Donkey Kong Country (1994)

7 Upon its release on the Super Nintendo in 1994, a year marked by phenomenal games like Super Metroid and Final Fantasy VI (and also my birth), many gamers and video game outlets selected Donkey Kong Country as the greatest game of the year. In response to this, legendary game designer Shigeru Miyamoto had this…

Music From the Big Pink (1968)

**** Armed with hauntingly beautiful harmonies, kinetic melodies, and plenty of weirdo moments, the now legendary Music From the Big Pink is the kind of album that probably sounded a lot more revolutionary in 1968 than it does today. Still, it’s hard not to appreciate the influence it has had on many of music’s most…

Super Mario Land (1989)

7.75 Perhaps the biggest criticism of the Mario franchise is that Nintendo refuses to evolve the formula beyond what made it so captivating in 1985 with the release of Super Mario Bros. And while I largely agree with that criticism, there are also obvious benefits to sticking with what you know. It has been Nintendo’s…

Limbo (2010)

9 Dark, gripping, and surprisingly violent, Limbo is without a doubt the most unique 2D side-scrolling platformer I have ever played. But beyond that, it is an artistic expression point in this medium that stands the test of time just as well as Super Mario World’s colorful world or Shadow of the Colossus’ barren wasteland.…

Doom (2016)

8.5 You awake in an unknown location, chained to what appears to be a surgeon’s table. To your left, you see a grisly sight; a man sitting against the wall with his insides splayed out all around him. Even worse is what you see to your right; a disgusting, malformed skeletal demon moving straight toward…

Journey (2012)

9.75 While many of my favorite video games throughout history tell stories that evoke emotional reactions through character development, plot twists, and touching moments, these are all areas in which video games are largely following in the footsteps of other media such as movies and novels which have been around for much longer. But as…

Ranked: Star Wars Movies From Worst to Best

I’ve been reflecting a lot lately about how lucky I was to grow up at the time that I did. Born in 1994, I was raised at a time when Disney was hitting its greatest streak and Pixar was changing the course of animated film forever (with a bit of healthy competition from DreamWorks). I…

Sorry to Bother You (2018)

***1/2 Though it starts as a typical (yet hilariously sharp) anti-corporate political comedy, Sorry to Bother You morphs into one of the most surprising and fascinating movies I’ve seen in years. Curated by ’90s “gangsta rapper” Boots Riley (of The Coup fame) in his directorial debut, Sorry to Bother You never loses sight of its…

Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018)

**1/2 We hold these truths to be self-evident: all men are created equal, war never changes, and Ant-Man is the runt of the Marvel universe. Armed with a script more bogged down in sci-fi nonsense than The Phantom Menace and its midi-chlorians, Ant-Man and the Wasp is the worst Marvel movie I’ve seen. Is it…

Low – David Bowie (1977)

**** Few artists in the history of modern music are as diverse as David Bowie was. Most great artists are able to evolve over the course of their careers; Bowie did it over the course of singular albums. Compare the grounded sentimentality of “Be My Wife” with the extraterrestrial wail of “Warszawa.” For the uninitiated,…