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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 worked. …


this is how real movie fans watch movies

The Oscar 2021 Best Picture nominations were announced and I realized I had not seen almost any of them. So I made found this info and thought I’d share:

The Father

Available to rent in most places for $19.99
Youtube
Vudu
Amazon Prime

Judas and the Black Messiah

Available to rent in most places for $19.99
Youtube
Vudu
Amazon

Minari

Available to rent in most places for $19.99
Youtube
Vudu
Amazon

Mank

Only available to stream on Netflix

Nomadland

Only available to stream on Hulu

Promising Young Woman

Available to rent in most places for $5.99
Youtube
Vudu
Amazon

Sound of Metal

Only available to stream with Amazon Prime

The Trial of Chicago 7

Only available to stream on Netflix

Hope this helped! Lemme know if you find a better/cheaper source.


This is part four of an ongoing series of brainstorms dissecting death games from Netflix’s Alice in Borderland. Major spoilers for the whole show. Start from Part 1 here.

As the show goes on and the plot becomes more intricate, the death games take a backseat to the character relationships and conflicts. The final death game even makes up the entirety of the last two episodes.

That being said, there is still some interesting info that we can dissect from the final two games. Let’s get into it:


Alice in Borderland | Credit: Netflix

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.

What are the Jackbox games?

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. …


Source: Jackbox Games Blog

This post contains affiliate links, meaning, if you click on some of the links below, I may earn a commission. This is at no additional cost to you but is a great benefit to me. However, my opinions are still very much real in these reviews, and I pulled no punches.

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…


10 Cloverfield Lane | Credit: Paramount

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:

The Full Breakdown

Coming from one of the most terrifying scenes of the film —


The Platform | Credit: Netflix

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…


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.

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