Untitled Goose Game — 2019's Game of the Year

Oddly, it wasn’t even close. Only The Outer Wilds and Control held a candle this year, with exploratory, calm melancholia in space and eerie phantasmic combat. For mastery of play, though, for physical comedy and non-violent power struggles, Untitled Goose Game conquered even the most overblown of budgets and highly-advertised mainstream efforts. Developers House House … Continue reading Untitled Goose Game — 2019's Game of the Year

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

There's a surprisingly persistent perception out there that there hasn't been a good Star Wars game in aeons, perhaps since Knights of the Old Republic II. Never mind that Battlefront II was actually a fun, and extraordinarily high-fidelity team shooter that still attracts thousands of players today, because Jedi: Fallen Order has been greeted with … Continue reading Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Monos

An astonishing visual trip, Monos is a queasy journey into the darkness of disorganisation and distrust. Alejandro Landes, writing and directing, embeds his camera into a group of eight teenagers, Colombian child soldiers in an unnamed insurgent organisation. They are stationed on a remote mountaintop, in an ancient, decaying bunker, leaking and rotting with moss. … Continue reading Monos

Joker

There is a scene about two thirds of the way through Joker, when Joaquin Phoenix's Arthur Fleck is found outside a hospital by two detectives and briefly questioned. It's a miniature of all that Joker could have been, and all that it fails to achieve. The scene is tense and taut, with Fleck responding to … Continue reading Joker