Tag Archives: Sci-Fi

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)

Tacoma

Fullbright’s first release, Gone Home, failed to grip me as much as I hoped it would. The gradual exploration of the Greenbriar’s home had you assembling together a story through boring audio logs and environmental cludes. It felt too familiar to techniques used in AAA games to deliver narrative and the story didn’t resonate with me. I appreciated what it tried to build, but found the house felt rather empty and cold by the end of the game. Continue reading Tacoma

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)