The video game Life Is Strange 2 drew to a close with the release of its final episode last week. The way the story ends is dependent on the choices you have made throughout all 5-episodes of the game, similar to the original Life Is Strange. No matter which ending you get, it’s just about guaranteed you’ll be affected by it in some way and it’s a testament to how strong the writing and characterizations have been in this second outing.
There are plenty of ways to get into the holiday spirit. Some like to deck their entire home with festive decorations that go beyond putting up the tree. Other people like to jingle jangle their way to December 25th with Christmas music. Or if you really want to get into a holiday season state of mind, Christmas movies might be more your speed.
With a number of new Christmas movies coming out each year, it can be hard to decide which ones to spend an hour or two of your time on. Being a huge romantic at heart, I am a sucker for a sweet and fun romantic Christmas movie. Now that Netflix gives you plenty of options to satiate your desire for sappy Christmas movies, I rank a handful of films the streaming service has in their catalog.
Sequels to critically acclaimed films can often come with a little trepidation. They can either be really really good or very very bad. Most of the time it’s the latter rather than the former. It’s no secret that Hollywood has a current love affair with sequels and reboots. Frozen 2, the sequel to 2013’s surprise Disney hit Frozen, was an inevitability even if the movie didn’t get made immediately after the first. Though Frozen 2, like Toy Story 4, wasn’t a movie we necessarily needed, the powers that be at the House of Mouse knew how to employ good writers to come up with a continuation of a story we didn’t know we wanted until now.
There comes a time when you know you should probably quit a TV show when the quitting is good. But for some inexplicable reason, or maybe not too inexplicable if you’re willing to admit the more shallow reasons for still sticking with a show (i.e. attractive actors), you continue watching even as you witness a show that once had a solid beginning eventually go down a ditch and burst into flames. If 13 Reasons Why Season 3 could be described as a person it’d be a stumbling hot mess who you want to look away from but can’t, watching with morbid curiosity to see how far they’ll make a wreck of things until there’s nothing left to destroy. Spoiler Alert: It’s that and then some.
The old adage, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” is one we hear constantly but isn’t always practiced as much as we would like it to be. What we say and do to everyone we meet matters, and a kind word or action holds as much power as negative ones do. The anime film A Silent Voice examines what happens when we don’t treat each other with compassion and understanding.
When Dontnod Entertainment released Life Is Strange back in 2015, it became the unexpected hit that invited gamers to get swept up in the friendship between Max Caulfield and Chloe Price, while helping them uncover the mystery behind popular girl Rachel Amber’s disappearance. However you choose to end Max and Chloe’s story, Life Is Strange is a complete game. But for developer Deck Nine, there’s still another story that hasn’t been told—the story of Chloe and Rachel.
The long arduous journey of Okabe Rintaro and the dire consequences of time travel has been the focal point of the original Steins;Gate, and later revisited in this year’s Steins;Gate 0. Through the exploration of the beta world line, where Okabe fails to save Kurisu Makise from death, the latest anime goes to deep, dark places before a ray of hope emerges for our tortured hero. It has been quite the trip in Steins;Gate 0, which recently aired its final episode for the series.
Romantic comedies follow a basic formula—boy meets girl, boy and girl undergo challenges before they become a couple, and then boy and girl kiss to live happily ever after. There will be some variation of the formula, but it will always follow these simple principles. Some variations may sound good in theory but can be poorly executed. The recent Netflix teen romantic comedy Sierra Burgess Is a Loser is a prime example of a badly done movie with good intentions.
As we near the end of summer, there seems to be a bit of a resurgence for the romantic comedy genre, both on the big and small screen. The latest film to join the ranks is Netflix’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.
When books get adapted for screen or television, it’s almost certain there’s a clear and definitive end, at least if it’s not a book series being adapted. If you read the book prior to the adaptation, you get to decide if the movie or show is a worthy interpretation of its original source material. Or if you haven’t read the book before watching the adaptation, it may convince you to read the book. I’ve always been convinced a standalone novel that becomes a movie or TV show would always be enjoyed as a self-contained story, a one-time piece of entertainment to consume and re-watch whenever you feel like revisiting it. Instead, when a show or limited series becomes a massive hit, albeit a bit controversial, studios are quick to renew it for another season. That’s the end result of Netflix’s original series 13 Reasons Why.