The Best and Worst of Trailers [2016]

Hear the writers discuss this subject on the Secret Cave Podcast!  And another time!  And even another time!

At first I was going to make this piece an overview of trailers in their entirety, using two from this year as examples.  Instead, it occurred to me that i’d simply be stealing an upcoming subject from fellow writer, Ben Mulholland.  As such, I thought it more befitting of me to look in depth at the two examples.  One staggeringly bad, another breathtakingly good, there are a lot of meaty tangents to go off on from both.

Trailers, on the whole, are mere promotional tools to rally the populous.  …   [continue reading]

The X-mas Ad Battle: An Analysis

Hear the writers discuss this subject on the Secret Cave Podcast!

Before you start labelling me as a Grinch, let me make it absolutely clear that I adore Christmas.  Despite being a devoted Atheist, the religious overtones are now more of a choice than a necessity.  As for the commercial implications, it’s no different to the capitalism that pervades our society for the rest of the year.  What’s left is a period of magical reflection against the warmth of some figurative fireside (radiator will do).  It’s a time for family and friends, and the healthy stress that comes along with loving them.  …   [continue reading]

DOOM [FINAL IMPRESSIONS]

DOOM
Final Impressions

(all ratings are out of 10)

Concept
5

It’s not a particularly interesting idea to throw another Doom sequel at us, and it doesn’t even twist it that much on its head to make it a re-boot.  The idea of violent first-person shooting has an appeal, but a limited one.

British fellow consumes media and regurgitates back what you should think about it.
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