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SBox Recommends: 24k Magic by Bruno Mars (Album Review)

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If you’re even slightly familiar with modern day Pop/R&B music, then there’s no way you haven’t heard of the name Bruno Mars. He’s one of the industry’s most well-known, beloved, and respected figures, and for good reason. Ever since he first arrived to the industry in 2004 (well before people knew his name), Mars has contributed greatly to the music industry as not only a singer, but also a songwriter and producer. He’s been responsible for countless hits, collaborated with several major stars, and launched three successful studio albums so far; the latest of which was just released half a year ago from now. Continue reading SBox Recommends: 24k Magic by Bruno Mars (Album Review)

SBox Recommends: Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (Movie Review)

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First thing’s first. Since we’re talking about Guardians of the Galaxy, I’d like to quickly divert your attention to this post I made all the way back in 2014… I never did make that review, which was a huge regret of mine for years now. So, in a weird way I’m really glad I get to at least fulfill that old promise by reviewing its brother 3 years later.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that I was extremely excited for this movie. Not only is this the sequel to one of my favorite movies of the past decade, but this film also marks one measly year until our favorite Bunch of Jackasses finally meet Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in Avengers 3. But I’m getting ahead of myself. I’ve been so invested in the trailers and news surrounding the film; my mind racing with what this film would be about and how it’ll try to match the surprise hit that was the first Guardians of the Galaxy. Did it succeed in doing that, or did it just fall short of greatness? Only one way to find out. Continue reading SBox Recommends: Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (Movie Review)

SBox Recommends: Beauty and the Beast (2017) (Movie Review)

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What is it that makes Disney’s original Beauty and the Beast so special? I asked myself that on the way to the theater yesterday and found that answer is actually quite complicated. Like many, I consider the movie a masterpiece of an animated film and one of Disney’s best animated features ever made. It may not be my favorite, but I’d be a fool to not see how impressive a film that really was. I believe the reason we all feel this way about it is that it perfected the Disney princess story in a way that hadn’t been done before. The way it was told, the way it was presented, and the way it wore its animated skin like a glove, is all just a fraction of what made it so beloved to this day.

Now here we are 16 years later to revisit the tale as old as time in a new way. Continue reading SBox Recommends: Beauty and the Beast (2017) (Movie Review)

SBox Recommends: Get Out (Movie Review)

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Talk about a movie that just sneaks up on you out of nowhere. My experiences with this movie prior to seeing it only trace back to last month. My brother came to visit one night, and I was talking about all the movies I was looking forward to in 2017. I was rattling off several big name films like Logan and Wonder Woman before he says “Have you heard of this movie, Get Out?” I and the rest of my family answered no, so we decided to watch the trailer together. I was impressed, curious, and bewildered by the film’s director’s credit: Jordan Peele? As in Key & Peele without the Key? As in Peele, the cowriter and co-lead of Keanu?… Now you have my attention. Let’s see how it turned out! Continue reading SBox Recommends: Get Out (Movie Review)

SBox Recommends: Office Christmas Party (Movie Review)

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Ah Christmas! The most wonderful time of the year just couldn’t come soon enough this year. With a year full of tragedy, hate, scandal, death and Lord knows what else I repressed throughout the year, it’s good to be close to the end of the year and to celebrate the most kindhearted holiday around. I needed this season. The nostalgic Christmas specials. The shining lights and heartwarming decorations. The relaxation that comes after a semester of stress and work. The pleasant sounds of Christmas songs ringing in my head day-in andday-out. The cool wintery air. (Wait I live in Florida). The slightly cooler late summer air. Most of all, I needed a good laugh.

That’s why, even in a month that has Rogue One and La La Land among others playing, I chose to watch Office Christmas Party. I wanted to laugh and get in the Christmas spirit at the same time. Does the film succeed in either of those areas, or did I make the wrong move? Continue reading SBox Recommends: Office Christmas Party (Movie Review)

SBox Recommends: Suicide Squad (Movie Review)

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Those who have been following me for a while will know that I’m a sucker for a good comic book movie. Comic book movies tend to rank highly on my annual Movie Countdowns, and they’re always my most anticipated films of any given year. However, for as much shine and attention as I give to the many Marvel films that come out each year, I feel that I’ve been neglecting the other major comic book film entity lately: the DCEU. This has not been on purpose, but I do feel it’s about time I remedy that by discussing DC’s latest venture, Suicide Squad. Continue reading SBox Recommends: Suicide Squad (Movie Review)

SBox Recommends: Uncharted 4 – A Thief’s End (Game Review)

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At long last, I get to do my first WordPress video game review. I couldn’t have thought of a more fitting first candidate than my most anticipated game of the year, part of one of my favorite video game series of all-time: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.

