We liked Rogue One when it hit theaters, but had some problems with it: We felt that the film’s central character, Jyn Erso, was thinly defined, as was much of the rest of the cast.Lessons from the Screenplay agrees, and in a new video essay, highlights how the two latest Star Wars films differ in how their characters interact move the story along.
In Rogue One, Jyn’s family is torn apart when she was a child, and when we meet up with her as an adult, we learn that she’s been tossed into Imperial prison. We see everything happening to her, or have the other characters tell us what she did. In The Force Awakens, Rey, we see a different approach: we see her going through her mundane life on Jakku, and when the opportunity presents…
Welcome to Cheat Sheet, our brief breakdown-style reviews of festival films, VR previews, and other special-event releases. We’re currently reporting from the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.
Back in 2012, the Tribeca Film Festival hosted the world premiere of a tiny indie horror film called Resolution, directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead and written by Benson. The film’s desaturated, grubby poster made it look exactly like the torture-porn movies that were already out of vogue at that point, but the film itself is something different — an intimate character drama about two friends stuck in a backwoods cabin, where something unearthly is stalking them, and gradually making itself known. Resolution’s ending is a jarring…
Young crayfish can get drunk — and they getdrunk a lot faster when they’ve been hanging out with their friends, new research says. So, extroverted crayfish may want to consider pacing themselves this weekend.
Crayfish are basically miniature, freshwater lobsters, which makes them an unusual model organism for trying to understand a behavior — drinking alcohol — that we really only care about in humans. They’re not mammals. They don’t even have backbones. But, like us, they’re social creatures, and they can get sloshed. So, a group of researchers at the University of Maryland turned to crayfish to understand how social experience changes how booze affects the brain.
In his video, Nintendrew explained that he wanted to see how VR would look on the device. He took his Switch and slotted it into a Durovis Dive 7 headset, but he noted that any tablet-sized headset would probably work. Next, he used the device’s hidden web browser to navigate to YouTube, where he uploaded a properly formatted video from Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. He found that it worked, but there are some issues with video quality, given…
This week, Mac DeMarco asked his fans to send him some fan fiction about himself. You’re supposed to send it in via DeMarco’s website, but I’ve decided to publish my submission publicly, because I already work for a website.
Mac DeMarco is standing near the edge of an in-ground pool, trying to pinch a polyethylene foam noodle with his big toe and the one next to it. As he opens and closes his toe-claws, the noodle floats away.
“Dammit,” Mac mutters.
His pool is littered with foam noodles, toys, and other junk — even soggy loaves of bread. It would take a whole ‘nother story to tell you why, and I don’t have that kind of time. In any case, Mac is having a rough time getting rid of all this pool trash because his elbows and knees have been…
While the White House Correspondents’ Association held its annual dinner last night, Full Frontal host Samantha Bee threw her own event, Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, and used sketches based on The Man in the High Castle, The West Wing, and SNL to lambast the Trump Administration.
The most elaborate of the sketches came from Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle, an alternate history show set in a timeline in which Japan and Germany won the Second World War. In it, Bee receives a film reel from a frightened George Takei, which turns out to be a video of an alternate timeline in which Hillary Clinton won the election in November, and in which Bee hosted the White House Correspondents’s Dinner. (William Gibson had a similar…
As if to underscore the point of the climate march, Washington DC was muggy-sticky and unseasonably hot. It was a perfect backdrop to the signs reading “Make the Earth cool again,” “It’s getting hot in here,” or “the Earth is melting.”
The People’s Climate March was rather cheery, as attempts to save the world go. When I arrived early, I was treated to a larger-than-life puppet show. Cardboard and papier-mâché pipelines — taller than the people holding them — spewed ominous gray clouds of CO2, methane, and “climate pollution.” Giant hands pushed them back — along with a massive, headless suit labeled “Big Oil.”
Though the march fell on the 100th day of Donald Trump’s…
Turkey blocked access to Wikipedia on Saturday, according to Reuters, using a law designed to grant authorities the ability restrict content the country considers obscene or a threat to national security.
Access to the online encyclopedia appears to have been blocked at 8:00AM local time on Saturday morning, according to monitoring group Turkey Blocks, a project to “identify and validate reports of internet mass-censorship in Turkey.” It explained that the loss is consistent with “internet filters used to censor content in the country.”
In 1920, Fahrenheit 451 author Ray Bradbury was born in the the Chicago suburb of Waukegan, Illinois. While he spent his early years there, he and his family eventually moved to California, where he spent the rest of his life. Now, his hometown is looking to honor the author with a statue, and has launched a crowdfunding campaign to finance the project.
Last fall, the Ray Bradbury Statue Committee selected a design by contemporary sculptor Zachary Oxman, whose work has been exhibited in places such as the White House, and the National Museum of American Art. According to The Chicago Tribune, his statue concept “stood out because it paid homage to Bradbury’s imagination,” featuring the author holding a book aloft as he rides on a rocket….