iBoy (Review)

Yeah, it’s bad. The movie, that is: a stinker for Netflix. But, you knew that already, didn’t you? What gave it away? For me, it was the fact that it had the moniker of a popular technology brand (“i”) in its title. That’s never a good sign. So, the gist of the film is like…

How Meta: A Micro-Review of Alex Foster’s “Book Reviews”

In the practice of full disclosure, I misread the title of this book and led myself to believe that it was a book on how to review literature, not on how to get reviews. Big difference. This is fine, though, because the idea behind Alex Foster’s short pamphlet is that writers need to be proactive, disciplined, and mature when…

Black Mirror: “Black Museum” (Hot Take)

I heard a lot of hoopla about the season four finale. Obviously, I was looking forward to watching the episode myself. I was surprised, then, when three-quarters of the episode were just half-finished episode ideas that never got off the ground. This being the case, I was even more surprised when the final chunk of…

Black Mirror: “Metalhead” (Hot Take)

Metalhead is an interesting episode because I both love and hate it. I love the unrelenting and bleak narrative of a world (territory?) gone wrong in the pursuit of imperialist plunder, but I hate the super-sentimental narrative. Like, I really hate it. A lot. The narrative just doesn’t make any sense. Here we are in…

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age (PC Version)

I recently broke down and bought the re-master of Final Fantasy XII on Steam. Dubbed “The Zodiac Age”, developer and publisher Square Enix has hyped up the release by offering a day one discount plus some exclusive tracks and wallpaper to people desperate enough to buy a copy in the first 24 hours of release. I…

Black Mirror: “Arkangel” (Hot Take)

I just watched “Arkangel”, the second episode of Black Mirror season four. Overall? It wasn’t bad. (Minor spoilers?) I am not enthusiastic because there isn’t really a whole lot to say. It isn’t the worst episode of Black Mirror but it is hardly the best; you won’t cringe watching it like the one where the Prime Minister…

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Micro-Review)

For a radical Leftist, I actually enjoyed Captain America: The Propaganda Soldier.  I mean… winter soldier. The story isn’t something I will spend much time on. The crux of the matter revolves around Hydra coming to light as a force inside Shield; found from “ex-nazis”, Hydra intends on killing mass amounts of people in order to…

King Arthur (2004)

So, I am only going to say this once– Jerry Bruckheimer needs to stay far away from the Arthurian legend. Oh, God, I don’t know where to begin on this; all’s I will say is this: it is not historically accurate. Damn. Okay, so Bruckheimer’s adaptation of the legend is not a bad film, per…

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1974)

I’m not going to say anything that hasn’t already been said. This classic has been around for a while and my insights in this short post aren’t going to amount to anything, so let’s not pretend anything else. That being said, my thoughts on the film: I loved it. I don’t really know what to…

The Fisher King (1991)

Robin Williams and Jeff Bridge’s modern take on the Arthurian tale revolving around a wounded king is a fun trip for anyone interested in analyzing the ups and down of cinematic culture; for example, the film displays a social awareness of the violence, but also fetishization, the homeless population faces: Bridge’s character is nearly murdered…

Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009)

I don’t have much good to say about Paul Blart: Mall Cop. While the film does have a bit of a touching charm with a heavy-set man struggling to find love in a fatphobic world, and some of the physical gags are amusing, most everything else is forgettable comedy; the writing is mediocre at best…

The Heat (2013)

Director Paul Feig of Bridesmaid fame returns with The Heat, a hilarious, potty-mouthed buddy cop flick starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. Like all films worshiping the Pigs, the idea behind the film is to rehabilitate policing, reinforcing its societal role, hence why– once more– the antagonist is yet another bland drug lord. Are there twists…