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Five years ago, Keanu Reeves, pushing the half-century mark, but looking – and more importantly, performing like a super-fit, near-invulnerable 40-year-old – returned to the action genre he made his own more than two decades ago (e.g., Point Break, Speed, The Matrix Trilogy). As a result, he turned into one of the most unlikely movie stars of his generation (or any generation for that matter).  Little has changed since then. Rather than trying his hand at another big-budget, sci-fi-actioner doomed to failure amid outsized expectations, Reeves chose an entirely different, ultimately far more successful path. The first entry in the series, John Wick was a super-lean, super-efficient, minimalist action-thriller that placed a premium on physical stunts, many, if not most performed by Reeves himself, over logic- and physics-defying CG-enhanced effects. Then and now, John Wick was an anomaly, a glitch (so to speak) in the business matrix. While it didn’t become a mega-hit at the box office, the investment-to-return ratio was more than enough to get a sequel into production three years later, John Wick 2: Chapter 2, and a third entry, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, just two years later. (more…)

 

Afropunk refers to the participation of African Americans and other black people in punk and alternative subcultures like Cyberpunk and alternative history fiction similar to Steampunk. And few comics have embodied that like Harriet Tubman: Demon Slayer. David Crownson and crew have found success with their comic featuring not only a woman but of a woman of color, with a mostly person of color cast. Harriet Tubman: Demon Slayer comes off as a breath of fresh air with a unique perspective and vivid storytelling.

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Love or hate it, Game of Thrones is a phenomenon. Few shows in history can boast being this big. Even its mistakes become media controlling phenomenon. All shows have a few slip-ups here and there. You’d expect that from a show with as many moving parts as Game of Thrones. But last week’s coffee cup scandal had people in a tizzy. Seeing a blatant piece of the modern world in their medieval fantasy made some folks lose their minds. This certainly couldn’t be the only time a goof like this has happened on the show, so… why the fuss?

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This isn’t the first time I’ve written about Handmaid’s Tale, and with the impressive trailer for season 3, it will hardly be the last.

At the end of season 2, June sent Emily and Nicole to Canada while she stayed behind in Gilead to find her other daughter, Hannah. Though she could have escaped with them, she didn’t. Instead, she went back to the precarious, dangerous Waterford home with the tyrannical Fred and the conflicted Serena Joy.

In my season 2 review, I was frustrated and unsure how the next season would play out. Thinking that leaving was an obvious choice and the writers just kept her in Gilead for drama, I worried they would go back to the old tricks. That season, there had been a bit too much forced Serena Joy/June conflict and I was afraid they’d just re-hash that old conflict.

While I still think the ending wasn’t a logical one, the season 3 trailer shows a writer’s team that’s pulled together an interesting season all over again.

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Happy new trailers galore, folks! This week, after reasonable time to cool down from Avengers: Endgame, a new, spoiler-filled Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer has popped up and it’s glorious.

Let’s start with the low-down. After the awful events of Endgame, Peter Parker is taking a relaxing vacation with his friends, including Ned and MJ. Assumingly, his good buddies were also dusted for the past five years, otherwise they’d be a lot older. Along for the ride is Happy, Iron Man’s old right hand man and kind of his Aunt’s boyfriend. Together, they lament losing Tony and are just trying to live their lives day to day, protecting people.

That is, of course, until Nick Fury starts calling.

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The Simpsons is one of the longest-running TV series of all time, and the Matt Groening-created animated sitcom which began in 1989 is now in its 30th season. For the 659 episodes to date to continue to attract audiences, the writers have had to pay close attention to mainstream trends and make sure they represent current culture. It has had hundreds of celebrity guest stars including Clint Eastwood and Michael Jackson over the years, and has covered almost everything from space travel to baseball. One of the latest episodes centred on eSports, suggesting that competitive gaming is beginning to be recognized on a much larger scale.  (more…)

Pokemon has long set its place in nerd culture for its games, cards, anime, and countless merchandise. With the release of CGI/Live action movie Detective Pikachu and upcoming game Pokemon Sword and Shield, the fandom remains as strong as ever. Like anything popular, though, the property is not without it’s problems and controversies. Hard to imagine boobs, Guns, Seizures, Racism, and Death are associated with cute fictional fighting creatures… but here we are. (more…)

For the last 23 years Pokémon has been a blight on parent’s wallets all over the world. With over 800 pocket monsters introduced in over 122 games, separated into 7 generations, developer Game Freak has continually captivated gamers and created life long fans, some of which have passed their Pokémon collecting obsession onto a new generation of potential Pokémon trainers and gym leaders. In 2018, Pokémon, Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee! released on the Nintendo Switch. Basically a remake of the classic Pokémon: Red/Blue, Let’s Go! simplified the game play of it’s predecessors while incorporating elements of the wildly popular Pokémon GO mobile app, with commercial success. Will Pokémon Sword and Shield be a return to a more traditional style Pokémon game or will Game Freak continue making innovations to the monster collecting RPG franchise?
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