Category archives for Films & Video Games

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” – The Six Hour Problem

AUTHOR’S NOTE: This article was originally published on the Cinematic Katzenjammer in December, 2018. Sometimes obsessing over the issue of time will destroy your movie faster than time being a plot hole. Star Wars: The Last Jedi has this problem. Movies do funny things to our brains, specifically with our conception of time. One of […]

The Academy Awards (2018): Oscars So Trite

AUTHOR’S NOTE: This article was originally published on the Cinematic Katzenjammer in January, 2019. “The Oscars are coming!” That used to be exciting. Now it sounds like something a new Paul Revere should be saying while out of breath and on his way to a dumb rally. Yes, the Sun has once again made its […]

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” – Anthropomorphizing a Galaxy Far, Far Away

AUTHOR’S NOTE: This article was originally published on the Cinematic Katzenjammer in January, 2016. Dr. Manhattan: “Don’t you see the futility of asking me to save a world that I no longer have any stake in?.” Silk Spectre II: “Jon, don’t be ridiculous! Earth’s too important to hinge on one relationship!” Dr. Manhattan: “Not to […]

“Star Wars” vs. “Rogue One” – Canons of Construction

AUTHOR’S NOTE: This article was originally published on the Cinematic Katzenjammer in December, 2016. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story contradicts the Original Star Wars. Not the trilogy; just the original 1977 movie. This article is a nerdy litigator’s exercise in construction, but stick with it. This ain’t CinemaSins. It’s fun. I assume two things: […]

The “Star Wars” Prequels: The Most Interesting Bad Movies Ever Made

AUTHOR’S NOTE: This article was originally published on the Cinematic Katzenjammer in December, 2015 shortly before the theatrical release of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. The individual discussed, whom I refer to as “Karol” is my friend Paul Vollmer, whose opinions and statements I have shared on this blog before, albeit on […]

V’s Top 5 Movie Pairs in 2019

2019 was a busy year. As a result, I’m behind on just about everything unrelated to work. Still – I went to the movies and saw a lot of them. So here’s a ranked list of movies I liked, would watch again, and highly recommend if they’re of interest to you. However, as is usually […]

“X-Men: Days of Future Past” (2014): Time in a Bottle (Review)

What does it mean to be in the future of your race? We know plenty of stories about people with special abilities struggling with the responsibility of being heroes, but few of them, perhaps with the ironic exception of Planet of the Apes have ever dealt with the political and emotional fallout of humankind being […]

“Million Dollar Arm” (2014): I Hate Cricket Too (Review)

Million Dollar Arm is an okay movie that suffers from a lack of cohesion and structure in its narrative. None of the problems break the film, but midway through, I couldn’t help but think that the director had fallen asleep at the wheel. And I feel bad that I’m going to spend most of this […]

Vivek’s 2014 Academy Awards Predictions

Tonight’s Academy Award celebration is going to be the most important ceremony since 2004 when The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King swept the Oscars and tied Titanic and Ben Hur for the most awards ever. I know people say that every year, but it’s especially poignant for Movie Season 2013 because by most objective criteria, […]

The Mid-Credits Teaser in THOR: THE DARK WORLD

I’m not going to spoil anything major in Thor: The Dark World in this. But if you literally don’t want to know anything, stop reading now and go see the movie (and the credits teases…both of them). Here’s what you saw. Sif and Volstagg took the Aether (the mcguffin from the movie) and gave it […]

Thor: The Dark World – Good Movie, Great Sequel

Thor: The Dark World is very much the Thor film that you wanted to see the first time. It has the sense of grand galactic scope and other-worldliness that Thor was sorely lacking. Most of the things you were hoping to see more of in the original, you’ll get in spades here, but you won’t get the feeling […]

BATMAN: ARKHAM ORIGINS – a review

It’s fun. The Shock Gloves are a great new addition to combat gameplay, as is the Remote Caw for stealth. I’m also a big fan of the more advanced enemies that not only are capable of countering your attacks, but can themselves throw a double or triple attack at you that you have to counter […]

