Best of 2019 in Film, Literature, and Gaming Spotlight | HBB Reviews Awards 2019

2019 has easily been one of the best years for entertainment in recent memory, a collective opus that has featured some of the most prominent masterpieces across all three mediums for the entire decade. From the colossal blockbusters like Avengers: Endgame, Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker to the quieter, more subtle releases such as Marriage Story, Little Women, and even Death Stranding to a certain extent, the year has seen such a wide diversity in its releases, with each offering something wholly original to the table. However, for the sakes of this article’s length, only a few releases can be honored in this spotlight article, specifically three releases.

Neverwinter Nights Returns in Stellar “Enhanced Edition” for Consoles

Editor’s Note: This article was made possible by a review code from Skybound Games and Beamdog. Releasing on December 3rd was Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch, a light, makeshift port of the original classic Dungeons and Dragons PC RPG. Indeed, the port marks a nostalgic turn for fans of the RPG as they are able to experience the same, heart-warming visuals right from their sofa. Skybound Games and Beamdog have crafted a remaster that’s incredibly concerned in its faithfulness, making sure that nearly every facet of the game is intact and optimized for new generations. While it will certainly turn some newer players off due to its rather m

Wonder Woman: Warbringer Review: Relishing the Character's Spirit in YA

Review Copy Courtesy of DC Comics and NetGalley “Sisters in battle, I am shield and blade to you. As I breathe, your enemies will know no sanctuary. While I live, your cause is mine.” - Leigh Bardugo Red, gold, and blue armor. Lasso of truth. Godly powers and abilities. Readers of the original comics and viewers of recent DC films will instantly recognize these as the characteristics of Princess Diana of Themyscira, better known to most as the iconic superhero, Wonder Woman. With the upcoming Wonder Woman 1984 in 2020 and its successful 2017 predecessor Wonder Woman, both helmed by director Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman: Warbringer introduces another story for the Amazonian princess, Diana, wh

DC Comics Unveils its 2020 YA Graphic Novel Lineup

Superheroes have always played a crucial role in the definition of American culture, but until very recently, the image that these heroes portrayed was often one of unimaginative homogeny. Characters, or more often, their various forms of media such as comics and movies, would rely on extremes and overused character tropes, with representation and diversity barely a consideration. Fundamentally, the field was dominated by male characters, from the god-like Superman to the brooding vigilante of Batman, and the occasional female superhero, no matter how powerful or interesting, seemed to have a mandatory addition of over-sexualization and objectification, wearing skimpy outfits and often havin

Unveiling the Film Winners | HBB Reviews Awards 2019

2019 was undoubtedly one of the best years for film in a long while, and this year’s nominees and winners for the film categories at the HBB Reviews Awards 2019 surely reflect that. Spread over four different categories celebrating a film’s screenplay, direction, performances, and its entire sum, we are pleased to officially unveil the nominees for the film categories. Countless films were reviewed on HBB Reviews, but some of our nominees and even our winners haven’t been reviewed just yet, such as Noah Baumbach’s brilliant Marriage Story and Greta Gerwig’s rich Little Women. While it doesn’t immediately apply to this list of films, in order to qualify for the HBB Reviews Awards 2019, the fi

STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER Review: One Final and Spectacular Bow

This latest Star Wars trilogy from both Lucasfilm and Disney has seen successes, failures, and everything in between undeniably akin to that of the Worlds of DC franchise, specifically three of the entries that formed something of a trilogy: Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Justice League, all helmed by director Zack Snyder. This rare triplet of films conflicted with each other thematically, each telling exceptionally different tales where the only resemblance to the other was the roster of characters. While by no means am I saying that the new trilogy of Star Wars films: The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker is not superior to their respective Snyd

Unveiling the Literature Winners | HBB Reviews Awards 2019

Boasting an impressive catalog, this year’s literature releases are nothing short of remarkable with many leaving a profound impression on the HBB Reviews Staff, meaning that conjuring a list of some of the best books from the entire year, let alone the very best book, was taxing to say the least. However, the nominees for the only category for HBB Reviews Awards 2019 in the medium have finally been decided by a committee of our book reviewers. Please take a look at this year’s nominees for Best Book at the HBB Reviews Awards 2019. Disclaimer: In order to be considered for the HBB Reviews Awards 2019, releases must have been either reviewed or released in 2019. NOMINEES: Best Book (5 Nominat

