Posted on Thursday, September 29th, 2016 by Angie Han
With next month’s Inferno, Ron Howard and Tom Hanks will have adapted three of the four existing novels in Dan Brown‘s Robert Langdon series, which hit peak popularity 2003’s The Da Vinci Code. But lest you worry they’ll run out of material, Brown has another Robert Langdon book is on the way. Origin, his fifth novel about Harvard symbologist Langdon, will hit shelves in fall 2017. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 by Angie Han
Why settle for remaking one movie by Alfred Hitchcock when you can borrow from the Master of Suspense for seasons upon end? Universal Cable Productions has just struck a deal with the Hitchcock estate to develop Welcome to Hitchcock, an anthology series that will be “in the spirit of the classic Hitchcock style and legacy.” Read More »
Posted on Thursday, September 15th, 2016 by Corey Atad
“You are standing in an open field west of a white house, with a boarded front door. There is a small mailbox here.”
So begins one of the most important, influential video games ever made. Infocom’s Zork was birthed in an MIT lab in the late 1970s. It was released to the public as a series of text-based adventure games in the early ’80s, and went on to shape much of the structure present in modern adventure and exploration games. Its enigmatic opening remains, perhaps, the greatest beginning to a video game ever made. Poor grammar aside, Zork’s opening lines invite the player into a new universe built almost entirely by the player’s own imagination. Where modern games max out on polygons and rendering detail and atmospheric effects to present a cinematic vision for gamers, Zork stands as a testament to the power of simple text on a screen, as well as to the underlying structures that make games work. Give the play a place to explore; set boundaries; create obstacles; leverage frustration. As you progress and fail and progress some more in search of a path to the end, the biggest question the game leave you with is, “what am I not seeing?”
It’s fitting that Elliot asks himself the same thing near the end of “Python Part 1,” the penultimate episode of Mr. Robot’s similarly enigmatic, confounding, sometimes frustrating second season. Elliot—and not just Elliot—is searching through a dark, unknowable space, the boundaries of which keep expanding and expanding as the search carries on. At some point there might be an end, or an escape, or even just a door to some better place of the imagination. Our “hero” is caught in the second stages of an adventure. He’s left the field, entered the house, found the door to a mysterious cellar, venture down and discovered the Great Underground Empire.
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If you played computer games in the 1990’s, then you probably remember Myst, the best-selling adventure puzzle game which took players around a magical island filled with mysterious secrets. Myst was responsible for accelerating the sales of CD-ROM drives and remained the bestselling PC game throughout the 1990s until The Sims exceeded its sales in 2002.
There has been this long-running rumor that Walt Disney Imagineering once considered turning Disney World’s Discovery Island into a Myst theme park. Myst creators, brothers Robyn and Rand Miller, have now confirmed they did work with Disney on a Myst attraction.
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Posted on Friday, September 2nd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
This 2016 fall movie preview was written by Jacob Hall and Jack Giroux.
The summer is over and the days are getting shorter and the weather is getting milder and (fingers crossed) the movies are going to start getting better. The next four months offer an embarrassment of cinematic riches, with new films from Martin Scorsese, Damien Chazelle, Tim Burton, Gareth Edwards, Paul Verhoeven, Mel Gibson, Robert Zemeckis, Park Chan-Wook, Terrence Malick, J.A. Bayona, Jeff Nichols, Ang Lee, Denis Villeneuve, Kenneth Lonergan, and other filmmakers of note waiting in the wings.
We’ve narrowed down the list of must-see movies to 32 titles and have ranked them from “We really want to see this!” to “We will push you out of the way at a sprint to see this!”
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Posted on Wednesday, August 31st, 2016 by Jacob Hall
The summer movie season is over and you know what that means – it’s time to hand out pointless imaginary awards to the best, worst, and weirdest films of the past four months!
Welcome to the 2016 Summer Blockbuster Awards, which is like the Oscars if the Oscars only covered a specific release window, were decided by one person, and were also really dumb. Here’s how this works: I have created 24 categories, from “Best Performance” to “Movie Most in Need of a Hug” and have awarded one winner and one runner-up. At the name of these awards imply, the focus here is on wide releases that arrived between May and August of this year. So while you really should go out of your way to see indie gems like Swiss Army Man and Don’t Think Twice, they won’t be the focus here. Got it? Good. Let’s just dive right in.
Be warned there are spoilers ahead for some of this summer’s films.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 31st, 2016 by Angie Han
To date, one of the strangest things about Stranger Things has been the lack of a renewal. Netflix has been known to renew just about everything, sometimes even before the season one premiere, and Stranger Things is believed to be one of the most-watched Netflix original series of all time. It seemed just plain odd that, a full month after Stranger Things‘ debut, the service hadn’t gotten around to re-upping it.
Well, today they finally have. Netflix has officially announced that Stranger Things season 2 will be coming in 2017, and they’ve even shared the first little teaser trailer. Get all the Stranger Things season 2 details below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, August 31st, 2016 by Angie Han
The Night Of may be over and done, but the year of Riz Ahmed continues. Following his supporting role in Jason Bourne and ahead of his blockbuster turn in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the British actor has not one but two films premiering next month at TIFF. Today we’ve got an intriguing look at one of them, City of Tiny Lights from Dredd director Pete Travis.
The neo-noir thriller puts Ahmed back into the criminal justice system, this time from the other end. His Tommy is a private eye investigating a missing persons case in London. As he digs deeper into the mystery, however, he finds himself facing dark secrets from his past. The first City of Lights clip has Tommy visiting a certain key figure from his history, an ex-girlfriend played by Billie Piper. Watch the City of Tiny Lights clip below. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 by Angie Han
If it’s possible for something to be unsatisfying in a satisfying way, HBO’s The Night Of nailed it. Even as Naz’s trial came to an end in this week’s season finale, plenty of questions remained maddeningly unresolved. Which suits the show, since the whole point of The Night Of was that there are no tidy conclusions in the criminal justice system, and that the truth is often beside the point.
But it doesn’t change the fact that we want answers. What did Naz really do? What is Naz really capable of? Star Riz Ahmed has fielded those questions quite a few times since the episode aired Monday, and you can read his responses below. Spoilers ahead for The Night Of. Read More »
Posted on Monday, August 22nd, 2016 by Angie Han
Netflix’s Stranger Things is full of characters to love, and one of the biggest breakouts has been Shannon Purser‘s Barb. Spend a couple of minutes browsing the #StrangerThings hashtag on any social media site and you’ll find all kinds of tributes to the shy high schooler, from think pieces to fan art to specialty pizzas (really). While the internet has been fawning over Barb, though, the actual show’s treatment of her has been… somewhat less than loving.
But take heart, Barb fans: that will change in season two. Show creators Matt and Ross Duffer have taken note of the outpouring of Barb love among fans, and promised “justice for Barb” in the next run of episodes. Click through to read their Stranger Things Barb comments, but be warned there are MAJOR SPOILERS ahead for season one. Read More »