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

More of a Fallout game than ‘Fallout 76’ | ‘The Outer Worlds’ PC Game Review

Intro: When it comes to creating RPG video games, Obsidian Entertainment has to be regarded as one of the titans in the industry. Founded in June 2003 by former Black Isle Studios employees, the company behind the original “Fallout” games,  Obsidian Entertainment has since developed some of the most well-written, inventive and acclaimed games such “Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith … Continue reading More of a Fallout game than ‘Fallout 76’ | ‘The Outer Worlds’ PC Game 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

When You’re an Addams | ‘The Addams Family’ (2019) Movie 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

See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil: How Sensory Deprivation Adds Tension to Horror | Column from the Critic

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

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

Great Acting, A Lot of Stupid | ‘Zombieland: Double Tap’ 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 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