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  • A race to the horizon - Forza Horizon 5 Vs Forza Horizon 4 The Forza Horizon franchise quickly and efficiently carved out its own space that no other game or franchise has been able to compete on. Using the foundation of the Forza Motorsport series – drivatars, physics, handling systems, etc. – Horizon added a lighter tone, open-world activities, and casual […]
  • My favorite games of the year 2021 - Also, ongoing experience of the year. Ongoing experiences of 2021: I suck at coming up with titles. “Ongoing experiences” might be my worst title yet because of how deceptive it is; it does perfectly capture how I interact with these games, though. Most will think that I’m talking about “live-service” games, but these games are […]
  • My favorite movies of 2021 - If there was one thing that 2021’s remake of 2020 improved upon was that I got to see a lot of movies back at the theaters; beyond that, it was another bad remake that repeated a lot of the mistakes of the original. As such, my list for this year is a mix of streaming […]
  • Movies of the Year list: Part one - Favorite movies of 2020, best of the rest, dishonorable mentions Favorite movies of 2020: This is a list that I should have made, at some point, throughout 2021, but did not. Since 2020 was a year that I did not have the chance to see movies beyond what Netflix or other streaming services available to […]
  • Games of the Year list: Part One - 2021’s 2020 game of the year, best of the rest. 2021’s 2020 game of the year: I have many hobbies and, as is true for everyone, limited time. So, I always have stuff that I want to play or experience from years past and 2020 was no different. These are the games I played in […]
  • Is difficulty a good metric for quality? - Most of us had that conversation before and will have it again many times, whether it’s us criticizing something as “simple” or whether it’s someone else criticizing something we like as “easy”. I’ve had this conversation recently about music, movies, games, anything under the sun can fall into that category. For me, the answer is […]
  • The Matrix Resurrections - Inevitable. Once the announcement for a new Matrix was made, and I realized that it was not a hoax and that it was actually happening, my mind began to ponder what would a new Matrix movie look like in 2021. After re-watching the original trilogy, I went to the theater expecting something that felt like […]
  • The 1 to 5 on games: The Gunk - This format is a shorter, more to-the-point, off-shot of the normal review/op-eds I normally do. A ranking will be given at the end from a scale that starts at (from the lowest to the highest): Bad – meh – fine – good – great. Anything not appropriate for these “scores” will likely warrant a more […]
  • Spiderman: No way home movie review - Spoiler-free, for the most part. I do point to when I’m about to spoil some very small elements, so be careful! I have not tried to hide how fatigued I am of the new phase of Marvel movies and similar, CGI-spectacles; I’ve also grown tired of nostalgia-bait and fan service as items on the checklist […]
  • The Forgotten City game review - In the world of video games, 2021 will be remembered for one thing: Time-loops. Appropriate for a year where most of us had expected to return to normality after a year during a pandemic, yet even beginning to return to that past normality was met with further lockdowns and setbacks, as if we were stuck […]
  • The French Dispatch movie review - Watching a Wes Anderson movie is like nothing else you will experience that year and The French Dispatch is exactly that; a unique experience that is full of laughter and drama, excitement and quiet, a well-structured script with lots of improvisation. It is an audiovisual experience that is levels above everything else that came out […]
  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife review - What genre is Ghostbusters? That is a question I never really thought about, but was in my mind while watching Ghostbusters: Afterlife. I really like the first Ghostbusters movie and I don’t really care about the other ones; I enjoyed the second, but it was not as memorable as the first. The reason why I […]
  • Reviewing Studio Fizbin’s busy 2021 - Say No! More and Minute of Islands One of my favorite indie studios is Image & Form of SteamWorld fame mainly because of their ability to tackle different genres with the execution, balance, and maturity of seasoned developers of that genre. Studio Fizbin is not one of my favorite indie developers – in fact, I […]
  • I tried a few demos from the Xbox TGA event - First of all, congratulations to all the winners and the nominees from The Game Awards, but also to all the amazing games that came out this year that weren’t mentioned. I always look forward to the show, but I’m really enjoying these demo events to preview and learn about new games, so I tried 7 […]
