What I’ve Been Watching/Reading – August 2017

Summer has come and gone far too quickly, and these first few weeks of school have kept me real busy. The remainder of 2017 might be a time of growing pains for Infinite Thiccness, but I’ll try not to neglect the blog altogether. I really ought to make some kind of schedule and finally get my life together. One of these days I’m gonna get organizized.

Anyone who read my previous post is probably sick of apologies, but I have to make one more really quick. Don’t worry, it’s not about the lack of blog posts again, even this past month and a half has been the biggest dry spell yet. Rather, it’s about the lack of anime on this list. I’ve been sleeping hard on anime these past couple of months–I haven’t finished a single series. Not even one. I’ve already talked about shows like Little Witch Academia, March Comes in Like a Lion, Sakura Quest, Re: Creators, and other recently-aired or currently-airing shows in previous WIBWR entries prior to finishing them, but haven’t talked about my progress with them since. That’s unavoidable for some, since they haven’t finished airing yet, but others have been fully available for a long time now. I’m going to try to finish all of these shows this September and finally wrap up my thoughts on them. Until then, bear with me.

I don’t know how the hell to finish these introductions, so here’s What I’ve Been Watching/Reading in August of 2017.  Continue reading

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What I’ve Been Watching/Reading – July 2017

I feel like I owe an apology to you guys, though you’ll probably find it unnecessary and over-dramatic. You can skip it if you want.

Over the course of the month of June, when I first started this blog, I wrote a total of 10 posts—11 if you count one that I deleted for being too gay and retarded, even for me. Not exactly the James Patterson of WordPress (which I wouldn’t exactly consider a compliment anyway), but still, not too shabby. That said, what in the actual fuck happened this July? In the past four weeks, I’ve only published four posts—two of which were written impulsively in very short spans of time. Of course, I have plenty of excuses—lack of motivation, summer homework, a week-long vacation in Florida without access to a computer, and let’s not forget the abundance of films, books, and YouTube videos overstuffing my backlog. My Top 10 Waifus list was likely a culprit in this as well. At almost 8000 words, it was an exhausting task—hell, just choosing who my waifus were was a challenge, since there are so many great choices to consider (hence the Honorable Mentions section, which could have been much, much larger than it ended up being). Still, as burnt out as I was, the effort I put in was more than worth it. That list is by far the most viewed post on this blog (due in great part, I imagine, to the oh-so-wonderful clickbait of the angelic goddess that is Nia Teppelin) and probably my proudest achievement on this site (not saying much, I realize). Ironically, I noted in the Afterword of the list that I intended on becoming more and more prolific over the next couple of months. Looks like I made a promise I couldn’t keep. And let’s be real, one post, no matter how long doesn’t justify slacking off for most of an entire month, especially when it’s the middle of the summer and I’m a 17-year-old with no job, few responsibilities, and as inactive a social life a teenager can have without being friendless. In all honestly, it’s probably just the sin of sloth, which thrives during summer break, that caused this little writer’s drought. With school coming up shortly, I can’t really make any promises about becoming more hard-working and prolific in the near future, but I’ll at least try and do the best I can. This monthly update series is about the closest thing I have to a sense of consistency on the this blog, so I suppose I might as well start there.

With that overly-long apology out of my mind and out of the way, let’s take a look back at What I’ve Been Watching in July of 2017Continue reading

An Overview of The Dirty Harry Series

If Sergio Leone’s Dollars trilogy made Clint Eastwood a star, it was the Dirty Harry films that made him a legend. After watching all five of these classics over the course of a week, I can safely say there isn’t a single bad or even mediocre entry in this series—all of them are great films in their own right, and each has its own unique set of pros and cons. So instead of talking about the series in summary, I’m going to give each movie the attention it deserves, one at a time. In doing so, I hope to do justice for one of the most entertaining and influential action series in the history of film.  Continue reading

What I’ve Been Watching/Reading – June 2017

You guys do understand that this series is just me rambling about all the shit I do in my free time each month, right? Why the hell did my last list get twice as many views as the movie analyses that I actually put effort into? Well, shit, I ain’t complaining. I could talk about this stuff all day. June wasn’t quite as densely-packed as May when it comes to the amount of content I consumed. I would like to say this is because I’ve been busy writing the blog for the first time, but I wasn’t nearly as prolific this June as I had hoped to be—hell, I haven’t posted anything in almost two weeks now. I’m going to try step up my game for July. I have a whole lot of stuff in the works right now, so for all zero of you people who even know I exist, get ready. For now, though, here’s What I’ve Been Watching in June of 2017Continue reading

Sympathy for the Devil – A Clockwork Orange Character Analysis

Alex DeLarge from A Clockwork Orange is one of the most insidious characters ever put to page or screen. He’s may as well be the Devil in human form, an incarnation of primal evil. He spends his nights preying on the innocent with his derby-topped droogs, committing every crime from robbery to rape, and enjoying each and every minute of it. He’s one bad kid, to say the least. In spite of this, he’s also one of the most compelling protagonists in all of fiction. There are plenty of characters that we ‘love to hate’, but Alex is one of the few we ‘hate to love’.  Continue reading

The Deer Hunter: An Intimate Epic

I first learned of Michael Cimino’s The Deer Hunter while scouring YouTube for Quentin Tarantino interviews of all things. In one of these interviews, Tarantino was discussing Robert De Niro’s outstanding career throughout the 70’s and early 80’s, and his roles in such films as Mean Streets, The Godfather Part II, Taxi Driver, and Once Upon a Time in America. One of the films that happened to come up was The Deer Hunter, which he described as an “intimate epic”. Continue reading