Category Archives: REVIEWS

My Book Collection


So i was tagged awhile back to state the books that i have read…i’d rather list the books(though some borrowed & stolen) that i have in my current modest excuse of a collection ūüėÄ

 

#IAmJealous @MovieJabber


So yes..i gues the title summarizes the feeling i bear right now…

why…why…why…?

I NEED to be in this…..I want to be in this…hahah please please please let me get on the next one..

PLEASE!!!!

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What is THIS?

I know should have probably started with what am ranting on about,because you are to lazy / clueless about the wonders that is YouTube.

So these guys called MovieJabber¬†went a step further and made a trailer for the upcoming(already in theaters): X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST¬†and i was downright appalled (not that i bear any grounds to justify my existence in front of their camera) that they didn’t include me…. okay, okay you don’t want to hear my failing plan at getting on the show so i’ll just succumb to my troll nature and show you the clip(s):

X-Men: Days Of Future Past, KENYAN PREMIER

Mandazi Man has the mutant ability to control a delicious pastry but does he know how to dress?

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The Announcer 2: Future, Past, What!?

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What are YOU watching now? What series/movie…?What other human¬†being is watching the same thing and has something to say about it? Want to rant, review, praise…? Be part of the word on the street.
Welcome…(jacked this from their About page)

The Crew
(Part of)The Crew

Facebook: MovieJabber

Twitter: @MovieJabber

YOU SHALL NOT TELEVISE?


“You will not be able to plug-in, turn on and cop-out.

You will not be able to skip out for beer during commercials,

Because the revolution will not be televised. . . .

The revolution will be live.”

¬†¬† –From the 1970 hit song by Gil Scott-Heron

Kenya Film Classification Board????

About 5 days ago you may not have had an idea that these guys were operational,¬† but yet they sent a stern reminder that they shouldn’t be cast in the same light of legends such as the Illuminati and whether or not its true that The United States of America is spying on us( Still waiting on Ministry of Security to tell us otherwise).

My dear avid fan The Kenya Film Classification Board banned WOLF ON WALL STREET: “There is a LIMIT to everything and we believe the Kenyan public deserves better. WOLF OF WALLSTREET has been RESTRICTED. The film is NOT for sale, exhibition or distribution in KENYA. Violators shall be PROSECUTED.” Continue reading YOU SHALL NOT TELEVISE?

The Best Metal Albums of 2013 (in Order of How Afraid I Am of the Cover)


From Jake Fertig

10. Vastum – Patricidal Lust

Coming right out of the gate you know you’re gonna love this because there’s a big-ass bat on the cover

9. Svart Crown – Profane


This is a very good album about how a guy’s mom was mean

8. Red Fang – Whales and Leeches

You can tell this one is good because of the evil rainforest

7. Cara Neir – Portals to a Better, Dead World


This album is great for everyone who would prefer to be dead

6. Noisem – Agony Defined

Don’t be fooled by the “basic” blood pentagrams this band has a very deep skull collection

5. TOAD – Endless Night


A lesser band puts stir fry on the cover but a good metal record will make that wok a cauldron of hellfire

4. Ruins of Beverast – Blood Vaults: The Blazing Gospel of Heinrich Kramer


A rule of thumb for metal is that if Evil Yoda is having a bad time you’re gonna have a good time

3. Satan – Life Sentence


We are all thankful that the band originally called Seitan realized their preference for Lucifer over tofu

2. Cerekloth – In the Midst of Life We Are in Death

This album is all about rebelling against institutions and dental appointments

1. Obscure Sphinx – Void Mother

When it comes to scaring me into liking your record, two glass eyes are better than one.

Missed the Cut:

 

Deafheaven – Sunbather

 

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This looks soft as hell

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Movie Kill Count


Arnold Schwarzenegger’s movie kill count includes ice cream, assisted suicides

Sparing neither man nor animal nor giant, slimy snake, the good folks over at Auralnauts have collected every single one of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s on-screen fatalities and posted it on YouTube just in time for Christmas.

The Governator‚Äôs largest killing spree comes courtesy of 1985‚Äôs¬†Commando‚ÄĒperhaps because that film opens with Arnold petting a baby deer, and all magic has a price. The creative endings range from simple strangulation to alien explosives, with many semi-automatic weapons used in between.

