Review: Necrobarista

Necrobarista is one of those games that isn’t quite innovative, or even enjoyable, but that -contains enough interesting decisions and everything-but-the-kitchen sink creativity that it might be worth playing anyway.  The game is set in a Melbourne cafe, where the recently dead can come and stay for a day before moving on to the afterlife.Continue reading “Review: Necrobarista”

Mitski and Parataxis

This is going to be a shorter post than usual, because it’s just about a small thing that I really love in a short song that I also really love. Specifically, the second verse of Francis Forever by Mitski.  I first listened to this two years ago as I was going through a really roughContinue reading “Mitski and Parataxis”

Review: Tenet

How do you write a story that’s just high-concept generational warfare without engaging with that premise beyond a single throwaway line? If you’re Christopher Nolan, you don’t. Tenet is a very competent blockbuster action film that read a couple of books on physics and is convinced that it’s smart now, but it fails to really engage with any of the themes that it raises outside of the usual time travel standby of determinism vs. free will.

Roguelikes and UI

Griftlands has been making noise lately as the next big deck-building roguelike, following in the footsteps of Slay the Spire and Monster Train. I played it and was left a little underwhelmed. Part of that it that I don’t find roguelikes particularly compelling, but I think most of it had to do with the design of the world map.

Review: The Beach Bum

There’s a certain structure to The Beach Bum that makes it feel bigger than it is, or more important at least. Moondog (a manically unhinged Matthew McConaughey) isn’t just drunkenly staggering from one celebrity playing an outlandish Floridian character to the next, he’s on some kind of quest for the forces of hedonism. It’s anContinue reading “Review: The Beach Bum”

Anime for People who Don’t Like Anime: Aku No Hana

Pros: Very good portrait of what it feels like to be a teen boy who doesn’t know how to process his emotions in a healthy way Rotoscoped animation gives everything an unsettling, almost Gothic feel Every scene drips with anxiety and discomfort in a really satisfying way Cons: The main character is very passive andContinue reading “Anime for People who Don’t Like Anime: Aku No Hana”

Anime For People Who Don’t Like Anime: Hyouka

Pros: Agatha Christie-style locked room mysteries Low stakes, very relaxing Art is gorgeous, big magic hour vibes Main character’s laziness is deeply relatable Cons: When you get down to it, not much actually happens If you enjoyed Rian Johnson’s Knives Out you’ll probably be into Hyouka, at least on an aesthetic level. But while KnivesContinue reading “Anime For People Who Don’t Like Anime: Hyouka”

Anime For People Who Don’t Like Anime

It’s come to my attention that a lot of people don’t particularly like anime as a medium and honestly that’s fair enough. There are a lot of bad anime out there and I’m not going to get into them, but what I do want to do is offer some possible alternatives for good shows thatContinue reading “Anime For People Who Don’t Like Anime”

Review: Keep Your Hands of Eizouken!

Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! is one of the most purely enjoyable shows I’ve had the pleasure to watch this year. Released in Summer 2020 by Science Saru, it manages to get to the heart of why people find anime so compelling, set against the backdrop of a high school anime production club. The showContinue reading “Review: Keep Your Hands of Eizouken!”