Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Shutting Down Nikojin.com - Follow me on other social media!

To make a long story short, I'm too busy to maintain this website and will eventually shut 'er down. This will most likely be my last post.

However, you can still find and follow me on IG and Twitter as @nikocrushing. I also set up a separate account for my corgi, Kato. Feel free to follow him as well (or instead), @katopotato310. As always, subscribe to my YouTube channel if you find my stuff entertaining. I don't upload often, but when I do, they're usually gems, haha!

Thanks and be safe out there.

-Niko

Friday, November 28, 2014

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer Review

Let's talk about the new Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens teaser trailer!

My family and close friends know that I've stopped watching trailers for genre films since right after Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace. Those trailers spoiled too much for me, so I swore off any and all trailers for any of my highly anticipated films since then.

That being said, I couldn't not watch this new teaser after catching the live recording of the @AMCMovieNews trailer review in person. I stalked John Campea, Jon Schnepp, and Kristian Harloff, the hosts of the show, a little bit at the AMC Century 15 across the street from my office until they got out of the theater to set up the recording. I'm glad I got to hear them talk about what was in and what was omitted from the trailer. The kinds of things I wanted to avoid in this trailer were extreme facial expressions and new lightsaber designs. Unfortunately, a screenshot of the saber had been posted up in my news feed, and was unavoidable.

After hearing their thoughts, I felt it I could make an exception for this teaser and went ahead and watched it. I decided to post my thoughts of the teaser trailer, scene by scene, and maybe hear what you think as well. So here we go.

CAUTION: DO NOT READ AHEAD IF YOU'RE TRYING TO AVOID FOOTAGE, SCREENSHOTS, OR SPECULATION FOR THE UPCOMING STAR WARS: EPISODE VII FILM.


Friday, May 16, 2014

AMC Movie Talk - Avoiding Movie Trailers

Hey, kids! I was originally writing this with the intent of emailing to AMC Movie Talk, but decided I'd just post it here instead. And who knows? Maybe I'll make a motovlog about it. Anyway, here we go...


I’m currently watching today’s episode of AMC Movie Talk. I’ve paused the video at the 13:28 mark, just after hearing their responses to Lin Min-Kai’s question regarding not watching trailers prior to seeing their movies. It is very possible, though production stills are impossible to avoid if you follow as many entertainment news pages as I do. I’ve been avoiding all trailers for Star Wars, Marvel, Transformers, Peter Jackson’s Tolkien movies, and a few others since the release of The Phantom Menace. I’ve still managed to avoid the trailer for Ninja Turtles and Godzilla, which I’ll be seeing this weekend, and you can bet your YouTube channel that I’ll be avoiding future Jurassic World, Star Wars and Bats vs Supes trailers like the effing BLACK PLAGUE.

Yes, I may look really lame being the only dude in the theater with eyes closed and ears plugged during the all the good stuff, but I look at it the same way Miri explained, in that trailers give too much away. More often that not, they end up ruining even the tiniest moments for me. The most memorable scene in a movie that I remember going, “wow, that was dope, but would have been WAY more badass had I not expected it” would be the Darth Maul scene in Phantom where he removes his hood and robe, ignites one side of his lightsaber, then the other, revealing the first ever on-screen dual-bladed lightsaber. For the same movie, we also saw in the trailers Ewan McGregor’s epic “NOO!” from behind the red ray shields, and we all knew what that meant. Those were the defining moments for me when I decided to stop watching trailers for movies I highly anticipated.

A few of my friends, all five of my siblings, and three of their spouses are hardcore movie-going nerds like you and me, and I’m telling you that I get more enjoyment out of movies, good or bad, than any of them. I get more out of my twenty bucks at the theater than they get out of theirs because I go in with something they don’t – the element of surprise. Hell, I didn’t even know Falcon was going to be in Cap 2, which was a very pleasant surprise!

Now, in regard to new movies based on original ideas (District 9  and Interstellar come to mind), I’m with Campea and Schnepp in that yes, trailers for these kinds of movies are worth checking out. Anyway, those are my 2¢. Gonna watch the rest of this video now, haha. I'll catch you guys later!

Niko
@nikojin310
YouTube, IG, Twitter

Monday, January 20, 2014

Winter Corgi Beach Day Video (progress)

Hey there, corgi fans! The weekend is over and I'm currently rendering the first cut of the Winter Corgi Beach Day video! I plan to start rendering the final version tonight to have ready for upload early tomorrow morning. Subscribers of my YouTube channel should be receiving their email notifications alerting them that it's viewable before lunch time tomorrow, pacific time (the only time that matters in SoCal, haha).

If you haven't subscribed, you should; it's free and easy! Simply visit my channel at www.youtube.com/Nikojin310 and hit the "subscribe" button for video upload notifications. If you can't wait to get your corgi video fix, you could always re-watch the Spring Corgi Beach Day video entitled, "Corgi Smiles! Spring Beach Day - 4/20/13". You can find it in my Music Videos playlist on my channel.

Thanks again for checking back. Stay tuned!!

-Niko

EDIT: It's up!



Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Present and Future

I know, I know. It's been far too long since I've updated the site. Lots has been going on around here (some of it actually good) and I've made no time to post updates or upload videos. My Drift HD has been collecting dust and I've been neglecting my small-but-awesome fanbase. Here's a bit of an update on what's been going on and some plans for the future.