Reviews

Crazy Rich Asians Is the Rom-Com We’ve Been Waiting For

Let it be known that I’m generally not into romantic comedies. I’m usually the one who rolls her eyes when Attractive Person A stares into the irises of Attractive Person B for an excruciatingly long period of time. However, there comes a time when a girl finds that one show or movie or book that makes her realize that it’s not romance she hates—it’s the way it’s written. Crazy Rich Asians isn’t the first to make me have this...

Never Goin’ Back Goes Nowhere Fast

The best that can be said of the indie comedy Never Goin’ Back is that it’s a far more believable version of Two Broke Girls. Whereas that sitcom presented a female duo too lucky and plucky in New York City to be considered poor and struggling, this film’s two leads fit a more realistic profile of lower-class teenagers in a retail wasteland of south Texas. They can barely make rent or utilities, have the most destructive of roommates, and...

The Orville Is the Perfect Star Trek Homage

Late last year, FOX released a little show called The Orville. It was charming, nostalgic, irreverent, and funny as hell. Audiences loved it. I loved it. But critics? Not so much. The difference between the audience and critic reception was truly staggering, and one of the primary criticisms of the show was a lack of originality. Some reviews were softer, implying that the show was a somewhat heavy-handed approach to homage, but many were far harsher, deeming it to...

Spinning Silver Spins a Complex Tale of Debts

When I worked at a bookstore in high school, my manager always said, “You cannot tell a book by its cover, but you can sure sell a book by its cover.” The cover of Naomi Novik’s Spinning Silver, a loose adaptation of Rumpelstiltskin, beckoned to me; a woman releasing pieces of gold from one hand to another gave me the perception of a woman in control of her own life. The light-blue background with white drops of snow accompanied...

In Puzzle, Drama and Reflection Fit Together

It would seem like a challenge to piece together a thoughtful and engaging film around the quietest of games—something more entertaining to do yourself than to watch. But in Puzzle, director Marc Turtletaub manages to find a dramatic tale to weave around the game itself without turning puzzles into a set dressing for an indie drama of rediscovering passion and purpose. He knows that the game itself has a more contemplative edge and lets the audience enjoy that sense of reflection...

The Meg Takes a Bite Out of Summer

You have to have admire the pecularily Hollywood kind of confidence it takes to make a large-budget shark movie these days. I mean, there are plenty of ferocious predecessors that are really, really good (Jaws, Open Water, The Shallows) and the countless more that are not much better than lukewarm chum (looking at SyFy and a certain movie about tornadoes). So, if you try to make a good movie, the bar is pretty high, and if you are shooting for...

The Ancient Magus’ Bride Combines Magic, Beauty, and Terror

I’ve been on a bit of a faerie-story kick lately—not so much the Grimms’ variety as the creepy-but-beautiful ancient fey myth variety. Before this most recent resurgence of my affinity for such things, I’d heard a little bit about a newish anime series (first released in October 2017) called The Ancient Magus’ Bride and was intrigued by it. When I ran across it again a few weeks ago, it struck me as just the sort of strange and beautiful story...

4 Recent Comic Releases You Need to Read Right Now

The comic-book scene started the summer off on a high note this year! A massive amount of first issues premiered from all types of publishers. We also got a few continuations from June that have been keeping up stellar momentum. If the amount of time it would take to cover all of the awesome July comics sounds excessive, no problem! We’ve got some of the best titles summed up and reviewed—with no spoilers—to get you all caught up. 1....

Despite Its Flaws, Detroit: Become Human Delivers a Memorable Gaming Experience

Detroit: Become Human is the latest game from developer and Quantic Dream studio head David Cage, whose previous games include Fahrenheit, Heavy Rain, and Beyond: Two Souls. Its story centers around three androids—Kara, a recently repaired house android tasked with taking care of a young girl; Markus, the personal android of an aging artist; and Connor, an android investigator sent by CyberLife—and the roles they play in the growing concerns about what constitutes being human and whether or not...

She Is the End Brings Rich Storytelling to New Adult Fiction

Truthfully, I have never sat down and watched an episode of Firefly. How do I know that the newest local sci-fi book I read She Is the End by A. C. Weston is like Firefly? From what I can gather and read on the Internet: Firefly brings together a group of people who are all unique and add a special flare to the team. She Is the End is similar but adds space witches, hired assassins, and a conspiracy theorist to the mix. She Is the End is...
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