You can watch the entire 28-minute compilation with or without commentary, though the chatter does provide a little context for oddities like Schwarzenegger’s bit parts on ‚Äė70s TV show¬†The Streets of San Francisco.

Highlights from 2013 Storymoja Hay Festival


Highlights from 2013 Storymoja Hay Festival

 

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The Schools Programme kicked off the 2013 StoryMoja Hay Festival with 2 days full of fun, activity and learning in events ranging from art sessions, to nature history, fab lab robotics, storytelling, and creative writing. Teens had opportunities to speak to experts and explore career options, creative writing skills, art workshops, science experiments, nature history (dinosaurs!) and so much more.

 

Over 50 schools from the Nairobi and the environs brought in more than 1000 children on the first day and over 4000 children on the second day.

 

On Thursday preteens and teens had a chance to work a with a science and robotics team from the University of Nairobi. Teens had the chance to converse with Dr. Mukesh Kapila about his life as a human rights activist ; with Florence Ambayo on the choice of careers; with Dr. Auma Obama on Sports & Social Change; with Nii Ayikwri Parkes on Image and Truth reflected in Poetry. They also had a chance to explore the art of writing with Children’s and YA author Jenny Valentine.

 

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Friday saw the Read Aloud at midday receiving support from Kenyan pop soul band Sauti Sol. More than 2000 children went wild upon recognizing one of their favorite bands on site ‚Äď an appearance that was kept a secret and which saw the band hiding out in the Pink Lounge for more than an hour until all the kids could be done with their morning activities. It was worth the surprise and expressions on the children‚Äôs faces!

 

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The Schools Programme ended with a round of storytelling from Muthoni Garland, Atinuke and Mara Menzies as well as art and creative expression workshops with Michael Onsando and Dayan Masinde.

 

Saturday offered a wealth of activities and experiences in family oriented sessions, including Mum/Dad and me sessions for 6 to 9-year-old, Creative expression classes for 10 ‚Äď 13 year olds and Creative Writing Workshops, Theater Workshops, Conversations with personalities and authors, Hackathons and Career advice session for older teens.

 

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Although, Thursday and Friday accommodated Masterclasses for Authors & Illustrators, Saturday was the official beginning of activities and conversations meant for a general audience.

 

Saturday kicked off with The Wangari Maathai Memorial Lecture delivered by Dr. Mukesh Kapila at the Louis Leakey Auditorium. The title of his lecture was: Why are we Cruel?

 

Saturday also saw Storymoja Hay Festival Writing Fellows Nduta Waweru, Linda Musita, Wanjeri Gakuru and Ruth Kenyah read their writing and discuss their writing journey over the course of the 1 year fellowship.

 

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Saturday morning also saw the filming of various documentary film screenings including the film series presented by Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, the Princeton Atelier &the Program in Visual Arts of the Lewis Center for the Arts, & by the Princeton Environmental Institute.

 

The films The Matriarch, Curse of the Gazelle King, Nature’s Nurturers, Re-alignments: A Zebra’s Story, The Lost Boys of Laikipia were screened and followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers; Muhinza Bushoki, Kevin Midigo, Loise Njagi, Maryanne Wangui Njuguna, Victor Oloo and teaching assistant Karim Kara.

 

The morning closed with a session titled Voicing The Unspoken moderated by Njeri Wangari and panelled by Warsan Shire, Dr Neal Hall and Dr. Mongane Wally Serote.

 

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By mid-afternoon tragedy hung over the festival site as news of a shooting attack on the nearby Westgate Mall begun to trickle in backed up by the sound of sirens and military helicopters.

 

Even so the writers, panelists and organizers held fort until the end of the day when the official announcement was made announcing that the festival was cancelled in sympathy and honor of those killed at the Westgate Mall. The announcement also expressed concerns for attendees of the festival in view of such a violent attack happening so close.

 

By the morning of Sunday 22nd September, the festival received confirmation that a guest of the festival Professor Kofi Awoonor had been killed in the Westgate Terrorist Attack.

