• ‘The Mandalorian’ Episode 7 Review: Disney’s Breakout Hit Starts Breaking Bad

    At the end of my review for the previous episode of The Mandalorian, I speculated about how the show would handle wrapping up this season. So far, it’s seemed content to give us a steady flow of essentially self-contained stories. Past the third episode, you could probably watch a lot of the season out of […]
    • by Jeff Bennett
    • 3 Years ago
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  • ‘Rise of Skywalker’ Review: Star Wars Finale Suffers From A Great Disturbance In The Force

    It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Disney could do no wrong when it acquired Lucasfilm back in 2012. The House of Mouse had led Marvel Studios to dominate the box office and was on a roll with animated hits both out of Pixar and its own in-house animation studies; logic would dictate that Star […]
    • by Jeff Bennett
    • 3 Years ago
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  • ‘The Mandalorian’ Episode 6 Review: Bill Burr In Space

    The sixth episode of The Mandalorian is another self-contained story chronicling the adventures of everyone’s favorite bounty hunter on the run. Directed by Rick Famuyiwa, this latest installment of the Star Wars spin-off series spins a good yarn. Baby Yoda plays an even smaller role here than it did in the previous episode, but once […]
    • by Jeff Bennett
    • 3 Years ago
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  • ‘The Mandalorian’ Episode 5 Review: Star Wars Is Dewback, Baby!

    There are so many beautiful scenes that will tug on your nostalgic strings in the fifth episode of The Mandalorian, it would almost be considered gratuitous if it wasn’t done so organically well. None of it feels extra, it just feels right. Warning: There are spoilers past this point. As soon as Mando steps foot […]
    • by Jeff Bennett
    • 3 Years ago
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  • ‘Dusk Diver’ Review: Taiwan Takes The Spotlight In Anime-Themed Brawler

    Having lived and worked in Taiwan for over half a decade, I was very excited for the release of Dusk Diver on Nintendo Switch, PS4, and PC. The hack-and-slash title from JFI Games looked promising, and video game developers based in Taiwan have surprised the gaming community with recent gems like Detention, Devotion, and OPUS: […]
    • by Nick Keitel
    • 3 Years ago
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  • ‘Loserthink’ Review: Scott Adams Returns With Another Non-Dilbert Book

    Growing up in the 90s, I was all too familiar with the famous comic strip Dilbert. However, being an elementary school student at the time, its workplace humor wasn’t as appealing to me as, say, Garfield‘s lasagna-loving antics. It wasn’t until my teenage years that I begin to appreciate Dilbert creator Scott Adams’ humor, mostly […]
    • by Alan Hobbs
    • 3 Years ago
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  • ‘The Mandalorian’ Episode 4 Review: Return Of The World-Building

    Another week, another satisfying episode of The Mandalorian goes by. The fourth chapter of Disney’s popular Star Wars spin-off is directed by none other than Jurassic World and Black Mirror actress Bryce Dallas Howard. Luckily, she was given a better script to work with than her father Ron Howard was when he directed the ill-fated […]
    • by Jeff Bennett
    • 3 Years ago
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  • ‘The Mandalorian’ Episode 3 Review: A Live-Action Cowboy Bebop

    The Mandalorian returns with an exciting third installment this week. At the end of my review for the second episode, I said that this show has officially become mandatory viewing. Luckily, episode three confirmed that statement. From the beginning, the series has worn its spaghetti western roots on its sleeve, but episode three takes it […]
    • by Jeff Bennett
    • 3 Years ago
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  • Review: Frozen 2 Paints a Beautiful, Meandering Picture

    Disney just hasn’t been able to let Frozen go. While it seemed like audiences were starting to feel franchise fatigue after the poor reception of Olaf’s Frozen Adventure (which, to be fair, was mostly a negative reaction to it being haphazardly tacked onto Coco), the House of Mouse is back with yet another installment in […]
    • by Jeff Bennett
    • 3 Years ago
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  • ‘The Mandalorian’ Episode 2 Review: Baby Yoda Steals the Show

    At this point, you’re officially missing out if you’re not watching The Mandalorian. I had high praise for the first episode of the Disney Plus series, but I had concerns that the team behind the new show wouldn’t be able to maintain its quality. The second episode obliterates those concerns. Baby Yoda was introduced in […]
    • by Jeff Bennett
    • 3 Years ago
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