Game Review: Half-Life 2, plus Episode 1 and 2 (PC, 2004)

half-life-2 posterThe word Classic gets thrown around a lot in the world of pop culture, but Half-Life 2 deserves the label. This first-person shooter from 2004 shows up near the top of most ‘best video games ever’ lists. (Like this one.) Because of its reputation, I always felt I needed to give it a closer look and I finally got around to it.… Read the rest

Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians-of-the-Galaxy-PosterGuardians of the Galaxy has just raised the stakes. Not so much for the next Avengers movie or for the other Marvel comic book movies it loosely ties into, but for the upcoming Star Wars sequels. This is how intergalactic high-adventure should be done.… Read the rest

Movie Review: Snowpiercer

Snowpiercer movie posterSnowpiercer posits an intriguing near-future scenario. It’s the year 2031. To fight global warming, a chemical component was released into the air and things went horribly wrong. The world froze over and mankind is all but wiped out. Around 1000 survivors circle the globe on a giant railway track, in a self-sustaining microcosm aboard a train.… Read the rest

Movie Review: Edge of Tomorrow

edge_of_tomorrow_posterI try to separate people’s private lives from the creative work they put out. Only in rare cases is someone so dislikeable that I actively avoid anything associated with them. For instance, Orson Scott Card is  a massive homophobe, and because of this, I will not spend any time reading his books.… Read the rest

Movie Review: Pacific Rim

245941id1b_PacRim_1sided_120x180_2p_400.inddYou can’t accuse Pacific Rim of not delivering on its core concept. You will indeed be seeing giant mechanoids battle giant monsters and lay waste to buildings as they do so. Most of the fights take place partly obscured by darkness.… Read the rest