Board Game Reviews M MattDP Updated January 07, 2019 1828 0
Last year I played a ridiculous number of new games as potential inclusions for The Board Game Book. The editor wanted a certain quality bar for inclusion which, in this site's terms, is "3.5 stars. Ok so we don't actually allow half stars but you get the idea. Essentially: not all the games that failed to make the cut were bad. Some of them were bad. Either way, you deserve to know about them. So here they are.
Board Game Reviews MB Michael Barnes Updated January 08, 2019 2825 0
All the dakka, none of the plastic.
Movies and Television BB Black Barney Updated January 05, 2019 371 0
Not having seen the first Creed movie, I had a little trouble getting into some of the characters, but ultimately a formulaic boxing movie is still that and it's easy to play catch up. Good performances all around and an exciting final fight that delivers the goods is enough to give this movie more than a pass. My heart did go out to Michael B Jordan's main protagonist and he certainly carries the movie. I'm not sure I like the hearing-impaired singing g/f. I guess that's from the first movie so they're stuck with it? Both Stallone and Lundgren...
Rants & Raves W WadeMonnig Updated January 10, 2019 2821 1
If you are searching for the definitive best of 2018 boardgame guide, look further. This isn’t it. This is a woefully incomplete and wholly inaccurate guide of the best and most notable games that I personally played in 2018. You won’t find your traditional categories here and, I would venture to say, you won’t find the traditional winners. This isn’t your father’s “best of” list…unless you happen to be one of my kids’ reading this, then, actually, this is your father’s “best of" list.
Movies and Television BB Black Barney Updated December 31, 2018 895 0
More heart than brains, Bumblebee rises far above all other Transformers movies (not hard to do) with less action and more story. More fun as well. I'll admit when I read a year or two ago that they were making an origin story about Bumblebee, I was thinking this was a terrible idea. Turns out it was pretty decent and very hard not to like. When the movie opens with action scenes, I was worried it was trying to emulate an action movie, like the others, but after seeing and hearing both Shockwave and Soundwave (my...
Rants & Raves MB Michael Barnes Updated January 10, 2019 2191 0
Spoiler, it’s Root.
Movies and Television BB Black Barney Updated December 31, 2018 388 0
It's that fun time of year again when all these amazing movies are out and I'm scrambling to see as many of them as I can. A month ago, I had a pretty solid view on what the top ten movies were for the year, and in just a few weeks, it's all changed. This one actually knocked A Quiet Place off my list, sadly. James Baldwin's book-turned-screenplay gives one of the more desperate, stark and absolutely naked tales of why he ultimately decided to leave America himself. Beauty, innocence and joy just turned to despair...
Movies and Television BB Black Barney Updated December 31, 2018 434 0
Ouf... it's always tough talking about a tough movie. How can I convince people it's most certainly worth seeing, while acknowledging that it's not super pleasant? Let me start by saying two things: 1) If I HAD to draw a parallel to another movie, it would be GONE BABY GONE even though this is NOTHING like that. Lol 2) This knocked Black Panther off my top ten list for 2018. So it's a Japanese movie, and that's important to know since not only will there be subtitles but this is a VERY Japanese culture movie....
Movies and Television BB Black Barney Updated December 31, 2018 923 0
Wow, lots to unpack here. Besides the great story, incredible art and visuals, fantastic soundtrack, there is also the very bold casting choices that were made that I really feel complete this movie and ultimately put it on the top shelf. So bear with me while I really appreciate the casting risks that paid off here... Some of the casting choices are your standard fare: Chris Pine, Hailee Steinfeld (who was great as a very low-key Gwen Stacy), Zoe Kravitz as MJ, and even Mahershala Ali (who is a KEY driver for why...