I, Tonya Movie Review

Hello fellow viewers, and a Happy New Year! I hope that you all are doing well. I have decided to review one of my favorite films of 2017. Now, grab some popcorn, and let’s begin!

I, Tonya  Rated: R (Released October 19, 2017 in USA)

 Directed by: Craig Gillespie 

Written by: Steven Rogers

Starring: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, and Allison Janney

 Genre: Sports, Drama, Dark Comedy, Biography

Running Time: 1hr 59 min

I,Tonya is a shockingly raw true story of the infamous ice skater, Tonya Harding (played by Margot Robbie). It also describes the controversy behind the Nancy Kerrigan incident. The film switches between documentary style and scripted lines. It begins with Tonya’s childhood, and the tumultuous relationship with her mother. Her father left her at a young age, and Tonya got along extremely well with him. From the very start, LaVona Golden, (played by Allison Janney), is portrayed as an oppressive and “rage- inducing” tyrant, with little to no respect of her daughter. She also is a very heavy drinker, and has a major chain smoking problem. She gives off such an amazing performance that the hatred towards her seems legit. Tonya is obsessed with ice skating, and is forced to a class at age 4. Ice Skating comes naturally to Tonya, and she becomes her captain’s best student.  As a teenager, Tonya meets her soon to be husband, Jeff, (played by Sebastian Stan). Stan is not well known as an actor, but puts on an absolutely fantastic performance. Jeff starts out as a seemingly normal guy, until he starts to verbally and physically abuse her. Tonya gets into a brutal confrontation with her mother which ends with Tonya getting a knife at her arm. She moves in with Jeff, and this is when things start going south. When Tonya starts to go to competitions, she develops a major ego, and this eventually leads to her downfall. After a bad stint with the judges, Tonya fires her coach and stupidly marries Jeff. During the wedding, Tonya gets badmouthed by her mother, who criticizes her for marrying young. She performs a triple Axel, a never before done skating move and becomes known as the best figure skater in the world. Next, Jeff and Tonya’s already fractured marriage reaches a terrifying crescendo when he smashes her head into a glass door. She leaves him, and hangs out with her friend and fellow competitor, Nancy Kerrigan. She soon reconciles with Jeff, and begins skating poorly. Life gets even worse with Jeff, who, surprisingly becomes even more abusive, threatening her with guns and verbal bashing. She finally does the right thing, and divorces the monster, and files a restraining order on him. The “Incident” comes up next, but I will leave it at that as not to spoil anything else. In conclusion, I, Tonya is a fantastic Black Comedy that dives into the dark and controversial life of one of the most infamous figure skaters that ever lived. It also shows the murky underbelly of competition and sports in general.

        Final Verdict: 9.0-10 (Excellent)

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Halloween Special!

Hello fellow viewers, and Happy Halloween! I’ve decided to do something very special for the holiday. This post will be about Creepypastas. Creepypastas are internet horror stories that are passed around and occasionally read by people on Youtube. They cover a variety of topics, ranging from urban legends, to psychological horror. I have been listening to them for a very long time, and I’ve decided to share some of my favorites. Now, use the light of your computers as the campfire, and let’s begin the spooky tales!

  • NES Godzilla Creepypasta by Cosbydaf  Genre: Haunted Game 

Haunted video games are a big part of the Creepypasta community, and this is probably the best story. It’s about a boy named Zachary who is given the old NES game as a present. What starts as a normal, enjoyable gaming experience turns very wrong. Zach goes on a journey through corrupted data, bizarre levels, and one of the scariest video game antagonists ever made. It has many crazy twists and turns that will leave you shocked and amazed. I highly recommend this story to everyone, and I post a link of it below. Goji73 does an impeccable job narrating this story, and even adds his own music to enhance the atmosphere. I’d love to hear what you guys think of this story in the comments’ section below.

  

 

 

  • Borrasca by C.K. Walker Genre: Psychological/Violent/Emotional Horror

The Borrasca is an incredibly intense journey of betrayal, sex, horror, controversy, violence, and despair. It has many adult themes, and is strongly intended for mature audiences only. The story is about a boy named Sam who moves to Drisking, Missouri from St. Louis. Sam’s father, a cop, becomes the sheriff of the town, and Sam meets his two best friends. They start having a lot of fun exploring town, until Sam’s friends Kyle, and Kimber, take him to a place called the Triple Tree. This giant treehouse holds a terrible secret about Skinnedmen and a place called the Borrasca. There’s also a extremely disturbing mechanical noise that appears at random during the day. Shit finally hits the fan when Sam’s sister, Whitney goes missing. What starts as a simple missing person case, transforms into something much worse. Walker pulls no punches, and some parts of the story are very hard to read. The writing and setting of the story is absolutely perfect, and I would love to see this tale transformed into a movie. Posted below, is a link to Mr. CreepyPasta’s narration of the story. He’s one of the most popular “Creepytubers”, and his work is always admirable. I highly recommend this story, but be warned, it’s quite unnerving.   

