Going in, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice had a lot to prove. It’s the sequel to what was a joyless disappointment of a movie in Man of Steel; it’s the first time Batman has appeared onscreen since Christopher Nolan’s mostly excellent Dark Knight trilogy; and it sets up a cinematic universe that Warner Brothers hopes will challenge Disney’s Marvel franchise, at least at the box office. The odds were definitely stacked against director Zack Snyder, but, ultimately, none of this really matters. What matters is if Batman v Superman is a good movie.
And a good movie it is not.
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I get excited whenever I have an excuse to revisit one of Bethesda Game Studio’s worlds. Bethesda creates some of the most tangible fictional settings in all of gaming, and last year’s Fallout 4 was no exception. Despite having picked my fair share of locks, hacked a plethora of terminals, and looted a disproportionate amount of junk, I knew that I hadn’t quite had my fill of post-apocalyptic Boston after completing the game’s main storyline. Actually, I kind of figured that would be the case before Fallout 4 was released back in November, which is why I bought the game’s season pass. So, the better question is probably whether this first piece of downloadable content, Automatron, lived up to my high expectations.
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These days, both Amazon and Netflix are producing original content faster than any reasonable person can digest it. Transparent, Orange Is the New Black, and House of Cards are just a few of the digital content providers’ recent success stories. However, similar to network television, not everything online is Grade A material either (hello). Most recently I went through the Netflix original series Love, created in part by Judd Apatow. Afterwards I tasked myself with answering a relatively simple question: was it worth the watch?
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It’s been eighteen months since The Walking Dead: Season Two concluded, and while information regarding a third season for the video game series has been scant, we’ve been given a miniseries to hold us over for the time being. Based on a fan-favorite character, The Walking Dead: Michonne tries to fill in the blanks between issues 126 and 139 of Robert Kirkman’s comic book series, after Michonne departs from Rick Grimes and the rest of his group. Unfortunately, this side story about the stoic, katana-wielding killer seems a lot more like filler after its first episode.
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