Isle of Dogs: An easy target for a dogpile.

A stop motion film that is absolutely breathtaking.

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Isle of Dogs isn’t going to the dogs any time soon.

Isle of Dogs is the latest Wes Anderson vehicle and its about a boy named Atari attempting to find his dog and bring him back home after the government exiles all dogs to an island made out of garbage. The visuals are an excellent combination of traditional animation and stop motion, which are very appealing to eye. The movie’s run time is an hour and 41 minutes and at times it can feel longer. Check out the trailer at this link: Movie Trailer

My recommended audience for this film is anyone above the age of 12.

The reason for this is due to the subject matter at hand and the fact that although the movie is a beautiful piece of art there isn’t as much happening on screen to keep the attention of younger audiences and the pace is a little slower than a typical children’s flick.

Top 4 favorite things about the film:

  • The voice acting was fabulous
    • A strong cast of voice actors were brought on board for this project: names like Bryan Cranston, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Ed Norton and Yoko Ono, just to name a few!
  • The puppets were breathtaking
    • Not much more I can say to sum up how beautiful this film can be at times.

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  • The seamless handling of conversations between dogs and people.
    • The dogs can understand each other and can’t understand the humans and yet it doesn’t impede the pack of dogs from helping Atari throughout the film.
  • The incredibly clever work around for translating Japanese to English without it being overbearing or taking me out of the film.
    • Whenever there is a speech, the translator flips a switch on the box call something along the lines of auto translate or instant translator subtitle will appear on screen along with voice over work in English.
    • Any time Atari talks to the dogs, however, his words are left in Japanese so not only do the dogs not know what he is saying but neither do we. Simple and clever in my opinion.

One downside of the movie is that there are too many traveling scenes.

I acknowledge that they wanted to get the vastness of the garbage island across and traveling from one side to the other is no easy feat. In reality, it would cut at most 15 minutes from the film, which might of helped the pacing a bit.

Who am I to give advice to Wes Anderson, what an asshole I am… Mr. Anderson obviously knows what he is doing and that is why this is my only downside for the film.

Cheese Gromit CHEESE!

The movie takes me back to the days when I used to watch VHS tapes of Wallace and Gromit. I  knew they were made of clay and mesmerized by their ability to make such fluid movements.  My younger self couldn’t figure out how it all worked but I knew that what I was watching was something special.

The Elephant in the room

I now know that there is a ton of controversy around this film. The review is bare of these topics due to the fact that I went into the movie blind of them. I hope that we can discuss our opinions on the matter in a respectful way and keep it PG in the comment section.

The depiction of Japan throughout the film has been interpreted as racist and “cultural appropriation” has been mentioned online. I am placing this section here to inform those who may not have read anything on the subject. Please seek other sites if you would like to further inform yourself about this side of the film. I am willing to take this conversation further but not at this time.

TLDR:

As a lifelong dog lover and a recent convert to the cat side, I was looking forward to this movie. Stop motion animation is an impressive art form that is displayed wonderfully on the big screen. Grab your Moivepass, head over to your favorite theater and check out this flick, now that it has a wide release.  The film made for a perfect double date night and is an absolute spectacle to witness.

 

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GBA4IOS a real game changer, pardon my pun.

I travel for work and I don’t have much time to game as I used to.

I have recently made the transition from traditional gaming over to the mobile gaming market. Sadly, Candy Crush and Angry birds have only gotten me so far during the start of this journey. Fortnite and PUBG mobile along with the Nintendo Switch bring me full fledged games in my hands but I am looking for some variety in my game play and not have to carry another device. Let me tell you a little something about the nostalgia factor of Game Boy Advance(GBA) and Game Boy Color(GBC).

Are you a Gamer Nerd that doesn’t quite have the time to play like you used to?

Hate having to carry around all of these gaming devices and gaming cartridges? Own an iPhone? Miss playing classics like Pokemon Red or Gold (shots fired Blue and Silver fans)? Go and download yourself some GBA4IOS (at your own risk of course)

The legality of GBA4IOS is sketchy at best and you really should already own either a GBA and GBC before using this software as a form of “backup”. *Note I am not endorsing the use of emulators or ROMs but simply pointing out their existence and availability on the iPhone without the need of jail breaking the phone.  As previously mentioned here: Shameless Plug

I have had a ton of fun playing through some of the games from my childhood and discovering new ones gems that I would love to add to my collection. Talk about breaking up the monotony of the same route day after day with limited options for gaming.

