Movie Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015)

mockingjay 2 posterMockingjay – Part 2 didn’t seem likely to be the best part of Katniss Everdeen’s story. First off, it was based on the final book in the Hunger Games trilogy, considered the weakest by a lot of readers. And that book was split into two movies, which could easily be interpreted as a cynical cash-grab rather than something artistically motivated.… Read the rest

Game Review: Lifeline (iOs, 2015)

IMG_0881When you boot up the game Lifeline, you will find yourself with a stranded astronaut called Taylor in your phone. He – or she, the game never specifies – has crash-landed on a planet and is now trying to survive and to find out what made his/her ship crash.… Read the rest

Movie Review: The Martian

the-martian-posterWatching a botanist try to survive on Mars against all odds is funnier than one would suspect. When Mark Watney (Matt Damon) gets left for dead by his team during a mission gone wrong, things seems hopeless. A lesser man would possibly just give up and expire, but not this guy.… Read the rest

Board Game Review: Firefly – The Game

firefly_board_game boxI’ve never reviewed a board game before, but there is something so fascinatingly off about this one that it inspired me. Firefly is based on Joss Whedon’s Space Western series that was cancelled before its time and wrapped up with a very good movie.… Read the rest

Movie Review: Blade Runner – The Final Cut

Blade-runner-directors-cut-posterI can’t actually remember the first time I saw Blade Runner. I think the soundtrack was imprinted on me before I ever did, a synthy and at times jazzy moodscape by Vangelis. It conjures up an odd sort of future nostalgia; warm, reflective and sad, slightly dehumanized by being all electronic but deeply emotional at the same time.… Read the rest

Movie Review: Jupiter Ascending

Jupiter-Ascending-posterHo. Lee. Sh*t. I had heard that the latest cinema outing by the Wachowski siblings was a disaster, but I was hoping for at least something like the lesser Terry Gilliam movies. Those where everything rambles and the script threatens to come apart at the seams, but somehow it’s still charming and entertaining, despite being flawed.… Read the rest

Movie Review: Mad Max – Fury Road

mad_max_fury_road posterMad Max – Fury Road is a very good action movie that makes you realize that physical stunts give a kick that special effects just can’t quite match, no matter how good they are. Not that there isn’t CGI here, but during the chase that makes up the majority of the movie, there is a sense that you’re watching something real and tangible, even if it’s taking place in an obviously fictional and far-out context.… Read the rest

Game Review: Wolfenstein – The New Order (PC, 2014)

Wolfenstein-New-Order-PopCultjunk-2William “B.J.” Blazkowicz has a gigle-worthy nickname, but is dead serious about killing Nazis. There are a lot of those around, as in the alternate history that he lives in, the Nazis won the war and have achieved global domination. After spending years in a vegetative state due to a brain injury, B.J.… Read the rest