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April 24, 2018
Ocarina of Time

‘Ocarina of Time’ Dungeon by Dungeon: Ice Cavern

This continuing series will take a look back at the entry that established the 3D dungeon template, in turn altering dungeon design in ways that would dominate and define the series for nearly twenty years. In this entry, I will be examining the fifth and a half dungeon, the Ice Cavern.
April 23, 2018

‘Kindred Spirits on the Roof’ Warms the Heart

Kindred Spirits demands a considerable time investment to fully appreciate, but the payoff is a myriad of fun and heartfelt tales of high school romance begging to be enjoyed.
April 23, 2018
Mary Shelley

Tribeca Film Festival 2018: ‘Mary Shelley’ Stumbles to Find Solid Footing

In trying so hard to make this a female empowerment story, the legendary subject of 'Mary Shelley' often gets lost.
April 23, 2018
Westworld

‘Westworld,’ Ep 2.01: “Journey Into Night” Raises the Stakes

Westworld, Season 2, Episode 1: “Journey into Night” Written by Lisa Joy & Roberto Patino Directed by Richard J. Lewis Airs Sundays at 9pm ET on HBO Spoilers ahead. After eighteen months, Westworld has finally returned to the small screen. The first season worked tirelessly to set the scene, before […]
April 23, 2018
Westworld

‘Westworld’ Questions the Violent Delights of Our Reality

“These violent delights have violent ends.” You can hear this echoed throughout the entirety of the first season of Westworld, and it is unsurprising that the second season has continued to remind us karma exists. While the first season seemed fairly focused on the humans that inhabited the theme park, […]
April 23, 2018
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Game Boys, Ep. 102: Battle Royale Boys Pt. 2- ‘Fortnite’

Mario vs. Sonic, Forza vs. Gran Turismo, Mortal Combat vs. Street Fighter, Call of Duty vs. Battlefield; the gaming industry is no stranger to rivalries between titles.  The most public rivalry on the market right now is undoubtedly PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds vs. Fortnite: Battle Royale, and here to settle the score are the […]
April 22, 2018
Shane

65 Years Later: ‘Shane’ Embodies the Contradictions of America’s Relationship With Guns

A gun is a tool, Marian; no better or no worse than any other tool: an axe, a shovel or anything. A gun is as good or as bad as the man using it. Remember that. — Shane We’d all be much better off if there wasn’t a single gun left […]
April 22, 2018
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Tribeca Film Festival 2018: ‘Cargo’ Shows a Thrilling, Touching Zombie Apocalypse

'Cargo' uses the zombie metaphor in ways that are far more chilling than things that go bump in the night.
April 22, 2018
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Tribeca Film Fest 2018: ‘The Miseducation of Cameron Post’ is a Smart Look at Teenage Conversion Therapy

'The Miseducation of Cameron Post' is a beautiful, triumphant film that celebrates the intelligence and power of the  human spirit, while not diminishing the terrible cost of trying to crush it.
April 22, 2018
The mysterious island setting of The Witness

12-Months Later and I’ve Finally Finished ‘The Witness’

If ever there was a game capable of sharpening a player’s mind, giving them pause for thought, or fostering in them a newfound appreciation of the genre and the wider medium, The Witness is it.
April 21, 2018
Far Cry 5

Best of ‘Far Cry 5’ (Part 2): Five Greatest Attractions on Whitetail Mountains

The Best of ‘Far Cry 5’ Part Two Far Cry 5 is without a doubt one of our favorite games of 2018 so far. We’ve published a raving review as well as a list ranking our favorite characters, and now we bring you our list of the 15 things we love most about the […]
April 21, 2018

Tribeca Film Festival: 5 Most Anticipated Films

The 17th Annual Tribeca Film Festival lights up Manhattan April 18th  through April 29th. with a VR Arcade, Tribeca TV, Tribeca Talks and a full slate of exciting films. This year celebrates star-studded retrospective screenings of two iconic films, Brian De Palma’s Scarface and Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List.
April 21, 2018
I Feel Pretty

‘I Feel Pretty’ Preaches Beauty is Only Skin-deep

If 'Trainwreck' is peak-Schumer than 'I Feel Pretty' is Amy at 65%.
April 21, 2018
Cowboy Bebop

Easy Come, Easy Go: Memories of ‘Cowboy Bebop’ (20th Anniversary)

For its 20th anniversary, Maxwell N takes a personal look back at "Cowboy Bebop" and his first impressions of the revolutionary show.
April 20, 2018

Best of ‘Far Cry 5’ (Part 1): Five Greatest Attractions on The Henbane River

Far Cry 5 is without a doubt one of our favorite games of 2018 so far. We've published a raving review as well as a list ranking our favorite characters, and now we bring you our list of the 15 things we love most about the game.
April 20, 2018
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This Week in Gaming News: New ‘Castlevania’, Game Delays and the Battle Royale Bandwagon

It’s occurred to me this week that, considering I typically write this on a Friday, I should probably take into account what happened last Saturday and Sunday… but I can’t remember that far back. If you remember what happened last weekend, hit me up in the comments and you’ll win […]
April 20, 2018
Ghost Stories

‘Ghost Stories’ Makes for Compelling Horror — Until the End

It’s a pleasure to watch 'Ghost Stories' and see how well executed the segments are, and how they actually seem to fit together — at least until the ending.
April 20, 2018
God of War III

He Who Fights With Monsters: How ‘God of War III’ Failed Kratos as a Character

God of War III is a phenomenal game. Its pulse-pounding boss battles with characters we learned about in grade school, its insane set-pieces that redefine the term itself, and its jaw-dropping graphics that still hold up today mark it as one of the best games ever released on the PlayStation 3 and undoubtedly the best game in the series. However, it does have one very big problem: its plot.
April 19, 2018
The Terror

‘The Terror,’ Ep. 5 — The Beast Is Finally Revealed

There are many questions that have dogged AMC’s The Terror, but one of the most pressing has been about the nature of the creature that has slowly picked off the members of Terror and Erebus. This week’s episode, “First Shot a Winner, Lads,” finally reveals the beasts identity. That information […]
April 19, 2018

Cinema’s Ultimate Jerks #13: Biff Tannen (Back to the Future 2)

Cinema's Ultimate Jerks is a celebration of the characters we love to hate in the movies we love to love. They're not always the main villains - and sometimes they're not even villains at all - but they're definitely jerks.
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