteration of the annual Gamer Superbowl, otherwise simply known as E3 2018. Over the weekend and up until Wednesday morning, the biggest studios in the industry gathered to showcase some of the biggest games of tomorrow and beyond. Some of these games are anticipated sequels of major franchises, while others are completely new IPs. Some represent major franchise returns while others set out to establish an audience for the first time. Nonetheless, all of these games will be competing for our hard-earned dollars in due time.

That means that if these companies want to impress, they’ll have to give us their best. And what better way to impress us than to set out to “win E3”? Question is, how did these companies do, and who exactly won this year’s E3? Continue reading SBox Soapbox: The Great E3 2018 Round-Up

Mini-Update (6/13/18): E3 Posts Incoming & Whatnot

Greetings peeps!

I’d like to begin this incredibly brief post by saying, “Wow, a month and 4 days without any new posts. That may be a new personal best for me.” Yes, I have been a bit busy this past month. In my defense, this is my final summer vacation ever before I head into the career territory next year, so I’ve kinda been living it up while I can. That unfortunately meant that blogging has taken a back seat to other obligations in life, as I prepare my soul for a long future parked behind a desk creating a super-AI that will take over the world. I have very specific career goals as you can see. Continue reading Mini-Update (6/13/18): E3 Posts Incoming & Whatnot

SBox Spoils: Avengers 3: Infinity War (Movie Review)

Note: The following review is a spoiler-filled review. For my spoiler-free thoughts on this movie, please click here. You’ve been warned!

There was an idea… to gather a series of known and unknown comic book characters… to see if they can become something more… so they can make the big bucks… that James Cameron never could.

Welcome one and all to the very first edition of SBox Spoils. This is something I’ve been planning to do for a while, but the concept is very straightforward. In addition to creating the regular, spoiler-free reviews I always have (under the title SBox Recommends), I will also be offering a spoiler-filled review which will be meant for those who have already seen the movie or simply don’t care that much about spoilers. The idea is to give a more unfettered, in-depth perspective on a movie than I could give otherwise.

I’ll talk more about what this segment will entail in terms of the future in a separate post down the road, but for right now consider this first installment as a kind of test-run. A proof of concept if you will.

With introductions out of the way, I believe it’s time to finally talk about the film of the hour. For our first spoiler-filled review, we’re gonna talk about the most anticipated film of the decade bar-none, Avengers: Infinity War. Continue reading SBox Spoils: Avengers 3: Infinity War (Movie Review)

SBox Recommends: Avengers 3 – Infinity War (Movie Review | NO SPOILERS)

Note: SBR never spoils. You are safe. Enjoy! (To see my spoiler-filled thoughts on this film, click here).

There was an idea… to gather a series of known and unknown comic book characters… and see if they can become something more… so they can make the big bucks… that James Cameron never could.

Welcome back to SBox Recommends, where our motto is “every film has its fans”. Here I see a movie, review it, and then find out who will like it most and who will like it least.

On May 2, 2008, the first film in a series soon to be known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe was released in theaters. And from that one film based on a minimally known comic book character, starring an unlikely lead star, at a vision of a no-name producer and a comedy director, it grew into a massive and beloved network of films that both captured audiences’ hearts and changed Hollywood forever. The journey that Disney, Marvel Studios, and Kevin Feige have led us on has brought us to many interesting places in a decade’s time. We’ve seen men learn to fly, conjure spells, and shrink down to the size of insects. We’ve witnessed gods coming down from the sky and soldiers rising up from the ice. And we’ve come to learn that heroes can come from the most unlikely of places, whether it’s a teenage kid, a master assassin, the king of a “third world” nation, a giant green rage monster, or a talking raccoon.

And what has all of this been leading up to? Why, what else but a massive event? Not just a movie. An event. A huge cinematic moment whose goal is to take 10 years of storytelling, character development, and world-building and channel it all into one epic story. Does it succeed? Continue reading SBox Recommends: Avengers 3 – Infinity War (Movie Review | NO SPOILERS)

SBox Recommends: A Quiet Place (Movie Review)

Note: SBR never spoils. You are safe. Enjoy!

Welcome back to SBox Recommends, where our motto is “every film has its fans”. Here I see a movie, review it, and then find out who will like it most and who will like it least.

