Reviews

Aquaman Overflows with Adventure and Fantasy

After decades being the butt of easy jokes, Aquaman has finally gotten his own movie. Even this year’s Teen Titans Go! to the Movies made a slam on him: “If Aquaman can get a movie, anybody can.” Thanks to the bearded charisma of Jason Momoa and big action from director James Wan, one could argue this hero is cool at last. That’s definitely what the movie seems to be going for as it overloads on the action, adventure, fantasy,...

Jump into the Spider-Verse for the Best Spider-Man Tale to Hit the Big Screen

Over the past two decades, there have been somewhere around 67 different Spider-Mans (Spider-Men?) swinging into theaters as part of their respective re-reboots of the franchise. It’s easy to feel exhausted at the idea of sitting through yet another Spidey origin story, disillusioned by all the awfulness to come before it. But not this time. Sony’s animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse doubles down—in fact, septuples down—on your love of friendly neighborhood protectors, and it’s a real winner of a...

Pokémon: Let’s Go! Delivers a Wonderful Update That Effectively Combines Old and New

As an avid Pokémon fan from the very beginning, I was cautiously optimistic when Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! were announced in May 2018. On the one hand, the franchise was finally coming to the Switch, even though it wasn’t a mainline release or even the rumored eighth generation, was wonderful news even if it was yet another remaster of a game released back in 1998. On the other hand, how would the Pokémon Go–style catching...

Rob Guillory’s Farmhand Proves You Really Can’t Go Home Again

A Louisiana farmer named Jedidiah receives a vision giving him the information to grow and harvest human organs. His children, Zeke and Andrea, who left the farm years ago, returns upon his request to help him take care of things. The farm is now a super-high-tech, booming business that gives organic transplants to people in need. But with that success come malicious adversaries trying to steal Jed’s work. Unfortunately for Zeke and Andrea, Jed may not be as guiltless...

Red Dead Redemption 2 Shows What Video-Game Storytelling Can Do

Regret is powerful. And while it affects everyone differently, it’s how we deal with our regrets that defines who we are today and who we will be tomorrow. In a medium known for virtual killing and dying without consequence, regret is a theme almost never explored in video games. It happens to also be what makes Red Dead Redemption 2 such a powerful and memorable experience. In storytelling and world-building, Rockstar Games truly pushes video games into uncharted territory. This...

The Favourite Is a Sharply Faceted Costume Drama

The Favourite, the newest film from Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos, tells you right up front what it’s about: it opens with a scene of Queen Anne, having just made a speech, being divested of her ermine-trimmed cloak and crown. In the next scene, in deliberate contrast, we meet Abigail Hall, who’s apparently down on hard times and shows up to Kensington Palace covered in mud. The mud, she informs us, stinks. A maid tells her it’s because people defecate...

Role-Players Can Wander the Streets of Ravnica with the “Krenko’s Way” D&D Adventure

With 2018 being Magic: The Gathering’s 25th anniversary, fans of the long-running game have been treated to a lot of new formats, products, and events. Some have been well received, such as the Dominaria expansion. Others have been more limited in their reach, like the Battlebond draft set. One of the major changes that Wizards of the Coast made to their product release and Wizards Play Network in 2018 was to eliminate support for local game store championship tournaments,...

Robin Hood’s Great Cast Can’t Save a Mess of a Movie

I admit was slightly annoyed when I heard another Robin Hood movie was being released. There are only so many times the same story can be told on the big screen, even if a hot British actor is cast in the role, and my expectations of this movie were at an all-time low. Given that, I was pleasantly surprised how immersed I became in the story. It’s a flawed movie, but the action was enough to keep me interested. In this version,...

Bookishly Ever After Is the Fluffy Romance We All Need Right Now

I’m a self-proclaimed book nerd. I currently have well over 2,300 titles on my Goodreads account, and about 85 percent of those are on my “To Read” list. In high school and college, I devoted hours to immersing myself in my favorite fandoms and writing fanfiction in which I’d be romanced by my favorite characters. While I do enjoy my share of fantasy stories and the occasional sci-fi epic, my absolute favorite stories to read are, not surprisingly, ones...

The Room Is a Must-Play Series for Any Fan of Puzzle Games

As a general rule, I don’t like paying for mobile games. So many end up loaded with microtransactions or start feeling like a second job with the amount of grinding required. But recently, on a whim, I purchased a game called The Room (sorry, no connection to Tommy Wiseau) and was so impressed by it I ended up buying the rest of the series: The Room Two, The Room Three, and the slightly more imaginatively titled The Room: Old Sins....
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