Creativity is one of the most important things a human being can express. It’s good for our brains, our hearts, and our souls. It allows people to explore themselves and others in a deep way, something introspection and discussion can’t always do. When consuming others’ creative works, you’re getting a piece of who they are as a person, whether they wanted or intended that or not.
Creativity allows us to function as a society. We’re not merely surviving—we’re living, hour to hour and day to day. How we spend our time digesting others’ creative works—whether that’s a movie, a novel, or a collection of poems—is important to how we grow as people and a community of human beings. I hope reading about the creative content I enjoy (or don’t) gets your creative juices flowing and inspires you to make something great and uniquely your own. At the very least maybe you’ll discover something new you might be interested in.
Big Hero 6
I went into this film expecting it to be good. It ended up being fantastic. If I hadn’t known better, I would have pegged it as a Pixar movie, as it had all the workings of one: memorable characters, hilarious bits, fantastic writing and pacing, and a tearjerker of a conclusion. Big Hero 6 is about a young genius in the near future who uses his brother’s huggable healthcare robot to fight crime. Baymax, as the lovable bot is called, is simplistic in design, but his marshmallow-esque physique and monotone delivery lead to some truly hysterical scenes. Big Hero 6 brilliantly segues from funny to solemn several times, making the film as a whole enjoyable for kids and adults alike. Check it out if you haven’t already.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
After finally finishing the books, I decided before letting the series go completely that I might as well watch the films. It’s remarkable how well the first movie captured how I imagined things like the Dursleys, Professor Snape, and Hogwarts itself. Naturally, the film feels a bit rushed as it’s trying to set the tone for the franchise and establish and conclude a contained plot within the world its building, but it does a good job. I have a feeling I’ll like the movies more than the books, simply because they’ll tell a nice tale without mediocre writing getting in the way.
Grand Theft Auto V
It’s been a while since I touched Grand Theft Auto V which it launched for last gen systems in 2013. I decided, perhaps unwisely (or so my girlfriend said), to purchase it again for my Xbox One. I wanted a chance to experience the next-gen-exclusive first-person mode and updated graphics. Plus, with heists now available in Grand Theft Auto Online, I figured now was a perfect chance to jump in. I don’t regret it. Grand Theft Auto Online is a blast—even despite the hordes of douchebags who kill other players for no reason—and the single-player story is as great as I remember it. I just wish I hadn’t run into a game-breaking glitch 15 percent into the story that forced me to restart from the beginning.
Tower of Guns
I reviewed an arcade bullet hell game for Heavy. Read what I thought about it here. (I’m quite proud of the subhead I wrote.)