6 items from 2017
MaryAnn’s quick take… Tragic hipster indulges in the tribal Amazonian divine. Credulous, sophomoric garbage full of the slick salesmanship of a vaguely spiritual sneaker commercial. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
James Freeman was a well-off young white American man suffering from incurable depression… or maybe he just could not get onboard with the bullshit of well-off white America and its insistence on conformity, financial success at any price, and the self sacrificed to mindless consumerism. When doctors and therapy and pharmaceuticals didn’t help, he decided — as a last-ditch effort before killing himself — to hie off to Peru, find a shaman, and test out the supposedly mind- and spirit-altering qualities of the ayahuasca plant, which is used in traditional rituals and is said to have cured mental illnesses.
I am sympathetic to many »
- MaryAnn Johanson
At a screening of Riverdale with the cast at La's Paley Center, we wanted to get to the bottom of a very important question. No, not who is Jason Blossom's killer - the murderer was finally revealed in episode 12! The burning question on everyone's mind: who is "most daddy" of the cast? Sure, Cole Sprouse was the crowned champion of the Twitter poll, though some might say he had an unfair advantage by posting from his own account. When asked who he'd choose if he couldn't choose himself, he was quick to answer: Lili. She did come in second place in the Twitter poll. "It's 'cause I voted for her 13,000 times on all my spam accounts," Cole said. Would he consider himself the biggest Lili "stan"? "Right, exactly," he said. When polling the entire cast, there was one clear winner, and she is ready to own the title for good. »
- Kirbie Johnson
After a three week break The Flash returned last night with Barry traveling to the year 2024 to try and gain any advantage he could over Savitar. What Barry wasn't expecting is how bad things would get in the future after the death of Iris. Barry had become so obsessed with finding out how to save Iris that when he does fail it will fracture the team in the future. This season Barry has forgotten about what he has learned about himself since becoming the Flash the he is doing more harm than good for the team. Being obsessed with saving Iris has made him forget to be the superhero that he is and sacrifice his feelings for the good of others. Grant Gustin and Carlos Valdez did an amazing job of transforming to their future selves and showing the hurt and anguish Iris's death brought to the team.
Caitlin's transformation »
- Michael Connally
For better or worse, the date April 20th infamously sparks an eternal flame in the hearts of potheads across the world in celebration over their vice of choice – and the canon of cinematic stoners is certainly no exception. Hash-loving hippies have long cropped up in motion pictures as anti-establishment icons, quasi-kings of interminable philosophy, and occasionally as crutches for comic relief or character development. While the presence of marijuana in the movies holds a certain time capsule cache in relation to broader anxieties over cultural identity within era-defining films such as Easy Rider or American Beauty or even Children of Men – not to mention its propagandist roots in cautionary tales such as Reefer Madness – it has chiefly acted as a dispensary for daffy, dippy diversions in cannabis-centric comedies like Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle, Half Baked, or Cheech and Chong.
Occasionally, a film strikes Humboldt gold and elevates the »
- Daniel Crooke
Bungie has confirmed via a new trailer released today that Destiny 2 will launch September 8, with pre-orders granting early access to the sequel’s beta. The reveal, which you can see above, sadly doesn’t contain any gameplay, although it does once again feature the lovable Hunter Vanguard Cayde-6, as well as his colleagues Ikora Rey and Commander Zavala, two of which can be seen delivering impassioned speeches to the masses, following what appears to be an invasion of the Last City.
Here’s what the official video description has to say about the action that unfolds in the spectacle-laden trailer.
From the makers of the acclaimed hit game Destiny, comes the much-anticipated sequel. An action shooter that takes you on an epic journey across the solar system.
Humanity’s last safe city has fallen to an overwhelming invasion force led by Ghaul, the imposing commander of the brutal Red Legion. »
- Joe Pring
Imagine being able to play Overwatch on a portable device away from home. Not only would it be the perfect way of killing time during your daily work commute, but it could very well eliminate the need to stare blankly into space with any of life’s laborious necessities. Up until now, such a prospect has been largely unexplored, due to there not being suitable device for such a thing to happen, but now we have the Nintendo Switch.
The burning question, of course, is whether we’re likely to ever see Blizzard’s shooter grace the hardware, to which we sort of have an answer. Posting on Reddit (via GameSpot) yesterday, Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan touched base in regards to his own personal opinion of the Switch and the possibilities of it ever receiving an Overwatch port. If you’re currently excited about where this is going, you might »
- Joe Pring
6 items from 2017
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