  • Sable game review - There’s an area in Sable that is a shipyard/graveyard of old ships. As I waited to complete a quest that needed some time to pass, I decided to venture into that area one last time, before completing the game; I realized that this vast, open space filled with dead ships can be connected to the […]
  • Good is not good enough anymore - With more spare time in my hands and a huge backlog of games that came out in 2021 that I want to play and include in my ‘end of the year’ lists, I’ve been playing a lot of games, but ever since I played Lost Words: Beyond the page, I’ve found myself pondering how to […]
  • Nobody movie review - If I told you that the director of Hardcore Henry (one of the best action movies of the 2010s) and the writer of John Wick are going to collaborate on an idea by a leading actor, who would you guess that actor would be? If you guessed Bob Odenkirk, then you already know about Nobody, […]
  • Psychonauts 2 game review - When this year’s Game Awards nominations were announced, one of the most noteworthy news was that Xbox is the most nominated publisher of the year – the other one being the controversial snub of Forza Horizon 5 from the Game of the Year category. That news alone points to how far Xbox has come in […]
  • Last night in Soho movie review - Out of the many names whose mention would get my attention, few will actually get me excited and one of those names is Edgar Wright. From the Cornetto trilogy to Scott Pilgrim and Baby Driver, I’ve loved everything he has done thus far, but this year was always going to be a special time to […]
  • Unpacking review and a discussion on game pricing and worth - Gaming discourse can be a fun space to interact with. I remember back in 2017 when Odyssey was first revealed and people (including myself) absolutely lost their minds when Mario had nipples; all that additional power of the Switch utilized to give Mario what he has been missing all these years: Nipples. It was some […]
  • Three movies I’ve seen this week: Venom 2, The Guilty, Intrusion - This week has been a strange one, in relation to the movies I’ve seen. They are movies worth talking about (for one reason or another), but I struggle to find anything to get excited about or focus on at any point I feel passionately about. I find that the best way to review these movies […]
  • Should punishing games have a difficulty option? - The hotly debated topic with XCOM Chimera squad as a focal point. With the recent showing of Elden Ring gameplay (and with any new release by FROM Software), there are two statements that come to mind as I watch the footage: “I will never play this, but I’m glad people are excited about this” and […]
  • There’s someone inside your house movie review - Halloween is a great time of year for horror fans; this is the time of year we can watch horror movies every day with friends, instead of every day alone. This year, I had limited time so I spent it with the objectively best movie ever made (Jason X), Ari Aster’s Hereditary, and – just […]
  • Dune movie review - There are few projects that will draw attention to themselves just by a title and a film adaptation of Dune is one of them; whether it’s the “cursed” status it has from Jodorowsky and Lynch’s previous attempts or just the sheer ambition required to translate the novel to the film medium, making a Dune movie […]
  • Halloween Kills movie review - Halloween (2018) is a pretty good movie; it finds a new angle for a tired franchise dealing with Laurie’s PTSD from the events of the original movie and it made Michael Myers scary again. So, how does the same team make one of the most hated sequels in the history of a franchise that has […]
  • The 1 to 5 on games: Dodgeball Academia - This format is a shorter, more to the point, off-shot of the normal review/op-eds I normally do. A ranking will be given at the end from a scale that starts at (from the lowest to the highest): Bad – meh – fine – good – great. Anything not appropriate for these “scores” will likely warrant […]
  • Midnight Mass series review - I don’t usually bother with series anymore; I work, I socialize, I love games, movies, books, I write and try to learn how to be a better writer, and I read. At some point, I had to accept that I can’t keep up with series anymore because they are a large commitment, which I usually […]
  • Music Games 2021 Part Two: Of bird and cage - Compared to The Longest Road on Earth, Of bird and cage (OBAC) seems to be a completely different proposition; where TLROE is immediately recognizable as indie, OBAC is AA through and through. Graphics that look good from afar and terrible up-close? Check. An assortment of gameplay and narrative ideas that show great ambition yet deliver […]
  • No time to die movie review - As far as legacies go, Daniel Craig’s will be fondly remembered by fans, regardless of how his last movie would turn out; after all, Casino Royale (2006) and Skyfall are two of the best Bond movies and two modern classics. Having rewatched all of Craig’s Bond movies, however, I was reminded that he also starred […]