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=11&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjj-8Lg-5vXAhWL5YMKHeoLDG0QtwIIVjAK&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D9c6LYf_CRww&usg=AOvVaw0zEBsHudQlvQOmBff72TCE

  • The Showers by Dylan Sindelar Genre: Paranormal

The Showers is an awesome story with a very surprising ending. It’s about a high school student named Jack, and his Social Studies teacher, Mr. Mays. Jack looks up to this teacher, and he’s very popular with the students. One Halloween day, Mr. Mays tells his class a horror story. It ends up being so well done, and so compelling, that everyone loved it. Jack begins to tell the story to other people, and then finally meets his teacher at a bar. What goes on from there is up to you to find out, however, I will say that its one awesome adventure. Mr. CreepyPasta narrates this awesome story in the link below.

   

More Creepy Art Pieces (October Special)

Hello fellow horror fans! It’s Monday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at some more scary paintings. Now, grab a costume, and let’s scare up some fun!

  • Time to bring back a scary classic! The Face of War by Salvador Dali Oil on canvas 1940

This is one piece that will send shivers down your spine! It’s a brilliantly macabre work by “Spanish Surrealist”, Salvador Dali. It depicts a rotten head with no eyes and a horrifying expression. There’re mirror images of the skull in the head’s eyeholes. The atmosphere of the work is extremely unsettling, and puts the viewers on edge. Supposedly, the painting is a representation of Dali’s premonitions of war, as this was made just as WW2 started. It definitely conveys its message well, and our morbid curiosity compels us to keep looking.

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  • Insane Woman by Theodore Gericault 1822 Oil on canvas

This is an incredibly grotesque work by “French Lithographer”, Gericault. The woman of the work is very unsettling, and quite realistic. The woman’s face is wrinkled and decrepit. Her eyes, which are probably the most disturbing aspect of the piece, are bloodshot and crossed. She also has a very deranged smile. I love the artist’s close attention to detail, and I really enjoy the uniqueness of the piece.

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Even More Messed Up Comic Book Characters (Every Tuesday for October)

Hello fellow comic book fans! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at some more messed up characters. Now, grab your favorite Graphic Novel, and let’s begin!

  • Black Hand Real Name: William Hand Status: Misanthrope First appeared: Green Lantern#29 (June 1, 1964 DC Comics) Powers/Abilities: Using the black power ring, William can reanimate the dead, and steal energy by killing his victims and eviscerating their hearts

William was raised in a mortuary, and became disturbingly fascinated with the dead bodies. His interest in the dead became a major problem with his family. He soon was being stalked by the Red Lantern known as Atrocitus. This eventually lead Hand to insanity, and he brutally murdered his family before taking his own life. Instead of dying, he became reanimated as a Black Lantern. He became a major thorn in Hal Jordan’s side, and even killed his father in cold blood. After being reborn for this fourth time, he finally meets his permanent end at the hands of the Source Wall.

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  • Johnny Sorrow Real Name: N/A Status: Super Villain First Appeared: Secret Origins of Super Villains #1 (December 1, 1999 DC Comics) Powers/Abilities: His own face kills anyone who looks at it (he isn’t immune to this), teleportation, limited intangibility, mask reformation, communication through dimensions, magic manipulation, levitation

Johnny Sorrow was originally a silent movie actor who wanted to move to talkies. He stole a special Subspace Prototype, which made his body intangible. He used this to commit crimes. He was easily caught by the “Dream Lord”, Sand. He transported Sorrow into a horrific dimension known as the Subtile Realms. He then met the dastardly King of Tears, who made him his servant. Upon returning to Earth, Sorrow found out that his face had been horribly disfigured. The sight of his visage was so disturbing, that whoever looked at it would die of shock. He continues his life of crime, and is sent back to the Subtile Realms after the King of Tears dies.

 

 

  • Emplate Real Name: Marius St. Croix Status: Terrorist First Appeared: Generation X #1 (November 1994 Marvel Comics) Unusual Features: Looks like a dry emaciated corpse with purple artery-like veins running down his body. He also has blood red pupils and gray skin. Powers/Abilities: Feeds on the bone marrow of mutants to remain on this physical plane (this cancels out their powers and gives them their abilities), extreme durability, extraordinary tracking abilities, can transform others into abominations like himself, limited invisibility

Marius was born into a very rich family, and lived quite a lavish childhood. This all changed, however, when he turned into a teenager. He was overwhelmed with hunger, and accidentally killed his mother. He was then exiled from his family, and moved towards the study of dark magic. He was eventually found by his sisters, and banished into a different dimension. Inside the dimension, Emplate learns about his powers and his major weakness. He must live aided by a giant purple respirator. If he doesn’t continue to consume mutant’s bone marrow, he will be pulled into a dimension of unspeakable torture. (Geez, what a life!)

