STEVEN NGUYEN SCAIFE

Three Visits to Detention: the Game, the Movie, and the Netflix Series

(Note: Detention‘s Character names are translated differently into English across different adaptations. For clarity’s sake, I’ve used the original game’s spelling and shortened names throughout. For one Netflix-specific character, I’ve used the spelling given in the English subtitles.) Which video games get adapted to other mediums is seemingly random. It…

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Detention

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‘Red Rocket’ Review: Donuts to Dollars

Like a lot of characters in director/co-writer Sean Baker’s ballooning Rolodex of marginalized Americana, Mikey Saber (Simon Rex) in Red Rocket is very much down and out. We first see him with bruises on his face, sleeping on the bus ride to his hometown of Texas City. NSYNC’s “Bye Bye Bye” plays…

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Red Rocket

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The Fancies 2021: Steven Nguyen Scaife Presents Great Indie Games

Throughout the year, I’ve done several lists of indie games. They feel, when I look back at them now, like a pretty respectable number altogether, but there’s a little itch in the back of my head that says there are more. And there are. Here are some. Astalon: Tears of…

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Genesis Noir

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The Most Underrated and Overlooked Movies of 2021

As quickly as 2021 brought the Sacred Big-Screen Experience back in full(ish) force, it also brought back the film industry’s most depressing habits. Especially if you live outside any cities with particularly adventurous film ecosystems, the big chains fill up on spectacle and squeeze out the precious few alternatives that…

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The Summit of the Gods

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“Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City” Review: Out of the Rabbit Hole

Opinion on the six-film Resident Evil series produced by Paul W.S. Anderson tends to be split a few ways. There’s regular old dislike; there’s irritation at how they center Alice, an original character played by Milla Jovovich (who’s married to Anderson), rather than anyone from the games they ostensibly adapt;…

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Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City

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Child’s Play, Chucky, and the Case for Horror Movie Sequels

Picture this: you are a teen, and your local library has just gotten rid of the charge to borrow movies, which adds up to a considerable combined number of DVDs and VHS tapes in weathered red cases. Also, your parents have more or less given up policing your media viewing…

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Child's Play 2

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