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Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

The original Star Wars trilogy is in many ways the textbook example of the hero’s journey, the battle between good and evil where the hero overcomes challenges and sets things right. And while there are certainly merits to this structure, there’s something else that made Star Wars interesting, it wasn’t simply the structure, it was a sense of world in place where everything was run down and falling apart and the glory days were long gone. Continue reading Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

Black Panther (2018)

Wakanda is the true star of Black Panther. The afro-futuristic country comprised of five tribes lead by the titular warrior king provides a rich tapestry that does more than contextualize the film, but stands at the forefront of what makes this film such a unique and interesting blockbuster. It is a film rooted in the ideas of how the land shapes a people. Continue reading Black Panther (2018)

Breath of the Wild: Zelda Meets Far Cry 2

Nintendo’s latest Zelda game is not what you’d expect. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild features weapon degradation, fire propagation, a minimalist map design, respawning enemy checkpoints–and deja vu, I experienced all these mechanics before in one of my all-time favorite games: Far Cry 2. Continue reading Breath of the Wild: Zelda Meets Far Cry 2

The Spirit of Dark Souls and Hollow Knight

Ever since Dark Souls became a critical darling and an all-time favorite of game developers around the world, people have been chasing after the magic of that game. It reached a point of absurdity where games were being called “The Dark Souls of *insert game type here*.” And then the term “Soulslike” entered the scene.   Continue reading The Spirit of Dark Souls and Hollow Knight

Working-Class Woes in Spider-Man: Homecoming

One of my musings after watching Captain America: Civil War was who cleans up after all these superhero battles. While Civil War was the first time Marvel Studio’s touched on the collateral loss of life caused by superheroes fighting villains, it still used big spectacles of destruction and mayhem as superheroes beat down each other in an abandoned airport, tossing planes and destroying buildings in the process. Continue reading Working-Class Woes in Spider-Man: Homecoming