Articles by D. Ivanovich

Red Dead Redemption and the Complexities of Historical Accuracy

Historical accuracy is a tricky thing. Because it’s a very subjective matter. We like to think that history is based on facts, but it eventually comes down to the interpretation of the people that are there to record it. Or, as Napoleon Bonaparte put it in his famous quote: “history is the version of past events that people have decided to agree on.” And often without realising it, we’re basing…


Avengers Infinity War Review

Avengers Infinity War definitely lives up to its hype and the overall reputation of the film series. It’s grandiose, a wild ride full of surprises and a grand achievement in super hero movie making.  If you can spare two and a half hours out of your evening the coming weeks, I urge you to go and see it. This review contains spoilers. It’s when Thor Odinson refers to Rocket Raccoon as…


Review: Pacific Rim Uprising

Are we actually moving away from the Age of Grumpy Old Men now? Or at least, Grumpy Old Men that take the lead in every damn action movie and videogame? Maybe it’s finally happening. That’s what I thought when watching Pacific Rim Uprising last week. Coincidentally I had also been playing Gears of War 4, which in turn has been compared to the new Star Wars movies in some reviews….


Review: Jessica Jones Season 2

There’s often a moment in Marvel’s hugely successful Netflix series where the titular character looks at other people and you can see her trying hard not to be snarky misanthrope. There’s a certain look in her eyes, brilliantly pulled off by actress Krysten Ritter, that shows that struggle. You see her thinking: “Man, I know you are just trying and I don’t need to be angry with you, but it’s…


Movie Review: Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider with Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft is a fascinating reflection of a twenty year old franchise, being rocked back and forth between fame, brilliance, failure, controversy and reinvention. Everyone who has been part of that long running journey, no matter if you’re a fan or creator, might find something in this film that connects with their involvement. (this review will contain spoilers) The 2018 movie feels like a…


Call of Duty World War II – Review

“Incomiiiiiiing!” The soldier next to me bellows over the sound of gunfire and you can hear the anxiety and fear in his voice. Without thinking twice I hit the B-button on the Xbox One controller to throw myself on the ground. My character “hits the deck” as it is called, I see his hands breaking his fall and the muddy cobblestones zoom towards me. Trucks and jeeps drew deep tire…


Star Wars, Love, Loss and Comfort

When I came back from watching The Last Jedi, I found an e-mail in my inbox from my dad. He wrote to all his children to tell that his sister, my aunt Ada, had died. This didn’t come as a huge shock or surprise. My aunt was of old age, in weak health and had lost her husband a few years ago. She died peacefully. I’m not very close with…


Don’t Vote with your Wallet – Vote with your Protest!

When I was a kid, I used to collect Panini stickers. You buy an album, and get card packs with random stickers to fill up the empty squares. You never know what stickers you’re going to get. But for the joy of opening a pack, the excitement of getting new ones and trading the doubles, you gladly paid a price. When you think about it, it was scale model capitalism:…


Review: Thor Ragnarok

Sometimes the best acting is done when an actor doesn’t have to act but just be himself. The second last time I thought of this was during Star Wars The Force Awakens and the performance of Harrison Ford as an older, wearier Han Solo. Anyone who has seen Ford in interviews knew he was pretty much being himself. A goodhearted but slightly sulky old man who enjoys making people feel…


Winter Wonder Game

Last week, Skyrim was free to play for the weekend. Despite previous reservations I decided to give it a go, using the opportunity to do so without buyer’s regret. I’ve been, in the past, disappointed by the bland emptiness of Oblivion and maintained the conviction that Elder Scrolls games were just not for me. Although I like open world games, I felt that the minimal narrative and complete lack of…