  • The Green Knight movie review - The Green Knight is a medieval-fantasy drama written, directed, produced, and edited by David Lowery who, unlike his fictional brother Mike Lowrey, does not spent his nights driving fast cars and walking slowly away from explosions; instead, he spends his nights (presumably) reading old English poems about legends and coming up with weird, poignant, and […]
  • Music games 2021: The Longest Road on Earth and Of bird and cage. - Part One: The Longest Road on Earth For the longest time, music as a primary feature in a video game came in the form of rhythm mechanics or critics praising the soundtrack of a particular game and citing it as a highlight of their time with a game. As time passed, musicians became more interested […]
  • Boyfriend Dungeon content warning discussion and game review - Some mild spoilers regarding the story and content some have thought should have been warned beforehand. If you want to go in blind, the review is spoiler-free and starts from the 3rd paragraph. Kitfox games, developers of Boyfriend Dungeon, have been one of those indie studios that I have a real fondness of their games, […]
  • Malignant movie review - Love it or hate it, Malignant is going to be one of the most talked about movies of the year; whether you went to the register asking for your money back or for more popcorn because you threw yours in the air from joy, James Wan has delivered an experience that is going to standout […]
  • Blockbuster in the theater, blockbuster at home. Shang-Chi & Kate - As theaters have started to re-open their doors to the public, I let out a sigh of relief; even if the best movies were to be released simultaneously on streaming and theaters, I would still be the person buying a ticket and an ice-cold bottle of water, waiting in line to get in the theater. […]
  • Twelve Minutes Spoiler Discussion - Complete Story spoilers, if you want to avoid them check out my spoiler-free review. If you’ve read my review for 12 Minutes, you’d understand that I have mixed feelings on the game; on the one hand, it is an interesting, thought-provoking, kind-of-unique game with great moments and ideas; on the other, it suffers from a […]
  • Twelve Minutes Review - I remember saying for Twelve Minutes for the first time back in 2015 when Giant Bomb released an early demo video with the game creator Luis Antonio; I, like most people, was super intrigued and wanted to see more. Fast forward four years and the game has resurfaced with Annapurna Interactive set to publish; skip […]
  • A couple of short game reviews: Fire Tonight & Golf Club: Wasteland - As I try to finish up with some longer projects and, due to some other circumstances, I ended up playing a couple of short games that I have a few thoughts on that add up to a full article.Up first is Fire Tonight, which is a game that caught my attention during the last Wholesome […]
  • Candyman (2021) review - Candyman is directed and co-written by Nia DaCosta (alongside executive producer and co-writer Jordan Peele) and is a re-imagining of the 1992 classic of the same name; it stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Teyonah Parris as a couple who delve deeper into the Candyman legend. Anthony (Yahya’s character) is an artist stuck in a rut, […]
  • The Ascent review - As far as next generation console launches go, the ninth generation has been comparatively slow with only a few “next-gen” experiences released thus far. Being someone who got in from day one, you’d think that I would be disappointed by how slowly the justification comes for that price, however you’d be mistaken. Even with the […]
  • Blockbuster Duos: Reviews of Free Guy and Suicide Squad (2021) - My relationship with blockbuster movies has been pretty mixed, for the most part; while I enjoy a dumb, action movie from time to time, I also understand the difficulty of what it takes to craft something as gigantic as a blockbuster project. However, I simply absorb the experience presented to me and blockbusters usually feel […]
  • Pokemon Unite impressions - Pokemon Unite is a free-to-play MOBA take in the Pokemon franchise, developed and published by Tencent. The obvious prediction there would be that the game would be a monetization nightmare and, surprising absolutely no one, it is! But, after a couple of weeks with it and more than a handful of hours spent, I was […]
  • The 1 to 5 on movies: The Swarm - Lowcost horror This format is a shorter, more to the point, off-shot of the normal review/op-eds I normally do. A ranking will be given at the end from a scale that starts at (from the lowest to the highest): Bad – meh – fine – good – great. Anything not appropriate for these “scores” will […]
  • Godzilla Vs Kong review - I was really looking forward to this movie. Kong: Skull Island and Godzilla: King of monsters were two of the dumbest and most entertaining movies of their respective years, and I was ready for Godzilla Vs Kong to follow in those footsteps. It is a really dumb and very fun movie, but compared to the […]