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Creepy Pokedex Entries (Every Wednesday for the Month of October)

Hello everyone, and welcome to another look at a well-loved topic! As said before, I am a huge fan of the Pokemon franchise. I adore the gigantic amount of characters and their very unique designs. One of the most important tools in a Pokemon Trainer’s arsenal is the Pokedex, a compendium of all the various creatures you will meet on your journey. Despite the “E” rating, Japan has managed to put some pretty disturbing information into the dex. It becomes less of a children-friendly game, and more of a horror story. So, to celebrate the month of Halloween, I will be adding the most bizarre and messed up entries that I can find. Now, let’s dive into the amazing world of Pokemon!

  •    Bruxish  The Gnash Teeth Pokemon (Based off of a filefish or reef triggerfish) 

Size: 2″11 Weight: 41.9lbs

Bruxish is a water/psychic fish Pokemon from Generation VII. It’s quite colorful, and has a mouth that’s full of sharp teeth. They can be caught from fishing spots in the Secluded Shore.

Pokedex entry from Pokemon Moon: It stuns its prey with psychokinesis and grinds them to mush with its strong teeth. Even Shelder’s shell is no match for it. (Yes brutal death, totally a kid’s game!)

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  • Dusclops The Beckon Pokemon (Based off of a Hitotsume-kozo)

Size: 5’03” Weight: 67.5 lbs

Dusclops is a pure ghost type Pokemon from Generation III. It’s a fairly large, cyclopean ghost with a grey body that resembles bandages on a mummy. It can be found be leveling up Duskull to level 37.

Pokedex entry from Omega Ruby: Dusclops’s body is completely hollow—–there is nothing at all inside. It is said that its body is like a black hole. This Pokemon will absorb anything into its body, but nothing will ever come back out. (O_O)

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Asher’s Art Gallery (Mondays)

Hello fellow art lovers! It’s Monday, and my Art Gallery is open once again! I hope you guys are ready for some wonderful works. Now, have fun exploring my Gallery!

  • Pulp Fiction by Banksy 2005 Screenprint 

This is a hilarious and satirical piece by the inscrutable street artist, Banksy. The work is a scene from Tarantino’s epic, Pulp Fiction. In the scene, the two main characters, Vince and Jules, are performing a hit. Banksy comically replaces the gangsters’ guns with bananas. This is both quite humorous and makes a normally ultra-violent film light-hearted.

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  • Portrait of Dr. Gachet by Vincent Van Gogh 1890 Oil on canvas

This is a very psychedelic work by famous painter Van Gogh. The doctor is this piece appears to be in great emotional distress. This could be a way for Van Gogh to explore his inner demons with paint. The colors are very blurry, which could also represent a drug trip.

 dr gachet

Halloween Post!

Info found in Yoda and Matt’s book, Yurei Attack!

Happy Halloween, everyone! It’s time for a post that will make your hair stand on end! Now, turn off the lights, and let’s experience the ghost stories of Japan.

  • Kohada Koheji: Kohada Koheji was dead-set on becoming a star of the Kabuki stage. However, his performance skills were very poor. This all changes the day a director asks him to play a major role in an upcoming production. He plays the role of a ghost, which unfortunately is said to bring danger and misfortune to the actor. He ends up becoming famous for his ghost roles, and this is when things take a turn for the worst. Koheji was also quite dense, and completely overlooked the fact that his wife, Otsuka was having an affair with his friend Sakuro. Sakuro was a kabuki orchestra drummer, and wanted Otsuka all to himself. He decides to killed Koheji on a fishing trip. During the trip, as Koheji casts his line, one of Sakuro’s cronies grabs it, and drags the poor actor to a watery grave. Sakuro then frisks the corpse of all valuables, and while he reaches into the kimono, Koheji’s dead hand grabs his wrist. One of Sakuro’s henchmen then lashes out with a sword and severs the limb mid-forearm. Sakuro returns to Otsuka with the news, and she laughs, proclaiming that her husband is in the other room. Upon entering said room, Sakuro is meet with a horrible smell. This causes Otsuka to accept her husband’s demise, and she tells Sakuro to suck it up. When the horrible couple falls asleep, a man appears in front of them. The ghost of Koheji starts to appear every that the couple go, and while Otsuka sleeps, Sakuro sees a man run into his bedroom. Enraged by this, he grabs his sword and rushes in. Otsuka wakes up, and tries to block the blade with her hand. Her fingers get severed, and she begins to die. While Sakuro looks for help, he hears a loud scream from the bedroom. He’s met with a horrific sight of blood covered walls and chunks of scalp. He loses everything, and falls into a deep slumber, never waking up again. Luckily, this ghost doesn’t stalk people today. That is, if you aren’t a kabuki actor.