Hi. I'm Chris. I'm a university student who publishes reviews and commentary on film and video games.

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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...

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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...

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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...

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