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My Most Anticipated Movies of 2019

January 27, 2019

Another year, another potential crop of movies.   Will it be a better year for film than 2018?  One can hope. 5. The Lego Movie 2 I loved the Lego Movie in 2014.  I thought it captured the spirit of Lego and told a funny, impacting story among a creative background.  That said, I do not […]

X-Wing: Millennium Falcon

July 29, 2018

I am going to spend a little time here discussing an expansion for the X-Wing miniatures game from the perspective of a casual player. I am not a full-on devotee to the x-wing system, just a board game fan and a Star Wars fan who thought this would be a good fit for me. The […]

Solo

June 9, 2018

I’ll be up front and state that I was against the idea of a Han Solo prequel movie. It just seems weird having someone not Harrison Ford play Han at roughly the same age he was in the first movie. It seemed exploitative to me in some way. That being said, I have to admit […]

X-Wing: X-Wing

April 23, 2018

X-Wing is a game that thrives on expansions and has become one of those “money pit” games. There is a segment of the gaming population who buys all the new X-Wing ships no matter what. I will state that I am not one of those people, nor am I a hardcore X-wing player. But I […]

My Top 10 Movies of 2017

February 9, 2018

10. The Shape of Water Guillermo Del Toro brings himself back in the limelight this year with his modern fairy tale along the lines of Beauty and the Beast.  A Shape of Water combines contemporary storytelling with mythic tendencies, adds in an engrossing lead performance of Sally Hawkins, and Del Toro’s typical production design for […]

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

December 23, 2017

Star Wars is back, and this time so is Luke Skywalker! And I must say, seeing him as a full-fledged, aging Jedi is simply awesome. He has grown very powerful yet world-weary, and I really think they took him in the right direction.  Mark Hamill sunk right back into the character and took him places that […]

X-Wing

December 19, 2017

Star Wars is, you know, slightly popular. And in this day and age, in our culture, popular things get the crap marketed out of them, Star Wars most of all. You could argue that this franchise started the whole marketing craze. And part of that marketing usually involves board games: Star Wars Monopoly was a […]

Rogue One

December 21, 2016

Okay, here we go. I’m a big Star Wars fan, and if you are a regular reader on my site (if I even have any of those) you will likely know this.  Last year I fell in love with The Force Awakens as it recaptured the magic of Star Wars.  This year we got the […]

Fixing Star Wars: Attack of the Clones

August 24, 2016

I will now continue my series where I rewatch the Star Wars prequels and suggest ways in which they could have been better movies.  Not just as movies themselves, but in how it fits in the overall Star Wars universe.  Its really just a cathartic exercise for a fan like myself who is increasingly disappointed […]

Fixing Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

July 14, 2016

Intro A little info on what this new blog series is going to be about.  I am a Star Wars fan, and as like any other Star Wars fan, I have had to wrestle with the existence of the prequel trilogy.  Because lets face it, they are not well-made movies.  And even as Star Wars […]

My 2015-2016 Oscar Predictions Part 2: The Technicals

February 6, 2016

These next categories are usually the categories I am most interested in when watching the Oscars, because they can have a tendency to honour films that would usually be overlooked in the more prominent categories. These are the categories which focus on the video and audio details of the film. VISUAL EFFECTS: Ex Machina – […]

My Top Ten Movies of 2015

February 2, 2016

10. Straight Outta Compton I don’t like biopics very much, especially music biopics.  And yet I liked Straight Outta Compton.  Maybe its because its a bout a group and their dynamic as opposed to an individual? I’m not sure.  The first two thirds of this movie are really strong (the last act not so much). […]

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

December 21, 2015

Star Wars is back. As I’m sure most Star Wars fans did, I went into this new film with cautious optimism. I was thrilled to see another Star Wars movie again, but was very worried that the movie wouldn’t meet the high standards that the trilogy has set. After all, we already had a whole […]

My Top 50 Video Games: #30 – #21

August 16, 2015

30. Lego Star Wars PC I love Lego.  I love Star Wars.  So why wouldn’t I love this?  I do.  Its incredible amounts of fun, I like that the lego building aspect is brought into the game, along with a unique brand of humour.  Plus, lightsabers are awesome. 29. Tecmo Bowl NES I’m not really […]

My Blu-ray Wishlist Revisited

April 2, 2015

A while back I posted my top ten most wanted blu-rays here.  A lot has changed since then, and eight of the ten have come to fruition.  Time to take a new look at the blu-rays I’d love to see. 10. The Wire Alright, this is kind of a cheat, since HBO is releasing The […]