Movie Review: La La Land (2016)

La La Land is an odd movie. It is a homage to old-fashioned musicals, but there isn’t as much singing and dancing in it as you may expect. After a massive opening number, there are a surprising amount of regular dramatic scenes, even if a lot of them revolve around music in one way or another.… Read the rest

Movie Review: Kong – Skull Island (2017)

Kong – Skull Island is a pleasing package that gives people who enjoy this kind of film exactly what they want to see. Witness King Kong fighting helicopters as well as big monsters and witness him lifting up a puny woman in his massive hand.… Read the rest

Movie Review: Logan (2017)

Logan is a pleasant surprise after the last X-Men related movie, the overblown and messy X-Men – Apocalpyse. Logan’s story is more intimate and small-scale. And really depressing. The dark and mature tone as well as the future setting – it takes place in 2029, although not much seems different apart from self-driving cars – set it far apart from the other movies in the X-Men franchise.… Read the rest

Movie Review: Moonlight (2016)

Moonlight is a beautiful movie with some pacing oddities. Over the course of three titled chapters, it shows the journey to manhood of Chiron, a gay black man who lives in an impoverished neighborhood plagued by drugs. Masculinity – or the semblance thereof – is the main theme here.… Read the rest

Television Review: Sherlock (2010-2017)

The current BBC incarnation of iconic British detective Sherlock Holmes is stylish, entertaining and increasingly silly. In a world where chaos theory does not seem to be a thing, Sherlock solves cases that grow more far-fetched as the series goes on.… Read the rest

Movie Review: Lion (2016)

On the surface, the story of Lion sounds like fodder for a Lifetime movie or an emotionally manipulative reality tv program. But it is so exceptionally well-told that you may find yourself shedding a silent manly tear or two by the end, even if you were all set to scoff at the obvious sentimentality of it all.… Read the rest

Game Review: Firewatch (PC, 2016)

Storytelling and games have a troubled relationship with each other. Telling a lovingly crafted, intricate story requires that control is firmly in the hands of the teller, while games require a certain amount of control to go to the player. Or at least the illusion of control.… Read the rest

Movie Review: Star Wars – Rogue One (2016)

Overly convoluted family relations tied up in intergalactic conflict? Must be a Star Wars movie. Rogue One takes place right before A New Hope and after the dreary prequels, making it Star Wars 3.5 I guess. The film was spun off from a single line in A New Hope and gives a context to it.… Read the rest

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