Current Generation Consoles, Ranked

The dawn of the next generation of console gaming is here! Both the Xbox Series X and the PS5 are launching this week, though, from the looks of it on social media, it seems EVERYBODY has already gotten theirs except me. 😭

2020, frankly, has been a total downer of a year. Which is why I’m celebrating every minute of this next-gen rollout. I’m currently debating which console I’m treating myself to first— not just a matter of preference, but also getting a read on where my friends list is flocking.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Just before we herald in the new gaming era, I’m taking one last look back on the current generation. Seeing as the next-gen launch slate is a little bare, I know this isn’t exactly the end for the Xbox One or PS4 just yet. But for the rest of us eager to make that sweet upgrade, we’ve certainly begun phasing ’em out. As a final salute, here is my ranking of the current generation consoles. Continue reading

In Praise of David Fincher’s ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’

“She’s different,” Armansky says, words that mark the worldwide iconographic appeal of the title-heroine. “In what way?” Dirch Frode asks. “In every way.” I can’t think of a more unique blockbuster in recent memory. No, not the R-rated drama aspect of David Fincher’s lurid and underrated gem. The hard-R studio adult franchise, or the promising start of one. Considering Fincher never got to see through to a trilogy, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo remains as a defiant standalone movie that’s wholly unique and of a blockbuster caliber that’s rarely been attempted since. Continue reading

A 2018 Look at ‘Spider-Man 3’

Last night, before heading off to watch Venom, some friends and I gathered to behold the modern-day masterpiece known as Spider-Man 3. I’m half being ironic here because we expected to cover our eyes out of cringe-inducing embarrassment. What we found instead was a much more watchable film than any of us remembered. Spider-Man 3’s problems, like its unaffecting villains, are still there, but they are no more outrageous than the sins committed by some of today’s biggest studio misfires. Spider-Man 3 may have emerged as an unexpected gif-sensation, but it is also an interesting case study as far as where Sony was with its veritable Spider-Man franchise and, unfortunately, where it still is.  Continue reading