Kevin Fox, Jr.

Freelance Writer for Games, Movies, Tech, Comedy, and TV

United States

Freelance entertainment/culture writer, reporter and analyst. BA and MA in History. Fan of many sports teams. Lived in four of six U.S. time zones.

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06/08/2022
Earthworks Audio Icon: The Do-Everything USB Microphone

The EarthWorks Audio Icon is a sturdy, elegant microphone made of high-quality materials. It's great for recording talk, music, or even ambient sound. It's a perfect plug-and-play mic that doesn't require drivers or external software, and works with software such as Audacity, GarageBand, Teams and Zoom.

Games

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06/20/2022
New Mockumentary Players Is The Last Dance of Esports

Like their previous show, American Vandal, Tony Yacenda and Dan Perrault's new mockumentary casts a satirical eye on the documentary industry. Instead of applying true crime techniques and tropes to fictionalized high school vandalism, though, Players turns toward esports to mock the style of The Last Dance, the ESPN-produced docuseries about Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls basketball team.

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05/20/2022
Trek to Yomi Is Another Stab at a Kurosawa-Aping Samurai Game

Trek to Yomi is a side-scroller parry-based samurai fighting game set in Japan's Edo period, shot in black-and-white with artificial screen aging effects added to evoke Akira Kurosawa's samurai films of the 1950s and 1960s. It's a relatively straightforward action game that nonetheless provides exploration opportunities and multiple, eventually convergent, paths through its world.

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01/19/2022
The Forgotten City Shows the Value of Public Funding for the Arts

The Forgotten City is a first-person mystery adventure game that began as a Skyrim mod before lead designer Nick Pearce left his job as an attorney to focus on it full time through his company Modern Storyteller, with partial funding by Film Victoria, an Australia-based statutory agency.

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01/04/2022
Choice, Immersion, and Substituting the Real for the Illusion

One of the reasons people play videogames is because they promise meaningful choices and immersive worlds. It's all an illusion, of course, but it still has some degree of power. We might not be able to change our real world, but we can make an impact on a fictional one, briefly forgetting whatever anxiety we might feel over our general powerlessness.

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12/20/2021
Vodeo Games Workers Unite in the First Videogame Union in North America

The first videogame union in North America belongs to the workers at independent developer Vodeo Games, whose workers span the U.S. and Canada. Formed this year, the studio released turn-based pinball RPG Beast Breaker in September. Nicole Carpenter at Polygon reports that the union, Vodeo Games Workers United, will include in membership all 13 of its salaried and contract workers.

Movies

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07/26/2022
DC League of Super-Pets Is a Family-Friendly Comedy Super Enough to Tolerate

DC League of Super-Pets is a CG-animated film about Superman's dog learning to make and share friends that is much better than you would expect. From the studio that brought you the highs of The Lego Movie and the lows of Space Jam: A New Legacy, it's unsurprisingly technically competent and surprisingly watchable for adults.

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07/18/2022
Kid Detectives Navigate Beautiful Near-Future Cambodia in Karmalink

Karmalink is an earnest near-future sci-fi built around the thin line between memory and fantasy, with a plot centering on friendship, mystery and technological advancement. Set in Cambodia, Jake Wachtel's directorial debut revolves around children living at the underdeveloped edge of a technologically advanced capital city.

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07/02/2022
Men in Black Showcased Two Entirely Different Types of Musical Genius

Like most art, Barry Sonnenfeld's 1997 film Men in Black is a reflection of its time: Its imagery and ideas are decidedly of the 1990s, but what most stands out is its music. Danny Elfman's masterful orchestration combined the sounds of '50s and '60s sci-fi and spy movies with contemporary police procedurals and courtroom dramas for a score that perfectly complements the script and performances.

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06/23/2022
How Blade Runner Made Metropolis' Sci-Fi Vision Immortal

is an iconic film that has influenced cyberpunk and other sci-fi worlds over the four decades since its release while drawing on older speculative influences. This is thanks, in part, to the Philip K. Dick adaptation being a great example of the collaborative effort of filmmaking, of artists coming together to realize a shared vision.

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06/15/2022
Informative Civil Rights Doc Civil: Ben Crump Reminds Us of the Movement's Limits

Civil: Ben Crump, a documentary directed by Nadia Hallgren, focuses on a year in the life of civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump. It follows several of his cases from 2020 to 2021, especially focusing on the civil litigation against the City of Minneapolis after the murder of George Floyd, and is in part biographical, tracking Crump's journey from the projects in North Carolina through law school.

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06/01/2022
Neptune Frost Seeks Liberation through Afrofuturist Anticolonialism

is a powerful film, clean and digestible while it traffics in metaphors and deploys poetry and philosophy. Directed by Anisia Uzeyman (a Rwandan actress and playwright that also directed photography) and Saul Williams (an American musician and multimedia artist who also wrote the screenplay), is extensively musical without ever being exhausting.

