Cinema Quickie: Platoon (1986)

Cinema Quickie: Platoon (1986)

I’m willing to wager that the coronavirus pandemic has been largely terrible for everyone. However, I’ve been fortunate to discover one upside of self-imposed quarantining: it’s freed up a few hours in my everyday life that I’d otherwise spend on transit or other mundane activities. Faced with a newfound surplus of free time, I opted…

Cinema Quickie: Daddy Longlegs (2009)

Cinema Quickie: Daddy Longlegs (2009)

After seeing Uncut Gems (2019) earlier this year, I knew I’d have to start exploring the previous works of Josh and Benny Safdie, the two brothers who wrote and directed the film. So I started my foray into their catalog with Daddy Longlegs (2009),  a comedy-drama about an irresponsible but loving father. Coming from Uncut Gems, Daddy Longlegs is…

Are Games Like World of Warcraft Exploitative by Design?

Are Games Like World of Warcraft Exploitative by Design?

Grinding, or repeatedly participating in a mundane in-game activity in anticipation of an in-game reward, is nothing new. Both single-player and multiplayer games have featured elements of grinding, whether intentional or as a byproduct of bad design. While I don’t have a problem with optional grinding in standard games, the inclusion of grinds in subscription-based…