Nintendo and D&D Part 1: 1989 Nintendo

“Well excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, Princess!” -Link the Asshole The year is 1989. President Reagan gives his farewell address, and President George Bush, Sr. takes over. Emperor Hirohito passes away, and the Heisei period begins in Japan. It was a year of change for both the United States of America, and for Japan. Luckily, Nintendo was here…

Edge of Tomorrow and the ending that couldn’t be

I finally had time to go see Edge of Tomorrow, the movie based on the Japanese book All You Need Is Kill, by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. Let me start off by saying that I very much enjoyed the movie, and I’m so very glad it got made. It will be one of those films that is…

Captain America: Winner Soldier

I watch a lot of movies. I love all kinds of movies, and I don’t discriminate based on genre. One of the genres that is oft maligned is Romantic Comedy. This is generally because it’s been reduced down to a formula of laziness and contempt. This is true of just about every single genre out…

How Lois Lane Destroyed Metropolis

This post will directly talk about things that happen in the movie Man of Steel. I will not be attempting to avoid spoilers in any of the following discussion. This discussion not only won’t avoid spoilers, but has to deal with them rather directly to make its point. In case you now immediately regret your…

Oblivion, Derivation, and Sense

Oblivion might just be the most sci-fi movie ever made. It felt like a lot of the choices were made simply because the writers and director liked what they saw in other films and said, “I gotta get me one of those”. While it doesn’t quite hit every single thing in a sci-fi movie, I’m…

Top Ten Movies of 2012

2012 has come and gone, leaving behind a fairly spectacular year of film. There were so many incredible movies this year, and there were even more films that were just plain fun. Narrowing this down to a list of ten films seems almost unfair. I’m going to have to leave off a lot of movies…

Movies I Have Seen: Django Unchained

Have you ever gotten to the end of a three hour movie, and said “Whoa, it’s over already?” That’s the experience I had last night when I finished watching the latest film by Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained. It’s a three hour film that feels like it’s half an hour long. I could easily have sat…

Movies I Have Seen: Premium Rush

Over the weekend I took the opportunity to see the bike messenger action movie Premium Rush. Yes, a bike messenger action movie. The movie was written and directed by David Koepp. This name might be familiar to many people, and with good reason. Koepp is the fourth highest grossing writer if one is to go…

LOOM and Storytelling

Short films are some of the most intriguing and stylish examples of visual storytelling in the modern day. Short films have somewhat come into vogue over the past few years due to not only their lower cost, but also because it’s a lot easier to sell a high-concept piece when it’s followed by “the run…

The Dark Knight Rises: What’s the deal?

THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS. DO NOT READ IT UNLESS YOU HAVE SEEN THE MOVIE OR DON’T CARE. Expectation and investment are the twin-forked tail of disappointment. Even with this in mind it doesn’t quite explain what’s going on right now with regards to The Dark Knight Rises, the final Christopher Nolan written and directed Batman…

Live Reviews: Transformers 3

Each week I have been picking a film on Netflix that I expect to be bad and reviewing it. At the behest of a friend, I decided to jump in and give Transformers 3 a shot. At the urging of another friend, I am posting it here. God save us all. Rentdownstairs 8:06 PM –…

Movies I Have Seen: The Amazing Spider-Man

Ok, so I guess if you haven’t read it you should read this: Film Critic Hulk’s Take on the Amazing Spider-Man Now, for all that anger, Film Critic Hulk isn’t wrong about the specifics. I saw the film last night after hearing a good review earlier in the week and I decided, “What the fuck,…