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05/13/2022
Conan the Barbarian at 40: Remembering the Movie that Made Arnold Schwarzenegger

As Conan the Barbarian reaches its 40th birthday, there's no better time to remember the cult classic epic fantasy that helped begin Arnold Schwarzenegger's acting career. It was peak 1980s fantasy action and it led to Schwarzenegger becoming the go-to hero for mainstream Hollywood action, usually with guns instead of swords.

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05/06/2022
Sam Raimi Peeks through the MCU Tedium in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Marvel still has a lot to figure out with how it handles its women, but it's getting the multiverse idea under its feet. starts its fast-paced but forgettable first act with dialogue that could be improved by a middle schooler before giving way to an emotional Elizabeth Olsen performance that holds down some eye-roll-inducing lines about motherhood, ridiculous cameos as plot conduits, and horror cinematography, sound and direction bouncing captivatingly between the grotesque and comical.

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05/06/2022
The Takedown Delivers Cops vs. Nazis in the French Countryside

How smart does an action movie have to be to be smarter than a Hollywood action movie? It doesn't have to be inaccessible. It doesn't have to be dull either. The quick-firing, quick-witted The Takedown stars Omar Sy and Laurent Lafitte (reprising their roles from 2012's On the Other Side of the Tracks) and is directed by Louis Leterrier.

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04/27/2022
Pioneering Resilience in Buck and the Preacher

Released 50 years ago today, Buck and the Preacher is a classic and iconic Western-brightly colored, beautifully assembled and channeling social issues through its plot rather than tacking them on in an obvious or distracting manner.

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04/27/2022
The Northman: Vikings, Nazis, and Historical Accuracy

The Northman is director Robert Eggers' biggest film to date, and its commitment to a form of historical accuracy contributes to its success while also providing fodder for the worst instincts of some people that really like Viking imagery.

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03/23/2022
The Godfather Through Osmosis: A Half-Century of an Inescapable Mafia Movie

In 1972 and 1974, Francis Ford Coppola collaborated with author Mario Puzo to adapt his best-selling novel The Godfather into two films. The first covered the parts of the narrative that take place in the 1950s; the sequel expanded that story and adapted the parts of the book taking place in the early 20th century.

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01/21/2022
Jeen-Yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy Shows the Hazards of Being Too Close to Your Documentary Subject

This review originally published on January 23, 2022 Directed by filmmakers Chike & Coodie, and produced in collaboration with Leah Natasha Thomas, Netflix's Jeen-Yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy is a three-part documentary focusing on Kanye West's rise in the hip-hop industry, the controversies he's courted during his time in the spotlight, and the long shadow cast on his career by his mother's death in 2007.

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12/22/2021
What to Watch If You Like the MCU

The perpetual box office dominance of the Marvel Cinematic Universe means that superhero comic book movies haven't quite run out of steam, even if they've felt a bit like they're spinning their wheels since the end of Avengers: Endgame. Right now, the new Spider-Man movie is dominating the box office.

TV

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06/03/2022
Halo, Witcher, Obi-Wan: Should TV Adaptations Bother Appeasing Legacy Fans?

Adaptation is a tricky business. When moving a story, world, and characters from one medium to another, something is likely to get lost in translation. When you're moving from books to film and television, for instance, you're taking what existed in people's imagination and creating an audiovisual canonical existence for a broader public that will likely cut away details or change the focus of some arcs.

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05/10/2022
The Pentaverate Shows Mike Myers Is Obsolete

could have been good, but that would have required restraint and revision, neither of which are on display in a show that is simultaneously overindulgent and toothless. The trailer might make you think, "Sure, this will be bad, but I've enjoyed bad things before."

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04/21/2022
How Russian Doll Season 2 Uses Time Loops to Confront Trauma-and Nazis

Russian Doll is a Netflix series about a woman named Nadia Vulvokov (Natasha Lyonne) who keeps getting caught in time travel paradoxes to deal with familial trauma. In the first season, she was stuck in a time loop that you might call "conventional Groundhog Day style."

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03/14/2022
Paramount+'s Captivating, Ambitious Halo Series Shoots for the Stars

This review originally published March 14, 2022. Written by Kyle Willen and Steven Kane, directed by Otto Bathurst, and counting Steven Spielberg among its executive producers, Paramount+'s highly anticipated Halo series is based on the juggernaut first-person shooter videogame series that started 20 years ago with Halo: Combat Evolved.

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03/14/2022
Big Mouth Spinoff Human Resources Is Big, Bawdy, and Surprisingly Emotional

The idea of personifying parts of the human experience, the urges and impulses that make us human, is a time-worn tradition; since time immemorial human beings have given living form to feelings, urges, and vibes, telling stories about gods and demons that convinced, helped, or tricked us into action.