What happens after the monster is defeated? What happens when the hero has to settle down and re-acclimate to an ordinary life? I’ve always loved stories that ask these questions, that treat the usual climax as a secondary focus, prioritizing the emotional journey the character faces even if they’ve stopped moving their legs. Scott Pilgrim… Continue reading Another Day – Scott Pilgrim, Book Five
This is the book I've been rearing to write about. The Scott Pilgrim books are all enjoyable, but the latter half of the series raises the stakes to much more than relationship drama and magical battles. I love both of those, but now they have layers. Now the books charge ahead with all of the… Continue reading Figures in the Distance – Scott Pilgrim, Book Four
So there's this game I like, Psychonauts. Maybe you've heard me gush about it before? Well, I'm always on the lookout for anything remotely similar, so naturally I've dabbled with a few games, films, and the like with similar art styles or premises or themes. Seriously, just look at the number of things I've compared… Continue reading 2-D Psychonauts? YES, PLEASE! – Stick it to the Man!
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
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
The culmination of tension in the past two books as to the identify and significance of Scott’s former squeeze precipitates here as we finally meet the mysterious Envy Adams. To further complicate matters, she’s here with Todd, Ramona’s third evil ex. Unlike the short fights in the previous two novels, this one extends through the… Continue reading The Times They Are A-Changin’ – Scott Pilgrim, Book Three
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