Review of “Things Heard & Seen”

While this movie came out back in late April, it didn’t really hop onto my radar until it began trending this week. Being in the middle of a mystery kick, I thought it would be a good idea to do a blind watch of something for once. Going into this movie, I had no idea what to expect outside of the brief ad that runs on Netflix. Unfortunately, there isn’t much hype that the movie lives up to.

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Review of “Zola”

This is a film that’s been on my radar since last year- based on a story told in a series of tweets that I (along with many others) followed back in 2015. Would a long string of tweets be able to hold up in the form of a full length feature film? Director Janicza Bravo set out to say definitively that she- along with her crew- is more than capable of delivering a quality performance.

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A Note on the Value of Self Expression in Fighting Games: What’s your “style”?

At some point, I would like to discuss the intricacies and values of finding your own sense of “style” in fighting games. Perhaps this post will serve as a sort of introductory point into my own philosophy into both what makes that possible as well as how to achieve it as a player. Perhaps another post will delve into what games do it “correctly” and what games do not, and how. For now, I want to discuss my own journey at finding what I value in self expression in fighting games.

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Review of “Ready Or Not (2019)”

Not in my original plan, but I found myself with a blu-ray of a film that ended up meaning a fair amount to me given it was one of the first films I watched with my old roommate. While there is a lot of sentimentality drawn into this film for me, how does its overall quality hold up in comparison? Well, I’m here to say: it’s an easy recommendation, albeit an imperfect one.

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Retro Review: “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)”

A while back, I was rewatching the Indiana Jones films as I have an old DVD box set with the first 3 movies. It then occurred to me that I hadn’t watched the fourth since it came out in 2008, and I remembered it being pretty terrible. Intrigued, I went to watch it again, and though it was certainly better than what my memory may have initially told me, it was still not a particularly impressive work and is easily the worst of the series thus far.

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Review of “Like Someone in Love (2012)”

Recently, I was involved in a discussion with a good friend about the films of Abbas Kiarostami, and I mentioned that this film was one of my particular favorites of his repertoire. Unlike myself, I looked at reviews of this film and found that they seemed almost disturbingly skewed towards the negative in comparison to Kiarostami’s earlier works. (Author’s note: this does not mean this film was received poorly, but its overall rating is significantly lower than both Certified Copy and Taste of Cherry.) I want to examine what makes this film one of my favorites of his library.

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Review of “The Woman in the Window (2021)”

While dealing with a few health issues this week, I struggled to really come up with something to write about and watch when I had the spare time. Thusly, I turned to Netflix and was surprised to see a movie starring Amy Adams that was billed as a “mystery” and “crime” story. Intrigued, I moved forward with what has to be one of the biggest wastes of two hours I’ve spent in 2021 so far.

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Retro Review of “Pirate Radio”

Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down and watch a film that was recommended to me: a 2009 ensemble comedy titled Pirate Radio and starring Philip Seymour Hoffman with plenty of other British comedic talent. I had no real idea what to expect going in blind, other than knowing that it was a film about pirate DJ stations in the sixties. What I got was a surprisingly good comedy with only a few sour spots.

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