  • Last stop review - Variable State’s debut title, Virginia, was an impressive and memorable experience; from the wordless narrative (it was the indie craze of 2016) to the orchestral soundtrack, it seemed like any other narrative-driven walking sim from a well-funded studio, but looks can be deceptive. Virginia compels with its wordless story and genuinely creates mystique and intrigue, […]
  • Death’s Door review - You know that feeling you get when a game turns out exactly as you’d hoped when you first saw it? Take for example Death’s Door: Made from Acid Nerve, creators of Titan Souls, Death’s Door looks like an action-adventure, Zelda-inspired game with a gothic, low-poly look, visually-impressive boss fights and tight gameplay, with some puzzle […]
  • Fear street trilogy - I have no real affinity towards R.L.Stine’s books; I didn’t grow up with them and I would like to read them at some point, but I wanted to say that upfront because my reason for taking an interest in Fear Street was not the source material. Streaming services are here to stay and as a […]
  • Concluding the Saw Saga for now (Jigsaw and Spiral reviews) - The end is only the beginning Saw was never going to end and remain that way; at its lowest point, which was Saw VI, individual titles made six times their budget at least, with the “final” movie making 136 million dollars from a 20 million budget. Only the latest movie, Spiral, made 37 million from […]
  • Rewatching and ranking the entire Saw franchise to prepare for Spiral - Want to play a game? The first Saw movie was a surprise hit. The (then) up-and-comers filmmakers took a budget of around a million and brought back an excess of 100 of millions in returns. They went on to do great things with both working on the Insidious franchise, while James Wan making the Conjuring […]
  • Chicory review - I see a blank door and I want to paint it pink When I played Wandersong in 2018, I was not expecting it to hit me as hard as it did. Emotionally it was a beautiful and meaningful tale, but it was one of those games that refused to limit its ambitions. Despite its emotional […]
  • The Father movie review - The Father is written and directed by Florian Zeller, based on his playwright from 2012, and stars Sir Anthony Hopkins; it is about an elder Londoner struggling with dementia. As he struggles with accepting this disease, his daughter Anne informs him of her decision to move away. You don’t need me to tell you this […]
  • A letter from Dick Power - [Temp Title] My struggle by Richard “Dick” Power (remember to check if there are any other books with a similar name, because I don’t want to use the title of a disgusting book by accident) “My name is Richard Power and you’ve probably never heard of me; that is because the powers that be made […]
  • The 1 to 5 on movies: Prime Time - This format is a shorter, more to the point, off-shot of the normal review/op-eds I normally do. A ranking will be given at the end from a scale that starts at (from the lowest to the highest): Bad – meh – fine – good – great. Anything not appropriate for these “scores” will likely warrant […]
  • F9 is the dividing point of the franchise - They’ve made their choice; are you in or out? When I walked out of the crowded theater the first time I saw F9, I felt a bit awkward; the full screening had an audibly good reaction to the movie, a better one than I had. I was wondering why; out of all the staff involved […]
  • Awake movie discussion - I always applaud a movie that has the guts to give such an easy to pick on title; you already see negative reviews going for the “snooze button” takedowns and I always feel like there is an inclination to make a movie seem worse than it is just to use those opportunities to their best […]
  • Steam Nextfest 2021 Demo impressions - Another Game Fest, another endless stream of demos on both Xbox and Steam. Steam even gave their event a separate name this year, and hosted close to 700 demos; compared to Xbox, Steam did a good job at discoverability, but with the quantity of demos (and probable quality) I am bound to have missed a […]
  • Summer Game Fest Demos 2021 Xbox Demos - Another Game Fest, another endless stream of demos on both Xbox and Steam. Here is a list of the demos I played and what I thought of them. These were the ones I thought were the most interesting (for me) from Xbox’s list; their discoverability was not as good this year, so I probably missed […]
  • Why am I still playing Biomutant? - Besides the fact that I am weird. This is it. I am finally a GamerTM. There are so many games coming out, tons more being announced during the E3 period, and a heck of a lot more games/announcements coming later this year; yet I am playing a game that I am kind of enjoying and […]
