The Wailing (2016)

A great South Korean horror film. I fear a lot of the nuances may have been lost on me, as I lack the cultural background necessary to understand all the references and allusions, but I still really enjoyed the film. It’s the sort of horror I like – focused more on building an atmosphere of…

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

I really wanted to love this film. I love the comic. I love the cast of the film. I’ve loved many other animated DC films. What could go wrong? A lot, it seems. Before touching the thirty-minute prologue section, I’ll talk about the fifty minutes that actually adapts The Killing Joke. It’s a decent adaptation.…

Metallica: Through the Never (2013)

I love films with a heavy focus on music, and I love Metallica, so no matter what, I was going to be pretty pleased with this film. It was indeed an enjoyable experience, although it feels like two separate films warring against each other. There’s a very competently-made concert film, filmed really well, with great…

Firstborn (2008) by Brandon Sanderson

A really interesting short story. I wouldn’t have suspected this was written so early in Sanderson’s career if I hadn’t read so beforehand, as it’s really quite well-told, and even paced fairly well. Unlike another Sanderson short story of similar length, genre, and publication date (Defending Elysium), Firstborn is not crowded with worldbuilding and subplots.…

Defending Elysium (2008) by Brandon Sanderson

A fairly well-told novellette, considering it was written before even Elantris, and thus very early on in Brandon’s career. Lot of concepts and worldbuilding at play here, with a fascinating and original ending (I’d expect nothing less from Brandon). I found the worldbuilding somewhat overwhelming and unnecessary for a story of the size, but a…