Kento was born out of the Northern California Bay Area dance music scene more than fifteen years ago. With all that experience under his belt he has traveled up and down the west coast, expanding his unique style and individual flavor.
Over the past year Kento has started to blur the lines between DJ set and character performance with a real story to tell in every single set.
Kento is currently working in the studio on an EP of all original music to be used in an original short film blending science fiction, comic book elements and special effects in a way never before seen.
Kento is also the official DJ of the Austin Texas based Fantastic Fest film festival, playing their closing night event.
This is how one could describe the story telling of The Gamechangers. From the very start anyone could tell you this was going to be an over the top, bullshit attempt at retelling the events of Rockstar Games’ rise to fame and Jack Thompson’s battle against gaming and gaming culture.
As the film opens we’re introduced to all of our characters through the laziest writing mechanics you can imagine. Daniel Radcliffe taking up the role of Sam Houser, the President and co-founder of Rockstar Games rolls out of bed, rides into work on his bike and views the world through a lens of video game polygons and low-res graphics. Over this we get the tired trope of the talk radio DJ taking phone calls describing the current events to get our audience up to speed. This is so unnatural and hackneyed that I have a hard time believing it exists. The callers are describing Grand Theft Auto, they’re talking about Sam Houser by name and talking about what a genius he is, something that I would be money has never once happened on the radio…
Jack Thompson, lawyer and activist, played by Bill Paxton is introduced in much the same way but for him it’s a phone call with some one who isn’t in the film, isn’t introduced and who asks him what he does… Basically this entire phone call is to set up that Thompson has fought for censorship against Howard Stern and 2 Live Crew in the past and he does it because he sees himself as Batman. For the record, Batman is a fascist vigilante.
I’ve never been so embarrassed to be a gamer. Nobody comes out of this story looking good. It’s like two maniacal villains butting heads and never once interacting which makes this story all that more weird. We’re shown two totally separate stories that affect each other, but never cross over. Jack Thompson and his family have this odd dynamic. His wife and son seem to hate him, or at the very least are embarrassed by the lengths he goes to prove his point. He takes up this cause that he barely seems to believe in and suddenly he’s THE big opponent to violence in gaming. But he’s an ass hole.
Paxton actually gives the perfect performance for this guy. He’s so over the top, chews the scenery and delivers every line knowing just how much bullshit it really is. Nobody talks like this. Even Jack Thompson wasn’t this much of a clown.
Radcliffe’s portrayal of Sam Houser is maybe the funniest thing I’ve ever seen. Houser, his brother Dan and their friends are these incredibly white English guys who are obsessed with a culture they know nothing about. The idea that these four or five guys would dive headfirst into telling a story about south central LA in the late 80s and early 90s is ripe for comedy. They’re all adorned in baggy clothes, backwards baseball hats and gold sunglasses but they all look like the posers they are. They’re portrayed as fools.
Houser has this over the top obsession with getting a sex scene into his next game. The subject comes up four or five times and he’s constantly driving it home, the whole time sounding like some one who’s never even seen a woman much less been on a date. The constant debate over whether or not the main character in this game should get laid almost becomes comical. Worst of all is that it’s all foreshadowing to the “Hot Coffee” controversy, where a sex scene was left in the code, but inaccessible without hacking.
This movie is littered with embarrassing moments and some that are down right questionable. When Vice City was released a young man, Devin Moore, bought the game, poured hundreds of hours into playing it and then killed two police officers and stole one of their cars. It was a huge story. The movie claims to be telling this story impartially but films the entire event like a video game, the camera over the shoulder, following him as he kills these men without feeling. Before that they show Moore playing the game in an almost hypnotized state, something akin to the brainwashing moments from A Clockwork Orange. Again… HAMFISTED.
Later when a hacker stumbles upon the Hot Coffee segment of the game they show him in much the same way, followed by a scene that could have been lifted out of the 1995 film hackers as he discovers the sex scene. It’s so tacky and unoriginal. HAMFISTED!
The dialogue is all so unnatural, the pacing is terrible and while there’s competent lensing on display, the movie isn’t interesting enough to justify it. This is a huge waste, and we’ll probably never get a true and honest retelling of these events. This is a movie that wants to be The Social Network and it could have been with some real writing talent behind it.
I really dislike Jack Thompson… but even I wouldn’t write him into a scene where he’s playing golf, gets down on his knees, looks to the heavens and prays to God for guidance.
For whatever reason the LucasBooks publishing team has taken to dubbing Lost Stars a Young Adult novel. I’m not sure why they’d bother. Almost all of Star Wars is geared towards the young and basically every novel ever written about Star Wars could certainly qualify. Furthermore I’m not entirely sure the content would justify it. Lost Stars is full of romance, betrayal, violence, sex and bloodshed. I’m guessing the length has something to do with that. As if young adults can only handle half the content of… normal adults.
