Moby Dick (1998)

Not a bad take on the novel. Patrick Stewart does very well as Ahab, and Henry Thomas embodies the spirit of Ishmael a lot better than Richard Basehart did in the 1956 adaptation. It’s a muted adaption, and the visuals rarely offer much in the way of creative or interesting takes on the story. It’s…

Moby Dick (1956)

A flat, very superficial take on a thrilling, deep classic. The performances are all enjoyable enough, especially Gregory Peck at Ahab, but the script is a dismal attempt at adapting such a masterpiece of a novel. I’m not one to complain about cinematic adaptations being different; if they find their own voice and take on…

Moby-Dick; or, The Whale (1851) by Herman Melville

A stunningly thorough and exhaustive novel, where a thoroughly compelling seafaring tale of revenge meets a dizzyingly exhaustive set of examinations on, and interpretations of, whales and whaling. Tellingly, the novel does not open with anything relating to its plot or characters, but rather with an etymology section followed by several pages of quotations on…

Dishonored (2012)

“Dishonored” wears its influences on its sleeve – “Deus Ex”, “Thief”, “System Shock” – but through its curious and compelling worldbuilding, gameplay, and aesthetic, manages to feel like something new, creative, and fully-formed right out of the gate. [Note: This review contains no spoilers.] The game takes place in the city of Dunwall, a Dickensian “oilpunk”/”whalepunk” industrial London,…