Shoplifters Review | A Compassionate Small-Time Crime Drama

Pairing a crime story with something that resembles the transcendentalist trappings of Ozu isn't the most natural of combinations. However, with Shoplifters Hirokazu Kore-eda pulls off this pairing with such humanistic grace that I can't help but wonder why more stories about criminals don't mirror its empathy. The film presents moral ambiguity and complex characterizations … Continue reading Shoplifters Review | A Compassionate Small-Time Crime Drama

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The Favourite | Review: Real Politik and Toxic Love

Although Yorgos Lanthimos' ostentatious style has led to a mild case of diminishing returns, The Favourite deviates from his previous films while retaining his critical eye for depicting relationships. The result is his best picture yet, a period piece about political machinations, schemes, and twisted love. It's aesthetically brilliant, a moving Rembrandt painting that uses light … Continue reading The Favourite | Review: Real Politik and Toxic Love

Why Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s Bad Online Options Are So Disappointing

There are few things that are as frustrating as something being so painfully close to a complete package. As a fan of both Smash and fighting games, I feel as though I can confidently say that Ultimate is extremely close to giving me what I want out of a platform fighter. The movement feels good, … Continue reading Why Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s Bad Online Options Are So Disappointing

The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Of Red Dead Redemption 2

After around 70 or so hours of play, I finally finished the behemoth of a game that is Red Dead Redemption 2. It is a title with harsh contours between its best and worst elements, its highs setting new standards for world design, its lows defined by its lackluster mission design and poor controls. While … Continue reading The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Of Red Dead Redemption 2

The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs | Review – Highs And Lows Of The Old West

The hotly anticipated Ballad Of Buster Scruggs is finally upon us, and with it we have the Coen's latest foray into a Western setting. However, the film differs from the duo's previous entries in the genre in that it is an anthology, and this format is utilized to deliver a vastly different array of tones and … Continue reading The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs | Review – Highs And Lows Of The Old West

Why Its Hard To Get Into Anime, And Three Great Introductory Shows

Look I get it. From an outsider's perspective, anime is nothing but esoteric tropes and fanservice-y nonsense. While I won't deny that both of those accusations are accurate in the case of many shows, to dismiss the entire medium whole cloth is a bit unfair. Many series may cater to niche audiences, but with the … Continue reading Why Its Hard To Get Into Anime, And Three Great Introductory Shows

The Night Comes For Us Review | Martial Arts Meets Grindhouse

You know what's cool? The non-stop masterpiece of fight sequence choreography, The Raid: Redemption. You know what else is cool? The Night Comes For Us, another Indonesia action flick that prioritizes innovative brawls, and memorable set-pieces above all else.  Its got more than a little bit of common DNA with The Raid, both in terms of influence … Continue reading The Night Comes For Us Review | Martial Arts Meets Grindhouse