Review Samples

Reviewing is a separate art form in terms of writing. It takes on a different tone, format, and style compared to academic writing. Look at our review samples to get better acquainted with review writing.

Doom: A Videogame Review

Throughout the last two recent decades, video games have made a huge leap forward in terms of graphic technologies, gameplay mechanics, realism, and immersiveness, turning…

The Vvitch

In my humble opinion, the genre of horror movies is currently experiencing a severe crisis. This statement is definitely true for the American film industry:…

Dark Skies

Movies about extraterrestrials never seem to be out of trend. For decades, if not centuries, the possibility of intelligent life existing on other planets excited…

Dyatlov Pass Incident (Devil’s Pass)

There are thriller movies you remember a long time after watching. “The Silence of the Lambs,” “Psycho,” “Shutter Island,” “The Blair Witch Project”–these are just…

Haiku Commentary

spring breeze . . . a new nun shivers in the cloister © Marina Balmaceda Paredes We start with a kigo, or seasonal reference. A…

A Dangerous Method Review

I guess before reviewing “A Dangerous Method,” I should say at least a couple of words about its subject: psychoanalysis and people impersonating it. A…

Cure

If you watch movies filmed in different parts of the world, you might notice that each region, be it America, Europe, or Asia, puts its…

The Martian

The last time a science fiction movie was released that did not look silly was when Christopher Nolan came out with “Interstellar.” Long before and…

Album Review: The Centre by Sami Yusuf

U.K. based Sami Yusuf has gradually reinvented himself as a solely Islamic pop musician (once named “the king of Islamic pop”) to a singer-songwriter who…

Album Review: Ocean Songs by Dirty Three

“Ocean Songs,” first released by the Australian trio Dirty Three in distant 1997, is the fourth major album of this band, and in many ways…

“Cool Kids” by Echosmith

Review of “Cool Kids” by Echosmith. From the album Talking Dreams. Released in 2013, it was a serious chart topper the following year, ultimately being…

A Poem of Kabir

Kabir, a 15th century saint and poet from India, wrote poems that bashed organized religion and called for divine experience rather than dogma. His poems…

The Shawshank Redemption

If I was asked about my favorite film, I would think for a rather long time about the answer. There are many well-rounded films that…

300

In anticipation of the second part of the story about the 300 Spartans, I could not forget to mention the first movie dedicated to this…

Metro 2033 Book Review

Science fiction is to some extent a rather conservative genre, as it is based mostly on long-established canons. Each science-fiction sub-genre, be it space opera,…

Despicable Me

Most animated family comedies use variations of the same scenario: the main characters have to overcome obstacles in pursuit of their goal or solving their…

This is the End

Comedy is a film genre where serious directors need to be extra careful, as they have to balance between ease of perception and quality humor…

Gravity

I decided to watch “Gravity” after I heard claims that it is the best film about outer space that has ever been released on screen. I have…

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