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Things have changed.

Posted in Art, reviews, Todays culture, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on December 5, 2013 by lickthestranger

Well, its been such a long time since I posted on this blog. I remember a time when I couldnt wait for it to be monday (due to our Artist mention Mondays of course). Time to fill you in on whats been going on with me. Well I have decided to embark in Medical school, during this long period of silence I have been focusing on taking the core classes necessary for admission. I took Biology 1 and 2, chemistry 1 and 2, Physics, organic chemistry…YOU NAME IT! I mean just thinking about this makes me wanna puke! I dont have much time to write on this blog and I dont even know why its still active lol. I will try to write during the holidays but it will truly be a long shot. There were a few people that have messaged me, of which I never replied to seeing as to how the messages were sent in October and it is now December I doubt the person is still inquiring about me! hahaha. I miss the easy times when I could sit on the computer looking for brilliant artwork to share with you guys but unfortunately those days are long gone. Any way, lets stray away from the gloom factor a bit because I gotta tell you guys I SAW NINE INCH NAILS LIVE! YES! I saw trent reznor in the Flesh! (i was like all the way in the back but…) still, I got to see trent reznor! Here are some  pictures

My girlfriend kimmy and I while waiting for the next song to play!

My girlfriend kimmy and I while waiting for the next song to play!

ECSTATIC ME right before the show!!

ECSTATIC ME right before the show!!

Eating at a mexican restaurant which was literally a hole in wall but it was incredible!

Eating at a mexican restaurant which was literally a hole in wall but it was incredible!

Near the end, of which he returned to play 4 more songs!!!

Near the end, of which he returned to play 4 more songs!! this is not the exact picture but I promise you it looked exactly like this!

Anyway, the concert was bought by my lovely girlfriend kimmy. She is the best part of my life and wouldnt give her up for anything on the planet!

Well I shall leave you all (anyone paying attention anyway) not in a sad note but in a happy note. Perhaps, I can still write on the blog…let me get your consensus on that.

 

 

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IT’S BEEN A WHILE!

Posted in Art, Community, Fiction, Gaming, reviews on October 18, 2012 by lickthestranger

Hey guys, unfortunately Ive been gone for several months and have been unable to attend to LTS’ blog. Ive been extremely busy with schooling and volunteering so I barely have time to sleep, let alone keep in touch with the newest things in entertainment. But I promise you this I will try to do my best and not forsaken you again… Im working on something big that requires a lot of diligence and dedication from my part and Im sure your all right behind me supporting me. In the mean time, lets concentrate on Dead Space 3 which has unanimously taken the “horror suspense” crown away from RESIDENT EVIL. Personally, I love them both and think that both have their moments and excellent back stories. Resident Evil 6 should be out by now? truly I’m not sure, since I havent been able to play games for nearly 2 months now. BUT! THERE IS NO FUCKING WAY IM MISSING THE RELEASE OF HALO OR DEAD SPACE 3. So I’ll leave you for now with a view of Dead space 3.

HALO 4 Finish the fight..AGAIN.

Posted in Art, Community, Fiction, movies, reviews with tags , , , , , , on August 5, 2012 by lickthestranger


I dont have much time to write tonight so I’ll leave you with a couple of amazing snap shots of the new HALO game. During my absence, I’ve been studying for Biology exams which is a killer…needless to say Im happy to see that people are still coming to the site in support of LTS and our previous content. Thanks to all the fans weve reached 12,000 views…more than I have ever had in anything Ive ever done. So thank you for all the support. Next week I’ll be here with some new content and some great news about the Art community, A NEW UPCOMING independent web series, new live action Halo series and much more. Well I gotta get back to studying, my exam is tomorrow…wish me luck. Take care and enjoy some halo 4

 

Heres the video link to the machinima webseries for Halo.

Here is a new enemy for halo 4.

well guys here they are, be back next week for a prequel review to HALO 4. As always you heard it here first at Lick the Stranger.
LTS. Leo Bazan

The Dark Knight Rises Review *NO SPOILERS!