The GBA4IOS app makes it super easy to get new games.

The feature is within the app and has a nice search filter:

The controls and layover screens are both appealing and flow nicely with the games:

                                  

One major downside is the inability to play fighting games or games that require quite a bit of difficult inputs. Turning around quickly is pretty difficult at times and this system is more conducive to RPGs or Strategy games.  Here is a prime example (I swear I’m better than this but this part really got me good):

Overall its worth a try if you have owned or currently own a GBA or GBC but don’t want to carry those along with a phone and tablet and laptop and everything else needed for work or school.

I’m having fun and I bet that you will too!

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The Lucky Few: A Fortnite Tale (Bonus Fortnite Closed Beta Key Giveaway)

Be the among the first three to complete the quest to win a Fortnite Mobile Key!! Good Luck

HOT! HOT! HOT!

I can barely touch the keys this game is on fire right now. If you haven’t heard of Fortnite or PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds(PUBG), let me help you get out from under that rock….. grandma and grandpa.

Fortnite and PUBG have taken the premise of movies like The Hunger Game ( Rue’s whistle) and Battle Royale (check the trailer out) and made it into a video game. There are a couple of modes that I have played and each has its ups and downs but here are the most common modes… 1 v 99, 2 v 98 and 4 v 96.

That’s right!!! You read that correctly its you versus everyone else. Let me tell you when you first get into this game it feels like such a climb to get even into the top 75, however, after a couple of games things start to click…. that first victory feels sooooooo good!!!

Below are my stats to date:

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Mobile:

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Opening Screen for PUBG:

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  • Got to love that shirtless look….. I still haven’t unlocked a shirt

Fortnite Mobile and Xbox One Lifetime:fornite stats

Opening Screen for Fortnite:

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  • Great look and feel to this opening screen and the ninja suit is bad ass.

I was apart of a lucky bunch that got several keys to the closed beta of Fortnite Battle Royale Mobile.  I am currently running a Giveaway of Fortnite Keys!!!

Here is your quest:

  1. Follow this site
  2. Sign into your twitch account and head over to 30minutemedia and follow
  3. Head over to Twitter and follow 30minute_media here
  4. Post a comment below stating that you have completed 1-3 and whether you like Fortnite or PUBG more
  5. The first three to do the above three will receive a Private Message from us asking the best method for sending your Fortnite Mobile Key.

A fun side project for the winners,  Squadnite in the Fortnite! Play on Twitch and then let the readers watch it on stream or on a VOD afterwards.

I have played both PUBG and Fortnite here is my opinion on which one is “better”…

I’m drawing a line in the sand!!!

Drum roll please …..

PlayerUnknown’s Battleground

The fact that I was able to get in the top 10 and win within my first 2 matches totally plays into this decision and the fact that the end of the game doesn’t come down to building wacky forts and turtling up.

Let me know what you think in the comments below!

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Finally a return to normalcy

Welcome back everyone!!

Thanks for patiently waiting while I took care of somethings outside of the blog and business.

Well as you all may know things have been happening since I last posted.

  • New layout for the Site
  • Updated Logo
  • Streaming on Twitch from Mobile
  • Youtube account created
  • Brand new teespring store

A dedicated schedule is coming into play now that I have a better idea of what the outside world will be throwing at me.

There will be more new items coming in the future so stay tuned for more!

 

 

 

 

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A warm welcome to our new writers

I am excited to announce that two new writers are joining our team, please join me in welcoming Budzoog3 and Adorabelle!!

Today I have some very exciting news!!

The 30minutemedia family is getting bigger and I am thrilled to announce that two new writers are joining our team, please join me in welcoming Budzoog3 and Adorabelle!!!

Budzoog3:

A sports fanatic and retro gaming efficanoto, he brings a wealth of knowledge that won’t be found elsewhere. A recent convert into the movie going scene, I am sure that we can expect a nugget of truth on cinematic masterpieces as well as picture perfect flops. A secret Christmas tune enthusiast, from Crosby to Charlie Brown, Budzood3 has so much to share when it comes to this yearly tradition. I looking forward to reading about when it’s time to “push the button” for optimal Christmas tunes enjoyment and the perfect drink to partake in as well.

