James Mangold’s Logan is not like other X-Men movies. While I have enjoyed the X-Men series overall, I’m not the biggest fan, I don’t know the lore well, and I’ve never cared much for Wolverine’s gruff character. But that’s exactly why I was excited to see Logan. I had heard it was different, and it is.
Saying that I “enjoyed” the movie might not be the right way to put it, but it’s a powerful film that sticks with you afterwards. It took me some time to process it after I left the theater. It almost made me cry.
But leaving enjoyment out of it, here are a few reasons I think Logan is such a special film. (Minor spoilers to follow — nothing major!)
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A couple of years ago, my blogger friend Sam Leung recommended a science fiction novel to me called Altered Carbon, by Richard K. Morgan. (This author also wrote the video game Crysis 2 and some comics, including Black Widow stories!) You can read Sam’s review of the book here on Robo♥beat. =)
Anyway, I read Altered Carbon, liked it, and put it away. I never went on to read the rest of the series.
But lately I’ve been looking for a new sci-fi series to read, and I heard Netflix is making an Altered Carbon show. It’s still very early to know what the Netflix version will be like, but it piqued my interest enough for me to pick up the novel and re-read it.
I’m liking it even more this time around. It’s one of the best sci-fi novels I’ve ever read. But at the same time, there are a lot of things about the book that rub me the wrong way, and they’re more noticeable as I get older and my opinions become stronger. All this has inspired me to write a review!
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I’ve been playing Uncharted 4 this past week, and one of the most enjoyable things about it so far has been the focus on fresh types of gameplay. Not that stealth and navigation is all that innovative in general, but after playing shooter after shooter, I’ve loved stepping into the boots of Nathan Drake, a man now happily married whose past is coming back to shake up his post-adventurer, average-Joe life. (No major spoilers — I haven’t even finished the game myself!)
But at some point around the halfway mark, the game gets explosive. Enemies start popping up everywhere, and to deal with them, Nathan starts whipping out his weapons. That’s when I remembered that while the Uncharted series makes a name for itself with its narrative and beautiful environments, they’re still video games. So you shoot people.
Continue reading Moving Past Violence in Video Games