Posted in Art, Community, movies, reviews with tags , , , , , , , on July 19, 2012 by lickthestranger

Dark Knight Rises Prescreening (from left to right) Kenny, Leo Bazan, Kimberly Zavala, Chris Zavala, Jesse


THIS REVIEW IS 100% SPOILER FREE and its from the Heart**

Well the long awaited conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s Legendary Batman series has finally arrived..first off I just want to thank Christopher Nolan for allowing me to experience one of the greatest Cinematic Feats in Film history, for that I am truly grateful.Not only is this a true and significantly brilliant end to a legendary series but the triumphant story of the unforgettable characters that we have grown to love for about 70 Years now will continue to echo through time not as a superhero film but as an EPIC. Nolan’s Batman is comparable to histories greatest epics such as the Iliad, Odyssey, A Midsummer Nights Dream and Beowulf all of which have engraved their place in time. Nolan’s Dark Knight truly Rises, Rises to the heavens as an Opera on film. The expressive tone of actor performances, the use of camera filters that vividly acknowledge every emotion scene by scene, indulges you to not only like the idea that your watching batman, but finally feel PROUD THAT YOUR WATCHING BATMAN.

Batman has been a long time hero of mine, ever since I can remember…and tonight I felt that he has impacted my life in an amazing way, Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises reminded me of every reason why I love Batman, and what I would do without him. Let us begin… We waited in line for 5 hours to see the Dark Knight Rises from 2 pm to 7pm. For 2 hours and 45 minutes of run time despite Mixed Critic Reviews on ROTTEN TOMATOES I felt that not a single frame in this film was flawed in any way shape or form.Truly BANE stole the film for me… with a brilliant performance by Tom Hardy. Tom literally  personified the essence of evil…I mean the guy is a down right ASS, well in a GOOD way..because I loved to Hate Bane, he seemed relentless and outsmarted Batman at every turn..by staying true to the comics, Bane earns his rightful place as a physically superior and intellectual villain in the Dark Knight Rises  and has finally put the old stupid mindless Brute Bane from Batman Forever to rest.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake truly inspires the entire cast to take action on most aspects of the plot, A REAL PLOT DRIVER and a GREAT ONE because every frame with Levitt present is pure GOLD! One of the best Characters in the film has to be the most secretive of them all, Catwoman Played by Anne Hathaway who has come close to stealing the movie from Bane…seems accurate seeing as to how she’s a skilled thief, she is truly a gem in the comic book world and her sensuality and seriousness was balanced beautifully. I don’t want to go so far as to say that she beat Michelle Pfieffer’s performance of catwoman (click if you want someone else’s Ballsy opinion) because they are different eras and well Anne Hathaway did great in my opinion. Lastly a tear jerking performance by Michael Caine as Alfred sets the stage for an epic novella to unravel its secrets to its audience. Michael Caine and Christian Bale seem to share this wondrous relationship on camera that remains unmatched to this day…his love for the wayne family is a strong factor in this film and Nolan has given us the opportunity to feel what Alfred feels when Batman takes to the streets. Not only as an all giving ally but as a frantically worried and exasperated father figure that wants nothing but a beautiful life for Bruce Wayne. Harmonious and beautiful…WARNING YOU WILL CRY…

Its honestly too difficult to state all of the things I love about this film, perhaps because its too soon. I will do an in depth video review of the Dark Knight Rises once you’ve all already seen it to avoid any problems with spoilers. But what I do have to say is this…I do not want Batman to end and I know that it probably will never end but the films that Nolan has given to us have set the Bar so high that Batman films have most likely reached their Closure (for now). But thats the beauty of the caped crusader, the fact that batman’s soul lives on and has lived on for more than 70 years through vessels that portray his Morals, ideals and heroic feats in many ways (Christian Bale, Michael Keaton, Adam west, George Clooney, Val kilmer) all vessels to the idea that is Batman, each portrayed in their own light. Batman is not just a super hero he is a mortal selfless human that shows the best parts of Humanity. If this is the end as Nolan has been saying(which brings a choke to my throat)…he means an end to his series because BATMAN WILL NEVER END, so long as someone is willing to take on the job of fighting crime.
By the way “I prefer to use my first name… Leonardo” You’ll get this once youve seen the Dark Knight Rises in theaters Friday, JULY 20
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Dark Knight Rises-Prescreening! *REVIEW ON WEDNESDAY!

Posted in Art, Community, movies, reviews with tags , , , , on July 17, 2012 by lickthestranger


Okay so as you will see in our FIRST VIDEO BLOG here at LICK THE STRANGER the word of the day is EXCITED! because I say it a lot O.O a whole fucking LOT. Basically I made a video to share my HYPE for Batman because we got Prescreening Passes to see it THIS WEDNESDAY!! I know its crazy and awesome because I get to tell you guys all about it! So tune into lick the stranger on wednesday to see if Christopher Nolan’s The Dark knight Rises So IM EXCITED AND EXCITED TO SHARE IT WITH YOU GUYS! THIS WEDNESDAY and as always you will HEAR it FIRST here at LICK THE STRANGER! Bringing you Innovation in art of all Forms enjoy our VIDEO! 🙂