For being such a fast read, Lost Stars sure does cover a ton of ground. Starting before Star Wars: A New Hope, the book follows the friendship of Thane Kyrell and Ciena Ree as they enlist in the Imperial academy, become crack pilots and up through the all three films in the original Star Wars trilogy. We get to see their perspective of the Battle of Yavin, the events of Empire Strikes Back, specifically the Battle of Hot and then through the battle of Endor at the end of Return of the Jedi and beyond. Looking at the cover and knowing that Lost Stars leads up to The Force Awakens it’s easy to guess where Lost Stars will end, but even still it’s a very fulfilling journey and one of the better Star Wars novels I’ve ever read.
There’s a lot of different formulas at play in Lost Stars and a less talented writer would have a hard time juggling the multiple tones and perspectives. By watching Thane and Ciena go through their Imperial training in the academy we get a feeling of the Star Wars version of Harry Potter. Imposing teachers doling out strict lessons as students scramble for points and to be the best in their class. It’s familiar and fun.
Author Claudia Gray does a wonderful job of diving right into a clean Star Wars continuity and creating wonderful moments from the original trilogy, but from another point of view, in fact from two points of view. With two main characters Claudia has to has to write from two perspectives with two inner monologues, sets of ideals and morals and they’re both distinct and wonderfully written. Her characters are completely fleshed out as is their home world of Jelucan, which has it’s own set of rules, rituals and a class system which finds some characters feeling inferior based upon wealth and religion. It’s really fantastic writing.With the story progressing further through the trilogy we eventually see a split between Ciena and Thane with one running off to join the rebel alliance and becoming one of their crack shots. I won’t say who because I honestly could have seen either one staying or joining. Thane and Ciena are both good people trying to do good through their service to their opposing forces and they both want the best for each other. It paints the war between the Empire and the Rebellion as a tragic civil war. We see themes of friends and family fighting against each other and how friendships quickly turn into rivalries and hatred. But there’s love there too and that romance between Ciena and Thane is so natural and honest.
I’ll say this for Lost Stars, it requires some familiarity with the original Star Wars trilogy. It leaves out details and paints some of it’s events with broader strokes because it expects the reader to already know the details. Most sci-fi takes this time to describe ships and planets with a meticulous nature, but Star Wars is already so well known that when Claudia is setting something up like The Battle of Yavin it will suddenly jump forward and now all the characters are reacting to this event that you already have an intimate familiarity with. Lost Stars also does this incredibly smart thing that I’m shocked nobody ever did before, it paints our heroes into scenes we’ve already seen before. When the Emperor lands on the second Death Star some of the book’s characters are in the ranks there to greet him. It’s a really smart move and now I’ll forever watch that scene and think “oh there they are… right there” and it doesn’t ruin anything, it doesn’t take from it, it just adds to the larger Star Wars universe as a whole.
In fact Lost Stars does this wonderful thing where you suddenly start to realize every Storm Trooper, Tie Fighter Pilot, and other faceless, helmeted member of the Imperial forces is a person who came from some where, who lived a life before and who probably wanted to do something great with their life. Joining the Empire was a way to get off their small home world, to fly the best ships, to get an education and to become somebody. They’re not longer just a massive force of shiny white and black troopers. They’re just like the rebels and just because they’re members of the Empire doesn’t mean they’re evil.
Lost Stars is a great starting place for this new Star Wars canon. I hope Claudia Gray does a lot more in this universe and I would love more stories from these characters as we continue on into the new films and beyond. Yes this book ties into events of The Force Awakens… not in any drastic way, but you do get a great feel for how the Empire is coping after Return of the Jedi, much more so than Aftermath. Young Adult title be damned. I’m 32 and this is one of the best Star Wars books i’ve ever read, and if you know me, you know that’s high praise. *author’s note* I actually listened to the audiobook version of Lost Stars which I can’t recommend enough. It uses music and sound effects from the film. The narration from actor Pierce Cravens is fantastic. He gives both Ciena and Thane real personality and manages to channel other well known Star Wars characters pretty well. If you want the full Star Wars experience this is a fantastic way to do it.
2015 is the year of the Road Warrior. George Miller’s waste land creation was born anew in Fury Road this summer as a hard R rated soft reboot of the classic dystopian car epic. It very well might be the best film of the year only to be topped by Star Wars and maybe The Martian.
With the Blu-Ray release of Fury Road came a new game, the first Mad Max video game since the 1990 NES title that was a top down racer based on The Road Warrior which was terrible (and that’s being rather polite). Mad Max is a world ripe with ideas that translate beautifully to gaming. Cars, violence, open worlds, a nearly silent protagonist that we can impart our will on and a beautifully landscape to explore. It’s a wonder that it took this long for this to happen.
