‘Lost Dimension’: Tactical battles with a side of traitorous teammates

‘Lost Dimension’: Tactical battles with a side of traitorous teammates

Famed Persona developer, Atlus, will from time to time take a niche Japanese game created by a smaller developer and publish it in North America. Several years ago they did this with a…

50th Karlovy Vary: An interview with Mark Cousins

50th Karlovy Vary: An interview with Mark Cousins

The Irish filmmaker, film historian and occasional film critic Mark Cousins has made films about films (at times to some controversy), and films about cities. I am Belfast, which he presented at the…

‘Mission: Impossible’ – Breaking Christopher McQuarrie out of Director’s Jail

‘Mission: Impossible’ – Breaking Christopher McQuarrie out of Director’s Jail

This Friday, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation will be released. It’s the fifth film in the iconic franchise, but sadly stands as only the third film of its director Christopher McQuarrie in 15…

E3 2015 was the final nail in the coffin for the Wii U

E3 2015 was the final nail in the coffin for the Wii U

E3 2015 was one of the best of the lot. It wasn’t as important or as sassy as the 2013 conferences, but the friendlier rivalry between Sony and Microsoft was a lot more pleasant…


Fantasia 2015: ‘Synchronicity’s’ obtuse storytelling and excellent visuals make for a mixed bag

Fantasia 2015: ‘Synchronicity’s’ obtuse storytelling and excellent visuals make for a mixed bag

Shadows abound, pierced with swaths of light cut to ribbons by venetian blinds. Odd, angular futurist architecture juts into the sky, illuminated by spotlights from passing flying vehicles. There are fans slowly rotating…

“Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned”: Top 10 Damaged Divas in the Movies

“Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned”: Top 10 Damaged Divas in the Movies

Sure, we have all seen our share of an “Unstable Mabel” in cinema throughout the years. Some, more than others, do stand out in craziness, chaos and curiosity. These furious females in film–at…

You expect a bit more from ‘Unexpected’

You expect a bit more from ‘Unexpected’

It’s hard to be mad at director Kris Swanberg’s leisurely stroll towards motherhood, but it’s also hard to recommend to those outside the target demographic. Observant, low-key, and, ultimately, benign, 'Unexpected' coasts by…

‘Do I Sound Gay?’ is an entertaining and enlightening voice

‘Do I Sound Gay?’ is an entertaining and enlightening voice

'Do I Sound Gay?' is a hilarious peek into the gay psyche that proves identity and voice are inseparable, regardless of your sexual orientation.…


The Strain, Ep. 2.01-2.03: Abraham remains series’ best character

The Strain, Ep. 2.01-2.03: Abraham remains series’ best character

Danger escalates within season two's first three episodes as inter-state highways are closed off and travel becomes heavily regulated. The constant sound of sirens and gunfire mixed with panicked voices in the background…

True Detective, Ep. 2.06, “Church in Ruins” throws a party, and everyone’s invited

True Detective, Ep. 2.06, “Church in Ruins” throws a party, and everyone’s invited

The good news is that the so-called "orgy episode" of this season is not nearly as gratuitous and exploitative of women as it could have been in a worst case scenario. The bad…

Why You Should Watch: 7 Days in Hell

Why You Should Watch: 7 Days in Hell

7 Days in Hell is an HBO TV mockumentary about the greatest game of tennis ever played, a seven day affair between American Aaron Williams (Andy Samberg) and Englishman Charles Poole (Kit Harrington).…

BoJack Horseman, Season 2: TV’s best show about being sad

BoJack Horseman, Season 2: TV’s best show about being sad

“Have fun being sad!” Todd yells this at BoJack early on in the second season of Netflix’s BoJack Horseman, but it works well describing the series as a whole. This is perhaps the…


TIFF ’15 unveils initial lineup of films, opening with Jean-Marc Vallee’s ‘Demolition’

TIFF ’15 unveils initial lineup of films, opening with Jean-Marc Vallee’s ‘Demolition’

2015’s Toronto International Film Festival, now in its 40th year, will kick off the fall festival season with their opening night film, Demolition, starring Jake Gyllenhaal in Canadian filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée’s follow-up to…

50th Karlovy Vary: An interview with Mark Cousins

50th Karlovy Vary: An interview with Mark Cousins

The Irish filmmaker, film historian and occasional film critic Mark Cousins has made films about films (at times to some controversy), and films about cities. I am Belfast, which he presented at the…

Fantasia 2015: ‘The Blue Hour’ is sexy, intimate and full of dread

Fantasia 2015: ‘The Blue Hour’ is sexy, intimate and full of dread

Fantasia Film Festival 2015

The Blue Hour is a beautiful, dark and mysterious ghost story from Thai filmmaker Anucha Boonyawatana. Tam (Atthaphan Poonsawas) is a gay teen who doesn’t fit in at school or within his family.…

SDCC 2015: A tale of two zombie films

SDCC 2015: A tale of two zombie films

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that audiences who enjoy zombie movies must be in want of more zombie movies. However, the trick is finding new ways to invent the zombie genre. Screen…


Sketchy Episode 179 – ‘Ratatouille’

Sketchy Episode 179 – ‘Ratatouille’

Remy has a talent for taste and a passion for cooking. The only problem is… he’s a rat. This week, Sketchy discusses “Ratatouille,” the 2007 Disney-Pixar critical darling, directed by Brad Bird and…

This Podcast Came From the Moon #1

This Podcast Came From the Moon #1

Almost a year after its release, Destiny, the massively successful if highly scrutinized follow up to Halo from developers Bungie and Activision, remains as represented in media and news outlets as it did the day…

This is Our Design #33: “Digestivo”