I’ve been a fan of Naughty Dog games since I was a toddler playing Crash Bandicoot 2. That game created my love of platformers and is one of my favorite games to this day. So when I finally got a PS3 in 2012, I knew my first stop had to be Naughty Dog’s latest venture with the Uncharted games. I started with Uncharted 2, then 3 and eventually went back to 1. These games are everything I want in a video game: great story, larger than life action, platforming, third-person combat, optional yet fun collectathons and intriguing puzzles. If there was ever a game made just for me, this would probably be it.

When Uncharted 4 was announced back in November 2013 (yes it’s been that long), I couldn’t have been more excited to continue the story of Nathan Drake wherever he may be. In fact, I bought the PS4 the following year just to play this game. Little did I know it would be a pretty long wait until then, topped off by at least three delays, but it was worth the investment. I now get to stand before you guys today, having finally played Uncharted 4 and loving every second of it. Continue reading SBox Recommends: Uncharted 4 – A Thief’s End (Game Review)

Update (8/4/14): Gratitude, Reviews, and Whatnot (Intro to SBox Recommends)

Greetings peeps!

I have an update for you all on this fine Monday. I am thinking of making one of these updates every week including the time after August 17. The way I see it these updates don’t take very long to make and can fill in some gaps in my posting schedule. Not sure, but who knows from here. If I do there will be a less boring name for these types of posts. Maybe I can even let you all know little things here and there about myself within these updates. Just an idea, but I’ll let you know.

First order of business involves a dozen thank yous to all of those who have read any of my blog posts. Today marks 4 weeks since this blog has launched and I have already reached impressive milestones. Middle of last week I reached 50 views and today I reached 75. I thought it would take an eternity for me to reach such numbers and such attention. It’s amazing to think some site made by some nerd could get this much attention. Thank you all for your support. Please, if there is ever anything you would like me to do on this blog, let me know and I will do my best to provide that for you. I owe you all for what you do.

Speaking of which, I have noticed a pattern among those views. It occurs to me that the majority of my views don’t even come from WordPress users. A good bunch of them do come from WordPress users and I owe a bevy of thanks to people like Harsh Reality and What’s Your Tag Blog for bringing in readers out of the kindness of their hearts. I bring this up because WordPress users have the option to follow my blog and receive my posts in their subscriptions page. There currently is no function on my site to accommodate outside readers.

So this part goes out to those kind of readers. I am working on an e-mail list or something for viewers who wish to receive my content but don’t have an account with WordPress. Please stayed tuned, because this is my new priority.

Next order of business involves content. Yep, you read the title right. It’s time for me to start posting reviews. For those of you who read my about page or one of my other updates where I mentioned it, this website also serves as a source for written reviews. This is actually where some of my best work is. I’ve been writing reviews on several sites for years under the title SBox Recommends, and believe I am ready to begin again.

SBox Recommends is my review segment that I have used since 2012. It’s been on many sites over time, but the idea has always been the same. I make written reviews covering just about anything and everything, regardless of relevancy, timeliness or obscurity. While these reviews are my most prided work, they tend to be my least frequent content. That’s because I take a while writing it. I don’t claim to be a professional, but I do promise you my honest opinion with reasonable explanations. Hopefully you will all enjoy my reviews as they come to this blog.

I will confess that this was supposed to make its WordPress debut this weekend with a review of Guardians of the Galaxy. We were set to see the film but had complications involving Fandango, so we are now looking to see the movie this upcoming weekend. Once I see it, I will get straight to work on a review. I must warn you again that I tend to spend a long while on reviews, so don’t expect it too soon.

Onto some more content. I feel bad that I didn’t cover a lot of Comic-Con as promised. I do have just a couple more posts that have something to do with what was announced at Comic Con coming in the future. I particularly want to touch on The Avengers: Age of Ultron, the Family Guy/Simpsons crossover and maybe even Skull Island. There was also some interesting Big Bang Theory news I may want to cover and a Supernatural post I’ve been waiting to cover. I was hoping for more Smash Bros news to be at Comic Con, but rest assured I have some more thoughts before the game releases.

One thing I can probably promise you is that I will be watching tomorrow night’s Nintendo Direct of Hyrule Warriors (11 p.m. EST). I’m hoping to get a post going for that.

One last reminder goes for my schedule change that is closely approaching. For those unaware, I have set to make at least 3 posts per week up until August 17. From August 18 onward, I will only be making 1 to 2 posts per week in the interest of schooling. Thank you for your understanding.

So that’s all I have for now. As always, I am open to any requests, complaints, and criticism. Leave a comment here or in any of my blog posts at any time if you ever wish to discuss something with me.

I’m SBox180. Thanks for reading!