The Amazing Spiderman was truly Amazing

Posted in Art, Community, Fiction, movies, reviews with tags , , , on July 7, 2012 by lickthestranger

(Long blog post so For those with the attention span of a squirrel scroll to summary at the bottom)
Remember when people dreaded the releases of super hero movies, I mean they were just as good as video game to film adaptations(Amazing turned into hollywood Shit), Yeah you know what Im talking about right? Need refreshers? Supermario Bros, Street fighter, Hitman, Hulk(NOT the Edward norton one) and UGHH and probably the biggest Shitfest out the bunch, I mean this film is straight up NUTSACK! the shitty ass movie based on a top selling legendary series DOOM, Yeah I know even the movie poster makes you go “OH NOOO,WHY? with the ROCK (sorry Dwayne Johnson)?! I mean WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?!?! LETS SHIT ON ANOTHER GREAT GAME, PEOPLE WILL PAY FOR IT ANYWAY!!WTF!) . Well anyway lets save the shitty movie rants for another review, lets focus on Marvel Studios’ reboot of The Amazing Spiderman, it seems that marvel has learned from all the prior attempts and extraordinary Faliures that is SUPERHERO FILMS not produced directly by them. Marvel Studios has designed amazing Comic book to film interpretations that continue to exceed my expectations. Marvel studios has carefully given birth to a plethora of great films and with out a trouble pregnancy I might add (no cesarian needed) first IRON MAN, then the incredible Hulk (one of my favorites) Captain America and the avengers, didn’t care much for Thor, great movie Im sure just havent seen it (let the TROLLING BEGIN). I MEAN SPIDERMAN WAS JUST FLAT OUT AWESOME! Andrew Garfield in my opinion fit spiderman in every way shape and form. 

I mean look at that shit, FINALLY a good Peter Parker; sorry Tobey but Andrew destroyed anything that happened in the original trilogy in my opinion. Lets forget that the first 3 films ever happened (lol thats probably what marvel studios said, lets dump Sam Grimmy’s Original SM and make our own I mean is 11 years enough for people to forget 3 films…yeah Im sure it is) well this new adaptation really makes you want to forget you ever saw anything before it. Dont get me wrong I loved the original at the time and Tobey is an amazing actor but Andrew stole the show for me. His physique, his voice, the movement, the face, the wimpiness to superheroness shall I continue? The action was spectacular and the on film chemistry behind Andrew and the beautiful and BLONDE Emma Stone was natural and compassionate, not over exaggerated like the original between Parker and MJ. The less love and more action/story oriented, The Amazing Spiderman really conquers by choosing a cool ass super villain THE LIZARD. Not only is the lizard a good choice but the character development and powerful perfomance delivered by the talented Ryhs Ifans was just enough of the right ingredients to suck me into the movie.
I just want to stare at this picture for a little longer…lets shall we……..Okay so just the cheer badassness portrayed by this drawing is simply indescribable. I mean just think that when Marvel Studios looks at pictures like this they probably tell their staff “Okay so we have a budget now, we need to get the best Cinematorgrapher, director, lighting expert and after effects genius on this right now, I want a literal live action replica of this scene or I am not making this movie” Yeah thats probably how they make movies, meticulously caring about every single scene as it should be. I dont want to talk too much about the plot of the new Spiderman because Its pretty much oversaturated on the internet so I’ll just tell you that its a balls out, sickly intense, stylish and sexy interpretation of a great comic book legend and Marvel Studios releases another successful instant classic yet again. I FORGOT TO MENTION and I LEAVE you with this little fact, remember that annoying indie movie with that emotionless actress that looks like Katy Perry..yea Zoey Deschanel (I mean seriously I think they’re the same person, either that or they’re aliens) yeah you know her 500 days of summer well thats the director of the new Spiderman! Mark Webb might I say its a step up. Anyway this week I’ll be talking about Nine Inch Nails New Record and its gonna be badass so stick around for some more art and fun from LTS.
LTS Leo Bazan

SUMMARY: The Amazing Spider man rocked, Marvel studios is fucking insanely great at making comic book to film adaptations. Theres a lot of shitty movies out there and this isnt one of them. Andrew Garfield beat Maguire  by a mile as the new spiderman. Again BADASS, GREAT and READ NEXT TIME!

