The Hollow Crown: Henry VI, Part 1 (2016)

A competent adaptation drawing from Shakespeare’s “Henry VI” plays, though less cohesive and powerful as the earlier “Hollow Crown” adaptations. Though the name suggests otherwise, this isn’t really a straight adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Henry VI, Part 1”, as it takes and conflates elements from the later “Henry VI” plays. Very understandable, given the three “Henry…

Henry VI, Part 3 (1591) by William Shakespeare

A powerful, disturbing escalation of, but logical conclusion to, Shakespeare’s “Henry VI” trilogy. Where “Henry VI, Part 1” was tension and “Henry VI, part 2” was quarrelling, “Henry VI, Part 3” is outright, ceaseless violence. Taken in a vacuum, the play isn’t especially riveting, as it glides from outburst of violence to outburst of violence,…

Batman: The Telltale Series (2016)

I’m generally a fan of Telltale Games, though I have my issues with them like most longtime fans do. I really like episodic-style story-focused games like theirs, “Life is Strange”, “Until Dawn”, that sort of thing. Heightened focus on storytelling and on reactivity to player choices? Exactly what I like. I’m also a pretty big…

Ghost in the Shell 2.0 (2008)

I watched the original 1995 version of this film first, then this 2008 remaster to see what was different and experience the film, in whatever form, again. While most of what was strong about the original film remains, pretty much nothing is improved here, and the visuals are noticeably worse. The original did some interesting…

Ghost in the Shell (1995)

A fantastic, thoughtful, very atmospheric cyberpunk film. It’s obvious from pretty early on just how much later works of science-fiction (particularly “The Matrix”) have taken and adapted from this film (of course, it also owes a legacy to works like “Neuromancer” and “Blade Runner”), but the film absolutely retains a very specific, unique sense I…