  • A Quiet Place: Part Two review - As the movie industry keeps edging closer to normality, the summer’s first big winner has been revealed; the sequel to the much beloved Quiet Place becomes the first movie to break the 100 million barrier in the US with the worldwide audience embracing it as well. It’s a smash hit, like the way movies used […]
  • Before Your Eyes game review - There is this line that keeps bouncing around the gaming communities – a line I often use myself, because a lot of the time it is true. “Gameplay is king”. You often see this line in reference to games with a bad story; yeah the story sucks, but the gameplay is great, so who cares? […]
  • The Conjuring: The Devil made me do it review - Finally, after months of waiting, I got to see a movie in a movie theater! For those who forgot, a movie theater is a place with big screens, big speakers, comfy seats, and tasty treats, where strangers gather to watch movies – and what better movie to watch in a big, dark, cold room with […]
  • The 1 to 5 on movies: The Woman in the Window - This format is a shorter, more to the point, off-shot of the normal review/op-eds I normally do. A ranking will be given at the end from a scale that starts at (from the lowest to the highest): Bad – meh – fine – good – great. Anything not appropriate for these “scores” will likely warrant […]
  • Maria Versus Furie - Furie wins. Thank you for reading! Once again, I am inclined to compare and contrast two similar movies with their difference being one works and the other fails at almost everything it tries. This time, I’ll focus on two martial-arts, female-lead action movies with roughly the same plot and same “limitations”, but end up with […]
  • Army of the dead review - Love him or hate him, Zack Snyder is a fantastic artist simply due to the fact that every time he releases something with his name on it, it incites a discussion that is worth having and is fun to have. Whether its his cut of Justice League and its length, his versions of comic book […]
  • Cozy grove game review - An alternative to Animal Crossing, where every difference is both for the best and for the worst. Animal Crossing was one of the franchises I desperately wanted to get into, after I fell in love with Stardew Valley; they are not that similar games, but it was a Nintendo franchise that had similar goals, and […]
  • Super Me discussion - Super Me is one of the latest Netflix Original movies to be released. As a general rule of thumb, I always go into something with an open-mind, but Netflix Originals have soured me many times before so I’m always warry and keep my expectations in check – which could be the reason I am less […]
  • The 1 to 5 on movies: Oxygen - This format is a shorter, more to the point, off-shot of the normal review/op-eds I normally do. A ranking will be given at the end from a scale that starts at (from the lowest to the highest): Bad – meh – fine – good – great. Anything not appropriate for these “scores” will likely warrant […]
  • The 1 to 5 on movies: Things heard & seen - Can’t wait for the sequel Things smelt & felt. This format is a shorter, more to the point, off-shot of the normal review/op-eds I normally do. A ranking will be given at the end from a scale that starts at (from the lowest to the highest): Bad – meh – fine – good – great. […]
  • The 1 to 5 on movies: Ji hun (The soul) - This format is a shorter, more to the point, off-shot of the normal review/op-eds I normally do. A ranking will be given at the end from a scale that starts at (from the lowest to the highest): Bad – meh – fine – good – great. Anything not appropriate for these “scores” will likely warrant […]
  • The 1 to 5 on games: Rain on your parade - This format is a shorter, more to the point, off-shot of the normal review/op-eds I normally do. A ranking will be given at the end from a scale that starts at (from the lowest to the highest): Bad – meh – fine – good – great. Anything not appropriate for these “scores” will likely warrant […]
  • The Two Yin Yang masters - Corporate wants you to tell the difference between these two pictures If you’ve stumbled upon this article, trying to figure out the difference between The Yin-Yang master: Dreams of Eternity and The YinYang master, don’t worry you are not alone in being confused! Somehow, Netflix released two movies with the same title, on the same […]
  • Ubisoft free to play plans - It’s been a few days since Ubisoft announced its intentions to forego the 3-4 AAA games per year model, in favor of FTP titles that will have longer life spans alongside their AAA stuff; as with everything, the community seems to have some “hot takes” on the matter. In this case, surprisingly, I am no […]
  • The 1 to 5 on games: Fate of Kai - This format is a shorter, more to the point, off-shot of the normal review/op-eds I normally do. A ranking will be given at the end from a scale that starts at (from the lowest to the highest): Bad – meh – fine – good – great. Anything not appropriate for these “scores” will likely warrant […]