Unveiling the Gaming Winners | HBB Reviews Awards 2019

While not the raging opus achievement 2018 was, 2019 has proven to be a magnificent year for gaming as a whole as decent to even magnificent releases were sprinkled handily throughout the entire year. And with the jurisdiction of the HBB Reviews Staff, a total of seven different games were honored with nominees in one or two of the gaming categories at the HBB Reviews Awards 2019. Including Best Narrative and Best Game, the two genres for this awards are meant to highlight the very best in interactive storytelling and sheer inventiveness in technical craft and proficiency, a statement that we believe all seven nominated games reflect. Before we unveil the official winners, please take a look

Unveiling the Editor's Choice Winner (Exclusive Giveaway) | HBB Reviews Awards 2019

The first installment in the HBB Reviews Awards 2019 Coverage, 2019 has produced numerous winners of the HBB Reviews Editor’s Choice title which was newly introduced just earlier this year. The Editor’s Choice title awards releases in any of the three mediums that the outlet covers (film, literature, or video games) that are masterworks in storytelling and technical craft. These winners are sure to leave lasting impacts on the respective staff reviewer, perhaps even topping the charts for the official categorical winners for each medium. However, prior to the unveiling of the winners of the main categories starting this week, our staff of writers, reviewers, and editors have chosen one ultim

Southeast Film Critics Association 2019 Winners Unveiled: Big Honors for Parasite and The Irishman

Coming off the announcement of the Atlanta Film Critics Circle winners from last week, another organization that I am proud to be a part of has announced their winners for 2019. As expected, the Korean satirical class comedy Parasite and Martin Scorsese’s sprawling mobster epic The Irishman nabbed some of the biggest honors, with Parasite even being titled as the “Best Film of 2019,” much like with the AFCC. Indeed, coupled with the Golden Globes nominations unveiled earlier today, Parasite is truly shaping up to be this year’s Roma, taking honors for its screenplay and direction from Bong Joon-Ho. However, it wasn’t a two-man race only for the organization of over sixty film critics as Marr

Celebrating the Year's Best | HBB Reviews 2019 Awards Schedule

At HBB Reviews, we are all in awe of what an incredible year 2019 has been for our three relevant mediums at the outlet: film, literature, and gaming. From the impeccable warmth directors Marielle Heller and Greta Gerwig injected into their respective films A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood and Little Women this year to the astounding technical craft behind 1917 and Kojima’s return to the industry Death Stranding, this year has seen a marvelous array of releases that have truly defined not only the generation but the medium itself, and it is time to celebrate them. Through a total of eight categories across film, literature, and gaming, the HBB Reviews Awards 2019 collects votes about what

1917 Review: Magnificent and Intimate WWI Spectacle

Beneath its chief “one-shot” gimmick to lure audiences into the cinema, 1917 boasts a powerful narrative of the sprawling conflicts of an even larger conflict creates, of the wearing fear sheer solidarity entails, and of brotherhood under the direst of conditions, penned masterfully by first-time screenwriter and director Sam Mendes and co-writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns. It latches onto its intimate moments with a firm grip, playing as clear favorites as they are sprinkled heavily throughout the film. The gruesome and disturbing imagery from revolutionary cinematographer Roger Deakins juxtaposes this intimacy just as capably, matching the hefty emotional weight its leading performers portray in

Atlanta Film Critics Circle 2019 Winners: Parasite Dominates as the “Best Film” Winner

Serving as one of the very first critic and media organizations to publish their results nationwide, the Atlanta Film Critics Circle, consisting of twenty-six members from Atlanta-based publications and newspapers, including myself, has officially released their 2019 winners in fifteen different categories, including Best Director and the Top 10 Films of the year. An already strong contender this awards season, the Korean international film Parasite from director Bong Joon-Ho, has nabbed multiple key awards including the Best Film of the Year, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best International Film. However, our group didn’t snub the many other excellent films released this year. The Iri

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