Robert Wm. Gomez's

December 2016

Rogue One (6/10)

My first thought after walking out of the theater was, "huh, I don't know a single character's name from the movie I just watched." This Star Wars spin-off is heavy on plot and light on characterization... and fun. I guess they were trying to make a more adult Star Wars, but, in-the-process, they lost a lot of what made the best of the series so good. Fortunately, there aren't any embarrassing Jar-Jar moments and I have a feeling I may enjoy this more on second watching, but for me this was just so-so.

Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future by Johan Norberg (8/10)

Johan Norberg wrote one of the clearest accounts of the 2007 financial meltdown and, after that dismal tale, he's back with a more uplifting story. Politicians and partisans constantly tell us that things are worse than ever: more violence, more poverty, etc. Progress goes about showing that, in just about every important metric, the world is a measurably better place than it ever has been in the past.

The Suspicious Death of a Minor (5/10)

A forgettable Italian police drama starring a guy who looks like a young Victor Davis Hansen. Plot was something about prostitutes and petty thieves and rich guys and cops who steal and frequent prostitutes to solve a case. Rule of law was probably new to Italy in 1975.

Shadowgrounds on PC (6/10)

Shadowgrounds

I'm a sucker for these top-down shooter games. This is the type of game I imagined playing back when the cutting edge AAA title was Berzerk for the 2600. I have yet to find one that actually rises to my expectations. Shadowgrounds is okay, but there is a clunkiness to the whole package that keeps it from being a great game.