Claire Denis remains one of the most robust and fascinating female directors working today. Able to navigate horror, drama, romance, comedy and arthouse without much difficulty, she’s yet to make an uninteresting film. One thread that runs through her films are how sensory they are and this film is no exception as it explores the romantic failings of Isabelle (Juliette Binoche), a middle-aged artist looking for love. Continue reading Let the Sunshine In (2017)
I recently finished reading the first 13 volumes of Yotsuba&! And I’m hard-pressed to think of a series that has brought me so many laughs and so much joy. It’s a rare delight, an appropriate for all ages book with enough charm and gags to make each page a delightful, breezy read. It’s not deep, heady, challenging, or serious, but I’d also be hard-pressed to put a lot of more serious and important works above the simple delights of Yotsuba&!. Continue reading Yotsuba&!
Wreck-It Ralph broke a lot of the rules of the traditional Disney structure: a story from the viewpoint of a supposed villain, a Disney princess not looking for true love, and a celebration of contemporary culture instead of a yearning back to a bygone historical period. Ralph Breaks the Internet continues these trends and presenting an entirely different worldview than most Disney films. Continue reading Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)
Spelunky is the game I play when I’m feeling down. Spelunky is the game I think about when I think about great game design. Spelunky is the game I want to see ported to the Switch the most. It checks so many boxes for me: endlessly playable, difficulty but fair, a game I can play to decompress, it lets me rescue dogs to gain health, and a game that continues to surprise me even after 100+ hours of play. Few things in this world exist mean as much to me as this game does. It’s the greatest. Continue reading Top 50 Video Games (2018): 1-10
What can change the nature of a man? It’s the question that drives forward this classic RPG in what many consider to be the best story told in all of gaming. And this is a game you’ll want to play for the story. The combat isn’t terrible, but it’s the wisdom/charisma builds that unlock all the fascinating conversations that keep Planescape: Torment the high bar by which many still judge any video game story. Continue reading Top 50 Video Games (2018): 11-20