Get a Xbox One Digital Copy of Assassin's Creed: Origins for £37.99

Get a Xbox One Digital Copy of Assassin's Creed: Origins for £37.99

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South Park: "Doubling Down" Review

South Park: "Doubling Down" Review

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below. South Park has made a very pointed effort to avoid all matters Donald Trump this season, both because the 2016 election was such a huge element in Season 20 and because it’s tough to create satire that holds a candle to reality these days. But with today being the one-year anniversary of Trump’s election, clearly Trey Parker and Matt Stone felt this would be a good time to return to old habits and put Trump surrogate Mr. Garrison back in the spotlight. It’s a shame, then, that the Garrison scenes were the weakest part of “Doubling Down.” As entertaining as Garrison’s presidential phase has been, there’s a limit to how much he can really work as a stand-in for Trump. This episode played into the idealized view of Trump so many of his hardcore supporters maintain against all evidence to the contrary – that he’s a tough-talking, fearless leader of men who knows how to wrap politicians around his finger and manipulate his way out of any controversy. Look, I try not to bring my own political opinions into these reviews any more than necessary, but that’s a very generous interpretation of things. Lately, it’s become harder to argue against the idea that Parker and Stone are being unusually soft on Trump compared to past Presidents. Continue reading…
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Venom #157 Review

Venom #157 Review

Plenty of Spider-Man fans are questioning Sony’s decision to move forward with a Spider-Man-less Venom movie. But this series proves that such a thing is not only possible, it can do justice to the character. Why do you need Spider-Man when Venom is perfectly happy to take on the character’s rogues gallery himself? Therein lies the appeal with this current story arc. On paper, Kraven the Hunter seems badly outmatched against his symbiotic prey. But if writer Mike Costa does anything right in this story, it’s highlighting Kraven’s cunning, bloodthirsty nature and his ability to out-think and out-plan his more powerful prey. In short, he works just as well as a nemesis to Eddie Brock as he has for Peter Parker all these years. I do wish this issue devoted a little more time to exploring the Venom/Kraven dynamic directly, but it certainly succeeds in casting Kraven as a major threat in Venom’s efforts to reestablish himself as New York’s designated Lethal Protector. Continue reading…
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Mister Miracle #4 Review

Mister Miracle #4 Review

One of the great things about Jack Kirby’s work is that he often blended the most outlandish, bombastic concepts with perfectly ordinary, mundane trappings. The intersection between the mighty gods of Asgard and the ordinary mortals of Earth is at the very heart of Marvel’s Thor comics. It makes sense that there would be something of that juxtaposition at work in the Fourth World comics, too, as that mythology began life as an extension of the Thor franchise. That’s a quality that tom King and Mitch Gerads tap into with the latest chapter of Mister Miracle, as the series works ever harder to blend the grandeur of the New Gods with the depressing day-to-day existence of Scott Free. Continue reading…
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Black Panther Star on the Political Statement T'Challa's Accent Makes

Black Panther Star on the Political Statement T'Challa's Accent Makes

The king and protector of Wakanda doesn’t speak with a European accent, and star Chadwick Boseman says the choice is very much deliberate. Speaking to CNET, Boseman said his accent is based around the fact that in the Marvel universe, Wakanda has never been conquered. “There’s no way he would speak with a European accent” without the influence of colonialism, he said. Boseman said in the colonialist system, “in order to be a ruler, his education comes from Europe.” Since Wakanda is the most technologically advanced nation on Earth “without colonialism tainting it,” Boseman eschewed any accent that might betray that. Continue reading…
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Kevin Spacey Cut from All the Money in the World

Kevin Spacey Cut from All the Money in the World

Despite the movie already being finished, Kevin Spacey has been cut from All the Money in the World. According to Deadline, director Ridley Scott, as well as Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas from Imperative Entertainment, have decided to remove the actor from the film. Replacing Spacey in the role of J. Paul Getty will be Christopher Plummer. Spacey as J. Paul Getty in All the Money in the WorldContinue reading…
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The Despicable Deadpool #289 Review

The Despicable Deadpool #289 Review

This issue really goes places. Gerry Duggan and Scott Koblish aren’t merely trading on nostalgia when it comes to depicting the classic Cable/Deadpool dynamic in this arc. Instead, they’re testing the bonds of that partnership and exploring whether it can survive Wade’s recent backslide into villainy. In the process, the duo are delivering some of the wackiest and most entertaining moments in Duggan’s long run. Admittedly, this issue gets off to a slightly rough start. It quickly becomes apparent that Deadpool and Cable’s recent feud has more or less blown over, despite where issue #288 left the characters. That’s a bit of a tension-deflator. Luckily, it’s not long before the story regains its momentum. Duggan and Koblish reunite the old Dynamic Duo just in time to pit them against Stryfe in a wonderfully over-the-top confrontation. Stryfe has never ranked among my favorite X-Men villains. It helps a great deal that Duggan takes such a tongue-in-cheek approach to the character, using Deadpool to poke fun at the many weird excesses of Cable and his evil clone. Continue reading…
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Nintendo Says Goodbye to Miiverse With Collage

Nintendo Says Goodbye to Miiverse With Collage

Nintendo has marked the end of its social networking service Miiverse by releasing a collage of user posts. The mosiac, which you can view below, was created with handwritten posts from Miiverse users that include submissions from the “Everybody’s Message Community.” Miiverse collage, image from Nintendo.Continue reading…
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Nov. 17 Is One of 2017's Craziest Days in Pop Culture

Nov. 17 Is One of 2017's Craziest Days in Pop Culture

Earlier this year, we dubbed October 27 the busiest day of 2017 in the world of games, movies, and television. Between three major game releases, a huge Netflix debut, and a big Halloween movie, the day seemed more packed than any other this year. Well, November 17 is giving that Friday a run for its money, with Justice League, The Punisher, Star Wars Battlefront II, and so much more being released. Check out the gallery below, watch the video above, or read our full breakdown of the absolutely packed day. And be sure to come back to this page over the coming days, as we’ll update this post with all relevant reviews for November 17’s biggest releases. Continue reading…
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Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! Review

Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! Review

Pokemon the Movie: I Choose You! aims to retell the funny yet touching story of how Ash and Pikachu first met and became best buddies, and in that regard, it is successful. The movie emphasizes the importance of friendship above all else with an energetic and colorful presentation full of obscenely cute Pokemon. Everything plays out as you’d expect, until the end where things take a sharp turn into some cringe-worthy material, ultimately leaving things on a sour, awkward note. Warning: this review doesn’t contain explicit spoilers but does cover general plot details. This movie is essentially Ash’s Greatest Hits from Season 1 of the Pokemon animated series, only stuck in fast-forward. We see lots of pivotal moments like when Ash first earned Pikachu’s trust, Ash caring for an abandoned Pokemon, and Ash fully evolving a Pokemon only to send it on its way. If you’ve seen the show, then you know exactly which episodes I’m talking about. The issue with the movie is that it rushes through these storylines in a matter of minutes, so they don’t have quite the same emotional impact. Continue reading…
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