Friday, March 02, 2018

Review Day

There are no major spoilers in these reviews.

Dirty Heads by Dirty Heads:
A pleasant, laid-back collection of summer-esque songs, like the catchy That's All I Need.

Final Grade: B

Blade Runner 2049 (R):
This is a decent movie irrevocably hamstrung by its extended run time. It has worthwhile character development but takes a long time to build any momentum, often wasting it in long, lingering shots or slow pans. Had an editor trimmed out a good half hour of wasted time, it'd be a fun little outing that benefits from (but doesn't require) familiarity with the original.

Final Grade: C+

Snipperclips:
This is a multiplayer Switch game where you have to cut pieces out of your partner to solve various puzzles. It's quirky and fun, and there isn't usually a single right way that the puzzles must be done. Cut yourself into a hook to corral a firefly towards the target, or just brute force it across the screen with perseverance and tendonitis -- either way works. I also enjoyed that there is a "just close enough" meter to accept solutions that are almost there but suffer from slightly bad cuts. This has a very fun "Incredible Machine" vibe to it. The only downside is that it's not really fun as a single player game.

Final Grade: B+

Big Little Lies, Season One:
This starts off as yet another show about snipey women living in suburbia, but almost immediately finds its own unique voice. It captured our interest immediately and the 7 episode length is perfect for the story it told. I liked that it ended with full closure on the initial murder mystery, even though there are now reports of a Season Two in the making.

Final Grade: A

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