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You Are More Than Your Memories — 3P Reviews: Memento

The mind is a fickle thing. Within it is almost everything we are — our thoughts, our personality, our potential, our perceptions. Holding all of the intangibles of a person is memory, both that of the person living their life and of the people around them. Writing systems and art were invented in part as… Continue reading You Are More Than Your Memories — 3P Reviews: Memento

3P Reviews, Essays, Longform

What Makes a Good Character Relationship?

There are hundreds, thousands, maybe even more beautifully-written characters in published works. But what is a character on their own without any connection to the people around them? Isolated characters can only go so far; we are a social species, after all, so relationships of all sorts are important to us. Let's take a look at how fictional relationships work.

Essays

What Makes a Good Monster?

Everyone loves a cool monster design. I recently came across a Twitter thread on the subject and it got me thinking about what goes into effective horror monsters. There are a lot of schools of thought regarding horror in general, and because it's such a broad genre, its appeal will vary quite a bit from… Continue reading What Makes a Good Monster?

3P Reviews, Best Family Films

3P Reviews (Best Family Films): Paranorman

Breakdown Rating: Characters and Character Development: 7 Aesthetics and Style: 7 Animation: 9 Overall Plot: 8 Themes: 8 Sum: 39/50   Spoilers: Yes (after Part One) Audience Assumptions: None   Paranorman   Part One: It Looks Like Psychonauts. Of Course I'm Going to Love It. This is a singular animated film. Watching it the first time, I… Continue reading 3P Reviews (Best Family Films): Paranorman

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3P Reviews: The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Guardians of the Galaxy

Series Breakdown Rating: Characters and Character Development: 6 Aesthetics and Style: 8 Pacing: 5 Overall Plot: 5 Humor: 6 Sum: 30/50   Spoilers: Yes Audience Assumptions: Minor familiarity with the MCU, some familiarity with this film.   Prologue: I'll be completely honest, the main reason I'm doing these out of order is that I haven't been able… Continue reading 3P Reviews: The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Guardians of the Galaxy

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3P Reviews (Best Family Films): Ratatouille

Series Breakdown Rating: Characters and Character Development: 6 Depth: 7 Creativity: 8 Overall Plot: 7 Pacing: 7 Sum: 35/50   Spoilers: Yes Audience Assumptions: No assumptions   Ratatouille   Part One: Story and Characters From 1995 to the late 2000s, PIXAR Animation Studios released a slew of films that are nearly unmatched by any other production studio.… Continue reading 3P Reviews (Best Family Films): Ratatouille

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3P Reviews: Inception

Breakdown Rating: Plot: 8 Characters: 7 Aesthetics: 9 Structure: 8 Pacing: 9 Sum: 41/50   Spoilers: Yes Audience Assumptions: No familiarity   Inception   Part One: Christopher Nolan’s Love Affair with Non-Linear Narratives I complain a lot on this blog, mainly about narratives other people love. You might imagine this is because I just like to complain… Continue reading 3P Reviews: Inception