Virginia wears its influences on its sleeve and resorts to telling it story almost exclusively through images. While these design philosophies might sound admirable, the game is never able to move beyond its influences or use the images to tell a coherent, satisfying story. Continue reading Virginia
What a time for comics. It’s a veritable embarrassment of riches right now. Independent comics continue to rise in popularity and there’s way too much quality stuff coming out to keep up with it all. I got a narrow sampling of what the year had to offer and it proved to be quite fantastic. Continue reading Top 10 Comics of 2016
Note: This is a review of the first volume of Kill or Be Killed.
Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips are one of the best comic duos working today. From their gritty, warm cast of characters in Criminal, to the noir infused cosmic horror of Fatale, they create visually creative, narratively engaging stories that leverage the full power of the medium. Their latest, Kill or Be Killed, has yet to reach its stride. The characters are there, the book just needs to gain some momentum. Continue reading Kill or Be Killed
What a lifeless piece of junk. From the moment it opens with shots flying through circuit boards and the inner cityscapes of servers, the badness begins. The horrible CGI and the attempt to make technology sexy and sleek sets the tone for this lifeless, dreary film. The plot is a blase tale of two hackers, one a terrorist, the other a criminal. The criminal must hunt down the terrorist while being kept on a short leash by both Chinese and American agents. Continue reading Blackhat (2015)
Sicario is an excellent film that’s not for me. It’s a fantastic piece of direction and a solid bit of storytelling in a genre and world that I don’t find compelling. For whatever reason, crime stories committed to film fail to fascinate me. I think the spectacle is too overwhelming to me. I’d much rather watch something quiet or pensive, or something that ratchets up the intensity to the level of the horror genre. Continue reading Sicario (2015)