Category: Columns

“Birds of Prey”—What “Suicide Squad” should have been

The best way to describe “Birds of Prey” is that it’s a spiritual successor to “Suicide Squad,” because it’s everything that “Suicide Squad” was trying to be. “Suicide Squad” was trying to be DC’s answer to “Guardians of the Galaxy.” It did this by having a cast of likable outcasts, only with a darker tone… Read more »

Mapping Around Mediocrity: Companionship Over Combat

Valentine’s day is just around the corner. It’s a day where we appreciate our relationships, and express gratitude towards those that have stuck by our sides. This can also be applied to relationships in games.  Relationships in games are often overlooked. Players will sometimes judge a companion purely on practicality, despite the flaws and strengths… Read more »

Mapping Around Mediocrity: Show, Don’t Tell

The idea of “show, don’t tell” is important to visual media. To have a story play out in front of a viewer not only gives them a clearer vision of the world, but also allows for the director to add in little elements that reward the viewer should they find them.  In video games, this… Read more »

1917 — Entertaining and Anti-War

“1917” feels like “Dunkirk.” It’s trying to be the same thing, but I wouldn’t call it a true rip-off. Mendes makes a thriller that uses its suspense to convey the feeling of being in war. As a thriller, “1917” is great. It creates constant tension and never lets up. The plot is simple and straightforward…. Read more »

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – Not an Epic Finale

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” is not a good movie, but it’s not completely terrible. If you’re just looking for some entertainment and can live with a flawed “Star Wars” film, then you’ll probably get some enjoyment out of “The Rise of Skywalker.”  But if you want something that feels like the finale to… Read more »

“Uncut Gems” – A Believable Look

“Uncut Gems” is exhausting. It’s an intense film— one that never gives you a break. I felt tired after watching it. I mean this as a compliment. The story, written and directed by brothers Josh and Benny Safdie, follows Adam Sandler as Howard Ratner, a jeweler in New York City with a gambling addiction. He… Read more »

SideTracked: Best of 2010-2018

The end of the year is an exciting time for music journalists, especially when it’s the end of the decade. 2019 is winding down, and every publication’s agenda is dominated by determining which albums will stand among the best of the 10s. SideTracked is doing the same. This list features my favorite album each year… Read more »