Urban Chaos

Source: IMDb

What is it?

The 1999 action-adventure game video game Urban Chaos.

What is it about?

This is how the IMDb describes this video game:

D’arci Stern is a tough rookie cop in crime-ridden Union City who, with the help of a cryptic stranger called Roper, must stop the Wildcats gang from taking over as well as their shadowy boss who plans to bring about the apocalypse.

Final Thoughts

This video game was ahead of its time, it is a shame that most people have never heard of it or played it back when it came out, and that I only know about it because I found it in the bargain bin at Walmart many years ago.

This video game accomplished some things before the video game series Grand Theft Auto did, and it did some things better like its fighting system and the fact that you can arrest people and moving throughout the environment.

I possibly never did finish this video game because it was difficult and it lacked the modern save system that we have now-a-days.

This video game had an unique story, setting, atmosphere, personality, et cetera; and the dialogue was funny at times and characters had various personalities.

This video game definitely had its flaws but it should have been much more popular, and I imagine that it inspired some other video games.

The end,

-John Jr

Therefore I Am (2015)

Source: IMDb

What is it?

The 2015 Vimeo Staff Pick and psychological thriller short film Therefore I Am by Luke McCoubrey and Peter McCoubrey.

What is it about?

This is how the IMDb describes this short film:

A mysterious encounter between a man who claims to be from the future and the man that he claims is his former self.

What do I like about it and what might other people like about it?

I like how they managed to take this somewhat complex idea and make a simple contained short film, and I think that other people might like that as well.

Final Thoughts

This was one of those short films that I saw in the past that I had forgotten about until I was editing one of my old dream posts, there are a few other short films that I have seen that I have not done posts about yet, and there are some that I have possibly forgotten about.

The end,

-John Jr

FLCL Progressive

Source: IMDb

What is it?

The 2018 original video animation (OVA) (?) anime (animated) television show FLCL Progressive.

What is it about?

This is how the IMDb describes this anime (animated) television show:

Many years have passed since Naota and Haruhara Haruko shared their adventure together.

Meanwhile, the war between the two entities known as Medical Mechanica and Fraternity rages across the galaxy.

Enter Hidomi, a young teenaged girl who believes there is nothing amazing to expect from her average life, until one day when a new teacher named Haruko arrives at her school.

Soon enough, Medical Mechanica is attacking her town and Hidomi discovers a secret within her that could save everyone, a secret that only Haruko can unlock.

What do I like about it and what would someone else like about it?

The animation is better than FLCL and it is less annoying than FLCL, and I think that other people will like that as well.

Final Thoughts

Me and my brother GC finished watching this last night on Toonami.

This anime television show annoyed me less than my second or third viewing of FLCL but its ending credits theme was not as good as FLCL’s, and its animation style and the show itself did not give me some feelings of nostalgia for a certain time period in anime like FLCL does.

I still like the original better than this overall, because this season does not really build where the previous season left off or explain the world better and it is not better overall, and so I do not see why this exists really.

The end,

-John Jr

The Public (2018)

Source: IMDb

What is it?

The 2018 drama movie The Public by Emilio Estevez.

What is it about?

This is how the IMDb describes this movie:

In “the public” an unusually bitter Arctic blast has made its way to downtown Cincinnati and the front doors of the public library where the action of the film takes place.

The story revolves around the library patrons, many of whom are homeless, mentally ill and marginalized, as well as an exhausted and overwhelmed staff of librarians who often build emotional connections and a sense of obligation to care for those regular patrons.

At odds with library officials over how to handle the extreme weather event, the Patrons turn the building into a homeless shelter for the night by staging an “Occupy” sit in.

What begins as an act of civil disobedience becomes a stand off with police and a rush-to-judgment media constantly speculating about what’s really happening.

This David versus Goliath story tackles some of our nation’s most challenging issues, homelessness and mental illness and sets the drama inside one of the last bastions of democracy-in-action: your public library.

What do I like about it and what would other people like about it?

I like that the movie involved a public library and library workers, homelessness and how it relates to public libraries, some of the cast, the comedy, that it was a better and higher quality film than I had expected, and that the movie had a message that it managed to get across with seriousness and some comedy; and I think that other people will like this as well.

Final Thoughts

This was my first time ever attending a screening for a movie, I saw it during our work trip at a library conference recently, and the director Emilio Estevez was there (hiding in the back watching our reactions until the movie was over apparently) and he had a question and answer session with our audience immediately after the movie.

This was possibly the best session that I went to at the library conference and I am glad that I stayed for the question and answer session, and I would like to thank Mr. Estevez for screening this movie at the library conference and for answering our questions.

I think that more people should watch this movie, I hope that it will get a distributor eventually, and I hope that libraries like The BP Library where I work will get this movie and help spread the word about it.

This movie was better and better directed and better acted and better filmed and was funnier than I had expected, and it had a larger cast of actors and actresses who(m) I recognized than I had expected.

This movie also captured some of the experiences of working at a library more accurately than I had expected, and it did a better job portraying people who are homeless as normal people just like everyone else with good and bad and in-between things about them and their lives.

Whenever it gets released one day I would recommend watching it.

The end,

-John Jr

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