 

In a message to the Storymoja Hay Festival goers, Dr. Auma Obama wrote:

 

“What happened at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi on the 21 September 2013 is NOT the world that was imagined when the theme ‚ÄėImagine the world‚Äô was coined for the Story Moja Hay festival. None of us could imagine a world that within seconds could turn a harmless shopping spree into a nightmare of terror, blood, death and mayhem. Certainly not Prof Kofi Awoonor, poet and diplomat, who had come to Kenya to support and give his wisdom to the greatest of causes; the education of children and the wider community into the culture of reading and the acquirement of knowledge through books ‚Äď Not when he and his son walked into the Westgate Mall on that tragic day to be confronted with an armed attack that resulted in his demise.

 

It is hard to accept, to imagine, that because of this heinous act we have lost such a great and powerful literary personality. This is a great loss, not just to the African continent, but to the whole literary world. His death is proof of the senselessness of such acts. Sadly in taking his life, those who did this also took away a part of their own heritage. Because what Prof Awoonor gave with his work was not exclusive to his homeland Ghana, nor to the African continent. It was and is a contribution to the enrichment of our world as a whole.”

 

In the same vein, children’s author Atinuke said:

 

“The festival was cut short this year. But it will come back.¬†Again and again and again. And I will come back to it with stories, and with hope.

 

Because over four thousand children eagerly attended the festival during its three short days. Children who deserve to be inspired. Children who deserve to express themselves creatively and passionately as they grow. Children who deserve to dream and hope and laugh.

 

Those children deserve to be free from terror. We all do. And they deserve to read as much as they want of the best of books that there are, to open their eyes and hearts to the whole wide world.

 

This is what Hay festivals worldwide are about. An opposite to¬†terror.¬†And they will continue, beautifully, hopefully,¬†creatively.”

Twitter: @SMHayFest

Facebook: Storymoja Hay Festival

Email: info@storymojaafrica.co.ke

ANIME REVIEW:Shingeki no Kyojin (ATTACK ON TITANS)


Synopsis

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Several hundred years ago, humans were nearly exterminated by titans. Titans are typically several stories tall, seem to have no intelligence, devour human beings and, worst of all, seem to do it for the pleasure rather than as a food source. A small percentage of humanity survived by walling themselves in a city protected by extremely high walls, even taller than the biggest of titans.

Flash forward to the present and the city has not seen a titan in over 100 years. Teenage boy Eren and his foster sister Mikasa witness something horrific as the city walls are destroyed by a colossal titan that appears out of thin air. As the smaller titans flood the city, the two kids watch in horror as their mother is eaten alive. Eren vows that he will murder every single titan and take revenge for all of mankind.

REVIEW:

Although it is difficult to review an anime after only five episodes, it is certainly possible to make a few observations about it. Shingeki no Kyojin it is a dark, plot driven anime focusing on the battle for humankind very existence, and it’s brutal. There is no fan-service and aside from a memorable scene with a potato, very little comedy.

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In these first episodes the balance of power lies very much with the titans. Human kind loses; a lot. In fact many have already accepted that they cannot defeat the titans even with their largest armies so argue against even attempting to fight them.Those sent to fight against the titans are as afraid as everybody else, and the anime does a good job of portraying believable human fear in these characters. The characters themselves may not be the most developed but they work well, the main trio being the hot-headed idealistic Eren Jaegar, his bad-ass childhood friend Mikasa and the weak but smart Armin.Their designs aren’t anything special but that is made up for by the titans themselves.

There is considerable variety to them, from hulking monstrosities down to smaller almost comically grotesque monsters. Although the titans themselves are beautifully animated and the animation is generally of a very high quality, providing sufficient fluidity in the movement of the 3D maneuver gear, the shows unique art style may prove jarring to some viewers. The soundtrack is another strength of the show, with the opening especially being catchy and fast paced in a way that reflects nicely on the show it’s self.

Shingeki no Kyojin is a tense action packed show that moves quickly and isn’t afraid to show violence. It’s not for everyone but it provides a cool interesting premise with stunning fight scenes and a brilliant soundtrack. It is something I’d defiantly recommend people to try at least due to it’s originally and high quality.
9/10

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