  • The 1 to 5 on movies: Night in Paradise - This format is a shorter, more to the point, off-shot of the normal review/op-eds I normally do. A ranking will be given at the end from a scale that starts at (from the lowest to the highest): Bad – meh – fine – good – great. Anything not appropriate for these “scores” will likely warrant […]
  • The 1 to 5 on movies: Love and Monsters - This format is a shorter, more to the point, off-shot of the normal review/op-eds I normally do. A ranking will be given at the end from a scale that starts at (from the lowest to the highest): Bad – meh – fine – good – great. Anything not appropriate for these “scores” will likely warrant […]
  • Trying to find the way to enjoy Outriders - Outriders is just one of those releases that just splits people and produces varying opinions; searching for the game online, you’re just as likely to find a scathing breakdown of all the game’s failures, and a praising critique of all the things it got right. Nothing exemplifies this more than the launch period, where the […]
  • The 1 to 5 on movies: All my friends are dead - This format is a shorter, more to the point, off-shot of the normal review/op-eds I normally do. A ranking will be given at the end from a scale that starts at (from the lowest to the highest): Bad – meh – fine – good – great. Anything not appropriate for these “scores” will likely warrant […]
  • The Descent movie recommendation - I haven’t done a recommendation for a while now and there’s a good reason for that; I like going back to great movies I’ve seen, but I’ll always prefer to see something new or something I’ve yet to see. I’ll occasionally go back for a watch along someone who hasn’t seen a movie or because […]
  • Deliver us from Evil review - There are so many new movies coming out lately; even excluding the theater releases (because I still can’t go to the cinema where I live), Netflix alone released heavy hitters like Concrete Cowboys, Thunder Force, Stowaway, amongst others. Broadening the search to international cinema, Netflix alone, has released interesting movies like Ride or Die, Homunculus, […]
  • Endless time loop games, for a (hopefully) soon to be ending time loop. - These past 14 or so months have been an endless time loop for the majority of people; regardless of age, occupation, or status, the pandemic and consequent quarantine periods have forced most businesses to utilize remote work practices, and most households to become a makeshift workplace, and entertainment center, as well as being…a house! Even […]
  • Watch Dogs Legion: My biggest disappointment of 2020 - One of my favorite articles I’ve written was about Rage 2 and how the two studios you would want in charge of shooting mechanics (ID software) and open world design (Avalanche Studios) being brought together, led to each studio’s vision of what the game should be to cancel each other out; WD Legion is even […]
  • Sound of Metal movie and acting discussion - The upcoming Oscar 2021 nominations now revealed and, as predicted by many, one of the standout movies was Sound of Metal earning six nominations (best picture, actor, supporting actor, original screenplay, sound, and film editing) and ending up joint second for most nominations behind the ludicrous 10 nominations earned by Mank. I put off watching […]
  • Ikenfell review - If you saw Ikenfell on a storefront and dug a bit deeper to see a description, a features list, and a few screenshots, you may have the same reaction I did: “Is this another indie, RPG, narrative-heavy game with a bright, pixelated style and a surprisingly heavy and deep thematic substance, and a cool twist […]
  • Palm Springs review - As the world comes closer to ending our hellish reality of being home, non-stop, for the past year (plus some change), I decided to gain strength and patiently wait my turn to get vaccinated, by watching a movie about a never-ending time-loop; that should take my mind off things! Palm Springs is co-written and directed […]
  • Narita Boy game review - I like using the phrase “style over substance” in reviews, because it is such a widely accepted and understood description; it’s not a sign of something being dumb and flashy over having something meaningful to say necessarily, it is more of an upfront and concise way to say that the presentation qualities of something is […]
  • The 1 to 5 on movies: Bad Trip - This format is a shorter, more to the point, off-shot of the normal review/op-eds I normally do. A ranking will be given at the end from a scale that starts at (from the lowest to the highest): Bad – meh – fine – good – great. Anything not appropriate for these “scores” will likely warrant […]
  • The 1 to 5 on games: Genesis Noir - This format is a shorter, more to the point, off-shot of the normal review/op-eds I normally do. A ranking will be given at the end from a scale that starts at (from the lowest to the highest): Bad – meh – fine – good – great. Anything not appropriate for these “scores” will likely warrant […]
