Phil Akin

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‘The Meg’ is a Meg-cellent movie

08/22/2018 5:23pm

'The Meg' is one of the more flat out fun movies of this summer, even if  it’s also incredibly scary at times. It manages to strike an excellent  balance and plays into its clichés very well. While this film may lack  depth, it’s stellar cast and generally good acting makes up for the lack  of originality that pierces the film. 

‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ is pretty much “Establishing Shots: The Movie”

07/13/2018 1:56pm

 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. 

E3 2018 recap and reflection: Bethesda Softworks

06/11/2018 12:49am

Bethesda’s theme at E3 this year was “create”. They wanted to create something unique and new that nobody was expecting them to do. And while some things like Rage 2 had been leaked beforehand, there were still plenty of huge surprises Bethesda had yet to show off. I, for one, can’t wait to play Skyrim on my Etch a Sketch. 

“Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze” for Nintendo Switch is funky but not in a good way

05/16/2018 1:36pm

Tropical Freeze for the Nintendo Switch is a hard game to recommend. As  far as platformers go, it’s very challenging and often frustrating.  Tropical Freeze was released at a full $60, and that’s enough to not  recommend this game, considering it’s a port with only one new mode.  Tropical Freeze has its moments, but in the end those moments aren’t  enough to justify the countless lives you’ll lose while playing through  this game. If you’re a hardcore platformer or Donkey Kong fan, you’ll  love this game. Otherwise, you can pass on Tropical Freeze for the  Nintendo Switch. 

“Avengers Infinity War”: AKA ‘Thanos: The Movie’

05/09/2018 10:53pm

This is movie is for everyone who has followed the MCU. However, it’s  possible to enjoy the film without seeing every single Marvel film. The  important movies to see are Thor: Ragnarok, Doctor Strange, Captain  America: Civil War, and Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2. While this may  seem like a massive cliffhanger, the story is actually complete from  Thanos’ perspective. Despite all of its flaws, the movie ultimately  succeeds and does the unthinkable; killing Spider-Man.