Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

The United States is a country of worrying extremes in so many ways, and in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Martin McDonagh (In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths) confronts these shortcomings in typically forthright fashion. He brings his abrasive and snappish tone to middle America, shining a light on the iniquities of this broken society. The imperious Frances McDormand … Continue reading Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Super Mario Odyssey – 2017’s Game of the Year

Nintendo's year has been a wildly successful one - their mobile presence, though increasingly derided, has been significant; they have won back the adulation of the press and the wallets of the many with their latest console, the impeccable Switch; and their roster of exclusive releases was jaw-droppingly impressive. The masterful Legend of Zelda: Breath … Continue reading Super Mario Odyssey – 2017’s Game of the Year

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Does any franchise carry such cultural capital, such weighty expectation? Star Wars is a law unto itself, and with The Last Jedi Rian Johnson has carried off a bravura feat of momentum and balance. The characters introduced and refreshed by The Force Awakens sweep through a thrilling and surprising story of sheer romance, soaring emotion and searing … Continue reading Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars Battlefront II

Campaigns are overrated. DICE's vignettes in Battlefield 1 were  enjoyable but fleeting and over-praised - that game's multiplayer was its heart, a situation familiar to the developer's fans. In Battlefront II again the highly advertised and teased single player offering is pointless and short lived - admittedly with some decent budget behind it. The game charts the story … Continue reading Star Wars Battlefront II