Adorabelle:

All about TV and celebrity gossip, bringing what seems like a never ending pool of bar trivia level insight on the latest and greatest surrounding those two topics. Adorabelle is not only your go to source for the inside scoop, she will deliver us a double scoop about the happenings in regards to her DIY projects that she has been working on. She will also keep you up to date with some of the cutest animal videos, but don’t let me be the judge of that, come and find out for yourself!

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Thor Ragnarok: Thumbs up! 

What does 30minutemedia think of Thor Ragnarok? Come and find out!

In between stuffing fists full of popcorn in my mouth (sometimes while) I laughed, maybe a little too much, at this movie.

Amongst the lovable banter between Banner and Thor, the one liners that kept popping back up throughout and, a that mistivious yet convenient plot hurdler Loki… Thor Ragnarok had a lot to offer audiences.

Okay Okay so I will admit this upfront so that way there aren’t questions about it… I have not seen the first two Thor movies in their entirety. I know, shame on me, how can I possible even consider the thought of writing something about this franchise without viewing them beforehand. Well I might get around to it someday but that day isn’t today. Onwards!!!

Never fear though, I have a simple solution for whether or not you should consider seeing this movie is this: Did you enjoy Guardians of the Galaxy?

You do… Great go see this movie and let me know if you agree with my threshold.

You don’t… Why the hell are you reading this?

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Bonus reasons to go out and watch Thor Ragnarok:

  • Zany characters and a new planet
  • Hot hot hot rainbow bridge action
  • Family drama
  • The hulk being incredible
  • That haircut!!! ❤️❤️❤️
  • Huge dog fan so I love the huge dog in this movie
  • Can’t get enough Loki
  • Did I mention that things get a little Strange, Doctor
  • Jokes Jokes and more one liners than even the great Mitch Hedberg would know what to do with
  • Epic Mickey 2  That’s what heroes do conspiracy

Twitch Streaming Recap: Lessons Learned

Twitch Streaming Recap: Lessons Learned. Highs and Lows of streaming

Last night 30minutemedia took to twitch for its premiere streaming event and it was a smashing success.

First and foremost I want to thank all of those who made the time to come and support the stream, everyone was such a big help!

Although the initial creation and setup of an account and getting the basics in place for Twitch was relatively easy, we did run into some technical difficulties in the first portion of the stream. We walked away with three major lessons for the next stream.

Lesson 1:  When streaming over wifi make sure to tweak the stream quality settings before going live.
  • The Xbox One Twitch app has three major settings and then one that allows it to automatically detect the quality, regardless of how crazy awesome of a set up you have I would recommend using that last option. During the stream comments were coming through stating that either the stream was super choppy(see pic below) or that the it was froze all together and that in turn lead to the viewer count becoming super choppy itself.
Lesson 2: Check all sound levels.
  • I am a person who loves to blast the sweet sweet tunes of Sonic at the highest possible volume while playing… however when trying to make commentary over said music I was finding myself shouting in order to beat out those tunes. I would recommend turning down the volume of both the sound effects and music till you think its far too quiet and then give it another turn of the “knob” just a little more.  Viewers found it hard to hear what was being said and I wasn’t aware of it until far too late, which leads me to my next lesson.
Lesson 3: Pay attention to chat.
  • As a long time gamer it’s easy to get caught up in the action while gaming, trust me and if you don’t just ask the viewers from last night’s stream lol. I was getting alerts from the chat room letting me know about all of the issues that were happening with the stream and I was oblivious due to the fact that it all was going smoothly from my side of things. Do yourself and favor and have either a second screen dedicated to the chat or pull out your phone and keep that in eyesight. Most viewers don’t just want to watch you play a game but want to interact with you while you stream both for good things and bad things. They want to have just as good of a time as you are having, so give them a real shot at it by giving them a voice!!!
Bonus Lesson: Mute your second device.
  • This one might seem a bit obvious to some but after doing your prestream checks make sure to mute the second device that you are watching the stream with otherwise you will get some serious feedback loops and the audio for the stream will be ruined pretty quickly. Luckily, we caught this one early on and saved the second portion of the stream.