GRANITE STATE: Reflections on the Science of “Breaking Bad”‘s Change

Some people are undoubtedly going to call Granite State a filler episode, a boring uneventful juxtaposing chapter before what is most likely going to be one of the most teeth-gnashing series finales in television history. I disagree. This episode is two things: a buildup, and a reflection. In the first episode, Walter White explained his […]

FURIOUS SIX: Lessons on Elevating a Stale Franchise

I was chatting with a buddy about the franchise as of late, and it inspired me to write a little note about it. Quick clarification: This is not a review, even if it’s going to sound like one. In my last post, I mentioned that all in all, this summer’s blockbuster season has been, while […]

Ben Affleck Is Our New Batman

We still don’t have an actual title for the movie yet, but the anticipated sequel to the highly controversial “Man of Steel” now has its Batman. Personally I’m not all that thrilled with the idea, but you could do a whole lot worse, and my skepticism has more to do with my opposition to the […]

Game of Thrones: Some Extra Information

DISCLAIMER: This blog post does not contain any spoilers for the actual show Game of Thrones. In case you hadn’t heard, George R.R. Martin, the author of the widely acclaimed A Song of Ice and Fire book series that has been adapted into the world famous HBO series Game of Thrones has announced that he […]

I reviewed “Pacific Rim”!!!

I’m still debating as to whether or not I want to update more frequently with smaller things like this that end up being links to the other site I write for. My instincts tell me that it can only help me ratings-wise, but I’ve always been a quality over quantity kind of guy. Either way, […]

Game of Thrones: Gilbert & Sullivan

I am the very model of a dragon king Targaryen. I’ve studied all the families from Mallister Jon Arryn. I’ve mastered all the magics from the fire to the facelessness, And yet I’m not so sure about that shadow-casting red priestess. I ride on dragons, reign down fire, and roar like a barbarian. I am […]

Advance Non-Spoiler Notice Regarding Tonight’s Episode of Game of Thrones

Attention all fellow enthusiasts of HBO’s adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. If you do not have HBO and will be watching tonight’s episode of Game of Thrones some other way (a friend’s HBO-GO, internet stream, torrents, etc.) – in other words, if you will be watching the show […]

The Honesty of the Violence in BioShock Infinite

For obvious reasons, the subject of violence cuts deep with a lot of gamers, especially given the current political climate where laws are being written and rewritten with the intent of deterring mass shootings by regulating and possibly censoring what society decides to pinpoint as the causal root of real life violence. And gamers, who […]

The “Olympus Has Fallen” Vince Flynn Puzzle

Vince Flynn is an author of the New York Times bestseller Mitch Rapp series. He writes political and counter-terrorist thrillers, all of them starring CIA assassin/operative Mitch Rapp. His thrillers are gripping, fast paced, violent, and explosive. They’ve all got a touch of right wing American jingoism to them, but it’s the fun kind – […]

Vivek’s 2013 Academy Awards Predictions

 These are my projections for the Big 8. Best Motion Picture of the Year Nominees My Preference My Projection Amour: Margaret Ménégoz, Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka, Michael Katz Argo: Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck, George Clooney Argo: Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck, George Cloony Beasts of the Southern Wild: Dan Janvey, Josh Penn, Michael Gottwald Django Unchained: Stacey Sher, Reginald Hudlin, Pilar Savone Django Unchained: Stacy Sher, Reginald Hudlin, Pilar […]

You are wrong about KOTOR 2

It’s no secret that the Star Wars franchise has suffered from many wounds, many of them self inflicted. After the special editions came out and ruined the entire franchise for millions of fans, many of them found their solace in videogames. A little back history for you first. Star Wars has been popularized in gaming […]

Marvel’s Big Movie Scoop

Having plugged myself into some of the right places, I have come across an extremely interesting scoop of information about what Marvel has planned for their Cinematic Universe franchise. For starters, let me just say right now that EVERYTHING I am about to say in this article could be false. I, El Mayimbe (The Latino […]