There’s been this trend in the gaming world to praise minimalistic games for their innovation, beauty, and guts to not be as bad as mainstream games in their monetization — especially if they’re indies. I haven’t been a hardcore gamer since the early 2010s, mostly because I’ve been put off by the direction games have taken — call me crazy, but when I spend $60 … Continue reading Alto’s Popup Odyssey | ‘Alto’s Odyssey’ Mobile Game Review
If there is one fictional family that has stood the test of time, it would be the Addams Family. The New Yorker comic strip by Charles Addams has branched out to different mediums since the first publication in 1938, from the beloved 1964 TV show, cartoon adaptations, a musical and two beloved theatrical films in the 1990s. 26 years later, the creepy, kooky family has … Continue reading When You’re an Addams | ‘The Addams Family’ (2019) Movie Review
Halloween is here, and with it comes the devoted celebrations and horror movie marathons with friends. Now, I’ve never been a fan of horror movies. But recent releases have intrigued me with the ideas they present. One trend that’s stood out is how they play with sensory deprivation. In the movies watched, I’ve noticed that the absence of one sense adds to the tension. And … Continue reading See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil: How Sensory Deprivation Adds Tension to Horror | Column from the Critic
Eddie Murphy has been unforgivably absent this decade on screen. Thankfully, Netflix’s latest hit, “Dolemite Is My Name”, makes up for all we missed, and then some. “Dolemite Is My Name” is a comedic biopic on the life of real life comedy legend and rap pioneer Rudy Ray Moore (Murphy), who became a Blaxploitation cinematic phenomenon in the 70s and 80s as his alter ego, Dolemite. Moore’s story … Continue reading One of the Best Films of the Year | ‘Dolemite Is My Name’ Netflix Movie Review
“Zombieland” hit the theaters over ten years ago, and its sequel released recently. The film was an absolute cult classic, and had the full package for a phenomenal movie. Naturally, sequels scarcely ever outperform their predecessors, but how close did “Zombieland: Double Tap” come to doing that?
Zombieland 2 takes place ten years after the first film, with the group living in the abandoned White House. Two characters from the first film, Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) run off to go their separate ways, but when a new, durable type of super zombie (nicknamed the T-800) surfaces, the remainders must chase after them to save them.
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Rotten Tomatoes has gotten it wrong before, such is the nature of a review aggregate site, which mashes populist and academic film critic scores into one unsightly Frankenstein metric. But I can’t remember them getting a score this wrong. Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas star in Steven Soderbergh’s latest film, which Netflix picked up, titled “The Laundromat,” covering diverse fictionalized plot threads centering … Continue reading Rotten Tomatoes Got it Wrong Again | ‘The Laundromat’ Netflix Film Review
Pretty regularly, Netflix will attach a big name celebrity to something exclusive and weird, like Jonah Hill and Emma Stone’s limited series, “Maniac” and Meryl Streep’s dramady “The Landromat.” While Netflix remains to be a place underappreciated actors like Natasha Lyonne of “Russian Doll” fame can break out into prominence, it’s also been able to attract high caliber A-listers like Chris Pine, Chris Evans and … Continue reading Living With Missed Opportunities | ‘Living With Yourself’ Netflix Series Review
There are two projects that came out this month in theaters made by alumni from “The Hangover” trilogy. The first was Todd Phillip’s “Joker,” which has already been covered on the site. And then there’s this gem from writers Scott Moore and Jon Lucas, who also have directing credits with this film. Adam Devine plays Phil, an aspiring journalist who is obsessed with social media. … Continue reading Jexi’s Midnight Runners | ‘Jexi’ Review
I have a great amount of respect for Director Ang Lee. His films don’t always work, but they are always visually interesting and memorable. His latest film and most-recent-film-Will-Smith-will scrub-from-his-resume, “Gemini Man” is like many other Lee films in the regard that it has a bizarre premise (Will Smith, who is a secret agent for the Defense Intelligence Agency, has to fight a younger clone … Continue reading It’s Rewind Time | ‘Gemini Man’ Review
Intro: When it comes to reading comics, I live by a simple rule: If I start to dislike a title I’ll stop reading new issues until the series becomes better or the next writer is someone I trust to do a better job. I’ve had an on and off again relationship with the X-Men since Brian Micheal Bendis took up the main series and wrote … Continue reading Days of Future Present | ‘House of X’/’Powers of X’ Comic Book Review