This is Our Design #33: “Digestivo”

It's a mid-season finale in "Digestivo," and the group breaks down the various important aspects of the episode and series of episodes, such as how the characters have changed and where are Will's…

Open Source #26: The Next Six Months

Open Source #26: The Next Six Months

The Open Source crew look ahead to the next six months of 2015 and the glut of games that await. What titles are going to hit big – and what is going to…


‘Ultimate Marvel Team-Up’ #1- Matt Wagner’s Mutant Mayhem

‘Ultimate Marvel Team-Up’ #1- Matt Wagner’s Mutant Mayhem

History of the Ultimate Universe

Ultimate Marvel Team-Up #1 introduces a more traditional version of Wolverine to the Ultimate Marvel Universe. He is gruff and violent, but actually wants to co-exist with humans and leave his dark past…

How Different Batman Origins Influenced ‘Batman Begins’

How Different Batman Origins Influenced ‘Batman Begins’

Only separated by two years “The Man Who Falls” and “Year One” attempt to tell the origin of Bruce Wayne becoming Batman. Frank Miller’s story is much better known than Dennis O’Neil’s one…

Travis loses his cool again in ‘Sons of the Devil’ #3

Travis loses his cool again in ‘Sons of the Devil’ #3

Sons of the Devil is unique. Buccellato’s plot explores an element of humanity seldom touched upon in literature: cults and the lives those cults have ruined. Infante’s art, which features expressive figures and…

‘Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde’ #1 is a little fun, a little unnecessary

‘Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde’ #1 is a little fun, a little unnecessary

Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde #1 is maybe worth checking out if you're a huge Star-Lord (not Kitty Pryde) fan and has a couple laughs and a shimmering color palette. But for the most…


Multiplayer Magic or Madness?: Nintendo’s E3 Surprises

Multiplayer Magic or Madness?: Nintendo’s E3 Surprises

Post E3

I remember playing The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition on my 3DS back in 2011 and simultaneously texting some friends eagerly looking for a time to get together so we could tackle…

‘Lost Dimension’: Tactical battles with a side of traitorous teammates

‘Lost Dimension’: Tactical battles with a side of traitorous teammates

Famed Persona developer, Atlus, will from time to time take a niche Japanese game created by a smaller developer and publish it in North America. Several years ago they did this with a…

E3 2015 was the final nail in the coffin for the Wii U

E3 2015 was the final nail in the coffin for the Wii U

E3 2015 was one of the best of the lot. It wasn’t as important or as sassy as the 2013 conferences, but the friendlier rivalry between Sony and Microsoft was a lot more pleasant…

China lifts 15 year ban on game consoles

China lifts 15 year ban on game consoles

After nearly 15 years of restricting the manufacturing and sales of video game consoles, China has lifted a ban on foreign and domestic gaming companies. At long last Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo will…


‘Mission: Impossible’ – Breaking Christopher McQuarrie out of Director’s Jail

‘Mission: Impossible’ – Breaking Christopher McQuarrie out of Director’s Jail

This Friday, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation will be released. It’s the fifth film in the iconic franchise, but sadly stands as only the third film of its director Christopher McQuarrie in 15…

Goebbels’ Prize Victims: Joachim Gottschalk and Herbert Selpin

Goebbels’ Prize Victims: Joachim Gottschalk and Herbert Selpin

German artists faced a painful choice under the Nazis. Many fled abroad, driven by ideology or religion; a few resisted. Those remaining had little choice beyond collaboration: Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels’ dictatorial control…

“Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned”: Top 10 Damaged Divas in the Movies

“Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned”: Top 10 Damaged Divas in the Movies

Sure, we have all seen our share of an “Unstable Mabel” in cinema throughout the years. Some, more than others, do stand out in craziness, chaos and curiosity. These furious females in film–at…

Fantasia 2015: ‘The Reflecting Skin’ a gothic masterpiece that is criminally overlooked

Fantasia 2015: ‘The Reflecting Skin’ a gothic masterpiece that is criminally overlooked

Ricky D’s Favourite Cult Films #69

The Reflecting Skin Directed by Philip Ridley Written by Philip Ridley 1990, USA The Reflecting Skin is not your average vampire movie. I’m not even sure if it is a vampire movie, nor…


Sordid Cinema

Sordid Cinema #99: Mad Max Special Part 2 (50 things you didn’t know about ‘Fury Road’

Sordid Cinema #99: Mad Max Special Part 2 (50 things you didn't know about 'Fury Road'

  All great things come to an end. It’s the very last episode of Sordid Cinema, and what better way…

Televerse

This is Our Design #33: “Digestivo”

This is Our Design #33: "Digestivo"

It's a mid-season finale in "Digestivo," and the group breaks down the various important aspects of the episode and series…

SOS This Week

SOS This Week #16: Filling In The Blanks

SOS This Week #16: Filling In The Blanks

It seems like every movie franchise is expanding with sequels, prequels, and anthology films. Every character must be explained and…

This is Our Design

This is Our Design #33: “Digestivo”

This is Our Design #33: "Digestivo"

It's a mid-season finale in "Digestivo," and the group breaks down the various important aspects of the episode and series…

NXpress: Nintendo Podcast

NXpress #16: Virtual Boy 20 Year Anniversary & ‘Super Mario World 2 Yoshi’s Island’

NXpress #16: Virtual Boy 20 Year Anniversary & 'Super Mario World 2 Yoshi's Island'

  The Virtual Boy proved to be a dismal failure for Nintendo but on its 20-year anniversary, we look back…

Open Source

Open Source #26: The Next Six Months

Open Source #26: The Next Six Months

The Open Source crew look ahead to the next six months of 2015 and the glut of games that await.…