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My musings on all things film, music, and video games.

Top 10 Records Of 2017

By Cole Henry 2017, like film, has been a hell of a year for music. Now it is time to take such a vast multitude of great music and trivialize it into another top 10 list. So let's get into... Continue Reading →

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The Stark Reality Of Player Choice And Consequence In The Banner Saga

By Cole Henry Player choice is a set of words used over and over again in games whether it be on the back of a box as a selling point or during a developer's speech during a conference at GDC. ... Continue Reading →

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Rewind: The Power of Emergent Storytelling In Red Dead Redemption

By Cole Henry Rewind is a weekly series that focuses on viewing older games through a lens that they have yet to be studied under. This week the study is that of emergent storytelling and its power in creating a... Continue Reading →

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Rewind: The Blunt Punctuality Of Violence In Rainbow Six Vegas

By Cole Henry I've been kicking around the idea of doing a weekly piece about games, and I think I have finally found the point and purpose of what I want to write about. Every Thursday, from here on out,... Continue Reading →

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Review: Brawl In Cell Block 99

By Cole Henry Genre films are a dime in a dozen these days. The tropes of old have become the harbingers for originality in the modern filmmaking landscape. Yet, like any well that is tapped, it will eventually dry up.... Continue Reading →

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The Importance of Close-Ups In Mr. Robot

By Cole Henry The cinematic close-up shot is usually used to cut from a distant shot to a close up in order to convey a character's emotions in the greater context of the situation whilst hiding surroundings to focus on... Continue Reading →

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How Forza Horizon 3 Helps Me Cope With My Anxiety

By Cole Henry First off, I'm not a very good driver in real life. In fact, there are few things I hate doing more than driving. It is a constant exercise in anxiety management because so much can go wrong... Continue Reading →

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My Moral Dilemma With Middle Earth: Shadow of War

By Cole Henry War, violence, slavery, oppressor vs oppressed, and the snuffing out of light by darkness are all themes handled in Middle Earth: Shadow of War. Some themes are handled well whilst others are introduced, seem intriguing, and then... Continue Reading →

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10 Underrated Horror Movies You Should Watch This Halloween Season

By Cole Henry It is officially the Halloween season and that means horror movies are the only content worthy of consumption during the most fright-filled month of the year.  John Carpenter's Halloween, Tobe Hooper's Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Dario Argento's... Continue Reading →

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Isolation And Environmental Storytelling In Metroid Samus Returns

By Cole Henry A waterway made up of some unknown substance ebbs and flows in the background of some deep, ever spanning alien cavernous region. Dangerous lifeforms go about their otherworldy routines as they inhabit the dangerous, alien planet known... Continue Reading →

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Review: Wind River

By Cole Henry Cold, desolate, and forgotten. These are words that resonate throughout every shot of Taylor Sheridan's directorial debut, Wind River. Taylor Sheridan may be best known for his acting role in the FX biker drama, Sons of Anarchy, but that... Continue Reading →

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My Hardest Boss Battle

By Cole Henry Video games, despite age or genre, usually revolve around some sort of central conflict. That conflict can be as remedial as collecting golden rings/coins in 2D platformers a la Super Mario World or Sonic 3, as intense... Continue Reading →

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Review: Baby Driver

By Cole Henry 2017 has been a stellar year for movies thus far and a film has to be very special in order to stand out among the likes of The Beguiled, Okja, and Personal Shopper. Edgar Wright's Baby Driver stands... Continue Reading →

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My Top 10 Music Videos of All Time

By Cole Henry Music Videos are such a fascinating form of artistic expression so I figured I'd trivialize them and put them in a list. The list itself is in no particular order. BuzzFeed be damned! Common People by Pulp... Continue Reading →

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Free Verse Poetry and a Swamp Thing Poem

By Cole Henry Here are a few pieces of free verse poetry I have written in the last few weeks. They can be found in a .pdf file below. Please enjoy! freeverse:swampthingpoems

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4 Bad Poems

By Cole Henry Seeing as that I am being more open with my writing lately; I have chosen four poems of mine to share. Click the pdf below to enjoy. Thanks! 4 Poems

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A Short Story: A Field in Time

By Cole Henry I wrote a short story so please read it at your leisure, and I hope you find some enjoyment in it. Click below to enjoy it in PDF format. A Field in Time

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Tupelo: A Short Script

By Cole Henry I had to write a short (8-12 page) script for class and I would like to share it. Click the link below for a PDF of the script. Enjoy! Screenplay16

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Addiction, Consumerism, and Capitalistic Consumption in Dawn of the Dead (1978)

By Cole Henry A mall is a homogenous structure in which lucid, gullible, willing people shuffle mindlessly through a platform of capitalistic consumption. Much like a zombie, they just meander aimlessly from store to store, and instead of consuming human... Continue Reading →

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Review: I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore

By: Cole Henry I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore is a 2017 genre-less film directed and written by Macon Blair in his directorial debut. His name may be familiar to some because of the acting and writing... Continue Reading →

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The Importance of John Wick for the Action Genre

By: Cole Henry With John Wick Chapter 2 coming to theaters this Thursday I feel obligated to break down why the franchise is immensely important for the action genre, and action film-making in general. John Wick (2014) is directed by... Continue Reading →

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Film as a Sociopolitical Statement and its Importance

By: Cole Henry Film, like all art, can be used to present a specific message or theme to its viewing audience. This message can be very overt or subtle in that only the keenest of viewers will comprehend what the... Continue Reading →

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My Top 10 Movies of 2016

By: Cole Henry 2016 was a fantastic year for film making as a whole, and both indie and blockbuster films flourished this year. It was hard to get a list of my favorite movies of the year just down to... Continue Reading →

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Top 10 Songs of 2016

By: Cole Henry 2016 has been a pretty great year for music and here are the 10 songs that stood out to me the most. 10. Call Me Up by HOMESHAKE HOMESHAKE is the musical endeavor of Peter Sagar, ex-Mac... Continue Reading →

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Bone Tomahawk and how it subverts Genres

By: Cole Henry Bushy beards, southern drawls, musings about life and the wilderness, revolvers, rugged men on horseback, the damsel in distress, and the hero hell bent on saving her. Those are tropes of the western genre, and S. Craig... Continue Reading →

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On the Waterfront: Why it is a Perfect Film

By: Cole Henry American cinema, for over a hundred years, has become home to some of the finest masterpieces in the world of film, and none of them are as absolute and well deserved as Elia Kazan's 1954 masterpiece, On... Continue Reading →

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A Retrospective: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64)

By: Cole Henry It is storming incredibly hard outside, thunder and lightning break through the sky, rain taps at the window, and there is a young boy staring at an old CRT TV in his room with the biggest smile... Continue Reading →

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The Importance of Violence in Film

By Cole Henry Violence in film is a tense subject these days thanks to the turbulent times that our world is in. Arguments are made daily as to why violence should be lessened in film, censored, and even banned all... Continue Reading →

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