My Puscifer Experience

Posted in Art, Community, Music., reviews with tags , , , , , , , on June 17, 2012 by lickthestranger

Well sorry Im getting back to you late, I know that a post was promised on thursday but one thing led to another and I had to catch up on some old PS one games, Im sure you understand the urgency of my situation. NOW PUSCIFER, you my friend told me “leo how much can I truly expect from a band that composites the words Pussy and Lucifer as means of recognition for a group?…he replied to himself in the following “A HELLFUCKING LOT THATS JUST GENIUS”. Thats right my friend because Puscifer loves the word “VAGINA” and they make sure you love it too, while a video clip of Maynard James Keenan dressed up as a Drunkard Military Colonel begins by stating that no video or photography is allowed, if he catches you he will come out of the screen and kick your ass himself

Highlight of the moment” I toured with that band called “fools-uhh Drools oh Tool thats right and that other shit uhh Full circle, Im sorry whats its called Half circle” yea perfect half circle”- Major Douche.

(I was in the forth row, I almost took a video just to get the shit beaten out of me, so I can go back with a black eye to tell my friends “Yeah I got my ass kicked by MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN” what an Honorable way to get your ass kicked”, theres should be like an XBOX achievement for it, called “Spiraled Out” those enjoying the moment receive a lesser achievement but still good one called “Vicarious”)

A perfect circle Bassist and carina round collaborator standing in front of a trailer home stage prop.

The Idea of the show was to change your setting from your regular city backyard to the vast openness of the Arizona Sonoran Desert, (with a trailer home, grill, chairs a fake fire and a drumset on a hack tractor) Maynard did a damn good job at it. First off he began with a deep discussion of Sustainability (no not the enviromental kind for you tree huggers) just messing around its was about humanities roots of Specializations within ancient civilizations and how art was created as a means to share their knowledge of life and how its the only thing that will keep us moving on. Yea sorry Scrappy/Frillix lovers DJ lovers what ever the hell that shit is called if your reading this, I think its time for you to leave, its already too complicated for you to understand (were talking about real music now okay). Anyway, the concert felt like a it was conducted as a broadway theater play. The drummer OWNED, literally he is a star, the simplistic drum beats of the industrial experimental genre were just glamourized and brought to a hole new level with this guy “Jeff Friedl” and bassist “MATT McJunkins” really stole the stage in many a moments. The overall atmosphere was genuine, unlike anything I have ever experienced in my life. Its like the perfect balance of wisdom, jokes and good fun, badass industrial experimental music and some wine to enjoy the ride. The concert felt like we were all relaxing with the band as they played they tracks separated by what seemed like ACTS. Act 1 was Wiseness Act 2 was the Change in times and wishes of the future and ACT 3 was Today as in the Present. Or maybe Im just a band Geek that looks too into things.

The set list was magical, and Maynard was happy and not being the typical asshole everyone knows him to be, he was actually surprisingly nice. Carina was amazing, aside from her endless beauty her talents surpass any of the so called “good” singers of the pop generation. Maynard always brings us gold with his music, lyrics and now with adjacent and collaborators as well. I honestly see a bright future for miss Carina, its crazy how she moved like Young maynard…YEAH you remember the Tool 1993 performance in the Reading Festival where maynard wore a pink long john, Well thats exactly how she moved, so animalistic, yet unique and inciting. When the tracks were all played the band sat down and enjoyed a nice glass of whine on front stage. When the crowd took their seats Maynard said “who the hell said you could sit down? whos over 48 here? a couple people raised their hands, he followed on by saying “okay you can sit down youve earned the fucking right to sit down”. BRILLIANCE. I feel like society takes very little notice of gems such as puscifer and instead turns to the mindless and heartless forms of stupidity they called POP music. But its only when its gone that they start to appreciate it. Overall the concert was an amazing experience worth repeating itself.  What do we all think of Maynard….lets have a look..

HAHA yea cmon we all think that dont lie. Well there is innovation and there is shit all crossing a thin line on thin ice and since the world isnt always niceness and bunnies shitting out rainbows NO NO NO there is the dark side and there is a lot of SHITTY music out there. Im gonna show you guys something a reporter wrote on the newspaper about one the worst bands to ever take a SHIT on music, one the bands that is so OFFENSIVE to the rock Genre that anyone mentioning the name deserves an automatic Nut check, yea your probably already saying to yourself “Oh shit nooo its Nick…. ” well NO! dont say it ! cuz demons will come and rape you! So I’ll let an image take care of that…just for shits and good laughs heres the image..

I know…I know.. but trust me Ive got a news reporter who spoke the truth behind nickelshit and Ive gotta show it to you.

Hey looks like Im not the only one who doesnt like nickel…one must not say the name remember…
ARTIST MENTION MONDAYS IS BACK THIS WEEK AND ITS A SPECIAL ONE! Hope you enjoy!
Innovation and art of all forms
LTS. Leo Bazan.