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

Okja (2017)

From scene to scene and performance to performance, Okja is an ever-shifting, tonally inconsistent mess. On moment it’s a shrill satire, the next moment a heartwarming children’s story, and the next moment an earnest activist drama. It’s an intriguing mess, one that is hard to pin down because of how many pieces are at odds with each other, but not everything interesting is also good. Continue reading Okja (2017)

The Salesman (2016)

Asghar Farhadi continues to write and direct some of the most gripping dramas in all of cinema. His breakthrough film About Elly (2009) is a restrained, broiling drama that would go on to define his films. A Separation came out two years later, was nominated for a best foreign film Oscar and demonstrated that Farhadi had a captivating style of filmmaking. In 2013 he made The Past, a coproduction with France with a story of Iranian immigrants caught up in dark secrets being unearthed. Continue reading The Salesman (2016)

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