Early last year was the first time I decided to watch The Office (US) series all the way through. Before then, I saw a couple of scattered episodes here and there (mostly Christmas episodes and the Firedrill episode every Office fan uses to get their loved ones into the show), but never the whole series. Long story short, I loved it and it’s one of the best bingeing marathons I think I ever had. And, of course, one of the standout characters of the show was Jim Halpert, played by John Krasinski, because he was the guy everyone wanted to be. Laid-back, cool, funny, and able to go home with Pam everyday (but that’s besides the point).

Since The Office, Krasinski has been relatively unseen by most on either the big or small screen. I personally enjoyed seeing him again in 13 Hours as well as his brief yet memorable cameo in last year’s Detroit. However, now our old friend Jim has graced our screens once more not only as the main star but as a director. This wouldn’t be Krasinski’s first time in the director’s chair, having previously helmed The Hollars and Brief Interviews with Hideous Men. However, this appears to be a much more personal project of his, and one that has gotten a good ton of traction since trailers came out late last year. Question is, is A Quiet Place the magnum opus we’re all hoping it’ll be, or should Jim not quit his day-job at Dunder-Mifflin? Continue reading SBox Recommends: A Quiet Place (Movie Review)

SBox Soapbox: That Guy With the Scandal (Will Channel Awesome Survive?)


I’ve gone back and forth about whether or not I was going to comment on the recent fallout involving Channel Awesome. On the one hand, there really isn’t much more I can add to the discussion that the outrage of millions of fans and the “Not So Awesome” document doesn’t already cover. Being just some nerd blogger fan with no connection to the site professionally, all I can reasonably do is look at the situation in utter awe and disgust while waiting to see just how much crazier this story gets from here. On the other hand… that “apology” the site used to try and weasel their way out of serious allegations was so bafflingly horrible and stupifyingly idiotic that if I don’t take the opportunity to rip it apart, I’d regret it later. Plus, it allows me to answer a very interesting query I believe very few are talking about: Is Channel Awesome dead and is it possible for the people involved to recover? Continue reading SBox Soapbox: That Guy With the Scandal (Will Channel Awesome Survive?)

The Greatest Poem Ever Written (Part 2)

I have a good friend who wrote me a birthday poem a year ago, so here I am returning the favor. Happy (now slightly belated) birthday The Ranting SBox! Here’s to more years of friendship, nerdy conversations, and bad poetry. Roses are red, Violets are blue, I’ll start this one off The same way […]

via The Greatest Poem Ever Written (Part Two) — live3one

Hey, look guys! My first ever reblog post. (You’d think after blogging for almost 4 years I would’ve done something like this sooner, but I digress).

I think a little backstory is in order for this. A little under a year ago, I wrote a post called “The Greatest Poem Ever Written“. Not only was the poem the greatest that ever was or ever will be, and not only am I the an auteur of the highest caliber, (and not only are either of those things I just said complete lies in order to save face), the poem also doubled as a birthday gift for someone I know in real life: Gabrielle Gillispie.

Not only is she a good friend of mine, but she’s also a really talented lifestyle blogger who writes among many other things poetry. She’s actually been at it for years now, but she recently rebranded her blog into Live3One, a community-driven blog with an emphasis on empowering women through religious discussion, poetry, photography, and occasional Disney gushing. I highly encourage you to check her out, because I think what she’s doing is amazing and I want to see her idea grow even more.

Anyway, today she surprised me with this work of art which is now one of my favorite things in the history of anything ever. Gabby, I can’t thank you enough for this amazing gift that just made my day. This was beyond thoughtful of you and the cherry on top of a perfect birthday. Plus, unlike my poem, yours is actually good, so kudos for that!

I really hope this post isn’t really sloppy, because even though I’m not hungover per say, I’m a bit dumb at the moment from last night’s events. All well! Next time I see you I’ll gush about this some more, this time using all my brain cells instead of just two. (Granted, some would say two brain cells is a personal best for me so…)

I hope you guys check out Live3One and that you guys enjoy her poem as much as I do. Now if you excuse me I’m gonna go read this poem 15 million more times… by tomorrow.

I’m SBox180. Thanks for reading!