Sucky Saturdays: The Last Airbender (2010)

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By Nathan Woodham

In my early teenage years, I remember having a lot of issues. Most of them are normal; they come with puberty, middle school and a struggle to be taken seriously in the transition from adolescence to adulthood.

At that age, one of the most influential aspects of my life was the media I consumed. If I could relate in any way to stories that were told to me, they would often play a part in dictating my actions and responses to situations.

During this time, I was exposed to Avatar: The Last Airbender, the Nickelodeon animated series. The series’ relatable characters and innocent comedy quickly grabbed my attention, and under the surface, I found life lessons about loss, anger, love, family and much more that stayed with me until this day. It became my favorite animated series of all time and remains close to my heart. Continue reading

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The Big Lebowski review

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By Nathan Woodham

Look, man, I would give a serious, honest review, but, well, you know, that’s just, like, my opinion, man. I will say it’s got a lot of ins, a lot of outs, a lot of what-have-yous. It’s a good movie, man.

If I had to rate it, I’d give it an old rug that really ties the room together, man.

The atmospheric craftsmanship of Over the Garden Wall

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By Nathan Woodham

In October 2014, a 10-episode miniseries aired on Cartoon Network called Over the Garden Wall. It aimed to celebrate the Halloween season while telling an emotional and sometimes funny story about siblinghood.

The show stars characters Wirt (voiced by Elijah Wood) and his younger brother Greg (Collin Dean) as they make their way through a dark, surreal wood called The Unknown. There is a lot to be said about the adorable comedy, the visually disturbing antagonist, the haunting story and the pointed yet fitting message about familial love, but more than anything else, the series excels at creating atmosphere.  Continue reading

Why the ending of 10 Cloverfield Lane works

By Nathan Woodham

WARNING: Spoilers abound in this review. If you hate spoilers like I do, go watch the frickin’ movie.

I have seen many a Hollywood critic put down the ending to 10 Cloverfield Lane, calling it “contrived” and “a blockbuster cop-out ending to an otherwise great psychological thriller.” To those critics, I say nay! The ending matches the tone and adds an additional layer of depth to the main character.

I understand that the unexpected science-fiction-y twist made you crap your critical drawers when you realized that the spiritual successor to Cloverfield (2008) might actually be – *gasp* – a genre film, but sometimes those aspects of a movie can actually work to it’s benefit. Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE: tape recording from the production of Batman V. Superman

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Editor’s Note: This is a parody. Nothing in this article is real, except the opinion of the writer.

We were digging through the dumpster at Warner Bros. and found a cassette tape from one of the production meetings of Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and now it is our EXCLUSIVE gift to YOU!

Unfortunately, the entire recording was consumed by the office’s community pet possum, but thankfully our staff writer Nathan Woodham was able to listen to it before it was destroyed. He will now describe to you, in great detail, what transpired within that tape. Continue reading

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild review

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By Nathan Woodham

“Breath of the Wild” describes perfectly the experience of playing the newest game in the Legend of Zelda franchise. Everything from the interactions between characters to the walking animations to the tiny quirks exhibited by every non-player character (NPC) give this game a heartbeat reminiscent of the great epics of gaming history. It has all of the isolation of Shadow of the Colossus, the openness of Skyrim, the environmental storytelling and difficulty of Dark Souls and the adventure of previous games in the Zelda franchise. Continue reading