The Battle Arena Toshinden series tells a brief yet compelling tale. I don’t mean the five games released from 1995 to 1999 themselves carry a great plot, but instead that they represent a constantly changing era in video games. Primarily a PlayStation series, the fighting games were among the first…

In my (younger) youth, I watched a lot of CollegeHumor. The site/YouTube channel was formative in, ironically, my pre-college years, and I certainly wasn’t alone. The main attraction for me was the web series JAKE AND AMIR (2007-present), but sister series HARDLY WORKING (2007–2015) and various other one-off sketches also…

The progression of the Kingsman film series is one of great disappointment. I mean, it’s not like the first movie, KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE, was some incredible masterpiece that has been sullied too much by the two that have followed it since 2014. But the initial adaptation of Mark Millar…

Aaron Sorkin seems to be a love-him-or-hate-him figure. The screenwriter, TV creator, and playwright has racked up a number of impressive credits over the years, from penning the scripts of A FEW GOOD MEN (1992, based on his 1989 play) and THE SOCIAL NETWORK (2010) to creating THE WEST WING…

In middle school, I caught up on all of the SOUTH PARK (1997-present) that had yet aired. Ever since then, I’ve kept up with the controversial animated cutout sitcom. As an adolescent, the childish-adult humor was electrifying, opening up my mind to an array of mature concepts and references. As…

Outkast is one of my favorite hip hop groups of all time. André 3000 and Big Boi are without a doubt two of the most talented rappers to ever do it, and their disbandment/extremely elongated hiatus continues to be a disappointing absence in the landscape of today’s music. This has…

In high school, PSYCH popularity reigned supreme among many of my peers. At that time, I had seen maybe an episode or two of the USA Network comedy-drama detective show, which ran for eight seasons from 2006 to 2014. Its central premise of faux-psychic detective Shawn Spencer (James Roday Rodriguez)…

I feel that, over the years, the Ghostbusters narrative has lost the plot. And I’m not just talking about the story of the movies, but the whole nature of the series. It all started out as a cool idea for a one-off ’80s fantasy-comedy, with some adult elements and starring…

Tristan Ettleman

I write about movies, music, video games, and more.

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