The following article features story spoilers for the entirety of both The Last of Us and The Last of Us: Part II. Do not read the article before you finish both games.
In 2013, Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us — my favorite video game ever made —was released exclusively on PlayStation 3 (it was later remastered on PlayStation 4) to near-universal praise and numerous accolades. On the surface-level, this was a survival horror game in the zombie sub-genre. But it was also so much more than that. It was a story about love and rediscovering something to fight for. Gamers primarily played as Joel Miller (Troy Baker), a smuggler without scruples, who was tasked with transporting a young girl, Ellie (Ashley Johnson), across the United States for the purpose of crafting a vaccine to the fungal virus that had turned infected humans into ruthless barely-human creatures without rational thought. Continue reading “Look for the Light: The Last of Us: Part II is a Truly Special Game”→
The following is a review of Da 5 Bloods — A Spike Lee Joint.
Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods is a war film about the lasting effects of the Vietnam War on four African-American war veterans — Eddie (played by Norm Lewis), Otis (played by Clarke Peters), Melvin (played by Isiah Whitlock, Jr.), and Paul (played by Delroy Lindo) — collectively known as the ‘Bloods.’ Now, decades after the war has ended, the Bloods have returned to Vietnam to retrieve what they left behind in the jungle. They claim to only be back to retrieve the body of their squad leader, Stormin’ Norman (played by Chadwick Boseman), but they also want to find the precious gold bars that they had to leave behind when they were young men. Continue reading “REVIEW: Da 5 Bloods (2020)”→
The following is a short review of HBO’s King in the Wilderness – Directed by Peter W. Kunhardt.
On the 50th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King, HBO released a documentary portrait of the late-great activist, baptist, and civil rights movement leader from Emmy-winning director Peter W. Kunhardt. The documentary titled King in the Wilderness is made up of talking head interviews with the people that knew King, who all try to paint us a picture of King’s state in the last few years of his life before he was shot and killed in 1968. Continue reading “REVIEW: King in the Wilderness (2018 – Documentary)”→
The following is a review of HBO Films’ All The Way, based on the Robert Schenkkan play of the same name.
Jay Roach, who had worked with Bryan Cranston on 2015’s Trumbo, teams up with Bryan Cranston yet again, this time by adapting the play that Cranston won a Tony Award for in 2014. Cranston has become one of the very best, if not the very best, actor during what is now known as the golden age of television, and his performance in this adaptation of All The Way should earn him another Emmy nomination, at the very least. Continue reading “REVIEW: All The Way (2016)”→