Category archives for Films & Video Games

Reflections on #GamerGate

This must be my third attempt to reflect comprehensively on GamerGate, and I’m still not sure I should do it. While I’ve been toiling and slaving away, a month and a half into my first semester of law school, the gaming medium’s culture has entrenched itself in turmoil with no end in sight. Had this […]

“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 […]

Thumbs…Down…Rent (Review of Bullet to the Head)

I first saw the trailer for Bullet to the Head last summer in opening weekend of The Expendables 2. At the end of that day, I was more impressed with the trailer for Bullet than I was with the actual movie I had seen that day. But we’ll talk about that another time. The point is: Bullet to the Head has an […]

The Case Against J.J. Abrams Directing Episode VII

I’ve been a Star Wars fan for all my life. Like everyone else, I’ve seen my favorite franchise suffer from one self-inflicted injury after another at the hands of an obsessive compulsive deranged billionaire. From the moment Greedo fired the first shot to videogame cancers like The Force Unleashed, it felt like marveling at a […]

SPARTACUS! SPARTACUS!! SPARTACUS!!!

On Tuesday, January 23, I got to do something I’ve never done before in my life. I bore witness to an official early screening premiere of one of my all-time favorite TV shows, Spartacus as it enters its third and final season, subtitled, War of the Damned. Spartacus is a New Zealand-based television program on Starz created by producer […]

Argo Dark Thirty

With the second premiere of Zero Dark Thirty in theaters across the United States, and the recent Golden Globe Awards presented to Ben Affleck for Argo, both films are, for the moment, relevant enough to discuss once again. As it turns out, these films are quite similar to one another. They are both dramatic depictions of actual American […]

Nitpicking Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Let me start by saying that Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings is not only my favorite trilogy of all time, but my favorite film of all time. These movies are just about as perfect as perfect adaptations of Tolkien’s writing can get. However, Jackson and Philippa Boyens are people too, and as such, […]