South Park: The Stick of Truth- quality, polarizing, entertainment

The following goes in-depth on a very adult-rated video game, with sensitive and potentially offensive depictions of various facets of it. Viewer discretion is advised.

When people think of the popular TV show “South Park”, numerous things likely come to mind. Silly, unforgiving, sometimes blatantly (maybe intentionally) offensive. It is not for the faint of heart. Yet, it has been appealing enough on TV to survive- and thrive- for over twenty years. In 2014, Trey Parker and Matt Stone elected to take South Park into the video game spectrum with the Stick of Truth. And boy is it a doozy. Continue reading “South Park: The Stick of Truth- quality, polarizing, entertainment”

Five Months later: A Smash Ultimate review

At the time of writing this, Super Smash Bros Ultimate has been out for just under five months, ample time to have been able to play the game thoroughly, inside and out. This is a game which had been hyped up a lot before its launch. Competitively, it was supposed to be the most balanced roster yet with excellent, structurally healthy and mentally stimulating changes … Continue reading Five Months later: A Smash Ultimate review

“Happy Glass” an addicting ad-stuffed tragedy of a game

Some will look at a glass as being half-full. Others will see it as being half-empty. For the mobile puzzle game “Happy Glass,” neither really matter, as its water is polluted by pop ups ads and premium memberships.

I want to preface this by the fact that I like Lion Studio’s 2018 free-to-play puzzle game “Happy Glass” purely from the perspective of it as a game. In fact, had it been published on a traditional gaming platform like the Nintendo eShop, where monetization practices are better regulated, I would absolutely love it. Continue reading ““Happy Glass” an addicting ad-stuffed tragedy of a game”

“Russian Doll” another tight Netflix show that works

“Russian Doll” is a tightly-focused, high concept time loop adventure set in New York, starring Natasha Lyonne, who apparently has been in everything, but whom I wasn’t familiar with before seeing this.

At least not knowingly. Apparently she was in “Robots,” “American Pie,” and “Pee Wee’s Playhouse.” Lyonne is one of those actresses that has a wealth of secondary and background roles but lacked a role that gave her real star power until Netflix gave her that opportunity. Continue reading ““Russian Doll” another tight Netflix show that works”

Reviews in brief: The Equalizer 2 and Christopher Robin

Sometimes life gives you a movie that has so many interesting moving parts that you just have to write 2,000 to 3,000 words about it. Sometimes life gives you some perfectly-acceptable films that, while they leave room for fleshed out opinions on thm, there just isn’t a lot to talk about it. This week in film did that very thing to me, henchforth this first installment of InReview Briefs. Today’s lineup comprises of “The Equalizer 2” and Disney’s “Christopher Robin.”

So let’s just jump into it. Continue reading “Reviews in brief: The Equalizer 2 and Christopher Robin”

Mamma Mia! 2 is a goofy, fun time

Here we go again.

When I first saw that subtitle for the new “Mamma Mia!” film, I read it with some contempt. Memories of Pierce Brosnan and pre-“Into The Woods” Meryl Streep singing plagued my memories, and I couldn’t sleep. I put “Mamma Mia!” 2 on my most anticipated summer movies list only because I thought that certainly there was no way it could be good. It was a sequel to a movie based on a musical that butchered the “musical” part by forcing tone-deaf celebrities to sing, only saved by its fantastical cinematography and ABBA soundtrack. It’s a film that I’ve never been able to finish, though to be fair, I’ve never been given the first film a proper shot. Jukebox musical romantic comedies aren’t exactly my cup of tea, but I’m a firm believer that with effort, any good genre film can be enjoyed based on the codes and conventions of its native genre, the trick is just picking up on them and adjusting your expectations accordingly.

So for the second film, I was actually able to get into it.  Continue reading “Mamma Mia! 2 is a goofy, fun time”

The Berkshire County movie you never knew about

I live in Berkshire County, Mass., not that you would know that given the content of this website. It’s a quiet, quaint little corner of Massachusetts where quite frankly not a lot happens, at least when you consider all the attractions over the border into New York or in the Eastern part of the state, so I was surprised when I typed in “Berkshire County Movie” in Google and a real movie popped up, created by a real filmmaker that made rounds in film festivals in 2014 and 2015. Continue reading “The Berkshire County movie you never knew about”

Ant-Man and the Wasp Review #7,456,247

Yes, I’m finally reviewing this. It’s been a whole week since this came out, meaning that I’ve missed the Google search engine wave for this film by, say, three weeks when you account for early reviews.

But I talked about this film last week in my box office predictions column, so here you go! The obligatory “Ant-Man and the Wasp” review! Continue reading “Ant-Man and the Wasp Review #7,456,247”

Dead Frontier — A trailblazing game that overstayed its welcome

Last week, the “Dead Frontier” franchise announced that its long awaited-sequel to its first game, fittingly named “Dead Frontier 2”, will be released very soon, and even released a trailer offering a glimpse at the highly-anticipated game.

Before it comes out, though, it would be impossible to ignore its predecessor. Despite the headline of this review, I didn’t by any means dislike DF1. DF1, when was a revolutionary game for tis time that filled every zombie lover’s biggest wishes: Take the very tried-and-true zombie formula and backdrop, and make a MMORPG with it, filled with thousands of players taking on their own custom-built personas to survive in it, either with or against each other.

While the game isn’t first person, it’s the next closest thing to “if this was in real life, would I have the wits to survive, or maybe to even thrive?” Yet, it wasn’t perfect by any means. In fact, it was truly anything but. As the game grew older and less “fresh,” its imperfections shone in a brighter and brighter, and this was not helped by a less-than-perfect developing crew. Continue reading “Dead Frontier — A trailblazing game that overstayed its welcome”

Retrospective Review: A look back on Smash 4 from a competitive gamer

With Nintendo having released the trailer for “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” and officially declaring a release date, the time of Smash 4 is coming to an end. The game has been out for a few years, but unlike its predecessors, it didn’t have a lot of time before being replaced by a newer Smash. “Smash” 64 only lasted a couple years, but Melee came out … Continue reading Retrospective Review: A look back on Smash 4 from a competitive gamer