  • The 1 to 5 on games: Paradise Lost - This format is a shorter, more to the point, off-shot of the normal review/op-eds I normally do. A ranking will be given at the end from a scale that starts at (from the lowest to the highest): Bad – meh – fine – good – great. Anything not appropriate for these “scores” will likely warrant […]
  • The 1 to 5 on movies: Sentinelle - This format is a shorter, more to the point, off-shot of the normal review/op-eds I normally do. A ranking will be given at the end from a scale that starts at (from the lowest to the highest): Bad – meh – fine – good – great. Anything not appropriate for these “scores” will likely warrant […]
  • Possessor Uncut movie review - Doing a routine search on Possessor will show you the conflicting reception movies tend to receive occasionally; the movie has had an overwhelmingly positive reception from critics and middling reviews from fans. Possessor deserves this split; this isn’t a case of critics wanting something that the movie does not want to be or fans “not […]
  • How to talk about a game that demands going in blind using Buddy Simulator 1984 as an example - I bet you’ve seen this sentiment before: “Just go in blind; read nothing, see nothing, this is a thing that is best experienced without any foreknowledge; trust me, go in blind and you’ll like it.” I’ve done it casually and as part of reviews, but is any good? To me, it is the equivalent of […]
  • The 1 to 5 on games: Last day of June - This format is a shorter, more to the point, off-shot of the normal review/op-eds I normally do. A ranking will be given at the end from a scale that starts at (from the lowest to the highest): Bad – meh – fine – good – great. Anything not appropriate for these “scores” will likely warrant […]
  • Another round: Exploring sadness and life through alcohol - Apparently, each year, there’s a study that determines the “happiest” country in the world; I found that notion absurd. How can you objectively determine that? Obviously, there are many factors that theoretically contribute to one’s wellbeing and prospects in life – low unemployment rates, a high GDP of a country, statistical data surrounding subjects that […]
  • Space Sweepers movie review - Sci-fi can take lots of forms; it can be optimistic or pessimistic; it can be bright and colorful or grey and dark; Space is infinite after all. Space Sweepers is a little bit of everything and a whole lot of fun. The characters, the setting, the story, they have heart and deal with some dark […]
  • Adios game review - A pig farmer who is paid by the mob to dispose bodies decides to stop working for them, despite knowing that it will mean his permanent retirement. That is the description of Adios the game, but it is also a description of a lot of self-contained scenes in larger crime movies; the juxtaposition of the […]
  • How Promising Young Woman and I care a lot compare to each other - Paul Blart: Mall Cop and Observe and Report; White House Down and Olympus has fallen; Antz and A Bug’s life; my personal favorite, Christine (2016) and Kate plays Christine. Movies released almost back-to-back, and are either very similar or literally about the same thing; the discussion in such instances has always been centered around which […]
  • I care a lot review - I care a lot was written and directed by J Blakeson, starring Rosamund Pike as Marla Grayson, a crooked and ruthless legal guardian who has made a very successful scam of leeching the savings out of her elderly wards, until she goes after a target she shouldn’t have; also starring Peter Dinklage and Eiza Gonzalez. […]
  • Curse of the dead gods - An examination of the good (and bad) of its expedition system Curse of the dead gods (from now on referred to as COTDG) is a rogue-lite game developed by Passtech Games and published by Focus Home Interactive, which came out of early access on 23rd of February 2021. I’ve spent 21 hours with the game […]
  • Promising young woman review - Promising Young Woman (I’ll be referring to it as PYW from now on) was written and directed by Emerald Fennell, and stars Carey Mulligan and Bo Burnham. The movie follows Cassie, a 30-year-old, med-school dropout, as she seeks revenge for an event that scarred her from her past. I went into this movie knowing nothing […]
  • The 1 to 5 on movies: Red Dot - This format is a shorter, more to the point, off-shot of the normal review/op-eds I normally do. A ranking will be given at the end from a scale that starts at (from the lowest to the highest): Bad – meh – fine – good – great. Anything not appropriate for these “scores” will likely warrant […]
  • News of the world review - Directed by Paul Greengrass – director of the Bourne franchise – and starring Tom Hanks and Helena Zengel, “News of the world” is a new western in the year 2021, and…its pretty good. Tom Hanks is excellent, young Zengel is doing a fantastic job not only keeping up with Hanks but at times matching him, […]