I like movies
"Remember - it is only a game."
Dear Every Other Movie of 2021,
I write this to you to inform you that a new bar has set for quality in films released this year. This bar is unlikely to be exceeded. I inform you of this so that you may temper your expectations when the end of year lists come round, for there is one that is more than likely to wear that golden crown.
The film in question is…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
"You cannot change fate. However, you can rise to meet it, if you so choose."
War, in its very nature, is about destruction. Someone wants something someone else is standing in the way of, and so generations of people will die fighting for one side. Hatred is embedded into the people who fight these battles, manifesting as demons tearing through. We fight because they hurt us because we hurt them because they hurt us because we hurt them because they…
Absolutely incredible, wow
I wasn't expecting to watch all of this, as traditionally the long-form YouTube stuff tends to turn me away pretty fast. Kinda ironic what this doc was really about in that way!
Seems like an innocuous enough thing to be curious about, but it ends up being a genuinely meaningful pursuit exploring what art can truly mean - and what it means to those it reaches. There's even more to it than that, but I strongly recommend watching this without much more insight! Surprising, investing, and moving - fantastic!
For a film with an entire lineup of truly fascinating characters, it's almost impressive how disinterested it is in actually spending time with them - jettisoned from plot beat to plot beat, asking for investment without giving any reason to be invested. All plot, and flashy fan service, mired by unrealized potential. All that said, though? Really fun, at the end of the day!
I really thought I'd like this more following Andor's first season, but I like it less…
"Don't you wanna be like your old man?"
"No, I heard you got fucked by a gazelle!"
Full on tearing up I laughed so hard during all of this
EDIT: Since this is, for some reason, my most popular review, I'll use it to inform everyone that Middleditch is a total creep and you should not support him! That includes streaming this on Netflix.
(The doc is pretty good, but I'm here to talk about The Last of Us Part II - Spoiler Free.)
Naughty Dog have made the most important pieces of media to myself ever. Uncharted features my favorite fictional character in Nathan Drake, and The Last of Us changed my life. It was one of the fundamental pieces in me wanting to tell stories for a living. I may prefer film to video games as a medium, but those two stories…