Hi. I'm Chris. I'm a university student who publishes reviews and commentary on film and video games.
FE7x: Immortal Sword's Introduction; or, How to Write a Narrative Hook for a Video Game
Posted in January 2022
Narrative hooks play a crucial role in keeping players new to a game interested and engaged. When you’re putting as much love and effort into a project as the developers of FE7x: Immortal Sword are with their work, you want to be sure that people stick around to enjoy what you’ve created. Let’s take a look at how Immortal Sword’s introduction does exactly this...
Representation, Sexuality, and Love in The Half of It
Posted in July 2020
The Half of It is a fresh iteration on the formula pioneered by Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac. The film opens with a brief animation making reference to the popular understanding of love as “finding your other half,” represented by a flower on the earth and a star in the sky – forever reaching for one another, but never to meet...
Brief Commentary on Viet Thanh Nguyen's The Sympathizer
Posted in June 2020
Having sat on my reading list for far too long, this summer I picked up Viet Thanh Nguyen’s debut novel, The Sympathizer. Drawing inspiration from Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, it stars a nameless protagonist on assignment as a spy for the North Vietnamese, torn between his communist sympathies and a genuine admiration for his South Vietnamese comrades...