Avalanche Studios was the perfect choice for a Mad Max game. Their biggest creation is the Just Cause series, a series filled with cars, open worlds and vehicular insanity all based around crazy physics. It’s like Peanut Butter and Chocolate, a natural fit. Unfortunately Mad Max feels like the first entry in a series that doesn’t quite know what to do with itself, but who’s sequels will be all time greats.
The closest thing I can equate Mad Max to is the very first Assassin’s Creed. There was a core of great ideas, wonderful ideas and a solid execution but a story and level design that was padded out in order to extend the game play. Too many missions are far too similar. In Assassin’s Creed it was “Go to this location, kill this guy, climb this tower and dive off”. In Mad Max it’s “go to this location, find all the scrap and a relic of the past, beat up all the bad guys and drive onto the next one”.
The story of Mad Max is minimalist at best, which is actually in line with the series as a whole. Mad has is car, the legendary interceptor taken from him by the evil Lord Scrotus. Scrotus is like an amalgam of every villain in films. He’s large like Humungus from The Road Warrior, but his iconography and outfit evoke Immortan Joe. He even has a Thunder Dome like Tina Turner’s Aunty Entity. It’s like a remix of everything you love all rolled into one package. As a villain he fits. He’s imposing and dangerous, his war boys are terrifying and crazy and his cars are monsters, not to be reckoned with.
Right away Max meets The Hunchback called Chumbucket. Chum has a religious zealot like fervor for all things mechanical. He calls Max “The Saint” and claims he’s destined to make a Magnum Opus of steel and death for The Saint to drive. It’s weird and perfect. Their relationship is symbiotic. Chumbucket rides in the back of Max’s car, firing rockets, and harpoons at enemies as Max pushes the engine, takes the corners and inflicts gnashing steely death upon Scrotus’ War Boys. When it’s firing on all cylinders it’s great… but there are hick-ups along the way.
Mad Max is incredibly formulaic. There’s a lot to do, but it’s all the same kind of thing. Max drives to a location, takes down it’s defenses with his rockets, sniper rifle and harpoon and then dispatches war boys in bouts of fisticuffs. Occasionally Max has to fight a large boss but that’s about the limit of the variation. Along the way you collect scrap and level Max up. This unlocks new abilities, armor and the like for Max and new gear, engines and tools for the car. The wasteland will spit out random hazards like a flurry of cars out to kill you or a dust storm. Everything has a risk reward. Blowing up cars will give you fuel or scrap to upgrade and storms have large stockpiles of scrap flying around, but they also contain deadly debris which can cut you down quickly.
The game itself is really pretty to look at and on PS4 it runs at a noticeable 60 frames per second. The draw distance is pretty good, but with some pop in. But other times the game would get massive slow down and I’d have to quit and restart. Other times I’d be driving up on a scarecrow, these large steel and fire towers strewn with bodies. Taking them down helps make the area safer. As I would approach It I’d think “didn’t I already remove this” and then as it got closer it’d just disappear. Lots of graphical hick-ups like this are strewn about the game.
That’s not to say there isn’t a level of polish. It feels like a big AAA game, and it’s fun to play. Controls are great, Max and his car are very responsive (depending on how the car is loaded out) and the car combat is some of the best I’ve ever played. Races are fun, the combat is based on the Arkham counter and attack system and works pretty great. I generally really like this game.
I just wish there was more to do and that it’s story was a bit more grand. I like Mad Max… I have a feeling I’ll LOVE it’s sequel. I’ll be doing a write up soon about what I’d really like in a sequel and the elements it needs to really knock it out of the park
Tommy Wiseau was confused about the differences between 35 mm film and high-definition video so he
decided to shoot the entire film in both formats simultaneously using a
custom-built apparatus that housed both cameras side-by-side and
required two crews to operate. (x)
The Room (2003)
the modern Kubrick
Imagine being on that crew…imagine bonding with the other crew members about all of Tommy Wiseau’s idiosyncrasies
You don’t have to imagine. Buy the book The Disaster Artist which is a memoir about Greg Sestero meeting Tommy and their friendship together. In fact get the audio book where Greg reads it and does a wonderful impression of Tommy all the way through.
It’s one of the best listening experiences I’ve had all year. Tommy is a tragic character trapped in his own delusions and it’s almost a bit terrifying to imagine being that deluded.
I know it’s late... but here’s my opinion on Nicole Arbour
With the way the media blows through a news story a lot of you may be saying “Is this still going on? Who gives a fuck about Nicole Arbour?” Not a lot of people do give a fuck about her, but I wanted to talk about how Nicole is manipulating the story, changing the narrative and turning herself into a warrior for free speech… and trust me when I say this isn’t a free speech issue.
