"The Handmaid’s Tale" Season 2 is more than worth the watch. Not only does the show look excellent; there is a huge emphasis on character development and interactions that really bring the show to life. While scenarios do become slightly repetitive and some writing choices are questionable, the good far outweighs the bad. For those looking for a beautiful show with great acting, strong writing, and relevant political commentary, this season more than delivers.
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‘The Spiral Scouts’ is a lovely little puzzle-adventure game with a style of humor that isn’t for everyone. The visuals are pleasing, the soundtrack is incredible, and the puzzles are fun and satisfying to solve. In terms of writing, although I thought the humor landed more often than not, it’s definitely not the kind of humor for everyone. The price of $10 is an absolute steal for a game of this quality. For those looking for a game that’s a little bit different from the crowd of high-brow indie titles, this raunchy package is perfectly sized for your pleasure.
Season two of Luke Cage gives more than expected. More action, more humor, and greater references to the MCU related to the Marvel Netflix shows. While it doesn’t have a central villain for almost the whole season, it still focuses on developing Luke Cage’s character. It brings up questions about what it means to be a hero and how to reconcile with those we love. This show is personal and not for younger viewers. If you want action and an emotional story, than watch this season of Luke Cage. It isn’t recommended for viewers that prefer the quirky, joyful side of Marvel.
Overall, the game vastly improves on a lot of the major downfalls of previous entries. However, the lack of customization and incentives does negatively impact replayability. Despite this, the game’s brand new mechanics and style creates a memorable experience that will appeal to all audiences
“Ant-Man and the Wasp” has some good aspects to it. Most of the comedy is well done, and Paul Rudd absolutely kills it once again. The action is also good enough to fit in with the blockbuster season. Yet, with underwhelming visuals and a pointless narrative, it can’t help but feel forced. The film really does feel like it was just the next part in a mechanical series of movies, moving forward without judging how the previous films would impact this one. It’s an entertaining popcorn flick for sure, but if there was ever a Marvel movie to skip, it would be this one.
While "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" had its fun moments, it definitely started to unravel in the third act. It’s as basic as a filler film can be, and overall isn’t very memorable. Despite being riddled with problems, it does take steps in the right direction. It’s too bad the first half hour is full of establishing shots.
‘Lego The Incredibles’ is another piece in the colossal set that is the Lego series of games, and while certain mechanics and a Pixar paint job do a lot to keep things from going stale, there just isn’t enough there to be worth a full-priced release. If you’re a fan of ‘The Incredibles’ or have kids who can’t get enough of building bricks and caped crusaders, then feel free to grab this one. Otherwise, you’re better off picking up another game in the series with more content and variety than this one. Overall, it may be fun, but this game’s capes don’t cut it.
Overall, 'Incredibles 2' is definitely worth the wait. The film expertly balances action while showcasing a genuine family connection. Through the use of a strong plot and a different perspective on existing characters, the film feels fresh and nostalgic at the same time. This is an incredible film for both newcomers and veterans of the older Pixar generation.
“Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy” is a great fit for any Nintendo Switch library. The port was flawlessly executed, though portable mode can be a bit questionable at times. The game is the same incredible remake of the "Crash" trilogy that it always was, with amazing visuals and music. Sure, the games are inconsistent and sometimes borderline awful, but the overall experience is so great that even levels like “Slippery Climb” can be excused. It’s solid buy for any Switch owner who has never gotten a chance to experience these gloriously retro titles.
Rob Hiassen. Gerald Fischman. Wendi Winters. John McNamara. Rebecca Smith. They were sons, daughters, brothers, sisters.
'Sushi Striker: The Way of the Sushido' is a super charming game with addictive puzzle gameplay. The story and writing aren’t deep, but in conjunction with the art-style, it all becomes an interactive Saturday morning cartoon. The 2D art especially looks incredibly well-done and oozes with style, though the 3D art looks bland by comparison. The gameplay is what really sells it. There is so much more depth and challenge than expected of a game like this, and hours upon hours can be put in getting perfect clears in every stage. Even if the game sometimes doesn’t make sense, it just flows and makes the player feel smart despite seemingly not doing much. Just leave the Hard Mode Belt on; it’ll make the game more engaging.
Overall, this episode was a game-changer on many levels. Before, I considered the show to be less serious. However, with the death of Best Jeanist and the anger of All Might, that has changed my mind. The next episode looks to give more backstory on the history between All Might and One for All, so that will be a sure topic that shouldn’t be missed.
While Hotel Artemis is a film that lacks in plot and action, it definitely makes up for it in its style, atmosphere, and characters. The ensemble cast give out great performances, and the different interactions between the colorful characters is a treat to watch. However, what brings it down is that it doesn’t take advantage of its future setting, as well as the pacing issues when it comes to the second act. All in all, it’s still definitely a treat for those looking for something different than the usual blockbuster fare.
At the end of the day, it's easy to say that I would spend the money to see Post Malone again. That says a lot about how incredible the experience was.
If you’re a fan of the Ocean movies, then this movie is worth seeing. Don’t look for anything too new, however. The cast is lovable and fun to watch, but it’s not worth a second watch. The plot is dull, and the humor is just as dull. The film feels kind of rushed and missing the key elements that the original movies had.
‘Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn’ is a joke of a game. It wears the fact it’s a joke game on its sleeve. Unfortunately, the joke isn’t very funny. The gameplay is dull and repetitive, with no salvation in sight from the blandness of mashing a single button. The writing and art style are horribly dated, and not in a charming way. The music exists. And the length is an absolute joke for the cost, but even if there was more of it, it would just be terrible. Even under seven layers of irony, there are no redeeming qualities to make it worth a purchase. Finally, to add insult to injury, the game crashed at the very end during the final boss. The game got refunded after that. Do not purchase this game under any circumstances.
Overall, there was a lot of developments in this episode with the student’s demeanor and how the school is now being perceived by the public. It is a unique situation in a show for the heroes to be in a negative point of view. However, there is hope for our protagonists to still show that heroes will always prevail. As always, I am excited for next week’s episode.
'Detroit: Become Human' is an ambitious interactive sci-fi drama where your choices have a drastic impact on events, making them more satisfying than other games in the genre. Though I wish the story wasn’t so heavy-handed with game's motifs, I still enjoyed the subtlety conveyed through its tech and performances. Much of the gameplay could have been improved by giving more options with the mechanics, like the detective mode, and providing reminders of the choices I had already made. But I would still recommend this game for people looking for a story-driven game with branching paths.
‘Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon’ is a perfectly portioned appetizer to the upcoming main course of ‘Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night.’ The game looks great, sounds great, and plays exactly like it should. The 'Castlevania' influence flows through all parts of this product, and despite my personal distaste for the original 'Castlevania' games, this game makes the right improvements on the gameplay to keep it fresh, fair, and fun. It even delivers a shocking amount of length for a game of this style. ‘Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon’ reaches ‘Shovel Knight’ levels of perfectly nailing the feel of an NES classic.