Saturday, December 29, 2012

Rant about Apollo Justice

((NOTE: Do not read unless you've played Apollo Justice. Also, something decently big is coming.))

This rant is for those who make games or write fics about Phoenix getting his badge back after AJ, and yes this is partly to motherfucking Capcom. I liked the tease in the game, it was nice. Here's my problem: WHAT THE FUCK. Why can't characters grow and change? I thought it was pretty obvious that over the 7 years between games Phoenix had moved on. Yes, he was still working on changing the system, but from outside. He forged evidence, and as many have pointed out acted very differently from how he normally does. Why? Because he had grown up. He was no longer the greenhorn attorney who bluffs his way through cases. He had become a confident man, who raised his daughter and worked however he could to support them. Why make him an attorney again!? This is akin to One More Day with Spiderman, for me. And the fact is, Capcom wasn't really to blame. They did that because of the fans. So many fucking fans had to complain about how 'Apollo Justice sucks', and 'why isn't Phoenix the main character?' If you want to play a game with Phoenix as an attorney, good. There are three of them. But the character has evolved beyond that, and shouldn't be forced back into that role. I know it probably sounds like I'm whining, and I kinda am, but goddamn it! So, in summation, I am the mad.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Brony Bookclub Episode 17-The Great and Powerful Trixie

This week we had on CoconutSwallow, author of Hostile Takeover, to talk about The Great and Powerful Trixie! We had fun talking about the character and how she can be written, I threw down a gauntlet that I hope many will pick up, Sam and Coconut discovered common ground, and I ruined any credibility I managed to cobble together. You can listen to the episode here ( and email us with comments, questions, concerns, or criticism at

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

In Front of the Silver Screen-Stranger Than Fiction

Stranger than Fiction is easily one of the most interesting films I've ever seen. It's incredibly post-modern, and deals with many interesting things. From an ethical standpoint, from a literary standpoint, and even from an odd crossroads of the two: the ethics of an author. Is it good to only write a character so you can kill them off?

The characters are all great. They're written well, and the already impressive cast all provide fantastic performances. A special note goes to Will Ferrel, who played outside his comfort zone so well that I personally feel it's his best performance ever. The arc his character goes through is fantastic, and he's one of my favorite protagonists from film. If I had to file a complaint, it would be that the baker character, who is quite important, disappears for about a half hour in the middle.

The special effects are used perfectly with the main character. The editting is similarly good, leaving in scenes of characters often enough for them to stick in my memory, before pulling them all out at once in the best moment.

This is my favorite Romantic-Comedy, maybe my favorite Romantic film, and in the running for one of my favorite films period. If you have not seen this film, you're doing yourself a disservice. Laters.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

The Brony Bookclub Episode 16-Doctor Whooves

Dear Jim Butcher,

This week we had on H3ph3stus, author of Timelords and Terror, to talk about Doctor Whooves. While the recording had a bit of a rocky start due to a combination of awkward-not-used-to-this-person feelings and our guests's choppy net connection, it ended up being pretty good. Geeking out over Doctor Who can turn any two nerds into Fire Forged Friends. You can listen to the episode here. Next week we'll be talking about a very Great and Powerful character, so send your emails about us, her, or any complaints you may have to

Your faithful student,
Roy Hankins

Sunday, December 2, 2012

The Brony Bookclub Episode 15-PRINCESS LUNA

Dear Jim Butcher,

This week we had on Andrew Joshua Talon, author of Progress, to talk about everypony's favorite Princess. We talked about our preferences on how the character, and her transformation into Nightmare Moon, should be done. I set forth a new decree about emails. And Sam...was really quiet today. Anyway, listen to all that and more here.

Your faithful student,
Roy Hankins