“But Kent! Youtube pulled down Nicole’s account and silenced her! That’s not free speech!” No… Youtube doesn’t give a fuck when some comedian comes along and makes fun of fat people. It’s not against their terms of service. Several years ago I was doing some geek-centric and film criticism writing work for a few Youtube channels and got to know the practices behind many of the big Youtube channels being run. These were shady tactics used by channels to gain subscribers, get free stuff and manipulate the feelings of their audience.
If you wanted to start a second channel you would make a video that was a bit outlandish. You wouldn’t do anything upsetting, or controversial, you’d just be obscene or do a stupid stunt and then tweet out that your account is suspended for a while, and that if people want to follow your new videos they’d have to follow your new second channel. You’d force people who were fans to get their content from subscribing to the new channel. Boom now you have two outlets and twice the revenue.
People adapted this to tactic to when they actually got in trouble, said something stupid, upset people and started to get a backlash. You turn your entire channel private and lie saying “oh I got suspended… Freedom of speech! I can’t believe how Youtube is acting!”
Nicole Arbour is doing this and everyone who’s a little bit familiar with Youtube can tell. There’s another Youtuber who’s made a response, a guy I don’t really like called Boogie. Boogie tweeted out the difference between getting a suspension and just going private. It looks like this.
^^^This is a suspended account^^^
^^^This is a private account^^^
Not only that but while Nicole was claiming she was kicked off Youtube and silenced there were tons of embedded versions of her video. If you tried to play them it wouldn’t say “This content no longer available” it’d say “This content is set to private”
Nicole is turning the situation beautifully to make it seem as though she’s been victimized and once CNN got ahold of the story, oh now it’s time to put everything back because people are going to be curious, they want to see the video for themselves and she wants that extra ad revenue.
I don’t take what Nicole said personally. I’m a fat guy, I don’t really have a problem with it. Do I wish I was thinner? Sure. I also wish I hadn’t broken my back and knees when I was snowboarding at 16. I wish I hadn’t eaten those 30 extra pizzas when I was younger and I wish I hadn’t moved to Portland where I got swine flu which seriously damaged my digestive system. That’s just life.
Also today Nicole was interviewed by Opie & Jim Norton who I love. Opie was always pretty supportive of me and my love of film when I’d call into the show, and Jim Norton has shit on my appearance plenty… the difference is Jimmy is funny, hilariously funny.
Nicole made a point to say she didn’t know how many hits she had on Youtube but her Facebook channel is over 70million plays. Smart move! This makes you seem WAY more important than you are. Youtube tracks how many views, where they’re from, how long people watched, if they have accounts how old they are, what gender… all that. It’s an amazing tool to help you find your audience and give them exactly what they want. You can measure the exact moment they got bored and turned off your video.
Facebook on the other hand counts every time your video just starts playing, and I don’t know if you’ve noticed this but all Facebook videos just play automatically. Even if the sound is muted, that counts as a single play. So with Nicole blowing up over this past week, being shared across social media she’s talking about 70 million plays like that’s a big deal when most are probably autoplays that are silent and scrolled past after 2 seconds. You’re not that important Nicole.
Bottom line, Nicole has a shitty attitude, I don’t think she’s funny but I do think she or her handlers are great manipulators and know how to navigate some social media in order to fit a new agenda if shit comes up. Smart. Shitty person, but still smart.
<p>Oh my god. Fantastic! It’s amazing how many people go out of their way to send me messages like this.<br/><br/>I woke up to the barrage of comments on Booggie’s video yesterday and while some are supportive of what I’ve said, most are sheepishly following as that man eats himself into an early grave.<br/><br/>I’m aware he made a video where I guess he talks about me. Good for him. I unsubscribed. Why would I go watch it? When I unsubscribe that doesn’t mean I’m going to go look for it. I won’t ever speak about Boogie again because I WROTE HIM OFF.<br/><br/>Boogie is a lost cause. That’s all I have to say on the matter. <br/></p>
<p>there aren’t words strong enough to express how much I don’t care what Celia does with her life. You should really stop worrying about it and stop messaging me every time she does something. I really don’t care anymore. She made her choice, she’s living with it and she’s happy. Leave her be!</p><p>I’m doing just fine without her. I’m not angry because she’s happy. You should always wish the best for people, all people. Even you. I wish you the best. I hope you find some meaningful thing to pursue so you can let this go. Clearly you’re way invested emotionally but it’s over, move on. We both have.<br/><br/>Now please stop writing me. I hope you’re not writing Celia. I don’t even think she has a Tumblr, but if she does, leave it alone. And yeah I’m fat and yes I’m a loser in many regards but why do you care? </p>
My #DarthMaul one of a kind vinyl soundtrack for #StarWars #ThePhantomMenace came in. Say what you will about this movie… the score is fantastic. Really love how the vinyl looks. Thanks to #IAmShark. #vinyl #movies #soundtracks #johnwilliams