Reviews

Season 2 of Jessica Jones Went the Logical Route

Warning: Spoilers follow! After what felt like an eternity, and a rather mediocre side trip with The Defenders, season 2 of Jessica Jones finally premiered on March 8, 2018. In all honesty, I had a crush on Jessica (Krysten Ritter). It had to be her smart-ass attitude, or her strength (physical and emotional), or maybe I just like a girl that enjoys whiskey. Anyway, I was obsessed with season 1; I felt that it was the pinnacle of Marvel...

Stardew Valley’s “Just One More Day” Mentality Keeps You Playing for Hours

From FarmVille to Rune Factory to Harvest Moon, the farming-simulation genre is one that many gamers have been familiar with at one time or another. But Stardew Valley manages to take this formula and run with it, making for one of the most charming and addicting gaming experiences I’ve had recently. The game starts out with a brief bit of customization, including designing your character, naming your soon-to-be farm (I named mine Chocobo Farm), and choosing whether or not...

Kings Is a Mismatched Battle Between Drama and Comedy

This article includes spoilers for Kings. I’m struggling to fully grasp what Deniz Gamze Ergüven was going for with her film centering around the Rodney King riots. My best guess is that she wanted to create an all-encompassing aspect of the chaos, brimming with rage, love, and euphoric release. This may make Kings sound like most ambitious of stagings for a period when racial tensions ran high, but there’s an amateur vibe to the baffling shifts in tone. One...

Here Is Your Spoiler-Free Avengers: Infinity War Review

The year 2008 was an interesting time for me. Back then, I had grandiose dreams of managing my own GameStop, convinced that writing wasn’t a real job, so there was no point in giving that lofty idea my all. Now, 10 years later, I’m sitting in my home office where I write for a living, trying to figure out how to put together a spoiler-free review for the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s magnum opus: Avengers: Infinity War. Don’t worry. There...

Vermintide 2 is the Co-Op Game We’ve Been Waiting For

A charnel bell tolls in the distance. It signals the death of a world and the coming of the vermintide. Four heroes face the endless hordes of ratmen. Just another day as the world rips itself apart around you. A sequel to 2015’s surprise hit Warhammer: End Times—Vermintide, Vermintide 2 is set in Games Workshop’s Warhammer Fantasy universe, a franchise originally launched in 1983 with the Warhammer Fantasy Battle tabletop wargame. Vermintide 2 takes many of its cues from Left...

Give a Girl a Knife Gives a Taste of a Minnesota Chef’s Journey

Amy Thielen’s memoir, Give a Girl a Knife, tells the story of a food geek’s journey (with her partner, Aaron) from suburban northern Minnesota to a homestead in the woods, to gritty line-cook gigs in Manhattan, and back again. It’s a harrowing tapestry of hotdish-centric Midwest cooking and reality-show kitchen angst with Thielen at the center, providing a perspective that can only come from deep reflection. I must admit a bias here before going farther: I’m a little burnt...

Children of Blood and Bone Succeeds as a Fantasy Novel and a Call to Action

Children of Blood and Bone follows the tradition of using fantasy as a way to bring light to pressing social issues in our culture. It is an adventure story in which a woman is discovering her magical abilities and the people in her community are looking to her for leadership to rise against the oppressive monarchy. In the world of the book, magic comes from a mystical connection to ancestors, and incantations are used as a way to connect...

Where Is Kyra? Finds Pfeiffer in Fraud and Feud

Michelle Pfeiffer is a much different woman in Where Is Kyra? than many of the roles we’ve seen her in. She spends most of the film in the shadows or concealing her identity within oversized clothing—but when she finally comes out of the darkness, be it for an emotional plea or an affectionate love scene, she shines like a diamond for a role in which she is wrinkled, weary, and a mess. It’s remarkable how Pfeiffer has gone missing within...

Covenant Calls the Goths to Port

A band like Covenant hits the Twin Cities once in a blue moon, and thanks to Kilted Farmer Koncerts, those who enjoy their synthpop and dark ambiance were given a treat. On April 4, 2018, the Amsterdam Bar and Hall was filled with excitement and some nostalgia. Along for the ride were three local and semi-local opening acts: Le Hearse from Minneapolis, the Sweat Boys from La Crosse, Wisconsin, and Endless Blue from West Bend, Wisconsin. Covenant is on...

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? This Anime Won’t Answer the Question, But It Will Take You on an Adventure

The latest of my anime adventures has been a short fantasy anime with a really long name: Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? With just 13 episodes in the first season, it’s been a very digestible series to watch, and I was very glad to hear that it’ll be coming back for a second season and a film—there’s a lot more of this story to be told! Though the title of this series...
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