On King Kong (2005)

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“Peter Jackson’s King Kong is a film of total, unrelenting excess. No wonder: America’s economic prosperity under the housing bubble allowed for it. Three years later and host studio Universal may not have been so generous to Jackson’s wishes. Maybe we didn’t need this Kong in 2005 so much as we did in 2008.”

Read my full retrospective on Peter Jackson’s King Kong at Medium

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Spongebob Heropants (Xbox 360) Review

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Heropants is a video game above criticism if only due to its relentless plainness. Some 300 words in, and everything Heropants offers has been covered. It isn’t much, obviously. These licensed rehashes have been made ad infinitum since an executive took a developer pitch which mashed platformers and toy brands together. Somehow, Heropants, a 3D platformer without camera controls, slipped out in 2015, one or two years after these releases found themselves victims of a self-imposed expiration date. The rest of them are snug on mobile devices.”

Read my full review of Spongebob Heropants on Medium

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Nightcrawler Blu-ray Review

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Nightcrawler does not look kindly on local news. Dan Gilroy’s script is ferocious in attacking the production practices and their casual racism. Rene Russo is used as a cruel, desperate backroom director whose already callous methodology slowly turns demented and warped when attached to Bloom. It’s not news; it’s staged, raw sensationalism.”

Read my full review of Nightcrawler on Blu-ray at DoBlu

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Birdman Blu-ray Review

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“The film is cynical. Many seem to be these days. Riggan’s life (breaking financially and mentally) is surrounded by personalities, actors and actresses who have either succumbed to their bloated egos or accepted their place. This mix-in of characters binds Birdman together – quite literally. It is portrayed as a single take. Were it not for the smarts of a modern audience with regards to digital technology, chances are we would all believe it too.”

Read my full review of Birdman on Blu-ray at DoBlu

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The Order: 1886 (PS4) Review

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“It also protects the superficial, yet ravishing display, of technology. Bricks are sweaty, London’s fog permeates the October air, and gloomy aesthetics create a visible odor. And these are not only direct signs of the locale. The Order’s equivalent of production design – stacked with disheveled bookshelves and the influence of Tesla’s adolescent electrical trickery – relives an era of mutton chops and top hats, albeit enhanced for modern tastes. Thermite and head exploding shock guns ahoy. Oh, and The Order openly demands you play by the whims of its firearm selection. Guns are not a choice. The Order’s rules as a game are clear.”

Read my full review of The Order: 1886 at GameSkinny

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Evolve (PS4) Review

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“Humans are the invasive species on Evolve’s planet Shear, although no one seems to notice or care, the same callous attitude shared with those insensitive Cabela diversions, the latter game-dom’s gun-toting nadir. Much of the dialog exchanged between four shamelessly caricatured mercenaries in Evolve is too vapid for such an exploration of the possibly provocative concept. There are creatures to kill, after all, during an otherwise alluring map-wide hunt.”

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Apotheon (PS4) Review

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“If the ancient Greeks had created video games, their combined wisdom would likely have made Apotheon, a beautifully antiquated story of restless, spiteful gods realizing humanity’s infinite uselessness and a Greek warrior who would save mankind’s decaying civilization. Interplay of gods and men is enthralling; Apotheon would be nothing without it.”

Read my full review of Apotheon at GameSkinny

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