Movie Review: Arrival (2016)

The trailer for Arrival – a film not to be confused with the Charlie Sheen aliens-are-coming vehicle The Arrival (1996) – shows it to be suspenseful and action-packed. While it is the former, it is not the latter. It is something way more interesting than a generic alien invasion movie.… Read the rest

Game Review: Overwatch (PC, 2016)

overwatch-origins-editionOverwatch came along at a perfect time for me. Star Wars: Battlefront had just taught me that online gaming with strangers may not be as masochistic as I initially feared. And now arrived a much-hyped, colorful online multiplayer game that seemed hellbent on maintaining a friendly, positive community.… Read the rest

Movie Review: The Girl on the Train (2016)

the-girl-on-the-train-posterThe Girl on the Train is a thriller about a small group of dyfunctional people. When one of them goes missing, the question is – wha’ happa? The problem is that the culprit and the motive are easy to guess before the movie reveals them.… Read the rest

Game Review: Rise of the Tomb Raider (PC, 2016)

20160625232905_1Lara Croft has it tough. Not only does she have some serious parental issues, but also a lot of her friends end up in mortal peril and/or turn Evil. The mystical artifacts she unearths tend to get lost in some cataclysmic event that she barely escapes with her life.… Read the rest

Movie Review: Blair Witch (2016)

Tblair-with-posterhe witch is back, baby! Which witch? Well, the one from Blair. You may remember her from the low-budget horror hit The Blair Witch Project from 1999, although you never actually saw her on-screen. Her name is also tied to an unremarkable sequel that appeared a year later (Book of Shadows).… Read the rest

Movie Review: Bridget Jones’s Baby (2016)

bridget_jones_posterOnce upon a time, a group of four bearded gay men – me included – went to a matinee to watch Bridget Jones’s Baby. And they all jolly well enjoyed it. You don’t have to be a chick to enjoy this flick as it turns out, though I imagine that it helps.… Read the rest

Movie Review: Jason Bourne (2016)

jason_bourne-poster Jason Bourne is a dumb movie about allegedly smart people. Evil dudes inside the CIA – primarily its Director Robert Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones) – start the hunt for former operative Bourne again, leading to various chase sequences. I saw the previous films in the franchise, but remember very little about them, and they were filed in my memory only as generic action movies.… Read the rest

Television Review: X-Files (2016)

X-Files 6 episode eventFor some reason, various old series are being exhumed and given an unholy revival. The X-Files was not a likely candidate for this procedure. I think most fans would agree that the show was already well past its prime by the time it went off the air.… Read the rest

Movie Review: The Conjuring 2 (2016)

The-Conjuring-2 poster The Conjuring 2 relies heavily on low-budget creepiness. It is based on the allegedly true story of a haunting in England, in which a house started to misbehave and a spirit occasionally channelled itself through a young girl. This scenario is used not so much to preach important truths about the afterlife, but to creep people out and occasionally make them jump in their seats.… Read the rest

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