Eighth Grade Review- Social Anxiety Personified

While most movies seek to embellish reality through constant dramatic flourishes, sometimes slavishly building on the lineage of their chosen genre, there is a smaller subset of films that challenge the typical characteristics of the type of story they’re telling. Bo Burnham’s directotial debut, Eighth Grade, is a coming of age story. While this is … Continue reading Eighth Grade Review- Social Anxiety Personified

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Mission Impossible: Fallout Review – Coherent Bombast

The common understanding about how movie sequels progress is that in the best case scenario, there is a gradual case of diminishing returns. For whatever reason, the Mission Impossible series seems to be reversing that expectation, each sequel piling on increasingly creative and outrageously entertaining set-pieces. Mission Impossible: Fallout is arguably the highlight of the … Continue reading Mission Impossible: Fallout Review – Coherent Bombast

Why Super Smash Bros Melee Is Still One Of The Most Unique And Rewarding Competitive Games Ever Made

Recently I had the pleasure of writing about one of my favorite games, Super Smash Bros Melee for the Nintendo GameCube. Melee is a exceptionally weird case of an amalgamation of many unintentional mechanics coalescing into a fighting game like no other. It's crazy fast, has endless depth due to its fluidity, and is immensely … Continue reading Why Super Smash Bros Melee Is Still One Of The Most Unique And Rewarding Competitive Games Ever Made

What Is Ludonarrative Dissonance, And Does It Matter?

I wouldn't be a wannabe game critic without weighing in my two cents on the topic of ludonarrative dissonance, so I finally got around to writing an article about it. It also gave me another excuse to write about Nier/ Yoko Taro, so definitely a net positive. In all seriousness, I think of ludonarrative dissonance … Continue reading What Is Ludonarrative Dissonance, And Does It Matter?

Anime Summer 2018: First Episode Recommendations

At first blush, it seems as though we have a decent crop this season, with a sprinkling of comedies, hot-blooded action, and some juicy character dramas. Using my highly scientific process of sifting through the Anime News Network's Season Preview Guide,  I've selected seven shows for culling. I don’t entirely believe in the “three episode” … Continue reading Anime Summer 2018: First Episode Recommendations

Hollow Knight Review: A Mysterious Labyrinth Beckons

There may be a plethora of Metroidvania games that are worthy of your time, but Hollow Knight stands out among crowded genre thanks to its excellent world design, cohesive sense of style, and sturdy gameplay. It's easily one of the most interesting titles I've played this year, and gets my emphatic recommendation. Check out my … Continue reading Hollow Knight Review: A Mysterious Labyrinth Beckons