If there is one thing that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is good at doing, it is carving out different worlds for each of their protagonists. We’ve seen the worlds of science, mythology, mysticism, politics and espionage through the various films and television shows. But like many of the Marvel comic books, the Netflix shows have New York City at its heart. While New York may seem relatively small in size compared to the wider Marvel worlds, each Defenders’ show is able to carve out its own space—and there’s no better place to spot these differences than in the opening titles of each show.
Super Mario Odyssey Proves Nintendo Knows How to Soothe Anxiety
Our world is a mess. People are losing their homes from natural disasters, lives are lost at the hands of violent madmen on a daily basis, the risk of international war hovers over us all and the political climate is more toxic now than ever. In our current society and culture, anxiety reigns supreme.
While our real world fends with external sources of anxiety, we as individuals still have our internal anxieties to fight. For myself, a summer of personally shaking and traumatic events—a major breakup, a series of career rejections and an extended self-identity crisis—led me to explore my anxiety, depression and hypomania. I searched for healthy methods to cope with these afflictions. But whether one’s anxiety is based on external, worldwide factors or internal, deeply personal ones, an avenue one can take is to temporarily escape into another world. During my tumultuous summer, I found that Nintendo games became my medium for keeping my mental health issues at bay. The company’s newest game might be better suited for that task than any other.
Noah Hawley’s FARGO & The Gospel Of The Coen Brothers
FFilm buffs everywhere had healthy scepticism when FX announced a Fargo television show. The classic 1996 film by Joel and Ethan Coen, that blends the genres of dark comedy and crime, is sacred ground for many. A television adaptation of sorts might cynically be considered as just a money grab, capitalizing on a well-known title. To everyone’s surprise, however, the anthology show, helmed by novelist Noah Hawley, exceeded all expectations.
Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt is a paranoid, insane, and unruly daredevil. Ethan Hunt is also a guardian angel who will save everyone. These are the two ideas that the latest installment of the venerable Mission: Impossible action series, Fallout, revolve around—and these ideas are not mutually exclusive. More so than the previous films, Fallout goes deeper into Hunt's state of mind, with all of his previous actions and mistakes finally building up to create an unavoidable pile.
This character journey comes in the form of what is essentially a two-and-a-half long constant action set piece.
Every time Tessa Thompson's character in Sorry to Bother You shows up, she is wearing a new pair of earrings of her own design. These serve as the perfect metaphor for the movie itself: they are big, impractical, provocative, lack any subtlety any whatsoever—but more importantly, you love looking at them, and you want to see what will come next.
Sorry to Bother You wears its weirdness for all to see, and yet you will still not be prepared for it.
Making a Deadpool movie involves a lot of nuance. Yeah, an absurd statement for the character that yells the word "chimichangas" constantly, but hear me out. Go too far down the spectrum, and you end up with a Deadpool that becomes an "LOL SO RANDOM!" unbearable meme. On the other end, Deadpool could become standard superhero fare that the character thrives in satirizing. To make such a movie successful, you have to get it just right.
So here's my hot take on Deadpool 2: it's the Goldilocks of Deadpool movies.
Avengers: Infinity War is predictably fun and entertaining, while also being unusually dark and containing a real storyline for its villain. I certainly did not hate it, but it’s hard for me to formulate a final opinion when we have a sequel to wrap everything up next year. I predict that hardcores such as myself will appreciate the film, with everyone else on the fandom spectrum, with general moviegoing audiences at the end of said spectrum, will be divided, and quite possibly alienated.
Thor and Bruce Banner are on the distant planet of Sakaar—take deep breaths, Thor tells Banner, on the verge of panicking from his first off-Earth experience. This is a “place designed to stress me out,” as Banner describes it, with too many sources of visual and audio stimuli, colors everywhere, and things literally flying into his face.
When Doom was first announced for the Nintendo Switch, my reaction was: “wait, that Doom?” Nintendo, since the Wii era, has always received the short end of the stick when it comes to third party support, due to their comparatively less powerful hardware. The possibility of a proper version of Doom on the Switch excited me—it was a potential key to unlock the possibility of triple-A third party games on a console you can take on the go.
My problem is that I am a young whippersnapper who considers myself to be a child of Halo and Call of Duty, perhaps a decade too late for the original Doom. I am used to carrying two weapons, regenerating health and a sprint button. Imagine my surprise as I held my Switch in the beginning of the game and pushed forward on the joystick, making Doom Guy move at a quick pace that I was not used to as a “veteran” modern first-person shooter player.
The Jackbox Party games have always served us well in our never-ending quest to be wittier and more clever than our peers. With a unique game show-esque sensibility and the innovative method of using mobile devices as controllers, Jackbox Games have introduced party game mainstays such as Quiplash, Drawful and Fibbage. But outside those pillars, the first three party packs have had plenty of skippable and unmemorable games. With The Jackbox Party Pack 4, not only has Jackbox reached a new height in presentation, but put out a series of five games all worth the time.
“Hidden Figures” is an important film for a multitude of reasons – not only are stories about women of color rare in mainstream Hollywood, but women and women of color face a number hurdles when going into STEM that men do not have to. This movie is also a reminder of what racism looks like – we often see racism as loud and overt, but implicit racism can be just as ugly and damaging. “Hidden Figures” is a real crowd-pleaser, one that doesn’t need CGI spectacle or witty one-liners, but is instead carried by strong performances and powerful truths.