Time travel has always been one of the pillars of the science fiction genre. Over the years, it’s only become more and more popular. Between Doctor Who, Outlander, Timeless, The Edge of Tomorrow, and more, pop culture has been full of varying styles. The world is now full of people slipping, falling, and adventuring through time. The most recent addition to the group is Avengers: Endgame, the superhero film to jump into tons of other films.
To keep people coming, time travel has quite a few common themes and rules across the genre. They may all be very different, but these similarities tie them together to create a sort of unspoken lore behind time travel that deviates depending on the material. However, they generally follow similar threads.
Endgame, though, has its own deviated version of time travel. Using a couple of the biggest, most common time travel principles, let’s see how it measures up.
Set in an alternative universe – similar, but far from identical to ours – where a former TV star becomes president (because he played one on a popular, long-running show), an ultra-right-wing Rupert Murdoch-clone rules the airwaves (among other media), and where a Seth Rogen-looking character (played by Seth Rogen) somehow manages to make the jump from unemployed, lefty journo to head speechwriter for a secretary of state, future presidential candidate, to one-half of an unconventional romantic couple, the Jonathan Levine-directed Long Shot asks a tremendous amount from paying audience members and down-the-road future streamers: To set aside any all reality-world doubt and embrace the sheer wish-fulfillment fantasy inherent in the overused schlub-romances-a-beauty-queen-with-brains premise. If you can buy in, if you can get past what any reasonable person would consider the equivalent of a Big Ask, then Long Shot has a semi-random assortment of party favors and weed-soaked pleasures on offer for sporadic enjoyment and/or entertainment. (more…)
Warning! If you haven’t seen Avengers: Endgame, read NO further! This post features heavy Endgame spoilers! You have been warned!
Mental Illness, PTSD, depression, and anxiety are real issues that plague millions of us. It’s a struggle that some fight with every single day. A vast majority of society is still trying to wrap their heads around illnesses they can’t see and struggle to understand. Some find it hard to even admit they themselves fight against their own brains and bodies. Endgame’s portrayal of conditions like depression and PTSD have been met with mixed reviews, depending on the character experiences them. But which character stands out as the most polarizing?
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Well, if anyone was brave enough yesterday, they saw the horrifying thing that was the Sonic the Hedgehog trailer. While Jim Carey is just as funny as always, the leads of the film (James Marsden and Sonic’s Mirror Universe, deranged evil twin) leave an unsavory taste in everyone’s mouths. And do I really need to talk about the Gangster’s Paradise thing?
Of course, really, people are more troubled by the blue, human-teethed abomination than the actual human. Of all the CGI characters that fans have bawked at, Sonic definitely takes the cake.
In recent years CGI has become more and more popular in films, and while some are widely successful (The Jungle Book) others have far more mixed reactions (Alvin & The Chipmunks and sequels). Why are some CGI flicks revered when other ones become the terrible memes for months? (Looking at you, sad clown Dumbo.)
If you’re like most fans, then you’ve probably already binged watched the last two seasons of Stranger Things. If you have, you might want to know the history behind it. Even in the Beyond Stranger Things series on Netflix that features the showrunners chatting with the cast, not a lot of history behind Stranger Things is revealed. In an Autocomplete Interview with Wired, Stranger Things stars Gaten Matarazzo and Joe Kerry give some insight on the mysterious inspiration for their show. NerdBastards dug a little deeper to find out more about a place called Camp Hero.
Avengers: Endgame had the mammoth task of resolving a decade’s worth of intricately woven super hero storylines spanning literal galaxies, but did it deliver? Fair warning – great, stonking SPOILERS lie ahead… (more…)
Please read no further if you have NOT seen Avengers: Endgame, as this naturally contains SPOILER’S. You have been warned…
Well, it’s here. The culmination of 22 films and 11 years’ worth of massive block busters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where fans have finally reached the end of a truly glorious era. And what an end it was too. (more…)