All images, unless specifically marked, are credited to Netflix’s Alice in Borderland. Major spoilers for Alice in Borderland.
For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by “death games” found in any form of media. Games where the people playing are risking their lives, whether for fortune or just pure survival. Maybe it was my childhood obsession with Survivor. Maybe it was the shadow games played in Yu-gi-oh. I remember being enthralled with the Hunger Games' details, not the youthful romance but the actual intricacies of how each survival game. …
This is part three of an ongoing series of brainstorms dissecting death games from Netflix’s Alice in Borderland. Start from Part 1 here.
For varying narrative (and probably financial) reasons, the show blasts us with several games in quick succession. The montage swaps through four games and shows just the “highlights.” We don’t get specific rules, and some don’t even have playing cards assigned.
Welcome to my attempt at dissecting games that are seen for less than 5 minutes of the show.
This is part two of an ongoing series of brainstorms dissecting death games from Netflix’s Alice in Borderland. Read Part 1 here.
I have forced my friends to play a lot of different games with me. From the basic classic video games that they somehow missed in their childhood to the strange indie computer games that most muggles don’t stumble upon in the mainstream, I have rarely held back in showing them a game that I liked. I even tricked them into LARPing with me by writing a crazy murder mystery party and Airbnbing a haunted hotel. …
The dream has finally happened! I got a free early copy of something so that I can review it! I never thought that it would be for the Jackbox Party Pack series but I am definitely not complaining.
Next step? Get paid more than 30 Medium moneys for writing the review.
Jackbox games are a series of games that can be played with a large group of friends. There is one main screen (TV, computer, smart fridge) and everyone uses their phones as controllers to interact. Most games will give players various prompts and challenges to compete in. …
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The other day I was trying to think of ways to stay connected with my friends who I have been quarantined from. I feel like I’ve been forced into a long-distance relationship with all of them.
As I thought about it, I realized I had the perfect solution: Jackbox games! We’ve played these games for hours in person, but I wondered which would be the best over Zoom, Skype or whatever other screen sharing software that’s being created to help with these crazy times. …
Spoilers for 10 Cloverfield Lane ahead.
I love this movie so much.
One day I will make a two hour YouTube video essay about why I love this movie so much.
But this will have to do for now.
One of my favorite scenes in the movie is not a scene many will even remember.
But that’s what makes it so good.
Here’s the clip:
Coming from one of the most terrifying scenes of the film —
No plot-specific spoilers, just my feelings on various elements including the ending. Very strong parental warning with this film. Leave the kids at home or wherever is safe that's not the room you are watching this film in during quarantine.
I don’t know why, but ever since I read Lord of the Flies as a kid, I’ve been fascinated with what people are like when really pushed to the edge of survival.
From the first second of the film, I was riveted by the interesting world and the rules that are provided. I hung on each word of the first roommate as he explained tiny facts about “el Hoyo.” How many floors? How does the food system work? …
Major spoilers for 12 Angry Men, it’s on Amazon Prime, so please just watch it.
An old man stands up in a group of jurors and begins to rant about the defendant.
He screams “Look, you know how these people lie. It’s born in them!”
One of the jurors stands up and turns his back.
The old man continues to rant “They get drunk! They’re big drinkers, all of them!
Two more jurors stand and turn their backs.
Through sickness, Christmas and a poetry post, I wrote an article every day for the past month. It was not an easy thing to do. I had never used Medium before, let alone written an article.
I decided to write on Medium because I have a lot to say, especially about movies. I also wanted to improve my habit of writing in general. All my previous writing experience was involved with screenwriting or school assignments.
I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to succeed. Who even wants to hear what I have to say? …
A 19-year-old girl stands tied to a stake in the midst of a mob. She keeps her head high, looking directly in the face of each one of her captors. A man of authority, a judge, speaks up.
She was to be burnt alive.
The mob moves to light the firewood at her feet. They laugh as they light the wood and see her wince at the increasing heat. The judge yells over the flames:
“You may regain your liberty if you recant what you said!”
With the fire growing larger and closer, Joan of Arc looked at the judge and…