With these lessons in mind, we look to continue to make improvements to the stream. Plans for a scheduled time to do streaming are in the works and 30minutemedia is always open to discussion about what games should be played and any improvements you think we could make to the stream a whole.

Let us know what game you think we should play next, leave a comment below!

As of right now it looks as if streaming could take place for an hour or two twice a week. The schedule will be posted here and on all social media outlets that we use. We will be looking to bounce around between all of the available streaming products out there now as well, at this moment we could stream on Youtube and Microsoft’s Mixer, it all depends on which becomes the best fit for our needs.

In case you missed the stream don’t frete! I will be posting the videos on Youtube within the next day or so and maybe some more surprise content to follow on that channel as well!

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Happy Halloween!!!

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Streaming Sonic Mania

First Impression and Play of Sonic Mania for the Xbox One streaming on Twitch

Going Live at 8:30 PM Central Time.

Check out our first impression and play of Sonic Mania at https://www.twitch.tv/30minutemedia

Come join in on the chat and get to know 30minutemedia and some fellow followers of the blog.

Update:

A big thank you to all that came a supported the stream! I know that there were technical difficulties that were worked through and all of the feedback was welcomed! I don’t know about you guys and gals out there but I am excited about the next stream to come.

Rocking and Rolling, Splishing and a Splashing… playing Rocket League till 4am!

Another tale about my experience with an epic game and the aftermath this time… Rocket League.

Rocket League!!!!

This game has something for everyone:
  • Cars (and plenty of them)
  • Soccer, Hockey and Basketball
  • Speed
  • Demolition Derby
  • Customizations
  • Achievement Hunting
  • Global Ranking System
  • Solo and Team matches
  • Seasons
  • Available on most of the current consoles and PC

And all of these are just the tip of the iceberg…

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Let’s get this out of the way:

If you haven’t played Rocket League…. close this blog and find a way to get your hands on this game… Seriously! A must have that is loads of silly fun and a story creating factory for both sports gamers and gamer gamers alike.

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All good things have to have a bit of a bad side and for Rocket League that comes in the form of a Crate….

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After every match you have a chance to win a Crate. Woo-Hoo!! right?

WRONG!

Crates are locked and can only be opened with keys that have to be bought from the store of the system you are playing on, in my case it was the Xbox store. They only come in packs of 10 and at a little more than a dollar a key…. this price stinks. If you only have one crate that you would like to open and  “pull the lever” in order to randomly win something cosmetic in the game, please fork over 10 plus hard earned fat ones.

Overall it doesn’t sound so bad since it doesn’t directly impact the game, but it seems to encourage gambling like mechanics. Unlock this crate and you have a shot to win something amazing!!!, however, most of the time you will win something that you will never use or even worse still need something else in order to use the item that you just unlocked.

My example comes from custom paints for cars: There was a type of car only found in one crate and within that same crate all of the custom paints for that car were also found in this crate. I happened to have three of that crate and out of my “spins” I won the same paint twice and a really nice set of wheels. Great!!! two things I can’t use and something that I will only use every once other match. The game allows you to trade in 5 items from the same crate to get an upgrade item from that crate but turning 5 dollars into 1 dollars is kind of a rough trade up lol.

The base game is great and Psyonix, Inc. has done a great job of adding new maps and game types over the years.

The only thing that I have against it are the Crate and Keys, if they would offer the options to buy the car and paint in a DLC like bundle after a few months of the Crates being out I could see the people buying keys and the like as wanting a chance to play with something a bit early and reward those who are willing to wait as well.

Get the game, convince some friends to sit down and play and check the time after a couple of matches and don’t be surprised when you are looking at 4am on a weeknight. The game has me hooked and I will be playing this one for a long time coming.

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Get up! Get up! I came down with the Sickness

An update about my return to blogging on a regular basis after recovering from a nasty summer cold.

Loyal Readers,

Shortly after setting up this site and getting things off the ground with a couple of posts that I thought were just delightful; I came down with the nastiest summer cold I have had in recent memories.

I will be returning to regular posting and like in just a few short days. A little more rest and catching up on the other parts of my life and I will be in a great spot for blogging again.

Thanks for your patience and understanding!

Anthony — 30minutemedia