Game Review: Infamous: First Light

Boxart Infamous First LightReviewed on Playstation 4, Official Website

Sucker Punch revisits the successful formula of 2011’s “inFamous: Festival of Blood” (a follow-up to inFamous 2) with this sorta-DLC, but still stand-alone follow-up to “inFamous : Second Son” [My Review]. For $15, fans get a huge addition to the original game, while the curious can enjoy a beefy stand-alone adventure.

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Movie Review: The Badger Game

IMDB, The Badger Game“The Badger Game” on IMDB

Thriller/Drama, 99 Minutes, 2014

[Disclosure: I reviewed a screener of this film provided by the filmmakers. No other considerations were made.]

Last November, on our sister site MoreBrains.com, I reviewed a rare thing: a clever, low-budget horror movie. “Mimesis” was a zombie-less zombie movie that impressed me on multiple levels. I spent more time than I should have picking on its overly academic title. When the screenwriter, Josh Wagner [IMDB], asked me to review his latest effort, co-wrote and directed with Thomas Zambeck [IMDB], I jumped at the chance. (more…)

Movie Review: Boyhood

IMDB, Boyhood“Boyhood” on IMDB

Drama, 165 Minutes, 2014

This movie represents a grand experiment in film-making. Writer/Director Richard Linklater [IMDB] gathered a cast and committed to an unprecedented 12-year filming schedule. During that time we experience the growth of Mason, a young boy (Ellar Coltrane [IMDB]), from age six to 18.

The question, of course, is: did the experiment succeed?

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Movie Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron

IMDB, Avengers, Age of Ultron“Avengers: Age of Ultron” on IMDB

Action/Adventure, 141 Minutes, 2015

The tent pole of the Marvel cinematic universe is back with a vengeance after the massively successful 2012 “The Avengers” [My Review]. The entire main cast returns joined by many smaller characters from the various individual films. Joss Whedon [IMDB] is also back at the helm; rumors have it, for the last time.

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A Brief History of PG-13 by The Dissolve

You may notice that I never mention MPAA ratings. The main reasons for this are complex, but boil down to simple facts that the ratings system is arbitrary, manipulative and utterly useless for making intelligent decisions about what you and your family should see at the theater. The Dissolve brings us a short piece on the controversial PG-13 rating that’s been neutering films for the past few decades.

If you’re more interested in some of the inanity behind the rating system, I’ve found no better treatment than the 2006 documentary “This Film is Not Yet Rated” [My Review].

Movie Review: Interstellar

“Interstellar” on IMDB IMDB, Interstellar

Sci-Fi, 169 Minutes, 2014

Smart sci-fi has seen something of a resurgence in the past few years (let’s just forget how stupid “Lucy” and “Prometheus” were). People seem more willing to actually think about the stories and so production companies seem more willing to fund them. Of course, the fact that this particular movie is from a guy that’s made gajillions (yes, that’s gajillions with a “G”) of dollars could also have something to do with that.

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