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Films On HBO: “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” (2015)

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) feels like the mildly cynical indie alternative to the already indie-feeling The Fault in Our Stars (2014), a film which, if you remember I loved,… Continue reading

“Overwatch” Beta Review

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Overwatch, an exciting but vapid lesson in political incorrectness and cultural appropriation, recently had a multiplatform beta that was met with much glee. The game, which has absolutely zero story to speak of,… Continue reading

Starz’s “The Girlfriend Experience” is … an Experience

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Disturbing but sexy. Intriguing but horrifying. Starz’s The Girlfriend Experience is a lot of things. Better and more insightful critics might tell you that The Girlfriend Experience is a cutting edge drama about a… Continue reading

Marvel’s “Jessica Jones” and Characters with Psychology (a.k.a., people)

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Jessica Jones is not an invulnerable show, though it does have a super-powered capacity for awesomeness. It is incredibly, unnaturally strong in a lot of ways, but it still gets a cut above… Continue reading

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”: Flight and Empathy

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Here’s the one with all the spoilers! Because you love me, you’ve hopefully read my generalized, vaguely non-spoiler review of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, in which I spoke lightly about the movie’s… Continue reading

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is a Force to Be Reckoned With (Spoiler-Free Edition)

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Pun intended. What I really hate is when critics that positively review a space sci-fi story call it “stellar”. Isn’t that just terrible? The funny thing about this review was that I wrote… Continue reading

Narragansett Beer’s “Big Mamie Indestructible American Pale Ale” Review

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Next in an ongoing series of locally infused ‘Gansett beers is “Big Mamie Indestructible American Pale Ale”. Brewed in honor of the USS Massachusetts, this American Pale Ale is as rigid, solid, and just… Continue reading

“American Ultra” Review

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American Ultra is a hyperviolent and marijuana infused action film written by the stoner (assumed) nerd who brought us Chronicle and directed by the dude who did Project X. You know, that terrible, soulless party… Continue reading

“Trainwreck” and the Perpetuation of Adolescence

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Trainwreck is a current film in which Amy Shumer shooms and amies her way through a movie playing a character named Amy while she Amy Shoomers her way through a vapid job in the… Continue reading

Dead Men Don’t Dream: Ruminations on “True Detective” Season 2 Thus Far

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By the end of episode two of “True Detective” season two — perhaps even by the end of the first episode — I realized that I had to stop. The story analyst in… Continue reading

The Point of Fiction, Wish Fulfillment, and HIMYM Reflections

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What’s the point of fiction stories anyway? In J. R. R. Tolkien’s On Fairy-Stories — an essay that predates anything to do with Hobbits — he intimately discusses the “fairy story” as a literary form, which… Continue reading

The Fun Madness of “Bloodborne”

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At its very core, “Bloodborne” is a game about madness.   We’ve all heard that cliche, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” It’s… Continue reading

Netflix Review: “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby”

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It takes a lot for me to be surprised by the way a movie is made. I’m not talking about jump-scares or even the horror genre; I’m talking about the process of filmmaking and… Continue reading

“Ex Machina” Review: Unsettling Techno-Cautionary Tale

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Imagine if a brilliant wunderkind founded Google at the age 13. It’d make Mark Zuckerberg look like a chump. Now imagine it’s a near future, in a time where this kid is now… Continue reading

“The Avengers: Age of Ultron”: A Delightfully Familiar Novelty

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“Ultron” is the kind of movie that needs no introduction. Even if you’re a lazy MCU fan like myself and skipped “Thor: The Dark World,” you know what’s going on here, and you… Continue reading

Game of Thrones S5:E1 Review: “The Wars to Come”

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GoT season 4 brought us to a wonderful finish with the battle at Castle Black followed by Tyrion’s titillating escape. What at the time felt like a very satisfying double homicide has now… Continue reading

Netflix: “One Day” Review

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Messing with time is a funky thing. The Doctor would have us believe it’s all wibbly wobbly and very dangerous, yet storytellers have been playing with it for as long as stories have… Continue reading

Corey’s Film Favorites from 2014

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In no particular order: X-Men: Days of Future Past Hugh Jackman is the heart of the X-Men franchise, despite his first stand alone (ish) movie being the worst of them all. DoFP took… Continue reading

What Bungie’s “Destiny” Does So Well

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Destiny if the kind of game that grabs an aggressive hold of you and stubbornly refuses to let go. I know this from first hand experience, because the game has dominated a bulk… Continue reading

A Conflict of Interest: #GamerGate and the Need for Ethics in Video Game Journalism

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This common narrative of GamerGate as presented by the media is one of harassment and misogyny, not of journalistic ethics. It should strike us as ironic, however, that an ongoing misrepresentation of the movement in the media only proves the point that video game journalists are in dire need of an education in ethics.

Off the Cuff Reactions to DC Universe’s Movie Lineup Announcement

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Earlier today, Kevin Tsujihara, head of the studio over at Warner Bros (who controls movie rights to DC Universe) announced a very deep and very ambitious timeline for movies in the foreseeable future.… Continue reading

“The Maze Runner” Astounds with a Predictably Indecipherably Labyrinthian and Nebulously Insufferable Plot

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Don’t ask me what The Maze Runner was about because I have absolutely no idea. It’s got a story about as cryptic as its titular labyrinth. Sure, I sat through two hours of forced dialogue and… Continue reading

Moffat’s “Listen” Revitalizes Doctor Who Like Never Before

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When they made this particular hero they didn’t give him a gun they gave him a screwdriver to fix things. They didn’t give him a tank or a warship or an x-wing fighter… Continue reading

Fulfill Your “Destiny” and Get on Board with Bungie’s Massive New Hit

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It’s July 22, 2007, sometime during that awkward time of the way, way, wayy too early morning when everything in the world should be asleep, except for those literal early birds who rise… Continue reading

Growing Up With Richard Linklater’s Inspiring “Boyhood”

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Marketed as a film “12 years in the making”, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood follows the character of Mason Evans, Jr. from the ages of six to 18. His parents are divorced, and his mother… Continue reading