Friday, 30 June 2017

Monument Valley 2, 4D Toys, Subdivision Infinity, and Poly Bridge

The collection of mini iOS reviews was published at Digitally Downloaded here.
Since there are some pretty good games in there, I will add that while my reviews were published as per the original text I have written, my scores were all lowered. I would very much like to use my own blog here in order to set the record straight:
  1. Monument Valley 2: 4.5 out of 5 crabs for one of the most beautiful games ever.
  2. 4D Toys: 5 out of 5 crabs for a cutting edge maths education tool.
  3. Subdivision Infinity: 2.5 out of 5 crabs.
  4. Poly Bridge: 5 out of 5 crabs for one of my favourite games [now on mobile].
And just so you don't get the wrong idea, I will also add the score corrections imposed by Digitally Downloaded were in accordance to their scoring policy. So there you go: everyone's happy now.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Perfect Strangers (Perfetti sconosciuti)

Several middle aged friends meet up, partners included, at the apartment of one of them in order to jointly watch a lunar eclipse over dinner & wine. They’ve known each other since childhood and managed to make their partners feel like they are part of the group; they are so close they hold no secrets from one another. Or do they?
One of the wives, an under-appreciated therapist, suggests they all put their phones on the table. Everything these black boxes receive that night will be there for all to see. The friends go ahead with this; for the result of their joint exercise, please refer to the movie title.
For a film that’s all about dialog at an apartment’s living room, Perfect Strangers is, well, almost perfect. Sure, the case presented in the movie does seem a bit on the extreme side of contrived (I assume being Italian is part and parcel of the plot), but regardless - if ever one needed a reminder that “nothing to hide, nothing to fear” is a meaningless phrase because we all have something to hide, Perfect Strangers offers fine proof through an excellent sample of movie making. Who would have thought a movie demonstrating just how much of us is stored on the black boxes we carry in our back pockets would come out of Italy of all places?
Best scene: The ending, with the members of our group departing, is so brilliant! Not that I can tell you what happens, but it makes a very valid statement about our approach to the bliss of ignorance.
Overall: 4 out of 5 crabs.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

World to the West

Published at Digitally Downloaded.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Indignation

A Jewish boy from working class New Jersey goes to a Ohio college, partly because of smarts and partly to avoid the Korean War that is killing many of his acquaintances. There he meets a girl with mental problems who introduces him to sex. He does not know how to handle this newly found gift; his mother, on the other hand, knows what's best for her son.
In parallel, our boy confronts the Dean over his absence of conformism: he's an atheist that won't join his fellow Jews at college, won't mingle in general with fellow students, avoids going to the college's obligatory sermons, and instead takes pride in his love of Bertrand Russell. In other words, he and I have a lot in common.
Indignation deals in many themes, but the dominant one is to do with the price society demands of us when we do not conform: our lives, be it in the physical or spiritual sense.
Overall: While trying to tell the good tale, it felt to me like Indignation is rather lacking in focus. It might have worked well as a Philip Roth book, but as a movie it too compromised. 3 out of 5 crabs.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

No Stick Shooter

Published at Digitally Downloaded.
On a completely unrelated note, I will add that by my reckoning this blog's queue is more than twenty reviews long at the moment. The management would like to apologise for these delays.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Vignettes

Published at Digitally Downloaded.
I will add here that I thoroughly enjoyed this game as well as reviewing it.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Crimson Peak

A highly stylised, high production value horror movie featuring A class stars that tries to make a bold statement on the maddening nature of love through a tale of horror and ghosts. When you pill the visual layers off, however, what you are left with is... nothing special.
Overall: 2.5 out of 5 crabs for this Guillermo del Toro film starring Aussie Mia Wasikowska, alongside some bloody foreigners such as Jessica Chastain (some would say Chastain is reprising her Zero Dark Thirty role) and Tom Hiddleston.