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Break the Engine – Snowpiercer

Dystopian science fiction has an uncanny ability to come up with entertaining concepts that can contain far more narrative space than they ought to have. Such is the case with Snowpiercer, a 2013 film that I remember touted as a bit of an indie production by Bong Joon-ho that few in the U.S. saw when… Continue reading Break the Engine – Snowpiercer

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All Green and Blue – Breaking Bad, Season One

Yes, this one was a long time coming, but I owe it to myself to get to it finally. I think it will come as no surprise that I love Breaking Bad. Loved. My feelings toward it have become more complicated over the past few years. Regarded by many as one of the finest shows… Continue reading All Green and Blue – Breaking Bad, Season One

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Wild Idea, Let’s Maybe Not Enslave Sentient Beings for Amusement Parks – Westworld, Season One

HBO was really banking on this being the next Game of Thrones, wasn’t it? Even before the influx of big-budget fantasy shows proposed by Netflix and Amazon (and even HBO itself), we had Westworld as a moody visual spectacle intent on outclassing that dilapidated old medium of film. While I’m sure HBO had an eye… Continue reading Wild Idea, Let’s Maybe Not Enslave Sentient Beings for Amusement Parks – Westworld, Season One

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Into the Smoke – The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

I sometimes find it curious that we group video games together despite many genres having completely different appeal. Sports games rarely overlap with platformers which rarely overlap with simulations which rarely overlap with strategy games. Even within genres, you can often find games that are hardly connected to each other by anything but one mechanic… Continue reading Into the Smoke – The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

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An Underrated Mess – Eragon (film)

I like dragons. Rather a lot, actually. There was a stretch when I was about seven or eight where I refused to read anything that didn't have an animal on the cover, and if that animal was a dragon, I might actually finish the book. I think a lot of kids have this experience, or… Continue reading An Underrated Mess – Eragon (film)

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Real Life Looks Worse – Watchmen (film)

As may be obvious by now, I’m using November to buff up my backlog and get a bit of practice in writing reviews on a tighter deadline. I’m definitely not doing this to cheat at NaNoWriMo. Anyway, this one is going to be basic because I’ve already talked about it — or about its source… Continue reading Real Life Looks Worse – Watchmen (film)

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I Was Promised a Book About Meteorology – Cloud Atlas

Every year or so for the past few years, we've gotten at least one major cerebral sci-fi film that weaves effects and story beautifully within the format. This is not one of those, not really, but you'd be forgiven for thinking otherwise. On its surface, Cloud Atlas looks like either a heady space opera or… Continue reading I Was Promised a Book About Meteorology – Cloud Atlas

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Here – Arrival

We think a lot about aliens. Look at the films in theatres right now, and you can bet at least a handful of them will feature creatures or beings from other planets, worlds, or dimensions. Usually the heroes are fighting with the aliens, sometimes they're fighting for the aliens, but rarely is much of the… Continue reading Here – Arrival

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Broken and Brought Together – Russian Doll

There's not enough time in the day to do everything you need to, especially in this day and age. Perhaps it's natural, then, for stories to imagine worlds where time is flexible, where death doesn't have to be permanent, and where everyone gets a second chance. But there's no fun in second chances when they… Continue reading Broken and Brought Together – Russian Doll

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3P Reviews: Game of Thrones, Season Eight, Episode Four

Series Breakdown Rating: Characters: 4 Aesthetics: 7 Creativity: 5 Overall Plot: 7 Subplots: 5 Sum: 28/50   Spoilers: Ya. Obviously. Audience Assumptions: Some familiarity   Season Eight Episode Four: The Last of the Starks - ***   Part One: TORMUND GETS A PUPPY! This is one of the more well-structured episodes of the season so far.… Continue reading 3P Reviews: Game of Thrones, Season Eight, Episode Four