Remembering Hollywood Video | Column From the Editor

There was once a time when Blockbuster, one of the largest video store chains in the world, had over 9,000 stores. Now, in large part due to the success of streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, there is only one Blockbuster left in the world, located in Bend, Ore., and is kept alive mostly as a curiosity from an era that still feels like yesterday … Continue reading Remembering Hollywood Video | Column From the Editor

A Grindy, But Unique Experience | Pokemon GO (2019) Mobile Game Review

I passed over Pokemon GO in 2016 when the game launched, mostly because I was already burnt out by the series’ main version games (I have early memories of playing Pokemon Yellow and Silver versions, but I have completed Pokemon FireRed [2004] though Black 2 [2014] versions). At the time of GO’s launch, I was simply Pokemon’d out, and the prospect of playing a watered … Continue reading A Grindy, But Unique Experience | Pokemon GO (2019) Mobile Game Review

Putting Perspective on Great Tales | ‘The King’ Netflix Movie Review

Netflix is great and terrible, as it is one of the only platforms willing to finance risky and different original content like “The Highwaymen”, “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” “Bright,” and countless creative TV shows, while it also is a harbinger of death for properties its acquires, as sometimes its new content is rushed out the door without much regard to quality. Director David … Continue reading Putting Perspective on Great Tales | ‘The King’ Netflix Movie Review

Let Arnold Retire Already | ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ Movie Review

The Terminator franchise has become the equivalent of coming back to an abusive relationship, hoping things will change and be as good as they were in the beginning of the relationship, only to have them display the same toxic behavior that pushed you away in the first place. It began with “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” (2003), when Director Jonathan Mostow filled in for … Continue reading Let Arnold Retire Already | ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ Movie Review

Alto’s Popup Odyssey | ‘Alto’s Odyssey’ Mobile Game Review

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

One of the Best Films of the Year | ‘Dolemite Is My Name’ Netflix Movie Review

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

Rotten Tomatoes Got it Wrong Again | ‘The Laundromat’ Netflix Film Review

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

Living With Missed Opportunities | ‘Living With Yourself’ Netflix Series 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

It’s Rewind Time | ‘Gemini Man’ 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

Life’s a Joke | ‘Joker’ Review

Put on a happy face, because the Joker is back, and better than ever! I was skeptical about this year’s standalone “Joker” film, especially after the absolute mess Warner Bros.’s micromanagement made of the DC Extended Universe through “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Suicide Squad,” the last of which features perhaps the worst live action joker of all time. My initial reaction to the “Joker” … Continue reading Life’s a Joke | ‘Joker’ Review